Monday, 13 December 2010

Cards for Men - Challenge 25 - "Blog Hop"- Two Challenges "Card and Gift"

This post will stay at the top till the 13th December, to find more recent posts please scroll down.
Wow, can you believe it's been a year of challenges over at Cards for Men? To celebrate we have lots going on with tons of prizes available, I did promise you a fortnight ago some surprises and here they are. There are two challenges this time, both with a Christmas theme. You can make a card or a present or both, it's up to you. We'll draw a random winner from each category and top 3 as usual. You can get all the details and lots more ideas from the Design Team click here at Cards for Men. and this is where you need to start the bloghop.
Here's my DT card and gift which were made with a lot of help from my dear hubby Ian.

The card was created using the Umount set of stamps by Sheena, and coloured with my copic pens, the background was created using a clock stamp and several shades of glimmer mists, these were sprayed onto white card and the clock stamp was then stamped over it randomly with versafine ink, not that its to clear in the photo, sorry about that. The strip down the middle has punched out trains along the edges, and the two sentiments are from Pink Gem, Janet has some fabulous ticket stamps and I felt these were the most appropriate.
The calendar stand was created using a template sent to me by a dear blogging friend Christine and with my hubbys help, he actually built it for me from some wood he bought locally, I then used some clear varnish to seal it. The actual calendar is of twelve photos I found on the internet and luckily they are of the local Steam Restoration Society that my hubby is volunateering to help, so its a very appropriate Christmas present for him with the card, the calendar months have been printed onto acetate and stuck on the photos.
As an extra surprise to celebrate this special 1st Anniversary each of us along the way are giving away a special prize and I have 4 fabulous digi images from Meljens to give away and the lucky winner will be chosen from one of the comments that are left on my own blog.

And this is what my sponser Melissa says about herself:-

 Meljen's Designs is a lovely stamp company owned and illustrated by Melissa Jenkins. She illustrates whimsical rubber and digital images inspired by her kids and family. Meljen's Designs has new releases along with a new challenge every Thursday, freebies every Monday and a Guest Designer each month at the Meljen's Designs Blog. Please visit the Meljen's Designs line of stamps at the WHIMSY STAMPS STORE to browse and enjoy Melissa's wonderful images!

So dont forget to be in with a chance of winning these fabulous digi stamps you must leave a comment at the end of my blog, a winner will then be chosen at random on the 20th December.
If you have been following the list of blogs from the begining you should have arrived at my blog from my fellow DT member:-
Viv
                                                                    
and at each of the stops along the way you will have found a word to collect to make a festive phrase, and my word is "Christmas"  and by the time you arrived here you should have collected all 11 words, so now all you have to do is work out the phrase and leave it in the comments back at Cards for Men which is your next stop. If you have at any time missed or lost your way, the best thing is go back to "Cards for Men" and start again. The blog hop will run until midnight on 19th December 2010 and a winner will be chosen on 20th December. I want to wish you all Good Luck and hope youve enjoyed taking part in our first bloghop.

57 comments:

debby4000 said...

Wonderful card Shirley, so perfect for a man and love the fab calendar.
luv
Debby

theCook said...

Love the glimmery background of your card...

chris said...

HI Shirley you are so good at mens cards, I really struggle.
hope you ok love chris xx

Viv said...

Aww Shirley, your projects are just the ticket! (Excuse the pun) LOL!
Love 'em both and how lucky you are to have a handy hubby!
It's great to be playing with you again. Have a great hop and an even greater Christmas!
Hugs Viv xxx

Rainmac said...

This is such a gorgeous set Shirley xxx

Monika Reeck said...

woow what an adorable set Shirley...hugs, Monika

Diane said...

This is a great card for a man, Shirley - especially one interested in heritage railway! Fabby calendar project, too!
Diane x

Rach said...

This is fantastic Shirley, xxxx

Jessie said...

It's fantastic Shirley!

Danielle said...

Beautiful card & gift calendar Shirley! Such a thoughtful gift and the calendar has been so beautifully made by your husband! Isn't Christine the best!! :)
And congrats on the 1 year anniversary for the challenge - that's awesome!
Hugs, Danielle

brenda said...

Hi Shirley

A realy quick catch up visit to say hello, still only able to do short bursts on the computer, but don't want you thinking I've forgotten you.

B x

deesdesigns said...

Just gorgeous - love the ticket sentiments, perfect addition!

Janet said...

Fab card Shirley.....a great place for the tickets! What a lovely gift too......Ian is also very talented! x

Shelley said...

What a lovely, tasteful gift & card. The detailed colouring on the card is wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

Sue said...

Hi ya hun
wow two fabulous creations, gorgeous card, luv the calender fantastic idea, sue,x

Berenice R. said...

So nice card! Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful week. Big hugs :)

Crafty Chris said...

Fantastic Shirley I love that calender holder a fantastic pressie for a man, they are so hard to buy for.
Chris x

Patricia St Martin said...

WOW girlfriend!!! you have a lot of comments.. I hope everyone remembers they have to comment on all the blogs to be able to win any of the prizes. I could not get on your blog from the CFM Challenge blog. I told Donna and asked her to check it. I only have 3 comments. Is this not great.. We did it Shirley and does it not feel really good??? You, Donna and Me right from the start... I feel like dancing we did it!! we did it!! Hot dog!!! Holy Moley!!!
Hugs, Patricia

Riet said...

So beautiful card Shirley,I love the image and the colours.
So gorgeous papers.

Hugs Riet.x

ribenaruby said...

What a fab calendar,so much work with the acetate and pics, looks really worthwhile. Thanks for sharing and so glad i got to the end with no hiccups! Fab. Ruby x

rozzy said...

stunning card Shirley and I just love that calendar. Perfect for any desk.
Have a good week
hugs rozzy xxx

craftycrafter said...

another great card and calendar Shirley you are good at mens cards well done love Dorothy xx

Mina said...

wow Shirley...gorgeous work
Mina xxx

Shari said...

Super train card. love the backgrounds too. The give is great and could be dressed up for a guy or gal. LOVE THEM!!!
Shari . . .

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Awesome calender and beautiful card Shirley!! Love your coloring of the image, the blue and the tickets!
hugs,
Chris

Mandy said...

Hi Shirley,
So sorry I'm late getting here to say fabulous calender and card,a lovely gift for your Hubby and he's so clever making the stand it's beautiful.....I'm desperately trying to catch up hence getting up at 4am to try....Hope you are well???...
Mandy xx

Elborgi said...

Think men would like this card!

Hugs
elma

Bella´s Bastelecke said...

This is such a gorgeous set Shirley.........

Hugs
Judith

Jules said...

Great makes Shirley .. .. and Ian!!

What would we do without the help of our lovely hubbies?

Love Jules xx

Christine said...

Hi Shirley Love what a clever hubby you have lovely card for him too.

smiles Christine xx

Marianne's Craftroom said...

I thought I recognised that calendar from my blogging buddy Christine's blog. You have done a great job and love the card too. Thanks for the chance to win. Marianne x

Lia said...

wonderful card for a man Shirley I love the image
hugs Lia

Stef H (Glitterbabe) said...

omgoodness shirley! these are stunning. my hubby is a retired locomotive engineer and that card is gorgeous!

hugs :)

Sara said...

Absolutely Beautiful Card! Your project is such a wonderful idea and a great gift for anyone! You did an outstanding job! Happy Creaitng! Sara

stefeni said...

Beautiful card! And great calendar! Definitely a perfect gift for a man!

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dolcreations said...

Oh Shirley...this turned out amazing! I struggle all the time with the masculine cards, but not you!You have hit this one out of the ball park!

Made by Mandy said...

Love your calendar, I've not seen anything like that before.

Pinkllilac said...

Stunning creations Shirly, always love your man cards.
Hugs Linda

lindyloo said...

oh wow my dad would love your card huggies lindyloo x

mueppi said...

Hi Shirley
your card is fantastic!
I love the colours!
Hugs and love Gisela

CraftyC said...

Its gorgeous Shirley, I just love the scene. Perfect!
Clairexx

Chris said...

Perfect for the men in our lives Shirley and I love your design and colouring too! Hugs, Chris x

Janette said...

Oh wow Shirley, such fab creations, do so love both of them, the calendar stand is terrific.xx

Suzi said...

These are utterly amazing Shirley, I love the card and all the treatments you've used on it, but that calendar is fantastic, how lucky you are to have such a talented hubby. A beautiful gift set I'm sure he'll treasure.
Suzi x

MrsK said...

Hey Shirley! Totally love the card and esp the calendar its amazing! Thanks for the chance to win! Hugz xx

coldwaters2 said...

WOWWWWw Shirley what wonderful projects that card is awesome and perfect for a male, I love that calender stand I have seen it on Christine's blog oh wowzer hun your hubby is so clever how wonderful it would be if he could make me one.....I don't care about the cost...I have admired it for so long. Great work as alawys hun.
Hugs
Lorraine x

Patty said...

Shirley, Your card is perfect, I am always struggling with 'guy' cards. Easier to do the girly ones! Your calendar stand is great your husband is talented also!

Pinkllilac said...

This is stunning Shirley fabulous colours and details! perfectly gorgeous.

Hugs Linda

Lynne in NI said...

Fab card Shirley and I LOVE your calendar ... you and hubby should go into production!

Brook said...

Great card and your gift is wonderful. Your hubby did a great job helping with that!

Chrissie said...

This is an amazing project!
Congrats on Cards for Men's first birthday!
Chrissie

Linda said...

This is sure an awesome calendar!!!
Thank you for the chance to win.

laney said...

great card and fabulous calender!!! its been a great hop seeing all the dt wonderful blogs
hugs
laney

sticky vicky crafts said...

love the card keep up the fab inspiration

merry christmas

vikkie

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