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Friday, 12 February 2010


Phew! I managed to make my hubby's Valentine's card at last. He doesn't really appreciate cards (let along handmade ones!) and he's not the romantic type either so I always struggle to make him cards! He does have a great sense of humour though so I thought I'd do something less soppy and more in keeping for what I like getting from him - kisses!

As I always find it so hard to make cards with clean lines (always look so unprofessional!), I decided to use a lot of texture - clear embossing powder on the dotted side border, embossed black matting, white linen cardstock for the background and hearts AND used Diamond Glaze on the lips. And of course my fav foam pads behind the heart in the foreground and the lips. This card took me ages!
I am entering this card into three challenges this week. Firstly, Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge #60 (which I didn't think I'd be able to manage as it looked so difficult!)...

Secondly, Crazy for Challenges #23 "Be My Valentine" and, lastly, By the Cute and Girly February challenge to make a card themed around "love" (just found this blog!).

Papers/cardstock: Papermania white linen cardstock, red and black smooth cardstock, red foam sheet
Mediums: Versamagic Red Magic ink, Versamark ink, clear embossing powder, Diamond Glaze (on lips)
Stamps: Inca lips, Hero Arts dots background stamp
Accents: Stampin' Up ribbon
Tools: Woodware heart punch, Cuttlebug houndstooth embossing folder, Quickutz Neat Freak alphabet dies, Wizard die cutter


Stephanie Kraft said...

Great card for your hubby!! And you did fabulous on achieving clean lines!!

Anonymous said...

Awesome Mary!!! love it! perfect for your DH!
Pam Going Postal

Monique said...

This is adorable!!! He is going to love it and give you a great big SMOOCH!!lol..Great card :)

Thank you for the nice comment you left me on my blog..


Lisa Jane said...

I am not so clever Mary - if you notice 2 of the challenges had the same theme lol ( crafty eh, in more ways than 1 !)
Your card is stunning, and i don't care what you say i think it does look professional.!!
I think your hubbie will love it.Its perfect for a man - no fuss, but sexy and fun.
I hope he has got you a card ( or he may even surprise you and pinch some of your stash)- my friends husband gets me to make hers as she is also a crafter. He once asked her to make her own lol ( men eh!!)
I hope you have a fabulous Valentines weekend whatever you do.
Thank you for adding me to your side bar. I feel i am making some lovely friends in the cardmaking/crafting world and enjoy keeping in touch and seeing all their latest creations.Plus they all leave me lovely comments too.
Lisa ;)

Jenny said...

This is super cute! I'm glad you used black on your huband's card too. Doesn't make me feel so bad that I used black on mine too. Happy V-day!!

Sarah A said...

Hi Mary

Oh this is gorgeous and those clean line you wrote about were definitely acheived! I love it and I am sure your husband will too!

My husband is the same as yours, whilst he can look at my cards and say he likes them (more often than not though it is a grunt LOL) he doesn't really appreciate them! Mind you he does big my cards up to his friends and I have made a few for them which he says he is really proud of!! Men eh!!!

Anyway, thanks again for your lovely comment on my card it really boosts my confidence as a crafter ;-)

Take care and have yourself a smoochy weekend...

Sarah x

Beryl said...

It may have taken you a long time but it is so worth it. I'm sure your husband will love this card.
Thank you for sharing it with us at By the Cute and Girly.
Beryl xx

CraftyC said...

I love this card, so modern!

LeAnne said...

This is stunning, Mary J! Thanks for your sweet comments and for visiting my blog, too.....I will be taking a peek at yours while I am here! Enjoy your weekend!

Anonymous said...

Too cute! Love the classic colors!

Stamp and Smile said...

Great take on the Challenge and SWEET Hubby card... I know what you mean about not to mooshy! These guys are hard to stamp for... LOL! SMILES... :)

Heather P. said...

This is totally fabulous!

jem (jane elizabeth middleton) said...

if he doesn't like this one he's mad, i'm sure he will, it's a fabulous design and i for one love it. Thanks for sharing your creation with "by the cute and girly". janex

pinky said...

Mary this is just lovely, very striking with the very manly ribbon. Thanks for sharing at By the cute and girly.

Megan at PPC said...

What an adorable card!

Please check out my blog candy and NEW color combo challenge at:

-Megs :)

Juls said...

just Fab - u - Lous!!!! My absolutle fav colour combo!!!! very stylish!! Love it! thanks for joining us at BTC&G!

Jen Tapler said...

I love it Mary!! And what are you talking about? These clean lines look AWESOME!! All of the texture is fantastic and I think you pulled the whole thing together fabulously!! I especially like the hearts in place of the "o"s in "smooch" - so clever!!

Jules said...

Hi Mary

A gorgeous card. I bet your hubby thought it was wonderful.

I love the clean lines!!!

Thank you for sharing with By the Cute and Girly this month.

Love Jules xx


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