Wednesday, June 24, 2015

A Manly-Man's Card


Green, Dark Orange and Pale Misty Green cardstock. New stamps-pocket watch and gears. Sentiment saying, embossing powder, dye pads, white paste and green powder.

Chocolate Baroque-Colour Challenge-Dark orange, orange, apple green, light mist green
Craft Your Passion-Always Anything Goes
Eclectic Ellapu-Purple team-Steam Punk
Glitter and Sparkle-One for the Boys
Simon Says-Anything Goes

This is for a male friend of mine who left his free spirit ways and bought a condo in Vancouver area and now has to buy furniture and other stuff to fill it. This is the man who is a tour guide on a bus taking tourists to Banff, Jasper and Lake Louise, must deal with the beautiful views, great food, great rooms and partake in horseback riding or seeing a nearby glacier. He lived in a home for a few years renting a room out for $400/mth and was on his ex-partner's travel pass for Air Canada. He could travel anywhere for $30 that Air Canada went to. In the winter, he didn't work and flew off to Thailand for the past 3 years where he swam in the ocean, saw the beautiful culture and enjoyed life. Yes, he is a bastard! Hahahaaa He is a dear friend but he is still a bastard. My poor friend is now off the Air Canada pass, bought a condo and has his new boyfriend from Thailand with him who is on a work visa. His boy toy...um I mean boyfriend is quite dependent on him and it is freaking my friend out. Since it is my dear friend's birthday I thought I would give him the gears (nyuck, nyuck) and remind him that time is ticking by:)

I enjoyed this challenge using the colours presented in Chocolate Baroque and trying to figure out what "Steam Punk"- is it a punker being steamed in a big vat-not pretty or a punker being really steamed about something and seeing his green spikey hair turn magenta pink? My friend deserves a card from the heart because this whole experience is very unnerving for him. He sees beauty everywhere so I thought this Kafka quote was great to use. I embossed it  with a powder I can't recall the name by (does that make sense? It is late and my butt is sore....ok,ok too much information). I also used the paste and this wonky ribbon with holes in it to make the dot design and just spread the green paste over it. Oh wow-my 2nd card!!!

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  1. He's going to love that card! Sounds like he's come down to earth a bit and needs lifting up again - this card will help!

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    1. He saves all my cards. He freaks out when there are major changes but he always lands on his feet.

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  2. He's going to love that card! Sounds like he's come down to earth a bit and needs lifting up again - this card will help!

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  3. always great to receive a heart made card....that's right made from the heart.....sounds better than hand made doesn't it.Its a real masculine grungy look and he will love it,love the clock faces! xxxxxxxx

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    1. I like that-heart made:) Thanks-I tried to make it a bit grungy and hope I got the steam punk right

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  4. I'm going to remember that quote on the card. Lovely and so kind of you to do that for your friend.

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    1. That is a great quote eh? I think he will love it

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  5. A fabulous, masculine card! Love the time pieces and great blend of colors! How sweet of you to think of your friend with a home made card.

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    1. Thanks so much-they stamps are new and he does love my cards

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  6. Wow, he had a fun life!
    You made a great card for him.

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    1. Oh he has a fun life full of stories. and thanks!

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  7. That's a gorgeous card, dear BB! Perhaps handsome is the better word for it. I love the masculine theme, the earth colors and the empowering quote. Nicely done, dear friend. Your friend will surely treasure this card!

    Happy Wednesday, dear friend Birgit!

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    1. Thank you! Men deserve cards too and I love that quote

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  8. LOL, love the card and the story that goes along with it!

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  9. I like the card! I do remember mentioning him before and his trip to Thailand. He does seem to lead a very interesting, fun filled life :)

    betty

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    1. He is chalk full of life and stories

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  10. He sure had tons of fun, but now time to come back to real life haha an awesome card indeed

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    1. Yes he has had quite the time these last few years and now reality.

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  11. I love the clocks and gears on the card. That's a great quote too!

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    1. Thanks-I like the gears and clocks-reminds me of travel

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  12. Another great card. It's so hard to get something decent for men in the shops that doesn't rely on them liking football / golf / cricket etc.
    Anabel's Travel Blog

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    1. You are so right and my friend is not into sports at all.

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  13. You're really talented and have the eye of an artist, for sure! I love the look of this particular card - men get the short end of the stick on cards, eh?

    Thanks, Birgit!

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    1. Men do often, I agree! Thank you so much for your kind complement.

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  14. Your friend has lived well. Lucky bastard is a worthy life goal for all of us, I think.

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    1. You are so right with that! I want to be a lucky bastard too!

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  15. Gears and pocket watches, love those. And that quote--nice. I'm betting your friend will tear up when he sees his card from you, Birgit. Lucky bastard, indeed.

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    1. He loves my cards and I hope he loves this one. Thank you so much

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  16. That's a beautiful card. I love the artistry on it!

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  17. I love the pocket watches on that card. Very nice! :)

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    1. They are nice and I thought of travel and time-they seem to go hand in hand

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  18. You're really good at making special cards. A gift like this proves you care about your friend.

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    1. That is so very sweet and Yes he is the best!

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  19. Sounds like he's gone through some major changes, but good major changes. Great card. (Steampunk has to do with steam powered devices. Take Victorian tech, pretend that it's still the way things are made, and push it to the future. Gears and steam power and such.)

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    1. OH so that is what it means...well I have some gears on this so I think it works:)

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  20. That's beautiful, just beautiful, as are you.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Oh that is a lovely thing to say:)

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  21. Wow, I'm jealous of your friend's former life! I want to travel all over for almost free. That sounds amazing.

    The card is great, too :) A sweet way to give him a dig about his age!!! ;)

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    1. It is a great way:) heheheeee Oh he has travelled and the episodes he has been in!

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  22. Awesome job! I know your friend will love it. I bet you could sell these- as Steampunk is all the rage. :)
    ~Jess

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    1. I hope he will like this and I am sure he will.

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  23. What a perfect and perfectly gorgeous card!

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  24. That's a great card! And yes, your friend is a bastard :) navigating those waters can be tricky so I wish him the best.
    Rick

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    1. Isn't he? He has lived in South Africa, travelled many places and swam in many oceans. Now he has roots which scare the hell out of him

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  25. Is there a bottle opener inside the card?

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  26. Love the card Birgit (What can I say I love aftershave!!) The color combinations are perfect and I dunno why it is a manly-man card :D because I love it so much!

    Gosh, must be such a culture shock for your friend! I wish him good times!

    By the way, today's the monthly Gratitude Circle Blog hop (linky's open for a month as usual) - just a heads up! Hugs!

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    1. Oh I think it does work for gals as well:) It is a big shock for him but he must get used to it

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  27. Great card and really love the stamps you used!

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  28. Incredibly cool card. Thanks for playing with us at Glitter`n`sparkle, Good luck :)
    DT Susanne

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  29. Happy birthday to your friend. What a great life.

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    1. He is ! and his life is wonderful

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  30. Your story reminded me of this one. Years back I worked for a man whose wife worked for Northwest Airlines and they could travel anywhere they wanted for free (as long as there were empty seats, no advanced reservations). Once a month, they used to go to the airport after he got off work Fridays and fly to another city for the weekend. He had a horrible time adjusting to the changes that came when they had a baby and she quit her job... Life brings so many changes, loss of independence (whether for a good reason or a bad reason) is a tough one. Very fitting to make him this great steampunk card.

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    1. Yes -my friend's ex partner is a steward so they could fly anywhere. My friend has no children but no matter the reason,even when change is a positive thing it can still put people in a whirlwind

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  31. Very cool card. I am going to be thinking of a few questions to send you about card making for the examiner thing, if you still want to do it.

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    1. Yes that will be very nice and so kind you wish to do this.

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  32. Beautiful and fun card! Such a great design!!

    Thank you very much for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!

    hugs...
    Melissa

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    1. Thank you so much-I had fun creating this card

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  33. This is such a lovely card! So thoughtful too! Thank you for sharing with us at Craft Your Passion! Good luck!

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  34. What a gorgeous card, Birgit. It's masculine but not too butch. For some strange reason I'm getting visions of dark chocolate with a soft gooey centre.... so yes, your friend will adore this!
    hugs Asha

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    1. That chocolate sounds heavenly:)

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  35. Hi Birgit, a fab masculine card, love the background texture, the colour is just great. Thanks for entering the Chocolate Baroque Challenge. Hope your friend loved his card, Judith xx

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