Lori McCrosky, owner of Clearly Digi Stamps, just made the difficult announcement that her store will be closing September 30. You can see her post here. I will show cards using some of my favorite CDS stamps for the rest of this month so that you can see if there are any you must have before they close. Also, come back on Sunday morning to see our last BLOG HOP.
From now until the 30th of September all digis and SVG files will be 25% off! Enjoy!
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Looking through my card stash made me realize I need a lot more masculine cards. Here are two masculine cards I made with images from Clearly Digi Stamps using Laurie Wilson's set called "Sheltering Light." (Laurie will gradually be adding her CDS stamps to her store, "Doodle Pantry.")
I chose this week's challenge sketch and photo inspiration at Fusion for both cards. I rotated the sketch 90 degrees and used the octopus inspiration for a sea scene.
I also used this boat scene from Challenges and Candies for color inspiration emphasizing blue, green, red and white.
My first card uses two of the sentiments and one of the lighthouse stamps in this set. It's made using the Close To My Heart papers and canvas oar sticker from the "Tommy" collection and the CTMH black button brads and hemp. I used the pre-colored image, then re-colored parts of it for shadows on the lighthouse and grass and darker sky. I altered the image in Photoshop by using the ellipse tool to make it an oval for the sketch used. The sentiment was a one line row of words. I used Photoshop to copy and paste a new document with the words in two lines so I could punch it out with a 1.75" circle punch. The Outdoor Denim scalloped circle behind it was cut with the Spellbinder's Scalloped Circle Nestabilities.
I believe I shared another time about one of my friends who lived in Brazil with her husband and baby. One night when she was home alone with the baby, a man broke into her home with a machete. She had her baby in her arms when she saw him come into the hallway where she was standing. She cried out, "Dear Jesus, help me!" The man looked above her head and had a frightened look in his eyes. He turned and ran out. She and I were sure he must have seen God's angels protecting her. His name IS A STRONG TOWER OF SAFETY.
My second card was inspired by the Card Crafters Challenge to use checks and tartan plaids. I used the same sketch and this time didn't shade the colored image from Clearly Digi Stamps.
The papers are from The Paper Studio and some very old blue plaid from Close To My Heart. The sentiment is a Scripture from Close To My Heart's new set called "Look to the Light."
Here's the list of challenges for these cards:
Card Crafters Challenge #92 - checks and tartans - for second card
Challenges and Candies #16 - photo of boats color inspiration
Chocolate Coffee and Cards #48 - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz #198 - cards for Men and Boys
Fusion #17 - octopus picture theme inspiration and sketch
Kitty Bee Designs #8 - Water
Polka Doodles #137 - One for the Boys
Ruby's Rainbow #62 - It's a Male Thing
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Use a digi
Word Art Wednesday #97 - Anything goes with Encouraging verse or Scripture