Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Masculine Birthday

Happy Tuesday Everyone!
I never seem to have enough birthday cards in my stash so today I'm working on more birthday cards ... specifically masculine cards today!  

When my mojo isn't quite up to par, I like to use a sketch as my jumping point ... today I've used the Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge for an excellent starting point.

I knew I had a variety of masculine/woodsy type design papers in my stash which are from an old DCWV 12x12 paper pack so that was my next step ... choosing papers that were more masculine to go with my sketch.

I liked this basic sketch design but then improvised a bit using a few extra dies as accents.

The Creative Expressions Sue Wilson 'Trailing Ivy' #CED1423 worked beautifully with the ivy background paper.  And I couldn't wait to die cut this fabulous Amy Designs 'Wintertide' Owl #ADD10083.  He's been hanging around for a month or so and finally I found just the right opportunity to use him.  He's die cut from white card stock then I went over him with a light gray Spectrum Noir alcohol marker just to showcase the highlights of the die.  Isn't he handsome! 

I really like how this card came together and I hope you find inspiration in it too!  

Challenges to share in:
Crafts and Me January Challenge  - New Beginnings / New Stash (New Owl Die)
Happy Little Stamper January Challenge - Anything Goes with Dies

Thanks so much for stopping by today.
Please stop back tomorrow when I'll have a card post telling you all about the second half of the Anniversary Celebration at the Double D Challenge Blog.  Extra prizes will be given away just as we did in the first challenge of the new year.  You'll want to be sure to check it out and come join in the fun!!

Till tomorrow ...
As always . . .

Papers:  DCWV 12 x 12 designer paper, white cs, dark gray cs, forest green cs
Accessories:  Gold Pilot Marker (gold trim on background panel), Spectrum Noir Alcohol Marker (IG1), Forest Green Offray satin ribbon, dimensional tape


Miranda Slagboom-de Groot said...

It's a lovely card.
Hugs Miranda

Karin van eijk said...

it's beautiful Darlene
Gr Karin

Lia said...

Darlene, this die of the owl is a wonderful! And so is your card....!!
Lia xx

Donna Heber said...

Lovely masculine card! My hubby loves owls.

Leslie Miller said...

That's a fantastic masculine birthday card! But, you know I love anything woodsy or nature related. I've seen the owl before and thought it was so cool. Love how it looks on your card, especially with the ivy trailing.

Flo said...

He's absolutely darling! Love the different textures you used on this card.

Conniecrafter said...

Fabulous!! sketches are always good when in a rut and this one is perfect, great papers and I just love the detail that is in that owl, love the trailing ivy with it!!

Cheryl W. said...

Beautiful masculine card! I love your trailing ivory and shaded owl. Thank you so much for joining us for our latest challenge at Let's Craft and Create. Cheryl W, DT

Diane said...

What a great masculine card, I would never thought to use my owl for thsat, I just only saw him in all that snow...lol...you make the best 'men's card and I kind of fail at it....and all the background is absolutely perfect too!!

Jeannie said...

Hi Darlene! This is an awesome masculine card and I really like the ivy die cut and how perfect it is with the background paper. Thanks so much for joining my Birthday Bash Blog Challenge :)

Jeannie T.
Dragonfly Journeys

Julee (Vervegirl) said...

Such a fun masculine design. Thanks for joining us for Mojo Monday!

Jane said...

Hi Darlene. This is such a great masculine card...fab owl. Thanks so much for joining in with our anything goes challenge over at Country View xx

Emma Sims said...

Hi Darlene this is amazing - so much detail! Thank you so much for joining us at HLS Anything Goes With A Die Challenge.

Emma - DT Member

Ileana A. said...

Wonderful creation! I love sketch interpretation! Beautiful details!

Thanks for playing at Card Mania Challenge.

Deborah Frings said...

I have a fondness for owls and this die cut is just awesome. Lovely card - perfect for a guy. Sorry to be so late commenting, and thanks for playing along with our Anything Goes Challenge at The Male Room. Deborah, DT.

Corrie Herriman said...

Great card ! Thank you for joining us over at Country View Challenges !
Corrie x

scrapfantazje said...

Lovely card!
Thanks for joining us at the Card Mania Challenge, I hope to see you back again next month:)
Marzena DT

Helen Gullett said...

What a fantastic card, Darlene! LOVE your layers. Thanks for playing along with HLS Jan Anything Goes With Dies