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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Wild About You Valentine

As we continue through a week of “punny” Valentines, I have been adding my creations to a few weekly challenge blogs. Today, I decided to enter a new challenge at Dragonfly Journeys.  If you have been reading my postings, you also know that I have three boys who I still send Valentine’s to, and I have be taking advantage of the dinosaur images and play on words to create an ultra-cheesy Valentine for each one them.  Here is the final one in my collection.


After creating the other cards, I was left with a few more dinosaur images in my Something Fierce collection as well as this “Wild About You” sticker which was the perfect sentiment for a Valentine card. As I was creating my card, I began to recall the days when decorated paper bags were once stuffed with silly valentines just like this.


Once I had chosen I sentiment, I decided to layer it atop this adorable brontosaurus die cut.  If you look at the set of compliments above, you can see that he originally held a ball. As many of you know, scissors can be a wonderful tool to adjust an image an make it your own. Snip & Stick and your brontosaurus is now holding a heart.


After deciding on the background, I realized that the two images weren’t enough for this card, so I cut out the Palm Tree and Pineapple and layered them with a few more hearts onto the front of my card. ♥ Super simple, Super cute, and ready to send off to my son.

I hope that you have enjoyed this collection of punny Valentines using our Something Fierce collection and that you give one of them a try.

I can’t wait to see what you create!


T-Rex Valentine Hugs

Creating cards for boys can be a challenge, especially ones who are 6.5’+ bearded bears who find your “mom feelings” a bit too mushy for their taste. The other challenge, when creating these Valentines, is to make sure they aren’t too frilly and have a slight sense of “dad humor” added.  Yesterday, I posted my “I Dig You” Valentine and, today, I am showing you another way to use the Something Fierce collection and add a little “pun” to your cheesy Valentine collection.

trexhugvalentine-misscarriescreationsDid you giggle a little? To tell you the truth, I rolled my eyes once I was finished, and my husband just laughed at the irony of it all, so I knew it was a perfect card for one of my sons. When I first began this project, I knew that I wanted to use the T-Rex Image , but I couldn’t quite figure out how to use a Raspberry colored dinosaur for a “boy” card.



Out came the Love of Color Book and I was able to find some other colors that would tone down the pink and make this appear more masculine (as masculine as you can get for a Valentine) I realized at this point that it would be a perfect entry for the Heart2Heart Love of Color and the Sunday Stamps Pretty in Pink Challenges.



After deciding on the color palette and the images, I thumbed through  my stamp collection to find a sentiment that would fit this monstrous beast. Wouldn’t you know it, the A Piece of My Heart stamp set had the perfect sentiment to make this silly card. 🙄



Please take the time to stop by the Heart2Heart blog and see the other creations for this challenge and make sure you stop by tomorrow for one more cheesy dinosaur valentine.

I can’t wait to see what you create!Heart2Heart Darling 2018 sept