Thursday, July 15, 2010

It's Rainin' Men!

My challenge for you this week is to make a card for the guys using one (or more!) of Mo's  images!
I know a lot of you have trouble making masculine can't use all your flowery, lacy embellishments and shiny bling on a card for a man!
They aren't really all that difficult, though. Starting with one of Mo's great images makes the job easier! Most of the time pastel hues don't work, but darker, stronger, or bolder  tones are perfect. Replace your flower print papers with plaids, checks, or geometric patterns. I do use ribbon but I keep away from bows and use strips of coordinating ribbon instead. Brads and manly metal charms are wonderful as accents. Texture is great....use dry embossing, but go masculine....diamond plate, argyle, herringbone, etc. There are many border punches that can be used. I particularly like Martha Stewart's Zig Zag punch. Her fence and Checkerboard punches would be good, too, just  think straight, clean lines.

I have several masculine cards that I hope will inspire you. I've had fun using Mo's guys of all ages!

We are a basketball husband and I both played when we were young.  He coached a 5th and 6th grade team at our local school for ages, long after our kids had gone on to play on the regional high school team. Both our boys and our daughter played varsity ball there. Now our three young grandchildren are playing, too. You can see why I had to have this image!

Basketball Jones

Image: Slam Dunk C from Mo's Digital Pencil, SU! Canvas BG stamp
Papers: SU! Garden Green, Old Orange, Pumpkin Pie, River Rock, PTI white, Basic Grey DP, Recycled corrugated cardboard
Tools: Copics, Prismacolor Pencil, White gel pen, Cuttlebug with Nesties & Embossing folder, Embossing stylus, Mounting tape
Embellishments: Brads

Second Childhood

I love this image so much! It always makes me think of my husband, who, at 69, is still just a big kid who loves to have fun! 

Image: The Engineer from Mo's Digital Pencil, Lanterns from High Hopes, SU! Ticking, Computer-generated sentiment
Paper: SU! Going Gray, Pacific Point, Confetti White, Brocade Blue, PTI White
Tools: Copics, MS Zig-Zag punch, Mounting Tape, Sewing Machine

Embellishments: Mini brads


This dude looks like so many young boys out there, baggy pants and all! After this was finished, I wished I'd used paper-piecing and given him a tie-dye tee shirt using that psychedelic Basic Grey paper!
I just had to buy that little skateboard when I saw it...I'm such a sucker for miniatures! I bought a tiny bike at the same time.

Image: Simon from Mo's Digital Pencil, Computer Sentiment from TLC

Card stock: SU! Green Galore, Yo-yo Yellow, Only Orange, PTI White, Basic Grey DP
  Tools: Copics, MS Daisy punch, White gel pen
Embellishments: Square brads

His Turn to Cook!

 The Big Guy doesn't really look like any of the men in my family, but I love him just the same! My husband love to grill, as most men seem to. He even cooks our Thanksgiving turkey in his Weber!

Images: The Big Guy Grilling from Mo's Digital Pencil, Hamburger stamp from Hambo, Sentiment from TLC

Papres: SU! Garden Green, Wild Wasabi, River Rock, Ballet Blue, PTI White, Basic Grey DP

Tools: Copics, Prismacolor pencils, Cuttlebug with Argyle embossing folder and Nestie oval, Mounting tape

Embellishments: Brads

 I've shown you mine, now you show us yours! LOL!
Create something wonderful for the man (or men) in your life and enter it in Mo's Challenge for a chance to win one of Mo's unique images.
Can't wait to see what you'll do!


Cathy said...

Wow, Elaine, 4 challenge cards, each one as beautifully created as the next, the engineer is my favorite, love the pin striped dp that looks like railroad over all denim!!! Love the challenge.

Sandy Hulsart said...

Oh, my goodness, Elaine, what a wonderful selection of guy cards. They are all fabulous but I love the basketballs you created with the embossing. You are so clever and as always, your coloring is spectacular.

Dawn B. said...

You have been so busy.. You go girl.. I just love them all.. I love boys.. I also had to tell you that the picture on Mo's challenge blog of you and your granddaughter is so precious.. I LOVE it..

Renkata said...

Wow what a beautiful cards have you created.

The Wired Angel said...

Terrific cards, Elaine!! You have been one very busy lady. Great job with the challenge this week. Mo fans came out in droves! Peggy x