Monday, November 16, 2015

Masculine Birthday Card

I have spent most of 2015 in a very remote town that gets mail once a week… highly dependent upon weather. Mail day pretty much always feels festive for me due to my excitement level about mail in general, and specifically because I usually get either cards, care packages, or fun mail order stuff each week. That said, the postman is a nice acquaintance due to the amount of time I spend at the post office on mail days, both for my own mail and to help haul mail for a couple other folks. So when he mentioned his birthday was coming up, it was CARD TIME! I did not want to spend hours on one card (which is a frequent occurrence for me), so I came up with a simple masculine card design that took me about 15 minute to put together after the initial layout & paper selections. I liked the design so much that I made a second card for another upcoming birthday and a third card for my personal stash.

On an off-white card base, I glued down patterned paper from DCWV’s “Tattered Time” 4"x6" mat stack. I die cut a rounded clip embellishment from Papertrey Ink’s“Clip Tips” set from ivory cardstock and sponged it lightly with vintage photo Distress Ink, then stamped it in the same ink using a round arrow from the coordinating stamp set.

The die cut clip embellishment was a great addition to a square photo frame paper from We R Memory Keepers “Indian Summer” Albums Made Easy set. The Albums Made Easy set was an impulse sale buy because it was over half off and I knew the colors would coordinate with others in my stash; I’m so glad I grabbed it. I glued the clip to the paper frame, then adhered the frame off-kilter on the front of the card. I couldn’t make the frame as asymmetrical as I originally wanted, because the card wouldn’t have fit in its envelope! Once adhered, I stamped a birthday sentiment from Papertrey Ink’s “Movers & Shakers Sentiments” set, and stamped the second coordinating sentiment inside the card using crisp onyx black Versafine ink.

Entered in:
613 Avenue Create - Challenge #150 anything goes
A Bit More Time To Craft - Challenge #8 anything goes
Craft Stamper - November "Take A Stamp" Challenge
Craft Your Passion - Challenge #288 anything goes 
Crafting From The Heart - Challenge #86 anything goes
Crafts Galore Encore - "Use a Stamp or Digi Image" Challenge
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper - November Challenge anything goes
Create and Inspire - Challenge #33 anything goes
Creative Fingers - Challenge #97 anything goes 
Fan-Tastic Tuesday - Challenge #111 anything goes/twist of "B" (for brown/birthday!) 
Not Just Cards - Challenge #26 November anything goes
Simply Papercraft - Challenge #17 anything goes 
Word Art Wednesday - Challenge #209 anything goes 


  1. Such a fun card to get on your birthday. Thank you so much for taking time to post your very creative art with us this week at Word Art Wednesday in our 209th AG challenge! Blessings, Carole

  2. Great card, thank you for joining us at Crafting from the Heart.

    Pam x

  3. Lovely masculine card..
    Thanks for joining us in the Craft Stamper Challenge!

    xxx Ellie xxx

  4. thanks for joining Craft Your Passion challenge this week, hope to see you again! :)

    Kasia, Craft Your Passion DT

  5. What a fun card .... love the words. Thank you for joining in with the Craft Stamper Challenge .... good luck! Linda xx

  6. Your card is very beautiful !
    Thank you for joining us at Craftyhazelnuts!
    Good Luck and hope to see you again.

  7. Lovely creation! I love your style!
    Thank-you for joining us at the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge "Use stamp or digi".