Friday, May 8, 2009


Making guy cards is hard. At least for me. It seems most paper crafting products are designed to appeal to estrogen producers rather than testosterone producers. Yet we women have men in our lives who don't really appreciate flowers or pink or yummy satin ribbon on their cards. This hormone divide is pronounced in my house, given that my DH spent years flying bombers in USAF and then started doing Ironman triathlons because he's, well, insane.

Here's a conversation between DH and me last night.

Me: I'm taking care of my Mother's Day present. You can just get me a card.

DH: [relieved] Okay. Can I make your card?

Me: As long as you don't use the B-1 stamp again.

DH: Come on! That's the perfect stamp for Mother's Day.

Me: No.

See what I mean?

This card makes me happy because I think I hit "dude" right on the money. It's got dude colors, dude embellishments, and a non-flowery main image. I combined three sets here: the main image is from Trendy Trees by SU!, the sentiment is from Floral Frenzy by PTI, and the leaves on the rectangular panel are from Father Knows Best, also by PTI. I cut the ovals with Creative Memories oval cutter system (love it!). The inks are chalk (either Versamagic or Colorbox, can't remember 'cause I use both interchangeably) and I used the Rock and Roll technique to ink the leaves on the main image. The background leaves are stamped in certainly celery on SU celery cs. The dark green cs is always artichoke and the kraft cs is from PTI.

Hope you like it!


  1. Oh, I like it! I struggle with guy cards. I guess women are more into sending and receiving cards, so the market focuses on us. Truly, my downfall is that I just love all the pretties and fill my stamp room with them. I know, I know...I need to be more practical! Sounds like you've got a real man's man on your hands -- loved reading your conversation!

  2. You hit the man-card on the head, nice work! This is beautiful, uh I mean awesome, dude.

  3. Yes, this is a fabulous guy card. I can always use more inspiration in the masculine department! TFS.

  4. I love using trees when making not so girly cards. Your dialogue with your hubby made me laugh.

  5. This card rocks! I LOVE the look of the tree with the kraft paper and jute! Hugs...Cookie :)

  6. Yep ... I like it, but there's very little of your work that I dislike .....
    Love the conversation .... don't you just love em!!!!

  7. I like it. Keeping it simple is always best where male cards are concerned :o)

  8. Well, I love it. That is sweet that he offered to make you a card. Is that why there is a B-1 stamp in your house in the first place?

  9. This guy card totally rocks - I struggle with cards for the men in my family - thanks for the inspiration!!

  10. I think this card would be appropriate for any type of hormone :-) I like the panel stamped with the leaves in combo with the tree. Trendy Trees is one of my favorite sets.

  11. wow, I love that trendy trees image and it goes so well with the leaves from pti, amazing!!


Thank you so much for taking time to comment!