Masculine Monday: Blue

After a busy company-filled ending to last week, it was so relaxing to spend a little time in my craft room Saturday afternoon!  Amazingly, my mojo actually agreed to cooperate!

A somewhat masculine card evolved when I was playing along with this week’s photo inspiration challenge on Splitcoast Stampers’ Clean & Simple thread.

Stamps:  Paper Trey (sentiment)
Paper:  Paper Trey cardstock (kraft), SU cardstock (Pacific Point)
Ink:  SU (Elegant Eggplant), Memento (Tuxedo Black)
Accessories:  Nestabilities (heart), Spica Copic marker (black), woodgrain embossing folder, foam dots, scoring tool

I embossed the woodgrain pattern on the center panel and then lightly scored two lines to divide the panel into thirds.  I then die cut the heart out of the center of the panel.  I die cut another heart out of blue cardstock and sponged purple ink onto it to give it a little character.  I stamped the sentiment and then traced over it with a black Spica pen to add a little sparkle.  I popped up the main panel and then glued the blue heart down to the card base to fill the negative space.

This week is the beginning of swimming lessons for DS1 and DS2.  We’ll see how this goes!  DS1 is less than enthused even though he had them last year and survived.  DS2 is enthused as of now, but will see what he says after his first lesson this morning!  I never cared for swimming lessons as a girl (was even scared of the water), so feel myself dreading this, but being very careful not to show my feelings and crossing my fingers the two of them will have a positive experience!  Knowing how to swim is such an important life skill!

Have a marvelous Monday!



  • Lisa Posted Monday, 07/22/2013 11:12 am

    Cute masculine card Melissa! Fingers crossed for your boys today 😉

  • Gillian R Posted Monday, 07/22/2013 12:25 pm

    I would certainly say your mojo is working Melissa, I love this card!

  • Judy1223 Posted Monday, 07/22/2013 12:41 pm

    Wow, what a wonderful masculine card, Melissa…I love the woodgrain and the score lines!
    Good luck today, I hope swimming lessons go well…I agree, it is such an important life skills (and they will hopefully enjoy it, too)!

  • Jen W. Posted Monday, 07/22/2013 2:26 pm

    Love that rich blue heart and the woodgrain frames it perfectly!
    Hope the boys enjoy their swimming lessons. I never really liked swimming lessons – I just wanted to jump in and out of the water all day!

  • Tracey McNeely Posted Monday, 07/22/2013 7:59 pm

    The woodgrain is such a fantastic masculine backdrop for your drop dead gorgeous heart!

  • Sandy Posted Tuesday, 07/23/2013 5:52 pm

    Oh so elegant! I really do believe that less is more. Love the woodgrain embossing! This beauty could be given to anyone!!

  • Kelly Griglione Posted Sunday, 07/28/2013 4:35 pm

    LOVE this! So perfectly masculine. The sponged purple really adds to your design. My boys are in swim lessons now too … unfortunately on Friday it was 66 degrees and rainy. Luckily kids are not as uptight about things like that. They jumped right in : )

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