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February Challenge: Masculine Cards! (and January winner!)

February Challenge

Hi All,

Welcome to the February Challenge! But first, the winner of the January challenge… entry #2: Hannah M! Congrats, Hannah, I emailed you.

Lots of people have asked me for more masculine cards over the years. To tell you the truth, I don’t send a lot of masculine cards out. I will create cards for my husband, but they generally contain hearts and critters. This will be a good opportunity to get me out of the box!

Here are some of the helpful tips for masculine cards I gave in the heads-up last week:

  • Stick with cool colors – blues, greens, purples. Add accents of brown and black.
  • Rather than flowers and butterflies, think more about shapes and lines.
  • Don’t use curly fonts – go with straight edges and blocks.

If you are new to the community, I encourage you to check out the Challenges Page for detailed information about how the challenges work.

The last day to submit your entry is Monday, February 29th, 11:59pm CT. One random winner will be selected from all entries and announced on Tuesday, March 1st.

SimonSaysStamp Gift Voucher
The giveaway will be a $25 gift voucher to Simon Says Stamp, one of my favorite stores!

Even though a random winner is selected at the end of the month, the challenge is open indefinitely. Please continue to post to the challenges. Continuously seeing everyone’s new work is a win for everyone’s inspiration!

Okay, just to recap the main rules:

  • Your entry must be masculine-like.
  • You can submit as many entries as you like! However, please submit only one entry per card.
  • After submitting your entry, leave a comment on the entry just before yours.
  • Leave more comments on entries, if you’re so inclined. 🙂
  • To be eligible for a prize, you must be an active member of LiveLoveCards at the time the winner is announced.

Are you ready to enter? CLICK HERE!

Creating four cards at once was really easy with this design, and I had no scrap cardstock leftover. I used the Stampin’ Up! Sunburst die, but other companies make similar dies, such as Simon Says Stamp, Impression Obsession, and My Favorite Things.

Masculine Cards

Masculine Cards

Here is the inside for this one:

Masculine Cards inside

Masculine Cards

Masculine Cards

Masculine Cards

Enjoy the video I look forward to seeing your creations!



To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.

Sunburst Thinlits Die
Sunburst Thinlits Die
SSS Stitched Circles
SSS Stitched Circles
Paper Smooches Slang Gang
Paper Smooches Slang Gang
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Cardstock
Black Cardstock
Green Apple Cardstock
Green Apple Cardstock
Surf Blue Cardstock
Surf Blue Cardstock
Versamark Ink Pad
Versamark Ink
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
Hero Arts
Stampin' Up! Heat Tool
Heat Tool
Sizzix Big Shot Machine
Sizzix Big Shot
Magnetic Platform
Magnetic Platform
Stampin' Up! Embossing Buddy
Embossing Buddy
Stampin' Up! Craft Scissors
Stampin’ Up! Craft Scissors
Thin Paper Tape
Thin Paper Tape
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner


Sorry, the uploaded entries are no longer available.


  1. wrote on February 1st, 2016 at 10:15 am


    Wow! So creative – love them all!

  2. wrote on February 1st, 2016 at 11:30 am


    Darlene,….I LOVE your card, esp. the sentiments….lol. HEY….my card is FIRST for the challenge!! hehehehe. Masculine cards are especially challenging for me. I mean…what is a card without sequins or ruffles and such??!

  3. wrote on February 1st, 2016 at 12:17 pm


    My name Is Hannah Marie. When I first glanced at it I was so excited, then I look at the entry number, and thought “2? That doesn’t sound right?” I clicked on it and saw the winner was Hannah Means! So close!
    Congratulations Hannah!

    • wrote on February 1st, 2016 at 3:24 pm


      Aww, maybe next time!

    • wrote on February 2nd, 2016 at 12:10 am


      Boo Hoo Hannah Marie and Woo Hoo Hannah Means. Hope Hannah Marie is a lucky winner soon.

    • wrote on February 2nd, 2016 at 12:19 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Oh no, Hannah – that’s terrible. I’m so sorry!

  4. wrote on February 1st, 2016 at 1:26 pm


    Hey Darlene…how do you take such great pics of your your cards? I really havn’t had consistent results on my process…boooooo!!! What is your set up like?

  5. wrote on February 1st, 2016 at 1:48 pm


    OK….after i asked about your setup, i saw your original post of your old set up. Do you still use the Ottlite for pictures? Does it not need a filter to difuse the light? Your pics always look amazing!

    • wrote on February 2nd, 2016 at 12:34 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Cat! Yes, I use the same process, with the standing Ott-lite. I don’t have a filter – I just angle it from the side a little.

      • wrote on February 2nd, 2016 at 12:44 pm


        Thanks, Darlene!

  6. wrote on February 1st, 2016 at 3:27 pm


    Love, love, love this card and love, love, love the colours. Ideal for the males in our lives.

  7. wrote on February 1st, 2016 at 5:17 pm


    Would have NEVER considered using this die this way – thanks for the idea!

  8. wrote on February 1st, 2016 at 5:30 pm


    Great colour combination. Don’t have this die but a stencil that’s very similar so plan to experiment with it. Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. wrote on February 1st, 2016 at 5:43 pm


    Great cards! I really like the way you fixed “the mistake”. That is something that could be done with any sentiment, which I’ve done in the past. The outside of cards are lovely whether simple or complex, but the inside is just a let down after getting so excited about the outside. I always try to jazz it up a bit.

  10. wrote on February 1st, 2016 at 6:32 pm


    I love these cards, and plan to make one of them for my teen grandson. You used sentiments from 2 additional stamps that you didn’t reference (Warm thoughts & You Are My Sunshine). Would you please let me know which stamps these are?

  11. wrote on February 1st, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    Carol B

    Love it Darlene! I have a lot of men in my life including husband, sons, dad, son-in-laws,etc. Love this idea.

  12. wrote on February 1st, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    Carol Mac

    Hi Darlene, you didn’ link to the SSS starburst die (as you said in your video). The SU die is really expensive so I would like to see the SSS price. thanks a lot. Love these sentiments…I have to get them.

    • wrote on February 1st, 2016 at 10:15 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Carol. I did link to three other dies in the paragraph just above the photo of the four cards together.

      • wrote on February 2nd, 2016 at 7:23 am

        Carol Mac

        Ahhhh! Got it, thanks.

  13. wrote on February 2nd, 2016 at 11:52 am


    Darlene, you are SO creative. Love the masculine cards.

  14. wrote on February 5th, 2016 at 6:17 am


    Love this masculine card Darlene wonderful colors to go with !

  15. wrote on February 17th, 2016 at 1:59 pm


    I love your dramatic but simple cards Darlene. I’ve gotten so many ideas from all the entries this month. Hey, I think that’s the idea. To expand our creativitiy and learn from each other. Such fun!

  16. wrote on February 26th, 2016 at 3:55 am


    Finally managed to submit a card(s) to the challenge! Luckily both my boys have birthdays in February. Love seeing what everyone creates for the challenges – all so different.

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