Monday 3 October 2011

Masculine Monday - Easy Events dog walking

Good morning! It's the start of another week and I'm showing you another masculine card - and for a very good purpose too: the St Lukes Charity Challenge is asking for masculine cards this month. St Lukes is a challenge site with a difference in that you send in the cards you make and they're sold to raise money for the hospice which offers support to the terminally ill and their families. It would be great to see more people join in with this challenge, so why not check it out?

Here's the card I've made:

My oldest son adores dogs. He's a teenager, and it's important to him to be 'cool' so it amuses me that where dogs are concerned he forgets his manly pose completely! He coos over any dog from a tiny puppy to a savage-looking guard dog and he and I dream of having a golden retriever puppy (although we have a few hoops to jump through first!) My lovely son is my inspiration for this card.

I've used the tree image from the new Easy Events stamp set to create my background. It makes fantastic bushes as well as trees! And I've used one of the new in colours to colour my bushes - Lucky Limeade is vivid enough to show up beautifully on Crumb Cake card stock! And do you like my boy and his dog? They're created with the All in the Family stamp set on Naturals Ivory card stock - which I think stands out really well against the Crumb Cake. I've only recently bought this set and it's brilliant fun creating personalities with it.

Here's the tree image as a tree! I coloured it in Garden Green this time for a bit of contrast. I love the little heart in the tree - although of course you can use it without. There are lots of different sentiments in this set - birthday, Christmas, late, wedding, thank you, baby, sending love, hello - it really is so useful! And what a great handwriting style they're designed in too!

Supplies needed for this card:
Stamps: Easy Events, All in the Family
Ink: Early Espresso, Poppy Parade
Card stock: Crumb Cake, Naturals Ivory, scrap of Poppy Parade 
Other: Markers, paper snips, stamp-a-majig
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I hope you had a great weekend. We made a mad dash to the beautiful North Norfolk coast to make the most of the glorious weather. My oldest son had a fabulous time with all the dogs on the beach; my younger son had an extraordinary run of luck digging up coins in the sand; my husband and daughter, who I'm sure have mer-blood, spent their time in the sea; and I was absolutely mesmerised by an extraordinarily talented guy who turned up on the beach with his horse and had me riveted by his skill! So sorry I couldn't tear my eyes away to get a photo of him but here's the beautiful, unspoilt beach at Brancaster...

Thank you so much for your visit today. Are you around tomorrow? I have a card and chocolate box to show you made using the Timeless Portrait papers so I do hope you can join me.

See you soon,


  1. Totally love this card. Beautiful photo. Someday I'd like to visit that area. My Mom's parents came from there.

  2. Hi Vicky

    What a fabulous fun card!

    Love the colours and I want one of those trees in my garden!! A tree that grows hearts LOL!! How beautiful would that be!

    Gorgeous photographs too Vicky.

    Love Jules xx

  3. Fun dog walking card!

    Where's the PICTURE of the man on the horse then? Don't tell me you didn't take one!?

    The beach you went to looks gorgeous.

    Hugs, Sandra

  4. The "tree of hearts" is a really sweet idea and a nice detail that makes the card even more perfect!
    Christin :)

  5. WHat a fabulous card Vicky and loved the 'drawn' look of the images....thank you for joining in our challenge over at St Lukes...


  6. gorgeous card Vicky - I walk my Mother-in-Law's dog and you would have to have to lead the other way around because it always ends up with him leading me! - Jacqueline xx

  7. Vicky - sounds like you had a fabulous weekend - the beach looks wonderful. I'm not sure I'd have gone into the sea mind :)

    Love this card - the scene is so sweet and I really like the boy and his dog - just fabulous. Thanks for playing along with St Luke's Charity card Challenge.

  8. Vicky your card is very cute, and I adore their smiley faces.

    I love my golden retreiver,Monty,and he would have loved that beach to run across it to jump in the sea. Sadly though he brings home a beach worth of sand in his fur!!!


  9. What a fun card! I love that you used the tree top for a bush as well. You are so creative! Wonderful beach shot too - thanks for sharing.
    I understand your desire for a dog as we have THREE. I'll send you positive thoughts that your 'hoops' disappear and you can bring a furry kid into your lives soon.
    Cheers, Karen

  10. Great fun card Vicky. Forgot it was the beginning of the month so better get my crafting hat on and get making for St Luke's!!
    M x

  11. Yet another fabulously creative card Vicky. Love the drawn boy and his dog. Thanks for your continued support at St Lukes.
    Lynne xxx

  12. Such a fun card - very cute! Brancaster beach was one of our favourites when Meg was younger. It was great for kite flying and the little hut at the end sold everything, from hot Cornish pasties to inflatables. Never seemed overly crowded either, although I think the tidal marshes saw to that!

  13. What a brilliant idea to use this tree for shrubs too! And I love the boy with his dog!

  14. Hi Vicky

    I love your fun card, especially to use the tree as shrubs. Just perfect.


  15. Love the cartoon boy and his dog Vicky, they look so good left uncoloured too :)
    What fab weather for a trip to the beach, you have to grab it when you can for Norfolk beaches!!!
    Jenny x

  16. Vicky love this card the boy and the dog image is superb. You have created such a fabulous scene for us. Your day sounds beautiful seems like the whole family where entertained.


  17. Thanks for your support as always Vicky - its great how you continue to plug us as well as play along :-D

    I love your card - it's such a sweet little image of the boy and the dog - makes me think of the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime - great book!

    Thanks again
    Tara xx
    St Luke's Charity Cards Challenge Founder


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