Artisan Finalist Blog Hop Day 6

Welcome to the sixth day of our fabulous Artisan Finalist Blog Tour!  I've really enjoyed seeing everyone's projects and I hope you have, too.  If you are making the rounds on the tour, you should have just arrived from Holly VanDyne's blog.  Didn't you just love her project?  She is so creative!

My project for today is a masculine card.  I always find it difficult to come up with ideas for manly cards, so this was a bit of a challenge.  I had also been playing around with different ways to create chevron patterns and knew I wanted to create a masculine card using chevrons in the background.  And this is what I came up with…..


There is quite a bit of texture and dimension on this card.  The "chevron" background was a little complicated to explain, but if there is enough interest, I'll consider creating a tutorial after the blog hop.  Leave me a comment below if you want to know more.


The Designer Series Paper on this card has retired, but fortunately all the other supplies are still available through Stampin' UP!  Scroll down to the bottom of this post for a complete supply list.


This blog hop will take you in a complete circle, but if you happen to lose your way, here is a list you can refer to. Be sure to check back every day this week for more great stamping and paper crafting ideas!

  1. Connie Collins
  2. Holly VanDyne
  3. Melissa Stout  (you are here!)
  4. Amy O'Neill
  5. Sandie Conner
  6. Amy Rogers
  7. Mercedes Weber
  8. Tara (Murphy) Bourgoin
  9. Mindy Bingamon


You are now ready to visit Amy O'Neill.  She's got a great project to share with you today!



STAMP SET:  Daring Adventure

INK:  River Rock, Early Espresso, Not Quite Navy

PAPER:  River Rock, Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Not Quite Navy, Well Worn DSP

ACCESSORIES:  Big Shot, Houndstooth and Stripes Embossing Folders, Regals Buttons, Blue Denim Jean Ribbon, Natural Hemp Twine, 1” square punch


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  1. Connie Collins | 14th Aug 12

    Great masculine card! The chevron pattern is awesome!

  2. Amy O'Neill | 14th Aug 12

    Wow, Melissa! This card has so many creative details to look at. If I had to enter a masculine card for the contest, I’d still be working on it. 🙂

  3. Mindy Backes | 14th Aug 12

    How funny we both shared a project with the same stamp set today:-) I LOVE this! The colors and layout and everything about it, it’s so manly!

  4. Tara (Murphy) Bourgoin | 14th Aug 12

    Wow!! Just amazing!! What a fabulous creation. The details are just superb!

  5. Amy Rogers | 15th Aug 12

    It had to take FOREVER to create that chevron pattern – awesome detail! I love the feel of this card since masculine is so hard to create. I will be buying this stamp set now after you and Mindy featured it so skillfully. Well done!!!

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