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Owl Always Love Hoo! Mygrafico Customer Blog Hop

Okay, I'm gonna lay out on the table before I get too far into this post. I don't know what happened, but I think I went a little nuts with my distressing tool and sanding block on this card. I was trying to make a nice masculine looking Valentine's day card for my DH and went a little crazy. I didn't like any of my BG stamps or embossing folders for the green piece so I just CRUMBLED IT UP. Yep, I admit it. I balled up this lovely green paper as tight as I could. Then, guess what, I smoothed it out and balled it up again, again, and again.... Then I sanded it... This poor lovely green paper.... But, I think it looks kind of cool. It was a stinker to get to stick though. My tape just didn't want to hold it.

So what do yo think? I'm just not sure.

Challenges for this card:
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge - #37 Digi Coloring
Charisma Cardz - #6 Think Male
Crafty Card Makers - Digital Delights
Die Cut Dreams - #34 have a heart
Die Cuts R Us - #25 Love Challenge
Digital-ink-co - Love
Digital Tuesday - It's all about the animals
Everybody Art Challenge - Valentine
Hand Full of Stamps - #16 Open the fun

You can find a complete list of participants for the mygrafico customer blog hop HERE.

Also, Lindsay's Stamp Stuff on mygrafico has all her holiday (Christmas, Halloween, Valentines) stamps on sale through the end of the day. You might want to get over there and take advantage of the discounts.

I hope you all have a very Happy Valentine's Day.


  • STAMPS: Pretty Primative digital stamp set by Lindsay's Stamp Stuff on
  • PAPERS & CS: That's Amore paper pack by Close To My Heart, misc. dark brown textured paper, image printed on Georgia Pacific white CS, card base Stampin' Up white CS, misc. red textured paper
  • INKS: Stampin' Up Close to Cocoa (sponging) and Close To My Heart Garden Green (for leaves)
  • EMBELLISHMENTS & TOOLS: Stampin' Up Creamy Carmel, Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa and So Saffron markers, Spellbinders Nestabilities, brads, Close To My Heart edge distressing tool and sanding block.
  • NOTES: Sentiment was computer generated using MS Word


Karin said…
It turned out great! I love how the sentiment is curved around the image and distressing a card is a great idea to "guy" it up!
Joanne Gilch said…
So, you went crazy! Was that just now or have you been for awhile?
LOL I think this roughed up, distressed, wrinkled, battered card is just perfect. What does make us think that the guy cards need to be distressed. It's a common malady of the female card makers of the world. So, Call us crazy! We love it!
my5bratz said…
i love that distressed look, fab card :)
sarahw said…
Cheryl, I think it totally works! I love that look. :)
I really like the look of it! I think distressing is great for "man" cards! I love that the sentiment is on the "bend" with the circle too and the green paper looks great. I give it a thumbs up!!!
Judy said…
Hey Cheryl,

Great card Sweetie. I love the owl, the colors are great! Thank you so much for entering this in our Digital-Ink Co Challenge.

Lots of love,
Judy aka M&M Designz
Pat (mspfd) said…
Love how the green paper looks! Your husband will love his Valentine!
Elizabeth said…
Love the owl and the vintage feel you have achieved.
Karen Giron said…
I think this card is perfect! Love the distressing for a masculine card and the owl is so sweet! I don't think the distressing is over done at all :D
Pretty-In-Ink said…
I think it looks fantastic Cheryl!
It's the perfect effect for a guy card!
Your Husband is going to love it!
Dragonlady said…
Another fab card Cheryl and perfect for hubby. You can never go too far with distressing!! Thanks for joining us at the Digital Ink Co.

Hugs Ali x
Dawn said…
I think you have made a fine job of all that Thanks for joining us at Digital-Ink Co
Lindsay Weirich said…
that green paper is my favorite part of that card! Gotta love that!
I love the owl and the sentiment...

Thank you for playing along with Digital-Ink Co. and I look forward to seeing your creations again.

Charlene said…
I think the distressing is the best part! Thanks for playing at Digital Ink.
Tricia said…
fabulous card for the Whats the Scoop/Paper Popsicles animal challenge this week! hugs!
Super cute owl!!! Thanks for playing along at Paper Popsicles' What's the Scoop!
Stampin'GHmom said…
Simply put...I think it's totally awesome!!!
Tammy said…
Lovely card. Thanks for joining us at Digital Ink Co

I really do love this card!
KymKreates said…
your owl is just darling Thank you for joining us at Digital-Ink Co. and hope to see you again.
Vee said…
I think the distressing is fab.Just right for a male card. Thanks for playing with Charisma this week.
xx Vee
stitchy said…
Cheryl, how cool that card is and that poor lil green paper, lmao, actually looks fantastic, who would have thought huh lol...thanks for entering in our challenge this week at Digital-Ink co and all those others too, good luck hun.
stitchy xx
~*Joni said…
Cheryl this is wonderful! I think you did an amazing job grunge-ing up the green paper. It is masculine and perfect for that owl image. Love the distressing and sanding, definitely a technique worth repeating! Thank you for joining us at DCRU this week, have a great weekend.
I think it's terrific! In my opinion, you can't grunge up a card too much. I love the crumpled, sanded panel. And the curved sentiment is a cool touch. I thin you rocked the masculine valentine challenge! So happy you could join in the fun with Our Creative Corner and Pile it On this week.
Rhonda said…
ooooh! Another awesome card Cheryl!! You go girl!
Jess said…
So cute!!! Love it!!!! TFS!
sortedscrapper said…
Always fun to try something new. I think it looks great and will definitly have to try this technique.
Liz said…
Beautiful creation love the owl thanks for playing with Digital ink co

Liz x
sam said…
I think it looks fabulous hun and I'm glad you got it stuck in the end too.Thanks for joining us again this week at Digital-Ink co
Sam x
Stampin Lucy said…
Oh my GOSH!! This is stankin cute!! I think the distressing is WONDERFUL!! Not too much at all. thanks so much for joining the Digital Ink Co. Challenge.
sugar n spice said…
Well Cheryl, for something that was going all wrong it turned out pretty fantastic. Thank you for joining us at C.R.A.F.T. this week. hugs Suzi xx
Susie Sugar said…
Great card thanks for playing with us at DCD this week please come back soon
Hugs Susie xx
Jane said…
I love all the distressing you've done Cheryl! The green paper looks fantastic! Gorgeous card, he'll love it! thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp challenge hugs, Jane xxx
Amber said…
Love your card Cheryl. The little owl is so cute and your card is masculine! Your distressing turned out great!
Julie Riley said…
What a lovely different card, well done. Thank you for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers x
Karen said…
Really lovely, thanks for joining us at DCD.
Tracey said…
Fantastic card Cheryl, love that image, sentiment & the scrunched, sanded paper looks fab :-)

Happy Valentine's Day!

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Cr8ive ME said…
Happy Valentine's Day!!

Love your card. And what you did with that green cardstock.

M.E. - SBS29
Liz said…
Great owl card love owls!
Thanks for joining Digital Ink Co This week

Liz x
Trimgym said…
Hi what a great card and image. Thank you for joining us at CRAFT Challenge and good luck!

Eiglas said…
Cute card!
Thank you for coming over to play at C.R.A.F.T!
Andrea M said…
Super cute!!! Love the owl. Thanks for joining us at Pile It On!
~Michelle~ said…
cute! I like all of your distressing! Thanks for playing the DTC challenge! :)
andrea said…
beautiful card,thankyou for joining us at c.r.a.f.t. this week
Kathy said…
Great distressing, Cool card for a man, I bet your hubby loved it.
Trish Hughes said…
Very cute, love the colors!!! Thanks so much for playing along with PIO.
Jenn said…
Love it! Your owl looks great and the distressing gives it such a rich look! Great work!
Trish Hughes said…
Super cute, thanks so much for playing along with HFOS.

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