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WWC272 – Helen\’s Challenge: Anything Goes with a Masculine Twist

Hello and welcome!  This week we are making masculine cards at The Watercooler Wednesday Challenge and Helen is our hostess.  My son-in-law has a May birthday so this card is for Josh.  Josh is a big dog lover and the dog in the middle is his sweet dog Asuna. 
Ink blended background using Catherine Pooler\'s Blue Suede Shoes.
I started by ink blending a blue background panel which I then put aside to dry.  On a white panel I die cut three windows for my pups and then fussy cut the curved edge.  Next, I stamped, Copic colored and die cut my pups.  Assembly was easy and I used foam tape to attach the white panel to the background and then popped the dogs on.

I saved the die cut circles and used them to make this Encouragement Card.

Supplies:
Mama Elephant Playful Pups stamps and dies
Catherine Pooler \”Its a Boy\” & \”Blue Suede Shoes\” ink
Picket Fence Studios Life Changing Brushes
SSS Stitched Circles
Neenah card stock
Copic markers
Black gel pen accents

I am playing along in:
The Paper Players CAS Men in Mind Challenge (#491)

The Paper Girls #200 \”All About the Boys\” Challenge

Paper Minutes Dog or Cat Challenge #641

I was very pleased to see this card designated \”A Cut Above\” by The Paper Players!

Thank you for stopping by!
Karen 
 

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WWC263 – Tristan\’s Challenge: Anything Goes With a Masculine Twist

Hello!  I am so pleased you stopped by.  Today we are making Masculine cards at The Watercooler Wednesday Challenge and Tristan is our hostess.
In my family, boys/men enjoy humorous animal cards so that was my starting point.  I stamped, Copic colored and die cut the animals and greenery.  Next I die cut the sentiment and then assembled the scene with foam tape.  I thought the monkey swinging from the sentiment was fun.

Supplies:
Photoplay We Bought a Zoo stamps and dies
Mama Elephant Wild Meadow stamps and dies
Copic Markers
Lawn Fawn Celebrate Sentiment
Neenah cardstock
Coordinations Color Core \”Whitewash\” cardstock for the background

Seize the Birthday \”A Touch of Green\” Challenge I used a soft green textured background and lovely green foliage to showcase these party animals. 


As You See It \”Preferences\” Challenge  My favorite type of card to send is Birthday cards.  I have a monthly calendar with friends and family\’s birthdays so I never miss a birthday.  

Inspirational: Designer\’s Choice \”Animal\” My card features a playful trio of animals.


Alphabet Challenge – Something for Youngsters  I think animals are always a popular option for the youngsters in our life.

UPDATE: 
 I was so pleased to see this card was selected \”top 3\” at The Alphabet Challenge!

My card was also The Top Pick at As You See It.

Thank you for visiting my blog.
Karen
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WWC259 – Dawn\’s Challenge: Anything Goes With a Masculine Twist

Hello and welcome.  This week we are making masculine cards at The Watercooler Wednesday Challenge and Dawn is our hostess.
Handmade Santa Fe Style Birthday card
Last summer my husband and I went on an old-fashioned driving vacation of the American Southwest.  It was a wonderful trip and when we were in Santa Fe, New Mexico I found a stamp shop that stocked designs by local artists. I combined three stamps to create this Santa Fe scene.

I stamped my scene, watercolored and then heat embossed a sentiment.

Supplies:
B&J Art Stamps by Judy Duke (Las Cruces, NM):  

  1. Santa Fe Gate
  2. Sunflowers
  3. Pear Cactus
Kuretake Watercolors
Brutus Monroe Aqua Pigment Paper
Versafine Onyx Black ink

I am entering this card in:
The Alphabet \”W for Anything you Wish Challenge\”  I wished to make an outdoor scene card.

Shopping Our Stash \”The Great Outdoors\” Challenge  I enjoyed making this outdoor scene card.

A Place To Start Masculine Challenge I think the rugged gate makes for a nice masculine card.  

Addicted to Stamps \”Make Your Mark Challenge\”   I made my mark with watercolors and ink.

I am so pleased that you stopped by!
Karen
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WWC255 – Marsha\’s Challenge: Anything Goes With a Masculine Twis

Hello and welcome!  This week, at The Watercooler Wednesday Challenge, we are creating cards  for the men in our lives.  Marsha is our talented hostess.  I made this card for a male friend that turns the BIG 60.
Simon Says Stamp Big Birthday Wishes stamp set.
This card is all about the background and sentiment.  I used Hero Arts Bold Tribal Print background stamp and Catherine Pooler\’s Blue Suede shoes to stamp the background.  After cleaning off the stamp, I restamped with the background stamp using clear embossing powder and then heat set.  This created a lovely shiny blue pattern.  After the background cooled, I ink blended Twisted Citron onto the card base using blending brushes.  This filled in all the white areas.

On Fog grey cardstock, I stamped the sentiments (SSS Big Birthday Wishes) and then die cut.  I adhered the sentiments with craft foam for some nice dimension.

I think the end result is a bold masculine card with nice shine and texture.

I am entering this card in:  
Allsorts Challenge #555 – More than a single word.  I wanted the emphasis on the words so I used two sentiments for this card.  

Always Fun Challenges The challenge this week is use your favorite stamp so I used my favorite background stamp.  Masculine cards are always a bit harder for me and I find this bold background stamp works well for a lot of cards for the men in my life.  

Shopping Our Stash – Winter Blues  Lots of blue on this card.  I just received Catherine Pooler\’s Blue Suede Shoes ink and wanted to try it out.  

Sisterhood of Crafters \”New\” Challenge I just received Catherine Pooler\’s Blue Suede shoes ink and wanted to give it a try on a card.  

Update:  I was so pleased to discover that this card was a \”winner\” in the Always Fun Challenge. 

I am so pleased that you stopped by!
Karen
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WWC248 – Kath\’s Masculine "Anything Goes" Challenge

Hello and welcome!  This week at The Watercooler Wednesday Challenge we are designing projects for the men in our lives.  Kath is our hostess.  I created a card for my brother who drives a pickup and is an avid surfer.  I love how this die set has beach accessories to fill the truck bed.

Nuvo Tonic Hot Chocolate embossing powder


I used Spellbinder\’s Truckin\’ Through the Seasons die and Nuvo Tonic Hot Chocolate Embossing powder for the sentiment (Ranger Letter It). The card stock is Bohemia Blue Bird and Barefoot Beautiful \”All Boy\”.  

Can\’t wait to pop this card in the mail to sunny California.

I am entering this card in: 

The Male Room \”Hobbies\” Challenge I made this card for my brother who is an avid surfer.  

Lil Red Wagon Birthday Challenge

Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes With Dies Challenge


Thank you for stopping by!
Karen

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WWC235 – Marsha\’s Masculine "Anything Goes" Challenge

Hello there!  This week it is all about the men in our lives at Watercooler Wednesday.  Marsha is our hostess.

This is the birthday card I made for my husband. I went to a Copic workshop with Laura Griffin and we did alcohol ink designs with Copic re-inkers.  This card is two alcohol ink panels.  The sky is yellow, yellow red and red violet and the lake is three shades of blue.  We used the tilt technique which is to saturate the Yupo paper with blending solution, then add alcohol ink and then tilt the Yupo paper to mix the colors.  

We used Impression Obsession Heron and Lake die cuts.  I love blending inks and this card turned out bold, beautiful and vivid.

Thanks for stopping by!
Karen
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One Image for a CAS Masculine Card

Several of my nephews have birthdays coming up so it was time to make some masculine cards.  I really like the simplicity of this CAS card.
I started by stamping and coloring the bike from the January 2019 My Monthly Hero kit.  I then glued craft foam to the back and then die cut.  I positioned the sentiment to \”ground\” the bike.  Quick and easy but eye catching as well.

I am entering this card in:

The Paper Players Clean and Simple Masculine Challenge
UPDATE:  I was very pleased to learn that my card was selected as a \”Cut Above\” winner at The Paper Players.
Thanks for stopping by!
Karen
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Off The Edge Die-Cutting

I had never tried off the edge die-cutting but I am very pleased with the end result.  
Sugar Pea Designs Element Builder die cutting.
I was in the mood to do a puppy card so I chose Mama Elephant\’s Playful Pups, one of my oldest and most used stamp sets.  I die cut a panel, did my partial die-cutting, then stamped and finally colored with Copic markers.  I liked the CAS look of the panel but wanted to break up some of the white so I used my new Sugar Pea Designs Element Builder to die cut the bottom edge.  I really like that subtle stitched wave.

I am entering this card in:
Make my Monday \”B\” Challenge – B is for lots of  Brown! I used 5 Shades of Copic Brown on these pups.
Addicted to Stamps \”Make Your Mark\” I made my mark with lots of brown.

UPDATE:  I am so pleased that this card was a \”Top Pick\” at the Inkspirational Challenge!

Thanks for stopping by!
Karen
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WWC226 – Dawn\’s Masculine "Anything Goes" Challenge

Hello there and welcome!  It\’s all about masculine cards this week at Watercooler Wednesday and Dawn is our hostess. I hope you will stop by the website, see what the artists have created and then submit one of your cards.  
A handmade card featuring the Altenew Pinstripes Background Stamp.
In my family, men (and ladies too!) enjoy a good humorous card.  This dog (Fetch by Photoplay) makes me smile every time I use him.  This is a simple one layer panel mounted on a Lilac A2 card.  


Supplies used :

Photoplay Fetch
Altenew Pinstripes Background Stamp
SSS Brush Stroke Messages Sentiment
Hero Arts Lilac Ink
Copic markers
MFT Stitched rectangular die STAX set 2

Inkadinkadoo Stamping Mask Paper


I stamped Fetch, colored with Copics, masked and then stamped the background stamp in lilac.  I love how the dog almost makes a perfect square.

I am entering this card in:
June Papercraft Challenge

I am so pleased you stopped by today! 

Karen
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WWC213 – Karen\’s Masculine "Anything Goes" Challenge

What a day….it is my turn to host Watercooler Wednesday\’s Anything Goes Masculine Challenge!  I am very excited.  🙂

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I recently purchased a die cutting machine (Gemini Junior) and ordered this fun die cutting set from Spellbinders.  This card is for my new son-in-law.  He drives a pick-up truck, so I thought this would be perfect for him.

I started by die cutting a kraft card base (Sugar Pea Design Builder).  I used Nuvo Hot Cholcolate embossing powder for the sentiment (Ranger Letter It Birthday).  Next, I cut out all the truck pieces using Bohemia Blue Bird \”All Boy\” card stock (coordinating double sided paper).   I enjoyed the die cutting and paper selection.  I wanted dimension so I used foam tape for the truck body and then an additional layer of foam tape for the license plate and bumper.  I tucked in a few gifts die cut from scrap paper I had left over.  The ribbons on two of the packages are light green but they did not photograph well.

Spellbinders October 2018 Large Die Kit

Masculine card featuring a blue truck.

I am entering this card in:
Cardz 4 Guyz \”To Die for Challenge\”  I lost track of how many dies I used on this card, but I think my son-in-law will really like the card.
Cardz 4 Guyz Logo
 Happy Little Stampers \”Die\” Challenge  I\’ve never made a card with so many dies before, it was kind of like doing a fun puzzle.

The Male Room \”Do It Yourself Challenge\”  This card is for my son-in-law. He drives a pickup and for Christmas he asked for tools so he could do maintenance and repairs himself.  So we got him a variety of DIY tools.

Brown Sugar Transportation Challenge – A pick-up is my husband\’s primary mode of transportation.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge  I think this little pick-up is as \”cute\” as can be!

Thanks for stopping by!  I truly hope to see your masculine creation on the Watercooler Website.

Karen