Monday, April 2, 2018

Masculine Tuscan Vineyard Birthday Card

My hubby celebrated his birthday two weekends ago and I wanted to create a personal card for him, so I looked through my masculine themed stamp sets to find something that would be appropriate and didn't see anything that inspired me. Then one of my downline asked to borrow the wine set, and thinking that she meant Tuscan Vineyard, I got that out to share with her. But as I looked at it, I realized that this would be the perfect set to use for Ken! He loves a good wine with his meals and likes to try different varieties and compare them! So I asked my downline if I could use it first and it turns out that it wasn't the set she was looking for anyway. That gave me lots of time to create a really unique masculine card for my sweetie. Here's a closer look:

  • I'm afraid this week is setting out to be a fussy cutting week, because none of these images have matching framelits, so Paper Snips were my option. I used to have a Scan'n'Cut, but I sold it because I didn't use it enough to justify having it, so it was just me and my scissors. Fortunately, I rather enjoy fussy cutting. It's mindful therapy for me and I cut all you see here except the sentiment label and the oval opening in the embossed panel.
  • I haven't used my Watercolour Pencils for a long time, thanks to my excitement over my Stampin' Blends, but they were the perfect thing for these images. I didn't add water for these, but just coloured the images stamped in Soft Suede ink for that sepia look.
  • I tried a new-to-me trick with the grape bunch at the top. I added some glue from the Fine Tip Glue Pen to each individual grape and let it dry, giving the image a 3D texture and look. I did this after colouring the image with the Watercolour Pencils.
  • The front panel is Soft Suede, embossed with the SAB reward - The Basket Weave Dynamic Embossing Folder. I embossed it after die cutting the oval hole in it using the Layering Ovals Framelits. On another piece of Soft Suede, I made the frame by die cutting the larger oval first and then centering the smaller oval inside it and running it through the Big Shot again. 
  • Some Burlap Ribbon works really well with the design and was added to this panel before mounting it on the card front.
  • I added Foam Adhesive Strips on the four sides of the panel and around the oval opening and then, having pre-adjusted where to adhere the vineyard image so that it would appear perfectly in the opening, I added the basket weave panel to the card front.
  • The sentiment is from two stamp sets: Guy Greetings and Feather Together and they just fit inside the label framelit from the retired Project Life Cards and Labels Framelits set which I will never give up because it is my go to! I mounted it over the burlap ribbon using some Fast Fuse. The other images are mounted using Dimensionals.
Newsletter Changes

I am making some changes in my business in the coming weeks, to give me more time for other important things in my life. At 66, I have started to look at the time left in my life as limited rather than endless, and there are things I still want to do with that time. I want to spend more time with friends and family. I want to explore other passions! I want to get out of my crafting cave in the basement and see the sunlight once in a while. So I have started to evaluate the things I spend my time on in terms of their profitability, not just in money, but also in satisfaction, and I want to change or eliminate the areas that I spend a disproportionate amount of time doing with little or no reward or satisfaction in return.  One of those areas is my newsletter. I spend hours on it, especially on the free tutorial that comes with it, and I rarely even get a comment back. I get no sales or new customers from it and I feel that it is not a good use of my time. I am also cutting back on the number of classes I do a month and so it is not as necessary any more.

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Click on the links below to take you to my On-Line Store, where you can read about, look at, and purchase if you wish, the products used to make this card today.

Product List
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Glue Dots


  1. Good for you Heather! You need to take care of yourself first and foremost!

  2. Life is short and family and friends come first. We understand. Go out and live!


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