A Manly Convention Swap

I only signed up for one organized swap this year at Convention.  If you’re only going to do one, you think it through pretty carefully – and when I thought it through, I made the decision to go Manly.  Manly cards are a challenge, especially with a catalog full of flowers and butterflies.  Don’t get me wrong – I love flowers and butterflies – but sometimes a girl needs a Manly card, and I was looking for inspiration.

Maui Stamper Manly Happy Birthday Everyone Masculine Card

  • Stamps:  World Map, Happy Birthday Everyone, Be the Star
  • Color Palette:  Whisper White, Basic Black, Cucumber Crush
  • Accessories:  Star framelits, Black Baker’s Twine, Stampin’ Dimensionals, White Craft Ink, White Embossing Powder, Embossing Buddy, Heat Tool, Rhinestone Jewels

I wanted to incorporate one of our 2015-2017 In Colors, and was pleased to find that Cucumber Crush would work.  I’ll be honest:  that’s the In Color I am having the greatest challenge using.  When Christmas comes, it will get better, I’m sure.

Maui Stamper Manly Happy Birthday Everyone Masculine Card

I used the embossing buddy like mad, yet some of the cards still had some tiny white flecks.  I think my embossing powder is suffering from life in the tropics – humidity is not a friend to embossing powder!  If you’re having “stray bit” problems, try a new batch of EP and see if that helps.  You can get some HERE!


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