Can you believe it it's MARCH already!!! I'm positive time is marching along a whole heap faster than it ever used to.
Anyway it's Thursday again, and if you don't know by now, Thursdays is crafting day with Heather.
Today as usual, we had no idea what we were going to do, so over a cappucchino we discussed our options and settled on cards for men.
A Brief Change of subject:
I have a real bee in my bonnet at the moment about the lack of men's cards. I can knock up any number of very nice feminine cards, and the Internet is loaded with beautiful cards for women. But finding nice cards for men is not so easy, not by a long way.
I've also been contemplating starting a blog challenge for Mens cards only, to try and rectify this situation, I'm currently pondering who to ask to join my Design Team for this project.
If any one who reads this blog is interested, please contact me with a sample of your mens cards, it will be a case of (initially) anything goes, stamping, papertole, quilling, iris folding, tea bag folding, anything, just HAS to be for men. Some men are more masculine than others so we should be able to come up with a reasonably wide range of styles and types. What do you think? would you like to be a part of this?
I've since discovered that there is already a site for cards for men. So since I don't believe in re-inventing the wheel, I'll join that site and not worry about starting another. (unless anyone has strong opinions otherwise)
Back to my Crafting day with Heather, we made three cards for men, and we are both very pleased with the end result of our work.
Product wise, we have used a combination of Stampin Up products, as sold by me, and Kaszazz products as sold by Heather. There are also a some odds and ends of no name brand, e.g. Ribbon and brads. All the layouts for these cards are by Kaszazz, with only minor adjustments to suit our personal taste.
This card uses Rich Razzelberry card stock (Stampin Up) as the base card, More Mustard and black as the layers. The Kaszazz stamp ( 825LI Bi Plane large) is stamped onto SU DSP First Edition in Memento Tuxedo Black and black embossed, then layered onto black then More Mustard card, a little colour has been added with SU Write Markers in Rich Razzelberry and More Mustard. The ribbon is from a stash of ribbon most probably bought by the metre but no idea where from. the stamped sentiment comes from SU's stamp set called 'Heard from the Heart' and is stamped with Distress ink Vintage Photo. and the punched edge is SU's scallop border.
This card uses SU Not quite Navy and More Mustard for the base card. The train image is from Kaszazz and is called 1535LJ Train, again it's been stamped and black embossed onto First Edition DSP then layered onto black card. two lengths of white stitched black ribbon are fixed to the More Mustard layer and then the train topper mounted over with foam squares. The sentiment is from SU 'Happiest Birthday Wishes' Stamped with Distress ink Vintage Photo. A tiny bit of colour was added to enhance the steam, in SU Basic Grey, and a touch of Always Artichoke to the train.
This final of the three cards we made has SU More Mustard as the base card. The Kaszazz image is called 8014LK Car Large and has before been stamped and embossed in black onto First Edition DSP. For this one I stamped the image onto the text at an angle and cut a couple of corners to get away from all straight edges. The ribbon used here is SU very vanilla and an unknown brand of black and white check layered through the centre. The ribbon label is a Spellbinders die, and the more mustard centre is cut with SU's Slot punch, the sentiment is from SU Just because stamped in Distress ink Vintage Photo. the only touch of colour in the image is the More mustard used on the upholstery of the car.
These cards are a fusion of products, and dont' they work well together?
Hope you like them as much as Heather and I do.