Little Bit Retro Birthday for Pals Paper Arts # 200

Yay for Pals Paper Arts. Today’s challenge is #200.  That’s a great accomplishment for the Pals and a huge amount of crafty inspiration for all of us.  I hope my card does the 200th week justice.

Today’s card is another masculine birthday card for one of my staff at work.  For those of you new to my blog, I have literally dozens of men in my life.  Certainly family members such as husband, father, 3 brothers, 2 sons-in-law and three nephews, but I’m also the direct manager of 15 wonderful guys at my day job as well as 2 male co-workers and one super cool Stampin Up upline.  You add that up, along with my commitment to making each of them a uniquely designed card every year, and it means I make A LOT of masculine birthday cards, most of which make it to this blog.

IMG_1074And here is the sketch that inspired me.

About my card
1. Mixing patterned paper.  The double sided Designer Series Paper makes mixing patterns a snap.  Today’s card uses both sides of the same paper.

2. Multiple colors on a single stamp.  I don’t know how I could possibly be a stamper if I didn’t have the full set of Marvelous Markers.  I use them all the time, for writing in coordinated ink on the inside of my cards and the addresses on the envelopes, but also   for coloring different parts of a stamp at the same time.  The cupcakes on the cake platter are an example of that technique.

3.  Ribbon, yes, on a guys card.  I’m on a mission to change the image of ribbon from a female only embellishment to a unisex, multipurpose tool in a stampers tool kit.  The ribbon on this card adds a nice, not feminine, touch, as well as balance.

Thank you for stopping by today.  If you would like to order any of the products used in my project today, you can click on any of the images below and be directed to my on line Stampin Up store.


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About Lynn

Thanks for visiting my Site. My name is Lynn Kolcun and I'm a Stampin Up Demonstrator. I love being creative with paper and ink, learning new techniques and sharing my craft with you.


  1. Definitely a great choice of layout, patterns, colors and textures for a guy card. This is great, Lynn. I always love to see what you come up with. Thanks for playing along with the PPA200 challenge this week.

  2. Love your card Lynn!

  3. Fabulous card, Lynn! Love your little cupcakes!

  4. Love the paper… the image… the card!

  5. Well done! Love the way you you used the dsp and did all the individual coloring. You have the prefect balance for a great masculine card. Thanks for the great idea 🙂

  6. I love the Retro Fresh DSP so you had me with that, but then the way you used the same colors for the icing on the cupcakes was icing on the cake (pun intended). Super cute result!

  7. Thank you all so much for the super sweet comments. If I’ve made you smile or better yet inspired you to creat your own I’ve accomplished my goal!!

  8. Love all the the colors and mixing of patterns. It really gives it that retro vibe! Thanks for playing along with us this week at Pals Paper Arts!

  9. That little cake stand is so cute! And the colored goodies inside are just perfect. Anyone would be thrilled to have such a great birthday card! Thank you for joining us this week at Pals Paper Arts!

  10. I’m late but this card is SO cute, Lynn! Thanks for playing at PPA!!

  11. Terrific man card! I love how you incorporated ribbon on it. Love the richness of the soft suede.

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