Friday, October 22, 2010

A Proper Gentleman to the rescue

Hi everyone!  I had a chance to play along with this week's SCS sketch challenge.  I really liked this one!  I had a birthday card to make for my dad, so I used this to get me motivated.  You see, I stress every year about making cards for my dad (here is the card I made in 2007, my post from 2008, and post from 2010).  SERIOUSLY I really struggle.  I searched my stamp sets for something to use that I haven't ALREADY used multiple times, when I got the idea to pull out my Graphic 45, A Proper Gentleman 8x8 pad!
My card has no stamping!   I only used pattern papers from Graphic 45.   I also used some of my much neglected 1.5" wide striped grosgrain which I found was a perfect match with the fine linen cardstock.  The sketch called for an oval, but I changed it to a rectangle to accommodate the trio of oldie cars.
I was really torn on adding the buttons, but I tried all kinds of different stuff for the "circle panel" of the sketch, but nothing worked.  In general, buttons are borderline girlie, but I thought by sticking to masculine colors and threaded them with black floss it would work.  And I am surprised, but I think it did!
So, this was mailed off and I really hope he likes it.  Thanks for stopping by, have a great Friday!!

Card Deets:
Paper - Black, Fine Linen (PTI)
Accessories - Striped grosgrain ribbon, buttons, black floss (DMC), swiss dots EF



  1. What a great card creation, Michelle! Fabulous!

  2. Fabulous use of the SP, Michelle! Love the old cars and that wide, striped ribbon is great. Love teh touch of buttons too. Fabulously done for a card that started out being a challenge (((hugs))).

  3. Fantastic Masculine card! I don't think the buttons are "girlie" in the least bit. Afterall men do have buttons on their shirts. I love that this is a non-stamped card. Sometimes they are fun to create.

  4. Wow!

    I think this is a great "Dad" card. My Dad's birthday is on Veteran's Day. I have been searching for ideas.

    I really like the buttons on your card. They remind me of steering wheels! OR tires...and they aren't "girlie" because they don't have your "little flowers" on it!

    Thank you for sharing so many ideas in this and the last post. They are great! I wish that we could see your original cards. I think you "artists" should post them in the gallery, so we "un-artists" can feel at home! What do you think?

    Everything said, is meant as a compliment! i hope that is how it was received.

    He IS Able,
    Traci S.

  5. Love this card! Love Graphic 45!
    The buttons look great...not girlie.
    I am sure your dad loves the card.

  6. Awesome masculine card. I like the papers and they are perfect for quick no stamping creations. I am sure he is going to love it.

  7. This is a fabulous masculine card! You aced this sketch, this birthday card is awesome! I'm sure he'll love it!

  8. wow, this is one fantastic card...hugs

  9. Beautiful card Michele! I really love it!
    of course graphic45 is one of my favorite!!And I need to do a BD card for my Brother and this would be perfect! I hope you don't mind if I case this idea to do one for him!?
    Of my 3 brothers he is the hardest! So your timing if perfect!!

    Thank you for the inspiration and for sharing,
    Have a great weekend!

  10. Oh my gosh, that card is absolutely stunning Michelle! I love it! What a perfect masculine card and you've used ribbon without it being feminine! You're a "pro" girlie . . . . I Love It!!!

  11. Very nice and definitely masculine... he will be very proud of you when he receives it! The buttons remind me of "tires" and are perfect with the car theme.

  12. Love this Michelle! Just the perfect b'day card for a man. Lovely the dp too!

  13. These are awesome guy cards!! Thanks so much for the inspiration! :)