Thursday, June 2, 2011

2nd day in a row... are you impressed? LOL!

It's another day and I have another new card for you! I can't believe we're so close to the end of the week already! I think the holiday threw me off, even though I'm not doing the 9 to 5 thing right now. Today I have a card I made for my son for Father's Day. I think I'm safe to display it so early because I don't think he knows how to find my blog. At least I hope he doesn't! I just recently discovered the world of digi stamps and I am totally head over heels with the work of Mo Manning. You can see her digis here. I found this cute image in her store and it reminded me a lot of my son... because he loves to cook on the grill and also because he's a big guy who wears a ball cap all the time! He messed his knee up pretty bad playing football in junior high school or he might still be playing. So now he has to settle for watching it on tv. Because he lives in Houston and I live between Fort Worth and Dallas, we have a friendly fan war every football season.

Okay, I digress... here's the card. I have been trying to work on my "man" cards lately so I have made three or four in the new bunch I just finished. Even though I don't think of myself as a girlie girl, I find it easy to create projects for females but for males, not so much!  I have seen many other bloggers post comments that they share my affliction so I have made a conscious effort to work on that little issue.  This is one such attempt.

Surprise! It's an easel card!  I found that I really enjoy making this style of card so I made several this week. They don't provide as much room to write a long message as standard cards do but most people don't require it anyway and they can always enclose a letter if need be. I distressed the cardstock on this one. I have always admired this technique on other people's creations but I didn't use it myself very often. I received a Tim Holtz distressing tool in some blog candy I won a while back so I decided to put it to good use.  I was impressed with how easy it was to do and with the results. I also think it looks good with this particular design. Please tell me what you think... like it or not? Please note that there is not one single bud, blossom or bit of bling to be found anywhere on this card! Unless, of course, you want to call the metal stars and oval tag bling. Haha!

Here are the deets:

Base card is craft cardstock, cream mat is Best Occasions cardstock that I bought at Walmart a couple of years ago.  All of the blue and green dp is from an older K-Ology 6" x 6" stack.  The sentiment is from Pink by Designs "Be Mine" stamp set which is available here.  This set is so versatile!  I have used several of the stamps on my recent projects and only one of them has anything to do with Valentine's Day.  Love them!  I don't remember where I got the little metal stars but I'm going to look for more of them because I enjoy using them on my projects and I used the last of them on this card.  The blue ribbon is from Michael's and the oval metal tag was part of a barbeque cookbook recipe journal kit that I won on a blog hop.  I haven't put it together yet but I think it's coming soon.  The green punched border was made using glitter card stock from DCWV and was punched with a Martha Stewart deep border punch.  Big Guy's shirt is printed onto patterned card stock, fussy cut and layered onto the colored image.

Okay, that's it for today. I'll be back tomorrow with another bit of eye candy for you. Thanks so much for stopping by today. I look forward to reading your comments. Have a great Thursday!

Happy crafting,


  1. Wonderful male card. The B-B-Q
    Great colouring and papers and love the design.Fabulous.
    Luv CHRISSYxx

  2. this card is fabulous, and your coloring is wonderful, annie!

  3. Great card Anne. I have the same affliction with male cards. I'm okay with little dude cards but not so flash with the big dude ones lol And I struggle with distressing...I'm too neat & tidy :( So all-in-all you've scored on all counts with me...well done :)
    Hugs xx
    PS I LOVE my digis!!

  4. Another fantastic card! Can't wait to see tomorrow's. Please keep em comin'.

  5. Another fantastic card. It's colored beautifully!!! I just love your coloring. I'm glad to see you have been coloring things up and I can't wait to see some more! I haven't colored anything in like 2 weeks, I have been SO BUSY! I hope to get to play this weekend. Mo Manning is my FAVORITE digi artist.

    Your son's going to love this!
    Tracy V

  6. Awesome the look. Coloring and that image is fab...TFS

  7. Love the colors on your card and I also like the easel card style.

  8. Great card, and the distressing is so effective. Hugs lin

  9. Great cards and I'm so impressed with two days in a row....I'm lagging behind a bit..LOL!


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