Retro Abstract Birthday

What card do you make for a man who is turning 40? Mmm… well if you are me you go retro abstract and what better way to go retro than with the fabulous Basic Grey Offbeat paper available over at Quixotic Paperie. 

Matched with Kraft paper – you guys know how much I love my Kraft and corrugated card LOL! Don’t forget that Elaine now stocks Bazzill Kraft card.

I also did some hand-stitching which is made super easy with the Sew Easy Tool. You can even use the tool on circles. 

I used a circle Spellbinder nestibitlies as my template and drew my stitch line on the back of the paper. 

Then I lined up the piercing spike on the straight stitch head of the Sew Easy tool with the drawn line.

Using the markings on the head keeping it in line with the drawn line allows you to pierce holes in a circle. 

Just keep an eye on the last couple of holes if your circle isn’t the perfect size you might have to make your own last hole to get the spacing right!

Elaine has been adding lots of lovely new things to Quixotic Paperie, the gorgeous Baker’s Twine in all sorts of lovely colours are now in the store – I love these! Have you seen the wonderful new 50’s themed Kraftin’ Kimmies stamps? Well worth taking a look! Also there are some yummy new papers from Memory box – pretty.

Have a lovely Saturday.


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Kim Dellow

Kim Dellow is an artist–designer–film-maker living the creative life in London, UK. She's a freelance creative for the craft industry and others, and she loves to share her art-ventures on her blog.

This Post Has 13 Comments

  1. misteejay

    Lovely card Kim. Fellas cards can be difficult at the best of times but even more so when it comes to 'special' birthdays.

    Toni :o)

  2. Poppit

    what a handy bit of kit! Another fab card! xx

  3. Minxy

    this is cool, though i just cant get the hang of my sew tool thingy, glad you have more luck with it than me

  4. Ciara

    You've definitely done better with the Sew Easy than I did – I sent mine back as I couldn't make it work!

    Great card and perfect for a chap 🙂

  5. Doone

    Ah Kim I have always used my Dads (and granddads) rosewood bradawl to make my holes (in anything) love the Manly Card, Hope your 40 year old does too –


  6. jenny

    Awesome Kim… what a fabulous card… I love that sew easy tool… and the corrugated cardboard… what a gorgeous touch…

    Jenny x

  7. Donna Mosley

    Hi Kim, this is fantastic, love the gorgeous colours and fab stitching.

    Donna x

  8. coops

    absolutely fantastic male card the star and corrugated card 😀

    xx coops xx

  9. Antonella

    Love the card!!! Don't have one of those tools.. I don't do sewing very well though – lol… hugs, antonella 🙂

  10. Mary J

    Thx for the tips Kim! I have been too scared to try the circle but I'm gonna give it a go now!

    And brilliant card – I am going to deffo try some corrugated card – I know Steve has STACKS of it in the garage!!

  11. Jean Peters

    ooo love the sew easy tool. Havent been crafting in a long while as I have been attending college – but I want one of those!!

  12. Alex

    What a wonderful tutorial. Thank you.

    Your creations are just fun. Love the grunged up look of it all!!!

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