Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Hardest Kind


In my humble opinion...

the
Masculine & Lovey-Dovey
combined
kind of cards are
The Hardest Kind
to Make.

But we never know what are boundaries are until they are stretched beyond capacity, right? 


I'm waltzing along today with Waltzingmouse Stamps!
Brought out the distress inks again to create a single spring-time leaf
floating against a rustic background.
I stitched the leaf from Big Blooms-Chrysanthemums on the bottom only
and curled the edges to add some dimension and interest to the card.
I finished with a sentiment from Teeny Trees and a a chipboard heart.

52 comments:

  1. Such a simple design, so lovely!! I think this is fab!

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  2. and yet you did it so beautifully!. beautiful colors and the design is just fabulous. love love it, Karen!

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  3. Wow! Love how you blended the distress inks! Visually arresting! :)

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  4. You may think they're hard to make but you nailed it! Your inking is gorgeous and that little heart peeking out from behind the leave is a perfect touch. :)

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  5. My goodness girl...you rock the ink! This card is stunning...and the stitched line is perfect! Love it all!

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  6. What a way to use ink! I don't think masculine cards are hard for you at all!

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  7. This is just lovely! wonderful coloring on that big leaf - love the stitching!

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  8. I agree whole-heartedly, they are the hardest to make! But of course you made it look so darn easy. :)
    I absolutely ADORE this card. It is just gorgeous.

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  9. only you could take a simple leaf and heart and turn them into a gorgeous lovey dovey guy card, karen:) love this!

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  10. Fabulous card, Karen!!! love your background!

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  11. This is one awesome love-y dove-y card! The colors are fantastic! You always know how to do it Karen! This is fabulous!

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  12. You do CAS so beautifully, love that leaf like that, the texture is great and the perfect little heart makes it lovely dovey w/o going overboard. Whoo hoo!

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  13. okay, this is absolutely wonderful Karen...perfect mix of all things good.

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  14. WOWZA, love it. The colors the masculine/lovey dovey feel to it.

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  15. Great card Karen. The simple style is gorgeous, and I love that little heart detail.
    Hugs
    Carol x

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  16. Oh, WOW. This is such a perfect masculine card. The inking on the background, the leaf, the single line of stitching, the font of the sentiment - all of it combines perfectly! You nailed this!

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  17. this is stunning and your used of coloring and design in inspiring. Love how you created the background and attached the leaf.

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  18. Just Fabulous!!!! Love distressing, colours...everything! :D

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  19. AWE inspiring!!!! Simple, 'leafy' and the little partially hidden heart says it all!!!

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  20. You'd never know you find these difficult because your card is flawless. Well done.

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  21. This is stunning!! LOVE your leaf with the touch of stitching! And the bg...WOW!

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  22. Indeed, it is the hardest kind to make...but you make it look EASY!! Love this stunning masterpiece, Karen!

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  23. Well done! I love the elegant simplicity of this card and that leaf is gorgeous!

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  24. The edge of the card is so amazing and that leaf is seriously pluck-worthy, lol, i want it!!!! lol, awesome, doesn't look hard at all when you do it!!!!

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  25. This is just perfect! You have stripped things down to the absolute essentials and it works perfectly. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  26. Wow, what a wonderfully simple, gorgeous card!!

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  27. I couldn't agree more, but you nailed the masculine card with this one. It's awesome!

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  28. Karen you did a wonderful job creating a lovey dovey masculine card. This is so unique!

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  29. I completely agree... toughest cards to make... and do they even care? Really? ;)
    Love this, though! Terrific simplicity that makes a statement!

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  30. this is amazing- the way you inked the edges & the texture in the leaf... and the heart peeking out- well done.

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  31. OMG, such a gorgeous card! I almost fell over when I opened this window:-) The use of colour and all the white space! Awesome!

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  32. Well you sure make it look easy. You are so talented with the distress inks. Unbelievable I tell ya!

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  33. You nailed it girl!! Great job. I also LOVED yesterday's card!! On a roll as always!

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  34. this card is just WOW. I love it

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  35. Wow! Beautiful card (in a masculine way, lol). I doubt I would have even looked twice at a flower set when making a guy card, but this is perfect. TFS!

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  36. Karen, Your blog is the best place I've come across for "out of the box" use of color , design and elements!

    I recently signed up to follow your blog....so glad I did!

    I've enjoyed looking at all of your cards...this one is stunning in such a clean, graphic way!

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  37. A very sweet card... nice job.

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  38. Love it! Every time I open your page and see the card picture at the top, I gasp (not just this card, I think every time). So beautiful and I love it for a masculine lovey-dovey card.

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  39. I agree with you but you make it look so easy, Karen! I always say, "Wow!" when I first see your card. Thanks for inspiring & sharing!

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  40. This is amazing, Karen! I love that the heart is hiding behind the leaf and that the stitching isn't straight for that extra masculinity.

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  41. Well in MY humble opinion, you hit the nail on the head once again Karen. A truly lovely card.

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  42. I love love love the rustic background you created.. SUch a great card yet so simple :)

    Thanks so much for saying such sweet things at my blog!!

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  43. This is a beautiful card Karen, love how you've used part of a flowery stamp set to make a masculine card.
    Jenny x

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  44. B-E-A-Utiful card Karen, just love it. :-)

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  45. This is gorgeous! So simple yet striking!

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  46. WOW - the colors on this card are amazing!! Great job!

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  47. I really like this. It's a great example of clean and simple while still being colourful and masculine enough for any man to enjoy... (ie not sloppy but gets a great point over beautifully!)

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  48. Wowzers! I love this. I love the background - I just love everything about this.

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