Birthday Boy

Is it just me or do all children have the tendency to serve school notices just 5 mins before school bus ??!!  so frustrating at that rush hour of the morning, the notice comes screaming like a siren !!

 Last night I set out to make a birthday card for Mr M, Eman’s class teacher. He is new to Dubai and hails from Ireland. That is just about when I realized I dont have many male oriented birthday cards.  So naturally I had a “valid excuse” for being cooped up for a  good hour and a half in the studio !

I dont know if it happens with most of you, but sometimes, I am so charged up that I can actually dole out  half a dozen  good cards in a night and sometimes, I spend the first 25 -30 minutes just looking frustratedly at the pile of papers or stamps or tools or all of it ! Sometimes there are so many wild and creative ideas bubbling up in my mind, that it  leaves me with none in hand ! Ever happened to you ?  So overwhelming.  I suppose its a ” Crafters Block ” if you may.

Last night was no different, I really had so much up my mind that I couldnt find the right direction.  Eventually though I did manage the card.

Well, except for the lacey border on the eggplant colored paper, I think this card feels right for the men folks. In any case, lets just hold the “thought that counts ” theory and be happy.

The mustardish paper with the black and pink dots is a first time for me and I really can begin to tell you how easy that print is to decorate. Some polka dots are difficult to arrange the other elements on.  Not this one.  This one was so sober. Everything just geled well with it.

Ceramic rusty leaves, cute beige buttons, a tag, a rubber stamped cupcake, and a digital image birthday sentiment. Alittle of paper layering and voila. The recipe is complete ! Enjoy.

Unfortunetly there arent any specific color challenges that this card qualifies. I dont wish to add this card again this week, for the button or lace challenges either. So here are the challenges that this card will enter :

The sketch is from Mojo Monday.

sketch :

However there are quite a few other interesting  challenges which I will enter this card for :

Anything Goes :

Anything goes (with a tip) :

Go dotty :

Warm and toasty :

Something new and old : old.html   ~ the polka dot paper, the buttons, the ribbon,  the digi stamp of the sentiment and the cake are new while the leaves, and the other papers are old.

Ring out the old in new :  ~ the polka dot paper, the buttons, the ribbon,  the digi stamp of the sentiment and the cake are new while the leaves, and the other papers are old.

something new :

Something new :

Something new :

celebrations :

happy birthday :

Happy Birthday :

And here is my card :


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  1. Very nice masculine card indeed! Wow! You had a lot of new goodies on this one…good for you. No, I’ve never been able in my life to make a half dozen cards in one night. LOL Just doesn’t happen with me.

    So glad you joined the Stampin B’s old/new challenge this week.

  2. Gorgeous card – the elements work so well together – love it!

    Thanks for joining us in our ‘Anything Goes’ challenge this week over at Top Tip Tuesday 🙂

    Carol x

  3. Wow! This is a phenomenal masculine card! I enjoyed your blog post… The frustrated staring happens to me too! I call it “Stamper’s Block”! lol But I see you overcame your obstacle because the result is stunning! Great job with the mojo monday sketch too! 🙂

  4. Hiya, this is a really nice project! Thanks for joining us at The Crafty Pad this week,good luck and hope to see you again next week.
    Maria x

  5. This is adorable…I am sure his teacher will love it. I too have “Creative Blocks” sometimes 🙂 Thanks for joining us at The Creative Cowgirls first challenge in 2011. Hope to see you next week too.

  6. I’m sooo with you on this one. Sometimes, the ideas fly out and sometimes, it takes forever to get over the fluster =) (Maybe that’s just because my room’s a mess!) Awesome use of the Mojo sketch. Thanks for joining in the Sisterhood of Crafters challenge this week!

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