Monday, 11 July 2011

Masculine Monday - shaped boys birthday card

I'm starting the week with a masculine card as usual and today the men are moving over and it's the turn of the boys! The challenge over at CAS-ual Fridays is to make an unusual-shaped card and that was my inspiration for this boys' card:


I can't tell you how far outside my comfort zone this took me! A shaped card? To me that was a definite no-no! But I'm actually surprised and pleased at how this turned out and it was great fun to make! I started by drawing the grass on an A6 Wild Wasabi card base and cutting the shape out of front and back with my sharp paper snips. I added a Pear Pizzazz embossed layer that got the same treatment, then added a Certainly Celery strip with the sentiment stamped on it in Poppy Parade - let's just zoom in on that:


I love this gorgeous, gentle-looking tortoise and didn't see why he should only be allowed out for belated cards! I stamped him in Early Espresso ink and clear embossed him, then coloured his body with a Crumb Cake marker and his shell with a Soft Suede marker. I've cut his hat out with one arm of my star punch and popped it up on a piece of dimensional. I must confess to adding the turquoise stripe afterwards when my children kept asking me why he was wearing a traffic cone on his head!


Supplies needed for this card:
Stamps: Nature's Nest, Party This Way
Ink: Early Espresso, Poppy Parade
Card stock: Wild Wasabi, Pear Pizzazz, Certainly Celery
Other: Markers, paper snips, Square Lattice embossing folder, clear embossing powder
You can buy any of these supplies from me and I can have them delivered to your address in the UK. Just send me an email or give me a call on 01280 820593.

I hope you had a fabulous weekend. I waved goodbye to my rather bleary teenage daughter who's spending a couple of days away earning her Duke of Edinburgh award bronze medal. I am so very proud of her because hiking about in the mud in survival mode is as far outside her comfort zone as a shaped card is outside mine - well quite a bit further actually!

Thank you for coming to visit me today and perhaps for spending a bit of your time leaving me a comment. I really do appreciate it and look forward to returning the compliment! I'll be back tomorrow to show you a gift set I've been making. Hope to see you then,

25 comments:

  1. So cute and very clever, Vicky! Good on you for having a go! I took one look at the shaped card theme, and thought, not for me! I'm being a wuss I know! Beautiful work!

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  2. This is so adorable, Vicky! Love the tall grass and I can just imagine how S-L-O-W the turtle inching along!! Thanks so much for playing with us at CAS-ual Fridays! Glad that you join the fun!

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  3. Hello Vicky, This is just fabulous and stunning. I love the idea of grass and your little tortoise is just adorable.

    irene
    xxxx

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  4. This has worked out really well! Love the texture on the "grass" - super image and sentiment!

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  5. Congratulations on making a fab card that is outside your comfort zone. A lot of cutting going on . . . but so worth it!

    Hugs, Sandra

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  6. Brilliant card Vicky. You are very imaginative, I would never have thought of that. Love the colours and the texture.
    Lynne xxx

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  7. Great work! Vicky. It doesn't look at all like it's out of your comfort zone, it's fab!! I love how you layered the grass and your colouring on his shell makes it so realistic! x

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  8. Hi Vicky, Oh Yes! I love this a really inventive shaped card, tortoises are wonderful and should be brought out more often LOL Hugs Gay xxx

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  9. I don't do 'shapes' either Vicky..well ok squares and rectangles lol
    your card is FABULOUS!
    So creative, as always

    mandi x

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  10. Adorable, Vicky! I think the little party hat on the turtle is fabulous... and, I agree, why should he always be late? Even us tortoises start out early and arrive on time once in awhile! :)
    I'm going to try to catch up with you today... can't believe I'm 20 posts behind... how can that be?!?

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  11. What a fab idea for a shaped card Vicky....not sure Mr tortoise likes wearing a party hat by his expression :)
    My daughter has gone off today to Wales on a biology field trip for 5 days ...they'll be mostly standing about in running water!!
    Jenny

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  12. I don't really do shaped cards either Vicky, yours looks fab though :o) Love the embossed grass. Lisa x

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  13. =D Thats fun! Fabulous idea,Vicky! Have a great day, Janna

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  14. I do not believe you have ever been outside your comfort zone !!! This is superb ! If I didn't have my Silhouette I don't know what I would do ! Beautiful colouring just love the little guys hat.

    Marie

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  15. Vicky your tortoise is very cute(and I never thought I'd say that about one!!)and the grass is inspired!! Hope your daughter gets her medal and has a great time. Bev.x

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  16. This is brilliant Vicky - I can understand the comfort zone bit, but you've done a fab job. Sorry you won't be at training on Sunday, thought we'd actually get to communicate without the use of a computer!!
    M x

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  17. Love the tortoise and the green grass!brilliant card.

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  18. Wow! Vicky this is amazing it would be outside my comfort zone too, but you have made it beautifully and any little boy would love it.

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  19. Unbelievably cute and clever! So glad you stepped outside of your comfort zone too! Thanks so much for taking on the challenge and joining us this week at CAS-ual Fridays!

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  20. Well done on your shaped card. I think I'll be giving this week a miss! This looks so effective and naturally part of the card. The tortoise is cute in his traffic cone I mean hat, hee hee. x

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  21. This is so neat! :) You have totally nailed this challenge! Super stuff!

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  22. You have good reason to be pleased with the outcome of this project - this is super clever and creative!! Thanks so much for playing with us at CAS-ual Fridays!!

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  23. Hi Vicky
    gorgeous card ....where do you keep getting new ideas from ...tell me and i`ll go to the same place ...lol

    hugs
    sylvie
    xxxx

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  24. Darling!
    Thanks for playing at CAS-ual Fridays!
    Laura

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  25. Brilliant job who would know that it was out your comfort zone thanks for shareing Luv Sue x

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I love reading your comments. Thank you for taking the time to leave them! Vicky x