Friday, May 25, 2018

Top Hat Balloon..


It seems to be a recurring theme recently, but I have been MIA again - this time looking after grandies whilst their parents were away.  My hat goes off to solo parents, especially grandparents caring for grand children... I came home exhausted after a few days!!

Thankfully I have some cards that I have not yet blogged, so I thought I would share this one.

I love the Steampunk images from Darkroom Door, and this is a combination of two stamps from the steam punk set.  I like how quirky you can make a steampunk card, so stamped the balloon balanced on the man's top hat. 

I trimmed down the focal point and sentiment panels and 'framed' them by layering them on dark brown patterned paper, then mounted the main image over corrugated card, hand cut to form a banner.

I then die cut various cogs in card stock, and inked them with Espresso ink to match the pp.

I finished the inside of the card with a strip of sparkle copper tape and another cog.

I am linking this to:


Mac Mable said...

Quirky and wonderful masculine card. Loving the colours, the stamps and the way you popped the sentiment on its side x Yes little ones are exhausting x

OlgaB said...

Such a lovely male card.
Thank you for joining Creative Moments. Hope to see you again.
Hugs from Africa!

jimlynn said...

You may be exhausted but also know you had a great time with the grands! So nice to be able to spend some time with them I'm sure.
Fabulous masculine card Maxine! Love all that steampunk fun!

Monica said...

What a vintage looking masculine card, Maxine. The balloon on the man's head looks cool. The cogs look perfect and what a nice inside too.

Glad to have you back and seems like you are glad to be so as well.

Happy crafting,


Jeanette (Forest Ranger) said...

Maxine, this is such a striking card with all those gears.

Sheryl said...

Love the 'steam punk' look of this card. It works really well in monochrome.
Thanks for joining us at CRAFT this week.
Hugs Sheryl DT member xx

Sylvia said...

Beautiful masculine card,Maxine.Love the steampunk images too.You make me smile that you was exhausted after caring for grandchildren a few days.I can imagine.The little ones keep you busy and you aren't used to it anymore :).Enjoy your weekend.

Gr,Sylvia x

Mimi said...

Oh what a beautiful creation I so love Steampunk themes and you did a fabulous job here :) :) :) Thank you for taking part in our fortnightly challenge at International Art and Soul. Hugs Mimi xxxxx

aussie aNNie said...

Fabulous love this Maxine, I too have been MIA and so hard to get back into the swing of things. Now I am not getting emails on my commentors any more it makes it harder as well...hope you are well. With your ebay account you should be able to recover it as I have done that before...xx[aussie aNNie blog]

Sue said...

Fabulous steampunk design, Maxine and I like how you decorated the inside too. Great mens card.

craftysahmiam said...

The die cut cogs are the perfect embellishment for your image. Thanks for sharing with us at Through The Craft Room Door

Fran said...

Great masculine card. I think your steampunk cards are designed so well.
Hugs, Fran

Margaret said...

What a great job on the Steampunk. I love that look, but cannot always get it to looking the way I want it. I love that balloon on top if his hat and the cogs are just perfect to finish it up.

MiamiKel said...

Wow, Maxine - you sure do know steampunk! This is super creative and a fun stamp - you did a great job with it!

Brenda said...

I love how you carried out the steampunk theme so flawlessly, the image, the colors, the details are all perfect. Thanks so much for joining us at CRAFT Challenge!

sharon said...

Fabulous steampunk card, inside and out:)
Hope you have recovered after looking after the little ones.
sharon :)

@d_e_crafts said...

Striking male card. Thank you for joining the CRAFT challenge this week.

Quillish said...

I have so less Masculine cards..You have inspired me to make some. Fabulous design!!

Gerrina said...

Think that stamp is a beautiful one; I always have to smile when I see it... The cogs make it so masculine and the colours are great for the festive tuch! Hugs, Gerrina

Nance said...

Super masculine birthday card! Hope you've now recovered from your grandbaby sitting. Thanks for sharing at 4 Crafty Chicks this week!

Shelly Schmidt said...

I love Steampunk, but cannot put it on paper. You have done a fantastic job here! Great card for being exhausted! Glad you had fun, although tired, to spend time with the Grandkids. Bet they will remember the fun time Gma was there forever!

Janice W. said...

Thanks for joining the Little Miss Muffet Stamps Challenge! A very nice masculine birthday card!

Lena said...

Wonderful masculine card. Love the colour combo. Thank you for playing along with us at Crafty Gals Corner. We hope to see you again soon.
Lena - DT

Monika Reeck said...

you are good at making manly card too Maxine
Love the color
I never use yellow for Manly card
but you give me Inspiration
great arrangement

(AJ) ArtJypsy said...

I am loving the steampunk theme inside and out. Thanks for playing along with us this fortnight at Star Stampz. AJ DT SS