Monday, April 25, 2011

building my 'stashe stash

Men.  love 'em, but hate making cards for them.  It's seriously challenging.  No ribbon, no butterflies, no doilies - not to mention the "cute" factor of the punny stamps that I love so much... harrumph.  Men are like the stooges of card-making.

This is what I've learned so far, as dictated to me by my own man:

1.  harware = good.  When I showed him the card of the day, the first thing that got a positive comment was the mini office clip.

2.  simple is better.  This card is way understated.  Just enough layering to keep it interesting, but not over-the-top, since that makes it girlier, apparently...

3.  patterns:  do I even have to tell you that floral is a no-go? ha.  Newsprint, houndstooth, argyle, plaid, polka-dots, stars, stripes - all good stuff.

4.  graphic elements keep your man-card modern.  Or retro-modern, which is what I was going for!  My mustache is hand-drawn and cut out - not hard to do!  I was going for a whole "barber-shop" theme with this one, I think :)

I hope you enjoyed the card and some of the banter.  Have a fabulous day!



supplies (all PTI, unless otherwise noted)
stamps: it's official, tag-its #1, background basics: retro, background basics: newsprint
paper: vintage cream, basic black (SU), real red (SU)

42 comments:

  1. So cute! Love the newsprint background!

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  2. how fun! I like how you've used the newsprint too :) Hugs

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  3. A perfect color combo! Love that cute moustache :o) Bravo for handcutting it!!

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  4. How CU TE! Love the newsprint and the moustache! Fab banner, too!

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  5. How cool Elena, a man will definitely love this. Great job.
    Hugs
    Carol x

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  6. Oh, I love the 'stache! Great card!

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  7. This is too fun! Totally trendy and masculine.

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  8. I like how you did the little banner strip. Perfect combo!

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  9. How creative!! Great idea Elena!

    Take care and STAY POSITIVE!

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  10. How fun! Love that big mustache! So so true about masculine cards! HAHA!

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  11. FUN!
    Love the 'stache! :)
    It has a "retro" feel to it that's really cool!

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  12. What a fun card!! Totally makes me smile!!! You are so very creative and clever!!!

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  13. A really fun card, I love the newsprint background.

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  14. What a fun card! Love the mustache and newsprint BG!

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  15. loving the 'stache! very fun card :)

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  16. Too fun! I love all the different elements you used and that mustache is so cute!

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  17. Oh my gosh, this is too cute! And I love your husbands input into a good "man card"

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  18. Very clever card! I really like how you added the Father's Day sentiment on the banner.

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  19. Great card! Love that mustache and the banter lol. TFS!

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  20. What a fun masculine card! Love your design + perfect colors!!!

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  21. Great guy card. Love the clip.

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  22. Hahaha.......How cute is this??? Just perfect with your little clip!

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  23. Oh, that mustache is so cooool! Love the idea!! The colors are gorgeous and it's just such a fun card - perfect!
    Hugs, Wendy

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  24. Oh, I love it!! ;-D So fun. Great job!

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  25. Elena, I LOVE the mustache idea! This is awesome!

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  26. Wait. Am I to understand that you stamped that criss-cross pattern using the stripes from BB: Retro? Amazing! Such a great card!

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  27. I feel the same way about masculine cards. You have done a great job though. Love all the different elements.

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  28. This is a great card, very cute style.

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  29. This is just tooo stinkin' cute! Great 'stache to add to your stash!

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  30. Awesome card! I love the backgrounds and, of course, that fab moustache!
    Also great to have tips directly from the source. :)

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  31. This is so flippin' cute! I saw the mustache in the photo and couldn't help but look :) Love the pp and the news print!

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  32. I love this, it sticks out!! Great job!

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  33. Love your background. I have been eyeing that set for a while!

    It's a good life!
    Terri E.

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  34. What a totally FUN card this is, love that mustache!

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  35. Very creative! And I love your rules for guy cards. They're all right on target.

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  36. Fabulous Father's Day card! Totally creative!

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