Thursday, June 17, 2010

Waltzingmouse Stamps June Waltz - Guy Cards



Happy WMS Waltz Day! It's the 17th of the month so another waltz is underway at Waltzingmouse Stamps! This month's theme piggy backs on that holiday coming up this weekend, Father's Day. Cards on the waltz celebrate the guys in our lives.

Masculine cards are not always easy to come up with, but Claire has greatly helped the card making community with her Free Spirit stamp sets (sets I still need to get!) and fun plaid patterns in her Off Beat Background and Pic Nic Patterns set. Off Beat Backgrounds was my stamp set of choice in the cards I have to share today. Of course right after this blog post I need to get these little guys in the mail so they even have a chance of getting there at a reasonable, if only slightly late timeframe.

CARD 1:



I did this card last weekend to be on top of my game (why I didn't then take a picture and get it in the mail, I'll never know). Making a plaid pattern with the smaller plaid set was my go-to stamp of choice. This card is the first time I've tried out the plaid, so forgive a few crooked patterns in there. :) The process was quite fun and I know I'll be trying it again soon. Finishing off the card I used a Vintage Labels #1 border stamp and had just the right letters in my stash with these metal coins to spell "father." A little bit of ribbon tucked in opposite sides and the card was complete!

CARD 2:

This one was finished last night. No plaid here, but Off Beat Backgrounds grid lines (engineering paper! and the reason I got this set...hee hee) and faux stitching stamps were itching to be used. I got a little bit of inspiration from a new blog I found Sketches! by {tamara}.

Here's the sketch:




Here's my take:



I'm in the mood for distressing lately so this sketch followed my mood exactly. I found the "Happy Father's Day" sticker in my stash right away and knew it would fit in perfectly. The grid lines are stamped with my watermark ink pad (love that technique!) and then brown stitches complete the frame. A little twine and a chipboard star that started its life pink is now a rough distressed orange with a little paper coverup. :)



With that, I thank you for keeping up with my long post...I just got so excited to show you both when it came down to it. And I do love Waltz Days! Be sure to check out Claire's post with more information on how to participate and win great WMS stamps!

Thanks for stopping by!

20 comments:

Lee said...

Both cards are great. Love the plaid on the first one and all that distressing on the second card.

Lynne Phelps said...

The background sets are my favorites! Love what you've done with them!

Joanne Gilch said...

Fab job with what you had on hand. the plaid looks great to me so don't go pointing out the little things, and great idea taking the pink to it's orange heights.

Mary I said...

Both cards are great, but the second one is my favorite. I love the colors, background, twine, and distressing--they work so well together.

Antje said...

Love the second card - I need to use those little squares - you did great with them!

Jen said...

Love the plaid on the first card and the way you used the stitching stamp on the second one.
Thanks for sharing

Bonnie said...

I love both cards but the twine card really caught my interest, although I absolutely love plaid, but the twine is fun, but the plaid is so colourful -lol!! Both Great creations!

Julia Aston said...

two great masculine designs! love the metal and the plaid on the first - and the faux stitching (my fav stamp in that set too!) and twine on the 2nd!

Rachel Webber said...

Two stunning cards - I'm writing this with my jaw on the desk, just amazing!

Jen Cuthbertson said...

Great job Laurie - I think I like the 2nd one best! I love the stitching, the watermark background treatment, and the distressed edges!

Janet said...

Great cards--love the metal.

Lynn Mercurio said...

Your cards are just outstanding Laurie. Love your plaid background...so very manly!

Claire Brennan said...

These are great man cards Laurie, I do love the plaid and the wee orange star is a fabby colour pop! Thank you for waltzing with us!

Mona L. Pendleton said...

Both cards are awesome! Love the distressing!

Belinda said...

Love your plaid card and your non plaid one! Fabulous with the distressing -- trying really hard to not get into yet another set of products!

rlo said...

more plaid fever! :) i'm just waiting for someone to whip out the bag pipes and it's a transformation back to school...! i love your father day's creation. Great use of the offbeat backgrounds...i need to go order mine now ;)

Sharli said...

I love them both, the plaid is very good, and the star card is "simple" but very interesting. Nice Work!

Julie Ranae said...

Wonderful card for the waltz!

Pauline said...

Love both cards, they are great.

Formerly known as: Queen of Bling said...

Too me these are nostalgic, remind me of days gone by; with the plaid on the 1st and the twine on the 2nd. I really like them, thanks for sharing and good luck 2 u!