Welcome to October's Control Freak Blog Tour. It's been a while since I've participated and it feels great to be back. If you're following the tour, you just came from Judy DiScipio's blog. If you're starting here, don't worry. Just follow the link at the bottom of this post and it will hop you over to the next blog. It will eventually circle you back around to Judy's blog.
The theme for this month's tour is Masculine or projects for the men in our lives. I usually tend to struggle a little bit with masculine cards so I started visiting my favorite blogs and found the perfect project!
This idea came from the talented Brenda Keenan. It was really quick and easy to make. The best part about it is that the tie is simple origami. No crazy angles to cut and no weird measurements to remember. I didn't add a sentiment to the card so it can be used for any occasion.
I kept the inside of my card very simple. Usually I would add a scalloped layer, some ribbon, etc. In talking to several men, I found that they tend to like cards that are less frilly, glittery, blingy, etc. That is, unless you make him something like this...
and then you can add all the frill, lace, and bling that you want. These cards should ooze femininity. I love making these cards. Besides, what guy wouldn't love to receive something like this?
The basic card shape is the same for the top and the bottom. Also, if you look closely (click on the photo to enlarge it) you can see that the pieces cut off of the thong/bikini bottom are used to make the bra/bikini top. I will let you decided if these are a set of bra and panty cards or an itsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini. It works either way.
UPDATE: I have uploaded the pattern for the bra and panty/bikini cards. This is a project that I got off splitcoast a long time ago and I have no idea who originally created it. The card bases are made from a standard 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card. Also, you can click here to see another set of cards like these that I made a while ago.
For my final project I decided to make a Top Note treat holder. We've all heard the saying, "the way to a man's heart is through his stomach." This treat holder is the perfect size for some homemade cookies or other goodies.
It's made from two Top Note Dies that I decorated with the Woodgrain Embossing Folder and some fall leaves. The center is made from a mini paper sack that I cut down to size. It's difficult to see in the photo (you can click on it to enlarge it), but I added some paper piercing between the two ovals behind the sentiment. I made both the front and back of the treat holder look exactly the same.
UPDATE: Click here to see a tutorial on how to make this treat bag.
Those are all of the masculine projects I made. But wait, there's more! Hop on over to LeeAnn Greff's blog to see her amazing creations and to continue along the tour.
Paper: Whisper White, Midnight Muse, Comfort Cafe DSP
Accessories: Silver Brads, Dimensionals
Bikini/Bra and Panty Cards
Paper: Pink Pirouette, Polka Dot Parade DSP
Big Shot: Adorning Accents Edgelits
Stamps: Creatively Yours, Gently Falling
Paper: Very Vanilla, More Mustard, Cajun Craze, Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake
Ink: More Mustard, Cajun Craze, Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: Silver Brads, Dimensionals, Essentials Paper Piercing Pack
Punches: Oval (small, medium, extra-large), Modern Label
Big Shot: Top Note Die, Woodgrain Embossing Folder