Thursday 25 May 2023

Male Birthday? Nailed it!

Hello, crafting friends!
It's Thursday and hopefully you are on the edge of your seats for the latest board at the Tic Tac Toe Challenge! I put this board together and there are some ideas that might help you make a masculine card or two - after all, the guys have birthdays too!

What do you think? I chose the left hand column (Slimline card/Tools/Die Cut) to make a card for my brother whose birthday is coming up. He is an amazing inventor and designer and has all the skills to bring his ideas to fruition - he blows my mind!

I started my card by masking off the edges of a slimline card base and sponging pale grey ink into the centre. With the mask still in place, I held Funky Fossil's Brick Wall stencil over the sponging and added more browns and greys to the bricks in a random pattern. This makes a subtle background.

The die cut tools are from Sweet Dixie. I cut them out of snippets of white card intending to colour them, but I thought the look of the white against the background was actually pretty cool! I played around with the layout of the tools until I was happy, then glued everything down. The sentiment is from Altenew's Birthday Wishes and was coloured with a metallic blue pencil. I added a few lovely shiny enamel dots and the card was done!
So, now it's your turn! Do hop over to the Tic Tac Toe Challenge site to check out the amazing inspiration from my team mates. When you're ready, choose a column, row or diagonal from the board, use it to inspire your own creation, then use the Linky Tool at the bottom of the challenge post to share your card with us. We can't wait to see what you make this week!

I'm linking this card up at the Snippets Playground which is where I was lucky enough to win this set of tool dies a little while back :) I'm also joining in at Make My Monday where Meg has chosen a Masculine challenge and TGIF where the theme is You're The Man.

Unfortunately the skills with tools has not passed to all the members of my family and although I would back myself to put up a shelf or some pictures, that's where it ends.
source: pinterest

Sending hugs,


  1. A brilliant masculine card Vicky,a great layout and diecut tools,thank you for joining in my challenge at MMM

  2. Fabulous masculine card made with your die cut snippets.

    Thanks for entering a piece of homework to the Snippets Playground. If we need any Treehouse repairs we know who to go to now!!!! Xxx

  3. Great card Vicky, love the subtle background, and love the white tools, it looks really good xxx

  4. Wow, Vicky, this is fabulous! Love the care you took with that sponged background - very rich, and your white tools are perfectly laid out! I think your brother will love it! Thanks so much for playing at Make My Monday!

  5. Delighted to see your fabulous snippets card Vicky - even more so as you used a prize you won - yay! Perfect for a handyman type of chappy! Little Dudley has been trimmed/scalped by Len. Ever seen a dog walking around with a paper bag over its head out of embarrassment? Sigh.


    Di xx

  6. Wonderful masculine card, Vicky! Great way to make a slimline with the sponged background and all of the tools. Thank you for playing with us at the MMM Challenge. I hope you can join us again soon.
    Debbie, DT
    Secrets To Stamping
    Join my Creative Creases Challenge for fun folds!

  7. Fantastic male card and I love how you didnt colour the tools such a fantastic effect against the pale grey.


  8. So cool and a perfect male card!!!

  9. Great masculine card, Vicky xoxo

  10. i love the layout of this card and I think leaving the tools white was a real win - they look great against the grey sponged background. A fab masculine card!


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