Sunday, June 5, 2011

For The Boys

Well, I am finally back.  The end of school kind of did me in.  I also had my daughter graduating.  Those are pretty good excuses.  I have actually just been exhausted and not real inspired so decided to rest for a few days and will now hopefully be back on my feet.

A quick card tonight.  This is the time of the year that we usually think more about male cards.  With Father’s Day just around the corner and Fourth of July coming soon our cards seem to have more of a masculine theme.  That is the thinking behind this card.  Also, my husband loves "American Made" and has a birthday coming up.

I love all the birdhouse images from Impression Obsession.  This one is an older, retired image but is perfect for this time of the year.  I stamped it in Denim Blue dye ink from Adirondack onto white cardstock, and then layered it on red.  The next layer is embossed with a star embossing folder on the top and a striped folder on the bottom.    I distressed the edges of all layers and rubbed ink around the edges of the embossed layer.  In my mind I saw those pictures of our brave soldiers holding a battle worn American flag.  I layered all of this onto a red card base.

For embellishment I added a simple strip of sheer blue ribbon separating the two different embossing patterns and then popped up a single punched star, also distressed and edged with blue ink.  I did not add a sentiment to the front since I wanted it to be left open to be used for various possible occasions.

This card is entered in the following challenges:
Charisma Cardz Week Challenge #22 – Something That Flies (flag)
Fourishes Star Spangled Challenge – Red, White, and Blue
Impression Obsession – Let’s Hear It For the Boys
Simon Says Stamps Challenge – Father’s Day/For a Male
Simon Says Stamp and Show – Your Favorite Stamp
Aifactory Challenges #083 – Roughing It Up (distress)
CES Challenge #39 – Clean & Simple
Crafts and Me Challenge #37 – Punch It Out!
Craft Us Crazy Challenge #9 – Remembrance and/or Love
Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge – Card for a Man or Boy
Lexis Creations Challenge #41 – Father’s Day or Man’s Card


Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

Great card, fab image!

Thank you for sharing with us at MAWTT, CYP & CES Challenges this week, good luck!
hugs shell xx

majsan said...

Really great card you have made...
Loved the image....
Thank you for sharing it with CRAFT US CRAZY.

Cassie said...

Awesome distressing! Thanks so much for playing along over at the CIC :D

Sandra said...

Lovely card great distressing love the image.......:) Sandra H

Shirley said...

Well, I can see I am a little late getting here. LOL E., Your card is just so patriotically wonderful and masculine too! How lovely! I want to thank you again for playing and wish you good luck in the drawing too, E.!

Kathy D. said...

oh I totally get the old weathered flag look! You totally pulled it off. Thanks for distressing with us at Clearly Inspired Challenge #29 at

Dawn B. said...

This is beautiful. Thanks for joining us at Flourishes.. YOu did a great job on this card.

Mandy said...

Beautiful male card E.Marie, the image is lovely, I hope you've had a good rest now.
Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp for our Fathers Day / Male card challenge
hugs Mandy xx

Kobie's Crafty Corner said...

What a beautiful card!
Thank You for joining our challenge this week over at Lexi's Creations!
Hugs Kobie - Lexi's Creations

Céline said...

beautiful card and fab image
thanks for playing with us at fussy & fancy this week
céline F&F DT

ChristineCreations said...

Love the soft blue stamping, it's such a pretty detailed stamp! Great texture too!

Debs said...

Stunning card - love the image.
Thanks for sharing it with us at MAWTT this week.
Good luck.
Debs xx

Anonymous said...

Nicely done, that is a great image and I like the textured stars background. So glad you could play in Flourishes Star Spangled Banner Challenge. Stacy aka Twinshappy

Pöydän kulmalla näpertelijä said...

Beautiful! I love the vintage look.

Leslie Miller said...

What a great image, and perfect for Flourishes Star Bangled Challenge! Love how you stamped it in the blue. Really shows off the illustration nicely.

Teresa said...

a lovely image and made with taste thank you for joining us at crafts and me this week.
Teresa x

Francesca said...

Very beautiful
Thanks for joining us at one stop craft challenge this week and good luck !

Christi said...

Great distressing! You did a lovely job on the CIC challenge! Thanks for joining us!

Shirley said...

Hellllllooooo again E.Marie. I am checking players sidebars for the challenge date widget. I misspelled the second Summer. Blogger won't let me give you the code here, so you have to pick it up at the IO blog. Your current widget will go blank. So sorry.

Thanks again for playing and good luck in the drawing lady!

Jenny Gropp said...

Such a lovely worn look to this with he faded denim ink! Fantastic card!

Donna said...

Stunning card and such a beautiful CAS design! Thank you for playing along with us at CES this week :) Donna x

Milliesmarvels said...

This is a beautiful card! Love the way the red star pops! Thanks for joining us for the CES Challenge!

Lisette Morris said...

Lovely card! Great job! Thanks for joining us at Fussy and Fancy!