Monday, January 5, 2015

FMS #167 - My Anchor, My Friend

Today's project was inspired by the great layout posted on Freshly Made Sketches

I always find that making masculine cards is difficult for me.  I recently discovered that my husband has kept every card I've given him in our time together.  How sweet is that?  :)  When I look through those cards, it seems that I determine a masculine card based on the absence of bling and ribbon.  But that doesn't have to be the case and today's card reinforces that!

This layout helped me to use my more masculine supplies from my Occasions catalog pre-order to what I think is a great result and to change the bow/bling component!  I think these products are going to be very fun to play with!

To "man" up the bling, I colored the rhinestone with the Smoky Slate Blendabilities.  It's in the top of the anchor to look like a bolt.  I like that it deepens the gray color - it's actually quite beautiful.  The anchor is also colored with these markers and the rope.  I then took my chalk marker and colored on top of the Smoky Slate on the every other rope strip to give it a contrasting look.  I LOVE IT!

Instead of ribbon, I used our ever versatile Baker's twine.  The designer paper is from the Adventure Bounds DSP stack - I know that the "rope" piece is actually more like a sweater but I think it still works.  The other piece has water on the back but it was a little too bright for the subdued tones of this card.

  • Cardstock/DSP: Whisper White, Smoky Slate, Adventure Bound DSP Stack, Basic Gray
  • Stamp Sets: Guy Greetings, Gorgeous Grunge
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Smoky Slate
  • Accessories: Basic Black Baker's Twine, Big Shot and Cutting Mats, Starburst Framelits, 2" Circle Punch, Basic Rhinestones, Smoky Slate Blendabilities, Dauber, Chalk Marker, Dimensionals, Scissors, and Adhesive
While my husband is my anchor and brightens my world, it is winter outside and I find that grays are working their way into all my work as of late.  Good thing I have to make some baby cards this week and will be posting those tomorrow!

Have a craftastic day,


  1. What a sweet husband - you have a keeper!!! I'm like you - I avoid bling and ribbon -but your single gem on the anchor really highlights it! Thank you for playing along with us at Freshly Made Sketches.

  2. This is a fabulous masculine card - I so love the gray tones and the patterned paper is gorgeous. Thanks so much for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches.


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