Sunday, August 09, 2009

A triple hitter!

It's been a while since I've been able to get some challenges done, but I finally got the time! This card is for Flourishes' Timeless Tuesday #27 (use hardware), Mercy's Sketch Challenge #33 (the layout), and The Stampin' B's Challenge #18 (make a masculine card). I love it when that happens, LOL!

OK, the first thing was to decide on a masculine theme. I'd never used this To the Nines Specialty paper but I got it expressly for masculine cards, so that took care of the paper. I love Flourishes' DIY Topiary set--it can go masculine or feminine--so that took care of the focal image. I stamped it on Sahara Sand--three times for the container and twice for the tree, colored with SU! markers, and layered it up on 3M foam squares

On to the sketch. Since I couldn't use a flower for that large embellishment, I used a large brown button from PTI's Dark Chocolate Vintage Button collection and added a dull green one for the center from my stash, then tied them on with some natural hemp.

For the hardware, some antique copper brads finished it off. I'm liking it. I need a couple masculine birthday cards this month so here's one of them all done!

I'm so glad you dropped by today!

Stamps: DIY Topiary (Flourishes)
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Sahara Sand, Always Artichoke, To the Nines Specialty Paper (SU!)
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Accessories: 3M foam squares, brads, hemp (craft store); Vintage buttons; SU! markers; button from stash


  1. WOW!! What a gorgeous card! I love the masculine feel and the colors chosen.

  2. barbara...this is so stunning! it is hard for me to create masculine cards, so i can appreciate a great one when i see one! :) amazing job, lady!

    i am so happy to be back doing my sketches on my own blog, and i am so happy that you got to play along this week! i hope to see you again next week!


  3. This is beautiful- love the button to top it off perfectly!!

  4. This is amazing! LOVE the dimension you achieve with your topiary/pot!! The button & brads were the perfect finishing touches! AWESOME creation! Thanks for inspiration!!

  5. Great masculine card, I like the button addition! Nicely done.

  6. Fabulous card, Bar! Whatever you did to that tree, it looks awesome! It's got so much dimension to it, I thought you had put Flower Soft on it!

  7. LOVE the button... I'm a sucker for buttons. Great card!


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