Friday, February 1, 2008

Happy Friday! Cards for the MEN in our lives

It's Superbowl weekend and each of us celebrates it a bit differently. Brent and I usually have a "Superbowl Commercial Party". Neither of us is really into sports much at all (ok, with exception of most of the Olympic Sports) and so we have a party to watch the commercials. This year our friends, the Coopers, are hosting it. HEHE! Basically, we get together, eat really good tailgate party junk food and yell, "SHUSH... QUIET.... COMMERCIALS are on... COME QUICK!"... lol! Generally we're playing games or just enjoying each other's company while the game is playing... but when those commercials come on, you'd better not interrupt! LOL!

Superbowl Weekend exudes "macho-ness" to me and I've been thinking that I need to spend a little time working on some more masculine cards for the men in my life. ("My Men" being, Husband, Brothers, Father, Father in law, etc.) I've got a good stash of swirly girly flowery and floofy cards... perfect for the women in my life, but I don't have much in the way of masculine... It seems that it's much easier for me to whip out something pretty and feminine.

Well, I got this really cool random stamped paper last fall from Brenda Harmless as part of our 2 part swap and decided that the design was decidedly masculine to me. I realized this morning that I have not shown this card yet. It is one of my absolute favorites of last year! I was stressing about what to do with the fish paper, but one night I had a fabulous dream about this fish card.. LOL! I woke up in the middle of the night, went out to my kitchen and grabbed a piece of paper and scribbled out what I could remember.

It's kind of hard to tell in the photo, but I cut the fins with my kraft knife and popped them out with some glass micro beads that I piled up on heaps of liquid glass, I rubbed some glitter on the scales of the fish. The sand section in the frame is actual sand paper from my woodshop. LOL! I just tore a few pieces, layered them and glued them in place. The frame is one of my favorite aspects of the card. I snipped some twigs from old trees along the creek in our back yard and glued them together with liquid glass and then tied with twine. It was a big pain and took forever, but I like the finished product. :) I chalked all over the card with pearlesent chalks from Pebbles, Inc and dirtied up the card with ink and doodled with a marker. It was sooo much fun to make!

So this weekend, while your men (or even you) are enjoying the Superbowl festivities, your challenge is to create some fun, masculine cards for the men in your life. Use something out of the ordinary on your card (like I did with my twigs!) and post a link (comment) on this post to your card and I will pick a random entry on Monday for a surprise paper crafting treat! Show us some masculine themed cards! :)

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Materials used:

American Crafts Ribbon
CTMH Papers and Inks
Stamps - Roughin It & Outdoor Trek by CTMH (not sure which set the RS paper came from)
Misc - Liquid Glass, misc metal embellishments, twine, glass micro beads, twigs.
Cuttlebug machine and embossing folders, sand paper.




11 comments:

Brenda said...

And it was sooooo much fun to receive ... THANK YOU ERIN!

Veevs said...

Hiya Erin, leaving you some love on your blog! And what a cool man card lol! Dont celebrate superbowl over here though! Have fun!

Sonja said...

Erin,
Another awesome card, as per usual!!! Just getting over being sick, trying to get the creative juices up and running again. This gives me a good excuse to post a card on my blog I did last year for my Hubby!! Maybe even another one too.

Sincerely,
Sonja

Gerrie said...

Very kewl card!

Michelle said...

OF course, another fantastic card. As for me, I struggle with masculine cards--I think it is the girly girl thing I have going on. Thanks for the ideas and challenge!

Manna said...

Oh, what aa awesome card! I love making masculine cards. And here's my take : http://outoftheeast.blogspot.com/2008/02/great-achievements-require-time.html

There are more on my blog if you look around :o)

Amyre said...

Love this... I even need to make a B-day card for my Dad this week! Perfect timing.

Blueyecicle said...

Ok I have one but I don't know hwo to send it to ya.
So here is a link to mine.
http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n199/blueyecicle/dadcard.jpg
And my fiskars ID is 3405! Thanks for the challenge!
The funny thing is I the eyelets and brads were from my hubby's toolbox!

Laura said...

Great guy card! Love the twig frame, tres cool! Was lurking on Fiskars and saw your post. I did a man Valentine card a while back. You can see it here: http://www.scrapnextras.com/scrapnextras/2008/01/use-it-or-los-1.html

Thanks for the opportunity! My fiskars ID is #1415

Mary said...

This is a very manly card. verynice job

Mary said...

I forgot to leave my fiskateer #2457
Mariah