Hi everyone! Welcome to the weekend. Last weekend Mark asked me, "What fun thing are we going to do this weekend?" Little did he know that there wasn't going to be much "fun" involved, but a whole lot of cleaning and stuffing of stamps! So this weekend we made it a goal to start off the weekend with me stamping and Mark playing Xbox. Mission accomplished! :)

I started with the Viva la Verve! sketch/inspiration challenge for this week. It's a new month, so there's still plenty of time to participate for a chance to win our next entire release! This month we're walking through dining rooms, and I chose to use the very cool green and brown vase in the third inspiration photo to base my card on. I liked the splotchy, distressed look and the brown and green combo and thought it would be perfect for a masculine birthday card I needed to make.

My papers are from the BasicGrey Origins pad and I dirtied them up with some Walnut Stain ink and an air art tool for some splotchiness. Then I lightly sanded around the edges to give a distressed look and also to define the panels without adding more bulk. The sentiment is from the Believe set and I masked off the "this life" so it could be a generic birthday sentiment.

The star is stamped with the puffy star from Starstruck, directly on patterned paper, then I highlighted with a Copic marker and punched out with the large SU! star punch. I hand cut a Kraft mat for it and sponged with Walnut Stain ink. To match the sanded look on my other panels, I used a white gel pen around the edges of the star (so much easier than trying to sand all those edges). The center star is stamped on the brown dp, punched with the small star punch and sponged with brown ink. A few eyelets and some twine finish off the card.

My Toys:
Stamps: Believe, Starstruck (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Brown, Kraft (Prism), Origins (BasicGrey)
Ink: Walnut Stain (Ranger Distress), Chocolate Chip (SU!), white gel pen
Accessories: Rectangle Dies (Nestabilities), Star punches, air art tool, twine (SU!), eyelets (Making Memories)


  1. Beautiful card! Love your inspiration piece too! Well done, as always!

  2. Very nice masculine card. Love the inspiration piece also.

  3. Fabulous card Julee! I love that color combination and the twine holding your sentiment is SO perfect!

  4. Fabulous card. Love the colors you used. It's a perfect masculine card.


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