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Thanks for stopping by my blog today, for another blog hop with Demonstrators in the Tech 4 Stampers Academy group. This month’s theme is Boys & Men. I decided to go with a fancy fold card I learned in a team craft night, and made it into a card for my husband. He is very supportive of my crafting passion. Here is my card:

On a standard card base I adhered a piece of Designer Series Paper to 14.5cm x 10.2cm to leave a very narrow border. I used Stampin’ Seal around the edges only. I then placed one of the stitched circle dies from the Stylish shapes set on the card front and ran it through my Cut ‘n Emboss machine to cut a circle from both layers. I only used the white layer for the focal point of my card, keeping the patterned paper piece for another project.

To create the pop up bar I created a narrow rectangular box out of white cardstock, 14.5cm long by 4-1/4″ (yes, I’m using both metric and imperial measurements) and scored at 1″, 2″, 3″ and 4″ on the 4-1/4″ side. These were burnished and folded to form the box shape, putting adhesive on the 1/4″ flap. I then glued 2 narrow strips of patterned paper (the reverse side of the swirly paper on the card front) to decorate the pop up bar. This mechanism was then glued to the inside of the card, along the bottom, and on the top part on either side of the circle aperture.

I stamped the mug image in Memento black ink onto white cardstock and coloured the images with Stampin’ Blends – I used Azure Afternoon for the blue mug and Fresh Freesia for the other one. I had already stamped the coffee image in the mugs using Early Espresso for one and Pecan Pie for the other (I like my coffee milky). I then die cut the images and adhered the Freesia mug flat on the circle and used Dimensionals to raise the blue mug. I then closed the card, put glue on the patterned paper that was showing through the window, and placed the circle in the aperture.

For the greeting I stamped in Memento black onto white cardstock and used one of the banner dies in the Stylish Shapes set. To finish the card I used a few of the Adhesive-backed Swirl Dots for bling.

Now let’s see what everyone else has created to this theme.

Happy hopping!


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