Friday, May 29, 2009

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Recently, I've been trying to stamp "intentionally," as in make something besides feminine cards that only suit adult women.

Last night, I endeavored to make a birthday card for an adult male. However, I must not have been in the mood, because I finished this one and pretty much left my corner in disgust. Looking at it tonight, I'm thinking it's not so bad and would certainly be OK for most men who don't give two hoots anyway. LOL.

Materials & Tools: Colonial White and Indian Corn Blue cardstock; Retired CTMH Naturals cardstock; Basic Grey Granola 6x6-inch paper pad; Cocoa and Bambo ink pads; Retired CTMH Vintage Father's Day stamp set; Pewter photo clips, mini brads, and conchos; Circle Window Charms; Sponge dauber; Sanding block.

This second card is my take on Weekend Sketch Challenge #83, hosted by Lori Craig on her Make a Difference blog. I bought this stamp set at Archiver's and could swear it said "Exclusive for Archiver's" on the packaging. I guess not, or perhaps it was exclusive to Archiver's at one time and has now been brought into the regular line. Who knows? I was so excited to finally step into that store, I might have imagined it. Back to my card, it's relatively self-explanatory. It was pretty boring before I thought to to add the "stitching," which made it kinda fun.

Materials & Tools: White Daisy, Sunflower, and Chocolate cardstock; Memory Box 6x6-inch paper pad; Chocolate and Garden Green ink pads; Garden Green Marker; Stampendous April Showers Flowers and CTMH Simple Stitches stamp sets; Buttons from my stash; Brown embroidery floss; Sanding block.

It's been a fine Friday. I got done with work early and was home by 3:30, which was enough to make me happy as a lark.

Cameron had a cute story for me today, too. It seems Bjorn lost his second tooth last night. He followed Daddy's instructions and placed it under his pillow for the Tooth Fairy, and when he checked this morning, lo and behold, she'd been there. "She left me a dollar!" "Wow," Cameron said, sharing his excitement. "But," Bjorn exclaimed, "she took my tooth! Where am I going to get another tooth?" Then, he became even more concerned, because he didn't have it to "show Papa." That's when Cameron told Bjorn he'd call the fairy and see if he could buy it back. Funny and sweet, huh?

Do you have plans for the weekend? Dustin informed me that we're leaving for Fargo at 10 a.m. Have I mentioned that the men in the wedding party are buying suits instead of renting tuxedos? A men's clothing store, Halberstadt's, at West Acres Mall in Fargo, outfits wedding parties with suits, shirts, and ties for only a few dollars more than it would have cost to rent the tuxes. They require the men to show up in person twice, the first time for measurements and the second to fit the suit for alterations, which are included in the cost. While that seems almost too good to be true to me, I suppose they are guaranteed enough sales that they are able to discount them. The fact that there shouldn't be any clothing disasters in the 11th hour is quite appealing to me. Between proms and weddings, we've had our share of tuxedo troubles in the past. It is Marv who is being measured tomorrow, and while he and Dustin are doing that, Miranda and I are going to hit the craft stores to see if we can get some ideas for decorations. I'm a little bit worried that there isn't going to be much out there for fall just yet, but hopefully, we'll see something that sparks some thoughts. I've got invitations to design but really need a feel for what she likes and is thinking of in the way of a theme.

Before this turns into the longest post ever, I'll close with a wish that yours is a wonderful weekend. I'm off to my corner to see if I can't come up with something for Simple Saturday ... Later!


Sylvia said...

Loved both of your cards. I have a couple of old time cars that I use to make men's cards and the sunflower card is so bright and cheery. My plans for tomorrow are to get in my craft area. I haven't been there in so long and I have all that new stuff from CTMH and today I got a new Cricut cartridge. So I want to play.

Laurel said...

Love both cards, especially the male one!

Leslie said...

Hi Kathi, I feel your pain when it comes to men's cards. I think you nailed it with this one. I always fall back on the old reliable "It's A Guy Thing" when I need something male, I almost wrote lame, oops grins! Shouldn't have had that glass of wine, huh?
Cute story about the tooth fairy. We told the children she made stars out of them.
Good luck and have fun tomorrow. I'll probably be pulling and spraying weeds. Ewwwww yuk!

Sharli said...

Kathi, I love the "man card" - it's actually quite wonderful!!! I forget about that stamp. I lost my Dad the year it came out (that month, in fact) and I put it away. But you have reminded me that it's a wonderful image to use for those men that would prefer a nice car over flowers! LOL Very nice work.

I like the idea of owning a tuxedo. (not that I would wear one - you know what I mean!) But it sounds like a big step - like having that perfect black dress in the closet (which I don't, by the way). Maybe I should . . .

Sweet story about the tooth - aren't the children amazing? Have a great weekend dear friend!

Kim said...

Your male birthday card looks great! I like the second card too.

Kariberry said...

Cute tooth story! From the mouths of babes.:)
Love the cards/ Father's Day card is gorgeous! I have that stampset. It's a keeper! Have a great weekend!

mE said...

LOL What are you smokin??? I LOOOVE the masculine card.. In fact, before I read your post and was drooling at the pic of it I was thinking that I could case it for my dad for Father's Day! I have a similar stamp set around here somewhere!

Love the girlie card, too!



Jeanne said...

I think your "man" card looks great! And that second card makes me happy just looking at it!

I think owning a really nice suit is a grand idea!

As for the tooth story...sweet. What a great memory/story to be shared as he grows up.


Sarah said...

I love both your cards and think that your guy card is really wonderful! I am really liking the yellow flower.

Lori Craig said...

Love the sketch card. The daisy off of the image panel is darling! Have a wonderful week!

Thank you!

Debbie said...

Both of your cards are completely fabulous! WOW! Cute story about the tooth fairy! LOL!