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Saturday, June 12, 2010

From Masculine to Feminine

I was telling my friend, Lynn, the other day about needing to make a bunch of masculine birthday cards for all the June birthdays we have in our family, and how much I dislike making them.  It's not that I don't want to make my beloved family members a card; I just struggle so with making masculine-themed cards. 

Lynn offered to let me borrow several stamp sets that she thought might help out, one of which is Stampin' Up's Classic Pickups.  These images are perfect for my stepson.  Here's what I came up with for him:


Ever since he was a little guy, my stepson has always wanted everything to go "fast," so what better image to use than this pickup truck with the custom flames paint job.  I cut it out with an oval Nestability and put it on the inside of my card to meet the Free for All challenge requirements Silvia gave us to make a jelly-filled doughnut card. In other words, make a hole on the outside of your card and then put the image on the inside.  I stamped You're a Classic just above the pick up truck. I covered the black embossed panel on the outside with metallic Perfect Pearls for some added masculine gleam.  Vroom, baby!!!

Still in the mood to make another card, I checked out the Inspiration challenge on SCS which is this gorgeous Tea and Roses website.  I love decorative boxes, so I chose these beautiful nested hat boxes as my inspiration piece.  Obviously, this website called for a feminine theme.  Okay.  Okay.  I know.  It's not achieving my goal of getting my masculine birthday cards done, but I just couldn't resist, especially since Lynn also loaned me her Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set. 



I stamped the flowers onto SU pink pirouette dp, cut them out, sponged the edges in pink pirouette and pretty in pink, colored the stamens with white gel pen, and rolled some of the edges for dimension. I lightly stamped the larger Fifth Avenue Floral image on the background of the pink pirouette cs.    Ooooo!  I jes luvs purty, girly things.

Well, I need to sign off.  Hubby and I are off to visit some friends.  I'll be back!!!  Happy Saturday to you!


10 comments:

Cook22 said...

That is one great masculine card! All the elements in it are great, but I think what I like most is the way you added the Perfect Pearls to the embossing - that is so cool!! Of course your pretty feminine card is lovely too, with that little bird perched in the flowers and the gorgeous bow.

Tosha Leyendekker said...

Girl, don't know what your fear of masculine cards is for...you so ROCKED this guy card. Your stepson will treasure it for sure!!! LOVE the texture, and your fantastically colored image!! And the pink card with the beautiful flowers and sweet bird is just stunning!! Two works of art my friend!! WOW!!

Joanne Travis said...

You are so talented, Charlene! You can go from making this fab masculine card to making this pretty, feminie creation without missing a beat! I love your work.

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Pat (mspfd) said...

Hi Charlene! Awesome work, my friend!!

Lynnor Goodwin said...

Charlene, both of these cards are fantabulous!!! The truck card is so wonderfully masculine and the floral card is just the extreme opposite with its girly beautimusness (making up words here) I think I'll be case-ing these!!!

Joanne (jojot) said...

both are FABBO.....every detail of the first 'oozes' masculinity....and the second card is so soft and feminine (and one of your BEST, IMHO)....love all the extra detail work you did to make this such and outstanding beauty....high fives, gf

Lorraine said...

Wow - two knockouts! That embossed background is perfect with the hot rod! I absolutely love your dimensional flowers. Pretty little birdie too!

Traci M said...

I think you've gotten in touch with your masculine side...or your feminine side...or both in this case!! A great contrast of styles and feel and you mastered both of them!! Isn't it fun to have friends lend you stamps?!
Hope you had a great weekend, Charlene!!

maryr917 said...

wow a great masculine and beautiful feminine card in the same post. These are awesome! You make the masculine cards look so easy