Beachy Masculine

Happy Monday!  I had a fabulous weekend and am totally psyched to start a new week!  And it's a brand new month, so it's a CONTEST week over at Mojo Monday!  It's the first mojo sketch I've created in several weeks, and it feels good to be back!  I love how this sketch can be clean & simple or you could punch it up a notch, too.  And all those little squares in a row?  What a fun way to use up some of those scraps we all have lying around.  Anyhow, there's lots of chances to win free Verve if you participate!  So once you're done here, hop on over to the Mojo Blog to check out all the deets and the fun cards from the Mojo Design Team.

Today (May 3) is also the last day to take advantage of Verve's {inter}National Scrapbooking Day promotion.  Just use gift code INSDFREE at checkout to receive free shipping on any order over $24 (US & Canada only)!

 
Okay, on with the card details...  I went clean & simple, with a beachy masculine feel.  That's kind of my "thing" right now.  Isn't it funny how one day you just get on a new kick and can't seem to stop?  I made several very masculine, distressed cards this weekend and I'm sure you'll all be wondering very soon where my usual sparkly, flowery cardmaking style went!  LOL  Anyhow, I love this card and I really dig the sharp contrast of black matting with a lot of white space.  I had some scraps of the gorgeous Le Petit Oiseau digi papers laying around on my desk after my Tapered Box project, so I just went with it.  The strip of squares is 1" wide and I added a little black burlap string up at the top.  The surfboards are from the Relax set and I embossed them in Black Soot onto the patterned paper and cut them out.  For the sand, I just tore a piece from the cocoa paper and layered it on the neutral paper, scraping my Pumice Stone Distress Ink pad directly around the edges for a distressed feel.

The sentiment is from the Big Wish set, and is punched with the SU! small and large oval punches.  To add a little interest to all the white space, I scored a 1/4" frame all around the card base with my Scor-Pal, then added a trio of tiny little black rhinestones to the bottom corner.

So what are you stuck on lately?  Any fabulous new toys you can't put down?  My newest love is the Tim Holtz Lost & Found Paper Collection.  YUM!!!  Oh, and the Roadshow Collection by Fancy Pants ... be still my heart!  And I'm head over heels for the little 365 Degrees Flip Notes by Pink Paislee. I just love the shape and the fabulous designs... squeal!!!  So if you've made it this far and you're still reading, leave a comment on this post and I'll draw a name on Saturday to receive a sampling of the Fancy Pants paper and the Flip Notes, and who knows what other little toys I might throw in there, too!  My craft room runneth over!  LOL

28 comments

  1. Your card is great! I absolutely love the papers!! Just gorgeous.

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  2. I feel like I have sand in my shoes after looking at that card!! LOL My obsession lately is note paper, library cards and little metal clips...I hope I'm not into a trend that is over!!! LOL Oh, and I'm getting a little hooked on cutting flowers now!! LOL Thanks to you and the divas!! LOL Have a wonderful day :) I can't work on the Mojo sketch at the staff meeting today...I'm taking minutes!! LOL Rats!

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  3. Great sketch. And your take on it is gorgeous! Love the muted color choices, and that little splash of red.

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  4. Darling card, Julee :D Great use of the colours and I love all the white space. I'm ready to go surfing too LOL! Since I'm always late on getting in to trends or bypass them all together(what can I say, I've never been a trendy girl LOL!) I'd say I'm really loving buttons. Also enjoy making flowers. Have a fabulous week :D

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  5. Stunning; what a GREAT guy card!!

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  6. This is a fabulous card and a great sketch! I can't wait to play along!

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  7. LOVE this card --it would be absolutely perfect for one of my boys! Love those papers, and your work is wonderful (as always)! Haven't been buying much in the way of supplies lately (we owed taxes this year), so thanks for the chance to win some cool goodies! ;D

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  8. This is a fabulous card-I love everything you have done! You have really rocked this one. I don't have any Verve stamps yet but I think I will case this anyway Thanks for the inspiration!

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  9. Loving your clean and simple - makes it a whole lot easier to CASE you now!!! Thanks for the offer of giveaways, always exciting!

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  10. Your artwork is always so creative & inspirational! Lately I'm stuck on Memory Box paper. It's a curse!! lol

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  11. Hi Julee, I really love your card! The perfect masculine card. Brilliant!!

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  12. Really really like everything about this card - particularly the colours used. Need to study it a bit more but gee it's nice.

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  13. Julee, Yours is one of the first blogs I look at everyday. Your designs are beautiful.

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  14. Great card Julee. I just got the Martha Grass Edge punch and my Slice. It's just so fun to cut a shape so easily.

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  15. Your cup can runth into my cup anytime-th!!! LOL!!

    I am lovin this sketch and have several ideas in mind just looking at it!!

    squirrellyshirley

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  16. Great card...love your color choices. Yes, I love those little mini pads too!

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  17. Mary (Happy Now)May 6, 2010 at 7:17 AM

    My craft room runneth over as well... but that doesn't stop me! ;) Your cards are always SO fabulous! Thanks!

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  18. Julee, your cards are an inspiration to me and I just love your stamps! My fave (so far) is RELAX. Thank you for all you do. :)

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  19. The colors in this card are so perfect for a masculine card! Love the surf boards too!

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  20. What a great sketch and I love the colors of the papers. This is a great guy card. TFS

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  21. Awesome card Julee!....thanks for a great sketch that I will be able to use up some scraps.

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  22. Love your cards; in fact, I was perusing your blog last night for 'masculine' card ideas. :D

    Love your work; thanks for the chance to win!

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  23. I love this card and this weeks sketch! Lovin' the reminder too, like you, that life is good!! Thanks for the gorgeous black and white card too! :-D

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  24. lol Julee - I hear ya about the craft room running over - I just did an overhaul of mine (and made lots of room for new supplies - yippee!) This is gorrrrgeous - the colour balance is so perfect, love it!

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  25. Love your masculine CAS card - this last release is unique and makes it easy to create cards for all the young dudes in our life! I'm really getting addicted to pretty papers, and all of the ones you listed are ones I haven't seen IRL...crossing my fingers and toes I'll be a lucky winner. :-)

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  26. I just ADORE this card! To clean and GORGEOUS!

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