Thursday, 3 May 2012

BIRTHDAY BOY is a great big canvas & you should throw all the paint you can on it...
-Danny Kaye- I'm sharing with you a card that I've made for my Son-in-Law...
...I dont usually make cards for boys/men purely because I never really know what to do and maybe because most of my little embellies are on the girlie side...anyhow my dear friend May had Die cut some cogs for me and I found some washers...

...the background paper is from Tim's Idealology 12-12 pack...I edged it with walnut DI added a few splodges of black ink and put one side through the big shot with the Spotty Texture Fade...

...the spots give a cool dimension to the paper...

...I added the little ruler as darren is a Carpenter...

...I got brave & used the crackle glaze again, much finer crackles this time...

...well thats my 1st effort at at a boy's card, well man's card he is 31 after all...I will be entering this card for The Artistic Stamper Challenge 'Spots & Stripes...

...and here is my very 1st ATC...

...if your a woyww follower and visited my desk you will of seen the loVely pocket of goodies Lynn sent me...this ATC has been made entirely with the ingredients inside...

...thankyou so much Lynn, hope you like what I've put together with your loVely embellishments...



  1. Both are equally fabulous Mel! Great idea to use the corrugated card for stripes! Your SIL is going to adore his personalised card, I love the little tape measure!
    Thanks for sharing with us at The Artistic Stamper Challenge
    Alison xox

  2. Fab card for you Son in law, love what you've done - textures and finishes. Great ATC too. Zo xx

  3. Your card is fab and that atc well, that is a wonder!!! Itis so pretty and just fab!! Love it! Hugs trace x

  4. Wow Mel, I can't believe that these two are firsts. I really can't believe you've never made an atc before, but well done for cracking both of them.

    Sam xxx

  5. Oh Mel, your card is a stunner, so well thought out and put together, you should definitely make lots more male cards. Your ATC is amazing, I have never done one but if this is your first you have inspired me to have a go too. Thank you!

  6. WOW, WOW, WOW This male card is fabulous Mel, Love the textures and colours and great use of the embossing folder.. Love it, also Mel what a Gorgeous ATC... this is simply perfect...Beautiful fabric, buttons and ribbon... I just Love your creations! Hugs May x x x

  7. Well done Mel on your ATC it looks really good. Im going to use the colours myself on something after seeing what you have done.
    Lynn xx
    One I Made Earlier Today

  8. Hi, I love the card, I love the dots down the side. The atc is great, I have just made my first one today, Its great you used bits that someone sent you.

  9. Morning sweetie this is amazing, love it hugs pops x

  10. Wonderful work on both of them and such wonderful ideas to look at and maybe try.

    Chrissie xxx

  11. Your card for your SIL, is stunning, Mel, he'll love it. You've created some amazing texture and the cogs look fab. Hope you make some more boys cards now.
    Well done with the ATC too. Lynne will be thrilled that you've been able to use what she sent you in such a beautiful way.
    Have a lovely weekend.
    Hugs Lisax

  12. I love the gears this would be a great canvas! I think you should win hands down!! thanks for stopping by my blog thanks for the comments love that ATC you got have a great week!

  13. hey it's a perfect guy's card...cogs and wheels and all....


  14. WoW, they are All amazing! That's all I can say! I wish I wIsh I was artistic!
    Mo ;~)

  15. Your MAN card is awesome. They are so hard to the texture on the sprockets!

  16. LOVE that project for the Spots and Stripes Challenge!! It's just fantastic! :D

    Haven't got round to making my ATC for the WOYWW yet...must do that next! :D

    Thanks for sharing,

    Jackie x

  17. Marvelous ATC' your 'grunge' style!

  18. Just catching up on my blog rounds and this is....FABULOUS!! A really stunning piece of artwork.
    Thank you so much for your lovely comment about my Alice piece... :)
    Good luck and thanks for sharing this gorgeous piece in The Artistic Stamper Challenge.
    Hope you're having a lovely weekend.
    Love Emma x

  19. Wow, this is gorgeous! Love how that embossing folder looks on the cool Tim paper. This is really fantastic.

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...thank you so much for taking the time to drop by my blog...Mel :)