(second post today!) This is the Valentine’s Day card I made for DH.  We don’t actually “do” Valentine’s Day but I needed a card to enter a contest so he’s getting a card this year!

I used LOTS of PTI products on the card plus a really great line of Basic Grey paper (Oxford – ENABLER ALERT! if you make masculine cards or school-themed cards, you need this paper pad)

The buttons were more heart-shaped when I laid them out on my worktop before adhering them to the cardstock but once you stick them down with glue dots it’s not possible to tweak the layout.   TIP: In order to remember what button goes where, take a quick picture with your digital camera and then view the picture while you’re attaching the buttons.

I glued some patterned paper to a mini clothespin – I got them at Wal-Mart (Canada) in the stationary aisle.  I only bought one package because I have tons of brads, spiral clips, rhinestones, buttons, and every other embellishment that ever appealed to me and I never seem to use them up so I decided a little restraint was in order for this little fad.  Michelle Wooderson uses clothespins quite often on her projects – usually larger ones with a more utilitarian purpose – but I love the look so a little shout out to Michelle.

The stamp is from PTI Everyday Button Bits.  No colouring on these stamps but they’re designed to use with buttons – and I LOVE me some buttons – so I decided this stamp set was needed in my collection.  The edges of all the papers are sponged with Chai ink from PTI, the buttons are PTI (Pure Poppy), and I used chalk inks for the stem, leaves, and the planter (which I stamped twice so I could pop it up on the card).

I used my tracing wheel (thanks, Anna!) to outline each paper element rather than sewing.  This card is simple enough to still be masculine but it’s still pretty enough to work as a feminine card as well. (I think!)

The base is Kraft – I could have used Pure Poppy cardstock to enhance the buttons (and that’s what I probably would have done if this was for a female recipient) but I stuck with the muted tones from the patterned paper since I was going for a more masculine design.  I did opt to use red chalk ink on the sentiment just for another little pop of red.

I hope to get more craft room time this week as I do feel fairly inspired to create lately but it’s difficult to carve out enough time on a weeknight to really get anywhere.  I also have a few house projects that I keep saying I’m going to do but they remain on the back burner.  (anyone want to come over and sand a coffe table for me?)

Have a great week – hope you get to do something crafty!