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Snarky ’50s Gents

Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Dapper Gents Kit, Giveaways, Kristin Batsel, Lora Mahaffey, Newsletters, Sale

Time for a new kit with some attitude? Plus some quick and easy ATC art projects? (And supplies for small collages like ATCs.)

And time for some fab artwork from Design Team Members Kristin Batsel and Lora Mahaffey?! Both of them used the new Hidden Drawer Book Box – ATC Size — not included in the kit, but perfect for showcasing some ATCs.

These Dapper Gents are post-WW II “gents”. This all started with the Dapper Pad from Authentique… plus I’ve added a couple more papers (with an eyeglasses pattern and a telephone pattern).

Plus 2 new collage sheets (omg, there are some expressions on these guys…), 3 chipboard ATCs, AND a new custom mini set of chipboard shapes!

The kit includes TEN 6″ x 6″ sheets of scrapbook paper (one each of all 8 designs in the Dapper 6×6 Paper Pad). PLUS quarter page cuts (also 6″ x 6″) from the 2 new ’50s pattern sheets.

Back to those new collage sheets!

Men in Hats ATCs Collage SheetNew!
Wow… just look at these guys. So full of themselves! Great images just waiting you you to add a snarky quote.

Satisfying Text Collage SheetNew!
I was staring at vintage ads while under the influence of cough medicine… a quirky set that is perfect for a snarky ATC. (Hm… those boastful quotes sound a lot like the current political regime.)

Finally: a mini chipboard shapes set! This is a subset of the Dapper Gent Shape Set With a pipe, fedora, telephone and 2 pair of eyeglasses.

Now back to the spiffy artwork featured today. Kristin’s The Little Book of Perfect Men (photo above, plus the first wide photo below) is so fun (and colorful)! I love how Kristin used snips of text from both of the new text collage sheets throughout (and added the gold numerals on her cards… of course, #1 being her husband)! More photos and a tutorial on putting the book together are on Kristin’s blog.

And see the 2nd wide photo below for some darker, more intense colors in Lora’s version of The Little Book of Perfect Men! Love the colors (Lora cut out the figures and mounted them on her own selection of background papers…. including some back in stock Double Dot Vintage Scrapbook Papers).

Oh, yes. We are going there. Back to the nostalgic days of the 1950’s and 60’s. Barbasol, Brylcreem and macho males in beautifully tailored suits. Think Rock Hudson and Cary Grant. William Holden, Burt Lancaster….did I mention Cary Grant?

And those hats. Men always look good in hats.

See more photos (and more witty prose) on Lora’s blog post!

Lots of coordinating supplies are below and on the site.



Hooray for the Dapper Gents Kit Giveaway!

Let’s start with THE NEW KIT! That includes 2 new collage sheets, 10 sheets of paper, and chipboard shapes!

New Yes, Dear! Text Collage Sheet (not in the kit but certainly related… and used by Kristin in her ATCs shown above — plus the titles on both books!)

New Hidden Drawer Book Box – ATC Size. Nice! And used in both art projects above.

ALL FOUR of the collage sheets above in the “Highlights from the NEW Collage Sheet SALE” section! (Including that fab new Fifties Floating Heads Collage Sheet!)

AND finally (not in the kit nor in the artwork, but just put on clearance): Dapper Hat Erasers – Set of 4… Those hats would be fun in a project with the new kit!

To enter the Dapper Gents Kit Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY OR TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, MONDAY, April 3, 2017)!

AND tell me: How will you decorate that new size of the Hidden Drawer Book Box?

Don’t forget to leave your (hello! correct) email address, too, so I can contact the winner; your email address does not need to be made public. Note: I’m offering free shipping, too, but only within the USA. International shipping will still apply.

Please be patient! Spammers try to post crap here a lot so comments are moderated. So if you don’t see your post in the comments section, be patient and check back in a few hours before re-posting it, please!

After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via So check your mailbox on Thursday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter

Hey, who won the Cinderella’s Room Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Pattie Walters! Congrats! Check your email for info.

Posted by Leslie, April 2nd, 2017

36 responses to “Snarky ’50s Gents”

  1. Barb macaskill says:

    I adore the men’s hat erasers! So cute! I think I would do a hunting theme for the ATC hidden 📚 box! Both of my sons are hunters and I think they would ❤️ to display this decorated with a variety of the animals they hunt. Thanks for the chance to win this 😎 giveaway! macaskillbarbara @ yahoo .com is my email without the spaces.
    Fingers crossed!

  2. Barb A says:

    What fun! Love any type & size of secret books. Would do something similar to the perfect man book.

  3. Vera Collier says:

    I could see a Mad Men themed box with this set.

  4. Kim R says:

    I see a mystery book…something to do with steampunk gentlemen

  5. Nancy E says:

    What fun! I’d decorate and give to my hubby for Father’s Day! Just so cool!!!

  6. Jo says:

    OOOOO – I love this! I can see so many fun uses for these gentlemen! Love this idea!

  7. I love retro I would love to make a collage with all of these pieces thank you

  8. Lou Anne says:

    I really like the hidden drawer book. I’d make one to store vintage scrap in with the dapper men on the cover.

  9. Monica Gabehart says:

    Love the look of the snarky gents. I would decorate the hidden drawer book with some snarky gents and go detective themed – Sam Spade style.

  10. Nadine says:

    Love the hat erasers. This could be the start of a mens shop.

  11. Adrienne says:

    If I can’t have the perfect man in real life, this is a grand substitute!

  12. Verna says:

    Hahahha….this is great. Lovely giveaway. Make it just as is, or maybe go for spring box with affirmations about getting outside. Thanks for ideas!

  13. Diana says:

    Would love to make these vintage guys as I have a vintage guy. His birthday is coming up and I think this would be a hoot for him. The hats are the finishing touch for what I have in mind.

  14. Randi says:

    I love the snarky gentlemen. The perfect men book is a great small gift for several of my friends. Might have to make more than one.

  15. Laural says:

    Ahh the memories, such a stylish era. I’d have to create something similar with a bit of contrast with movie posters of the era

  16. Phoebe Diamond says:

    Hmm, a box of hidden treasures. Both real and ephemeral. Gold coins and happiness. Health and property.

  17. Denise Bryant says:

    Love this Hidden Drawer Book Box! I’d decorate it with some family photos and make it a special keepsake for my hubby for Father’s Day!

  18. vicky wildberger-o sullivan says:

    i have been wanting to make a hidden book box. i have some treasures to place in it.

  19. Mary Mac says:

    Make it leather bound and keep a gun in it. LOL

  20. Jan K says:

    My son loves fishing, so I think I would go with a fishing theme for the hidden drawer book! The giveaway is fabulous!

  21. Karen Mallory says:

    I would use the things in the giveaway to decorate the book box. I like the idea of the different men’s cards in the book box.

  22. Susan M L says:

    These gentlemen are reminding me of Anne Taintor’s sassy women! Would love to make my own batch of handsome heroes. I am loving all the different size book boxes, so I would love to win the ATC size.

  23. Kathlene Ford-Walters says:

    Hide all my jewels in it.

  24. Frances Lala says:

    Why condoms of course.

  25. Sara H. says:

    I would like to do a vintage super hero theme here, I think.

  26. cg says:


    How cute!! I’ve got a golf theme that will dazzle daddy on Father’s Day!

  27. Carla says:

    Love the little books! And the snarky men!

  28. Traci says:

    My cats pictures on ATC cards in the cute hidden drawer box- >^..^<

  29. I am hooked on Boardwalk Empire. I think this would be perfect for that time period.

  30. Marykay chisum says:

    I put a hidden library in mine

  31. Marilyn Hughes says:

    I’d probably put a hidden apothecary selection in it.

  32. Ronda Liebert says:

    Not sure what I would do, but it would be a lot of fun coming up with something.

  33. Marie Weddle says:

    Not sure what I would do with it either, but it looks like there is tons of inspiration in those collage sheets! 🙂

  34. K Toews says:

    I’d like to have something pop out of the book -surprise!!

  35. Jennie Ingram says:

    Oooh, I’d do a set of sewing fairy trading cards, all kept together in the book box!

  36. Peggy says:

    I love those hat erasers! And I am definitely having a Don Draper flashback hahaa! It is so difficult to find good guy stuff I love this!!! I will probably make my grandson something because he has a great sense of humor. He would love this snarky make stuff. That perfect man book box is perfect