Luv Stampin' Sew Much, Burnaby, BC

A blog about handmade cards and handsewn sock animals

Masculine birthday



I sometimes find it quite challenging to create cards for guys, but maybe because most of the stamp sets I own contain more feminine images. The Up,Up & Away set actually made it pretty easy to create a scenery that is suitable for a masculine card. The is also the first card I created for the Freshly Made Sketch challenge (Freshly Made Sketches 81).

FMS Final 81-001

  • The Cloudy Day Embossing Folder was used to create a perfect background for the hot air balloons.


  • I used products of a few colours that are soon to retire: River Rock, Not Quite Navy, Riding Hood Red and Bashful Blue. Remember retiring colour products are only available while quantities last. Inventory for the Not Quite Navy cardstock has already been depleted, so at least get the ink while you still can!
  • The sentiment came from a retired stamp set, but you can always substitute it with a sentiment from any other current set. This card doesn’t have to be used for birthdays. A congrats sentiment would work as nicely!

Stamp Set: Up, Up & Away (Wood-Mount 122755, Clear-Mount 122757), Happiest Birthday Wishes (retired)
Paper: River Rock* (108640), Whisper White (100730), Not Quite Navy (retired)
Ink: Not Quite Navy* (126971), Riding Hood Red* (126968), Bashful Blue* (126961), StazOn Jet Black (101406)
Cool Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439), Ovals Collection Framelits Dies (129381), Cloudy Day Embossing Folder (127022)
The Perfect Touch: Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), 3/16″ Metallic Brads (119741)

*Available while quantities last


Author: Karen Ngan

To share my love of papercrafting along with my mom's passion for making sock animals.

6 thoughts on “Masculine birthday

  1. Great card Karen! I love that embossed cloud background! The cut out oval is fabulous! Super colours! Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

  2. Love those bright balloons! Sweet!

  3. This is a wonderful take on the sketch, Karen! It is going in my faves as a great masculine card layout! Congratulations on the Princess honor from FMS!!

  4. Wonderful card, Karen. How clever to use the die cut and sneak the birds and clouds inside. So neat!!

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