Bing! A lightbulb went off that I had some leather scraps I bought at HL. Just as an FYI, I tried the scraps with Nesties and it was a no-go - even when I ran it through my Bug about 25 times! I was able to get a good enough impression to snip along the lines though! However, the Cuttlebug dies work...as long as the cut isn't too detailed. See this skull & crossbones worked (I had to pop out the nose with the smaller side of the crop-a-dile), but a snowflake die I have doesn't. I did look at Michael's and they have some thinner leather that would probably work, but it's more expensive - one little sheet for $3 instead of a bag of scraps for $3.50.
Anyway, with all the elements in place, now I needed a good sketch. Insert Mojo Monday #150! Whenever I use a specific companies sketch challenge, I like to use at least one stamp set from them (if I have any!). I'm drawn to the more frilly, feminine sets of Verve's. I was able to find a Happy Birthday sentiment from Fancy Florals that would work with this card. My FF set is the old red rubber set, so I'm not sure if the sentiment size is different. Julee Tilmann used the same sentiment on her MM150 sample, and it looks bigger. I don't know...anyway, here's the card!
I made the background papers with a combination of stamps from Bombshell Stamps. They are listed and linked in the Supplies area down below. All the edges were sponged and *dirtied* up. I didn't really want to add a ribbon to this card. Nothing really seemed as masculine as I needed, so I opted for twine and a metal button with the two button holes representing the two dots on the sketch. A stretch?? No, not me, never ever! :o)