Masculine Cards

Hey Everyone,
     I spent time in my craft room today with only one real task in mind. I wanted to make masculine birthday cards, and I wanted to use alcohol inks. Sounds easy, right? Nope. I found that although I love the blending and randomness of the alcohol inks, I can never get a background image that I am TOTALLY happy with. I get so close, and never get it just right. So, I get frustrated. Today, I told myself that no matter what I create, I must suck it up and use it in a card. Here are the results. I would LOVE comments.

 I love this sentiment, but it was so large, I never knew what to do with it. Here is a use! My husband says it isn't masculine at all. humft.

 This one by far is my favorite. As you can see my background isn't perfect, but it works. The twine is a very masculine touch.

Ok, this one is a bit busy for me. but I am happy with the end result. What do you think?

I love this piggy! I found him as a digital stamp from: from the heart stamps. I tried cutting him out and placing him on my busy background. It works!


Duos: Summer goes too fast!

Hey everyone!
I am not going to bore you with how busy I have been, and how I have not been able to spend time in my craft room until the END of my summer. As much as I love card making, and crafting, there are other items that must have my attention so that I can craft. Anywho....

I made a vow to accomplish 3 craft items this summer. (Only three, you are thinking?) Wait until you hear these.....BIG!

Item 1: I will RE-CREATE  my Christmas list. Somehow my digital Christmas database went POOF! Granted, I only had 20-25 names in it, but still. I texted, called, left messages, and face-booked everyone I needed to track down and asked them for their current address. Why you ask? I am going to make handmade Christmas cards this summer, and have them ready to mail to everyone in my database! (I told you....BIG)

Item 2: I will  CREATE (from my Christmas list) a BIRTHDAY list! I took only relatives, and dear friends off the Christmas list, and created a birthday list with addresses and dates. (not the year, silly) Why you ask? I am going to make handmade birthday cards for everyone for the next 12 months, seal, stamp and have them ready to go with the date on them, so to mail them out a week early!

Item 3: I want to create EXTRA birthday cards to pass on to our school based SUNSHINE committee so that every Sunshine committee member gets a hand made card this year! (I can dream, right). How many teachers join the Sunshine committee? About 50.

  • I am missing 2-3 people on my Christmas list, but otherwise, it is DONE!
  • I have completed my birthday list and finished cards for July through December. 1/2 DONE!
  • I have a handful of Extra birthday cards started, which I am sharing with you here. 1/2 DONE!
Pretty good, and school starts up again in three weeks!
On to the cards. Disclaimer: I am having a tough time with picture taking. I tried these photos 3 times. with two different cameras. (my phone, and my 6 year old stand alone) So please bear with me. These pictures are not my best, but I can't seem to get better shots right now.
I need to make more masculine birthday cards. I always gravitate to girly - pretty cards. So I went surfing for masculine cards, and came across this digital stamp set. I LOVE this chick! He came with a bunch of sentiments that go along with the stamp. I used the same one here twice. The site is called: From the heart digital Stamps. I purchased a few other ones too, as you will see. I am book marking this site for sure!

Duo Set Two:

Again, this masculine card digital stamp is created by From the heart digital Stamps. I don't know if you can see, but the foam is puff paint, and the glass is shiny. Although I used beer, you can make it kid-friendly and call it root beer! (lol)

Duo Set Three:



Ok, these are a set of three cards, not a duo, but I am SO EXCITED about this, and I will tell you why! I splurged and bought a subscription to A CARD MAKING KIT subscription. For a monthly fee, a BRAND new set of stamps and materials with matching accessories comes to my door from SIMON SAYS STAMPS. (I love them). These cards are from the AUGUST kit. (it comes mid-July) and I created these adorable cards from the kit. I even had to purchase new copic markers to get the cones just right. (I had no browns in my collection of 10 markers) I love the way they POP and the bright summer colors in the papers.
Thanks for joining me, see you soon!