Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Come for a Waltz ...

... with all the friends of Waltzingmouse Stamps.  On the 17th of each month we have a new theme and this month it's MASCULINE!!!  Does that scare you?  It used to scare me!!  However, I'm really enjoying making cards for guys.  For full details of how to join in the fun - check out Claire's blog here!



I've actually made two cards for this challenge.  The first card is for my son Ben - I'm so proud of him.  On Sunday, Ben took part in a 5 mile road race through Hastings (he lives there with his father).  I think it's only the second race that he's run - he completed the race in 1 hour 10mins 50 secs - he wasn't last!!!  And I'm having a very proud mum moment :)  There's are a couple of super photos of Ben on Flickr here and here!!  Photos taken by David Rogers.  So this one's for Ben.




Stamps:  Waltzingmouse - Free Spirit - Boy, Free Spirit - Sentiments; Pic-Nic Patterns
Inks: Memento - Cottage Ivy, New Sprout, Tuxedo Black
Spellbinders:  Lacey Squares (S4-295) die #4; Standard Squares Lg (S4-126) die #4
Topper:  Kanban - Fitness - PCT8047

Detail - showing the sentiment inside 

 Close up of the card - showing the laurel wreaths and running feet!!!

The second card that I've made for this challenge is for our nephew's 16th birthday - which is at the end of the month.  I've gone for a slightly grunge look to the card - and I hope that Jacob will like it!  I apologise for the quality of the photo - but as I only finished the card last night, I couldn't get a decent photo.  I might try to redo the picture later today. 

I started with a white base card onto which I stamped some tiny dots - I inked up the stamp did an impression on scrap paper and then stamped onto the card to give a slightly softer finish.  Next I added a red grid to the left of the card.  Then I used my favourite graffiti stamps on the card.  I stamped the circles onto some card - making sure that most of the space was filled and then used my new Wonky Rectangle dies to cut out the mats.  I made a smaller mat for the greeting which I mounted onto the card with dimensional tape.  I'm really pleased with the card.  I also stamped the envelope with the graffiti image.  I used my Stampin' Up! colour guide for the colour selection - bold, but not too bright!



Stamps:  Waltzingmouse - Free Spirit - Boy, Free Spirit - Sentiments, Off Beat Backgrounds;  Lakeland Dotty stamp
Inks:  Stampin' Up! - Cherry Cobbler, Night of Navy, Pumpkin Pie
Spellbinders:  Wonky Rectangles (S4-306) dies #3 and #5
Accessories:  Card from stash

Now I'm going to have a quick look around the blogs that have linked up - but I can't stop for too long.  Jonathan is back from India today and I'm off to meet him.  So I'll catch up with you all later.  Take care.

22 comments:

Karin (Peppermintpatty) said...

What great cards! I especially love the one that you made for your son Ben it is so stylish and beautiful - so PERFECT for the purpose of it! The embossed effect is so powerful and the stamps you've used is fabulous. I could go on and on... - I LOVE it!!!

Kary said...

Hi Deborah, both your cards are Gorgeous!! Love the embossing with the different dies & the stamps. Good job!

Polly Pierce said...

Oh now! Your first card is lovely, it really grabbed me and makes me think that I should be sending things like that to my own two, just because! The second card is also smashing and is just what your average 16 year old will love...

Julia Aston said...

Wow Deborah! these are great - you got so creative with these stamps! love that frame!!

Paula said...

Enjoy having Jonatahn home & love the two very different cards. I like the way they are each really personal to the recipient & how you use that WM stamp - I can tell you're really at home with it.
Paula (PEP)
Thanks for your lovely encouraging remarks too.

Cyndie said...

These are great masculine cards! I especially like the first one--cool use of those modern stamps, and it's so neat the way you focussed on the running feet. Thanks for sharing!

Karen B. said...

These are superb masculine cards. I think I must get that set! Love the colors and the simplicity.

Joanne Gilch said...

Nice cards...and as you put it...WELL DONE.
Love the way you put the photo on the card in the first....and congrats to your BEN. the second is perfect for a 16 yo...not too fussy, but let's the world know that he hit the big "16"

Inkyfingers said...

Great cards Deborah and what a fabulous way to use a photo on your first card. Both cards are so different but spot on. I really struggled coming up with one masculine card, so I'm in awe of two!
Hugs
Carol x

Cassie_lu said...

what an amazing use of the grunge circles in Free Spirit.

Lee said...

I love that running card but then I'm biased because I am a runner and I know what a great achievement that is! You deserve to be a proud mom.

Crafty Math Chick said...

Very cool creations, I especially like the frame. How DO they run so close together? (My body was not engineered for running).

Sue said...

Two great male cards (yes I do panic at the thought of them). Well done to your son - no mean feat running all that way. Sue.x

Tosha Leyendekker said...

Two super fantastic cards!! LOVE the bg and how you framed your photo in the first!! (cool pic too) And the package on the second is just fabulous!!

Jen Cuthbertson said...

These are great, Deb! The wreaths are so perfect for that first card and I love the sentiment you stamped over it in the center.

Jeanne Jachna said...

Deborah,
I love the card for your son. My son is a runner also. I know he would LOVE the Well Done card! It captures the moment perfectly.

Bonnie said...

Hah! LOVE the running feet! and the die on the second card are so very unique!

Donna Mosley said...

These are both great cards Deborah. Love the runners one. Fab photo's too.

Donna x

Kate W. said...

Noone rocks the circle/bubble stamp like you do! You come up with the most clever ways to use it! Your cards are great. The second one will work just perfect for my nephew who is turning 16 in a month so thank you for the fab idea!!

LaurieJ said...

Fantastic cards, Deborah! I love that you incorporated the photo on the first one. And the second card is so cool, your nephew will love it.

Joanne Leddy said...

These are fantastic Deborah! The embossing is wonderful and adds such great texture. Masculine cards are so hard for me but you did a terrific job here! (No - I didn't crochet my lace but that's a great idea!)

snowbear said...

Both cards look great... love the frame on the first and the popped up date on the second...

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