Thursday 20 June 2024

Trusty Tools for Creativity Abounds


Wasn't last weekend's Creativity Abounds Virtual Stamp Camp a heap of fun?! If you enjoyed it, or would like to try one for the first time, our next camp will be mid-October. Watch out for details.

This month the international team at Creativity Abounds has a great theme for our bundle and hop: Masculine. If you're like me, you sometimes struggle with making a masculine card. This hop - and the associated tutorial bundle - will give you a lot of ideas.

All thirteen members of the international Creativity Abounds team  have contributed a project to our Exclusive Tutorial Bundle, which you can earn as a free gift from me with a purchase of $100 or more (excluding P&P) or by being a member of my team. 

There's a sneak peek of my project and the whole bundle at the end of this post but here's an alternative project to give you some ideas.

Both this project, and my tutorial bundle project, use the Trusty Tools stamps and dies. If you have a DIY male in your life, then this is the set for you! This combo gives you tools to colour and tools to die cut - including the pegboard to hang them on. 

I think the Metal Plate 3D Embossing Folder completes the workshop vibe, while the bright colours pep things up a bit. You can customise the inside of the card as you desire.

Here's what you need to make it for yourself, plus instructions. 


  • Azure Afternoon for base 21cm x 14.8cm, scored at 10.5cm (8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored at 4 1/4")
  • Basic White for front and inner 2 pieces 10cm x 14.3cm (2 pieces 4" x 5 1/4")
  • Basic White for sentiment 2.5cm x 8.5cm (1" x 3 1/2")
  • Basic White for stamping tools approximately 10cm x 14.5cm (4" x 6")
  • Smoky Slate 8cm x 2.5cm for cutting the spanner ( 3 1/4" x 1")
  • Basic Black 7.5cm x 10cm for the pegboard (3" x 4")
Stamps and Dies
Inks and Colouring
  1. Fold and burnish the score line on the Azure Afternoon card base.
  2. Take one of the large pieces of Basic White and emboss with the Metal Plate 3D embossing folder. Attach this to the front of the card base.
  3. Use the pegboard die to cut the rectangle of Basic Black. Attach this towards the bottom left of the card front. Leave a margin of about 1.3cm (1/2") to the left and bottom. The exact measurement is less important than keeping them even.
  4. Using Tuxedo Black ink, stamp a tape measure, hammer, paintbrush and spanner. Colour them using the Stampin' Blends and die cut them out. You could choose other tools if you prefer.
  5. Use the dies to cut out a spanner from the piece of Smoky Slate.
  6. Arrange the tools evenly but overlapping on the pegboard. Pop some up on dimensionals to give a sense of depth.
  7. Stamp the 'Happy Father's Day' in Tuxedo Black, die cut using the rectangle with the in-curve ends. Attach this with dimensionals over the pegboard of tools.
  8. Add in three of the Lemon-Lime Twist Tinsel gems.
  9. Decorate the inside as desired.

If you live in New Zealand and don't have a Stampin' Up Demonstrator, I'd love to be yours. I can help you with ideas, get you catalogues and provide you with Stampin' Up products. You can leave a message in the comments or contact me using any of the methods listed in the Contact Me tab at the top of the page. 

You can shop with me from anywhere in New Zealand by clicking here

Here's a peek at my Masculine Tutorial Bundle project. 

Here's a sneak peek at the whole thirteen project bundle. You can get this bundle from me by placing an order of $100 or more, or by being a member of my team.

If you don't live in New Zealand, here's a peek at the rest of the team. You can earn the bundle from any of the team members in your market.


  1. What a great card for a handy man :) Thanks for the inspiration and sharing!

  2. Love the bright colors! Great card.

  3. You can't go wrong with Trusty Tools for a masculine card - love the metal-effect embossing too!