Friday, 12 April 2013

Strut your stuff boy - it's your Birthday!

The current challenge over at Seize the Birthday is to make a card for a male following their current sketch. As I almost lost the will to live following the same sketch for a girlie card, I'd thought about skipping this one. However, that's what challenges are all about - pushing the boundaries innit?
This is the sketch, which I bravely turned on its side - brave 'cos I've only done a handful of sketch based cards:)
By a stroke of luck, whilst tidying up a few things here, I found a ready stamped image which I'd been sent by a lovely bloggy friend and away I went!

I used:

- A5 white card stock

- pre-stamped and already die cut image, which I coloured with Pro Markers. I don't know who the image is by and can't say who sent it (for fear of the copyright police) - but I know, and they know, who they are - thank you!

- main backing card is plain burgundy, topped with striped paper from MME's 'Sunshine' paper pad

- the 'banner' was made using paper from the 'Sunshine' pad again, this time picking a matching plain reverse and embossing it using a brilliant folder that another friend, Mary H, sent me a while back - it's by Darice and is called 'Argyle', perfect for both male and female cards as well as great for snipping the ends into points by following the embossed pattern

- the scalloped border was also tucked in by my anonymous friend with the 'rooster' image so I just coloured it using a 'Burgundy' Pro Marker

- then finally a plain strip of turquoise card from the snippets folder to match the plumage on Mr Rooster's tail - well, in truth I coloured the plumage to match the snippet of card I'd found :)

Slowly am beginning to really find sketches such fun to play with - wahoo!

Di
x

19 comments:

  1. Your rooster is just a cheeky guy, I'm thinking. This is a wonderful take on the sketch (none of which I've ever done either. No surprise there!). The argyle looked really good with this cute card. Good luck - you done good, girl! TFS & Hugs

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  2. Brill Miss Di. Hugs Mrs A.

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  3. I'm glad you decided to give it a try. Love that you turned the sketch..nothing wrong with doing that at all. Thanks for playing along with us this week at Seize the Birthday.

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  4. Great take on sketch,
    have a nice week
    hugs Tamara

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  5. It's fab Di. Well done you for giving it a go.
    Hugs,
    A x
    ps dont miss my post today it's guaranteed to make you smile. :-)

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  6. A great card and I love how you've rotated the sketch.
    Kath x

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  7. You rotated and ROCKED that sketch Di. Great male card.

    Hugs
    Sarn xxx

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  8. I love your take on the sketch Di - that cockeral with his puffed up chest is perfect for a guy card.

    Have fun at Ally Pally - I soooo wish I was joining the playground gang but it's just too hard for me to get to London from Sheffield as our trains are crap and I daren't drive there on my own. I must plan better next time so I can get hubby to come too and meet the gang. Don't forget to share stash pictures so I can drool ;-)

    Tara
    x

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  9. Loving how you have coloured this Rooster. Great card.
    I have that stamp, which my friend bought when she was in US. P'raps I should get it out!
    Hugs
    xx

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  10. Hettie - I confess, I coloured it very much as the friend who sent it to me had coloured hers - she lives in the USA so I'd at least guessed it was an American stamp. Look anything like your Tony? :)

    Di xx

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  11. Gorgeous card, Di. Just love that rooster and your choice of colours - his tail is absolutely fabulous! I know what you mean about sketches - I've only been using them for inspiration for a wee while and I'd liken it to cutting out a pattern. You pin all the pieces of the pattern in place and then hover anxiously with scissors in hand, terrified that you've got a piece on the wrong way!!! After all that, your card is brilliant :) Hugs, Elizabeth xx

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  12. Great take on this sketch and it's perfect with this little rooster! Precious card.
    Thanks for joining us at Seize the Birthday.
    Lynn

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  13. A brilliant take on the Sketch Di,
    you are certainly getting the hang of them. That image is stunning and coloured perfectly.
    luv
    irene
    xxxx

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  14. Gorgeous card Di and l'm loving that Rooster!! lovely sketch too x

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  15. Looks like the 'Cock of the North' has moved down South. Strutting by, with a Birthday Hi, comes to mind, no, ok, just a thought.
    Fab image and well done on turning the sketch.
    Hope you haven't caused havoc in Southampton today.
    Have a great day tomorrow.
    Bye, just now.

    Kath x

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  16. Love this card, that stamp is too cool. Hugs, amanda x

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  17. Good for you for sticking with the sketch challenge, Di. I think you did a marvelous job and the crowing cock is just perfect for a guy card!!

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  18. Really nice - we should all strut our stuff!!
    Sandy

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