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Thursday 14 June 2012

Sugar Bowl Challenge ~ 86

Where does the time go to? I turn my back and suddenly it's my favourite day again... Sugar Bowl day.
As always, we have a sketch to follow, this time from Sweetie Maria with an optional them of "One for the Boys".

Where do I start? I have but 3 simple rules for crafting.
(I do not wish to offend anyone here, this is simply my personal opinion)
1) No grunge. I hate grunge in all forms.
2) No distressing the edges of papers with those scraper things...why buy pretty papers just to ruin them?
3) Finally...No BOYS! I hate making boy cards!

So I groaned, then I re-read the email a dozen times just in case the theme might magically change the more times I opened the email, I moaned and whined, and then I pulled up my big knickers and got stuck in.
I have to admit, I own very few boy images since I don't use them and I was struggling to find anything that would be suitable until the lovely Pat suggested a baby stamp...aha...I'm sure I have one somewhere!

The image is Vintage Baby and he's coloured with a mix of DI re-inkers and markers. The papers are a really old set by Cloud 9. The sentiment was cut out with a Whimsy die, the star was cut with a Spellbinder die, a little gingham button tied with cord and a few pearls.
It's a little on the plain side (even for me!) but it did turn out much better than I expected.

I did a bit of sketch flipping just because I liked it better this way around :)
As always, there is a fantastic prize for one lucky winner chosen at random, their choice of any 4 Sugar Nellie stamps, rising to 6 stamps if we reach 100+ entries.
Now if I can do it and break out a boy stamp then I'm darn sure anyone can do it! So I hope you'll rise to the challenge and show us your fantastic boy cards :)
Please pop over to the Sugar Bowl to see all the other Sweeties fabulous cards.

Next...have you seen this?

The DT call for Sugar Nellie. There's still a few days left to get your entry in!

Thanks for looking


  1. Anotherr beautiful card, Elaine. Love the soft colours and a fab image x

  2. Gorgeous card Elaine, I love the gentle simplicity of it. Beuatiful colours.

    Pam x

  3. Oh crack me up, I swear!! I love your 3 rules...your wort nightmare would be a distressed, boy, grunge theme. Yikes...I sure hope THAT doesn't happen! haha!! Your card is gorgeous, sweetie! I so wish I could do DIs as beautifully as you do! But that would take practice...and then I'd REALLY have no time to cook and clean (not that I do much of that anyway! LOL!) Such gorgeous papers! You rocked this challenge (now I hope we're good with boy cards for a while! hehehe!!) Mwahhhh! Pat Frank

  4. Hiya hon

    Ooooh well this is a fabulous boy card... and I love the say you've side-stepped slightly!! hehe! I would be exactly the same, I really struggle to do anything for boys/men and end up at our local card shop buying one!

    I really love your colouring with DI's... am going to have to take lessons methinks!

    Hope Hal has recovered after his adventures - and that you've got to the end of the muddy washing!!

    Big hugs
    Christine x

  5. Hi Elaine
    A gorgeous and beautiful card love the image and fabulous paper's and colour's
    Hugs Dianne xx :)

  6. Wonderful card Elaine! Beautiful papers and really sweet stamp:)

  7. Simply gorgeous Elaine. Love the sweet image and your colouring is just fabulous. Thanks for sharing.
    Caz x

  8. Weli think your card is gorgeous Elaine!!
    XXX Heidy

  9. Wonderful card! I loved the colors and the stamp.
    Hugs from Brazil, Luciana.

  10. You certainly rose to that challenge & it definitely fits the bill for someone who does not do "CUTE." It might seem plain but it's classy too & I think it looks right as it is - I certainly couldn't have blinged it any more for sometimes things just need to stay less I mean embellished...... now where did that g word come from?
    Paula (PEP)

  11. Oh Elaine that made me laugh. I love making boy's cards, posted one today. I used to hate distressing too but now I love it and a bit of grunge too, not too much. This is so cute, not seen that image before. As for the DT call I mus have been of the first to apply. Great opportunity.

  12. totally gorgeous card Elaine, love it x

  13. :-) your post did make me smile Elaine! I'm a bit like that with male cards too! You rocked it though, great card! Pami x

  14. OOohhh such a sweet card, it's beautiful!!!!

    gr. arjette.

  15. Gorgeous card, it was a good idea to make it a baby boy one. I don't have any little boy stamps, and struggle to make a MAN card. Thank goodness your bank stepped in, I hate being told lies it makes me even more angrier. I hate the thought of working all my days and some git sitting on their backsides trying to steal it from me. Shame on M&S,somebody's not doing their job properly.Sorry is a great word, rolls off the tongue but can mean absolutely nothing.

  16. Gorgeous gorgeous card sweetie ♥♥

  17. Well me thinks this is beautiful Elaine...and me thinks you do boy cards very well too hun..! love the clean lines and sentiment hun...and just the right amount of embellies too...perfict..!!

    big hugs Vicky xx

  18. What a gorgeous card Elaine, I love the image and your papers are just beautiful. had to laugh at your pet I don't like distressing tools either as I just can't get them to look right when I do it. Don't mind inking on certain cards but like you I am a pretty paper girl on the whole. Boys cards! what are they?????? well ok when we must I suppose.
    Hugs xx Mau

  19. so stunning elaine.this is one of my all time fave sugar nellie images and your coloring of him is just amazing ;D

    xx coops xx

  20. Hi Elaine,
    I don't actually mind making male cards myself
    Gorgeous card,stunning colouring of this adoreable image :) x

  21. Hello lovely lady....YOU DID IT! And you CAN do boys cards. Stunning as always, love, love your colouring, bootiful all round. Hugs Erika.

  22. LOL!! Love your rules...boy cards are hard right! I really love this creation...your colouring is always just so pretty and soft. Really great job! Ahhh I would love to join Sugar Nellie but you girls are just too darn talented! So I am a little scared to apply hehehe xx

  23. Hi Elaine,

    This card is so sweet!

    I love the image and the soft colours make it pretty at the same time.

    Love Kerry xxx

  24. I love your babycard Elaine!!!
    hugs Yvonne

  25. Hi Elaine
    love your card. Just been catching up with your blog post's (been over to France, & didn't get a chance to even switch the computer on, let alone visit any one's blog) lol. I felt so sorry for you reading about Hal's adventure's, I know what it is like worrying about them, I'd like to tell you it get's easier the older they get, BUT I'd be lying & then when the Grankids come along you worry about them too. My lovely boy is doing the London to Brighton bike ride tomorrow, & I know I'm going to be worried sick all day, (until he gets home), he has strict instructions to phone Mum once he has finished. Hubby thinks I am mad worrying about him, he said what on earth do you think is going to happen to him, I said my biggest fear is that some inpatient driver will run into him. Oh the joys of being a Mum lol.
    Sandra (craftynan)

  26. Hey Elaine

    I bet your boy cards are fab - take the plunge get a boy stamp and have a go - it would be wonderful I just know it!

    Oooh you are naughty - stop telling me about PTI!!!! It's costing me a fortune! Just got my mountain of stuff delivered (along with a great big import bill), and then you tell me there is some new stuff on their website - I must resist looking - I must not look I must not look I must not look!!! ;o)

    Hope you have a wonderful week.

    Take care



    Hazel xx

  27. I feel the same way you do about boy cards, or at lest I did until I made the life altering discovery that I could make boy cards if I just used my regular style, and just used colors that arent too girly. I am sure you could make beautiful boy cards. :)

    This is so sweet, smart to go for a baby image.
    I love how you always make the sentiments blend so perfectly, I have a really hard time with sentiments. Stunning coloring, great pearls and stars. :)

    Hugs, Anne.

  28. Hi Sweetheart, hope you sorted your problem out with MS, wow love your card that image is so cute, and your whole card design is just stunning. hugs Shirleyx

  29. Aww soooo cute, lovely colouring as usual. Bother missed another DT call - love SN but don't get a chance to use as often as I would like.
    hope all is OK hun.

    Hugs Ali x

  30. Beautiful image and fabulous colouring Elaine, love the clean lines and layers..gorgeous.

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  31. Gorgeous card. I love the cute image (this is the first time I see it), and you coloured it beautifully, as usual should I add.
    Great inspiration, especially as I just had a baby boy 4 weeks ago and need ideas to move away from my usual pink cards!
    Laetitia xx

  32. I am sorta surprised you don't have more boy stamps, I would have thought having Hal you would have more but I guess having ironed knickers is more important than cards to him! Absolutely gorgeous card, I love the deep shading on his skin, so very pretty and so very you. Hugs, Me

  33. That is a lovely boy image, I have been collecting boy images since I knew I was to be a Grandma to a little boy, they could come in handy if only I can make them on time!

    Cazzy x

  34. This is adorable! I love your colouring of the skin, it adds so much depth! Laura x


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