So Special

Happy Saturday!
Figured I'd get my post done up while Matthew sleeps :)

I've got another "manly" card to share with you today.  Like I mentioned yesterday, manly cards aren't all that easy for me...I struggle a lot with them and that was especially true for this card.  I kept going round and round in circles trying to work something out that wasn't all pink and took me a few attempts but I finally got something to stick.
I have been loving the wood grain trend going on right now, so when I saw this wood grain stamp at Michaels, I snatched it up rather quick.  I tried a few layouts with it, but nothing seemed to look good...the pattern isn't uniform enough to fill in the front of a card with and it's just slightly an awkward shape.  But I fought through it.  When I saw the Deconstructed Sketch for this week, I knew it would work!  The struggle was getting some masculine colors to coordinate together.

I must say, I love my Lawn Fawn papers!  They work for everything!  I stamped out my wood grain and inked around the edges to polish off the image.  It's layered onto some scraps from my stash and other Lawn Fawn papers.  The little tags are from Lili of the Valley and their tied onto the trunk with some twine from The Twinery.

I left off all the gems and sparkles, but I did use a little bit of Wink of Stella clear glitter pen on the heart in the wood grain for just a touch of shimmer. 

And my sister loved it!! Yes!!  Always feels good when I am successful at capturing the feel someone is looking for in a card :)

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    613 Avenue Create #55-Anything Goes/Shades of Blue
    Deconstructed Sketch #135
    Delightful Challenges-You Have My Heart
    Divas by Design-Anything Goes
    Fab n Funky #200-All About the Words

Thanks for stopping by!  <3


  1. Just gorgeous. Loving the wood grain panel and the twine with the sentiments.
    Wishing you a wonderful and relaxed weekend.
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

  2. This is just fabulous! I would say your take on a Man Card is pretty awesome. Thanks for playing along with us here at 613 Avenue Create!
    Chana, Owner

  3. Great male card - very original and such a lovely design thank you for playing along at Fab'n'Funky challenges this week hugs Judith x

  4. Emily that card is fab! Love the woodgrain stamp, it's so sweet with it's 'heart' in the grain. Lovely layout and the sentiment tags are the perfect finish. Thanks for joining us at the Fab 'n' Funky Challenge this week. Good luck! Hugs, Wends ~ Fab 'n' Funky DT

  5. Love the heart in the tree, superfun card for a guy! Thank you for playing along with us @ Fab 'n Funky :)

  6. so stunning emily.really fab design and i love the wood effect paper :D

    xx coops xx

  7. Great card. Never seen anything like it. Very unique. Thanks for joining our You Have My Heart Challenge at Delightful Challenges.

    Design Team
    Delightful Challenge

  8. Very nice! Thank you for joining us at Delightful Challenges.