Thursday, 10 April 2014

Birthday Theme at TIME OUT Challenges!


Hello friends!
Wow, what a fortnight we had at TIME OUT Challenges! We were amazed by the amount of entries and happy that so many of you have found us. Now it's time for our theme challenge: Birthday with an Optional Twist of Masculine Birthday! The DT has made brilliant samples of both variants: head on over to the challenge blog to check them out. We also have our first ever GDT joining us: very talented Bev from the Sweetest of Peas is with us this fortnight. Congratulations and Welcome, Bev! :)

My card follows the optional twist and is a birthday card for one of my colleagues that I work very closely with. I hardly ever talk about anything else than crafting here in my blog but this time I thought I'd share little something with you. This was the second time I made a card for a co-worker and I was SO nervous about it again... It might be because of the field where I work at: I'm a classical musician working in a symphony orchestra and since what we do is to try to reach for "the perfect results" all days long, presenting a home made card with personal touch is really scary -I tend to think my crafting should have the same professional level than my playing! I know I shouldn't take it so seriously but I get very self conscious about my card making... There's only one lady at work that knows about my blog -some others know that it exists but I've refused to give the web address because I feel so shy about it! I wonder if anyone else is the same as me? However, my colleague loved his card, he asked who had made it and when he heard it was me he was stunned saying he had no idea I was artistic in this way too... Yep, a secret stamper, that's me! He has a green beetle so the stamp was perfect for him and he is sort of a retro guy so that was the look I was after.

Anyways, enough blah-blahing about my self-esteem issues and back to TIME OUT Challenges! We have 2 prizes on offer from Uniko Studio. We are very proud to have the Uniko Studio's owner and designer Bev in our DT! You are great, Bev! 

We'll draw one random winner between those who make a masculine birthday card: that winner will receive a 15 £ gift card to Uniko Studio. The DT will also select one winner from all the entries and that winner will receive Today, Tomorrow & Always Time  stamp set along with Graphic Flowers die set (images below). Great prizes, right? I hope to see you joining us! Thanks for reading this long post all the way to the end... And happy crafting!

I'd like to enter:
http://www.withoutwordschallenge.blogspot.fi/ Gentlemen Only (I used Copics for my beetle)
http://thecraftingcafe.blogspot.co.uk/ One for the boys



21 comments:

  1. You should be out and proud about your crafting, your co-workers would love your cards! I love the retro look of this card the DSP you have used is the perfect match and the colouring is perfection x

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  2. Card perfection! Love the angles, the DP and the placement of all the elements. FABulous masculine card. Hugs Bev x

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  3. I think this is a beautiful beatle, and a super card with the brown/black squares! Glad that your card was well recieved! You make such great cards! Hugs, Gerrina

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  4. Thank you so much for your warm welcome Nonni and yes I was very nervous and might it be because as crafters we are so self critical and also I didn't want to let anyone down? Your card is fabulous, just love the rendering on the green beetle and the angle of the card. One clever lady x Beverley x

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  5. The DP you chose for this card is a great masculine touch! This clean card has a great layout, and I think it's a fun car image too!

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  6. I had no idea you were a classical musician Nonni! That is amazing! I'm a bit like you in that I don't advertise my blog at work. I do give cards to co-workers, but I never put my stamped by stamp on the back when I give a card to them! So...we have that in common for sure! Stamping is my relaxation so I like to keep it a bit more personal. Now...your card...your coloring is perfection! I am not surprised at all that your co-worker loved it!

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  7. You shouldn't be ashamed to let your friends know you make cards Nonni. You're a fantastic card maker. This card is evidence. I love that layout and the beetle is fun. Hugs!

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  8. Fabulous card Nonni Noo. Love the little beetle. You have nothing to be shy about. Your cards and your blog are amazing. Thank you for your visit. Have a wonderful weekend.
    Hugs, Flo xx

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  9. Superb card Nonni, I love the coloring on the car

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  10. Love the image. My boys would love it. Thanks for entering our challenge over at The Crafting Café x

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  11. Great card, I love the image & the design!
    Thanks for sharing with us at The Crafting Cafe this time!
    Good Luck
    Hugs
    Dawn xx

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  12. Fantastic card Nonni, your colouring is supberb! Cathy x

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  13. Aivan upea kortti, kyllä tuosta kannattaa olla ylpeä! Itsekään en kyllä ikinä ikinä kerro töissä askartelu- tai käsityöharrastuksistani, ehkä koska työkaverit ovat kaikki miespuolisia nörttejä :)

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  14. Awesome card Nonni and thank you for stopping by mine and leaving such a sweet comment on my challenge card...
    Happy Easter!!
    hugs and xxx
    Gemma

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  15. Great card, lovely bold design. Thanks for joining us at the Crafting Cafe, Amanda

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  16. Love this! I'm an old car lover and there's something about Beetles especially that I'm drawn to. This is a fantastic card, great for a guy and I'm sure your friend was very impressed :)

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  17. I love this card. It is such a perfect male card. May I post a link to your card on my Manly Monday blog post? It's a post where I showcase masculine cards for my readers. LMK-Let me know. My email is grohcm at gmail dot com. Send a link with an email so I can find your card again.
    Thanks
    Cindy

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  18. So stunning Nonni.Fantastic cas design and image and i love your colouring.Thanks for joining ys at Wthout Words ;D

    xx coops xx

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  19. Oh wow this is a fabulous masculine creation. Congrats on being featured in the line up at Cindy's Manly Monday.
    Hugs
    Desíre
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

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