Saturday, March 21, 2015


Hi everybody!!!  So quite a few months ago I was given 2 sets of stamps by one of the ladies in our group who wanted card idea's for using them. Both sets were masculine vintage.  Hmm....immediately I think of Tim Holtz.  I love his style and use it alot for tags during the holidays.  I have also made a few of my own Tim Holtz inspired cards as seen in the post  "Vintage can be Manly" 3-3-2014.  Here are the 2 stamp sets I had to work with.
They were from the Forever in Time Vintage collection.  Apparently they have others because she just handed me another set last night to work with.  Thank goodness it's more girly because I'm all about frilly and you just can't use many frills on a guys card. LOL
And now back to the cards.  At first I thought simple would be best for the group.  Limit the cutting of pieces and just use creative placement.  One of the problems I had was that I wanted to use as many of the stamps as I could on 1 card.  Instead I made 2 cards with set A (above on left) and 2 cards with set B ( above on right).  First the 2 cards with set B.

Inside the card on the left we stamped an open book in the right corner and the card on right had an ink pen and the spilled ink bottle stamped inside.  I'm not too pleased with these 2 because they are so simplified.  Both are 4.25" x  5.5"  (A2) cards.  Left card has a base of Old Olive, a 4 x 5.25" Designer paper layer and then the stamped white card stock measuring 3.75 x 5".  I used a black woven ribbon (frays alot) and the birthday greeting is Old Olive 1 x 1.5" with white being .75 x 1 3/8".   The card on the right is Recollections navy base, a design paper of 1.75 x 5.5".  Gold glitter paper was cut 1 x 3 and had 2 brads attached.  Apiece of designer paper cut 2.25 x 2.75  had a Kraft paper stamped books measuring 2 x 2.5.  Main tag was 1 x 1.75.

Next two were much more fun for me but much more work.  Mainly because of the pieces involved.  I pre cut all the pieces as I went along and do not have all the piece measurements but just wing it.  My originals were stamped then cut then I decided how big to make the mats.  These 2 are using the stamp set A.

These 2 cards are a bit larger at 5 x 6.5"  I love this size card!  Top card base is black while bottom one is Cream.  All images are stamped and embossed on a thin Kraft paper and the pieces distressed with Tim Holtz walnut distress inks.  A hint of yellow was added to each card using Tim Holtz distress marker color Wild Honey and a gold glitter gel pen.  The Bike on top card is fussy cut out and dimensionaled and the ribbon is a burlap ribbon found at Hobby Lobby.  The bottom card has the main large wheel fussy cut and dimensionaled as well a a selected 3 of the smaller wheels. The oval tag was cut along with a piece of wax paper and I decided to use both.  Wax paper must be adhered with glue dots as your tape runners probably won't work.  The top oval tag was the curved and dimensionaled over the wax paper.  I used decorative scissors to cut the strip between the red and the striped paper.  All these pieces were also distressed and a of yellow was also added.  Both cards were also stamped inside.  I really liked these 2 cards and they are added to my "Manly" stash!  LOL
Hope I didn't confuse you much.

Now off to think of the next set......though I really need to get a birthday card done for my sister.....So til next time!



  1. Great images and love the masculine designs you have created. Great card designs
    Shelly SCS card group

  2. Great images and love the masculine designs you have created. Great card designs
    Shelly SCS card group

  3. Wow, looking at the stamp sets I wasn't inspired, but your designs are great!!! I'm stunned by the fountain pen card, it is spectacular. I would never have thought to do that. :)

  4. You are good at the Tim Holtz look and the vintage style, I am not. For some reason I struggle with it. I like making flower embellishments but then I never use the card as most of my cards are mailed rather than given in person. I have an inexpensive stamp set with a fountain pen, ink bottle and have enjoyed using it...but it's more a vintage clean and simple card. I think my favorite person to copy ideas from is Biggan or she goes by Birgit too. I have a few ideas of her (to mimic sitting) on my counter now....and they keep calling my name. After the dishes... after I get a pot of beans in the simmering mode.....after I have my computer wonder I like the peace and quiet of the night to create. LOL Linda P