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Saturday, July 7, 2012

Older and Wiser

Well, I am officially on vacation now!  Eight and a half days of work-free bliss!  The warm weather and my vacation frame of mind have made me long to go to the ocean.  I'm lucky - I live within an hour's driving distance from the Atlantic.  However, the reality of the beach, alone, with a toddler is not one I'm sure I'm ready to face yet!  lol  But I did buy new sand castle gear for the wee one and a new bathing suit for myself, just in case!  We will be near the ocean on our aquarium trip so that, and this card, may have to be enough to soothe my craving.  

I was asked to make a 75th birthday card for my co-workers uncle.  I struggle with masculine cards as it is, but added to the pressure this time was the fact that this particular recipient is a Monsignor in the church!  Those of you who know me know I'm not conventionally religious.  I do own one Christian stamp set, but none of the images or sayings seemed appropriate for such a milestone birthday.  My creative mind turned towards the ocean, ships, lighthouses....  I finally decided to use this image from Clear Dollar Stamps (Smooth Sailing) and some gorgeous papers from K&Company (Tim Coffey Travel).  The sentiment is from My Favorite Things.  I added some burlap, a compass sticker from my stash, and punched some sand dollars, starfish, and branches with a couple of Martha Stewart punches.  The numbers are glittered chipboard stickers.

I was fairly happy with the outcome and was instructed by a friend and fellow crafter that I had to blog it.  So here it is.  :)  And now I am off for a quick trip to the craft store with the small man (is there such a thing?!  lol)  I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend so far!

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:
- Dilly Beans Challenges: Fabric and Fibers (burlap)
- Top Tip Tuesday: #80-One for the Men
- Card A Day Blog: July-Just For Men 



Elaine Stark said...

A great card for an older gentleman. Thanks for joining Top Tip Tuesday. Elaine

Tina Campbell said...

Oh wow this is a sweet card! Love the textures it really makes you think of a boat. Thanks for playing along with us at Card A Day Blog

Sandy S said...

I think you hit it out of the park on this one! Perfect for him!
Thanks for sharing!

Sandy S

Angela said...

Fabulous mens card!!! Love the colours!!!

Jenn Borjeson said...

This came out awesome - love it. Thanks for joining us at Dilly Beans! :)

Annette said...

Wow, with all those requirements I would have been stumped too. You've done a fab job, I'm sure he loved it.

Netty's Cards
Top Tip Tuesday Challenge DT

She's a Color Queen said...

This is so cool, great textures. Love magic mesh!! Thanks for joining us this week at Dilly Beans!

Rebecca/Sydney's Sentiments said...

You did a fabulous job. I just love the burlap. Enjoy your vacation. I am jealous and I love aquariums!


Creepy Glowbugg said...

Really gorgeous masculine card! Who knew masculine could be so gorgeous? I love the non traditional oceanic color scheme. Nice use of the netting - perfect for our challenge this week at Dilly Beans. Thanks for playing along with us this week.

Jasmine said...

Very nice, Regan, I would have had a hard time coming up with something for that particular recipient as well, but you chose perfectly! The burlap is a fantastic touch. I hope you are enjoying your vacation!

Unknown said...

Great card Regan! Love all the extras, especially that sand dollar and compas! Hope your have a blast on your vacation! ;o)

cinmfoster said...

Fabulous card! Love all the elements you added. Thanks for joining us at A Card A Day Blog.
Cindy F.

Melissa S. said...

What a wonderful card. I like the way the burlap works with this. Thanks for playing with us over at Dilly Beans challenge this week.

Just Laury said...

Love your card!!!

Bettina L. said...

This male card looks absolutely superb for an older gent. Stunning colouring and the design with the leaves and sea stars and compass is uperb too. Thanks for playing at Top Tip Tuesday and good luck. Hope to see you back tuesday for another challenge. Bettina xx