Sunday, November 17, 2013

Getting Sentimental at Here Come The Boys

As the title suggests, we're getting Sentimental over at the Here Come The Boys Challenge... well not really "sentimental", but the challenge this time is to use Sentiments Only; that's right NO IMAGES aaahhhhh!  I thought it was a challenge too far, as I love to colour my images :-) but once I started I actually thought of a few ideas where a sentiment alone is  perfect - especially for a masculine card, which obviously we're all about at Here Come The BOYS!!
Of course the first trick is to find a great sentiment... this gorgeous one came from Create With TLC, as do so many of my favourite sentiments.  This is from the Awesomeness Word Art collection and you can get yours here.  That Craft Place are having a Sentiment challenge too, so I'm entering there.
This is a smaller than usual (for me) card, it's A6, or 6" x 4"and it's Kraft.  
I printed the sentiment BIG (I love digis, scaling is one of their many features!) then used a Sakura glaze pen (that I've had in my stash for YEARS and never found a use for) to go over some of the words to give them emphasis.  It's hard to photograph, but looks really effective in real life - it looks embossed, but was really easy to do, I wasn't particularly careful either, lol.
I distressed the edges with various coloured ink to match the background paper, which is from Die Cuts With a View's Far East mat stack (I don't know if it's still available, I've had that years too!)  Stampin' for the Weekend and 
My Mums Craft Shop have Autumn Colours challenges so I'm entering those.  
I matted it on to some pearl/metallic green cardstock from my stash then added the eyelets to give it a sort of Poster look.  I used my had-to-have Cropadile (eyelet setter), for only the second time ever! I was going for a vintage/shabby chic feel, to suit the style of the sentiment, but when I really look at it the sentiment is more Art Deco, oh well, I'm still going to enter the Vintage challenges at Charisma CardzThe Crazy Challenge and Bunny Zoes Crafts.  This card is pretty much devoid of embellishments, I don't know if it fits the Totally Papercrafts CAS challenge, I'll enter but will understand if it's deemed inappropriate :-)
The ribbon is from my stash as well, I love it for "manly" cards :-) 
I used the same layout on the inside of the card, I didn't have another sheet of the paper I'd used on the front so I inked up another sheet from the pad to tone it down, the jotting panel was a scrap of heavily textured paper I found in my White Scraps folder... I have no idea where it's from, which is a shame as I love it - especially for vintage/shabby chic cards. Through the Craftroom Door and Fab'n'funky Challenges have Anything  Goes challenges running, so I'm entering there.
That's it for today's card, pop over to the Here Come The Boys blog and see what a Sentimental lot we are, lol.  I hope you get a chance to enter the challenge, it's really not as hard as you think, and it does eliminate that age old problem of finding a suitable image for a masculine card!!
I just thought I'd give a quick update on my son Matt; he is back at work, he has a slight limp and still has a dull ache in his (missing!) toes... this could apparently go on for up to a year, as can the swelling that plagues him after a long day on his feet.  All in all though, he is in a much better place than he was a few months ago, he has decided that prosthetic toes (at $16,000 none of which is covered by his health insurance) are not on the agenda - if we win Lotto that may change, lol.  The babies are growing fast, it keeps his mind focused elsewhere than his foot, so that's a good thing; Nathan has cut two teeth this week, is crawling everywhere in a commando style, Emily hasn't quite mastered that - but she can get herself from laying to sitting which she does to watch Nathan get himself into all sorts of strife, lol. I'll post a couple of pics next time :-)
I'll be back in a few days, until then Happy Crafting, Donna


Sue said...

Gorgeous card Donna. Such a wonderful sentiment, I love how you have gone over some of the lettering. The papers and ribbon are beautiful.
Thanks for the update on your Son, I am pleased to hear that he is doing so well. I look forward to seeing some pictures of Nathan and Emily.
Sue xx

Loz said...

Great sentiment Donna! It was an absolute 'dream come true' when my twins both started crawling, then walking! No more carrying them both at the same time!! Can't believe they're now 5 and a half!! It goes too fast... x

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

Brilliant sentiment gorgeous papers and layout Ginny♥

Pat K said...

WOW, this is fabulous Donna. A wonderful, well structured design as always and the ribbon is gorgeous. Good to hear your Son is doing okay and I too look forward to seeing pics of your adorable twins. hugs, Pat K x

CheerDown said...

Gorgeous card inside and out and so lovely to see a male themed card that concentrates on the sentiment. Thank you for joining in our birthday fortnight celebrations at Fab n Funky

Alli x

Cat's sCrap said...

Absolutely fabulous ! Fantastic graphic effect with your stamp. The inside is also magnificent as the outside. Great job ! I lIKE !!!

Thanks for joining us at Charisma Cardz for our Vintage Challenge.

Hugs from France and Good Luck !

Carole said...

Thank you for palying along with us this week at TPC with your gorgeous creation. What a great sentiment, love it
Happy Crafting
Carole xXx

Kathy @ Stamping Still said...

Great sentiment and I love how you've used it. Thanks so much for joining us at Bunny Zoe's Crafts.

Carissa said...

Wonderful card, that big sentiment is fantastic.
Thanks for playing along with our Vintage Challenge at Charisma Cardz.

Sanja Grdinić said...

Beautiful elegant card. :)