Ok...had to follow up the VERY feminine card posted below with a very masculine card! This was a sketch challenge on SplitcoastStampers. Overall, I am very pleased with how it turned out.
Both stamps are from my grab bag from The Hampton Company. I don't often carry my cards "inside" but on this one I did. I wanted the greeting to go with the image on the front but there was no room. Thus...it HAD to go inside! LOL.
Today I challenged myself to go back to the basics. That was a challenge for me! No embossing, no patterned paper, used only black ink and watermark ink, used a pin and a ruler to do my piercing (instead of my piercer and mat), and the only embellishments were a piece of hemp (from a roll from the $1 store) and 3 brads. But I am REALLY happy with how it came out. Matter of fact, I may just make up a set of these since I need to do a Christmas gift for a friend still. In the meantime...sometime in the next couple days I'll be posting the supplies I used, some tutorials of sort, and the finished card so that a beginning stamper can make the same card themselves. So keep your eye out for that.
Also, of note, today is a new release from Clear Dollar Stamps. I do admit there are a few coordinating sets I really want to purchase. (Even though I need MORE stamps like a hole in the head!). Check out THIS set called Farm Critters. I LOVE the piggy. There is a coordinating "saying" set that you can see HERE. And lastly, they have a wheel you can see HERE that also coordinates. Dang it...I wish companies would quit making cute stuff!
Hope everyone has had a great start to the New Year and that 2009 is better than 2008!