Thursday, February 25, 2010

For the men in our lives

I always find it a challenge to create cards for men. I created these cards for Jen's paper crafting store in Ottawa (the Scrap Box) from a wonderful line of papers they carry, called "A Proper Gentleman," from Graphic 45. They're all so beautifully coordinated that the cards almost make themselves. The papers come in 12 by 12, and in smaller designs in an 8" by 8" pad. Jen carries them all! If these papers "need you," Jen's shop is located at 5510 Canotek Road.

I've been in Ottawa for a month this time, spending delightful time with family and old friends, and it's been SUCH a treat to be able to spend time with other paper crafters (and new friends!), doing what we all love to do. Mostly, I enjoy paper crafting alone, but I've had a BALL with a group of friendly and funny Ottawa women during the past few weeks! (Now if I could only convince some of them to move to Nova Scotia...)

Tomorrow I'm flying out to Victoria (on Canada's west coast, in British Columbia) to spend a couple of weeks with more old friends, then I'll be back home mid-March, with just a little time to wait till I start my next addiction for the season...gardening!

So...on to the cards! I enjoy browsing current challenges for inspiration when I have a slew of cards to do. I could use THIS one for all those times I've put my great big foot in my mouth with my better half! I think I'll make a dozen, just to have on hand.(chuckling...)

I did this card and posted it for a challenge over at TwoPeas yesterday. Daria has posted a very easy tutorial for using scraps to create beautiful cards!

This one's for One Powerful Hour (faces) and the Pick Three challenges. I did a birthday card that could be from a group; outlined the trio of images with Krylon gold leafing ink, and I used green and beige together...two colours I don't often use.

I'm not sure if you can see it, but the card above was done with a transparency as a front might be able to see the Cuttlebug embossing if you look closely (lol) . The inside is a Nesties label that reads (of course...) "Well darling I'm telling you now!"

This nexr card's for the Cute Card Thursday challenge ...ribbons!

This is a generic card, and could easily be used as a "Get Well" card for someone you love, which is the current Creative Card Crew challenge.

Umm, this second view was taken before I used the buttons...

Thanks for stopping by today!


Unknown said...

These are fabulous...I really love the one powerful hour one b/c gold and green are my favorite colors to work with and the image is wonderful. I like how you use it further down on the blue card also.

Thanks for joining us this week at OPH!

Rhonda said...

Wow! Terrific cards. Love the face for One Powerful Hour. Cheers!

Anne Gaal said...

Hi, Deborah! What a terrific collection of masculine cards! I especially like the image you split into three parts and outlined with the gold leafing! :-)

Valerie H. Marshall said...

Deborah, I love how you've used the argyle patterned paper to make a "sweater" - great idea!

Noor Nahdi said...

Stunning cards!!!

Suzanne C said...

Awesome assortment of cards. You really used your time wisely if you created all these cards at the shop! Love all of them. I do like the thought of the hand over the mouth. I could use that alot!

Irene said...

I agree, I have a heck of a time with a masculine card, I always want them pretty. thanks for the inspiration.

Tami Bayer said...

Such fantastic man cards. The new G45 line is perfect for these.

Jenny Gropp said...

Awesome masculine cards!!! Love the weaving -- so eye catching!!

Stay Funny said...

Hi Deborah!

I had the chance to meet you a few time at the Scrapbox and this weekend I will be teaching your cards (as you had given the possibility for them to be teached at the store). I emailed you a few weeks ago to try to get from you the printable text and never heard back from you.

And now... it seams I have lost your email. Can you please email me at stay_funny "at"

Thanks in advance and take care!