Monday, April 2, 2012

It's Time To Release The Boys! Meet Katsura...

 Are you ready to meet the boys?  Well first up is Katsura.  Katsura is my brother's middle name, who is named after our father.  It always reminds me of Chicken Katsu, and I think that's how I remembered it all these years.  I did a search online to find out what it means.  I laughed to find out it could mean toupe'e (sorry, can't find the correct symbol).  I guess it also means moon, which is probably the more correct meaning of why this name was chosen by my grandparents.  Let's just say that it is so I don't start laughing everytime I think of it! (hee hee).

I guess I picked my brother's name for this image because he's the only boy in our family.  Poor thing yah?  Surrounded by 3 women his whole life, then gets married into a family with mostly women, and then has 2 daughters!  Since he's the only boy in our family, boy's day was really all about him.  Being that there's not a lot of testosterone in our family, I had a hard time making boy cards for this release!  Here's what I came up with for my first card...

In preparation for this release, I've been picking up a few boy papers here and there to assist me.  Found this boy's day washi paper while shopping at Hakubundo in Honolulu.  They have a small selection of washi paper and crafts, but mostly I went for the japanese props to help my my photos more fun.  I need to go back since I gave them to my sister.

Back to the card... I got this cool punch by EK success recently and it just screamed Japanese background to me.  Punched it out on both sides of the cardstock and stuck a strip of brown shimmery cardstock over it and then layered my boy's day washi on that.  I call it a boy's day washi because it has koi (fish), samurai helmet, and other boy's type things.

Because the next size reverse wonky die was too big for the card, I had to figure out how to make it stand out a bit.  So I decided to use my distress inks on the edges to kind of frame it so that the image pops out.

I topped it off with a new sentiment by Island Scrapbooking- Happy Boy's Day, and popped it up using my mini pop dots.

Ok- now for the real reason why you are here right???  Want some candy?  OK here's the rules:

1.  Leave a comment on THIS POST for your chance to win Katsura by Friday, April 6th 11:59pm HST.
2.  Tell me how many boys are in your family.
3.  Follow this blog Publicly (so we can verify) if you are not already.

Sound easy?  Ok- see you back here tomorrow so I can tell you about our other boys.  See you soon!


  1. Lol well then I'm sure your brother sure knows how to treat women! Cheers to him.
    I'm an only child so I have no brothers!

    I love how cheerful Katsura looks! Another great release for the boys.

  2. great card for the boys, jenny! i have one older brother and 2 little boys of my own. i think we're pretty equal in this family.

  3. Love your card and I'm so excited to see more boy stamps. We have lots of boys in my family. I have 1 older brother. I have 2 boys of my own, my brother has 1 son and my SIL has 3 boys. So my poor In-laws have 5 grand kids ... All boys!

  4. The Katsura stamp is adorable & I love the card you created; perfect for boys' day!

    I have 2 younger brothers & 3 sons; my brother who is married also has 3 sons, so my parents have 6 grandsons (& many granddaughters!)

  5. I have a rather large extended family. I have one brother, and then I have 4 step-brothers. So all up there were 5 boys and one girl (me) in our family - crazy stuff!

  6. Hee-hee-hee-LOL, your story cracked me up. Can't waid to pick up the new release. Oh, back to work. ki

  7. Pretty cool first day Jenny! That punch is awesome! That paper is fun too. Gr8 job!
    Fun family story!! TFS!

  8. Fabulous card Jenny! The new releases are just awesome! and Katsura is adorable! Love the layout and the washi paper is so perfect! TFS! ;D

  9. Such a fun card! So happy to have some cute boy stamps. I only have 1 brother, but have 3 nephews (and only 1 niece). Hmmm...3 nephews...3 boy stamps...

  10. Love it! The boys are so active and fun. Let's see... I have 1 brother... 1 nephew...and 9 male cousins...

  11. So cute! I love how you distressed around him, he really pops!! Hrrmm boys, I have a brother who is 13 years my senior, my husband of 10 years, my 2 and a half year old nephew, and my boy kitty, Pluto. :)

  12. Katsura is so adorable! And I love reading the background stories of all the stamp images and their names - makes it so much more personal and I love that. Not too many boys in my family - just my younger brother. No boys for me yet - I have a little girl!

  13. aw i love this stamp! there is one boy in my family and lots of girls! :) thanks for the chance to win!

  14. i love the way this card came out!! the background is awesome!! perfect way to wish someone a HAPPY BOYS' Day! =)