Sunday, April 15, 2012

Who's the Man???

Today is the 15th, time to get our Duel On.

The Dueling Darlings are friendly group who once a month duel it out with a theme and some awesome kits put together by the hostess of each group. This month LJ (the Divas' hostess) and Terry (the Dazzlers' hostess) came up with a wonderful theme. THANK YOU, LJ and TERRY!

Who's the Man?

Terry's words to the Dazzlers: We all have that one special man in our lives, don't we? It can be your father, your son, your husband, brother, or just a friend. Whoever he is, make a card for him! I'm sure none of us make enough masculine cards, so let's see what we can do...

Here's what I did:

As you can see, I didn't color the image. What I did instead was use one of those little dauber thingies and some ink and I ever-so-lightly added some color to the stream and the trees. I thought this gave the image a more dramatic effect.

The fish is actually a seperate image, but I wanted it to look like the fisherman was struggling to catch a great big fish. Therefore, I cut out the fish and carefully glued the fish line onto the fisherman image. I purposely didn't glue/attach the fish itself, so it looks like the fisherman is trying to reel him in. It doesn't show up real well in the picture, but it really did turn out pretty good doing it that way.

Of course I had to add a little something inside, too:

Terry gave us some additional instructions: In your blog post we would like to hear about "your man". Tell us a story about him and why he is important to you.

Well...... I have a wonderful husband and two fantastic sons, none of which fish. LOL! So I'm going to tell you about my Daddy. When I was a child, he would take me fishing with him. He'd put the bait/worm on the hook, and if I happened to catch anything, he'd take it off the line for me. We had great fun together. Then the day came when he decided it was time for me to bait my own hook and retrieve my own fish. My fishing days were over at that point. Eeeeeeeeeeeeewwwww! I've not been fishing since. But my Daddy is still one of the great men in my life. I love him dearly!

Now, let's go see what the other Dueling Darlings have for us...



Images: Stampin' UP! On the Fly (stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black)

Ink: Stampin' UP! Always Artichoke and Bashful Blue (sponged on with dauber for a minimal look)

Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Always Artichoke and Bashful Blue and The Paper Company Black

Designer Paper: Vendor Unknown

Embellishments: Colorbok Silver Metal Dots, Michael's White Grosgrain Ribbon, and Paper Studio D-Ring


  1. Very cool. Love how you used the ring, I could not make it work. Very nicely done.

  2. Very cool. Love how you used the ring, I could not make it work. Very nicely done.

  3. Great fishing story Jeanette it reminds me of my childhood (thanks for the awesome memory)..I love your card and the way you used the kit. I love the layout and the way you added a touch of color to the image to make it pop...the inside of your card is amazing as well...Well done my friend...

  4. I love how you used the ring Jeanette! Great card :)

  5. I love your fishing story...

    Your card is awesome, I love how you decorate the inside too. I really need to try that.

  6. Wow! Love this card! Jeanette, the way you sponged specific parts of the image and had the fish image "out of the box" is fantastic!! Great card both inside and out!!!

  7. Absolutely lovely card Jeanette! I just love all that is going on at the same time!

  8. Awesome card- LOVE the image- subtle colors- and love the way you did the fish!

  9. Great card, Ms Forest!

    I love how you worked different colors together.

    That little D ring on the side looks great. Pulls the card together. Funny how that works!

    I enjoyed fishing with my dad too. Sshhhh he still baits my hooks! Me no do!

  10. This card is outstanding! I really like that you did not color the image itself--the sponging is perfect! I also think it is very creative how you attached the fish and the ring.

    I think the fishing story is precious!

  11. Love it! Love the subtle color, the layout and that you didn't color your image! It looks awesome!

    Steve does not fish so I had to dedicate this card to my dad! I will not bait my own hook but I will remove the fish if I catch one ☺

    Glad you liked the kit!! Great job!

  12. wooooowzerr...what an awesome card! Love all the color combos U picked here and the delicate hint of colors for the trees and water...
    Yeah on the big catch too! lol...we had same idea!! eheheh...
    wonderfully finished inside too as per your usual 'signature'...
    Loved reading about you and your Dad time together...txs for sharing ♥

  13. What a neat challenge. And a great card. Love what you did!!

  14. Awesome card Jeanette!!!. Very masculine. Love the colour combo and the image!!!

  15. What a great guy card! I like the layout and papers which showcase the image perfectly. Love the little splash of green on the image too. Great story about you & Dad fishing... same thing happened with my hubby, son & me. I finally landed one and when I got it in the boat and was flopping around, I just about tipped us trying to get away from it. Haven't gone since, didn't miss it and don't want to go again.

  16. Love this card! Daring to leave the image uncolored, you and Debbie both did that, and it's bold, dramatic, etc. I love it!! Got a chuckle out of your fishing memories and what it took to end your fishing hobby! LOL. I'll have to email you all a fishing tale from my childhood!
    Great card my friend!