Artistic Philosophy

Reality has limits but our imagination does not, so let it run free and your creativity will flourish.

My imagination helps me create unique work as I strive to produce beautiful things and grow in capability, experience and confidence. My goal as I travel this journey of creativity, is to share my work and inspire others so that they themselves, may create something distinct and original too.

Friday, 5 October 2012

My sons birthday card

Hi all and good morning,
Thank you so much for the wonderful, kind comments that you left for me yesterday.  I was so thrilled to see you all visit after my time away.  Everytime I have had to go away for a break I come back and read your warm, thoughtful comments and I am humbled.  Bless you.

Today I am back with the first of my sons birthday cards.  I made this one from me and I will be honest I struggled so much with the design as my son has no major likes other than online gaming.  He is a real brainbox and seems to be doing well at Uni, but I couldn't really translate that onto a card, so I thought simple styling with simple colours would be the best way to go.


I apologise for the poor photos but my camera battery was about to run out when I took the pictures and I didn't have enough time to wait for it to be charged.    One thing I have just realised, I took the pictures before I put on the 21's..  I put one set of numbers above the gems (bottom, left) and the other alongside the tartan matt (top, righthand side).


As you know I love to decorated the inside of my cards to match or coordinate with the outside design and this one was no exception.  I left the Spellbinders label blank inside so I had a place to write my personal greeting.  The Happy Birthday was stamped to the inside too as I wanted 'SON' to be the main focus on the front of the card.
Both of the papers used here are free downloads, but unfortunately, I cannot find where I got them from at the moment.  I will, however,  keep looking and let you know in a future post if I find them again.  I love the soft grey stripe  paper as it is such a versatile paper and it coordianates with so much.
Well that's it for this post, I am off to design some new Christmas Decorative Pins and also some fabric flowers etc as I don't have my grandson today.  This means I can play for longer and if I design something new and pretty I will use them for the next challenge.... I'll keep you posted on that.
Whatever you are up to today I hope it is rewarding.  Take good care and have a great day.
Hugs Linda xx

25 comments:

  1. Morning Linda,

    This is actually a really masculine card and I love it. I think it is a combination of the plaid and the soft grey colour. I'm sure he loved his unique card. Strangely, I was playing around with some plaid papers yesterday too.

    Hope you have a good day. Love and hugs from Christine. xx

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    1. There are times Christine when you and I think so much alike it scare me... Lol! Thank you for the words of confirmation; my cards end up like my babies and I 'parade' them hoping you will adore them as much as me or are able to point out where I may improve or enhance. I think I can safely say we crafters are all a little like that with our 'newborn' designs aren't we? Warmest hugs Linda x

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  2. Good morning Linda,
    What a sunning card, a great man card, I love the tartan paper.
    I am sure your son was delighted with this beautiful creation
    Have a Great Day

    Patricia x

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    1. Thank you Patricia, he said they arrived intact and sounded happy so I think I didn't overdo it. Have a good day Linda x

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  3. What a great male card Linda, I always struggle with these- in fact, when I get a commission for one I actually cringe at the thought of making it, especially as is invariably the case, foptball is mentioned! Lol - but this is perfect and I am sure your son loved it, hope he had a great birthday! Carole Z X

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    1. You and I alike Carole. Why do men have to be so hard to please? Or is it a case of 'why do we women have to over think these things's?'
      Here's some food for thought: how come men will spend hours preparing and maintaining a beautiful floral garden; but cannot for one minute contemplate the idea of a flower adorned card? .....strange! I think that will remain one of lifes enigma, don't you agree? Thank you so much for your lovely comment Carole, as always it means the world to me. Linda x

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  4. Hi Linda,
    what a superb mans card. As you said love that grey stripe paper. Wonderful design too. I bet he was so pleased with it.
    You sound like your going to be very creative today, hum! can't wait to see what you are making.
    Have a wonderful crafty day.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

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    1. Thank you Jenny, he seemed to be very pleased, so I'm now a happy chicky. I am going to attempt a few more men's cards in the coming week, probably Christmas ones as I have a gorgeous LOTV stamp I want to use (boy lounging in armchair after Xmas food). But first, today, I want to play with pins, beads, flowers and lots of gluey mess!
      Have a wonderful day, thanks so much for your visit. Big Hugs Linda xx

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  5. Hello Linda. This is gorgeous. I love the stylish design and the classy colours.
    I hope you have a fun day crafting. I like the sound of the Christmas Decorative pins.

    Take care
    Hugs Sue

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    1. Thank you Sue, I have put a few pins together unglued and they look quite pretty. I'm trying to develop some new styles but I find myself doing alot of the same designs. But hey, I have a weekend to play, so let's see what I can create. Have a lovely day. Linda x

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  6. Hi Linda, Love your card - hope your son does too! Nicola x

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    1. Anthony seemed pleased and from him that to me seems high praise as he is not much of a talker at times!
      Enjoy your day. Hugs Linda x

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  7. Morning Linda - this is definitely worth the struggle! Really really nice and 'young manly' card. Enjoy yourself today - looking forward to seeing the pins ..... and the next birthday card.

    Big hugs to you Sue Pxxx

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    1. Thank you so much. Isn't it lovely when your friends give you thr thumbd up when you're a little unsure. Seems to make all the crafting grafting worthwhile. Sorry that's a mouthful isn't it! Lol!
      Hugs Linda xx

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  8. Hi Linda

    Really great masculine card-I too love working with plaids, small checks and stripes. With three grandsons in their twenties I find them very useful. Have a look at the s.e.i 6"x6" paper pad Silver Valley companion set which has a good selection.
    I'm sure your son loves the card. Looking forward to seeing your Christmas pins.

    Take Care
    Eileen x

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    1. I shall have a look for that paper pad as soon as I can get to my laptop, thank you Eileen. I don't think Ive seen that one.
      I am going to play with a few new beads I have recently been given for my Pins and also try wooden beads too. I had a little play with some the other day and the blank wooden ones take Promarkers well and also my Martha Stewart pearlescent paint, so again I'm going to have a good time getting messy. If you knew me you'd think that odd as I hate mess and dirty hands, but when it comes to crafting, messy is fine; well up to a point.. as soon as I'm finished I'm in the bathroom cleaning it off. lol! So here's to a day of glued up fingers and messiness.
      Have a great day. Thanks for stopping by. Hugs Linda x

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  9. Hi Linda, what a fabulous male card and so perfect for your son. The plaids and strips work so well together and the colours are super. A wonderful 21st birthday card and I so hope he had a great day.
    Can't wait to see your Christmas pins and fabric flowers!
    Love & hugs Christine H xx

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  10. Thank you so much Christine. You and everyone else have given me so many wonderful comments today it has given me a real boost. I can't wait to get back in the
    Craftroom to create. Thank you.
    I know you are poorly but I hope you have a good day and see some improvement in your health.
    I will take time out a little later to answer all my emails, thank you to you all for them, but for now its crafting time before my mojo takes a holiday again. Which reminds me Christine, to your question about copying my card designs, it is absolutely fine, most cardmakers feel the same. I would see it as a massive compliment, so thank you and yes, go ahead and copy any you think worthy. It's called Casing, if you didn't know and there are blogs out there dedicated to Case Challenges. Enjoy dear friend and take care of yourself. Lots love Linda xx

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  11. Hi Linda. Thought I'd pop by and check out your blog after seeing you on Jenny's blog. I'm astounded at your work and I adore this card. It is a lovely male card for a son. I did my sons card on my computer via a serif software programme as I find it very difficult making male cards but have no problems with female cards lol. Your very talented and I hope your son had a lovely birthday . Hugs sharon xxxx

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    1. Thank you so muc for your visit and kind words Sharon. It is do good of you to stop by. I have the serif Craft Artist but havent used it yet, I really must get it going. Hugs Linda x

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  12. Hi sweetie this is so gorgeous, perfect sweetie, huggles Pops x x x

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  13. A very elegant card that is still "manly"....is that a real word?
    Anyway I really like it!!

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  14. Lovely manly card Linda. I'm sure he Loved it and hope he had a great birthday!x

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  15. Love the way you gave this a masculine elegant feel

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  16. Very clever mix of patterns and tones Linda ...a good idea to remember for those hard male cards x

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