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Wednesday’s Card: Masculine Mosaic CAS


Hi All!

Thank you for all your kind comments while I was on my break last week – you are all so thoughtful. 🙂

I used Night of Navy and Wild Wasabi on the card today. I love these colors together. I also used them on the last Mosaic Madness card I did.

Here’s the story behind this week’s card… My husband’s client paid for him and his colleagues to go out to dinner last week. He came to me afterward and said, “Can you make me a card I can send to my client?” OMGosh. I was on the task ASAP. I mean, how often does your husband “need” your card-making skills? I thought, rather than being a financial strain, this card-making thing can be useful!!

So I go straight to work. Something formal, masculine, not too colorful, very clean… I decide on Mosaic Madness. I want it to be really perfect – something that will wow him without wow’ing him too much.

Before showing the card to him, I gave him the whole “if it’s too much color, I can take some out; if it’s too busy, I can make it simpler; if it’s too much of anything, it can be changed” speech. Then I show it to him. Pause. His reaction: “Guys don’t send thank you cards. I just want something with my name at the top.” What?

Um, that would be called “stationery”.

Enjoy the video and have a great week!









  1. wrote on August 28th, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Mary-Jane D.

    Love your story – they are all cut from the same cloth right? LOL – too funny – I bought some letter stamps for exactly that reason – now you know what you can make him for office – box full of cards with his name at top – probably in black!!!! right?
    thanks for the laugh!

  2. wrote on August 28th, 2013 at 11:43 am


    Hi Darlene, I was smiling for long time, after reading your story about this card :), you have put it in a best way!
    I’ve not seen masculine card , something like this! nice 🙂

  3. wrote on August 28th, 2013 at 11:50 am


    Men! LOL!

    Love the card…and it is nice when we’re asked to provide a card for our husband. Mine has asked me for some in the past. I think it helps him justify my spending when he can at least get a card out of it! 🙂

  4. wrote on August 28th, 2013 at 11:53 am


    Perfect! Oh how I laughed at that second-last line! Men, indeed!!!

    He’s lucky he has you to make such nice “thank you’s” for him!

  5. wrote on August 28th, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Lynn Reloza

    Hahahaha…. Love your story. Your card is wonderful!

  6. wrote on August 28th, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    Beth Ross

    Still giggling! So true!

    Great card! TFS

  7. wrote on August 28th, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Beverly Turner

    Had a good giggle, too! Love the card! My hubs has asked a time or two for a card, and yes, it is hard to find just the right balance of color, texture and sentiment. (I give him the same speech you gave your hubby!) Will keep this in mind for future use in case he asks again!

  8. wrote on August 28th, 2013 at 12:52 pm


    Actually real men DO send thank you cards. I don’t know what kind of business your husband is in, but I have made tons of thank you cards for my husband to use for business. I also make Christmas cards for his business needs as well as any other type of card that he needs such as sympathy, birthday, etc.

  9. wrote on August 28th, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Gloria Taylor

    Hi Darlene, so happy to see you have a new video for us…love this easy & simple “Thank You” card. Also want to say I’m thrilled how you take time in explaining on how to make (copy) your awesome creations, can’t wait what you will be showing us next week. Have an awesome weekend!!

  10. wrote on August 28th, 2013 at 2:15 pm


    Loved the card. So clean and lovely. Men, indeed! What a funny story. As always, Wednesday is my favorite day. Can’t wait for next week’s tutorial. Thanks for the great ideas.

  11. wrote on August 28th, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    Loly Borda

    Your story made me smile 🙂 Men!!!! I love your card! TFS

  12. wrote on August 28th, 2013 at 3:25 pm


    Hi Darlene – First-Love your well done videos and beautiful cards. As to “Men”. My husband is a Shriner. You know those guys in the funny “hats” that parade in those funny cars? Well, last year he was the grand poobah, Potentate, and I made hundreds of cards for him to send thank you’s to all who helped us through the years and helped raise money for the children. Sending a thank you card is a guy thing too. So glad you helped your hubbie see that with your great design he could step it up from just his name and it is still manly.
    Keep up the wonderful ideas!

  13. wrote on August 28th, 2013 at 3:36 pm


    Your story made me laugh out loud. I too have gotten so excited when my husband has asked for a card for a friend or co-worker. It always helps to “justify” the hobby doesnt it!? I enjoy your postings and am glad to see that you had some special time with your daughters this summer. My youngest started college last week and it makes me sad in reflecting on how quickly these childhood years fly by.
    But, on the positive side, having college age kids around is fun too. Happy Wednesday : )

  14. wrote on August 28th, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    Barb M

    Wonderful card! I love the way you told your story. I could even hear the ba-dump-bump at the end! When I make cards for family and friends my husband makes me sign his name because he says the cards are to ‘frilly’ and ‘feminine’, even black and orange Halloween cards. LOL! Also, your videos are very helpful and appreciated. Take care.

  15. wrote on August 28th, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    Wendy Klein

    Love it Darlene 🙂 And the wonderful (giggling) story. Men indeed!!! Hope you gave him a good punch in the arm — haha.

    Thank you!

  16. wrote on August 28th, 2013 at 9:07 pm


    Great story and elegant card. Thank you!

  17. wrote on August 28th, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    Teresa R.

    I literally LOL when I read your story because I could totally relate! That’s exactly what I would have done and thought! Wow! The perfect opportunity to show hubby that all that craft stuff can actually be useful not only in my life, but his as well! Your husband’s comment cracked me up because I’m sure he had no idea of the thought process that went into that card. TFS it IS an awesome card. 🙂

  18. wrote on August 28th, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    Penny Laschanzky

    wow, you are so right! those colors work so well together! you’re so good, Darlene, with that stampa-ma-jig! perfect card for your occasion, even if it was more than your hubbie wanted!

  19. wrote on August 29th, 2013 at 7:56 am

    Julie H

    So funny….I agree men! But your card is awesome, as they all are!

  20. wrote on August 29th, 2013 at 7:59 am

    Melissa D

    My hubby is a card sender occasionally too and likes to “show-off” my card making skills to others which is nice however I do empathise with your story and it made me giggle.
    I love the simplicity of this card – I always think male cards are about the colour choice and keeping it simple as they really don’t care for the cards that much after all.

  21. wrote on August 29th, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Diana Evensen

    LOL!! You said it – “Men!”

  22. wrote on August 29th, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Meli Isen

    lol…that is so funny, do we Women always seem to say that speech…to hubbys, friends, total strangers…I used to think it was only the overly insecure “me” that did that…but I find we all seem to not trust ourselves…well Darlene if anyone should feel secure in their creative ability its YOU girl!!!! Love the card….its perfect!!!!

  23. wrote on August 30th, 2013 at 8:20 am


    I laughed aloud when I read your post. Men! Your husband needs to man up and accept that real men of the 21st century DO send thank you’s! And I think this card is perfect.

    My son is getting married in April and I told him that nowhere in the Bible or any book of law does it say that the bride needs to be the one penning all the thank you’s! He said, “Yeah, Mom!” which of course, I know exactly what he was saying in his thought bubble! LOL!

    Wonderful card and it looks like that punch and stamp set are going to be a must have!

  24. wrote on August 30th, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    Fran Farrington

    Got a good chuckle out of your story, but the card is just perfect. Love that stamp set and it works for lots of cards. My sister is a Stampin Up dealer and I go to a lot of workshops and bought that at the last one I went to but have had so much company this summer haven’t had much time to use it. Gonna get back in the grove now. You give me lots of inspiration….

  25. wrote on August 30th, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Fran Farrington

    Great card ond funny story…

  26. wrote on August 30th, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    Robin in WA

    I haven’t even watched the video yet, but your story cracked me up so much I had to comment ASAP!! Love how you told your story!!! Pretty funny!! My husband was sitting next to me when I was reading it and so I read it to him and while he was chuckling, he said he liked the card you made and would have used it! I’m still chuckling over “… rather than being a financial strain, this card-making thing can be useful!!” I’ll be chuckling over your story for quite a few days. Thanks for the chuckles!!!! Now I’ll go watch your awesome video.

  27. wrote on August 30th, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Robin in WA

    Love this card! It is so quick and simple the way you do it. Thanks for the video!!

  28. wrote on September 1st, 2013 at 12:55 am

    The crafty laydee

    Great card-love your colour combination on this one-and what a fabby tip about adhering to the table to stop mistakes(thank you!)Nessa xx

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