The musings and offerings of a burgeoning greetings master

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Mr Cardmaker Is Challenging

Well, as promised, I was host of the Free for All Friday Challenge over at GinaK Designs during the span of July 13-20.  I did a "Man Style" challenge, asking the participants to come up with a card for an adult male, as opposed to a boy.  It was SO much fun, and SO many people joined in!  SEVENTY-TWO, you heard me, 72 entries!!  Everyone did amazing work, and I was really happy to be host.

I made two samples for this challenge, using GKD Follow your Dreams set by Theresa Momber.
They look like this--

I used DP from MME, and card stock from GKD.  My die cuts were done with Spellbinders dies, and the embossing folder is a Cuttlebug folder.
I colored the dragonflies with colored pencils, and also used the pencils to do some detailing on the trees, reeds, and other images. 

I took some ink and lots of water and flicked some speckles onto the first card with a paintbrush.  As my shadowy photos can show you, I used copious amounts of foam tape to pop up different elements on both cards.

I'll use one of these for my dad's birthday next week.  I love it when timing works out like that!

Sorry to be away for so long.  My MIL had some serious health issues this week, and I have been at both hospital and rehab center for almost two weeks now.  Hope to be free to post more in the coming days!

Thanks for stopping by! 
All Best-


  1. These are great Richard. I wonder why it is so difficult for us women to make masculine cards? Sometimes I feel that without ribbons, glitter and sparkle, my hands are tied with regards to design, but your two projects today really capture the TRUE masculine point of view. Awesome colors, great design, and perfect images. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Richard these cards are just awesome!! I love how you make a masculine design and yet have such gorgeous detail work!! And I sure hope your MIL is recovering well!! Hugs!!

  3. Just discovered your blog and I like your work. The cards are beautiful! Love your design with the colours used and embellies.
    You are going in my favourite :)
    I hope you have a lovely day.
    Hugs xx

  4. OMGSH Richard, these two "man-cards" are AWESOME! I love how rich and detailed they are - the dragonflies are a favorite of mine, too. Great work!!

  5. Beautiful cards! The argyle embossed pattern is so perfect when distressed like this. Inspiring :)

  6. Hi Richard, great cards and it's lovely to see some masculine cards. Hope your MIL is feeling much better. You sound like a very kind soul and I know your family is grateful for you being there during a time of need.

  7. Hello Mr. Cardmaker! Congrats on winning the August release from The Alley Way Stamps. I can't wait to see what you create with them :)

  8. Hi Richard
    Awesome creations. Love all I see in your blog. I find your blog in another site.
    Greetings from Puerto Rico
    *New Follower*

    *Lollipop Crafts have a Blog Hop celebrating our 2nd anniversary (from Aug. 1-4) you can visit us:

  9. Congratulations on being the GKD host and having so many wonderful entries!

    I linked to your blog from You Made Me Ink and have been having fun turning pages, I love your fun style!

    I hope your MIL makes a full recovery and family life returns to normal so you can play in the craft room again soon.

    Have a great day!

  10. Love your cards "Mister" Richard! Hope your MIL is better soon.
    Thanks so much for stopping by on the TAWS Blog Hop too :)

  11. Can I please book a weekend getaway here? It's completely relaxing and tranquil. Great job Richard.
    I wish the very best for your MIL and I will keep her in my thoughts and prayers.
    Best to you all..
    Lisa :)

  12. Wow, Richard! Your cards are just exquisite! I love your style and are a true artist of the trade! I have been making cards for a couple of years now and still finding SO much I need to learn {we're always learning, aren't we?}. I am following you now and am looking forward to seeing more of your beautiful creations!


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