Sunday, February 27, 2011

Why are masuline cards so difficult!

Masculine cards... I find them so difficult.... I love ribbon, and include it on almost every card I make.  But it just doesn't seem to fit on masculine cards, which is one of the reasons I find them so difficult.  They just never quite look finished without that ribbon.  But now I have discovered bakers twine! This wonderful stuff  fits quite well with a masculine theme.  When I add a bit of twine I feel like the card is actually finished off, so all is well in my little stamping world:) 

I am always in need of some masculine birthday cards this time of the year as 2 of my 3 brothers have birthdays in the beginning of march. So this year, I decided it was time to pull out my Ippity Authentic man set.... I just love the car in this set!  I also just got Graphic 45 Proper Gentlemen paper, and was itching to use it.  I think it worked quite well with this image. Hope my big brother likes it to... but no peaking till you get it in the mail!
Stamps - Ippity Authentic Man (available on my sales blog here)
Ink - Pallete Noir and Burnt Umber
Paper - Graphic 45 Proper Gentleman
Other - bakers twine, crystal effects (on the windshield and headlights), copic markers, nesties

Thanks for stopping by today and Happy Stamping!

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Monday, February 21, 2011

{Ippity} Hop Monday and a challenge!

Happy Ippity Hop Monday!  The card I am posting today is using what I think is one of the cutest Ippity Sets - Fishy Philosophy.  I made this card for the Ippity Hippity Hop Weekly challenge for week 1 and 2 of February - sketch and color.  You can read more details about the challenge on SCS HERE.  To make this card, I embossed the seaweed with clear EP before sponging the aqua ink over the top.  You can't see the sparkle in this picture, but there thicker lines on the fishies are done with black stickles, giving them some flashy style!

Thanks for stopping by today, and don't forget to check out what Carisa has to share on the next stop for the Hop... visit here HERE!
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