Friday 21 September 2012

Another guy card for the stash

I'm on a roll with guy cards! Two in a row! Wow, so not like me.

I have been on a stash busting crusade for quite some time. My room is simply chock-a-block full of supplies. Now, don't get me wrong. It is not full to the gills with the latest and greatest...but it is full never the less. I figure once upon a time I loved these supplies enough to bring them I'm on a mission to use them up.

While I have been reorganizing my room, I have pulled several 3D elements to use for what I call "quickie cards".  I bought a little portable file complete with hanging file folders at the scrapbook garage sale. Best dollar purchase I made there.
When I find an embellishment that I think would make a good card candidate, I throw it into one of the file folders. As I have continued to sort my room, I have thrown into that same folder any other bits and bobs that I think would go with. I threw in the piece of jute, the ship and the lighthouse first off. When I tidied up my paper bits, I threw in the blue and the kraft card stock snippets. I always have a supply of little, teensy baggies on hand. They were great to throw in a few brads and the charm.

When it came time to make this card, I just had to cut a wee piece of cheesecloth for the "net" by the anchor and choose a card base.

Now...I have a little secret to share...I have 4 shoe boxes full of card bases and I don't like most of them!!!  They were on clearance and I bought them in the heat of the moment. One whole box are lovely colours and patterns but are not a heavy enough weight to make a layered card. Two more boxes seemed to be a nice heavy weight yet once I got them home I was disappointed to find out that they are sort of shiny on the outside.

Embracing the spirit of frugality, I have been trying to use them up. Sometimes I cover the heavy weight ones completely with patterned paper on the outside and then start to build my card. Other times, I opt to place my card mat just in from the edges...thereby showing as little of the shiny sheen as possible. Depending on the base cards pattern, sometimes this works.
Another option is gluing the lightweight cards right over the heavyweight ones...thereby creating one trimming required.

Today I was trying to decide which shiny card to use and spied this chevron patterned card base. I remembered that someone has a challenge posted today that calls for a chevron pattern somewhere on your base card it is today!
Down plopped my card mat and then...oh you can't see the chevron design anymore. Well, I think it still looks sort of right with this sea themed card. I have not added a sentiment yet as I want to wait until I know who it is going to. We have several friends with boats...a couple have even retired to the will definitely go to one of them!

Here is a little close up of the 3D elements. The ship has 3 layers and the sails alternate between one and
three layers as well.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Pixies Crafty Workshop - use snippets All the bits from my card are snippets. The lighthouse and the ship are left over from a sheet of 3D images from the dollar store
2.Oldie But A Goodie - show us your ribbons, use stash at least 6 mo old (Everything on this card with the exception of the card base is over a year old.. The ribbon is the sea wave blue banner is the first time I have used it)
3. Hooked on Crafts - Cards for men
4.By The Cute And Girly - Boys/Men inspiration
5. Crafty Creations - Around The World #188  (my ship is sailing around the world)
6. For Fun Challenge - Guiding Lighthouse
7. Sisterhood Of Crafters - No stamps
8. Bunny Zoe's Crafts Challenge - Distressing (The blue card base is sanded, nicked with scissors and inked/the kraft elements are heavily inked)                                              
9. Catered Crop - use a knot I knotted the anchor onto the fish netting with bakers twine...I also have 2 more hidden knots... I hand sewed the burlap onto the card base and tied a knot to start and finish that sewing.


Vicky said...

Hi hun...and thank you so much for your lovely comments on my have made me smile after having a very long, miserable day at work sadly...and your creation is amazing sweetie...:o)

So onto the questions you have asked me...I always staple my cheese cloth/gauze to my card..! and my big secret is the "stuff" I use is a gauze swab..! It's lovely and soft and you can buy it at any chemist/pharmacy...and it's very cheap I hope that's helpful..and the second question is I use foam pads and Pinflair glue (or silicon if you cannot find it)..and it stickles very firmly in place..:o)

So I hope that answers all your questions...and if I have left anything out...or need to ask another..please don't hesitate...and it's lovely to be asked..:o)

take care and have a lovely weekend hun...big hugs Vicky xx

Debs said...

Wonderful card - love the design and fab elements.
Thanks for playing along with us at AOBG this time.
Good luck.
Debs xx

Darlene said...

This is FABULOUS and thanks for sharing the wonderful organization tips! Thanks so much for joining us at The Sisterhood ‘NO STAMPS ALLOWED’ challenge and please come back again soon!
one of the 'Sistahs'

Anonymous said...

love that texture you achieved on your card! Awesome!

Helen Dooley said...

Im so glad you decided to play along with us at For Fun. I love your card.

Mary Jo said...

Very cool card!
And great that you are able to enter it in so many challenges :)

Helena said...

Oh, I love the ship! Nice!

Diana Seal said...

Wonderful card! Love the 3D effect and the cheesecloth for net idea!!
Have a great weekend!

Glenda Atkins said...

What a fabulous card, I love that blue for the seafaring theme and the cheese cloth with the anchor is a fabulous touch! The ship and lighthouse are wonderfully done!

Di said...

Brilliant card and it sums up the seaside perfectly. All the elements are just right - and the idea of collecting bits together for a card in a folder is great. It could save wholesale heaving out of boxes of elements here just to make one card. Hugs, Di xx

Aideen said...

The images are lovely and your card turned out great :)

Thanks for entering By The Cute & Girlys September challenge!!

Céline said...

gorgeous love the desing
thanks for playing withus at BTC&G this month

Hazel said...

Hey Scrappy Mo

Beautiful creation - love the texture you have created and the colours are just perfect for the card.

Thank you for dropping by to see me and leaving me some comments - they are as always much appreciated.

Take care and enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Ta ta for now.

Hazel xx

Bernie said...

Hi Scrappy Mo
What an absolutely fabulous card! Love all the elements, textures and colors! Thanks for stopping by my blog and your lovely comments.

Amanda said...

Love this card and fab idea of putting all the stuff together, makes it much easier to find when you start. Oh and you are welcome to the monkey card too if you send me your address. Hugs, Amanda x

Bonnie said...

That "net" in the background in ingenious! I love all the elements on this card! Fantastic!

Darnell said...

Great idea for corralling bits and bobs, Maureen! Your man card using your stash is brilliant!

Micki said...

Oh wonderful!!!! Love how you incorporated the netting and love the sea theme, yet it's totally "masculine" Great, great card. Thanks so much for playing along with us in the Sisterhood of Crafters for our "No Stamps Allowed" challenge.

Tracy said...

Great masculine card.
I love the charm and the netting you added. Perfect for this themed card.

Shelby said...

Very good for using up your stash! I wish I were as disciplined.
This is an awesome masculine design. All of the texture is perfect and love the sailboat and lighthouse.


Jules said...

Loving your card!

Fabby colour combo, great images and such lovely embellishments too.

Brilliant finished look.

I hope you had a good weekend.

Love Jules xx

C said...

Good for you to stash bust your room...I'm doing that as this weekend, matter of fact.

That's one cool guy card!! Great job. Loving the netting.

Erika said...

Hi Scrappingmo thanks for the visit again, loving your card. The chevron paper is bang on trend and I love your seaside embellishments.
Happy crafting and big hugs,

Anna Waarvik said...

Very nice card!!! This is fabulous!

downrightcrafty said...

loving your threads and the little charm and that fabulous sentiment on the ribbon how perfect, hope you had a lovely time with your friend and that it was really good coffee and that you got a sweet treat too
Hugs Kate xx

MaryH said...

Bravo on this so masculine card. The chevron cdbase was so right with it. Made me think of the rope braid seen on nautical motifs. Your embellishments & textures really set this card apart. And thanks for your ideas about grouping things together to save for a 'type' of card. I've done the same with buying cardbases - good buy at the time - then try to think of how to use. You had some lovely ideas. TFS.