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Handyman (homme à tout faire) birthday card

Masculine Birthday card featuring Digital Delights Handy Harry stamp, by Paperesse.

A friend of ours celebrated his birthday this week. He's quite the handyman. We call that an homme à tout faire in French (literal translation – a man to do all). I decided this Digital Delights Handy Harry stamp was perfect for him.

By the way, do you think this stamp is a mouse? Or a bear? I know the ears are big, but I think he's a bear; my husband thinks he's a mouse. If he were a mouse wouldn't he have a tail? Whatever he is, he's cute.

The paper is from Trim Craft's Man Made paper pad, a great pad for masculine cards (as on this Die-cut bicycle birthday card). It's technically retired, but still around if you look hard enough. Harry is surrounded by a starry no-brand Chinese die-cut. The gray stars are also part of the die-cut set. Embellishments are screw-head brads with the tines cut off.

Keeping in mind the French translation of handy man – homme à tout faire (a man to do all) – the inside sentiment ties it all together:

Pour un homme à tout faire...
Fais tout pour avoir le plus joyeux anniversaire !

That is to say...For a man to do all, Do all to have the happiest birthday! 

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, Trim Craft Man Made paper pad
Digital stamp – Digital Delights Handy Harry
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies – no-brand Chinese star die-cut set
Embellishments – screw-head brads
Font – Candy Round BTN

I'm linking up with: Always Happy Birthday March – ATG Birthday option Use Patterned Paper, A Perfect Time to Craft #03 – ATG, A Bit More Time to Craft #63 – ATG, Crafter's Castle #3 – ATG option Your Favorite Technique (mine is coloring!), and 2 Crafty Critter Craziers #12 – ATG with a critter.


  1. Great card! Love that star image border and that adorable image. Thanks for joining us at Always Happy Birthday.

  2. That paper choice is perfect for a 'man about the house[es]' - love the playful vibrant colors! You found a perfect image for your friend and I love the colors you picked out of the backgrounds to use on him. Really fun die for the frame - it tricked my eye at first and I thought there were three layers beneath the image. And, of course, you gotta love the screw head brads for a man! The best for last... your blending and shading is magnificent on this one Shani!

  3. Absolutely fantastic work. I love your image and coloured so beautifully. Just love the desiger paper and the frame. All perfect and great work. Thank you for sharing with us over here at "A Perfect Time To Craft" and best of luck with your entry.

    Annette DT for

  4. Oh, this card is too cute!!!! Thanks for entering the Crafter's Castle March Challenge! -Tasha

  5. Whaouuu Shani!! Elle est superbe ta carte! J'adore cette collection de papiers avec ses couleurs bien masculines... L'image est belle et j'aime beaucoup cet encadrement, il me semble que je l'ai d'ailleurs et je ne l'ai jamais utilisé, tu me donnes envie! Sans doute ton ami a été gâté, le jeu de mots est excellent pour son activité.
    Gros bisous et bonne semaine!

  6. Sorry, Shani, but I gotta go with your hubby on this. I think he's a mouse. I'm thinking he just doesn't have a tail hole cut in those overalls, so that's why you can't see it. (: It's still a fantastic card, no matter the debate on species. I love that frame and those brads are perfect! Loving the paper choice too.

  7. I thought he is a mouse. I know he is cute! Love the paper and manly brads.

  8. Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at Always Happy Birthday, good luck!!! Amy DT

  9. great card. Thank you for sharing with us over here at "A Perfect Time To Craft" and best of luck with your entry.

    Angela DT for

  10. Super cute card! Thank you for sharing with us over here at "A Perfect Time To Craft" and best of luck with your entry.

    Jen DT for

  11. This is such a cute card. love it. Thank you for joining us at the Crafter's Castle Blog challenge. - Priya Satish DT


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