Monday, July 15, 2013

Anyone For an Anything Goes Challenge

Today a new challenge is starting over at Here Come The Boys, it's everyone's favourite... Anything Goes - as long as it's for a Man or Boy, that is!
Very sadly a work friend of ours died last week - at only 49 and five weeks after being diagnosed with cancer; he will be sorely missed as he was the most cheerful guy you could meet.  I made this card for Adam, and his lovely wife Jenny to keep as a memento - not, I'm sure, that she will need it.  I made sure it has a real "masculine" feel, as Adam would have hated a "sissy" card :-)
I used lovely embossed pearl card, and patterned paper, both from my favourite "special" paper stockist Starfish Lane. The black card is from my stash, as are the gros grain ribbon and the brads (the smaller ones have a black glittery finish, I wish I could remember where they're from!
Papertake Weekly has Old, New, Borrowed, Blue as their theme, I'm going with Old (stash), That Craft Place has Ribbon, so I'm in there too and Cards for Men has a Bingo theme; I've used "Dry Embossing (paper), Metal or Charm (Brads), Die Cut or Punch" the panels are cut and embossed with Mpress Curved Rectangle Dies.
The sentiment is one I made on the computer, you can grab it here with my best wishes.  Click on the image to open it before saving to your computer to maintain the quality of the image - it will be available on my Freebies page too. It is printed on linen card, just because it gives a nice finish, I distressed the edges with silver ink to soften the effect a little.
The inside of the card is finished with more of the patterned paper (though not the embossed, it was my last bit and I've got plans for it, lol) and another computer generated sentiment, feel free to grab that too, if you want, don't forget to click on it to open before saving.  More of my lovely glittery brads to finish. Paper Pretties has a Monochrome challenge, I'm definitely in there, lol, Addicted to Stamps has Lots of Layers, so I'm in there too, while Bizzy Becs has Anything Goes - and I've managed to keep the number of challenges I've entered to six... so I'm in there too :-)
Well that's about it for my card, it's pretty CAS really.  I hope you get a chance to check out my Teamies inspiration, nice and varied - and all "For the Boys", so it just goes to show making those masculine cards is not that hard - so hopefully we'll see you in the challenge too :-) 
As you may (or may not) know, our son Matt works in the same industry as us; he also worked with Adam frequently; Adam delivered and installed swimming pools, Jenny drove the Escort vehicle for him.  Matt came to the funeral with us, it was good that he was able to come in a wheelchair to show his respect for a man who was just a "great bloke".  It also gave us a bit of a wake up call re Matt's recuperation - he had his foot elevated for the entire time we were out, but not higher than his heart... the next day his foot was bright red and really quite swollen;  A timely reminder that he is not out of the woods yet!
It's looking better today, he can wash it now; it's strange how fabulous the little things feel when you've been denied them for a while, lol.
Matt and Elaine spent the day "doing" for themselves today, we popped over to visit and kept the babies awake (I know, I know "if you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem", but they weren't quite asleep and soooo cute and smiley they just HAD to have a cuddle)
Hopefully I'll get some crafting time this week, I do have a hospital appointment for my Mum, and babysitting while Matt goes to the Plastic Surgeon and it is tax time  - but I'm sure I can slip in a bit of a crafty fix, lol.
Until next time, Happy Crafting, Donna


Pat K said...

What a beautiful tribute to your lovely friend/co-worker Donna. He sounded like a wonderful "bloke".

Hope all goes well for Matt at the Plastic Surgeon and I can't blame you for those extra cuddles...the twins look squishy adorable. hugs, Pat K x

Desire Fourie said...

A beautiful masculine card. Love the monochromatic colouring.
Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

Sue said...

So sorry to hear about your friend, that's so sad.
Your card is stunning Donna, the sentiment is really special, thank you so much for sharing it.
I hope Matt continues to make a good recovery and that you manage to find some time for yourself to get your well deserved 'crafty fix'
Sue xx

Nannieflash said...

Beautiful card and a lovely sentiment. Thanks for joining us at CFM, good luck with the challenge. hugs Shirleyxxxx

As.I.Do.Rodos. said...

This is stunning Ginny x

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

Gorgeous memento hun, I think its just perfect!
Sounds like so many things are going on in your life at the moment....just remember to take care of YOU!!!
Hugs Shell xx

Donna Mosley said...

A beautiful card Donna, love the design.

Donna x

Unknown said...

This card is stunning and very elegant, the embossing is gorgeous.
Thank you for playing at Bizzy Becs challenge this mounth.

Tracy said...

A very beautiful card, so sorry to hear about your friend.

Thank you for joining us at That Craft Place for our challenge x


wonderful card with a loverly sentiment
thanks for joining us at cards for men

deesdesigns said...

Hello! Thank you so much for the sentiments - they are beautifully done. What a lovely sympathy card, I know it will be very much appreciated. Dee