Monday, April 25, 2011

Papertrey Ink April Blog Hop Challenge

I know, yesterday I said I would have something for you tomorrow but while blog surfing this morning, quite a few of you had blog posts for Papertrey Ink's April Blog Hop which I had totally forgotten about. I had planned a nice nap for myself but I just had to make something because I've always wanted to participate and it gives me the opportunity to use some stamps that don't often see ink.

The challenge is to make a masculine card so I used Masculine Motifs and Background Basics: Retro, as well as Side One of both the Sunshine and Linen & Canvas impression plates on the card base and koi fish, respectively. I always forget that black and blue is a fashionable combination so that's what I did here to keep the background colours a little darker and more masculine. For an embellishment, I knotted together two strands of Charcoal baker's twine from The Twinery which ties in nicely with the black sentiment.

Okay, and now, for sure, I will see you tomorrow for a very special blog hop with prizes! ;)

Sources: Gina K Designs pure luxury kraft & 120lb pure luxury white cardstock; Papertrey Ink Masculine Motifs & Background Basics: Retro; SU Brilliant Blue ink; Vivid! Red & ButterScotch inks; Memories Black ink; Papertrey Ink Sunshine & Linen & Canvas Impression Plates; QuicKutz Epic Six; The Twinery Charcoal baker's twine; Stampin' Dimensionals

50 comments:

Angela said...

Ooh, Em, I love your textured and colorful fish against your very manly and muted background -- and now I want that set, dang it!

Jen W. said...

Fabulous! Such a great grandad card! I love the pop of colour the fish gives. That sunshine IP has been on my wish list for a while and now the retro background is on there too! :)

mustavcoffee said...

OOh great card Emily, love that pop of gold/red for the Koi against the masculine background, love it:0) xxx

Cristina said...

Woah, we are totally on the same wavelength today - both of us forgetting about the hop, both of us using BB: Retro, both of use using Masculine Motifs. You're my crafting soulmate! Hee. BEATUIFUL card! That knotted twine is so smart.

Leigh said...

What a great card! I love that background with the impression plate (I ordered that in my April order and am hoping it arrives this week!) and that fish is great!

Kara said...

ooo..great card!! love it!

BabyBokChoy said...

Your use of twine rules supreme!! This is such an elegant card and full of masculine grace :)

Jen Carter said...

This is great!! I love how you knotted the twine! The background is so fun with the fish too! Great masculine card!

Wendy ten Hove said...

This fish is perfect for a card like this and love the colors of the fish! I just received that impression plate, as well as the Background Basics, retro, what a coincidence!! Can't wait to play with it, but still sooo many plans for cards, ha ha! I was just two behind you in putting my link there with Papertrey, fun!! Love your card!!
Hugs, Wendy

Keva said...

Ooh...this is really cute! I love the addition of the fish.

Emily Keaton said...

This is beautiful, Emily!! What a great masculine card. :)

Jocelyn said...

Wicked cool card, Emily! I love that fish and the knotted twine is super!! Every time I see your cards it makes me want to buy the stamps-LOL!

Susie said...

Beautiful design.

Crafty Math Chick said...

Lovely card Emily - Simple is style, but rich in beauty. Love the fish over that design.

good_day1214 said...

Masc Motifs is one of my faves and I never would have thought to pair it with Retro BG. Great card!

Jay Gee said...

Stunning Emily, as always... love the knotted twine :)

Judith A. Novak said...

Absolutely perfect!

lynn said...

oh, emily, this is really awesome! love the whole design!

Dana said...

Oh wow, what an awesome card for the challenge! Masculine with an elegant touch.

Lynn said...

Love you'd take on the challenge...the twine and the sentiment are my favorite bits!

Karen B. said...

Utterly awesome combination of the stamp sets!

Suzanne said...

Emily, I love absolutely everything about this card. It's just perfect - the colors, that fish, the twine...

Cassandra said...

So beautifully simple, a pleasure for anyone to receive.

Julie Hoffman said...

This is Awesome! Love that fish and twine! Great bright colors too! Love this!!

Lindsey said...

I really like how the knotted twine echoes that retro background! This is an altogether awesome card.

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

This is great, love the background and the knotted twine. Glad we could all motivate you to get inky.

Julie E said...

:>) I was tempted too, but the thought of sleep and everything else that I needed to get done tonight took over!!!
Great color combo and all the texture is so good - never thought to add texture to an image like that!!!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

OH MY! I just love that fish with the tied twine! SO beautiful--and perfect for just about anyone! You are super amazing, Emily!! LOVE LOVE LOVE your style and visiting here! INSPIRED:)

Anne said...

What an awesome card! You always amaze me:) Great idea to use those lines and the koi on top. Great colors on the fish!!

Brenda said...

Superb masculine card Emily! Love all the textures and great colours!

Mindy said...

Beautiful! Love the clean lines :-)

Tracey McNeely said...

Really great card. Great colours.

Scrapcollectr said...

Love the combo of images.... Perfect setting for that great fish!
*smile*

Sylvia said...

Emily, this is a beautiful and creative, birthday card. Men's cards present a challenge don't you think? Great job. Have a wonderful week.

Jennifer said...

LOVE the look of this!! Great card!! (=

Inkyfingers said...

I love these clean design and the colours are just perfect.
Hugs
Carol x

Chris Simon said...

Great card! I love the two-color koi fish, and the BG Basics: Retro makes fabulous "bubbles".

Rachel B said...

Love the colors and the background stamp is so cool. What grandfather wouldn't love such a personalized card!

Karin said...

I haven't done a PTI blog hop in forever...Awesome CAS guy card! I have that Retro set too...Thanks for the reminder ;)

Vicky Hayes said...

A great masculine card. The blue and the black work perfectly together and I love the background you made.

Amber said...

That fish is a beautiful touch...love it! Simple and colorful - just my style:-) Have a great day.

Btrflywmn said...

great card, thanks for sharing

Janna Werner said...

Uh, quite a lot of hopping here lol... love this card, dont think I have ever seen anything similar! Gorgeous :-) Janna

jen said...

wow. this is absoulutely beautiful & masculine at the same time!! :)

Diane said...

A beautiful card...love the colors...and a great fish image...neat idea to knot the Twinery, too!

Ohhh Snap said...

Love this card! It's just so elegant. TFS!

Sandy Ang said...

Admire how clever you are about the little details. and of course your impectable sense of style.

Superj said...

This is a great masculine card!

kasia c. said...

What an awesome card Emily! I love that retro background and the colour combo is just delicious! I love blue & orange. I also love your embossed background so subtle yet stunning. :)

Sunghee said...

Of course. Only you can create such an awesome card. So simple, but beautiful. I don't know how you do it!