Meanwhile my other brother, the eldest, has just started a new job on Monday, after a really difficult time in his life. So I felt I ought to make him a card too. Again I looked for challenges first. If I am honest I don't feel as confident about this one, perhaps I tried to fit in with too many things. Ah, well, still learning... Sorry the picture has turned out a bit hazy.

Using dotty cardstock was easy to decide, as I was pretty sure he would like that. There's two challenges that fits with: Craft Your Passion en The Poodle's Parlour. The first is asking for dots and (or) stripes, the other for spots and dots.

Using the sentiments as the central focus was also pretty straight forward, especially as I happened to have just the right ones, from Hunky Dory again. You may have noticed I'm a bit of a fan... Lexi's Creations wants the focus on the sentiment this time, as does the Southern Girls Challenge with 'You got something you wanna say?'

Then the question was how to embellish. With three challenges showing me the way towards ribbons, how could I refuse? But then I did want to make sure it stayed masculine enough, and was unsure which ribbons and colours to use. So I went for the ones that also had dots on them, to stick with that theme, and avoided bows. My husband assured me that it would definitely be ok for a man that way. So that's this card sorted for these three challenges:

- Phindy's Place Challenge - 'Ribbon'
- Whimsy Inspires - 'Use ribbon on your card'
- Cupcake Craft Challenges - 'Sewing Box'

For this last one I especially added the buttons as well... No, I'll be honest with you and let you into a secret. I boshed up with the ribbon and ended up with some high tack doublesided sticky tape on the end without ribbon on, so I stuck a button on for camouflage and then repeated this with the other ribbon. See what I mean about cards designing themselves...

 Now then, there is no glitter on this masculine card with dark brown card stock as background (with gold dots). That's three of the Desert Island Crafts list, as required.

Whoops that's one more challenge than I had for my younger brother's birthday card. Good job he's not the jealous kind...



05/04/2012 3:18am

wow gun that looks fab, I love that the sentiment is focus xxxx

05/04/2012 3:26am

The main sentiment says it all, given his circumstances, well done x

05/04/2012 9:14am

Great card - thanks so much for joining us at Desert Islands Crafts! :)

05/04/2012 1:53pm

Lovely card, great backing paper. Thanks for joining us at Poodles Parlour, good luck, cheers Sue N x

Tammy Ortiz
05/04/2012 5:01pm

This is really cute. I love the design
We would like to thank you for Entering Whimsy Stamps inspirations Challenge.

We hope to see you back next week. Winner will be announced Wed.
Best of Luck Always,

Hugs from DT Member For Whimsy Stamps Tammy Ortiz

05/04/2012 9:56pm

Being inspired by challenges is a fantastic way to be inspired, motivated and enthusiastic in card making. Well done you! I'm sure your brother will love your card x

05/04/2012 10:10pm

Such a sweet and adorable card! Love all the sweet and pretty details you have added! Thanks for joining us at The Cupcake Craft Challenge this week! Good Luck! Hugs and sunshine!

06/04/2012 5:38am

What a great sentiment. I'm glad you were inspired by my Desert Islands Crafts Challenge itinerary. :)

06/04/2012 11:57pm

Great card with lots of lovely details.Love the sentiment.Thanks for joining us at Craft Your Passion.Hope to see you again next week :D
Lisa x

Kathy Curry
07/04/2012 7:26am

How pretty, such a lovely quote. Thanks so much for joining the Phindy's Place ribbon challenge this week.

08/04/2012 1:07am

Gorgeous card, sweet sentiment and gorgeous DP, thanks for joining us at craft your passion, hugs, Sarah x

08/04/2012 8:28pm

The quotation written on the card is superb , adding a lot of beauty to this card!

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Tammy Lever
10/04/2012 10:13pm

A very pretty card.
Thanks for joining our challenge at Poodles Parlour this week.
Tammy DT


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