May 15, 2013

NBD: Masculine Blog hop



Good morning!

Today, I'm joining the designers from NinaB Designs for our monthly blog hop event.  This month's theme is Masculine.  Fun, right?  Easy, right?  not so much, right?  lol!  If you're following along on the hop, you should have arrived here from Jenny's blog.

I'm of the mind that when I make masculine cards I am not so worried about making it plain or without any embellishment.  My husband knows my style in card making and if I make a card too dark or plain, he always seems a bit disappointed, and will ask why I didn't put much 'effort' into it, knowing all the supplies I have in my stash.  (well, not ALL of them, lol - most of them though!)

So, I made these cards with Brad in mind - adding some texture and embellishments to them but making sure to not have anything to 'feminine' on them.  


My first card uses Nina's TCM Mother and Father stamp set.  I used both of the masculine sentiments and paired them together to mimic the super hot chalkboard type stacked sentiments that you see everywhere.

I chose some 'stately' patterned papers from a My Mind's Eye paper pack and added some buttons with a thin paper strip for 'faux thread.'  I added a doily, but shaded it with a light blue chalk ink to tone down the normally white doily and I think it even made it more masculine!  lol!  That's my story anyway!


My next card was made after I watched the Kentucky Derby with my family.  My family just recently visited the Kentucky Horse Center in Lexington while on our Spring Break vacation, so we've been pretty interested in horses lately.  I thought TCM's Giddy Up stamp set would be fun to make a card with, especially with horses on the brain and the TV.


I was thinking this would be a fun retirement card to have on hand but will probably end up saving it and giving it to my husband or son.  I love the horse in this set with the flourish saddle.  I was pleased with how nicely the star flourish looked stamped in white ink along the bottom of the card for a border.

This time I inked the white doily with a yellow chalk ink.  I was thinking of a sun in the background with this card and echoed it a bit with the yellow button 'threaded' with a strip of patterned paper.  I wrapped the card front with some charcoal twine for texture and color.

Now, for the fun stuff!

The NinaB Designs team is giving away these TWO PRIZE PACKAGES:
Prize #1: Spellbinders Fancy Tags Two Dies
   Prize #2: $20 Gift Certificate to Want2Scrap.

Winners will be picked randomly from 2 of the designers' blogs:
Everybody is welcome to comment and be eligible to win. The winners will be announced on May 22 on Nina's Blog, where you will also find all the relevant info regarding the giveaways. Finally, please consider liking the following Facebook pages that are represented on today's hop, so you don't miss the latest news and happenings:
Penny Black Inc.
 Want2Scrap 

Next up on the hop, is Lea!
Thank you for joining us today!

Jessica

25 comments:

Lea L. said...

These are cute! Loving the doilies!

Tisha Sewell said...

Great cards! Love them both!

Jan said...

Love the cards, thanks for sharing.

Sue D said...

I like your use of doilies on these masculine cards.

Loly Borda-Towery said...

Both cards are fabulous Jessica! Great idea to ink the doilies. TFS

Mary Ann said...

Great cards,Very pretty!

Stephanie said...

Both of your cards are great. I really like the way you used the doilys. So many details!!

Denise Bryant said...

Gorgeous cards! Love your color combos!

Karenladd said...

Great cards with wonderful stamped designs. Love the doilies and that horse image especially

Alina said...

Lovely cards! Great stamps you have used!

SHartl said...

Wow, love how you used doilies on masculine cards. That yellow doily is awesome!!! Great card designs all the way!

Sue Bridges said...

Love these cards-such great colors too!

Leanne said...

Great cards!

Emily H said...

Fabulous cards! I love the embossed tag!

cbuswell said...

Fabulous cards, love them both!

Lagene said...

WOW! I love your blue masculine cards! Great designs!

Janis said...

Beautiful Father's Day card!! The doily adds to it without making it look too femmy.

MaxineD said...

Love these Jessica - the way you have shaded the doilies is a great touch.
Blessings
Maxine

fun stamping said...

Such beautiful masculine cards! I would never think about adding a doily to a masculine card, but you made it work!

Nena said...

Wow, your card is brilliant! Every detail makes you go WOW. Especially the little button ribbons; love them!

Larissa Heskett said...

AMAZING as usual!! I just LOVE your creative style and your designs are always so AMAZING!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEKEND!! =)

Storage beds said...

thanks for sharing the lovely cards.

Cindy Groh said...

Great cards. Love the vibrant colors and fun patterned papers.

ezobo said...

Love the colors and design. It so clever to change the color of the doily. Thanks for the details on the way you made the cards.

barbara macaskill said...

Love everything about these cards! The sentiments, the DP, the ribbons! All of it combined makes some gorgeous cards! TFS!

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