Friday, April 17, 2009

One for the Boys

During May I have 6 family birthdays to make cards for. Only two are girlies :( , then there are 3 nephews (15, 9 & 7) and one of my BiLs so I was almost relieved when Rein issued the Daring Cardmakers DT with this one:

It's Rein here this week, and I'm daring you to make a masculine card

Games and Toys for Boys

put a race track, dart board, vehicle... on your card. Here are some from the Design Team to get you started

At least this means I've got one of those dreaded male cards made in good time. As I've just had an order for 6 or 7 "special" cards, also for May, I really need to pull my finger out and get some cardmaking done!

So, here's my card for the DCM this week, I wish I'd used some different papers, it looks a bit dreary, don't you think? I reeally should invest in some new "boy-themed" papers, maybe that would help me feel more inspired for making masculine stuff. I doubt it, but its worth a try - and a good excuse to do some shopping too.
The funny little car is from one of Leo's older Crafty Templates collections, I used Crate Paper "Zoom" for all the papers on this card. The hub caps are large brads flattened by a wallop with the hammer.
I made a Robo template for the balloons then cut it in layers of paper and silver card to get the right effect. The little "badge" is all Robo cut too.

I hope this dare will inspire you to make a masculine card - or maybe even two! They are probably not high on our favourite themes for cards eh? so maybe this is just the push you need to get cards for your dads, brothe's, nephews, OHs and all those other difficult "Male of the Species" cards ready to go.
Please pop over to the Daring Cardmakers Blog - I'm sure the DT cards will inspire you to get crafting with a male theme this week!

I made this card using Beckie's sketch on Bumbleberry Crafts and it sat on my desk for days because I didn't think it looked right. After a while I decided it was the rub-on flowers that looked wrong, it was all a bit "flat".
So I made a couple of mini poppies and added those over the rub-on flowers. I think the tweaked version looks much better, what do you reckon?
Actually, it makes a change for me to persevere and try and make a card work - you should see how many half made cards I have hidden around the place - they may not be "working" but I still can't throw them out (well, the really really bad ones, I do!). I think in thise case it was so close to being OK - and of course I'd put all that effort into making the big tattered poppy, hadn't I?!

Just a reminder that if you'd like to be in with a chnace of owning the little book I showed on here yesterday, then you've got till 6pm (UK time) to make a card following sketch #8 over on the Sketch File blog.
All for now, back next time with another card using the April Crafty Templates Embellish Buddies collection, hope to see you soon


Anonymous said...

Another gorgeous set of cards Kathy! :) Love the car and the wholloped brads. :)


tracy said...

loving the boy card kathy :) and i think you're right about the girly card,second one much nicer :)

Karen said...

hehe love the little bubble car Kathy!!! Those flowers you make look so gorgeous! X

Angelnorth said...

Nope, I don't think your boy card looks dreary at all. The balloons are super-cute! The tattered poppies look fab on the girly one and yes, I think the extra little one definitely gave it a lift :o)

Traceyr said...

Well I think you hadn't given the first card a very flattering photograph so it makes the second one look better. It is in the light the first one in the shadows. haha The doodling certainly brings the second one to life along with the added flowers. ooooooh

Ha ha What do I know? I would have loved the first one. lol

Janice said...

Cool car! Lovely flowers on that card, definitely add some texture.

Gez said...

Love your car its great Kathy.
I think you must be a mind reader! I've used a sticker for the card I made for your Sketch 8 & have been wishing all day I'd made my own from paper & will probably cover it up before I send it. Won't make that mistake again!
Have a super weekend. Gez. xx

Caroline said...

Lovely cards - I like the boy one and think the papers are just right. I know what you mean about rub-ons sometimes looking flat, I think they always look better as a layer underneath something, saying that though both cards look fab!

Hazel said...

Lovely cards, Kathy - that car is super - and the papers are not dull at all x

Martina2801 said...

Very beautiful cards you have done !

Kristen Hermanny said...

What a great boy card. I always get stuck on boy cards...
This was a great challenge to get unstuck with.

Your card is just gorgeous!

Karen said...

Gorjus cards Kathy. Love that mini book too.

I've left something on my blog for you.

Love Karen xxx

Kit said...

lovely cards

Tanya said...

Absolutely gorgeous cards, Kathy. Love all of them!!
Tanya xx

Jozza said...

That is one of the cutest cars ever! Both cards are stunning as usual. x