Monday, February 18, 2013

Seize the Birthday #6 + FabFri12 (Masculine Birthday Card)

I've mentioned before that I am terrible at making masculine cards. Part of the problem is that most of my stamps have butterflies, swirly patterns, flowers, or something adorable on them; not very masculine, huh? I've been trying to remedy that, though, mostly through buying neutral colored paper & non-frilly sayings stamps. So when I was actually able to accomplish this week's Seize the Birthday Masculine Card challenge -- and I liked my end result! -- I was pretty proud of myself. Granted, what I came up with might be more suited for a little boy than a grown man, I'm fairly certain my dad would be happy to get a card like this.

I promise that I didn't pick out my curtains to match Stampin' Up! colors.
. . . It just kinda happens that way sometimes. 

The layout came from the sketch challenge over at STB, as I mentioned above. The fantastic color combo, though? Yeah, totally wish I could claim that as my own fantastic creation. But I can't. It came from the lovely folks over at Fab Friday, who gave us a phenomenal color challenge this week. (I actually made TWO cards in that color challenge, and I'll be posting the other one tomorrow.) So here are the challenges I undertook for this card. First, the sketch:

Isn't it lovely? Now on to the color challenge! (Note: I left out the Perfect Plum in an attempt to make this as masculine as possible with the cutesy background.) This is the FabFri12 color palette:

In an amazing feat of coincidence, this card ALSO qualifies for this week's Friday Mashup! Since I used our Stampin' Write© Markers to color in the word stamp elements, it qualifies for the "Markers" section, and the Textured Impressions Embossing Folder© on the bottom qualifies it for the mash-up with "texture" -- so there ya go! Here's their info, too, so go check them out! 

Here is the "Mashup" Challenge:
  1. Make a project "using your Markers (thumping,Color Spritzing,Coloring etc.)."
  2. Or Make a project with "Texture."
  3. Or "Mash it Up" and create a project with "Texture using your Markers."

Card Details
Paper: Soft Suede CS, Baja Breeze CS, Whisper White CS, Storytime DSP
Ink: Baja Breeze, Wild Wasabi
Tools: Perfect Polka Dots Textured Embossing Folder©, Ovals Collection Framelits©, Paper Piercing Pack & Paper Piercing Tool, Stamp-a-Ma-Jig© (to align text), Dimensionals


  1. I love this! I like how you switched the green and blue on the greeting, opposite the cardstock. :)

    1. Thanks, Tanya! And yeah, we're gonna go with "I totally did that on purpose, of course!" (Because, really, it was a total coincidence!) :)

  2. Very cute! Love the layout you chose. Thanks for joining the Friday Mashup this week.

  3. Very nice! I love that alphabet paper with this. Great job.
    Thanks for joining us at Seize the Birthday!

  4. Great masculine card! Sometimes just focusing on the sentiment makes them easier doesn't it? So glad that the Fab Friday challenge colors could get you started on this one!

  5. Great choice of colors for a masculine card. Thanks for joining us at Seize the Birthday this week.

  6. Such an elegant card! I really like how you combined challenges. Thanks for playing along with us at the Friday Mashup this week!

  7. Great job on your card! I love how you used the "ABC" paper with Happy Birthday! Thanks so much for joining us at Fab Friday!

  8. I love the "cursive" in the background for this one. This would be a great teacher card too! Thanks for playing at Fab Friday!