Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Argh, men... ;)

Hello!! :)

...well, making cards for them, anyway!!lol Not a favourite task for many of us crafters, is it?! But that’s the task set for us by Chrissy and Mandi over at LIM this week and I have to say I actually quite enjoyed making this card, which is often the way for me after the initial agonising over what to do in the first place!! :)

So this one’s pretty simple- I’d been waiting for the Kraft card blanks I ordered to arrive and as soon as they did yesterday I got started on my favourite of the ideas I’d had for this week’s Less Is More Masculine challenge!! I always seem to have several ideas but as I don’t have the energy to make more than one of them- as per my previous post, just getting one made for the challenge each week has me over the moon!!lol- the hardest thing is often choosing which to do and I do sometimes wish I’d chosen differently... but that’s life all over!! ;) Anyway, this one won this week and I’m glad it did :)

I’ve been playing with my Cricut this week- it needs more exercise and I’m determined now that it will get it as I’ve had so much fun with it this last few days!! :) The card is simply made up of the clock face/numerals, the two coloured circles behind it and two hands, all cut on the Cricut and layered up. I attached the hands with a tiny brad before I stuck it all to the blank. Then, as the sentiment I’d also tried to cut was a bit small for the machine to handle and came out mangled, I bit the bullet, grabbed a Fineliner and handwrote the greeting- I really wanted it to say ’time flies’ and I haven’t got a stamp or enough courage to try printing direct to a card blank!! Think I just about got away with it for a change, though it helps that the font I’d tried to cut is much like my handwriting... the font matters so much, especially with CAS!!

A couple of close-ups for you :) I luckily found a sort-of handmade looking and flecked off-white card in a stack a family friend gave me (from the stash she’d had when her Grandaughter used to craft at her house so I wasn’t sure what to expect when I opened the box, but there’s some really good stuff in there!! :) ) which I think really added some interest to the face :) The hands, I’ve just realised, would never be in those positions relative to each other- I had enough trouble deciding where to put them between this position and slightly further round between the two and three but they’re not glued down yet so I guess I could move them... if I decide I should let reality win out over artistic license and aesthetic balance!?!lol

I’d like to enter this in the following challenges: Less Is More Week 7 – Masculine :) ; Crafts and Me – Anything Goes :) ; Cupcake Crafts – Monochromatic :) ; Simply Create – Monochromatic :)

Thank you to all the LIMers and others who left comments on my cards last week- I truly do appreciate each and every one and only wish I could get around to you all in return but this hasn’t been my best few weeks on the commenting front- stuff just seems to have got in the way and sapped my energy before I get there at the mo’... but I'll try to do better this week as I'm constantly amazed at the talent and inspiration out there just waiting to be found!! :)

Right, I’m off now as I’m kinda tired- spent a while out in the garden this afternoon to catch a bit of the sunshine while the going was good, it was absolutely lovely to sit in the sun, which was beautifully warm, and even ended up having a good natter with a friend/neighbour who I’ve not seen for a quite a while, which was extra lovely... but I stayed out there for a tad longer than I probably should have and am even more tired as a result!! Worth it though!! :) I hope you’re all okay and have been able to enjoy some of this gorgeous weather wherever you are!! :) I will hopefully be back soon as I had a *very* exciting day yesterday and don’t think I’m going to be able to keep myself from sharing it with you for too long!!lol



Mandi said...

Oh Rachlk this is just fabulous
Glad you are pleased, despite being a bit AARRGH lol
Thanks for your support, glad you are getting lots of comments, that makes us happy
"Less is More"

Suze Bain said...

Super card Rachel, the clock is fab.

Valerie said...

Love your card, so big and bold but clean and simple, brilliant!
Val x

massofhair said...

Rachel i LoVe this clock face card and your handwriting is lovely. A very elegant and definitely masculine card:-)

Susan said...

Fabulous the clock!

Liza said...

A gorgeous CAS male card, the clock looks fantastic and, of course, the sentiment is just perfect. Thanks for joining us at CCC.

Liza x

Chrissie said...

Rachel this is stunning!
What an impact it's simply fabulous... sentiment too!
I hope this spot of sunny weather we're having makes you feel a little better!
"Less is More"

Kathyk said...

A wonderful creation and the sentiment is absolutely ..... TRUE!


pickle said...

I agree totally fabulous! The size of the clock and the black and white against the Kraft have real impact!

Kerry x

P.s could you let me know where you got the kraft blanks from ? I have been looking for some for a while..thanks V much xx

Delphine said...

Simply gorgeous, Rachel! I just love your card! Thanks for joining us at Cupcake and good luck! Delphine xx

Angelnorth said...

Love the bold look of this and your handwriting looks fab - great job!

darling Ho said...

Pretty CAS card.
Thanks for sharing it at SC, hope to see you soon.:) ~~hugs~darling Ho~~

Sylvie said...

Wonderful card
Hug Sylvie x

coops said...

fantastic male card rachel.the clock really pops from the kraft blank and your handwritten sentiment is genius :D

xx coops xx

Carole of Brum said...

Love this, Rachel, it's a great design and looks soooo good. I'd be inclined to have the hands at whatever angle looks best to you and ignore realism, lol. I wouldn't have guessed you'd handwritten the sentiment, it just looks like a rub-on or printing, I wish I could achieve such a good result with a fineliner, but it always looks like handwriting when I try, he he.

I sometimes print onto cardstock...I made a template in a Word document so that the printing will appear in the right position for each size of card blank. You can practice on a card blank and then cover the practice printing with some backing paper for your next card, crafty eh? CoB

Sheila said...

This is one fabulous male card I too don't like creating for the males either
but you did a fantastic job on this.
Thanks for joining us this week on Crafts and Me.
Sheila xx

Scrapaddict said...

Nice CAS card! Thanks for playing Simply Create this week!

Dolly Daydreams said...

Lovely card perfect for a guy although wouldn't mind it myself. Love your work so clean and crisp.



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