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Monday, 14 January 2013

Feeling Blue?

I've made a couple of cards in the last few years using this shirt stamp by Creative Expressions.
Each time I try to use it a bit differently.
This time I decided to use some Recollections Fashionably Chic papers and a snazzy polka dot tie.   I had to sew the knot for the tie (which isn't easy for me because I'm actually allergic to needles and thread!). The placket and shirt collar are popped up for a little added dimension and I added pearls for buttons.
It's a pull out tag with a greeting on the reverse and I wanted to insert it into something else.  A smart shirt and tie like this really needs a a good pair of trousers with a belt, don't you think?  This is the inside of the card.
The buckle is cut with a Sizzix die and I just added an extra hand cut "prong" and some eyelets.  I found my missing 25 containers with my eyelets while I was tidying up.  They had been 'lost' in my Craft Croft for most of last year!  I couldn't really add the trousers but I thought a nice suit jacket would work well.
And a guy always looks at his best with shiny buttons and a little handkerchief in his breast pocket.
I embossed the jacket fabric with a Cuttlebug Houndstooth folder and I think it worked really well.  I didn't have a template for the jacket - it was a trial and error kind of thing but I'm very pleased with the result.

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
Loves Rubber Stamps and Make My Monday - both want Dies or Punches (my buckle)
Cute Card Thursday - Beat the Blues; and 
Totally Gorjuss - where the challenge is Spotty


Jane said...

Oh wow Leslie this is absolutely fantastic, you are so creative.

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

These are all so fabulous, love them! Thanks for playing with us over at Loves Rubberstamps!!!

Faye said...

Tis looks fantastic Lesley and so realistic. I love the pearl details. The embossed jacket is great and my fav bit is the tie. And you learn something new every day... Allergic to needle and thread. I might try that one to get out of repairing my clothes and getting new. I ripped the sleeve on my winter coat the other day. Now, to make VUH think it's his idea I'm allergic...

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh Lesley!! This is sooo clever girl!! LOVE how you've fashioned the ribbon for the tie!! Thanks for sharing! HUGS :)

Vicky said...

WOW.....WOW......WOW how totally fantastic & awesome is this. I remember making something similar to this when I was on Crafty Emma's DT but my goodness it looked no where near as fabulous as this. I love the belt & the lush spotty tie.

Lotsa hugs Vicky xxx

Mynn xx said...

LOL, this is great!!! LOVE it--what a fabulous idea for a Father's Day card! Thanks so much for joining us at MMM and hope you join us again SOON! :)

Ceal said...

ooh how cute!!!
Thanks for sharing with us this week at Loves Rubberstamps! hope to see you again soon!

Tracy said...

Now this is really fun Lesley. Love each and every piece you put together. This is the ultimate guy project. :-)

debby4000 said...

Oh this is absolutely brilliant especially love the tie and jacket.

Heather said...

A stunning card Lesley, such a fabulous design and a brilliant choice of colours......tour tie is brilliant!!!

Heather xx

Annie said...

what a fabulously smart set you have created!
hugs, annie x

Doreen said...

this is amazing Lesley. Fab idea. Love it
and many thanks for your lovely comments
Doreen xx

Céline said...

fab Lesley! love the ribbon tie !

Jules said...

Hi Lesley

Very snazzy!!! Love all the layers and textures. I'm not surprised you are pleased with it .. .. I would have been too.

I have this stamp and like you hate using it "just as it is" LOL!!!

I have been without my internet for a week so am on a huge blog catch up now.

Hope all is good with you.

Love Jules xx

Turtle In The Sand said...

WOWSERS - Gotta have this card! It is great.

Laura Love said...

This is so cool! What a perfect masculine card! Love the embossed jacket! Thank you so much for playing along at Loves Rubberstamps!

coops said...

oh this is brilliant lesley.a really fantastic design :D

xx coops xx

Crafteezee said...

Hello Mrs Creative, this is fabulous. I still keep thinking about your Hubby's card, the one with the keyboard, in fact whilst I'm here I'm going back for a peek, lol.
Hugs Tracy x

Shelby said...

Wowzer girl these are awesome! Love how you've done the tie and the texture of the suit in the second one is ingenious!!!


Ribbon Girl said...

Marvellous cards Lesley - love the embossing - looks fab! Mary G x

Julie said...

This is awesome Lesley - so much creativity and thought has gone into it! Why am I not surprised!! Fingers crossed for Saturday! Hugs, Juliexx

Anonymous said...

Love the shape, fabulous idea
Hugs Julie P

Jacqueline said...

This is brilliant and very clever - thanks for joining in this week at MMM

Janiel/ janny said...

You are so creative!!! Love this!! Very very cute girlie!!

Bella´s Bastelecke said...

Sweet card! I like the background.

love these images :) Amazing card!

Hugs Judith

Mrs A. said...

I nearly missed this little master piece. Brilliant job. That jacket is the bees knees.
P.s. The Alpha challenge deliberately didn't start at the beginning of the alphabet so that we couldn't get ahead of ourselves. This weeks letter is C.
Hugs Mrs A.