Friday, 22 March 2013


Finally found some time yesterday to sit and mess about with stamps and paper! By the look of the weather today I will be able to do the same again today - so much for spring! 
Was having a mooch about over at Raspberry Road and saw this quote - 
The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another.  
The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month.  ~Henry Van Dyke
He wasn't wrong was he???? LOL

I have a couple of mens birthdays coming up so got on with quick makes whilst looking at the wind and rain. As I'm typing my world is now white (with snow!)

I saw a card made like this ago on Pinterest - sadly I didn't bookmark it so have had to do it from memory and now it's finished I don't think it comes anywhere close to the other lovely creation!

The ship stamp is from a set by Artemio. Stamped using Versafine Black onto white linen textured card and slightly coloured with water colour pastels. I masked the image off and sponged on the sun and sky with DI.

The striped background paper was a piece from the 'left over' drawer and I cut out a circle using a nestie and popped the stamped image behind then stuck it all onto white linen cardstock.

The 'porthole' was done using two nesties then adding some silver brads and secured with 3d pads to raise it from the card.

The anchor is a Kanban stamp. I ran some string across a DI pad threaded it through the top of the anchor, underneath one of the brads to secure and attached it to the greeting tag. Instead of throwing the leftover bits of string away I stuck them to the tag!  

Challenges -
Happy Campers - Add dimension

Creative Card Crew - Masculine
OLLCB - Male themed
Penny Black & More - One for the Boys
Here Come the Boys - photo inspiration (and I thought of Transport)
4 Crafty Chicks - Circles

I'm thankful that you have popped in to see me today - am hoping that everyone who has snow, wind, rain and freezing conditions is warm and dry - am just away to turn up the heating!
PS - My lovely friend Allesandra is giving fab candy away - click on kitty Bailey's pic in my sidebar to take you to her blog....



  1. Great card, love your porthole. Fab embellishing. I think I am still waiting for last year's Spring days. It is miserable here today. xx Flora

  2. Great mans card Viv love the nautical look great backing papers too


  3. What a great design Viv. The porthole's fab and I love the anchor with the twine. Xx

  4. WOW Viv - this is absolutely fantastic! LOVE the porthole (as opposed to my pothole adventure) and the brads are a super touch - as is the anchor. Did you guess I really, really love this card? :)

    Hugs, Di xx

  5. Wow thats fabby viv love it, and love the style with all the rope etc, your a clever dick!!!!!!!!!!! lol xxxxxxxxx

  6. Great mans card, love the porthole framing the image,
    Yvonne x

  7. Brilliant card Viv, I like the ship image the porthole design and the anchor.
    Kevin xx

  8. Great card Viv,love the stamping and colour esp., another masterpiece :) Viv xx

  9. This is fab Viv, love that porthole and anchor look, great card. You are always so 'look out of the square'. Like that.
    Hubby ended up with the paramedics out here after midnight, he collapsed in the bathroom, smashed the shower screen and smashed his head. They gave him an IV fluid as he was dehydrated and this one went to sleep on the lounge at 4am....oh well, it doesn't rain,but it pours but at the moment it' sooo hot...xx

  10. Oh what a fabulous nautical card, brilliant.

  11. What a stunning card, love how you've crated the porthole.

  12. fantastic male card viv.really love the nautical image and design :D

    xx coops xx

  13. Great card Viv love that image really looks good in that porthole
    jacqui x

  14. This is lovely and so elegant. Love the marine style. So glad you shared with us this fortnight at Creative Card Crew! Hope to see you again soon!
    Hugs, Yvonne

  15. Lovely card, great image. Thanks for joining us at Creative Card Crew with our Masculine challenge Hugs Tania xx (DT)

  16. I don't do Pin interest so no idea what you might have seen but I do know that this is fab. Your porthole is perfect with the ship design behind it and love the stripey paper. Great idea to put the remaining bits of string onto the tag. Waste not want not is my saying. Hugs Mrs A.

  17. I love this card Viv and it's perfect for my daughter's father-in-law's birthday as he is a retired royal marine - so I am going to unashamedly copy it as I have similar stamps too! Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery - or so they say. Thank you for the inpiration. X

  18. I love the nautical look you've created for this card! A great clean design with elements that are perfect for the nautical theme. Well done!

  19. Hiya Viv, have you got this glorious snow too lol, it looks so pretty from the craft room window and that's as close as I want to get to it! Fabulous card, love it. Thank you for joining us at Here come the boys challenge this week.
    Hugs Teresa x

  20. Thank you for joining our Circle Challenge at 4 Crafty Chicks!

  21. What a great mans card Viv, I love the porthole look.
    Huge hugs Mau xx

  22. This is a fabulous masculine card! I love all things nautical, and this is an amazing creation - really!!

  23. Amazing masculine card! I love this boat and the way you highlighted it using the circles with the brads. Thank you so much for sharing your amazing inspiration with us at 4 Crafty Chicks.

  24. Brilliant manly card Viv. Love the image and portal.
    Caz x

  25. What a clever idea, the porthole. And so beautifully executed, too. I dread making cards for men, but this is one that I would actually enjoy making. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  26. Hi, Viv - such a pleasure visiting and seeing this nautical themed card. Very pretty in its simplicity, and yet all the fussy cutting, tasteful colors and harbor-like feel. Wonderful! hugs, de

  27. Hi Viv, thanks so much for joining us at CCC with your gorgeous card xx Jan

  28. Hi Viv,
    What can I say !!! Fantastic card, I love how you've made the porthole, it's stunning .. Thanks for joining us at Happy Campers xx

  29. Fab creation for our Picture Challenge at Here Come The Boys! Good Luck with your entry! Woo x


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