Jake’s 14th Birthday

Stampin up beate inspiration

Hmmmm . . . making a birthday card for a teenage boy.  Not really so tough.  TIP:  I began with neutral colors, ditched any thoughts of ribbon and added a little texture and hardware.  Today's card combines the sketch from Poetic Artistry's Mojo Monday and Beate's inspiration challenge. 

The card base is 4.25 x 5.5 Always Artichoke Textured card stock.   It's topped with a Kraft pattern from Manchester Designer Series Paper (good masculine options–I think it's a "sleeper" DP), Always Artichoke Textured and layered on a solid piece of Kraft card stock. 

The horizontal panel consists of Baja Breeze Textured card stock that I added a skinny strip of Kraft and some 1/4" Circles (Always Artichoke Textured).  The vertical panel is another handsome stripe from Manchester matted on Very Vanilla. 

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The sentiment is from the Cute & Curly stamp set, which comes bundled with the Curly Label Punch (used here).  TIP:  I find this little combo indispensable.  It's stamped first in Always Artichoke ink, then Baja Breeze.  I snipped out the Baja words and attached them with Stampin' Dimensionals to the Artichoke version.  The entire punch is propped up on dimensionals, too.

TIP:  I created a simple ring, to mirror the rings in Beate's inspiration.  I first punched out Baja Breeze Textured card stock with a 1 1/4" Circle Punch.  Next, I punched around the 1 1/4" circle opening with Stampin' Up!'s new 1 3/4" Circle Punch.  So easy.   A little Always Artichoke (textured) Star pumped up on a dimensional adds polish.  With a Crop-A-Dile, I set my Jumbo Eyelets (Pewter) in a flash.

Hugs and Pretties . . . . Mary

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Stamp Set:  Cute and Curly
Paper:  Manchester Designer Series, Always Artichoke Textured, Baja Breeze Textured, Kraft, Very Vanilla
Ink:  Baja Breeze, Always Artichoke
Punch Bunch:  Star, Curly Label, 1 3/4", 1 1/4" and 1/4" Circle Punches
Tools:  Crop-A-Dile
The Perfect Touch:  Jumbo Eyelets (Pewter), Stampin' Dimensionals

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  1. Such a great card! Love the papers and it is beautifully embellished. Thanks for playing! 🙂

  2. Cindy Lawrence

    Oh Mary, this is AMAZING!!! The layout, colors, popped up sentiment….all FABULOUS!

  3. Great masculine card, Mary. Fantastic color combo!

  4. You make the best masculine cards! Everything just coordinates so beautifully. Great job!!

  5. Awesome Masculine card Mary!!! The colors are great.
    God bless

  6. Very cool masculine card! I sometimes struggle with those. Yours is perfect!


  7. What a fun card. I love all of the punches and layers!

  8. Mary- is there anything you can’t do? Or don’t have from Stampin Up? 🙂

    As usual, super job!

  9. Fabulous masculine card. I love the colors. And that new punch looks awesome. I am a sucker for punches, my collection is slowly growing! Thanks for sharing, I always love how you put so much detail in your posts. It is so easy to recreate or CASE your projects if you so wish because you give great insrutions! THANKS AGAIN!

  10. Mary – the card is perfetct – very masculine and I bet Jake is gonna love it!!!

  11. Colleen Kramer

    Oh very nice! Love the color combo! This could easily be given to any man 14 or older 🙂 Your photo of the textured paper used here is quite stunning.

  12. Mary, It’s great!! I have 4 sons and birthday cards for them is always a challenge. You did a sweet job!!!

  13. This a great card Mary! I love the jumbo eyelets and the colors you used. I would say it definitely looks like a card for a teenage boy.
    Terria 🙂

  14. i love your card!! Great job!

  15. What a great color combo – the card is perfect for a teenage boy. Love the curly label punch set – that may be sneaking its way onto my wish list.

  16. Awesome card, Mary! It’s perfect for a teenage boy.
    And BAM…you just added that designer paper to my next order! Good thing I already have the punch kit.

    Hugs and grins

  17. It’s good to see a card that you can give to a 14 year old. There seems to be an in-between age of 12 to 19 where juvenile cards are too babyish and you really can’t do a sailboat, fishing, hunting etc. This fits right in there. Jake will love it. I love it. Love the color combo. Good job!

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