Well I hope that this post finds everyone in a wonderful Easter weekend. The weather had been beautiful here, we put up my son's new trampoline (his birthday present), and we have enjoyed having Daddy around. But through all of that I try to remember the true reason for the weekend...that Christ sacrificed himself to us from our sins...pretty much makes me want to cry every time I really think about that and all that He endured. We haven't been to a Good Friday service since we had kids...just feel the service is so somber that I don't want them being a distraction from what people need to get from the service. Anyway, I miss those services (someday we will go back when the kids are a little older and can sit still) because they force me to acknowledge the sacrifice and remind me to thank God for all He had done. In place of a Good Friday service, I read about this awesome little thing you can do with kids the night before Easter: Resurrection Rolls (the directions are down at the bottom of the post...no pictures, but it doesn't sound hard!). Puts that Sacrifice in a way that helps kids understand it too. I plan on trying this for the first time this weekend...wanna join me?
Well now on to the Sweet Stop Challenge #50! Ok so we all know that male cards are tough, right?! Well how about teenager male cards?! Holy cow...talk about tough! So these are my attempts at making some birthday cards for my teenage nephews (18 and 14). For my first card, I used some paper from the Rock Star Mat Stack by DCWV and then stamped my striped stars (from Verve's Seeing Stars set) in Basic Black on Going Gray cardstock. I cut out all of the stars and assembled them on a circle of scrap cardstock. Then I stamped the greeting, cut it out and embossed it with Circle Nestabilities, and then sponged the Going Gray ink over top. The greeting was just popped up over my circle of stars. Since once again this is a male card, I felt I couldn't use ribbon, so I placed my circle of stars over a strip of white cardstock with a Star brad and some distressed and curled strips of paper. I added a strip of paper on the inside (just adhered on the sides) to hold the gift card...cuz' you know I cannot buy an 18 year old a present!
Then since I was in need of another teenager male card, I decided to use the sketch to make one more...so lookie here, two cards with one sketch! This time I flipped the sketch though because the patterned paper I wanted to use was a more horizontal design. So the pattern paper (High School Mat Stack by DCWV) looked like a notepad paper with scribbles and spilled ink on it...so I decided it needed to look like it really came from a 14 year old. That means it couldn't be neat and tidy...no, it had to be crumpled and worn. So I crumpled it, distressed the edges, and even tore it a little before I glued it down. Then I used a coordinating piece of patterned paper from the stack to cut out the dark brown circle for my greeting (mainly because I did not have a brown that matched it!). It too was crumpled, distressed and torn before being mounted on a Kraft circle. The greeting was cut out of Bashful Blue cardstock with the Cuttlebug Birthday Wishes die. I couldn't resist adding a little sparkle to the star with a Clear Star Gelly Roll pen. Last touch was some hemp twine which I realized could be separated at the ends to give this awesome curly fuzzy stuff.
So there you have it...my versions of a teenager male card...kinda glad that is over with for awhile...really want to get back to some girly things now! Anyway, make sure to check out the creations by the other Sugar Babies: Audrey, Candace, Julie, Nancy, Renata, Korin, and the 3 NEW Sugar Babies, Dana, Kathy, and Kelli!!! Please make sure to stop by their blogs and leave them some love! Better yet, make a card with the sketch and link it up to the Sweet Stop Blog! Have a blessed Easter weekend and thanks for checking out my kind of engineering!
The Engineering Details - Rockstar Card
Stamps - Seeing Stars (Verve Stamps), Starlight Starbright (Verve Stamps); Paper - Rock Star Mat Stack (DCWV), Basic White (Papertrey Ink), WHisper White, Going Gray; Ink - Basic Black, Going Gray; Accessories - Star Brads (SU!), Silver Brads (SU!), Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Ticket Corner Punch (SU!), dimensionals, scissors
The Engineering Details - Happy BDay Card
Stamps - None; Paper - High School Mat Stack (DCWV), Bashful Blue, Kraft (SU!); Ink - None; Accessories - Cuttlebug Birthday Wishes Die (Provo), Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Clear Star Gelly Roll Pen (Sakura), hemp twine, dimensionals