{ Masculine Birthday }

Stamp Sets: Lovely As A Tree, Warm Words, Linen Paper: Not Quite Navy, Bravo Burgundy, Creamy Caramel & Very Vanilla Ink: Bravo Burgundy & Creamy Caramel Accessories: Copper Eyelets, Copper Cord & Corner Rounder

Can you believe that SU! retired *all* of their copper stuff with the single exception of paper and hodgepodge? That means ink, ink refills, cord, eyelets and embossing powder - all gone! I was in complete shock! I mean, I use copper *a lot* in the fall and on masculine cards, like this one. I just think that there is something very masculine about copper ... don't know why. Especially with the "Boho Western" collection that they have right now - it just screams to be embellished with copper! *sigh* Oh well ... there isn't much I can do about it ... well, besides complaining. So, on to the card! I'm sorry for the blurry picture. I think I might ask for a new high powered camera for Christmas this year ... or maybe just a camera stand, lol. I'm not sure what happened here. Anyway, I made this for a birthday swap that I was in and decided that since I never had enough masculine birthday cards, that my fellow swappers probably didn't either, so I made it my goal to make one! The layout used here is one of my favorites. I think it is clean, simple, yet really makes your main image "pop." From the blurriness of the picture, you may not be able to tell that I stamped my Linen background stamp in Not Quite Navy onto the Not Quite Navy card. It gives that big open space a little something too, but it still looked too "open" to me, so I added the two brads in the lower right hand corner. I just love brads, they are probably my favorite embellishment right after ribbon/cord. They are just so easy to use and are so versatile. Okay, enough gabbing for now ... back to work!


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