February 10, 2010

A Little Grunge Love

Well, I think Grunge is one of my favorite styles to create and I wanted to make a non traditional Valentines Card for my Husband and this is what I came up with.

The stamped image is from Hearts in Touch and the background paper was created using the Cuttlebug folder Diamond Plate. I love "double embossing"  First with an embossing folder, then going over that raised image with Versmark and embossing powder. Yummo!!

The colors are non traditional, but I love the richness of purples and teals together. I added some Glitz rub-ons to the white cardstock scraps I had (gotta use this more often) then cut out some of my new Rose Moka patterned paper. This stuff is fantastic!

Now for my favorite part of the card, the wonderful Zebra Grosgrain ribbon available at Really Reasonable Ribbon. They have quite a few  animal prints that I just have to get. Go take a look.

And I just had to enter this into a couple of challenges as well so here is the list
Card Patterns
ABC Challenge- New
Belli Challenge-Ribbon
Creative Inspiration
Diedrich Dare
Creative Card Crew-Valentines
Everybody Art Challenge- Valentines
Design Dollies- Valentine not using reds/pinks
Die Cuts R Us- Love
My Time to Craft Challenge
Ooh-La-La Creations- Love
The Pink Elephant 
Quirky Crafts Challenge
Pile It On- One You Love
Stamptacular Sunday-Love is in the Air
Crazy 4 Challenges- Be My Valentine
Our Creative Corner- Masculine Valentine
Raise the Bar- Valentines
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge- Valentines

Holy, now that is a bunch of Challenges lol. Hope you all enjoyed the card and looking forward to seeing some of your creations with some of these challenges too.



  1. This is fabulous!! I love the look and the colors are amazing!! Thank you so much for playing along with DCRU and TPE!!
    Sheri~DCRU DT and TPE DT

  2. Erika I love the steely color tones in the dusty blues, blacks and greys...Wonderfully combined with the embossing plate. Outstanding Card!!!


  3. Beautiful card! Thanks for playing with us at CP!

  4. Fantastic card! Thanks for playing along with us over at Pile It On!

  5. A perfect manly Valentine! I love the "tire tracks" embossing.
    Thanks for Piliing It On this week :)

  6. This is AWESOME! I am SO loving what you did for the diamond plate!!! That is a texture I love and you did it in a totally unique way! Freakin' rad! Great job!!!

  7. Hi, Erica! Love that diamond plate background and the non-traditional Valentine colors. Thanks for sharing your "love" with DCRU this week!!
    Cara DCRU DT

  8. Wow Erika this is one gorgeous card! Definitely for a guy just with all the wonderful crafty techniques from the talented you!

  9. Ohhh FUN and FUNKY - love the flourish and your color combination. Thanks for joining us in the Belli Challenge! Join us again next Wednesday!

  10. beautiful card! love the colours! thanks for joining us at PIO!

  11. cool card!
    Thanks for joining EAC!
    Hugs, Alex

  12. ooooh this is beautiful tfs and joining in with us over at Quirky Crafts :)

  13. Gorgeous card...love all the layers and textures you have acheived xx

  14. Whoops, I can spell really...meant to say...

    achieved!!! x

  15. Great card. I love the grunge look, very different from the usual red love hearts theme. I like it!

    Thank you for joining us at Quirky Crafts.

    Fe x

  16. This is awesome, i love your grunge look and your colour scheme is wonderful.Great Card, Really beautiful :)

    Thank you for joining us at Raise the Bar.


  17. Beautiful card! I love your grunge!! Great colours, and they go so well together and just a perfect guy card. Thank you for joining the Quirky Challenge, hope to see you next time too!

  18. This is terrific, Erika. I am struggling with what to make for my husband for Valentine's. I love your alternative colour scheme. It works really well,

    Lucy x

  19. Love teal and purple together! Might wanna lift that combo :)

    Holy cow, Girl! You DO participate in many challenges!!

  20. Erika this ROCKS! I love the interpretation of all the sketches, and how fabulous that you made a card that matches your blog. ;) Your color combo is rocking, what a great pairing with that DB folder! Thank you for joining us at Raise The Bar and DCRU this week
    RTB DT

  21. KILLER color combo! Love how you made the treadplate look like it had been painted over & "chippy" - very clever. Good luck with the challenges!!

  22. Very pretty. Share your secret on how you keep up with challengs. You rocked em.

  23. WOWZA ... very cool Erica!! Thanks so much for joining us at Raise The Bar ... we do hope you'll join us again next challenge!!

  24. Wonderful card. I hope your DH likes it. Its so difficult to design for a man. Good luck in the challenges. I had no idea there were so many crafting challenges around. I will have to start entering some of these.

  25. Doesn't look grunge to me. The colours are wonderful. Very nice indeed.

  26. Erika - love the layers and the background on this card - reminds me of some Harley paper I bought for my husband but this blue is definately a better color - hope you DH loves it!

  27. What a wonderful card! I love the background and the double embossing really makes a statement! I'll have to try that! The colors are wonderful! All around a great creation!
    Thanks so much for joining us at Stamptacular Sunday this week!
    Dee (Sprytebyrd)

  28. What a great card. Love your color choice. Thanks for joining in at SSC.
    Hugs xx

  29. This is such a fabulous card! Love the non-traditional colors and the embossing on the background looks awesome!

    Thanks for joining us at SSC this week!

    Hugs, Line

  30. Very Rock & Roll, bold and exciting. the teal is poppin' love it!

  31. What a great card! Thanks for joining us at SSC this week:o)

  32. Just love grunge and this is gorgeous. Thanks for joining us at Quirky Crafts.

  33. fabulous card :-) well done on combining so many challenges :-)

    thanks for joining us on the ABC Challenge :-)
    Lols x x

  34. GORGEOUS card!! Thanks for playing with the Dollies!!

  35. Wowowow, that is awesome! I love the grunge look!

  36. (secretly casing this) ...umm yes Erika..it si quite nice for that special man in yer life! cher

  37. Very cool masculine card! I love the diamond-plate. Way cool.

  38. A great card, I love the colours. Thanks for joining us at SSC.

    Liza x

  39. Great card hunny well done on combining so many challenges, thank you for joining in with the CCC challenge this week Linda x

  40. That is a pretty cool looking card!

  41. Congratulations on winning the challenge at Raise The Bar this week! Please email me at jonjinko@hotmail.com when you have time. :D

  42. Fabulous

    thanks for joining us on ABC :)

    Hugs Jane x

  43. I love the mix of animal prints and metallic...very unusual (in a good way!) I'm so glad you could join us this week at the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge!

  44. Simply fabulous valentine! I love the grunge effect - so many wonderful textures and patterns to feast your eyes upon. Such a great job on the masculine valentine challenge and great job piling on. So happy you could join the fun with Our Creative Corner, Creative Card Crew, Creative Inspirations and Pile it On!!!

  45. Lovely work! Thanks for joining in this week at Creative Inspirations! xxx

  46. Ooooh, I love your grungy, scrappy style...great colors and images!!! Thanks for playing in the Belli challenge!!!

  47. love the card. I have not done the grungy thing. LOVE YOURS..
    Thank you for joining us this week at Creative Inspirations. hugs, Janiel

  48. Erika this card rocks! Love how you "silvered" your embossing! A perfect masculine Valentine card!
    DCRU Hugs

  49. What a fabulous card, love the grunge and thanks for taking in part with Quirky Crafts challenge!!

  50. Wow - how do you do so many challenges! I can't even seem to get one right! Great grunge card - love the ribbon! Thanks for playing along with us on the Belli Challenge!


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