Sunday, June 12, 2011

All Things Manly

It's pretty hard to believe that it's almost Father's Day, isn't it? I really have no idea where 2011 has gone, and when I look at how full the old Google Calendar is for the rest of the year, it is apparent that effectively, it's already 2012!

But it is the week to take a sec and tip our hats to the boyz, the spider killers, the lawn mowers, the people who can't find the mustard in the fridge but can change a tire...

So it's a SUPER time to for the All Things Unity Blog's Get Manly challenge!

I decided that for my manly creation, I was going to paint a little picture of the man cave. I think we can all agree that a comfy sprawl in front of the TV is something we all think of as manly. We are never sitting in front of the TV because we are always stamping, so it's sort of the male holy land, undisturbed by the XX chromosomes!

First, I did a little woodworking for my manly card. I vividly remember one episode of Trading Spaces where they painted one stripe of gloss paint and then a stripe of satin paint to make a faux wallpaper and I LOVED it!! I've always wanted to do that, so I've done it on a small scale here. I took a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock, and painted on a coat of gloss Mod Podge onto it and let it dry. I used a piece of River Rock to make the satin strips, by painting Matte Mod Podge on it and letting that dry. Then I cut the strips to 1/2" x 2 1/8" and glued them on a Crumb Cake card base. For the top, I laid down a Plaid stencil and sponged Extreme Glitter into it. The iridescent glitter really picked up on the green tint of the River Rock. The whole thing is sort of muted and manly, and I think that completely compensates for the fact that I used glitter on a manly card.
Next, I made "molding" between the stripes and the wall by layering two 1/8" wide strips of Very Vanilla onto a piece of 1/2" Very Vanilla, and painting it with Mod Podge gloss. 

Finally, I moved in some comfy furniture and hardware to complete the man cave. That is the good life, isn't it?
Stamps: Unity Kit of the Month - November 2010 and June 2010 Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black 
Paper: Crumb Cake, River Rock, Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Poppy Parade  
Accessories: Mod Podge gloss, matte and Extreme Glitter, paintbrush, Stampin' Up! Hodgepodge Hardware, glue
Hey - you're standing in front of the TV!!! :)

Now a little birdie told me that they are giving away all this loot as part of their All Things Unity Challenge, so maybe you better stop by the ATU blog to enter your own manly card for a chance to win!!

I've heard that Mod Podge is the new duct tape. Just sayin'.



  1. So glad to be guest designing with you this month at All Things Unity! Love your project!

  2. OMG, I laughed so hard. "Can't find the mustard in the fridge, but can change a tire."

    What a super manly card! I love that stripy part, but it sounds like an AWFUL lot of work. And waiting to dry? Pfthtfht to that. I kid. Maybe.

    By the way, I have a stripey wall in my Dining Room. Painted a light green coat, then went back and painted 3"-wide stripes of a darker shade. It's not shiny, but me likey. :)

    WV: surryoth
    Cousins to the Visigoths.

  3. A man cave card. LOVE it! And how true is that mustard - tire paradox. ROFLMBO How many times I've said "I'm sure it's in there somewhere" or "Top shelf on the left behind the..." Thanks for the great giggles, as usual!

  4. I love your card...I have a ? re your June 5th card...where do you get the Chere Amie stamp set..I know you said coming soon..but I am interested in this particular set...thanks Jan

  5. Hi Jan! :) It will be in the new Stampin' Up! catalog coming out July 1st - let me know if you need a catalog :)

  6. hello we figure out diffrent for towork yhaoo.


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