June 24, 2013

MFT Creative Challenge | Make it Masculine

Hello, hello!  It's time for the June Creative Challenge from My Favorite Things!

The MFT Design Team Creative Challenge is a monthly feature, where we are challenged to explore our creative side using a specific theme, product, or technique.

Are the men in your life tired of cards with lots of flowers and bling? Does the thought of making a masculine card send you into a panic? If you've answered yes to either of these questions, we've got a special treat for you.

This month, we've challenged the design team to create cards and projects for the men in their lives.

I made a couple of cards for this challenge and they look very different from each other.  My first card is a very clean and simple, graphic style card using Abstract Art and LLD Document It - Rock On stamps.

I started by stamping the brush stroke images from Abstract Art in Electric Red, Orange Fizz, and Lemon Drop Ink on Smooth White Card Stock and then added a few of the splatter images in the same colors and added Black Licorice Ink.  The guitar is from the LLD Accent It - Rock and Roll Die-namics set and I cut it out using Black Licorice and Smooth White Card Stock.

I stamped a couple images on the inside of the card, keeping it very simple.

I love this clean, graphic look and I have to remember to use it more!  Here are the MFT products I used on this card:

My next card is fairly simple, although I did add more layers and stitching.

For this card I used Inspired by the Wild Wild West and stamped this fantastic image in Hot Fudge Ink on Kraft Card Stock and just let it be.  No coloring.  I cut it out with a Square STAX Die-namics and then added some zigzag stitching with brown thread.  I added some Hemp Cord and a Kraft Button along the bottom of the image.

I placed the sentiment inside the card and added the same thread along the edges of the panel.

These are the very masculine products I used on this card:

Check out the MFT Blog for all the masculine card ideas.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

recipe - 
rock on card
stamps: abstract art (mft), lld document it - rock on (mft)
paper: smooth white (mft), black licorice (mft)
ink: electric red (mft), orange fizz (mft), lemon drop (mft), black licorice (mft)
accessories: lld accent it - rock and roll die-namics (mft), foam tape

courage card
stamps: inspired by the wild wild west (mft)
paper: kraft (mft), electric red (mft), steel blue (mft), nightshift blue (mft)
ink: hot fudge (mft)
accessories: square stax sets 1 & 2 die-namics (mft), fishtail flags layers stax die-namics (mft), hemp cord, sewing machine, thread, foam tape


  1. Such different cards but both awesome!! I am in love with your first one!!

  2. You guys are all so creative! I love the paint splatters with the guitar and the live loud, I think you used those pieces perfectly together, they are completely organic together. Then using the hemp with the button so it looks like a fence on the range is genius! Incredible!

  3. LOVE these girlie!!! LOVE that CAS card with the guitar and your western card is AMAZING!!

  4. Ack! Clean and Graphic.....LOVE IT!

  5. love them both! the guitar is so cool with the abstract art set AND that cowboy card is gorgeous...love the kraft stitching.

  6. Awesome masculine cards Karen! I struggle so much with manly cards so thanks for the inspiration! :)

  7. Love the button and hemp cord detail and your stitching on the cowboy card! The CAS design of your rockin' first card is just perfect, especially the inside!

  8. These are so great, I had to order the guitar and stamp set after I saw this one!

  9. I love your guitar card so much. The clean lines and bold colours really look good. I am on the look out for the abstract stamp set in the UK as I'm sure it will be really useful, for scrapbooking too.

  10. Both these cards are great! I want to feature your western theme card for upcoming Trendy Tuesday post for the blog at Paper Crafters Library. You can ck out the blog here: http://blog.papercrafterslibrary.com/ The post will link back to your blog as well. I'll also be showcasing the great western them sets MFT has to offer. If you do not wish to be featured, just let me know.