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Boys and their Expensive Toys

I am so excited that I won last month's Dude Time Doodles Guest Designer Challenge, and I get to play with the way cool Dude Time Doodles Images and the awesome Design Team for the whole month of June! The first challenge this month is all about Boys and Their Toys. I absolutely love this Under Carriage Craig image because a lot of men in my life still get under cars and get all dirty! I made this one as a thank-you card for my neighbor who watched over our cows while we were out of town the last few weeks. He loves to work on cars and he even said the other day that you can never have too many tools. The image comes with a toolbox in the lower left corner so I cropped out the rest of the image and blew up the toolbox so I could add my typed sentiment to it.

I also printed another copy of the image out and cut out just the pants, the grill, and the lights. I am not the best at coloring so I like to add some ink to the edges of my images with a bit of a sponge. I can only do that if I cut out parts of the image. I then glue them back down. I know some of you great artists are frowning, but hey - it works for me.

My husband loves this card - he told me not to give it to my neighbor until he was around because he wants to see his face. I have to tell you that is so inspiring for me because my husband usually rolls his eyes when I show him a card. Fun, fun, fun!!!

Come play in the challenge (there are great prizes) - it is a great inspiration for making a Father's Day card or for just beefing up your masculine card stash!



  1. This card is outstanding. I love this image and what a great idea you had to type your sentiment on the front of the tool chest. We all have to do what makes us feel good about our cards. I think each and every one of your cards that I see are exceptional. My problem area lies in cutting things out. I am just not good at that, so I try to avoid it all the time. I'm glad for you that this card pleased your husband. Well enjoy your day.

  2. Such a great card!! Love to see cool male cards and the colour scheme, layout and the clever bits you've done all add up to a brilliant creation :)

  3. Brilliant card Nancy, fab colouring, I like the papers and the buttons.
    Kevin xx

  4. Your method of inking edges to add depth is a great one, Nancy! I do that sometimes, too, and love the result. I always think that's better than botching a coloring job because I'm shading things wrong! This is an awesome guy card--love that sentiment. It would be perfect for my hubby!

  5. Fantastic card! I know your neighbor will love it. Lots of great dimension and I love your sponging effect.

  6. Your neighbor is sure to enjoy this card and isn't it great when hubby likes it, too?
    Super work and the sentiment is perfect.

  7. Absolutely LOVE this!! You knocked this one out of the ball park!! Fabulous use of the little sentiment tag and the sponging is a brilliant idea. I too want to see your neighbour's face when he gets it LOL!

  8. Fantastic card and great for a guy thank you! So glad you are our guest designer this month!

  9. Great card. Super layout and colour combo. Love the tool box. I am sure your neighbour will love it.

  10. Great card Nancy! Great to be working with you at Dude Time Doodles this month! I love how you grunged up the colours & what you did with the toolbox!
    Dawn xx

  11. I love this image and the vintage feel to this card is just gorgeous
    Hugs Kate xx

  12. Nancy, this is so fun! I also have guys in our family that
    work on cars, so this image is perfect! Love how you colored and
    declorated this card too. Congrats on the guest DT spot, enjoy.


  13. Nancy this is a great card! Has a bit of a vintage feel which I love!! Happy to have you as a Guest Designer this month at DTD!!

  14. Really love the vintage feeling on your card! The image is so cool and the colours and details match so perfectly :-)

    Thank you so much for the lovely words on my blog!

  15. How fun Nancy-kinda looks like my guys but mine are much much dirtier!!!! Your paper is perfect as well as the cute buttons. Super card!


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