Thursday, 25 September 2014

Anyone for tennis?

Hello lovely people,

Today I have a card to share that was commissioned by a work colleague for her partner's 50th birthday.  She asked if I was able to put specific wording on the inside and although I don't normally decorate the inside of my cards I said I easily could.  But then I decided to do a criss cross design instead as I think a lift out panel is a lovely way to add some text.  Fortunately it went down very well!

Other than the wording it was to be football or tennis themed and guess who just happened to fall into my basket a few weeks ago?  It's Tennis Edwin... or John McEnroe according to Dr. Hubby!

I always feel that criss cross designs don't necessarily need a lot of embellishment as the design adds plenty of interest itself, perfect for a male design of course!
So I just stitched everything...really, absolutely everything!  Then all I needed was a little bit of twine and a sentiment and I let Edwin take centre stage... or should that be centre court?!

Here's a little bit of a peek at the pull out tag but I won't show you all of the personal wording!

Card recipe;
Image: Tennis Edwin - Magnolia
DP: Vintage spring basics & Sofiero - Maja Design (available from Live and Love Crafts)

Copic colours;
Skin: E000/00/21/11/04 & R20
Hair: E21/25/29
T-shirt / shorts: W00/1/3
Socks / green details: YG61/G21/YG63
Shoes: W00/1/2/3/5
Racket: E41/42/43
Ball: YR30/31/Y21
Ground: YG61/G21/YG63/G94/G99

I don't seem to have had many cards for you lately; even though I have been busy in my craft room I have been trying to get ahead with DT cards so of course I can't show you those yet!

I won't have any for you this weekend either as I am off to Torquay with the Gloucestershire Caterham Seven Club; I do hope it doesn't rain so we can keep the roof off!

Thanks for visiting and I really appreciate any comments that you leave,

Challenges I am playing along with;
1.  Papertake Weekly (oh how cute - well, I think Tennis Edwin is cute!)
2.  Simon Says Stamp (anything goes)
3.  Midweek Magnolias (autumn/fall - the colours here feel very autumnal to me)
4.  Sweet Magnolia (spots and dots - on the tag)
5.  Simply Magnolia (anything goes)


  1. Gorgeous card Kat and I love how you've done the sewing here. Cute Edwin aka John... and I'm sure your friend loved it.

  2. Brilliant card, Kat! I've not done a criss sross card for ages - will have to go and play now! Fab colouring of that sweet Edwin and I love the simple embellishment. Hugs, Lisa x

  3. Brilliant card! I love the crisscross design, the image and the colours you have chosen. Just perfect for a male...hope he liked it.

  4. Fabulous card Kat - love the design and awesome colouring.
    Debs xx

  5. It's fab Kat, I love the criss cross design.

  6. Goe lush card kat. Brilliant colouring
    Have a great weekend, hope the weather behaves for you
    Hugs Kelly

  7. This is gorgeous Kat. Your colouring is stunning, such neat stitching and I love the criss cross design.
    I hope you have a good weekend.
    hugs Sue xx

  8. A fabulous man's card Kat! I love the design and a great image too! Hope you have a lovely weekend hun :)

  9. A brilliant card Kat. Fab image and design.
    Have a lovely weekend
    Lorraine x

  10. This is a fab card Kat... perfect for the commission, and your hubbie is right... there is a certain McEnroe look!! LOL

    Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

    Christine x

  11. Fabulous card the criss cross card design and papers and it is a really great design for a male with all that wonderful stitching and of course Edwin looks fabulous.

    luv CHRISSYxx

  12. I love this Kat….commissions can be hard but you nailed this one perfectly!

    Hope you have again free weekend for your jaunt.

    Sharon x

  13. hi Kat! amazing coloring....fabulous! so glad you played along with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

    sparkle & shine *~*

  14. Wonderful criss cross card, Kat! :o)
    Thanks so much for the sweet comments you left on my blog recently! I really appreciate it!
    I'm finally trying to get back into the swing of things! Have a happy day! :o)

  15. A brilliant male design! I love the criss cross style, it works so well with this fab image!

  16. Wonderful card, love your choice of stamp and colouring. Love the layout too. Thank you for joining us at Midweek Magnolias. Good luck.
    Hugs Suzi

  17. Awesome male card with a fantastic design and perfectly coloured Edwin!
    Thanks for joining us at Simply Magnolia and good luck!
    Hugs Nicola xxx


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