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Monday, 13 June 2011

Two Father's Day cards

Hi all!  Here are my dad's and my FIL's Father Days cards and I need your advice please!  For my FIL's (Bill) card, I used a very old stamp from Magnolia' Lazy Summer Days collection called' Ocean Background scene'...

 


I love the sentiment inside the card, it says "wishing you calm winds, gentle waters, and smooth sailing" - it's by Paper Makeup from the Sailing By set (from Quixotic Paperie here).  My in-laws live in a village called Wargrave near Henley, in the UK and Bill has a gorgeous boat - their house backs onto The Thames and he has a lovely time sailing up and down it!  I know he would love to take it out to sea one day, hence my card!

For my dad, I made him a more cosy card - he loves animals and the birds in his garden!  I used Mo Manning's pile of pets called 'coexist' - sweet, huh?!!

 


Now I need some advice!  I'm not great at grown up men cards - never know how much to embellish or not!!  Are these cards too plain?  Shall I add anything?!!  Your advice warmly welcomed before I pop them in the post on Wednesday!  Thank you!



I am entering the first card into the following challenges:
My second card into these challenges:
And entering both into the following challenges:
 PHEW!!!
 

Sailing card
Paper/cardstock: Bazzill cardstock, can't remember what the polka dot paper is!
Stamps: Magnolia' Lazy Summer Days collection called' Ocean Background scene', CC Designs sentiment, Paper Makeup sailing sentiment inside from the Sailing By set (from Quixotic Paperie here)
Mediums: Copics
Accents:string from stash, jute ribbon (from Bunny Zoe's Crafts here)
Tools: Fiskars border punch
Paper/cardstock: Bazzill cardstock, BasicGrey Max & Whiskers paper pad (from Quixotic Paperie here)
Stamps: Mo Manning's pile of pets called 'coexist', CC Designs sentiment
Mediums: watercolouring with Distress Inks
Accents: Nestabilitie square dies, Martha Stewart border punch

48 comments:

Lisa Jane said...

Well i love them just as they are .. the images are beautiful and the men i know prefer less fuss lol- so i think post them lol
They will love them
Lisa x

heidy said...

Me too Mary J,they're both perfect!
Hugs Heidy

Vicky said...

They are just perfect hun!..love clean and simples...and I think the men do too...!

hugs Vicky xx

Dora said...

Hey I love these Mary, both gorgeous images.... I would put two or three brads maybe on the second one, but the first one is just perfect. Hugs xx

Mrs.B said...

Hi Mary, I like the cards just as they are. The images and papers you have used don't need anything else.
Thanks for your nice comments.
Love Avril x

Rusty said...

Both are beautiful, I love the top one. Can I ask what ink pad you used on the white?

T x

Danni said...

Both are great cards! I tend to lean more towards the clean and simple side so I think they're perfect the way they are.

Elaine L. said...

Both cards are great, but I'm partial to the one with Mo's animals! LOL! Love the plaid paper...perfect for a guy! Glad you joined us in Mo's Challenge.

Katina said...

They're just perfect Mary! Love them both and I'm sure your father and FIL will too. xx

Nikbee said...

They're both fantastic and in my opinion are wonderful as they are.

Nikki x

Michelle said...

These are both absolutely PERFECT just the way they are!!

I really love the one for your Dad, such a great image and your colouring is just outstanding.

Michelle :-)

Kathleen said...

Well I have this problem quite a lot and I would say that these cards are fabulous as they are.The trouble is we get so used to putting loads of embellishment on female cards that when we do a male card they do tend to look a bit bare. But I hate it when some put flowers on a man's card as I do not know any man who would welcome flowers on their cards. You have gone with theme's they are both interested in so they will be well chuffed with that.

Kath x

Pami said...

I would have to agree with everyone else honey and say try are both great as they are. Most men don't like fussy! P x

Sue said...

Thank you Mary for choosing my card as MIM favourite last week, I was slow in catching up on blogs and missed it so thanks for telling me.
All your cards are so adorable, I just love the cute images, and you design them so well. I will be in touch re NZ.
Smiles:)

Molecraft said...

These are both perfect as they are Mary, love that second image, so cute!
Helen x

Eskimo Frosting said...

both beautiful cards that any dad would be glad to receive. but i have to say my favourite is the plaid card with the cute animals.

jayne
x

DesignerDiva said...

2 great cards Mary neither needs anything added just perfect as they are!
Hugs Laurie x

Kerry said...

I LOVE both cards Mary J...wouldn't add anything to the first and not necessarily the second either BUT if you wanted you could add a big brown button with some twine tied in it :-D xx

kim edmonds said...

lovely card, thanksfor entering this week over at c.r.a.f.t challenges x

Katie said...

I always have the same problem with cards for guys! But I tend to take the clean and simple route because it seems to just fit the masculine cards better. I think these are both awesome :)
xx Katie

Tina said...

love love love....dont change or add anything simple is pretty and you did a great job on these hun

Tina

Pop, Paper, Scissors said...

Both are cute, but my heart loves the animals.

CraftyC said...

Both gorgeous cards Mary, love the second one
Clairexx

Shelby Goolsby said...

Both such great Father's Day cards!! I love your coloring on the animals and the great layouts on both of them.

Vicky said...

Hi sweetie these are perfect just the way they are men are usually easy either way I have found they can take a card with or without. My dad was always more for what it said on the card then anything else.....we taught him well lol.
I love the sea scene that is my fave I love the sea & think I'm lucky to get live next to it & your colouring is just fantastic on it. Well on both but you know what I mean lol.

Lotsa hugs Vicky xxx

Ciska said...

Great cards Mary, what are you talking about "I am not great at making grown-up men cards"? ;) Seriously though, I really like them, and in my experience, men prefer simple cards. Having said that, you are the maker, so if you fancy some embellishing, who's going to stop you? Although I wouldn't go overboard and add 200 flowers to the mix ;) Buttons are always a safe bet with male cards I think. Hope that helps! Have a great week :)

Sally said...

They are both fab Mary. I think these are definetely good to go as they are. Love the images especially the dogs. Think you nailed it with these.
Hugs Sally xxx

coops said...

fantastic male cards mary.i love the fabulous images and i think they are both perfect as they are, i wouldn`t add anything else ;D

xx coops xx

Ildiko said...

I think both are perfect, especialy the 1st one, no change needed, I would be happy to recive it,thanks playing with Delicious Doodles this week
hugs
Ildiko

Amanda R said...

Wouldn't change a thing. Love them both and they seem like the perfect images for your dad and FIL.

HandmadebyTLC said...

I had a cat that did that all the time! Too funny, very cute card! Loved your coloring! Thanks for joining us at the Wags N' Whisker challenge and hope to see you again next time too!
HUGS
Tammy Louise

Kathy said...

These are both great! Love the boating scene on the first one, so serene. Think they both look just right as they are, I find manly cards to be a challenge to. Thanks for joining us at Phindy's Place this week.

Nic said...

Mary, don't do anything else, there absolutely fabulous as they are. Men are so difficult, but less is always definitely more (but then a CAS girl like me would say that - teehee!)
I really think they're perfect.
Nxxx

Pam Sparks said...

awesome designing Mary! LOVE your Magnolia scene for Father's Day....just perfect! So glad you linked up to the All That Scraps Magnolia Challenge! Thanks for playing!

Dorcas said...

THis is a great masculine card, love the pp. Thanks so much for joining us at Mo's!

Whimsey said...

STOP IT; you make me look so lame! :D

LOVE your cards; fabby DP and images - you go girl!!

Lorraine said...

Oh I love these, Mary J! Perfect father's day cards. Love the beautiful scene, colors & textures on the first one and love the papers, colors and sweet image of the second one!

Teri said...

Perfect Fathers Day cards hun!
Thanks for playing in the Delicious Doodles challenge this week, and good luck with the draw!
Hugs,
Teri x

Fabiola said...

oooohhhh! elles sont super toutes les deux! trop super même, biz

sharon said...

Fantastic cards, I think they are perfect. The less fussy approach I think works well for male cards. Thanks for playing along at CRAFT challenge. Sharon x

Donna said...

Fab male cards and such lovely choice of papers and image! Thanks for joining in the fun at Cupcake this week :) Donna x

Susie Sugar said...

Mary this is 100% cute !!
Thanks for joining us Digi Divas at the "Do It With Digis challenge" this time
Hugs Susie Sugar xx

Sammibug said...

Fabulous cards! Great colors, too! Thank you so much for sharing your creative "attitude" with us in our "Father's Day" challenge at Digi's With Attitude!

Mona E said...

Your sailing card is just beautiful. Fabby colouring! Thanks for sharing it with us at Phindy`s Place. Hugs...Mona

Beverly said...

They are both perfect, don't add a thing :)

Faye said...

Hi Mary. These are both fab, but I especially like the first. Thanks so much for playing at Cupcake this week too. xxx

Poppit said...

Fabulous cards! It's so great to see so much inspiration for masculine projects. Thanks for joining us for this week's Cupcake Challenge. xx

Wendy (Woo to friends!) said...

I love that image of an Pet sandwich! A Lovely card! Thanks for joining the Digi Divas! Lynne C/O Wendy

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