Birthday Wishes for Hubby

Hello friends!  Happy Friday!  I wanted to share a few things from my husband’s birthday we celebrated last night along with the card I made for him.


I was going for a masculine look of course and I know that he likes nature, wildlife, etc. and with his birthday being in November, I thought a Fall scheme would work out nicely.  Besides, I had gotten some My Favorite Things products and wanted to have a play with them, so I used the current color challenge when making this one.  (See challenges list below)

For my design, I went with a Natural cardstock base, rounded the corners with a corner chomper and ink blended along the edges with some Vintage Photo distress ink.  I got a little more carried away with the inking than what I wanted, but then went over it by spritzing some water and dabbing it up with a paper towel for the water marks.  (I’ve also cut out some leaves with the Falling Leaves Die-namics die set and then sponged some colors around the edges for them as well.  These were added as accents on the over-all design.)


I was so excited about using this Delightful Deer Die-namics set.  There are some T-I-N-Y bits in there to cut out and attach! LOL!  I sponged around the edges and bottom of legs with a brown ink.  I die cut some white dots and the piece for tail as well as cut out a couple of brown dots for eye and nose as well as cutting out his antlers.  I also added a few extra “dots” with my white gel pen on the deer.  It was popped up over the scene with some foam tape.  The main deer was cut from Persimmon cardstock which is also what I’ve used to cut out a banner (from the Essential Fishtail Sentiment Strips die-namics) that I white heat embossed the sentiment from the Essential Sentiments stamp set.


For my scene, I took some of the MFT Candy Land Paper Pack and use the dotted “Sour Apple” color piece and die cut a panel of it with the Stitched Rounded Rectangle STAX die-namics and placed it over my ink blended natural card front base.  I then used the Stitched Valley die-namics and cut some pieces from brown cardstock and lightly sponged some white ink over top of the “hills”.  I placed those over top of my natural card front base and also cut out some trees from one of the FREE die-namics dies that I received with an order from some Sour Apple card stock and attached them over the “hills”.

Lastly, I wrapped some twine around the card front base, added my die cut leaves where I wanted them, attached this panel to a top folding A2 sized white card base that I’ve also rounded the corners on with a corner chomper.  Lastly, I’ve added some clear crystal drops in random places.

I enjoyed creating this one using mainly die cuts and minimal stamping!  I hope you’ve enjoyed my masculine card design as well! 🙂

Here’s the challenges that I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  MFT Color Challenge – Persimmon, Sour Apple, Milk Chocolate, Neutral
  2. Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies –
  3. City Crafter – #437 Woodland Animals
  4. Crafting By Designs – Anything Goes
  5. Creative Moments – Anything Goes

If you happen to follow along with me on FB, then you may have seen where I’ve had the talented lady Dina Kowal create a portrait for me using a past photo from our beloved family member Mocca that passed away this last February.  Dina is extremely talented with her pencils!  My hubby was amazed and here is a photo of him with it last night after he opened it up for his birthday present:


He said, “Oh wow!” when he opened it and wanted me to tell her that she did an amazing job, it looks just like her!   I went through the photos with hubby (he’s not on social media) that Dina had shared of her on-going creative process with the portrait, and this was one from the beginning:

Mocca drawing photo 1

And this was the photo that she used for her creative process:


We are thrilled and honored to have this stunning work of ‘Mocca’ art in our home and look forward to getting it framed and put up!  Thank you to Dina for sharing her talents with all of us! 🙂

Thanks for dropping by my friends!  See you soon!

27 thoughts on “Birthday Wishes for Hubby

  1. Gorgeous fun card Vicki and love the Deer and all his tiny birthday to hubby and the drawing of your cute little dog is amazing and a wonderful keepsake..

    Luv CHRISSYxx


  2. You made a fantastic card for your hubbies birthday, Vicki. And the portrait of Mocca looks like a photo, so beautiful!
    xxx Margreet


  3. Happy birthday to your hubby and brilliant gift-amazing portrait of Mocca.Love the masculine card -all the dies and little elements-you actually die cut those little white dots???
    Carol x


  4. Beautiful….um, I mean, masculine card! All the details and shading are just so pretty. And wow, that is a pencil drawing of your beloved pet? That’s amazing – it looks like a photo!


  5. Awesome card SO on to the Mocca portrait I bet he was so surprised. I almost cried just looking at it. I’m a true dog mom and love all 3 of our fur babies. Ok back to the card love it and the colors go so well together. Hope he enjoyed his birthday.


  6. The card is a perfectly autumnal and masculine design. I love everything about it, from the colors to the details of nature and the design of that reindeer. I really love it, I just can’t find words to describe how I feel. Wow.


  7. Vicki, you created a great card for your hubby’s birthday. It’s perfect for an outdoorsman. I love the design and the gorgeous deer. When I read your post and looked at the card, I immediately thought that you had die cut the dots on the gorgeous deer.

    Wow, Dina is one awesome artist! I love the picture and it looks just like your beloved doggie! Such an awesome gift for your hubby!


  8. Your card is beautifully detailed and so cute for a masculine card at the same time! Love that deer! I am impressed with Dina’s drawing of Mocca – it looks just like her and what a wonderful gift to give. I’d be sobbing for sure! Happy birthday to the hubs! Have a great weekend!


  9. Vicki what a treasure you created for your husband’s birthday and topped off with the most remarkable gift!! I am stunned by the talent needed to create such a perfect lifelike drawing! wowie!!

    I’m sorry you lost your sweet pet but happy for you that with that picture you’ll always enjoy that darling face!!



  10. What a awesome masculine card Vicki! I love the colors and that fabulous deer die cut, the scene you created is gorgeous!! WOW that picture of Mocca is amazing and looks just like her, I bet your husband loved it! Have a wonderful weekend my friend!
    Hugs, Tammy


  11. I love your card, Vicki, but to say it’s overshadowed by Mocca’s portrait is a true understatement! What incredible work your artist did on this. I really hope Lynn has an opportunity to see this. She has a sweet, little, red, Doxie (Rambo) and she’ll appreciate really appreciate it. 😀


  12. I love Dina’s amazing work with animals and people. I know your husband will treasure this wonderful work of art always. That card you made for his is also divine!! Awesome work, Vicki!


  13. Oh my goodness, your card is fabulous! I love all of the ‘tiny’ details! You must have very steady hands! Your hubby is so handsome 🙂 and looks very pleased with his beautiful gift. Dina is amazing – I have a photo I need to send her as well, to surprise my DH sometime. Thanks for sharing – have a good night!


    1. LOL!! Yes, He IS very handsome Patti! 🙂 Thank you!! I know he will be tickled that you said this and I will be sure to show him!! You always leave such wonderful comments! Thank you friend!


  14. Your card so cute for Hubby
    lovely red deer and love the scene
    and Dina really made a great FOTO of the puppy
    your hubby must be so happy
    Happy birthday for him tell him from me Vicki
    stay healthy and stay in love with Great woman named Vicki


  15. Husband will love this card for sure. I love how you highlighted the backs of the hills, they look like they are brushed with sunshine.
    My husband must have been touched when he received a portrait of Mocca as a gift. I’m sure his eyes glazed with emotion. It was the most beautiful gift he received. Dina did a great job.


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