Sunday, 13 May 2012

Football crazy... and CASEing at Dream Valley...

 Hello bloggers!! :)

Whoops... another fortnight has passed without a post from me and late again to boot!! :/ The excuse/explanation is the same as ever lately so I won’t bore you with it again!! :S On the plus side, though, time flying does mean it’s time for another challenge over at Dream Valley and this fortnight we’d have something slightly different from our norm for you as we’d like you to ‘CASE the DT’... and if you’re wondering what on earth we’re on about- crafting and in particular crafty blogging can be like learning a whole new language sometimes, can’t they?!lol- then the definition of CASE we’re going for is ‘Copy and Selectively Edit’ (which I much prefer to the ‘Copy and Steal Everything’ version- much more scope :) ) and basically we just want you to pick one of the DT’s cards/projects to take your inspiration from for your own creation... don’t forget to tell us which DT member you are CASEing and what elements of their design you were inspired by!! :) We have two fab sponsors this time, our monthly sponsor OSCC and Crafty Ribbons!! :)

There are such a great variety of styles on our fab DT so there’s plenty to choose from- cards or a scrapbook page, CAS to super-embellished, masculine or feminine, subtle or bright colours, birthdays, weddings, even Christmas... :) Here’s what I did:

A while ago I needed a card for a 13 year old boy and, teenage boys being the only ones harder to craft for than grown men, I was stumped... then I saw this fab LOTV stamp with the gorgeous James Bear which I’d wanted for ages (but kept telling myself I wouldn’t get enough use from to justify it :S!) on sale and I knew his love of football was the perfect excuse for a spot of crafty shopping!!lol Only crafters can make other people’s birthdays the perfect excuse to get stuff we want!! ;D Shame we can’t get someone else to buy it for us, though- I just popped to LOTV to check the name of this stamp and remembered how much I want almost all their new sentiment sheets... all donations gratefully received!!lol

I selectively inked the stamp, which actually has a number seven on the shirt, so I could add in his favourite player’s number instead and then coloured it in his team’s colours- he will be jumping for joy today as his team is Man City... in case you can’t tell from my fab colouring!!lol I actually love the pale blue PM combo I found for this- would make a very pretty dress, too!! :)

I found a lovely marbled blue paper that looked like clouds in a rarely opened odds and ends box and added the grass at the base with my PMs- first time I’ve tried grass like this and I like the effect, plus it was really easy!! :) The eyelets have been in my stash for years- I have loads from when they were appearing on everything!!-  I don’t think to use them often but they do come in useful when a male card needs something where you’d normally put pearls or gems!!lol

I stamped the greeting and trimmed it into the banner shapes by hand, then inked with DIs and added some Sakura Clear Glaze pen to make it stand out a bit more. I also glazed the footballs, too, as they just looked a bit plain and flat without!!

The List:
  • 6” Sq. White Scalloped On the Edge card blank
  • LOTV stamp- No. 7 Bear (with his number edited by me!!)
  • Stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black and coloured with ProMarkers (see picture below)
  • Marbled cardstock (in a bumper kit from C&C years ago)
  • Football stamp from a SeeDs set along with the numbers for the shirt (also years old- I’m doing well!!lol)
  • Sentiment from Woodware Clear Magic ‘Mixed Greetings’ set
  • Peeled Paint Distress Ink
  • Green Eyelets and Cropodile to set
  • Sakura Clear Glaze pen

So, for example, if you chose my card then there’s plenty there to CASE, I think- the layout, fairly CAS style, creating a scene with the clouds and grass, the bear, a football theme... !! :) And if that doesn’t spark any inspiration for you, then check out the rest of the DT’s fab creations on the DV blog!! :)

I’d like to enter this in the following challenges: Allsorts- For a Man or a Boy :) ; CES (the last ever!! :( ) – Anything Goes :) ; Cards for Men – Kicking Back :) ; Little Claire’s – Male Theme :) ; Divas by Design – One for the Boys :) ; Lili's Little Fairies - You're Favourite Craft Tool -this is rather difficult as there are several but one of them is definitely my ProMarkers!! :)

Well, all that remains to say now is thank you so very much for all the incredibly kind comments on my SC Rapunzel card- they truly made my day (on whichever day you left them so my week at least!!) and it’s so lovely to know people are reading and enjoying what they see here!! :) I’ve said it before but discovering blogland and starting my blog are the best things I’ve done in a long time- crafting is what keeps me going but it really is so much better with people to share it with!! :) Have a great week!! :)


Jack said...

Brilliant card, love the football edging. xx

Lisa Jane said...

Oh this is fabulous - i love the footballs down the edge
Thanks for joining us at Diva's this week
Lisa x

mags said...

Great card Rachel. Love the image and your design.

Aunty Sue said...

Oh this my kind of card although never seem to make them like this .I see your card has been cased already well done.Just love this cute bear

MagsB said...

You're right, teenaged boys are definitely the hardest to make cards for! Yours is a corker, though, I really like the idea of using eyelets, and the footballs are fab!

love mags B x

Carole of Brum said...

Hi Rachel, I had intended to 'read and run' - have a quick read of your post before turning off my pc, and return another time with more energy to post a reply - but I really found your post energising so had to reply now!

Had to laugh (inwardly, if not out loud) at your observation that only crafters could use someone else's birthday as a reason to get something new for themselves.....YOU ARE SO RIGHT! LOL. I usually only buy essentials (glue etc), and only really treat myself to a new stamp if it's for a card for someone. Loved that you voiced that!

And I so agree with your comment that being able to share crafting with others (in blogland) is sooooo much better! How nice it was to read all this tonight, maybe one would need to be similarly ill to notice the difference this makes when you're on the cusp between having just enough energy to make it through to bedtime and being stuck in bed the whole of the day.

AND.....what a great card! Love your use of the footballs in the scallops at the edge of the card....scalloped edges can be a bit unmasculine so this is a brilliant touch. Hooray for eyelets, I don't think I've made many male cards without them, lol.

Well, thanks for making this very tired lady feel somewhat uplifted. I'll keep some nice thoughts of you in my mind and hopefully some of that will get back to you. Take care. CoB

Lozzapops said...

This is a fab card Rachel - finished to perfection. I love it. Thanks for joining in at Divas. Laura x

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

Fab creation, love the footballs down the edge!

Thank you for sharing with us for our last challenge at Crafty Emma's Store & Divas this week, good luck!
Hugs Shell xx

melsanford said...

Gorgeous card! Love the image and the fab background :-) Love 'n' hugs, Mel xx

sandra's crafty corner said...

hi hun
many thanks for joining as at Cards for men in our kicking back theme, we hope to see you again soon,
hugs sandra dt
i have a little fun on my blog with a prize draw at the end of it if you fancy playing along,
my blog post here

coops said...

stunning male card rachel.i love the fab footballs up the side and gorgeous sweet image ;D

xx coops xx

Dawn said...

Really cute & perfect for a boy x

Katina said...

Fantastic card Rachel!! Love the image - haven't seen it before, and your colouring is fab!

Nicola said...

Gorgeous card Rachel and perfect for a teenage boy! Love the image and your fab design.
I agree with you, blogging and crafting are very therapeutic and I have 'met' so many wonderful ladies through this addictive hobby!
Thanks for entering our Male card challenge over at Allsorts this week and good luck!
Hugs Nicola xxx

Gaynor said...

Hi Rachel - This card is so lovely..........and very apt considering the weekend football has had! Thank you for joining Little Claire in our latest Blog Challenge. xxGaynor LCDT

Daisychain said...

A gorgeous creation, love the way you have used the footballs. Thanks for sharing it with us at Lili’s Little Fairies this week, hope to see you next time. Good Luck! Hugs Christine x

Sarah said...

Hi Rachel, I do love this card - everything about it is just brilliant from your colouring to the footballs on the edge (something I'd never think of doing!).

If you get too many donations to the LoTV new stamp campaign chuck any extra my way!!!! I won't tell ;-)


sparklingblackrose said...

Gorgeous honey, really special :-) Elaine-xxx-

Melly said...

Ohhh petal

This is just stunning!You are one super talented lil lady! I love every detail! You are amazing!
I love the grass and may have to try coping heee

Take care honey!
Hugs Melly xxx

Ps Have just re-read all The Hunger Games for a 4th time lol! xx

Klare said...

Wow this card is beautiful your colouring is amazing. ho ever gets this card will be delighted. I can see a lot of time and love goes in to your creations.


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