Thursday, August 11, 2016

For the Guys . . .

Hello Everyone!
As some of you already know, I was away last week visiting a couple of my midwest crafting friends and enjoying some of the sights around Indiana and Michigan.  Thanks Diane Hover (Nellie's Nest) for a fabulous visit filled with exciting, fun things to do and OMG such good food!  

Anyways, while crafting with Indiana friend Joan Fricker (former owner of Joan's Gardens) and Diane, Joan shared a card design using an acetate panel that she spotted on Pinterest.  The original card design and inspiration came from Kathleen's Stamping Space.  All the details + video can be seen HERE.  She shares all the measurements, but the one thing I did differently was make it an A6 size card. 

Kathleen's card:

You can see the card we created at Joan's during my visit on her blog post HERE.

I think this an awesome design that could be changed up in so many ways to fit so many different occasions!
Today I took some time to begin creating some masculine cards which I'll be needing for the upcoming fall craft fairs I participate in.  When it comes to masculine creations, I often fall back on my Stampscapes stamps & dies ... as I did today.  Here's what I came up with ... hope you like it!

 By masking off the inside panel of the card that would be showing through the acetate panel, I first sponged the sky, grass and sunset ... then added my Stampscapes fence, brush and birds.

I then cut the 'extra' front panel that will hide where the acetate is adhered the same size as the white wider panel of my card front.  Using that 'extra' white card stock panel (which I actually cut a little long) I stamped my fence and brush again.  Once it was lined up and adhered to the front of my card, I cut off the excess.

TIP:  Be sure you stamp your sentiment and anything extra you want on the front panel BEFORE adhering.  It never fails that you get everything the way you want it ... then stamp your sentiment only to find it's crooked!

I hope to get an 'assembly line' going on this design for my craft fairs over the next few days and make various designs using this base design.  If (when) I get a few of those created, I'll be back to share them with you.

Thinking Out Loud ... this would be a unique Christmas card too ... hmmm have to give that extra thought LOL.

(open view)

Well I need to go ... hubby is calling.  
One day back from my little mid-west trip and my washing machine decided to die ... uugh!
So after tearing it apart and many You Tube videos, the end result is
we are headed out to buy a whole new set.  
So I'd better get moving!


Challenges to share in:
C.R.A.F.T. Challenges - Anything Goes
 Crafting with an Attitude Challenge #18 - Anything Goes
Crafty Girls Creations Challenge #24 - Anything Goes
 Seize the Birthday Challenge - Birthday + Anything Goes
Crafty Boots Challenge - Use a Stamp
Critters and Creatures Linky Party #6 - Anything Goes w/critters and/or creatures
Eclectic Ellapu August Challenge - Purple Team - Its a Man Thing
Kitty Bee Designs Challenge #77 - All About Animals

Thanks for stopping by and as always . . .

Papers:  White card stock, Clear acetate (I recycled packing from a die set), Black card stock
Stamps:  Stampscapes 'Old Fence #293C', Stampscapes 'Geese', Stampscapes 'Sedge Filler' #251C, Stampabilities, Impression Obsession
Accessories:  Tim Holtz distress ink 'Broken China', Memento ink 'Bamboo Leaves', large sponge daubers, Versafine Onyx, SU Dimensional, Memory Box 'Leaping Deer' #98390


Jeannie said...

Hi Darlene! This is an awesome masculine card and you've blended the whole scene so perfectly :)

Jeannie T.
Dragonfly Journeys

Dee's Craft Room said...

Stunning card Darlene, your sponged panel is amazing. In fact, the whole design looks fabulous. Thank you for sharing your work with all of us at Crafty Boots Challenges.


Donna Ellis said...

Wow! Fantastic design, Darlene! Beautiful colors, and I love that the scenery is enjoyed inside and out!

Judy Woodland said...

Awesome card, Dar. LOVE it, just beautiful!!

Joan Fricker said...

Darlene I love this. So many things we can do with it. Great job.

Kathy Krug said...

Absolutely fabulous. I love the peek a boo acetate design. Great stamping and sponging.

Michelle N. said...

Wow. What a beautiful scene you created! Love the design-thanks for joining us at Kitty Bee Designs! said...

I love the design of your card and the scene is amazing!

Donna Phelan said...

This is a great guys card....LOVE that design....I would fear I would have so many 'deer footprints' all over the acetate lol I love how you put this all together, it's really wonderful!

Conniecrafter said...

Wow that is just too cool, I totally love your sponging and stamping on the inside, and thanks for sharing how you did it! Bummer about your washing machine, they always have bad timing to break down... enjoy the new set!

myrna said...

What a cleaver idea. Love the added dimensional feel. Thank you for sharing with us at the C.R.A.F.T. Challenge. - Myrna DT

laurie said...

Love that sponging..what an awesome guy card!

Leslie Miller said...

Oh, my word, what a beautiful design! This is amazing! Your stamp choices are fabulous, and I LOVE the leaping deer with it. Great sentiments, too. WOW! Hope you get an awesome new washer. Off to see Joan's card now...

MagsB said...

This is fab! I love how you continued on the inside of the card! Thanks for joining in at CRAFT Challenge!

love Mags B x

Diane said...

This has to be a favorite by far using that design. (mine is still sitting here)...your scene stamps are absolutely perfect for fun!!

Patti said...

Your blog is stunning! it is so beautiful here : ) and your card is nothing less than perfect! I have never seen this technique so beautifully done!

Thanks a bunch for playing along at Seize The birthday!


Ellibelle said...

What an amazing creation Darlene, love this design!
Thanks so much for sharing!!

Let's Color linky party
Critters and Creatures linky party

shirley-bee said...

Wonderful card! I love the sponged panel. Thanks for playing along at Seize The Birthday :)

Dee's Craft Room said...

Hi Darlene,

Thought you would like to know that you have been Placed in the Crafty Boots 'Use a Stamp' Challenge. Many congratulations.

We are offering the winner and both runners up from this challenge Guest Design Team spots for the Crafty Boots challenge that starts on 26 September. Please contact me at if you would like more information about participating in this new challenge.

Do not forget to collect a copy of the Crafty Boots Challenge Top Three badge from our blog.

Kindest regards.


Cynthia said...

I haven't crossed paths with you for awhile Darlene! Hope all is well down your way. Saw your gorgeous card featured on the Creatures and Critters linky party and came over for a closer look. Lovely design and great sponged scene. Thanks for the inspiration!