Monday, March 28, 2011

A Shabby Vintage League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

I don't make nearly as many gent's cards as I should.  So today, I decided to make a masculine card which gives a nod to my more Steampunk, Vintage, Shabby predilections.  Who am I kidding?  That's all I ever do is make cards that tickle my fancy, but hey...why not?  Life's short and papercrafting is too good, right?  Plus, that's my story and I am sticking to it.  *wink*

I am entering this card into this week's The Shabby Tea Room "BINGO" Challenge.  Although initially daunted, I decided to give this challenge a go and true to my Last Minute Larreena leanings I have just finished a masculine card that I am hoping will be suitable (not to mention be presentable) and satisfies the "three in a row...BINGO!" rule for this challenge.  I have chosen the bottom row moving across as my three elements.  Seeing that this is a gent's card, I have not gone with the traditional ribbon, but "man" ribbon instead:  twine.  The other elements in the row are clearly present being the die cut cogs, tag and ribbon banner, the dry embossed brick wall of the card base, and of course my "man" ribbon on the tag.  I had a lot of fun creating this shabby, vintage, Steampunk influenced card.  So much so, I really must remember to show a bit more crafting love to that extraordinary league of gentlemen that truly grace our lives.

Thank you so much for coming by.  Here's to an extraordinary day! 


  • Stamps:  Waltzingmouse Stamps Off Beat Backgrounds and Pic-nic Patterns, Crafty Secrets Artsy Banners, Inkadinkado Vintage Map Woodblock, Papertrey Ink's Masculine Motifs and Banner Building Set
  • Paper:  Papertrey Ink Scarlet Jewel, Kraft, and Stone Cardstock, Misc. Corrugated Paper (cogs)
  • Ink:  Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream, Adirondak Cranberry, Memento London Fog and Rich Cocoa, Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Tea Dye, Antique Linen, Vintage Photo and Pumice Stone
  • Accessories:  Tim Holtz Alterations Die Gaget Gears and Bricked Embossing Folder, Papertrey Ink, Shipping Tag Ribbon Banner Die, Basic Grey Brads, and Bakers Twine


Karen said...

Hi Jen!

I REALLY love this card - its perfect for a male. I always struggle with male cards so love it when I find someone who has done one as brilliantly as this! GO YOU!! lol

Also.....LOVE your new blog design. It's so much easier to read and focus on your beautiful creations now! I'll be stalkin a stampin way of course! lol

Luv Karen

Linda said...

Great card!

Charlene said...

LOVE this card!! Beautiful papers and the tag is so pretty!Thanks so much for sharing your lovely creation this week at The Shabby Tea Room!

Danielle Therese Greenwood said...

Wow Jen! That card is stunning. I love the gears. Somehow you manage to make vintage grunge so pretty and feminine, I just love it! Thanks for joining us at the Shabby Tea Room this week.

Cathy Weber said...

I always have to zoom in on your cards to make sure I catch all the intricate details. It is like one of those presents within a present. This time I was especially interested in all the texture of your card. I love all tiny postage details on this one and the sentiment is just perfect.

Lorraine said...

YOW, Jen, I totally love this! Love your colors, design, textures and dimension! Love all the Tim Holtz stuff, too!

cbuswell said...

Fantastic card, love the layering and texture! The plaid looks great! Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog! : )

steph said...

Oh my goodness... love it! Love all the masculine elements you used that brought the card together so beautifully- that beautiful cranberry color with cream, the sailing details, the "man" ribbon! Just beautiful!

Stephanie said...

Jen??? You amaze me!!! Seriously, you do! This is just amazing. The colors, the embellishments....everything about screams your style in a very masculine way. I love it!

Sasha said...

Such a fabulous card! Great composition and love your corrugated cogs.

Kay said...

Wowza, I love this! I'm loving all those yummy layers, and I'm crazy about that tag! Such a cool card!

Chris said...

Gears, twine, Bricks, newspaper... gee, you really hit all the male elements didn't you! It's absolutely lovely... er... I mean manly and cool, that is. LOL!
You do great work.