Monday 16 January 2012

Masculine Monday - a male valentine

Good morning! I'm thinking of valentines this morning and is there anything harder to get right than a valentine's card for a male? You don't want to go for anything too gooey or frilly or pink... Well today's card is one option! It's inspired by this week's Less is More challenge, which requires one-layer cards featuring birds (right up my street - thanks ladies!) Come and see:

The bird is from a beautiful and very useful set, Notably Ornate. The thing I love about this particular bird is that it's a solid stamp, so you can do what you like with it really. At Christmas I turned it into a dove by filling in the tail; another time I used the 'kissing' technique on it; I've stamped two and cut them out so that they can hold a banner... oh the possibilities are endless. But anyway, today (Matthew!) he is a bluebird of lurve!

And look what he's carrying - it's a heart flower! I think this has to be one of my favourite motifs ever - a bird carrying something in its beak. I don't know whether you can see it very clearly but the heart is incredibly sparkly. I've punched it out of Glimmer paper from the new mini catalogue and it works brilliantly - you get a lovely sharp outline and of course there's no sticky finger trouble or glitter all over the house!

Supplies needed for this card:
Stamps: Notably Ornate, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Marina Mist, Real Red
Card stock: Naturals Ivory
Other: Markers, watercolour pencils, Glimmer Paper, Boho Blossoms punch, circle punches, stamp-a-majig
I'd be delighted to order any of these supplies for you and can have them delivered to your address in the UK. I am committed to providing excellent customer service and am always happy to help and advise. Just send me an email or give me a call on 01280 820593. 

Thinking about birds reminded me of a laugh we had over the Christmas holidays when we played a lot of family games. One of our favourites was Articulate - a game where you describe the word on the card, but without using the word. On one occasion we played boys versus girls and it really flagged up the difference in the way the genders communicate. For example: my oldest son says: "It's a flower!" "Tulip!"guesses my husband. "Yeah!" My daughter and I look bemused at this astonishing success. "Next one. It's a bird!" continues my son. "Thrush? Robin? Blackbird?"they suggest. "No!" my son says. "Blue tit? Swan? Magpie? Pass..." They give up and my son moves on to the next card. There's a pause before my son says: "It's another bird!" My daughter and I collapse into helpless giggles.

Thank you for dropping by today. I'll be back tomorrow with something a little more feminine and I hope you can join me.



  1. Fabulous card, Vicky...and you're right about Valentine's cards for men - yours would be perfect! It's also such a perfect CAS card for this weeks challenge at LIM. Love your bird image and the tiny glittered heart:)

  2. Such a stunning card that little bird


  3. Hello Vicky

    A brilliant male Valentine. Love it.

  4. Perfect little bluebird Vicky, it's a great design for a valentines card :) I spy your gorgeous cloud inking too.
    Love those wordy games at Christmas, they can cause quick an outburst of the giggles can't they :)
    Jenny x

  5. A lovely card and the ideas you have with them is certainly outside the box, I really must try and think outside the box, I may even come up to your standard them LOL. Love the sky you have done too

  6. Beautiful card Vicky, love the soft inky clouds too. xx

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  8. Hi Vicky,
    lovely little card; it looks like it has been coloured inby hand, super texture !
    Jane x

  9. Great card Vicky... you get so much mileage out of all your stamps... this is fabulous. I love that delicate background!
    Thanks once more.
    "Less is More"

  10. Absolutely beautiful Vicky. I've got this set and it hasn't even seen ink yet!!
    M x

  11. GORGEOUS Masculine... can you have gorgeous masculine lol... I love it!!!
    Happy New Year Vicky!!!! Hope your Christmas has been fantastic! :) hugs..

  12. Hi Vicky, This is fabulous, I love the grainy nature of the bird image, it looks as if it's hand drawn and the tiny heart is perfect. Gorgeous card, so simple.
    I think I would love that game Articulate it sounds as if you had a blast:0) Gay xxx

  13. What a beautiful card, love your watercolouring technique

  14. Oh Vicky I meant it have a bit of a bird fetish !! Sorry have removed it made me laugh out loud too. Wasn't wearing glasses you see, so let me start again........Love your card and think its perfect for either sex, the bird is beautiful as is your gorgeous background so delicately painted. Right think that makes sense this time !!!


  15. Superb as ever Vicky
    Im in such of awe of you, brilliantl;y beautiful card

    Many thanks
    "Less is More"

  16. Vicky,
    that's a fantastic idea to add a little shadow and different colors to the bird!
    The card is wonderful!


  17. Hi Vicky

    A gorgeous valentine card .. .. and I love the delicate sky you have added behind your image.

    It certainly sounds like you are getting your use out of that lovely stamp!!

    Loving the sound of your Christmas games!

    Love Jules xx

  18. WOW! This is amazing - love the soft clouds in the background. This is such a good tip as I often find my images on OLC 'float' in nothingness. Such talent!

  19. Hi Vicky
    wow another stunner fabulous card ....
    hugs sylvie

  20. Lovely image Vicky. And I couldn't agree more about how easy it is to work with the glimmer paper. Such an improvement over glitter!

  21. OH...MY...WORD. This is amazing! You literally amaze me each time I see a card you've made!

  22. Your little bluebird is perfect for your male valentine's. I love all the texture you've achieved on him. Must order me some glimmer paper! x

  23. Very the flower he is carrying!!

  24. Brilliant card don't you love 'em :O) Viv xx

  25. Fabulous card Vicky, love this image.


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