Friday, September 7, 2012


Can you believe it?!  It's been less than a week (okay, I admit it, I'm scrapping the edge on that one!) AND! I'm posting again!!

Quick!  Someone grab the camera just in case pigs are flying!

ANYHOOS!  After surviving the traumatic ordeal of making a teenage GIRL card, I was able to get back into a more comfortable creative zone.  I needed to make a card for the youngest kiddo's birthday.

Now, while I am more at ease in making masculine cards, here is the reality check that I am dealing with lately; it would seem that my kiddo's and their friends are getting into a "rut" as to what their interests are.  When they were younger, each year was a different interest:  the latest action hero, DS (remember those?! snort), wild animals, race cars, Bionicles, etc.  Now, it is narrowed down to guitars/music, basketball, cross country with a bit of Air Soft thrown in for the oldest and basketball, Air Soft and Xbox for the youngest. Problem is, I have already made cards with those interests for a couple of years running now!  EEAAAKKK!  People!  There are only so many "YOU ROCK" cards one can make for the same kid!! LOL!

Since the Youngest Kiddo was receiving a new Air Soft gun for his birthday, I went with a "Commando/military" theme.  I pretty sure I still had some left over camouflage design paper left over from a previous project. Turned out I was sadly mistaken.  So, I pulled out a pale green paper, that I think might possibly be some old SU Mellow Moss, some Copic markers, a picture from the Internet of Camouflage patterns and made my own.

remember: you can always click on the picture for a larger view. 

Disclaimer:  IRL there did NOT appear to be all the streaks from the markers.  I keep staring at this picture, stare at the card, shake my head and just let out a sigh.  

The HARDEST part of this card is the dog tag.  I have had these dog tags in my stash for evah!!!  O...M...G!!! Pulled out the Stazon ink, found the Happy Birthday stamp in my forgotten stash of PTI (I only own a few sets from when PTI first started producing stamps...this is from the Borders and Corners, Rectangles set) and LITERALLY stamped the image AT LEAST  20 times before I got a half way decent impression.  I don't know if it was because I was trying to use a clear stamp and Stazon on the slick surface or what. I would either smudge the impression by slipping when putting pressure on the stamp or the stamp would stick, and I mean STICK to the tag and when gently pulled off, and would pull the ink off too, leaving a wonderful HUGE blotch, larger than the SMALL blotch I finally settled for!! I finally decided that this is a "worn out tag", applied the chain, strategically placed rolled glue dots to hold it in place and called the thing DONE!!  Originally, I had planned on stamping another tag with the Youngest Kiddo's initials and add it to the chain that he could then wear.  Uhhhh. NO.  After trying to get this ONE image stamped somewhat decently, I decided that this was IT!!  

Basic details:  Card base from SU's Chocolate Chip cut to 5.5" square.  Basic black mat.  Custom camouflage paper.  Tag, from stash.  Stamp: PTI (I don't know if they even sell this set was THAT long ago I bought it!!)

That's about it for me today!! I actually made another card last weekend too!! I'll pop that up here in a day or so.  I'm dragging out the posts as long as I can, LOL! 

'Till then..............enjoy some creativity this weekend!!


Rita said...

What a fabulous Male card. I'm not very good when it comes to male cards ,but this would certainly fit the bill. Hugs from Scotland. Rita xx

Stef H (Glitterbabe) said...

as always (1) your card is fabulous and (2) you are hilarious!!!!

other than son who records the show on CINEMAX that HE will be paying for, i don't watch much tv either and the bill drives me nuts. plus i have 2 tv's which pushes the bill up. shoot me now.... please!

stay well sunshine!

hugs :)

Beate said...

Starla, I think that's awesome! Wonderful card!
Have a great weekend!
Hugs and smiles

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

What a talented woman you are! You also must have a ton of patience to do these specialized card for each child. This is amazing. Perfect for a boy.

Glenda said...

Your always talking about your mojo being absent...well I'm thinking she's hasn't gone anywhere. Just suppressed under all that work. Girl you still have it! This is amazing. I would never think to make my own camo paper! Love the tag too; another very creative project!

Sylvia said...

What a wonderful card, for your son's birthday, Starla, love the camouflage background and the dog tag is awesome. Have a wonderful weekend!

The Imposter said...

Being new to 'blogland' I have no idea what's going on but Sylvia has a cat pic so it can't be all bad I suppose.

Just 'blog surfing' as I try to fathom what it's all about.

Ta very much

The Imposter x

Carolyn King said...

well worth the extra effort. love your self made camo! awesome. And that dog tag is fabulous! love how it turned out!!