Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Heartfelt Creations December Alumni Blog Hop

Welcome to the December Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop! Each month, on the last Tuesday of the month, the Heartfelt Creations Alumni Team participates in a Blog Hop! Be sure to visit each blog on the hop, and leave a comment, because one fortunate Blogger will be chosen to receive a $25 gift card to Heartfelt Creations! The winner will be announced on Saturday, January 2nd, at noon. The December Hop starts 8am EST on Tuesday, December 29th and closes Friday, January 1st at midnight. 

The team is dedicating this Hop to the memory of our dear teammate, Penny ODell. Penny passed away earlier this month. She was a sweet lady and amazing artist and she will be missed by many. My condolences go out to her family. 

You should be coming to my blog from my dear friend Kathy Clement's BlogFor a list of the Alumni Blogs, see the end of the post.

I created some masculine cards to share with you for my post.

I never have enough "manly" cards to mail, and I never have enough flat, easy-to-mail cards in my stash. Sometimes, you just don't want to fuss with a padded mailer or a box! You just want to put the card in an envelope, slap on a stamp, and mail it! I created a simple sketch, pulled out my papers, and...made some flat cards! 

For this set of four cards, I used the Everyday Heroes Paper Collection and the All Occasion Sentiments Cling Stamp Set. Each card is 4 1/4" x 5 1/2", which is standard note card size. I trimmed out my scraps into 4 1/8" x 5 3/8" panels and coordinating strips at 4 1/8" x 1 7/8". It was easy to go through all my scraps and trim out pieces without having to think too much about what matched, since all the Heartfelt Creations papers within a collection coordinate!

I cut card bases out of black cardstock, and then I used an assembly line method to crank out cards. This is a good way to build my stash, to use scraps, and to make cards for donation. Cards that I give as donations always have to be standard size and flat. Plus it's easy to create a bunch in one style! Once you get going...you can binge-watch Netflix and create a respectable stack of cards!

I placed the main panel onto the card front. I then matted each 4 1/8" x 1 7/8" paper strip with black cardstock cut to 4 1/4" x 2". I wrapped each strip with twine, secured at the back. I then added a metal embellishment to each upper right corner of the strip  before attaching it to the card front. For this card, I used two tiny brads and one mini brad. I always add twine or string and metal to masculine cards. I don't like to add bows or flowers...too fussy for the men in my life. 

I cut out stacking circles from black and ivory cardstock for the sentiment. I stamped the sentiment with black ink and attached it with foam tape. For this card, I used three tiny brads for the metal accent. The Everyday Heroes paper collection is one of my favorites from Heartfelt Creations. I love the colors, the images, and the grungy-ness of it! 

For two of the cards, I used a tiny paper clip as the metal accent. All very masculine! And flat! And let's just be clear...I have boat loads of tiny brads and clips! Time to use them!

Each card has a coordinating paper strip attached to an ivory panel on the inside. Again, it was easy to cut 4 1/8" x 1" or 1 1/2" strips from paper scraps! I did not stamp anything on the inside as I wanted to make sure I could customize each card. I can also add a gift card if I wish.

I hope you enjoyed my card set and that you are inspired to use up your scraps! 


December Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop List:
Emilia van den Heuvel
Caroline Duncan
Amy Doria
Glenda Brooks
Vicki Dutcher
Regina M. Hamilton
Kathy Clement
Gloria Stengel - YOU ARE HERE!
Kathy Urbatch
Sarah Miller
Alissa Wells
Ginny Cagle
Lisa Allen

Heartfelt Creations Products:
HCDP1-253 Everyday Heroes Paper Collection
HCPC-3600 All Occasion Sentiments Cling Stamp Set

Other Products:
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Black, Natural
Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black, Ranger Distress Vintage Photo
Twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon Natural Burlap String
Other dies: Spellbinders Standard Circles Large and Small
Paper clips: Tim Holtz
Brads: Creative Impressions
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D foam squares


  1. great design, beautiful papers and great set of masculine cards! So sad to hear about Penny, my condolences to the family.


  2. What a great set of cards. You make it look so easy making manly cards!

  3. What a great way to use up scraps! These look so great, and so many people struggle with masculine cards! Clever you!

  4. I never have enough masculine cards! Love the way you designed the inside of the card! Thanks for a chance to win. Bswavely60@gmail.com

  5. I never have enough masculine cards! Love the way you designed the inside of the card! Thanks for a chance to win. Bswavely60@gmail.com

  6. That is a nice set of cards. I'll have to remember this design the next time I need to make a masculine card.

  7. Great set of note cards. LOVE this stamp collection from HC. :)

  8. Great set of note cards. LOVE this stamp collection from HC. :)

  9. Thank you for giving us inspiration for masculine cards

  10. really like all of these! inspired to create a few of my own!

  11. These are so clever and have just the right amount of embellishment.

  12. Love these CAS cards. So perfect for anyone. Will give a couple of these a try. Thanks for sharing!
    Janelle R

  13. Great masculine cards. Thank you for the inspiration.

  14. Fabulous set of masculine cards

  15. Love your masculine cards Gloria. They are really different from what you usually make. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Such a fabulous set of masculine cards!!!!

  17. Great cards!!...I know exactly what you mean about stock piling standard size flat cards....it's amazing how many your can turn out like that for emergencies!! Thanks for sharing. Very sorry to hear about Penny...loved her work!

  18. Very pretty set of masculine cards. Always good to have some of these cards in my collection. Thanks!

  19. Great use of your scraps and it's so easy when you can do several at a time

  20. I agree with your -just put it in the envelope issue. We get so carried away with layers, flowers, textures and bling...... masculine and flat! So hard to get that combination. Thank you for sharing and for the great use of scraps.

  21. Love your cards.


  22. I really admire your set of birthday cards - so pretty and elegant! :-)

  23. Great set of Birthday cards. I plan to copy your idea.

  24. great set of cards!!

  25. What a great design and a nice set of card to have on hand!

  26. Thanks for this great masculine card design.

  27. Great set of masculine cards thanks for sharing

  28. What a nice set of cards - I love that layout and that you did the inside, too! So sorry for the team's loss!

  29. Great set of Masculine cards!

  30. Gloria, these are wonderful! What great use of the paper!