Thursday 16 June 2011

Masculine Thank-You


Second post for the night, on a school night, that's a bit of a record!  This is the other thank-you card for my team.  It is also A5, big enough for everyone to sign.  This time for a young man.

Oh dear, how I struggle with masculine cards.  This card I've made this evening is the most recent in a long line of attempts at an idea I have in my head that I am really having problems getting down on paper.  I thought this time I would share anyway, even though I'm still not happy, because I have found many, many times that cards I'm not enamoured of can be something that someone else actually likes.  And maybe if I look at it for a while I'll be inspired with some magic to make it better. . . maybe. . . LOL.

There is a new challenge out there called For Your Inspiration which I have been watching since it started a short while ago.  I have been inspired almost every challenge, but have never found the time to enter.  This time, at Challenge number 8, I am giving it a go.  And I have a couple more ideas which I might still try and enter a second time (with some layers, to jolt me out of this one-layer phase I'm in).

So the inspiration is this photo:

I love these colours.  I love the contrast of textures.  I'm not sure I captured it in my card, but take a look and let me know what you think (please be nice, I know it isn't my best work ever, but constructive feedback is appreciated).

I used mostly Stampin' Up!
Very Vanilla cardstock
Inks: Really Rust, Old Olive, Not Quite Navy, Garden Green, Creamy Caramel
Stamps: Circle Circus, Trendy Trees (sentiment)
I also raided my daughter's colouring pens for a grey pen to create the frame because I wanted to capture the grey of the water cascades.

So what do you think? 



StephC said...

I love the CAS look! What a fabulous take on the inspiration photo. So glad you were finally able to join us at FYI. Hope you'll play along again soon! Great job!

Cassandra said...

I think it's one of your best. It is fantastic, wish I had thought to frame Circle Circus and the colours are just right. Need to have a look at this challenge I think.

Sara Mac said...

Michelle, I love this one layer card!!! You have the perfect combination of images and colors. Awesome take on the photo. I'm so glad you finally found time to join us at FYI. Hope to see you around there more:)

Paula Dobson said...

This one layer card has real WOW, Michelle. Love the border with the Circle Circus. You have captured the colours from the inpsiration photo beautifully!

Anonymous said...

AMAZING!! Love it, all those wonderful colours and patterns, perfect for those 'difficult' male cards!

Pauline said...

This is gorgeous, I love the mix of colours and shapes. Wonderful!

Keva said...

Yeah, I think it's great also. Love the frame around the edges and the colors are spot on. Great card. Thanks for joining us at FYI!

Valerie said...

I think it's fantastic!!! I love your graphic take on the FYI challenge and have definitely got to lift this one...I have that stamp set and love how you used it. Thanks for playing along with us! (and for inspiring me!)

dstandard said...

Oh this is fabulous - love your take on the photo! Thanks for playing at FYI!

Wanda Cullen said...

A fabulous CAS card - love your corner collage of circles! You captured the colors of the photo so well! Thanks for joining us at FYI...hope to see you participate again!