Thanks to For Fun Challenges I finally got the Masculine Greeting Card Organizer done for my Father In-law….it has only taken me 5 years but it’s done!

My Mother in-law and Sister in-law love having my cards on hand to give out to people. So I decided one Christmas to make them pretty tins to be able to keep the cards in. Then a couple times a year I would refill their stash. When my mother in-law passed away in 2006 my sister in-law took the cards and added them to her collection but didn’t need the tin. So I think it got thrown away or given away (can’t remember). At the time we didn’t really think my father in-law would have use for it since he doesn’t send out a lot of cards. Well, we were wrong. We got a call one day asking where the card box went so we told him and he said he was looking for it so he could send a card out. So I told him I would make a “manly” box for him to keep his cards in. I have given him cards to use but just haven’t got around to making the tin.

I realized I didn’t have any more tins that opened from the top and was the right size so last month a friend of mine gave me an extra one she had. Then Helen at For Fun Challenges decided to REALLY challenge us with a ANYTHING BUT A CARD CHALLENGE. I decided this was the perfect “kick in the pants” I needed to get it done. I had some cool looking manly paper (same paper I did the fishing card out of last month) and paired it with the Time to Fish Digital Image from Clear Dollar Stamps.  My husband helped me by telling me it needed the fishing pole and fish on there with the basket. I came up with the metal stringer and brads…which I think turned out cute! I actually think the WHOLE thing turned out pretty awesome! On the inside lid I placed instructions on mailing bulky cards….they cost more and you have to put “hand stamp only” on the envelope and hand the envelope to the mail clerk. Then I added the light tan piece to make a pocket to put some of the 65 cent extra posting stamps in there for him. That way he can keep them in there since they are for the cards.

I hope the challenge will inspire you to do something you have been wanting to do but haven’t had time! Put down the card making supplies and do something different!!


1) For Fun Challenge – Anything BUT a card. Can be a sewing, quilting, scrapbook pages, altered items, cakes, kids crafts, etc….

2) There She Goes Challenge #152 (TSG152) – Cards or project for Dad! We are challenging you to make a card or project for Dad. Whether it is a gift set, scrapbook page, or card, focus on Dads of all kinds!

3) Penny’s Paper-Crafty Challenge #77 – Anything BUT a card.


Stamps/Images: Time to Fish Digital Image @ Clear Dollar Stamps

Cardstock/Papers: Cardstock  – Bazzill, Patterned Paper – Paper Loft (Hooked on Fishing)

Inks/Markers: Digital Images printed on Canon Inkjet printer

Accents/Tools: Tin, modge podge, pop dots, wire, brads, EK Success edge punch

Techniques: Altered object