Friday, May 28, 2010

You're The Man



He changes the oil and fixes any kind of motor. He trains the dog and makes his own fishing baits. He welds and he operates. He plays ball with the boys and makes killer pancakes. Hubby-you're the man.

Keeping this card very clean, simple and graphic, I was inspired by the sketch at Card Positioning Systems. (ETA: Natalie was absolutely right, after seeing her amazing scrapbook layout here, I was very much inspired to pull out my clean woodgrain stamp and create! Love how blog hopping does that to me!) I masked and stamped the woodgrain panel, stamped and kissed the dots with the woodgrain and added the sentiment. I also tried a new-to-me technique for adhering ribbon/twine/floss. The colors are bold, the design is bold, but I'm not a bold kind of person. My husband, however, is bold so you could say the choices were made with him in mind. I hope that you all have a wonderful weekend!

 

 Supplies Used: Cardstock: Natural White (Stampin' Up) Stamps: Woodgrain Background (Stampin' Up) For the Love of Dots (Practicing Creativity Designs) You're the Man (Practicing Creativity Designs) Ink: Lime Pastel Chalk (Colorbox) Onyx Black (VersaFine) Other: Black Floss (DMC), Thread Tools: Corner Round Punch (Fiskars)

44 comments:

  1. I love your take on this sketch! And the woodgrain kissed circles are great! The stitched on twine with the straight/zig stitches is a really fun element too! Awesome, as always! :)

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  2. Awesome take on the sketch Karen. Love the woodgrain edging and the fab stitiching...great dots too!

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  3. Very cute, love the black, white, and lime green color combo! You did a great job with the sketch!

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  4. Ooooh, am I conceited enough to think I may have inspired this in some small way?!!! If only the prompt to crack out the woodgrain again?
    Either way - I LOVE it :-)
    I find cards in general are more difficult for me, but masculine cards.... I run, shrieking in horror! But I do have an Uncle's birthday coming up next week. May have to 'steal' this design perhaps. I'll let you know!

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  5. beautiful Karen... love your masculine card so much ;) god job..... and thanks for stopping by my blog ;)

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  6. wow! i LOVE this, Karen!! i love the stitching details and the simple graphic design!! fabulous card!

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  7. I see your name Karen on the CPS challenge and may I tell you that I made a card with dragon fly for the CPS...what a coincidental...

    Lovely interpretation on the CPS sketch dear Karen...love this masculine card and great color combo too...hugs, Monika

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  8. I like the colors of this map and the layout elements.
    Good weekend!

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  9. Karen this is a great card - I love how you stamp & how you used that stitching!

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  10. congrats on your idol gallery win, karen!! you so deserve this honor:) now, go do your happy dance!

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  11. Woo hoo, congrats on making the Gallery Idol Top 20! Love your style and can't wait to see your card for the next round!

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  12. And you're the woman!!! Congrats on Top 20, you Rock Star!!

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  13. Oooooh I love this one!! I love the bold graphics and the big dots... love this.. u may be out of your comfort zone, but u aced this one! Love it!

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  14. Ooh, and congratulations. I just saw your name as the first Gallery Idol finalist!! I told you I loved that card!

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  15. Congratulations are in order!! I also LOVE this "MAN" card - the graphic look is just perfect - very balanced. I love what the woodgrain brings to the card - and the little touch of stitches. Excellent!

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  16. Congrats Karen! Well deserved ;-)
    Love this card and the yummy citrine circles!

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  17. Great job with the sketch!!! :)
    And a big Congrats to you for making top 20!
    You're Awesome!!!

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  18. I really liked your card on the Paper Crafts Connections blog today!

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  19. Congrats Karen!! Saw you in the Top 20 this morning- happy day, whoohoo!! Your card is outstanding!

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  20. Congratulations on Gallery Idol Top 20! LOVED your card!

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  21. Karen, I love this...pure masculine perfection...well, actually it isn't just for dudes...it's fabbie!!

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  22. This is bold, but I really like it Karen. Is that real or faux stitching? I enlarged your pic and still couldn't tell! I like the kissed dots...

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  23. Fabulous card, Karen! Love the bold graphics and fab color combination!

    Hope you have a great holiday weekend, Sweetie!

    Sending hugs!

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  24. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!! I am not a BIT surprised to see your name as a finalist! So excited for you! :D

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  25. That's awesome, love the simplicity and boldness... well done.

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  26. P.S. Congrats on being a finalist, love that card with the bird/flags and sun....

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  27. Great card, and CONGRATULATIONS on making the top 20 in Gallery Idol! Can't wait to see what you come up with next.

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  28. Beautiful card! The woodgrain is just perfect. Now my "I want" thoughts about it have turned into "I need!"
    The rounded corner goes so well with those fresh circles, and I love the hint of blue under the sentiment.

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  29. Hi, Karen!!!! Sorry I've been MIA from blogland lately! My husband and I were on vacation!! I just read the AWESOME news that you were one of the top 20 finalists for the Gallery Idol Contest at Paper Crafts Mag!!!!! WOOOOOOOHOOOOOOO!!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS, girl!!!! I am SO excited for you!!!!!

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  30. Fabulous creations! Please join me at Whimsical Ink Sorority for Verona’s Saturday Challenge. I host a weekly stamping challenge with great prizes. We would love to see you there!
    http://whimsicalinksorority.blogspot.com/

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  31. This is a wonderful card - I hope your hubby loved it!

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  32. this is a perfect masculine card. it's clean and simple but still quite striking. love the colors! great card

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  33. GOrgeous. It's a perfect guy card!

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  34. This is one cool guy card! I really love the simplicity of the card and that awesome woodgrain stamp!

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  35. Simply gorgeous. Lovely the taken on of this layout!!
    Hugs,
    Cabio

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  36. GReat card, love the wood grain and those green circles! But most of all congrats on being in the top 20!!! WTG girl!!!

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  37. Great card, Karen!! Love the colors and woodgrain kissed circles :)

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  38. This is such an AWESOME, modern, masculine card! Totally FAB!

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  39. Another great CAS card! Lovin' your style :>)

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  40. Love this!, the blue stitching is so unexpected! great manly card:-)

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  41. So I totally lifted you! (Hope you don't mind) I posted it all up on my blog here: http://onescrappydoctor.blogspot.com/2010/06/inspired.html
    xx
    Natalie

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  42. I was 13 posts behind on reading your blog -- no time to comment on everything, so I chose one -- my favorite -- this one. (Hard to choose, though!) Love the bright green circles, the bits of blue stitching, the woodgrain pattern, the bold strip of twine wrapped closely together. The contrast is amazing and I keep going back to those little bits of stitching. However did you think to do that?! It adds so much interest that I can't stop looking at the card. FABULOUS!

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