Monday 15 March 2010

Cards For Men - Challenge Six - Happy Birthday

Hi everyone, its now our sixth Challenge for Cards for Men, and although we didnt get as many cards entered for challenge five, we sincerely hope that this one will be a lot easier for you to take part in. We are being sponsered this time by Roberta Laliberte of Prairie Fairy Designs and she is offering 3 of her wonderful images or your own choice for the prize, and I sincerely hope you will click on her link and visit her shop to see how fabulous they are.
Roberta says about herself :-
Hello! I am Roberta from Prairie Fairy Designs. I am a new digital stamp company featuring artwork not only created by me but also my two kids, ages 8 and 11. They are featured on the site as the Fairy Princess and the Prairie Prince.
I have been an artist for as long as I can remember and have always loved to create. Two years ago my sister-in-law invited me to a rubber stamp party. I laughed and said "Maybe I will buy something if I can use it to stamp on canvases.". Needless to say, I was hooked! Two years later and a lot of learning about computers, I have finally accomplished my goal.
While digital stamping is relatively new in the papercrafting scene, it is what I believe to be such an amazing tool. Printed images have such clarity and vibrancy and gone is the need to re stamp an image because you didn't press hard enough or maybe you pressed too hard! They are also a lot easier to store and they can be reprinted over and over again. The fact that you can rotate and flip files, print them off the size of a postage stamp or as large as a scrapbook page makes them such a versatile medium. It is my sincere hope that I can help anyone who has hesitations about using digital images to embrace these amazing creative tools. If you have any questions about going digital, check out the site and the blog for more information. So head on over to and check it out!
And heres my card created from one of her beautiful images,

Ive created a 6"x 6" card, and I have used four papers from the Nitwit "Sandcastles" Collection. The first paper Ive used is a patchwork one and this has been mounted onto a piece of yellow card, my second mount is a blue stitched design on a piece of blue card, for my third layer Ive used a yellow paper and the beach punch from EK Success punches. For my final mount Ive used another blue paper on a piece of blue card and this was stuck across the centre of my base card.
My image was printed onto white card and coloured with my copic pens then punched out using the new Nestabilitie No.11 label die, and a mount was cut out by drawing around the edge of the same die then cut out with scissors. These were then stuck together with some foam tape. The sentiment is a circle stamp that also was punched out then mounted on to an inverted die cut out, to make it look like sun rays. To finish of Ive used some beach buttons that I found in my craft stash.


Debbie said...

I love your 'mans' card Shirley. The image is so sweet and the seaside punch and embellies are fabulous.
Have a great week!
Debbie x

Unknown said...

Hi the card it's gorgeous...hope you are well and thank you again for the punches i love and hugs Nikki xxxx

Melodie said...

Hi Shirley, yes, the motive of the hammer, the card is so beautiful.

Poppy said...

lovely card Shirley,can hear the makes me think of summer.

Anonymous said...

Love your card! It is alltime a pleasure to have a look around on your blog

Unknown said...

Not only is your image coloured beautifully Shirley, you've gone that extra yard with the MS punched border. A wonderful touch.
(Thanks so much for your well wishes my friend). Hugs Viv xx

Stef H said...

oh wow shirley! this is fabulous! great colors!

Enfys said...

Fabby card Shirley, and that beach punch is so perfect for the finishing touch... love it
big hugs
En xx

Claire Phillips said...

A lovely card - fab image and great colour choices - all your details are lovely! Cheers Claire x

Denise said...

Very cute!! I always have a hard time with cards for men.
Aloha & Hugs,

coldwaters2 said...

This is beautiful Shirley the design and your colours are just perfect and that image is adorable looks more like a watercolour picture that is just how good you are.

Lorraine x

Christine said...

Hi Shirley cant help but smile at this gorgeous likkle chap..great image & fab colouring beautiful card as it.

luv n hugs Christine xx

Mandy said...

Hi Shirley, you really know how to make fabulous mens cards. The image is adorable, your colouring is beautiful and your embellies as always are just perfect.
You were in my thoughts yesterday, especially being your first Mothers Day since you lost your mum, I hope you enjoyed it despite being a quiet day
love n hugs Mandy xx

PinksyDoodles said...

This is gorgeous Shirley. I love the cute image and the sandcastles are fab!
Have a great day!
Clare x
p.s. I just saw your name pop up on Crafty C's blog!

Vanessa @ See Vanessa Craft said...

Such a sweet card, I'm loving all of your little boy images!!

The Dolphin Inn said...

Awwww this is adorable Shirley, the image is just o cute, I have always been a little wary of going digi but seeing this has been inspiring, I always worry about inks running and such when you print them out, but I can see they turn out beautifully TFS XXX

CraftyC said...

This is such a sweet image Shirley and beautifully coloured. A lovely card. Many Congratulations on winning my blog candy. i hope you have alotta fun with this lot and cant wait to see what you do with it all. Take care

Mandy said...

Hi Shirley,
This is the sweet image and your colouring and embellishments are just perfect...
Mandy xx