Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Top 10 Winners Blog Hop - Masculine

Hi and welcome to this very special blog hop for the Top Ten Winners in Kylie Bertucci's May International Highlights. I am Lou Kitzelman and I live on the Sunshine Coast, Australia. The theme for this hop is the same as the highlights - Masculine. You can see my top 10 card here. Thank you to everyone who voted for me. Somehow I was voted 2nd! Thank you.
For this hop I decided to continue the theme of  my last card and branch out into shirts - not just pockets. I made this card last week (still cracks me up every time I look at it) and thought the fold would be perfect for this hop. Masculine cards can be a bit hard to make sometimes and can end up a bit drab and dull so I wanted to make a few fun cards that could be used for any boy, teenager or man. The design possibilities are endless but a girl only has so many hours in the day!

So armed with the Pieces & Patterns stamp set and coordinating Pick a Pattern Designer Series Paper with is what I came up with.

I had so much fun making these. The stamp set and DSP have such a great range of design elements. The DSP made a perfect loud statement tie. And these dots were the perfect stamp to form a pattern for a shirt. I coloured in random dots with Stampin' Write Markers to coordinate with the tie. I love how all Stampin' Up! DSP has the colours used written on the pack. It makes it so easy to grab your ink pads, cardstock and markers.

I just made a template for the tie. I hacked away at it until I was happy with it. One tip is to fold in half and trim to make sure it is symmetrical. I was able to make it narrower than my flamingo tie - no big bottoms to fit on this time!

The inside is really simple but I love how it turned out. A sentiment, a strip of DSP and a few dots is all you need.

So cool you don't need a pocket protector!

I used the pencil stamp to create a band across the pocket and added some dots with a marker. The pencils were fussy cut and coloured with markers.

And what about some cute bear buttons? I added a coat of glue from the Fine Tip Glue Pen to give the buttons a shine. Some small holes and baker's twine and I was good to go. They are really cute in real life but were difficult to capture in photos. Apologies.

And I popped the bear buttons up with some of the new mini dimensionals - my latest obsession. You can see the difference in size compared to the regular dimensionals. Love them!

I have many lovely and thoughtful followers who not only read my blog but take the time to leave comments. Every time you leave a comment you brighten my day. I can't thank you enough for sharing my stamping journey with me - and all my crazy ramblings! I was asked to make a video of how to make the shirt when I made my flamingo shirt. I am not at all experienced in this but had a go. It is very basic so go easy on me. This one is for you Gloria and Joanella.

The basics:

  • Cut a piece of cardstock in half lengthways. (I have used A4 but it works with any size cardstock.)
  • Fold in half.
  • At the fold end cut a slit 3 cm (1 1/4") in and down from the top and edge on each side.
  • Fold those tabs in on an angle to form the collar. 
  • Secure collar with glue dots.

Next up is the super talented Sara Levin. Make sure you check out everyone on the hop. We are from all around the world - you are in for real creative treat today!


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  1. Oh Lou, these shirts are fantastic! I am in love with your bear buttons!! And I am loving the different take on the inside of the card. Yes, the design possibilities are endless! Thanks so much for sharing these delightful projects. xxx

  2. These are so adorable!! I love them. What a great way to use the pencils in the pocket. So clever. Thank you so much for your support of my international highlights - you always do such amazing designs.

  3. Oh Lou, these are amazing! I love that whimsical pattern on that cool guys shirt. How fun are those bear buttons?? Loving it. So happy to be hopping with you :)

  4. Those little bear butts!! Love these Lee, thanks for the inspiration!

  5. Such a great set of shirt cards! And a truly great way to show off the versatility of the designer paper pack!!

  6. Lou, these shirts are awesome!

  7. Freakin' adorable! So clever to think of bear buttons and putting the pencils in, love them!

  8. These shirts are AMAZING Lou! Will have to try this myself. Thanks for sharing how to make it. Jay xxx


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