Monday, May 28

Simon Says: Masculine

Hello Monday, hello friends! I hope you've enjoyed a lovely creative week! We have a new challenge for you this week at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: MASCULINE. This comes at the perfect time for me as both sons will be celebrating birthdays, so I made their cards.

It has been a true pleasure having Alison Bomber with us again for the month of May! It has been a treat to work alongside you again, Alison, and I always look forward to your creative endeavors. 

Both of my sons are quite adventurous, and I made this one for the one who loves to hike and camp in the Adirondack Mountains.

I started off by making a darker background than I usually play with, by wiping the distress oxides on my craft sheet, spritzing with water, then laying my watercolor paper down in it several times. 

I decided to add in a bit more green with Peeled Paint distress ink, added water drops and then took a paper towel and soaked up the water - I love this technique!

I stamped the flock of birds from Visible Image with Simon's High Dive several times onto the background for a subtle design.

Now, I am ready to stencil! I used the Black Soot paint and my new AALL and Create stencil. Gotta say, I love this stencil design!!

I added in quotes using Tim Holtz's Theories set.

Then stamped happy birthday inside the card with High Dive. I always have to check my words to see if they look right before I stamp. Also, I didn't have a large piece of cardstock for the card handy, since it is over 6" in size, so I cut a manila folder I had on hand to make the card base. 

My other son loves to bike - Mountain biking and Gravity riding are his passion, so this wonky trio of bike riders from the Theories set seemed just perfect for him.

I created a brighter background with the inks, just like I did the previous one. 

Next, I used Simon's Grid stencil and added in some sections of blue. 

Then, I just got playing and forgot to take photos, so here are a couple of details.

I added some gears over the wheels of the bike for a fun touch. 

I thought I'd share with you what my table looks like in the midst of my creative frenzy - my working space narrows down to almost nothing as everything I'm working with keeps piling up! Does this happen to you?

So, embrace the journey....

...and look for adventure!

I hope I've inspired you to join us this week for our Masculine challenge! Our generous friends at Simon Says Stamp are offering a $50 shopping voucher!


A Great place to shop!

Simon is on Instagram - use hashtag #sssmchallenge

The design team has been busy creating some Masculine masterpieces for your inspiration, so be sure to head on over to see them!



  1. Both cards are fantastic, Maura. Love the beautiful background colors you created. The stamping and the sentiments are awesome. Love your busy work space, too. :)

  2. This mix of blues and greys of the first card is amazing. I love this color combo a lot and the touch of lime gave such a fresh look of this distressed combination. Love the stencil you used and the sentiments all around. Hugs, Marzena.

  3. A fabulous card with such a beautiful blend of colours ~ this is so cool and I love the stencilled image against that background it's just perfect! Hugs xx

  4. Beautiful inky backgrounds on both cards, and great use of both stamps and stencils. I love that you've used all those words to send your message.
    Alison x

  5. Maura, I LOVE your card so much! Love the masculine vibe!

  6. Stunning cards Maura! And I love that stencil too, got to get it! Both cards have such gorgeous backgrounds. Hugs!

  7. Bothe of these are fantastic Maura! I love your ink backgrounds :)

  8. Have you moved in next door to me yet? I'm still waiting for you so we can trade supplies! Seriously- I have that stencil in my cart as we speak. Thanks for encouraging me to buy things once I see how much magic can be made with them! I always love the imagination and zest that comes through your work!

  9. Two amazing perfect male cards Maura, love both the backgrounds and how you brought them to life with stamps and stencil and oh yes, I recognise that workspace, hugs kath xxx

  10. Fabulous cards, Maura! Think you sons are gonna love them! and yes my workspace also gets very cluttery and things piles up around me... Hugs, Sandra

  11. What a great post Maura! both your project are fabulous ! AAl & Create stencil is so beautiful and you used it wonderfully, Stamps by Tim are incredible and I adore this card! Barbara


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