Category Archives: Masculine Cards

Snarky Masculine Birthday Wishes

Authentique Party Snarky Masculine Birthday Wishes

Hello, Friends!  Can I tell you a secret?  I love to make masculine cards.  And this Snarky Masculine Birthday Wishes card makes me fairly giddy with glee.  It was perfect for our youngest son’s birthday celebration last month.  He has always been the practical, organized, level headed guy who always has a plan and I(almost) always has his act together. This is probably the sort of thing he would wish for on his birthday!

Tips for Using Ribbon on a Masculine Card

I also love to demonstrate how easy it is to use ribbon on a masculine card in a way that is not to frilly or frou-frou.  Want to know my secret?  Choose patterns and textures that make you think of mens’ ties and suits!  It’s a “win” every single time!

For this card, combine Shell Grey Shimmer Satin Ribbon with Black and Grey Diamond Print Grosgrain Ribbon for the win!  The crisp finish of the satin ribbon speaks to men’s formal wear while the pattern on the grosgrain ribbon would look right at home on a tie.  Top the bow with a little birthday cake charm and a masculine button.  Layer the patterned ribbon over the satin ribbon.  Then top with buttons for a look that resembles a French Cuff on a man’s dressy shirt.

Use Scor-Tape to adhere the ribbons, and wrap the ends around the back of your card panel for a neat and tidy finish.

Here’s a peek at the inside:

Clean and simple, but still fun.  That’s how to make a great masculine card!

I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks that you can use to help you make your next masculine card.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Snarky Masculine Birthday Wishes Supply List

Measure Twice Cut Once Masculine Shaker Card

Measure Twice Cut Once Masculine Shaker Card

Hello, Friends!  Did you grow up hearing the phrase, Measure Twice, Cut Once?  I did!  And now that our eldest son has taken up woodcrafting (you can check out his ETSY shop HERE) it’s a phrase I’m hearing quite often!  So imagine my delight when I found this saying in PhotoPlay’s
“This Guy” collection.  I just had to use it on his birthday card!

Measure Twice Cut Once Masculine Shaker Card:  Keeping it Simple

Here’s how this card came together:

  • First, create a 5″ x 7″ top fold card base
  • Next, dry emboss a panel of dark brown patterned paper from the collection with a 3-D Embossing Folder. (Product links can be found at the bottom of this post)

TIP:  Create even more depth and dimension in your 3-D Embossing Folder by applying Black Soot Distress Ink on the flat side of the folder.  Then spritz the paper lightly with water and run through your die cutting machine.  You’ll be pleasantly amazed at how realistic the wood grain look!

  • Now, back the paper frame with clear acrylic cardstock, then add a triple layer of waste chipboard around the edges to create the shaker box.
  • Fill the shaker box with gold sequins, yellow buttons and miniature tools. I actually wish I had added 4 layers of chipboard to allow more freedom of movement in the shaker box.

  • Mat the sentiment panel on kraft cardstock and back with dimensionals.  Adhere to the card base.
  • Then adhere a Tim Holtz metal ruler and a Paper Doll as a finishing touch.
  • Top the shaker box with a vintage bulldog clip and a little twine bow.
Measure Twice Cut Once Masculine Shaker Card:  A Peek Inside

I kept the inside simple, with a little sentiment card panel and a cluster of ephemera on the top.

Our son loved the card, and I loved making it.  That’s what I call a win/win!

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and techniques that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Measure Twice Cut Once Masculine Shaker Card Supply List

NOTE:  Some supplies have been in my stash a long time and are no longer available for purchase online.  Others were gifted to me, so I’m not sure where to find them online.  I link to supplies whenever possible…but sometimes, it just isn’t possible!  Thanks for understanding!

Authentique Mister Pocket Card

Authentique Mister Pocket Card: Authentique Father’s Day Group Post

Hello, Friends!  How do you feel about making masculine cards?  I had such a good time creating this Authentique Mister Pocket Card for the Authentique Design Team Father’s Day Group Post!  Although I love all my frilly, shabby chic creations, sometimes it’s really fun to change gears and make a great guy card!

Authentique Mister Pocket Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

If you haven’t had a chance to play with Authentique Mister yet, here’s a look at what you’ve been missing!  So many wonderful masculine prints, rich colors and fabulous vintage images make this a stand out masculine collection.  Since Father’s Day is right around the corner, I thought I would make a fun pocket style card.  Here’s how this one came together.

Authentique Mister Pocket Card: Building the Base

Authentique Mister Pocket Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

  • First, cut (2) 5″ x 11″ panels from Steel Grey Cardstock.  Then,  score a 1/2″ flap on the end of each panel.  Adhere these flaps together to form a side fold card with a 1/2″ spine on the left.  You will need to trim the ends of the card to measure 7″ x 5″.
  • Next, cut a 6 7/8″ x 4 7/8″ panel from Spectrum Old Glory Cardstock.
  • Now cut a 6 3/4″ x 4 3/4″ panel of Mister Eleven.  Distress the edges and stitch it to the Old Glory layer.
  • Then cut a 3 1/2″ square of Mister Seven.  Stitch it onto a slightly larger panel of Steel Grey Cardstock.  Adhere this on the left hand side of the card near the spine.
Authentique Mister Pocket Card: What’s in Your Pocket

Authentique Mister Pocket Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

This cloth pocket was unearthed while cleaning up the Closet of Shame.  Lucky find, as it is the perfect embellishment for this masculine card.  I decorated the front with a small piece of Mister Seven.  Next I matted the sticker on some scrap card, wrapped it with burlap string, added a key and tucked it inside the front pocket.  This is a great place to add a gift card!

Authentique Mister Pocket Card: A Peek Inside

Authentique Mister Pocket Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 04

Don’t you just love these patterned papers?

Authentique Mister Pocket Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 05

I tucked a coffee treat, a chocolate and a little magnet into the pocket on the right.  The magnet is stitched to denim that I salvaged from a pair of jeans.

Authentique Mister Pocket Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 06

The sentiments in this collection are so good.  And there’s room to write a personal note here, too.

Memories of My Dad

I know I’ve shared a lot of memories about my mom with y’all.  But I also had a fabulous Daddy.  My dad was a man of real integrity.  Like most father’s of his era, he was a man of few words.  But when he spoke, you wanted to hear what he had to say.  Like my mom, he had a creative mind and an incredible work ethic.  He could build anything, fix anything, and his ingenuity was astonishing.

Mom and Dad bought the house I grew up in just 10 days before I was born.  To say it was a fixer upper is being romantic.  It needed some serious love.  But it had good bones, as they say, and together, my mom and dad made it into a warm and welcoming home.    I have photos of the house from when I was a baby, and it amazes me to see that there was no lawn.  Just grey clay…not a sprig of grass anywhere to be seen.   But as a kid, I remember playing on lush green lawns..  How did that transformation take place?

Well, there was rarely ever any spare money in our blue collar household.  But there was a wealth of love, can-do spirit and elbow grease to make up for that lack.  When Dad wanted a lawn but could not afford both the grass seed and a tiller rental to break up the soil, he came up with a brilliant solution.

He went to the dump.  And there he found an old open coil mattress spring.  Just the thing!  He rigged up a harness for that old thing, hitched himself up to it,  told my older brothers to hop on top to weight it down and proceeded to break up that hard clay.  Not a word of complaint.  The job got done, my brothers had a jolly adventure, and I grew up with beautiful green lawns to play on.  What a guy!

Another Day, Another Dollar

I adored my dad, and shadowed him every where he went.  It was probably not always convenient for him to have me “help” him with his projects, but he always made me feel welcome. His nickname for me was “Sweetheart.”   He taught me how to walk like a lady, how to behave in public, and how to shop for a good piece of meat.  Dad was a marvelous dancer, and he taught me how to waltz.  He loved a good joke, treated everyone with dignity, and taught me to do the same.  My father modeled what a real man should be, and I am eternally grateful for his example.

Dad was an optimist.  He made meager wages as a bookkeeper/office manager at the local granite quarry.  Yet he wore a sports coat, starched shirt, shined shoes and tie to work every day.  He had pride…the good kind of pride.  Each morning, as he kissed my mother good-bye, he would put his favorite hat on his head and say with a twinkle in his blue eyes, “Well, here I go.  Another day.   Another dollar.  A million days…a million dollars.”

Sadly, Dad did not live to reach those million days.  He died very suddenly of a massive heart attack when I was just 13 years old.  My world came crashing down in a few short minutes.  Those were dark days for me and my family, but our father’s influence and example was deeply planted in our hearts and minds.  Slowly but surely, we picked ourselves up and took on the challenge of living life without him.  He molded my heart in the few short years in which he was my dad.  And, to no surprise, I married a man who is remarkably similar to him

I know not everyone was so richly blessed with such a great father.  But if you are one of those lucky ones, be sure to spend a little time with your dad…or remembering him this Father’s Day.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Authentique Rustic Shaker Card Tutorial

Authentique Rustic Shaker Card Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  How about a little masculine card action? Today’s Authentique Rustic Shaker Card Tutorial will show you how to use Eileen Hull’s Frame Die to create a very handsome shaker card in a jiffy.

How to Build a Shaker Box using Eileen Hull’s Frame Die

Authentique Rustic Shaker Card Tutorial Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

This 5 1/4″ x 7 1/4″ top fold card celebrates the beauty of the outdoors in style!  Here’s how I put the shaker box together using Eileen’s die:

  • First, die cut the Mailable Frame Die from Rustic Seven.
  • Next, carefully cut the “v” shaped flap away from the base.  Set this aside to use in some other project.
  • Now, cut along the scored crease line in the die to create two separate pieces: a plaid window piece, and a collaged piece.
  • Next, stitch burlap ribbon around the perimeter of the window, if desired.
  • Then, cut a piece of clear acrylic cardstock the same size as the window piece and glue to the BACK side of the plaid paper.
  • Now create an elevation for your shaker card using foam tape, or sections of waste chipboard.  I used 3 layers of 1/4″ wide matboard glued together to create my elevation. If you use foam tape, you will want to use at least 2 layers to give the shaker elements room to move around.
  • When the elevation is adhered to the back side of the plaid paper, fill it with your shaker elements.
  • If using foam tape, remove the liner and adhere the word collage panel to the back of the shaker box.  If using waste chipboard, you will need to place adhesive on the edges of the word collage paper before adhering.
  • Finally, hot glue wooden buttons in the corners of the shaker box where the burlap intersects.
  • Then adhere the shaker box to the bottom card layers.
Authentique Rustic Shaker Card Tutorial: A Peek Inside

Learn how to create a simple gift card pocket using the Cardstock Component Sheet in the video tutorial below.

You will also learn how to create this fun bookmark to tuck into the pocket of the flip page.

And, I’ll show you how to create this neat sentiment panel.

Authentique Rustic Shaker Card Tutorial on YouTube

If you’re ready to get Rustic with me, just click play and enjoy this video tutorial.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Authentique Mister Desk Organizer Button Farm Kit

Authentique Mister Desk Organizer Button Farm Kit for Dad

Hello, Friends!  I’m super excited about my May Kit Club over on the Button Farm Club.  With Father’s Day right around the corner, we took our crafting off the page and created an amazing Authentique Mister Desk Organizer for Dad!

Authentique Mister Desk Organizer Kit for Dad by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Button Farm Club Photo 01

These stacking drawers measure 16″ high (taller if you could the height of the easel topper).  Each chipboard drawer is neatly housed in the wooden frame.  Isn’t it handsome?

Authentique Mister Desk Organizer Kit for Dad by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Button Farm Club Photo 03

This easy to assemble 4” x 16” x 4 ¼” unit boasts a sturdy wood frame designed to fit with any home decor.

Authentique Mister Desk Organizer Kit for Dad by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Button Farm Club Photo 04

Four 3 ½” x 4” x 3 ½” drawers constructed from heavy weight chipboard are handsomely decorated with Authentique Paper’s Mister collection.

 

Authentique Mister Desk Organizer Kit for Dad by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Button Farm Club Photo 05

Authentique Mister Desk Organizer Kit for Dad by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Button Farm Club Photo 06

 

The The full color, step by step tutorial is loaded with clever techniques that you will be able to use in all your crafty adventures.  You will learn how to:

  • Build the drawer unit
  • Create a faux woodgrain finish
  • Use packaging to build an easel style photo display unit on the top of the drawer
  • Use product packaging to construct from scratch a 3.25” x 3.25” x 1 ½” hardcover mini album to tuck into one of the drawers

Authentique Mister Desk Organizer Kit for Dad by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Button Farm Club Photo 07

Authentique Mister Desk Organizer Kit for Dad by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Button Farm Club Photo 08

Each pocket style page holds two 3″ photo mats for family photos.  This album is the perfect size for Dad to keep on his desk, and it’s loaded with fun, interactive features.

Authentique Mister Desk Organizer Button Farm Kit for Dad: What You Get

This kit includes everything you will need beyond basic crafting supplies:

  • 8×8” Authentique Mister collection with 24 double sided papers
  • (2) 12” x 12” sheets of Authentique Cobblestone Spectrum Cardstock
  • Kaisercraft Tall Drawer Unit
  • Grey chalk paint
  • 4 antique bronze drawer pulls
  • Metal padlock (may vary from the one used in the tutorial)
  • An assortment of 7 metal gears (may vary from those seen in the tutorial photos)
  • Bulldog clip
  • 2 yards of burlap string
  • Full color/printed step by step tutorial written by me

I’m super pleased with the way this kit turned out.  The pictures really don’t do it justice.  I’ll just tell you that before I had it finished, Mr. Clement had claimed it for his office desk.  He really liked it!  Hooray!

Authentique Mister Desk Organizer Button Farm Kit for Dad: Quick Video Tour

This is a limited release kit, available through The Button Farm Club only.  You can order your kit HERE.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this dapper new kit in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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