Tuesday, June 5, 2012

super-stashy father's day extravaganza...

...that (sigh) just totally looks like an ordinary card. because somehow, the ones you spend the longest on, and sort of fall in love with, always do, don't they? or is that just me?? 

in any case, i'm still excited about this card, and even more excited that this week's challenge (#54) at shopping our stash is ALL ABOUT father's day, so we want to see your best masculine color schemes, your coolest "guy card" ideas, and your manliest papercraftin' manifestations! here's mine:

(patterned paper: my mind's eye, 7 gypsies, cosmo cricket; decorative tape: tim holtz; acrylic brackets and clocks: heidi swapp; rub-ons: basic grey, making memories, 7 gypsies; inks: ranger, colorbox; adhesives: tombow monorunner, sewing machine)

ok, so, as i said, this thing doesn't LOOK all that impressive-- probably because i could've whipped up something similar using pre-made digi-frames and brushes in a few minutes. but in fact this time i went super-stashy and super-OLD-SKOOL: every single flourish, all the distressing, even the gazzillion layers around the edge were put on one at a time by me using a wholllllllllle lotta old white rub-ons, loads of tissue tape, a million inks, more rub-ons (in black this time), some ancient heidi swapp ghost shape clocks and then finally some serious sewing-machine enhancement of "father" and all the edges of the main panel. 


don't get me wrong, apart from the fact that jeff's dad is one of my favorite humans on the planet... (and also the living embodiment of the quote i used!) ...just from a creative standpoint, making this totally fun and completely satisfying. i just wish it didn't still LOOK LIKE i whipped it up in a few minutes using pre-made digi-frames and some brushes. sigh... :) :) :)

i hope you'll jump over to SOS this week and link up your own super-stashy, mega-manly creation; but at least go check out the DT cards because they are ♥AWESOME♥ and guaranteed to inspire!!!


  1. Oh but it does look impressive...more than that, it looks fabulous!

    But I totally kwym. The non-cardmaking crowd out there just wouldn't understand the work that went into it, and how oftentimes the cards that look simpler and/or less flashy are the ones that took the longest.

    But I get it. And your efforts are duly noted. ;-)

  2. Oh this is just fabulous!!! Love the look and the saying!

  3. What a FABULOUS masculine card! LOVE the sentiment!

  4. It doesn't look ordinary at all to me - it fabulous!!
    So much time you must have spent on this and it paid off because it's just wonderful!! LOVE IT!

  5. If your Father-in-law is as you describe he will love it! xox

  6. A whole lotta love went into this fabulous card! Time and supplies well spent!

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  8. Keyboarding in the dark = start over. Thanks for inviting us into the complexity and creative processes that define Lauren's art. Absolutely am gaga over your beautiful father's day card. Hugs, Kathy

  9. One fabulous card Miss Lauren ... gorgeous colours

  10. Beautiful work; I especially love your Father's Day card!!!

  11. I hate that the ones you work hardest on look like they took the least amount of time!
    On the other hand, I think this rocks (being especially man friendly) and gives me great ideas! Cause even if I was to do it on the computer it would take me DAYS. :)


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