Saturday, June 14, 2014

Fun Father’s Day Card for the Fisherman Dad

Hello there everyone.  Today I have a fun fishing themed card for Dad using some fun and ‘manly’ trims from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

I found this great fishing design paper at Hobby Lobby (from the Paper Studio) and I grabbed it since my hubby is an avid fisherman.  I fussy cut it a little so I could keep that great green lure centered near the bottom of the card.

I didn’t have a Father’s Day sentiment and I didn’t want to buy one since I knew it wouldn’t get a lot of use, so I made one using my PSE program.  I used two fonts;  Showcard Gothic and MV Boli.  I think it came out pretty good seeing as I have no idea what I’m doing…..
I cut the sentiment out with an oval die and layered it on some green and red cardstock.  I ran a piece of Champagne Netting around the upper portion of the card and placed the sentiment on top of it.  I thought it looked a little bit like fishing net, right?
Here is the inside of the card.  I created this also using the same fonts.
I wanted to add one more trim and I thought some fun knotting with Natural Jute String was the perfect accent.  I did a little research on knots and this is called a Fisherman’s Knot.  Very appropriate, no?
Knotted roping is a great accent for a masculine card.  Do a little web search and you find instructions on a whole slew of different decorative knots.
Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I hope I gave you a little inspiration for incorporating some fun trims in your next masculine card.
~ Bonnie ~
Sunday, June 1, 2014

Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge #96 Masculine with Ribbon or Trims Theme

Hi there.  It’s time for another fun challenge over at the Really Reasonable Ribbon’s Ramblings Blog.  

This time we have a MasculineTheme and don’t forget to add ribbons or trims to your project.

Believe it or not, when I created this card I had started with the intention of making a Mother’s Day card.  Talk about going off-track – lol!  I did actually end up with a Mother’s Day Card with a digital image off the same collage sheet which you can see here.

Anyway, this happens to me sometimes.  I start out with one thing in mind and end up with something totally different.  I liked how this was going, so I just kept working to see what I ended up with.  I’m very pleased with the results.
I don’t feel like any project is ‘done’ without some sort of ribbon or trim on there, and it’s always a challenge to incorporate ribbon and trims on a masculine card and still have it ‘manly’ enough.  I think this one works.
I ran a strip of Turftan Brown 7/8″ Satin with Grosgrain Edge Ribbon through the center of my card and then wrapped some Natural Burlap String over that.  Then add the center image with some Candi Fix Foam Dots for a little dimension.  I finished off the front of the card by lacing some Natural Burlap Sting though three Buttons along the bottom of the card.  Sufficiently manly?  I say YES!
I hope you’ll head over to the Really Reasonable Ribbon’s Ramblings Blog and play along with our challenge.  Any type of project is welcome. 
Thanks for stopping by!
~ Bonnie ~
Image: Cobra Graphics on Etsy
Dies:  Spellbinders Standard Ovals Large and Small
Paper: Recollections
Saturday, March 22, 2014

Masculine Birthday Wishes

Masculine cards?  EeeeGads……..

I was looking over my card stash the other day and realized I’m very short on cards for men.  That makes sense because they are just so hard for me to make!

I whipped this one up for my son’s birthday last week and I feel like it was a success.  I have trouble keeping things ‘simple’ which is key to creating a masculine card. 

I hope he liked it.  I know he loved the chocolate chip cookies that arrived with it!

I went with minimal layers and a fun manly design paper that had a little distressed look.
I added three ribbon ‘flags’ below the sentiment with 5/8″ Diamond Satin and I wrapped some Natural Burlap String around the lower portion of the card and topped it with a brown button.  I think it works.
Here is a peek at the inside sentiment.  Done!

The great thing about masculine cards is they are fast and easy – if you can give yourself permission to just call it done.  🙂
Thanks for stopping by!
~ Bonnie ~
Stamps: TLC Creations digi stamps
Paper: design paper from The Paper Studio (Hobby Lobby)
Other: Spellbinders Classic Ovals Large, Labels 10 and Labels 21, Button