Creating A Masculine Anniversary Card

This week, my husband and I will be celebrating twenty-seven years together and I found it difficult to find a card that wasn’t floral-ly, mushy, and girly. What does a cardmaker do? She searches the internet for a card sketch, then digs through her stash to create a masculine card for her sweetheart that is more fitting to his personality.  This week’s card design comes to you courtesy of the Atlantic Heart Sketch challenge

I wanted to keep it super simple and use up a few of my leftover stickers and papers from my Timber collection. With the new catalog on the horizon and products arriving to my door soon, I wanted to start using up some of these items before they were sold out on my website. 

The background was created using the sketch as a guide.  I cut down some leftover Timber paper scraps and zip-strips to create the background and added some zig-zag stitching on the sides. These were hand-stitched. Unfortunately, my sewing machine decided to go on strike along with my deep freeze this past week. 

I wanted to keep the rest of the card masculine and simple.  I didn’t have an anniversary stamp that would work for the sentiment shown in the sketch, so I chose to use a sticker instead.  I think that the “keeping it handsome” phrase is perfect for my hubby.  

I cut a chevron into the sticker so that it matched the sketch and looked more like a sentiment on the card. The sticker was a little shorter than I needed it to be, so I added a piece of the Ax Border on the right side to make it appear a little longer. 

The mountain scene behind the deer and the little red heart are also stickers from the Timber collection.  The mountain sticker was trimmed down to fit behind the sentiment. If you look at the sticker sheet above, you can see where I trimmed the image. I will probably use that boat on a fishing layout later. 

The deer and the two kraft colored hearts come from the package of Timber Die-cuts. I wanted to keep this card masculine and stick to the anniversary theme.  I don’t think the hearts deter from the masculinity of the card and they were just too cute not to add to the design. 

The final addition was a wooden arrow which I debated using, but, now that I look at the overall piece, I am glad I added it.  This Timber collection has been one of my favorite this season.  I am currently working on a plans for few layouts using the scrapbook kit and working on using up some more of my stash on some other projects.  I will be so sad to see this one go. 

I hope that today’s project inspired you to try something new and join the Atlantic Hearts Sketch challenge.  Those sketches are always inspiring to me and I enjoy a challenge.  They offer a new sketch each week. I encourage you to stop by their site and give a few a try. 

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A Mountain Wildflower Card

In summers past, I was able to spend my days in the mountains fishing or hiking, but this year, I have not been given a chance to go. Between home projects and a wonderful virus, lives have been spent at home dreaming of a day away. This week, I decided to revisit my memories of mountain walks by creating a simple wildflower card for the Atlantic Hearts Sketch challenge. 


I kept the design simple, following the sketch, adding some embossing to each of my papers.  The bottom half was embossed with a striped embossing folder (like shown in the sketch). To create the look of the mountains, I embossed vellum with a tree embossing folder. If you don’t have this one, the mountains would look just as amazing. 

The embossed vellum is really striking in person with white outlines where the folder created the design.  It looks simply stunning next to the pure white stripes. 

Across the centers of the two papers is a piece of burlap ribbon stitched onto the card with an uncomplicated zigzag stitch. I also used the burlap ribbon to create some “leaves” on the flower.

The flower was created using the Budding Friendship stamp set with Lemonade & Saffron inks. I added some shading to the image using watercolor pencils and a shimmer brush. 

After adding the ribbon and flower, I realized that I didn’t have a sentiment like the sketch. I dug through my stamps and banner dies to try to find something that would work. Instead, I settled on a sticker from the Timber collection. I think it fits perfectly with this design. 

This card was very simple to create and fun to make. I hope it inspired you to try something new and join the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. 

 

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A Sketch to Make a Farmhouse Sunflower Card

It’s been a while since I have joined the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge, and, since life has been a bit busy, I decided to use this week’s sketch to quickly create a Thank You card.   My daughter is a huge fan of sunflowers and recently moved to a small farmhouse, so I decided to combine the two to create a Farmhouse Sunflower card.  Before I show you my project, let’s take a look at this week’s sketch. 

I always enjoy the simplicity of the Atlantic Hearts sketches. They give plenty of detail with room for interpretation and creative additions.  I chose to create a card similar to the sketch using our new Joyful Sunflower stamp with a few additions from our Timber collection. 

The base of the card was designed with a White Daisy stitched rectangle frame atop some wood-grain paper. If you hadn’t guessed by most of my photo backdrops, I adore the look of wood-grain and I especially love the rich tones on this Timber paper.  

To match the farmhouse theme, I grabbed a checked tab from the Timber sticker sheet and stamped the sentiment in Espresso ink.  Black and White checks are everywhere right now in farmhouse decor and this tab felt like the perfect addition.  

The sunflower was stamped onto some white cardstock using our Espresso Pigment ink so that I could heat-emboss it with Clear Embossing powder. At the time, I had planned on shading the image with watercolors, but, once it was stamped, I decided to leave it as is.  All those details in the sunflower stand out so strongly with the raised embossing and nothing more is needed.

I used the thin cuts dies to cut out the sunflower then placed it onto some white cardstock speckled with Toffee Shimmer.   In the sketch, the sentiment sits below the image, but, since I placed mine on the side with a tab, I decided to add some zig-zag stitching using our Gold Embellishing Thread across the base of the image. 

For such a simple design, I feel like it turned out absolutely beautiful and it helped with the heartache of missing my daughter this week.   


I hope that you enjoyed today’s Farmhouse Sunflower card project and that you were inspired to try something new and join me at the Atlantic Hearts Sketch challenge.  I will be showing a version of this card during my Virtual Crop next weekend and show what it would look like if I had added the watercolors.  If you wish to join the crop, click on the events tab above, then click on the link in the calendar. 

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