Monday, 27 January 2014

Have a cracking birthday!

Hello!  well, well... beginning of a new week! I hope you've had a great weekend and that you are full of energy for the week ahead... At the Diaz-Kaleem household, the flu has made an appearance.... Alaia is poorly and I'm constantly sneezing. Hubby is away for the day, but he wasn't feeling really well yesterday either.... not good! So Alaia and I have decided that today is a pj's day for us!

Luckily, we had a really good weekend. On Saturday we went out for a bit. I convinced (begged) my husband to take me to this great garden centre which has a massive craft section. I don't drive (although I have a driving licence, long story... ), and it's not accesible by bus, so I count on my hubby to drive me there at least once a month... I love it! I found stuff that I can't find in my local shop, and cheaper... really happy. there is nothing like a bit of craft shopping to make me happy!

Today I've got a male card for you... and I used some of my new things! I used a stamp that I got as a prize for a challenge from QKR Stampede, called "Carpenter".  It's a really fun stamp and I couldn't wait to use it! 

I made a card base from Kraft card.
Yellow card stock for background. 
The papers I've used are from: First Edition Desert Blooms (stripes paper) and Crate Paper The Pier (wood looking paper).
I hand-stitched with white thread around the paper. 

I used this sketch from Digi Sketch challenge. 

I thougth it was perfect for the image and theme.

The Promarkers I used to colour the image are:

for the hat: Poppy and Cool Grey 3
for the hair: Cool Grey 5, 4, 3 and 1
for the skin: Vanilla, Almond and blender pen
T-shirt: Poppy, Mustard, Buttermilk and blender pen.
For the jeans: China Blue, Cornflower and Powder blue.
For the wood: Raw Sienna, Sandstone.
Hammer: Cool Grey 4 and 2; Raw Sienna and Sandstone.
For the shoes: Cool Grey 5,4,3,1

I created the sentiment on my computer and cut it with my new Marianne's Creatable round tag die.

The tools and nail head brads are some the goodies I bought on Saturday. They are from Woodware.
The plain silver brads are non-branded.
I added some washi tape (I'm loving Washi tape lately!!!!) from local shop.

I also used some recycled embellishments! 
The corrugated brown card strips are part of the packaging of a toiletry set I got on my baby shower (yes, 5 years ago!). I still have some left, I don't use it a lot, I want it to last as I love it!
And then... I raided our tool box! I sew a little screw on the top corner of the image and used a Screw ring (not sure about the name, they are used together with screws) to link the sentiment tag to the image.

I'm really happy how it turned out...  at the end...
When I first made the card, I used the blender pen to "correct" a bit of red marker that went over the line... omg! red everywhere! then I tried to cover it with white gel pen... I completed the card, took pictures.... and I hated it! so took everything apart and coloured a new image! It would have bugged me so much!

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Oldie but a goody - Recycle (old: plain brads, corrugated paper -recycled-, First Edition stripe paper )

I really hope you like my new card! please leave me some love in the comments and don't forget to follow if you haven't done it yet! :) thanks!

Until next time


  1. This is a beautiful digital imaged, colored wonderfully. Yes, this is adorable, as well, and I'm going to go buy it now that you've showcased it. I love this image and am going to save your card on my desktop as inspiration. This is a fantastic use of embellishments. Each is absolutely perfect...from the screw brads to the real screw, the hammer, the washer and then to stitch around it in white sets this card off. This is a great card and I'm so glad you entered in our challenge at The Paper Shelter. Good luck and I hope we see more of your art work! Hugs, Gail

  2. Wonderful card and sentiment. Thank you for joining us at I♥Promarkers good luck Ginny x

  3. Great masculine card, thank you for joining us at Crafters Cafe
    Alex x

  4. Fabulous masculine card Mirella. Your new embellies are perfect for this image and I love the sentiment. Thank you so much for joining us at TPC this week. hugs, Pat K x

  5. I am so loving this card and that fab stamp and your great embellishments and to top it all your recycled elements. Brilliant male card, thank you so much for sharing it with us at an OMAG, good luck, Jx

  6. Gorgeous card and image Mirella. I saw this on MIM..Loz

  7. Wow this is so adorable... Thanks for joining us at Created with love Challenges.
    Linda K. DT

  8. LOL...I have this stamp and I LOVE it!!! Love the embellishments you used on your card too and a great LO!!

    1. Thank you so much Calypso! the digi is so much fun!

  9. FANTASTIC ! The image of course is great , your colouring amazing and your embellishing, well , the add on bits are awesome .
    Thanks for sharing on Make it Monday .

  10. This is brilliant! It made me laugh out loud, how fun!!! Absolutely adore your embellishments too! The screw ring is called a washer btw xxx

    1. Thank you Emma!!!! I went crazy with google translation trying to find out its name... my hubby didn't even know! (he's useless at DIY...). I don't even know its name in Spanish!!! washer! (never heard of it!!!)lol. xxx

  11. Your embellishments are AWESOME! Just love this! Good luck in The Corrosive Challenge this fortnight!
    DebbieM - TCC DT

  12. Love all the embellishments. Cute sentiment. Thanks for joining our Anything Goes Challenge at Created With Love Challenges

    Created with Love Challenges

  13. great card, love the image and all the great embellishments, thanks for joining us at created with love challenges, good luck
    caroline dt

  14. I just love your guy card! Spotted it at MIM. Had to come take a closer look!

  15. Love the image and your card is fantastic!! Thanks for playing with us at One Crazy Stamper.

  16. Gorgeous card, love the design. Thanks for joining us at AGOAC.

    Donna x

  17. Ha ha ha. Perfect sentiment on a fab card.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Sweet Stampin' xxx

  18. An amazing card, love your "tools"! Thanks for playing along at Twisted Tuesday Challenges!

  19. LOL, love this card!!! Gorgeous work! Thanks for joining us at Twisted Tuesday!!


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