Wednesday, July 10, 2013

OWH Midweek Throwdown! Welcome!

Hi everyone!  I'm super-excited to be the sample card maker for Operation Write Home this week!  I have a fantastic series of motorcycle cards to show you today to get those creative juices flowing for the OWH Midweek Throwdown--Masculine Cards

Personally, I am a sparkler, lol, so glitter and bling are my thing!  I am all about expanding my horizons though, and when a potential client wants motorcycles, you don't try to talk them into tiaras!  I came up with these six designs using the Close to My Heart Born to Ride My Acrylix stamp set after a tiny shopping spree for the proper unblingy supplies..sometimes, you see, when making your man cards, it's all about having the right embellishments!


No bling here, but plenty of shine from this printable silver foil from Silhouette.  It is sticky-back and works a lot like vinyl (which is what I have been calling it before I READ the package, lol.)  It comes in 8.5 x 11 sheets and embosses beautifully, as you will see!

  
These two are my faves!  Inside, the sentiment reads, "enjoy the ride!"


See, embossing folders can be manly!  Take this Diamond Plate folder from Cuttlebug, for example.


Hey, washi can be manly too!  I found this roll at Archivers--but threw away the packaging, I'm afraid!  I could have also used the fantastic tire tread stamp from Close to My Heart's Fast and Furious My Acrylix stamp set. Can't wait to see how that works out next time!  :)


See the little staples?  Another FUN manly addition--with the Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher!  I stamped the motorcycle in this one with a second generation image to give it a worn look.


More man-bling here too!  These 3 mm nailheads from Mark Richards are a GREAT alternative to sparkle.  I can just hear Tim, the Tool Man, Taylor now!  ;)


Alright, so a girl can only go so long without bling!  Still appropriate for guy though...or even the Harley girl in your life! 


The bottom left corner of this one sports two pewter Durables Round Studs from Close to My Heart.  Perfect on a card for YOUR stud!  ;)


I am so happy to be a guest on Operation Write Home today!  I hope these cards were able to inspire you to get some manly bling to use on your future cards.  For me, anyway, shopping for the right embellishments can be inspiration in itself!  If you haven't checked out Operation Write Home yet, please do!  It is a fabulous organization that collects and distributes handmade cards for American troops, and I can't wait to send off another box of cards to them.  If you are interested in seeing what they are all about, check out the details HERE on their blog!

Thanks for stopping in!  If you are involved with OWH--thank you so much for your time!

If you are interested in any of Close to My Heart's limited edition patriotic stamps pictured below, you can find them on my website by clicking on the links in the name.  They are available only through the end of July, and a portion of the proceeds go to the USO! Plus, they are PERFECT for making Any Hero cards!











16 comments:

  1. Great job on your manly cards! You showed great restraint from "blinging" them up. Thanks for sharing your talent.

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    1. Hi Debbie! Thanks so much--it is really hard to resist the bling! ;)

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  2. Yes please I need two of the patriotic sets!!

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    1. I appreciate the business, and hope you enjoy your stamps, Kelly! Sending you an email! Please let me know that you receive it. :)

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  3. Wonderful masculine cards. They are all so creative, I couldn't pick a favorite.

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  4. I have a set of motorcycles from a different company, what neat ways to use what I have!!! Thank you for the inspirations!

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    1. You are so welcome! Thank you for the compliments and for visiting my blog! :)

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  5. Neat inspirations! I have a different set of motorcycle stamps, now I have to get them out again!

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  6. These are incredible! Thanks for being the sample cardmaker today! I love that foil; it's shiny without having the sparkle that's dangerous for our heroes.

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    1. Isn't it just the best! I can't wait to use it again. Thanks so much! :)

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  7. Awesome cards for the Harley guy in life! I know a couple guys that would love receiving these cards. Thank you for sharing tips for manly cards-so important with OWH.
    Lyn

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    1. Sure, Lyn! Thank you for the kind words! :)

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  8. Fabulous masculine cards Amie, I love that diamond plate ef!
    Tammy x

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    1. Isn't that just the neatest look! Thanks, Tammy! :)

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Thank you for adding some sparkle to my day with your comments!