Skip to main content

Keep Calm…

I just have a quick card to share with you today.  It is my daughter's fencing coach’s birthday and I wanted to make him card with a fencing image.  Well, let me tell you, that is much easier said than done.   I couldn’t find any digital stamps so I looked for clip art.  I didn’t  really feel inspired by any of the free domain clip art I could find.  I finally settled on using a free SVG file that I found.


2012-05-26 Fencing card WM

I had a really hard time putting this card together and I’m not really satisfied, but I’m out of time so I had to go with it.    IRL the button more closely matches the color of the polka dot paper.    There is a simply “Happy Birthday” message on the inside.

When I first showed the card to my hubby, he said, that fencer had terrible form.  True, but I have to work with what was available.     Here is a look at a proper fencing lunge.

Photo Credit


Thanks for stopping by!  I have to finish messing around on-line and get my card in the envelope.  Have a great weekend!


  • Stamps:  None
  • Inks:  None
  • Papers:  Papertrey kraft CS, Paper Studio black CS, Echo Park Times & Seasons DP pad
  • Tools:  Sewing Machine, Circuit, Sure Cuts A lot Software, Martha Stewart edge punch
  • Embellishments:  Black jute ribbon, black burlap twine, misc. button
  • SVG file:   Fencer 1 from
  • Techniques:  Custom rub ons  (Tutorial HERE)



Karen B. said…
What a great and unique card this is!
Glad you found something to use!!! I think her coach will be so pleased with it!!!

I'll assume the outside sentiment has to do with fencing - so that will be very much appreciated!!!

Maria :)
Mary J said…
It's brilliant Cheryl! Love the papers and a fab sentiment!

Thx for linking up to MIM too honey!
Violets Corner said…
Fab card Cheryl, I'm sure her coach will love it!

Have a wonderful weekend.

Rene said…
Lol! This is AWESOME!!! Thank you so much for joining us at MIM this week and good luck,
Rene :D
becca said…
i love that paper-- despite the bad posture, i think coach will really like it :)
wings and willows
Ellis said…
Great card, it isn't easy to find the perfect image but you did good! =)
Hugs, Elenor
KraftyKoolKat said…
I think it is great. If the stance isn't quite correct I am sure he will appreciate the thought. I can't see anything wrong with it sweetie, I think it is AWESOME.

LaJanette said…
I like it! I truly do! It is a great man card! Loving all the layers of paper and that button with the banner is just the perfect touch!

I enjoy visiting your blog and seeing your creations and the info on fencing is just fun!

Kathy and Lucky said…
What a great card and a one and only which is even better. You found a great image, yes maybe not the perfect form, but you can tell what it is and I am sure her coach will love it.
Renee said…
Cheryl, your card looks fabulous to me! I wouldn't know about the fencing stance but I'm sure her coach will be thrilled with the thought that you made him a special card! Have an awesome weekend!
jimlynn said…
It's great!!! Know he's going to love it too. Fabulous card!
Shelby said…
I think it turned out pretty cool given that you didn't have a lot of options. I'm sure her coach will love it.

Riet said…
What a gorgeous card Cheryl.

Hugs Riet.xx
lindyloo said…
thank you Cheryl for joining us this week at crafty catz with your super card love the layout
linda x
Donna Mosley said…
Oh! wow Cheryl, this is a genius card hun. Love it! Fab image and the papers and design look amazing.

Donna x
Elaine Stark said…
Wow this card will go down a treat, perfect. Thanks for joining Top Tip Tuesday. Elaine
Torrey said…
I'm definitely on the fence about this card...(hee hee hee). Just kidding. It's very cool (or should I say "coulé"). Thanks for playing with us at CCCC.

Torrey (CCCC DT member)
Kim said…
Cheryl I think this is FABULOUS. You did a great job with this and your daughter's fencing coach will love it. Happy Crafting and have a wonderful holiday. <3
What a fabulous creation! Thank you so much for sharing it with Robyn's Fetish this week! xx Lilia DT
1CardCreator said…
Great card Cheryl, the teacher will love it!
Lisa M said…
Hi Cheryl!
I guess you've certainly created a new genre that needs to be expounded on here. Seeing as your resources were limited, I think you've created a spectacular card. I love that sentiment and the fencer does look wonderful as a silhouette. :) Of course, I needn't say how gorgeous all your other elements on your card are, but I will.....GORGEOUS!

Be proud of it, it looks amazing. :)

Thanks so much for joining in our challenges at Top Tip Tuesday and Make It Monday. So happy you shared this with us.
Lisa xx
Anita said…
A fabulous male card Cheryl. I'm sure he will love it.
Karin said…
Love the texture the black canvas adds to the card and it ties in the black cut out so well :) Fab card and thanks for playing along at DRS Designs too!
Unique & FABULOUS! Great job Cheryl! Thanks so much for joining our "IT’S IN THE NUMBERS" challenge at Shelly's Images! Please come back and join us again real soon!!
Shelly's Images DT
fionalawlor said…
Wow such a great card and for such a specific sport!! I bet it would be impossible to buy a fencing card in the shops!! Your stitching looks great and I love the papers that you have used :)
Thanks for joining us at Karen's Doodles for our "Stitch It Up" challenge.
Fiona x
Imke said…
Just great !
Pam said…
Perfect card for the coach!!!! Thanks for playing with us at DRS Designs.
Shelia said…
Great texture with the black canvas! Love the design of this. Thanks for joining the DRS Designs' challenge!
debby4000 said…
Oh I love your fabulous card Cheryl,what a great image and colours.

Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamps Challenge.


Audrey Pettit said…
Well, I know you were seriously limited on resources for good fencing images, but I think you knocked this one out of the park, Cheryl! Fabulous masculine design and the sentiment really makes me smile. He may have bad form, but your card sure doesn't!
Jen Leeflang said…
I am sure the coach LOVED it!
Thanks for joining us for the "Numbers" challenge at Shelly's Images!
luv'n huggz
Jen Leeflang
Shelly's Images DT
Caroljenks said…
Great card - It can be so hard sometimes to find the perfect image but your creation has turned out wonderfully - and I'm sure your daughter's coach loved it!

Thanks for joining us over at Top Tip Tuesday for our challenge - hope to see you back real soon :)

Carol x
Lorraine said…
Hey Cheryl! I'm trying to catch up on your beautiful creations, lol. I love this card - Perfect for a man and I love the black silhouette against the patterned papers!
Diane J said…
You've made such a lovely card. Thanks for joining us at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge. Good luck and hope to see you next time.
Diane x
Neat card! Perfect for a fencing coach!! Thanks for joining us at Pennys Paper Challenge. Hope to see you for the next challenge!!

suzARTe said…
such a cool card, very different to your normal style, its always great to get out of ones comfort zone.

Thanks so much for sharing your creation at Anything goes, Just keep on creating, I hope you will continue to play along. Sorry about the the delay in leaving my comment I have been overseas and then got sick, I will be announcing the winners and will have the next challenge by 01/09 :)

Popular posts from this blog

Berry the Snowman

Okay, Berry the Snowman doesn’t have the same ring as Frosty, but I think his cuteness totally makes up for it.  This is another one of the images that I colored during my crafting day with a friend before Thanksgiving.  I’m happy I had the chance to get him on a card.    Have a great week!  Thank you for stopping by!Supplies:Stamps:  Berry from Stacy Yacula Studio at Purple Onion DesignsInks:  Memento Tuxedo Black Papers:  Neenah Classic Craft Solar White CS, Papertrey kraft CS, Carta Bella Winter Fun paper pad 6x6 Tools:  Sewing machine, Big Shot, Papertrey Doily details die, Stampin’ Up corner punch, Copic markers Embellishments:  May Arts Burlap twine, Tattered Angels glimmer mist, button Challenges:Clear It Out 2W, 3E, Must use stash item - Challenge: Anything Goes Stash Item:Anything Goes (Twine, button, die cut – had it cut and sitting in a bin since last Xmas)Loves Rubber Stamps W - #82 Anything Goes ChristmasOldie But A Goodie Challenge 2W, must use something at least 6mts ol…
It has been a really long time since I have been able to spend time in my craft room.  One of my New Years resolutions was to get back into my craft room on a regular basis.  Well, it is now October and I am finally here.  I'm hoping to be back more often.

I made this card to send to a family member that has been in my thoughts a lot lately.

I hope to have more to share soon.

Sweet 16!

Hello!  I managed to sneak into my craft room for a bit today.  My daughter is turning 16 next week. (Where does the time go?)

Since the demise of Picasa, I have not found a new program to edit my photos.  I know there are several available but I have not had time to learn a new program.  I apologize that my photos are less than optimal at the moment.

Have a great day!  Thank you for stopping by.