Monday, 25 April 2011

Going dizzy on Cards for Men

The challenge this time at Cards for Men is 'Circles' and I was certainly in a spin with this one, lol.  I had a really hard time getting going for this challenge.  I'll tell you a bit more in a minute.

First though, I should say that this challenge is sponsored by the wonderful Heather over at Fresh Brewed Designs.  Heather has been a long standing supporter of our blog since the early days and always sends us a selection of images to work with.  Here's a bit more from the horses mouth, so to speak,

Hi. I am Heather Dennis. I am a homeschooling mother of 2 wonderful children, the wife of 12 years to the love of my life, a Christian and the owner of Fresh Brewed Designs. I have loved to draw and create ever since I was a child. My daughter has inherited my love of art and recently inspired me to start creating again.
All the images in my shop are hand drawn. I offer a wide range of images from coffee, cute and inspirational.I also love to create custom drawn images, so if you are looking for anything in particular, please feel free to drop me an email.

The prize is 3 digi images of your choice from Fresh Brewed Designs and the challenge will run from now until midnight (BST) on 8th May 2011.  I can't believe it's almost May!!!!  Pop over to the main post for the full details and also for a whole lot of inspiration from the rest of the Design Team.

Anyway, back to my card.  As I said, Heather kindly lets us have a choice of images to work with and I decided on this little car.  I had an idea I my head, but didn't really have the right papers and I'm really trying not to buy any more stuff until I go to the craft fair at Aintree in May.  I finally settled on some papers out of the Echo Park 'Little Boy' range and coloured my image using Promarkers.  I fancied doing a slider card (with an arc motion) but had left it far to late for such experimentation.  So I ended up cutting lots of circles and moving them around a lot.  I used my Sizzix embossing folder - Large Snowballs- on the dark blue card.  The cardstock is either C'oredinations or Dovecraft (I used both).

I'm pleased with the overall effect and have left off a sentiment as it's a good standby card.  The only thing is that in my efforts to make sure everything was stuck down in the right place, I neglected to check the orientation of my card and it opens the wrong way.  Never mind, we all make mistakes.

I'm going to enter this card into the following challenges:

Tuesday Throwdown - Polka Dots
Top Tip Tuesday - Open Challenge
Scrap-Creations - Digital Image
Creative Craft Challenges - Embossing
Your Next Stamp Challenge - texture
Simon Says Stamp - embossing
I Love Promarkers - anything goes
Southern Girls - Green & blue.
Shelly's Images - Show us what you got.
The Rubber Cafe - Polka dots.
Meljens Designs - Masculine.
Delicious Doodles - Anything goes.
Sugar Creek Hollow  - Circles
Sparkles Forum - Anything goes
Creative Inspirations - use a Digi.
Crafty Pad - Circles.
Card Cupids - use Punches
Stamping Scrapping Central - Anything Goes
Stamp-N-Doodle - Masculine
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - One for the Boys

Monday, 11 April 2011

It's Egg-stra Special over at Cards for Men

Our challenge theme this time on Cards for Men is 'Easter'.  So let's see all your Easter cards and projects.  We have a wonderful sponsor in the form of Peachy Keen Stamps.  They've provided an absolutely fabulous prize of two stamp sets.  Here's a bit about them:

Peachy Keen Stamps is a family owned and operated leading clear stamp manufacturer based out of Northeast Wisconsin. Our stamps are made with the highest quality polymer on the market today, giving them their unique peach tint. The whimsical images designed by Kathy Jakopovich coupled with their durability make them a favorite amongst scrapbookers, card makers, and artists alike. These stamps are sold exclusively online at and at independent stamp and scrapbook stores worldwide. Please visit our website for a complete list of retail locations.

Take a hop over to the main site where you can find full prize details and some fab inspiration from the rest of the design team.

To make this card I used a fab digi-stamp called Merry Little Eggheads from AI Factory.  I coloured him with Promarkers, made a mount from Dovecraft Textured Card and set him down with foam pads onto some DP that came in last years Easter issue of Let's Make Cards.  Sometimes the easiest cards are the most effective, dont you think?

One last thing, I'd like to wish my teamie, Pat, a very Happy Birthday for today.  Please pop over and send her some birthday cheer.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Tuesday Throwdown - Spring
Paper Take Weekly - Anything Goes
Everybody-Art-Challenge - Easter
Digital Tuesday - Easter Parade
Simon Says Stamp - Spring colors/Easter
Scrapbook Sisters - yellow
Some Odd Girl - CAS.
The Rubber Cafe - Easter/Spring.
Meljens Designs - Easter.
Stampin For The Weekend - Easter.
Phindy’s Place - Easter.
Paper Cutz - Bunny, lamb, chicks or Easter eggs.
Floweret Easter.
Fashionista Friday - Spring.
Fairy Knoll - Eggs or ovals.
Digi's With Attitude! - Easter.
Cardmadfairy's Digi Days Challenge - Easter.
Crafts 4 Eternity Recipe Challenge - Use the colours from the inspiration picture*.
Stamping Vacation - Special Things About April
Stamp, Scrap and Doodle - Clean & Simple
Our Daily Bread Designs - No Ribbon
Little Claire's  - Any Celebration with Spring Theme or Colours
Craft Your Days Away  - Spots & Stripes
Card Ideas - Card/project for Young Child
Bee Crafty - Easter
2 Sisters - Spring
Sparkles Forum - Easter.  
Creative Inspirations - Easter.
Crafty Pad - Spring.
Stamps R Us - Easter
Pollycraft - #88 Easter
Pink Elephant - Easter
Ooh La La Creations - Happy Easter
Die Cut Dreams - Easter
The Crazy Challenge - #62 Easter