Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Of Twine, String and Metal Parts

Hi everybody .. welcome to my blog.  So lovely to have you here for a visit.

Goodness, isn't this year flying past in a hurry??  Can't believe it's May already.  Might have to seriously start thinking about Christmas cards.  Nahhh!!!  Got plenty of time yet .. haven't I???
As you can see, I'm back with another man card.  I've been asked why I make so many but, as  I have more male rellies and friends than female, I really have no choice.  Besides, I quite enjoy making them .. just as well I suppose.  

This card was made with a mix of Prima and Kaisercraft papers.

I have used the tied down tag element again on this one.  I really like this idea (pretty sure you would have guessed that by now .. LOL!!) and there are quite a number of different ways to use it.
The base for this card is a standard 3.5" x 6" but when you add the rectangular shape on the front it becomes 4" x 6".

I wanted a bit of extra grunge/texture so I added the burlap ribbon and stapled on the bits of twine.  They were a last minute addition so I had to lift the paper off to get the stapler in underneath.  Luckily it worked out alright.

The larger metal piece has been in my stash for years so, no idea where I got it from.  The smaller trinket was purchased at a Craft Show here in Adelaide.
I added a little glass glitter which didn't work out too well.  I really didn't like the way it looked (should have stuck with my prills!) so I dulled it down with some acrylic paint.  Not sure that I like it any better but now I'm stuck with it.

Stamped the inside with a 49 and Market stitch stamp and added a little sentiment at the bottom.  I so love that stamp and have been itching to use it somewhere .. looks good I reckon!  Almost as good as the real thing!!  (Actually, way better.  I didn't have to drag out the sewing machine!  LOL!)

I rarely put greetings on the fronts of my cards .. not sure why really .. although sometimes  I just can't find the right place to put them.   I do always add a personal message on a journal tag on the inside so, I guess, I don't really need anything on the front.

A fairly simple card to make and another male rellie taken care of.

Enjoy the rest of your day and thank you so much for stopping by and taking a look.  I really appreciate your visit.

Take care and God Bless.


  1. Oh Marg, you always are so clever at putting all these many layers together and they always come out looking just great!! Love this one with all those tactile elements, whoever gets it is one lucky guy!!

  2. It doesn't look all that simple to me, but it certainly looks stunning. The muted colours work so well with the string and burlap. The metal elements always look great on a blokes card and I like the effect of the of the glass glitter and paint - adds to the Grungy look. Thanks for the inspiration.

  3. Hi Marg, yes this year is flying... already 3 days into may... and perhaps we all should start on our chrissy cards???!!! This card looks wonderful.. love the layers, love the blokey feel and love the bigger sized twine and staples.. and that stitching stamp looks wonderful.. I would use that as it looks so real!! Well a couple more days and then it is the weekend... I hope they are good days for you!!

  4. Oh, this is so amazing!! You make the most fabulous masculine cards!! I struggle with them!! The texture and the layers are fabulous!! I just want to reach out and touch!! Spectacular, my friend!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  5. Oh so gorgeous, inside and out. You totally rock these masculine cards!! Love your layered details!! ~ Blessings, Tracey

  6. Fantastic Margaret! I always find such inspiration in your masculine cards, nobody creates such wonderful masculine cards with a shabby touch like you do!! This is just wonderful!! The tag with the twine is one of my favourite design elements and I also really love the continuity with the twine pieces attached with staples that you have included this time! Fabulous colours and paper patterns, the rich tones are perfect for a guy!! Another incredible male card for my favourites folder!! Well done!!

    Sorry I've been missing for so long, quite the spring so far! I hope you are having a wonderful spring time (or is it autumn where you are?), thinking of you and sending hugs :)

  7. Aother one of your beautiful masculin cards Margaret. It has a lovley grungy look with all the lovely details. I like the staples and twine idea and the glass beads looks great, they look like a sort of tar and go perfect with the rest. Marlies

  8. Oh, for cryin' out loud! Margaret, you are a master at any style, and this masculine card is just an amazing design! I think any time I'm stuck, I need to just visit your've got it all covered! Hugs!

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