Monday 19 March 2012

Spiced Paisley Masculine Monday

Good morning! It's the beginning of the week and time for Masculine Monday here! I've been having a play with the gorgeous Spiced Paisley stamp set just lately and I think it's a great set for masculine cards. Come and see what I've made:

Paisley could be thought of as a bit frilly for men but I think teaming it with stripes gives it more of a masculine feel. I coloured the rubber on the images with markers before stamping them and cut them out with my sharp paper snips - which was surprisingly quick and easy!

My starting point for these cards was CAS-ual Fridays where the challenge is to make a clean and simple card using a pattern, an image and a sentiment. When I'd made this one I wasn't sure if it would count as there are two images on this card so I had to make another one!

I think I prefer this one anyway! I punched a circle out of a post it note and used it as a mask for my stripy background, added my cut-out paisley and finished with a sentiment using my stamp-a-majig to make sure it was straight. As I used a masking technique on this card, it can be my second entry into the Less is More challenge as my first wasn't as CAS as it could have been - oops sorry ladies!

Here's what you need to make today's cards:
Stamps: Spiced Paisley, Solid Stripes, retired sentiment
Ink: Not Quite Navy, Garden Green
Card stock: Whisper White
Other: Markers, 1 3/8" circle punch, paper snips, post it note, stamp-a-majig
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Every day is mother's day in my house as my lovely children are usually very good to me, but yesterday they all gave me handmade cards and there were some presents as well! My middle son drew me a personalised card and had bought me chocolates out of his own money - I was particularly touched that he remembered I love white ones. My youngest son gave me a flower he'd picked from the garden and a card with a poem he'd written inside. One of the lines was 'great cooker, sharp looker' and when I blushed and said I didn't think I could really be described as a sharp looker he said: "Oh yes you can Mummy - you can always tell when my room isn't tidy!" My daughter brought me coffee with her stunning scrapbook card - and what presentation! Can you see how beautifully colour coordinated everything is?

I am incredibly lucky to have my three wonderful children and I truly know it.

See you tomorrow,


  1. Yeah,I don't think I would have ever considered paisley to work on a masculine card but you proved me wrong! These are fabulous and I especially like the CASness of the second one. :)

  2. I think you area a "sharp looker" Lol!! (the real kind)HaHa I love coming to your blog -always something to have a chuckle about!

  3. Amazing CAS designs here Vicky, fabulous masking, and great colour combinations! Fabulous cards!

  4. Your children do sound utterly fabulous and lovely. What's your secret?

    Both cards are great, but I'm plumping for the second one as my fave too! xxx

  5. Lovely cards Vicky, Paisley is so great for men.
    Hope you had a lovely Mother's Day - it certainly sounds like you did - Jacqueline xx

  6. Brilliant cards Vicky and more inspiration for me for using this set! Glad you had a lovely day yesterday:)
    Val x

  7. Would never have thought of using paisley for a male card but it works so well. Great designs.
    Sounds like your children are very thoughtful just like their mum. Thanks for your comment yesterday, I was busy all day so it wasn't too bad.

  8. Two super cards. The paisley looks great against the stripes and I love the colours.

    Your kids have done you proud and your youngest is a hoot. x

  9. I would never have thought to use paisley for a masculine card but it looks absolutely stunning! I think I'll have to go with the trend and plump for the second one as my favourite. The masking works a treat with it. Your Mother's Day sounds fantastic! I'm still chuckling about what your youngest said! Looks like your daughter has a great eye for detail, and as a languages teacher, I'm beaming about the French! Enjoy those choccies...

  10. Love how you made paisley work on a masculine card Vicky, the CAS version is my fave too :0)
    Aren't your kiddos sweet and I love the line from the poem too and the thinking behind it...Lol
    Jenny x

  11. Great image and cards. So pretty.
    Glad you had a good mom's day too!

  12. I didn't realize that Mother's Day was where you are was different than it is here. Sounds like your children made sure your day was extra special! Both of your cards are awesome...but the second one is my favorite.

  13. Love both of them Vicky. Children are just products of their parents so be proud of yourself!
    M x

  14. I would never have thought plaisley would have worked for a card....but it does. I do like blue and brown together as well.

  15. Yet more fab cards Vicky and what lovely offspring you have... must be a reflection on their mother!
    Thanks again.
    "Less is More"

  16. Two fabulous cards, but my favourite is the second one. Sounds like you had a lovely Mothers Day x x

  17. What a lovely post from a lovely lady, sound like you have beautiful children although your youngest just kills me sharp looker eh ha ha ha that was a real winner. Two beautiful cards and how `I love a little paisley !


  18. Superb cards, that secodn one is terrific
    Your ids sounds truly wonderful
    All in the way they been brought up!
    Thank you very much
    "Less is More"

  19. Such striking cards, Vicky! Perfectly masculine and perfectly clean and simple!
    Happy Mother's Day...a day late...your children sound so sweet...your youngest sounds like a real hoot! I had quite a giggle about his comments!
    And, thanks so much for visiting and commenting on my blog...I really do appreciate it!

  20. Vicky - these are great! I love paisley designs and I think they work really well with the stripes. Sounds like you had a super day yesterday!

  21. Fab CAS cards Vicky. These spiced paisley stamps are perfect for mens cards!
    Hugs, Victoria ~x~

  22. Really fabulous! That paisley is gorgeous against the stripes :) Thanks for playing at CAS-ual Fridays!

  23. They are all beautiful , I think I love the last one best. I love paisley so of course I love your cards! Beautiful done! Sweet children with sweet comments! You are blessed!

  24. Beautiful CAS card :) Thanks for playing along with us at CAS-ual Fridays this week!

  25. Super CAS cards Vicky, love your colouring with the markers :) Good to hear you had a lovely Mother's Day. Your children are a chip off the old block :) Sarah xx


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