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!



  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

  2. Brill Miss Di. Hugs Mrs A.

  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.

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

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

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

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

    Sarn xxx

  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 ;-)


  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!

  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

  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

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

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

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

  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

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

  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!!

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


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