A trip around the globe

Oh yeah, another plane card… Yep, you are right, planes are part of my life as I am living with a pilot. The easy thing with planes on greeting cards is that you can put almost whatever color combo, it will always look masculine. For this reason, I would say that stamps featuring planes are a must have in everyone’s collection! It is just fast and easy to put together a masculine card with these stamps. Do you want other tips and tricks on making masculine cards easily? Check out my post on the subject: Tips and tricks for making masculine cards. But, in the meantime, here is my card for today:

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The plane and sentiment on this card are from Stampin’up and the background is from Tim Holz. The colors are lucky limeade and island indigo, also from Stampin’up of course. Hope you like it!

What about a girls shopping night?

The card I share with you today was made for the sister of a friend of mine. She wanted something very feminine, pink preferably. It was for saint Catherine’s day, a special day where single girls celebrate together. I asked my friend if the “shopping theme” was a good idea (which it was), as I thought this was something girls like doing together. So this is what I came up with…

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The little handbags are made using the cupcake punch from Stampin’up. The original design (three panels with circles in the middle) come from a card I made almost 4 years ago with Cindy Major (My great demo when I still lived in Canada). Make sure to go and check out her blog for more inspiration…

Showcase baby card study – The final winner

IMG_8827As a last post of the baby case study series I showcase here the card the parents chose and adapted to their taste. The design is almost identical to the “monkey business” cards except:
1) they asked me to design a baby feet embossing background (instead of the clouds),
2) the little bow got a new place,
3) they asked me to create a die cut with the baby’s name.

I made two full boxes of these and the parents added a picture of the newborn inside every card. Of course I added a little monkey to the envelope as I love coordinating things.

If you remember, I made a mini-album for these same parents using this design. If you want to see it, just follow this link: Personalized Baby Present.

So hope you liked my mini series! If you want to see the whole series again, look here: baby card case study series)

See ya…

Showcase baby card study – Toy blocks for Joseph

This is the seventh and last card of the baby case study series (for previous ones look here: baby card case study series). In my next post I will show you the winner… But for now, this little block card. I wanted to make a card with typical boy toys, so I chose to make blocks displaying a plane, a bus, a truck and a baloon. In the background I stamped a train in versamark. As for all the other cards, I changed colors again to give the parents an idea of the possibilities. I also printed the baby’s name in the accent color, to show the couple that also this was possible. I must admit that this was not my favorite card, but as I am never the customer, I kept it in the lot.IMG_8839So now, my favorites of the series were:
zoo babies again (the one with the elephant)
Monkey business
Baby boaty

What were your favorites? See my next post to see what it became…

Showcase baby card study – Baby Onesie

This is another one of my cards for the baby card case study series (for previous ones look here: baby card case study series). I was hoping this card would not be chosen as cutting out the onesies 4x per card x 70 cards would be a hell of a job… (and I don’t like cutting!). With this card I wanted to showcase a different sizing, so I chose square. I liked the little pink hart in the middle of all the bermuda bay. IMG_8698
How do you like it?

Showcase baby card study – Monkey Business

And here is take number 5 of my baby card case study series (for previous ones look here: baby card case study series). I like this one: a soft blue colour with a dark brown. I used the little monkey as I had heard the mum saying she really liked little monkeys on other cards I made… IMG_8692

To my opinion, this card does reflect character. It could even go for boy or girl … (as I told you before, I don’t mind blue for a girl…). I like the cloud embossing too. You may have noticed that I stamped a common sentiment, but I told the parents that I could replace it by the baby’s name for example. Just giving them options…. I wasn’t sure the bow would be ok for a boy though so proposed to change that if it wouldn’t be a girl.

Showcase baby card study – Baby boaty

And here is number 4 of the baby case study series (for previous ones look here: baby card case study series). A very simple yet stunning design without the classic blue or pink colors. Indeed, when I designed this card I didn’t know if the parents wanted a blue/pink version or if they were like me: not liking pink and don’t caring blue… Don’t understand me wrong, I LOOOVE blue! But I don’t mind blue for a girl. So instead of blue or pink, I tried the combination of brown and green. IMG_8841

I had seen the design of the little boat quiet often over the years and kind of liked it, so I decided to try it out. I had a lot of compliments on this card since I made it, thus it would definitely be among the winners…

Showcase baby card study – Personalized embossing

This is the 3rd card of the baby case study series (for previous ones look here: baby card case study series). I wanted to showcase the possibility of “personalized embossing” on this card. You may indeed have noticed, that I dry embossed the baby’s name on the card. I didn’t want anything to interfere with the impression the embossing made so I kept the design pretty simple and without embellishments around the embossing. IMG_8843

Of course, the idea was that the parents could include this embossing on a more sophisticated design, or even realize the potential of personalized embossing (and they have as you will see on the last version in a couple of days…). You may recognize the little train from Fiskars, but that’s actually the only thing I put on this card.
Hope you like the idea of personalized embossing! See ya …

Showcase baby card study – zoo babies again

Hi folks,

I remember having promised you to post the whole series of cards I made as “examples” for a couple of friends which asked me to make their baby announcement cards. Well, I did showcase the first one (follow the link:  a girly giraffe), but none of the others came on line due to lack of time for making pics and writing posts. Therefore, this time, I prepared all my posts and you will be getting them all in the comming weeks!
On everyone of the cards I tried to showcase something different (color, texture, sketch, …) so that the parents could have an idea of what was possible, and combine in the end the different elements they liked from the different cards to make their own personalized baby announcement card set.

IMG_8842So here is the first one: I knew the mom liked the zoo babies stamp set, so I tried to use the baby animals on my cards. I also added this kind of window under which I placed the elephant. I liked both the colors and the sketch on this one. What do you like?

Tips and tricks: Making masculine cards

Hi folks,

Today I wanted to share with you some tips to make masculine cards. I often get questions about these as for most of us, it is difficult to make nice « mannish » cards. But first of all lets share one of my masculine cards. I made this one quiet a while ago but didn’t share it with you earlier.I used  the marble technique and thorned the edge to rughen up a bit

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As you might notice, I have disobeyed the “rules” listed below, but rules are there to be broken isn’t it? Can you find where I used some “creational freedom”??? :)

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As for my little tips and tricks regarding masculine cards:

I would say : try to keep it simple and keep embellishments to a minimum. Man like funny or cool sentiments and love the use of special folds, as they just HAVE to figure out how it works. You will see the interest your card gets when using different kinds of special folds ! Then about colors : use mainly neutral (brown, black, gray and kraft) colors, but also blues and greens and eventually accents in bright colors such as orange, red and bright green are good for masculine cards. This does also apply for boys although mixing elementary, bright colors might be a better option for the younger ones. Themes can be very diverse and of course depend on the person to whom you send the card, but below you will find a list of regularly used themes for masculine cards.

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The use of wood (or faux wood) and metal (or all kinds of metal embossing techniques) as well as roughened edges and thorn edges is a good idea. However, there are some things to avoid : Try not to use too many buttons and if you use they, try neutral colors. Also ribbon bows are out of the question. Use ribbons as « strip », or make a knot in the ribbon. But most of the times it is better to replace the ribbon by twine. Also avoid using faux stitching and favor the use of hand drawn straight lines instead.

Masculine card rules by CrealotteHope this was helpful!

Cheers…