New DT for Sparkles Monthly Challenge!

Hello friends!  Hope that you’ve had a wonderful Valentine’s Day and a great start to this new week in February!


I’m really excited to share that I’ve just been invited as a new design team member over at the Sparkles Monthly Challenge Blog!  I really like the fact that it has fun monthly themes to get you thinking and also that I can use up my never-ending piles of my own craft stash!   This fits perfectly well with me and something I can handle!😉  So I hope you’ll stop by and follow along to play with us each month!  You can find a new one on the 15th of each month.

Today starts a new monthly challenge theme which is #161 “Men Only“…so anything masculine will do!  With having sons in my family, I’m always in need of masculine style cards for sure!  Here’s my card for this month’s challenge:

Oh yes…tools!  This always seems to be a favorite in my craft supply when creating a masculine card for sure!  I made this one for my husband who’s a very handy guy, and he likes the color blue.  I always like to add lots of textures, distressing and layers when making a masculine card.  This also helps for using more of those craft supplies!

I’ve had these stamps and dies from My Favorite Things for quite a while now and only used them a couple of times.  I die cut the background panel in the pegboard cover die and stitched rectangle dies, plus, layered with a couple of different blue panels that were stapled together.  A die cut circle in woodgrain and blue papers were attached and cut off at the edge before attaching to the top folding white A2 card base.

I’ve added the die cut tool elements over top of the circle using some silver mirror and blue colored cardstocks to cut them out.  I added some sponged ink over some places and topped it with a ripped strip of silver embossed screw heads, a strip of dark blue and the stamped sentiment stapled together and placed it over top with a piece of “messy” thread.  Lastly, I added the dark blue die cut hearts and covered them with a glitter brush pen.

I hope that you will stop by the Sparkles Monthly Challenge Blog to check out the challenge and inspiration from the creative design team!  I look forward to seeing what everyone creates!

Thanks so much for stopping in and I’ll see you soon!


  1. Creative Inspirations – Anything Goes
  2. Pearly Sparkles – Anything Goes
  3. The Paper Funday – Anything Goes optional: Lots of Layers 
  4. Lil’ Patch of Crafty Friends – Anything Goes
  5. Creative Fingers – Anything Goes
  6. Ally’s Angels – Anything Goes
  7. Allsorts – Anything Goes optional: hearts
  8. The Corrosive – Anything Goes

26 thoughts on “New DT for Sparkles Monthly Challenge!

  1. Congrats on your new DT job. They must be happy to have you on board!
    Love your masculine card with the tools. You have used great colours and a great dotted background.
    xxx Margreet


  2. This is such a cool card for the men with that pegboard and all those great tools! Very creative and fun and I love all the layers and wonderful details – including that fun sentiment! Congratulations on your new DT spot – well deserved!


  3. Great masculine card! Loving those tools! I have tool dies in my stash that I’ve never used so thanks for the inspiration to bring them out for a play! Congrats on being a new DT member over at Sparkles – they’re lucky to have you!


  4. Only good things about this charming masculine card! LOVE every bit of it, and the sentiment made me smile. I noticed the peg board immediately – I too am familiar with the man cave. Congrats on your new DT. They are so lucky to have you share your talent.


  5. Oooo, Vicki, love, love, LOVING the die cut tools and your fabulous arrangement of them on this card for Hubby! The blue and white combo is perfect for a masculine card, and your layers for texture are wonderful. 😀 (BTW if I’d known you were looking for DT, I would have begged you to join QKR Stampede. There’s still time to answer our DT call! Please? )


  6. I am totally digging this awesome man card! Congrats on your DT spot – this will be such a fun way for you to use what you have in your stash! Bet they are all happy dancing to have you on their team! Thanks for sharing, and can’t wait to see what you create next! Your square was mailed out this a.m.!!!


  7. congratulations on joining the Sparkles Monthly Challenge. This is a win win for them for sure. I hadn’t heard of this but I will stalk you over there now with creations. I just love this card, your choices are masculine but far from drab! I just love it sweet friend…Smiles, Kathy


  8. Congrats are in order – the DT is lucky to have you – and this card is absolutely amazing. Love the tools -my hubby is a handy man as well – I might have to look into getting some dies to cut tools. Love the blues and all the detail. Enjoy your new DT. I mailed your square Monday.


  9. Stunning male card. I also love the color blue, so I like this card a lot. I love the layered composition and agree that tools are the perfect theme for a masculine card.


  10. Congratulations on the new DT gig. I actually was looking for the link to that challenge and am so thrilled you have it on your blog today. Thank you! I love your masculine tools card. This card would actually work well for my sister too as she is always working with tools.


  11. Big congrats on the new design team! That’s great.
    Love this masculine card too – perfect for those guys that love their tools. Cute, cute, and fun card!


  12. Congratulations on joining the Sparkles Monthly Challenge Team, Vicki!! I love this amazing masculine design you have created. I just received the Spellbinders’ Tools dies and can’t wait to add to my “guy” stash!!


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