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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Birthday Toys for the Big Boys

I make cards for all the fellas in my family -  husand, sons, 
brothers, nephews and grand nephews.  So . . . I thought I 
would dedicate the next 2 weeks to all the boys and men in 
my life.   Hope you find something that inspires you!!

My older brother has always been a real adventurer. Right now he and my sister-in-law are on a motorcycle trip through the eastern part of the U.S. 

He's been riding motorcycles for many years, so I thought it was about time I made him a motorcycle birthday card. I started by printing this digital image and then colouring it with my copic markers, using the patterned paper as my colour inspiration.  I cut the paper into three strips and then mounted each of them onto blue card stock;  the panels were added to the yellow card base. 
 The coloured image was cut into an oval shape and then mounted on an oval blue mat.  A light blue ribbon was added to the left side, along with a yellow star button, and two sentiment panels. Follow Your Dreams  (from PTI's Fillable Frames #3) was stamped in a light blue ink and matted with more blue card stock. The oval panel was stamped with a sentiment from Close to My Heart's Today's Date, but this time it was cut with an oval punch.  Three brass brads were added to the lower right corner.

Card Details
Stamps:  CTMH: Today's Date;  PTI: Fillable Frames #3
Inks: CTMH Crystal Blue
Papers: Bella white card stock; yellow and light blue card stock; patterned paper from my scrap bin
Other Supplies:  digital image; copic markers; blue ribbon; yellow star button; blue embroidery floss; brass brads;

My husband has a workshop  behind our home that stores all of his 'equipment'. (like my craft room, only bigger with scary power tools and wood instead of paper, stamps and a Cuttlebug!!)  He can disappear for hours, working on various projects.
I do appreciate all of his hard work though, as he is always ready to listen when I say " I've been thinking...."  He knows that usually means I have a 'project' for him to tackle!!

This is the card I made him for his last birthday - I never got around to posting it!!   Stamping Bella's Mr. Fixabella seemed like just the right image for this job!!

The edges of the colourful plaid card stock were sponged with blue ink and then mounted onto the blue card base.
The main image was stamped onto white card stock and then coloured with water colour pencils. A blue mat was cut for the focal image using Nestabilities Deckled Rectangle. Two blue Stamping Bella dots were added to the top left corner.  The sentiment, from CDS's Tool Time was stamped onto the orange panel with dark blue ink.

I finished the inside of the card with some orange card stock and the plaid paper. The sentiment and measuring tape (CDS's  Tool Time) were stamped onto white card stock that had been cut with the Deckled Rectangle. Stickles were used to highlight the tape measure. Faux stitching was created around the orange panel with a white gel pen. Little blue circles were punched and added to the corners of each panel.

Card Details
Stamps: Clear Dollar Stamps: Tool Time;   Stamping Bella: Mr. Fixabella;
Inks:  CTMH: Black, Moonstruck
Papers:  Bazzill: blue, orange, white card stock; plaid patterned paper from my scrap bin
Other Supplies: Nestabilities Deckled Rectangles; Stamping Bella Dots; white gel pen; water colour pencils; Stickles; circle punches


Marybeth said...

Both cards are great for guys, the motorcycle is just perfect for your brother. Love them both.

Lorraine said...

More great cards, Karen! Love the vibrant colors of the first card and the little tape measure is too cute on the 2nd one!

I'm Renee said...

Fabby cards!!
Love the motorcycle...
and that measuring tape...
too cute for words! :)