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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

21st Birthday Wishes to my son....a little early ; ) MMSC54

If you hadn't noticed, I have not been keeping up very well with my crafting lately, but I really wanted to make a card for my son's 21st birthday this year...which isn't until June, but I wanted to be ready, since everything else is taking a back seat.  I didn't want to find myself at birthday week and no card.  I can't believe my little boy is a man now!!  So, as most of you know and even share with me the difficult task of finding a suitable image for a masculine card....I remembered that I had this Thomas Kinkade stamp from the kind folks at Cornish Heritage Farms, and I thought it would work nicely for what I had in mind.  I will tell you though that I had quite a time getting a good image with this, and I don't know if it is just me, or the ink I am using or the color or what, but I could not get the detail in this image that I was hoping for.  It was a very dark, line-blended image that was hard to color as a result.   If anyone has any tips that they would be willing to share with me for stamping images like this, I am all ears.  Please tell me!  I have tried black memento ink, staz on ink, and even lighter colored inks, and still not satisfied : (

On a more positive note, I was pretty pleased with how this came out in the end, and I think that it passes just fine for a masculine card.  However, I think that any woman would love a card like this too.  I know that I just adore all of the Thomas Kinkade artwork.

I have missed my friends/family over at the Midnight Madness site, so I am entering this card into the MM challenge this week, and I really look forward to hearing from my old DT sisters over there.  They are having a huge anniversary celebration over there, and this week, they are having a barbeque and want us to share a favorite of ours about barbeques.  I have LOTS of favorites, but since I am lacking pictures, I will share that my favorite place to barbeque is at the lake.  We used to do this all the time when I was little, and those are memories that have stayed with me throughout my life.  I think that will always be a favorite barbeque place for me.  I have to say though, that even without having a picture, my favorite dish for a barbeque is potatoe salad.  Wish I didn't love it so, but I do!  You should drop by the MM blog and see all the great recipes that the girls have shared over there and then join in on the fun.
 I flipped the sketch and took a few liberties with it to make it fit my needs, but I think it is still a nice flair to the sketch.  I hope my friends over there agree. 




















Thanks for sharing some time with me today, and drop me a line if you have a moment.  I would love to hear your comments on my card.  I could use the reassurance that this card is masculine enough for a 21 year old ...man...
Have a beautiful and blessed day!


Challenges for this card in addition to the Midnight Madness include:

Allsorts: Birthday
Cards for men: Outdoors
Crafty Calendar: Great outdoors
Crafty Creations: Around the world
Cute Card Thursday: someone special
Fab n Funky: metal mania..I used eyelets
OCC: masculine birthday
Practical Scrapper: Patterned paper
Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge: Metal..I used eyelets
Simple Doodles: On my mind
Stamp, Scrap & Doodle: Masculine
Stamptacular Sunday: Love a tree
Stampin' for the Weekend: Masculine
Sweet Stampin': Get personal
The Crazy Challenge: Something new
Totally Stampalicious: Photo corners..hope my vintage corner dies count..
Stampin' Royalty: Family
Whoopsi Daisy: As you like it
Crafty Ann's: Anything goes

Hugs,

55 comments:

Shelley said...

Your card is gorgeous! I didn't know Thomas Kincaid had stamps, I will definitely have to check that out! I'm sure your son will love it. Thanks for posting it.

craftyb said...

Fabulous image...love how you've coloured it...the vintasgey feel is perfect with the castle scene...and inside is finished beautifully! Thank you for sharing with us at Crafty Creations! bx

Paula said...

Wow, just wow...don't even know where to begin...so I'll just say this is a "WOW!" card! I'm so glad you could join us this week for our Lovely As A Tree Challenge at the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge Blog.
Pleasantly,
Paula

Annette said...

OMGoodness! Absolutely stunning! This is truly a piece of art & I love, love, loveit! Thanks for joining us at SSC this week. Hope you'll join us again next week!

Denise @ kc242 said...

Carolyn, what a beautiful card! I am sure that your son will Love it! I do! Thanks so much for joining our BBQ party this week!
Denise
MMDT

Edith said...

What a pretty card Carolyn! Image, colors and embellishments are perfect. I love the poem too. I am sure your son will love it!

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

Wow, Carolyn, I don't even know where to begin, but first I have to pick my jaw up off the floor and stop drooling. This is so totally my kind of card. Everything about it is simply perfect from the colors to the embellishments to the beautiful inside. I'm sure you ROCKED every single challenge you entered. So happy to see you sharing your beautiful creation with Our Creative Corner this week!

Hugs,
Linda

Gunn (MsPlum) said...

Hi Carolyn!

I don't think you should worry about this card. It looks amazings andI don't see any reason for it not to be perfect for a 21 year old boy! WHat can be more masculine than a mideval castle?

I am very happy that you came to play with us this week!

Mvh
Gunn
MMSC GDT

LuLu said...

Fab card and great sentiment. Loving those metal embeelishments too! Many thanks for joining in with Fab'n'Funky challenges this week andI'm sure your son will love his card too!

Lou
x

Angela McKay, Stampin' Up Demonstrator, #1 Rising Star Canada 2008/2009 said...

Wow Carolyn... this card is definitely a labor of love! It is absolutely STUNNING! Thanks so much for playing with us at Stampin' Royalty! I can't wait to see more of your work!

Loz said...

Absolutely stunning in every detail Carolyn. This would be perfect for a man or woman. Have missed your beautiful creations at MM..Hugs..Loz

Kim said...

OMG, this is such a masterpiece! It is certainly stunning and your son will cherish this for a very long time! Thanks for linking up to Practical Scrappers again this week!
Blessings,
Kim xXx

kariluis said...

Oh Carolyn, i have no words.. it is sunning, gorgeous, perfect!!!
Thanks for sharing it with us at the Crazy Challenge.
Hugs
Kari

Sabriena Satchwell An Independent Stampin' Up!® Demonstrator said...

WOW what an amazing card! Thanks for playing with us at Stampin' Royalty.

Faye said...

Carolyn! You're not happy with it?! Are you insane?! It is stunning! Thank you so much for sharing it with us at Sweet Stampin. x

Beryl said...

A beautiful image on a lovely card. The inside is wonderful. I'm sure your son will love it.
Thank you for sharing it with us at Crafty Ann's.
Beryl xx

Carolyn said...

Thank you, Faye! I was pleased with the end result. I was just not happy with how the image stamped. lol...can't seem to find the right stamping method I guess.
I so appreciate all the kind messages that you are leaving me, my friends. It warms my heart. Thank you!! Hugs..

Ann Whitfield said...

Absolutely wonderful Carolyn! It would be treasured by anyone - thank you for sharing it with us at Crafty Ann's
Ann x

pinky said...

Absolutely gorgeous, I love this! Thanks for sharing at WhoopsiDaisy this month.
Pinky

Donnas Den said...

Wonderful card, Carolyn. Thanks for joining us over at Cards for Men and good luck with the challenge.

Donna xx

Carol said...

Carolyn congratulations to your son for turning 21. You have created a very magnificent birthday card for this very special year of celebration. It is certainly one of those spectacular keepsakes special enough for this important birthday. I think your image looks outstanding. Your coloring of this image is phenomenal. Your story about barbecuing at the lake brought back some childhood memories of my own. My family on Sunday's would get to the lake at 6 a.m. in the morning to get their favorite spot and save it for when all there friends arrived. My mother would fry bacon and eggs on the grill. I thought that it was the best smell on earth!!! lol Great job with the sketch this week. Thanks for playing along with the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge. Miss you girl and hope all is well with you! Take care.

Bear Hugs,
Carol :o}

mustangsarah said...

Gorgeous , gorgeous.
Thanks ofr sharing.
Thanks for playing along with us on SSC.

mustangsarah said...

Gorgeous , gorgeous.
Thanks ofr sharing.
Thanks for playing along with us on SSC.

Abby's Garden said...

Wow, Wow, Wow is all I can say! This is one of your most beautiful cards ever and definitely fitting for your son...he will love it for sure!

Georgia said...

Beautiful! Thanks for playing at the CCC.

CraftyGirl said...

This card is stunning!! I love the way you tucked the tag inside the card!! Fabulous work!! Thanks for sharing it with us at Practical Scrappers!!
Barb :)

Graphicat said...

This is stunning. I have had a tough time inking up the Thomas Kinkade stamps as well.. such fine detail! but you've done wonderfully here! I find them so daunting! I think your son will love it! It's gorgeous! (in a very masculine way....should say handsome I suppose) :o)

Thanks for joining us at Stamptacular this week!
Cheers Cheri

Graphicat said...

This is stunning. I have had a tough time inking up the Thomas Kinkade stamps as well.. such fine detail! but you've done wonderfully here! I find them so daunting! I think your son will love it! It's gorgeous! (in a very masculine way....should say handsome I suppose) :o)

Thanks for joining us at Stamptacular this week!
Cheers Cheri

Virgo5 said...

WOW!!!! This is amazing! incredible detail, Love it!

Sandra Farrell said...

Adorable card. Exquisite work - I love it. Thanks for playing with us at Stampin' Royalty.

hayward69 said...

Absolutely amazing creation. I love the time spent on colouring the image.

Thanks for joining in with us on Sweet Stampin Challenge Blog.

Jayne xx

Lovely Linda said...

Hi Carolyn, it is so-o-o-o good to see you - we are missing you too girlfriend and I just have to give you this BIG {{{HUG}}} before anything else!! This is just divine - I am sure you son will love it!! Your colouring is amazing - I am yet to tackle thqt image, but you have inspired me with this gorgeous card! You know I love all of the details and you are so good at them - this is truly beautiful inside and out!! I am glad you make it to the BBQ - I will share my Potato Bake with you - it will make you forget all about Potato Salad!! LOL! {{{hugs}} Thanks for playing along with us this week and joining in the fun - we have more instore for you next week - would love to see you then! {{{hugs}}}
Linda MMSC Design Team

Joycelyn Turner said...

What an absolutely stunning creation...inside AND out!!!! GORGEOUS!!!!!!

Jeni C Slack (^0^) said...

Carolyn! So good to see you :) Your son will be so excited to see this Truly Beautiful card inside and out! I hope you guys have a wonderful celebration Gorgeously done! xox ~Jeni

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Wow lucky you found that image right
Carolyn!!?Wow I love those colors,your amazing coloring,and that
touch of shimmer and sparkle!!

Carolyn said...

What a lovely card. I love the castle. Happy birthday to your son. Great job on the coloring. Thanks for joining in at SSC.
Hugs xx
Carolyn

shellshearer said...

WOW!!! what more can I say....its just stunning hun!!

Thanks for joining us over at 'The Crazy'
hugs shell xx

Tineke said...

Wow, this is just stunning. Just love it! Thank you for sharing it with us at SSDS this week.

Sprytebyrd said...

Wow, wow wow! This is just a stunner! It's absolutely beautiful!
Thanks so much for joining us this week at Stamptacular Sunday! ♥ Good luck on the challenge!
Dee (Spryte)

Jane, at Thepaperaffair said...

Oh, what a nice card for your son's 21st birthday. I am sure he will be touched that his mom pulled out all the stops on this card just for him. I think the coloring is fabulous, don't notice the image issue you were referring. Hope to still 'see' your cards here or I will get some withdrawals. Hugs, Jane

Jane, at Thepaperaffair said...

Oh, what a nice card for your son's 21st birthday. I am sure he will be touched that his mom pulled out all the stops on this card just for him. I think the coloring is fabulous, don't notice the image issue you were referring. Hope to still 'see' your cards here or I will get some withdrawals. Hugs, Jane

Priscilla said...

GORGEOUS!!! Your creation adds so much to the unique quality of the variety of talent that graces the blog posts over at the Midnight Madness challenges. Thank you for being a part of these challenges and for helping celebrate out one year anniversary. If you have not done so already, be sure to post a comment for our BBQ comment challenge this week. Next week will be an exciting player participation awards week. You do not want to miss out on that. As always thanks for playing the Midnight Madness sketch challenge.
Priscilla
MMSC Hostess

scrappingnomad said...

So much work, and love, and dedication has gone into this card. Great present! Thanks for playing along at Practical Scrappers!

Rose said...

WOW WOW WOW!!! this is one fantastic card girl. at first glance i thought it was a painting in a frame!!
i think it is perfect for a 21 year old male :) he is sure to treasure this for many years to come.
thanks so much for joining us on Simple Doodles.

Shelly said...

Wonderful card! It's obvious you put a lot of love into it and I'm sure your son will enjoy the card. Thank you for sharing :o)

Mummylade said...

Absolutely stunning. Thank you for joining the SFTW and Allsorts challenges this time and good luck.

Mary said...

Wow beautiful card.

Nancy said...

WOW Carolyn:O) This is STUNNING!!!! Fabulous job!
Thank you for joining us at Stampin' for the Weekend, good luck!
Nancy;O)

Patricia St Martin said...

Wonderful stanps... Stunning!! Thanks for joining us at Cards for Men. Good luck on the challenge.

mommy2lou said...

I DEFINATELY think your son will love this card! This is quit a piece of workmanship :)

Thank you for joining our "Lovely as a Tree" challenge at Stamptacular Sunday Challenge.

Nana said...

Wonderful piece of art! Amazing.
Thank you for playing along with us at "Crazy challenge"!
hugs Nana

Chelsea said...

Hi Carolyn, your work is always so beautiful and full of details. Its absolutely beautiful. Thanks for joining us this week at Sweet Stampin Challenge Blog.

~Sweet Stampin Guest DT Chelsea~

Jessica G. said...

Gorgeous card -- your coloring of this impressive image is stunning! Wonderful idea to include a poem in this elegant card.

Happy birthday to your son!!

Lil Sis said...

oh wow this is fabulous I love Denis kincaid and your colouring is superb.
The inside is just as great.
Thanks for joining us at Whoopsi Daisy.

Hugs Beccy x

Rleen said...

WOW! Gorgeous card! I love it!
Thanks for joining us at Whoopsi Daisy. Hope to see you again next month challenge.
Hugs,
Rleen