Monday 9 January 2012

Sail Away - a new lease of life

Masculine Monday is back! Lots of my customers tell me that male cards are the thing they find most difficult so, every Monday, I post a male card for a bit of inspiration. I made today's card for the St Lukes Charity Challenge where this month's theme is to 'give a new lease of life to something old, tired and destined for the bin'. Well I could certainly do with a new lease of life but since that's a bit of a challenge, I had a bit of a rummage round the house for something else! Here's what I made:

The background was a scrap that I'd used to practise brayering on during the holidays. It wasn't very smoothly done so I'd thrown it in the recycle bin but I thought I could rescue it and create a storm for the Sail Away stamp to sail in! Here's a closer view:

I teamed the boat with elements from French Foliage and I think they work really well together. Come to think of it, everything works well with French Foliage! Can you see where I've sponged the uneven brayering with white? After that I crumpled a piece of scrap paper, put it into the Night of Navy ink and dabbed it on. This creates lots of movement gives a wild and windy effect - bit like the weather we had last week! Do you like the sails of the boat? They're coloured with my white watercolour pencil - I love my pencils!

My other piece of recycling was this embellishment. I got a pair of posh secateurs for Christmas which were attached to the packaging with a screw and one of these washers. I found the other washer in the tool box and tied them onto my card with a scrap of linen thread. I always like a nice group of three so I added one of the tiny silver mini brads too.

Supplies needed for these projects:
Stamps: Sail Away, French Foliage
Ink: Island Indigo, Pool Party, Night of Navy, Crumb Cake
Card stock: Naturals Ivory, Whisper White
Other: Watercolour pencils, silver mini brad, linen thread
I'd be delighted to order any of these supplies for you and can have them delivered to your address in the UK. I am committed to providing excellent customer service and am always happy to help and advise. Just send me an email or give me a call on 01280 820593. 

I've got distracted haven't I? I'm supposed to be showing you all the loveliness in the new mini catalogue! Well I'm at sixes and sevens to be honest having spent the weekend in bed with a temperature! My husband was off on a business trip which left my three children to rise magnificently to the occasion. Headed by my teenaged daughter, they formed a crack team that shopped, cooked, cleared away, mopped my fevered brow and entertained me - in fact, I don't think I've ever enjoyed having a bug so much in my life!

Thank you for joining me today. I hope you'll pop back again this week as I've got loads to show you, starting with something purple tomorrow...!



  1. Your card is fabulous!...and so are your kids!

  2. Love this card Vicky, glad you rescued that piece from the bin!

  3. This is just stunning Vicky! I can't believe you rescued something from the bin and turned it into this!! I don't think I could have achieved this, with or without a scrap frm the bin!!
    Hugs, Victoria ~x~

  4. I love this card!The boat is one of my favourite stamps and it looks fabulous here.

  5. Vicky, so sorry to hear that the weekend found you unwell. Hope that you feeling so much better. Your masculine card is lovely and I don't think that anyone looking at it would guess that the background was once in the recycle bin! Just goes to show we shouldn't throw anything away when we craft, although my hubby would totally disagree with this as I am currently having problems seeing any floor space in my craft room.

  6. Love the deep blues in your masculine card lifted by the silver washers. It's great to be a hoarder and never throw anything away. You never know where you could use it!

    Hats off to your children rallying round and looking after you. Hope you are feeling better now. x

  7. Any chance of sending your crack team my way !!!! Hope you are feeling better now. Love your card and very clever use of the scraps the background is perfect and love the addition of the washers lovely .


  8. Fab card, Vicky, I am definitely one of those who finds masculine cards difficult. I love this stamp but feel a bit intimidated by the amazing things people do with it! I'll put it on my wish list. The only way to find out is to buy it and have a play, isn't it?

  9. I love this sailboat SU stamp. A definite must have in my book . . . esp for male cards! Love what you've done with it.

    Sending get well hugs your way xxx

  10. Ooh wow this is amazing! I love this background you've made and the little washer embellishments in the corner look fab!

    Love Beth xx

  11. Love your sea scene Vicky - very Turner-esque!
    Hope you are feeling better now - Jacqueline xx

  12. A beautiful blue card, Vicky. I love that you rescued your backing piece from the recycle bin, to recycle it - LOL! Everything works so well together and I love the addition of the washers:)

    Fortunately I only have to make masculine cards for my boys, and know what they like. But I would panic if asked to make one for anyone else:)

  13. Fabulous bit of recycling Vicky! Hoep you're feeling better soon
    M x

  14. That's a cool piece of recycling...just the job for a stormy bkgd and the distressed edge only adds to the masculine feel :)
    Poor you, not well all wkd!! Glad your troop rallied round for Mum :)
    Jenny x

  15. A fabulous card Vicky. I love the background and can't believe you rescued it, it's beautiful.

    I love to hear about your family, they sound brilliant.


  16. Hi Vicky
    Gorgeous card........ Love the color ....hope you are feeling better today.......
    Thanks for your support atSt. Luke's ....... Cv
    Hugs Sylvie

  17. Wow, Vicky! That is so beautiful! I am amazed that so many bits of it have been recycled. I love the scraps left after brayering - often so colourful!

  18. Genius recycling Vicky just perfect for the boat in a storm! So amazing that FF goes with everything:)I've had to make 3 sympathy cards since December and those stamps are perfect for them. hope you are on the mend now and bet your children were delighted to look after you:)
    Val x

  19. What a clever way to use this boat. Wonderful masculine card!
    Cheers, Karen

  20. Beautiful card Vicky.
    Buffy x

  21. This is beautiful and hard to believe it was saved from the recycle bin!

  22. Hi Vicky,
    I love the atmosphere you have created in this card; it's amazing what you can do with some paper, inks and a stamp !
    So nice to see some of the older stamps being used, it's easy to get carried away with the new ones and forget how lovely and useful some of the old favourites are !
    Jane x

  23. Well, you`ve really excelled yourself on the recycling front Vicky. I would never, ever think of using washers on a card but it works brilliantly. Love your stormy background too.
    Gosh, you are clever!!!
    Thank you for your continued support at St Lukes,
    Lynne xxx

  24. A fabulous bit of recycling here - the paper looks wonderful with such an atmospheric feel to the scene. Looks fab! Thanks for playing along with St Luke's Charity Card Challenge!

  25. Vicky this is fabulous, so delicate in a strong way, if that's possible.

  26. Great card Vicky...super background and a lovely the way you have used the washers.
    Thank you for your continued support over at St Lukes


  27. Brilliant bit of recycling Vicky - it amazes me at the bits you get on packaging these days and the washer makes an excellent addition to the card.
    Thanks for playing along

  28. What a gorgeous card. The color is amazing and then the stamping touches you gave it to "rough" it up a bit. Just lovely. Very eye-catching.


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