Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Can't see the Trees for the Wood?

Have had a bit of a card making frenzy over the last few days - mainly because the weather has been too bad to do anything else!
Looking at the ever growing stash I have a plentiful supply of cards suitable for women and not a lot of anything else! So after a friend who has her own salon offered to take some from me to offer to her clients (proceeds to my charity) I thought I had better make sure I had a good selection.
I made a list and of course the dreaded men's cards (as well as babies, wedding anniversaries, lovey-dovey ones) were in short supply.

I started off with men cards - (cos I don't like doing them) and had to go mooch round Pinterest for some ideas.
I now have a few cards done which I will share in due course, but here's one to be going on with.

Background hardwood stamp on a piece of leftover pale blue card. Stamp inked in Versafine Smokey Grey.

Little bit of inkiness on a scrap of white card for the panel - a moon mask and Tumbled Glass DI.
Tree stamps from Inkadinkadoo, embossed with WOW Metallic Platinum.
Teeny scrap of blue card with the sentiment embossed and a silver button. 
Some silver matt card to edge it all with.

Sharing over at
Addicted to Stamps - It's Cold Outside
Cardz 4 Guyz - January Blues
Sweet Stampin - Men's Cards
SOS - Birthday
Gem of a Challenge - Cool in Blue
One Crazy Stamper - A/Goes + Blue+Buttons
and of course as there were a few scraps used up I am away to the Playground.

We have some terrible high winds here at the moment - hoping it eases a little as tomorrow OH and I are travelling to Leicester to say a final goodbye to my crafting buddy and good friend Maureen.  We met a long time ago through DoCrafts, at one time had our own group called Art N Soul, where we delved into the world of Mixed Media and other crafty stuff.
Our jaunts to the Craft Shows and the annual picnic with the husbands in Trentham Gardens I shall miss very much  - she encouraged me to try so many different things and was so very talented -  I will miss the fun we had.
Thanks for stopping by today - I hope all is safe and well in your part of the world.  x


Carole said...

Hi Viv, Your cards of late have all been absolutely beautiful and this one is no exception....love it! Not crafting at present due to a knee operation last week. I do hope all goes well for you tomorrow, a very sad day but I am sure you are already remembering the good times.Hugs xx

Veerle said...

Love the wood boards background and the heat embossed trees. Beautiful card. Thank you so much for joining our challenge and good luck. Greetings, Veerle

Mrs A. said...

Oh well done on making a men's card. I hate making these too. I do believe I have that tree stamp in my collection. I love the simple panel of embossed trees that you have created here . Very classy. Hope all goes well on Wednesday. hugs Mrs A.

Kathleen said...

Super background, thought it was paper, till I read your post, love the trees stamped in the platinum, nice change from gold or silver, great card.

Kath x

Meggymay said...

Its a fabulous card for a male, but equally I think women would like it as well.
Safe journey tomorrow, remember the good times you had and the friendship you shared.
Yvonne xx

Jo said...

Beautiful.....love the background & those trees are stunning x

SARN said...

FABULOUS male card Viv - may have to CASE that one with your permission!

Hope you manage to travel safely. We have high winds today too (and of course, it is BIN DAY!).

Take care.

Hugs, Sarnie xxx

aussie aNNie said...

Lovely card and thanks for sharing at our 'BABY IT'S COLD OUTSIDE' challenge at Addicted to Stamps, hope to see you again next challenge..♥
{aNNie}DT Addicted To Stamps Challenges


Pollard Carole said...

Gotgeous design love the paper and pretty trees Love and hugs Carole x

Donna Rudy said...

Love the clean style of this card and the wood grain paper - it is gorgeous!
Thank you for playing along in our challenge at One Crazy Stamper

Maria Rodriguez. said...

Lovely as a Tree is one of my old time favorite sets from SU and you did a beautiful card with it.
Love the embossed tree line with that beautiful background created with that awesome stamp.
Thank you for sharing with us at SHOPPING OUR STASH, hope you play again soon.
Maria Rodriguez.

Donna said...

Love the trees and colour combo!
Thanks for celebrating birthdays this week with the crew from SHOPPING OUR STASH!!

Cara said...

Fabulous card, I love that wood panel background x

Rainey's Craft Room said...

I hope all went well yesterday, a sad day but happy memories to treasure.
A lovely male card design, the wood paneling looks great and I love those trees.

Di said...

Brilliant card Viv. Love the background and those embossed trees are perfick! LOVELY to see your smiling face back in the Snippets Playground as well.


Di xx

Darnell said...

I'm so CASEing this great manly card design, Viv! I have all the elements!! That is one of my all-time favorite tree stamps and one of the first ones I purchased and it's perfect against the woodgrain background! I hope the winds settle so you don't have a scary ride to and from saying goodbye to Maureen, which is stressful enough. Sending hugs to all, Darnell

Pat said...

This is the perfect background to your prettily embossed trees Viv and the bit of blue and a moon work beautifully. x

Wendy Nicola Jackson said...

This is gorgeous! Love the wood grain. Such a lovely image too. Thanks for playing along with us at Sweet Stampin' for our 'Men's Cards' challenge. Love what you did for it. Hugs, Wends xoxo Sweet Stampin' DT

Viv said...

Love this Viv,that tree stamps is so pretty too. Our weather has been very mixed also, freezing cold then very windy and then mild next day, roll on Spring. So sad about Maureen, hope the funeral went ok.Lovely you are managing to make more cards atm. too ;) hugs Viv xx

An Occasional Genius said...

That's absolutely gorgeous Viv! I hope the funeral went well, so sad that you have lost a friend. Sending you hugs xx

Amy Ottmers said...

Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at Cardz 4 Guyz, good luck!!! Amy DT

Linby said...

I've been trying to do more male cards too and invested in a couple of wood effect stamps but not used them yet. Love this one and on the blue paper it looks fab - must try that one. Great card.

Pia S said...

Personally I love making masculine cards. Then I can avoid loose flowers I never seem to be able to put quite right. And I've got 5 nephews and no nieces, and my sister is always in denabd of boys birthday cards. You might not like making male cards, but it seems you're great at it, this is beautiful and I'd put It in the category of gender neutral cards, i love that about a card, makes it so versatile.

Anke said...

Beautiful card, Viv. Wonderful trees and I love your wood background.

Barb said...

This really is a beautiful card and would work for so many occasions. Hugs, Barbxx

Jirawadee Susanthitapong said...

Such a gorgeous card! I really love the blue wood pattern background. Thank you for joining Addicted to Stamps challenge.