It’s Birthday Time!
There were several birthday celebrants at our last Unit Meeting and card swap, so I made the time to create each one of them a card designed especially for them. Here they are…..
This is Melinda’s card. Her birthday had already passed, but I hadn’t given her a card with her gift (Shame on me!) so I used sayings from Remembering Your Birthday. She enjoys learning about different ways to use our scraps – which is something I LOVE to do – so I used a strip quilt background using patterns from the NEW English Garden Designer Series Paper. I added the Delightful Dijon (NEW In Color!) 1″ Dotted Lace Trim and some punched flowers to add some elegance to the card.
This is Colleen’s card. Best Thoughts and Blessings from Heaven (now retired!) are two Stampin’ Up! stamp sets that she owns, and she is a purple lover, so I felt this watercolored card would be perfect for her! I couldn’t resist adding the glitz of the gold metallic 1/8″ ribbon. I don’t know if you can tell from the photo but I also added Delightful Dijon to the stamen of the flowers for more “gold”. (Note: Don’t forget you can click on any of the photos for a larger view of them!)
This is Jill’s card. I had just received the Kind Koala single stamp image and was wanting to play with it. Since, like me, Jill likes many of the “cute” images from Stampin’ Up! I decided to use it on her card. I used the English Garden Designer Series Paper for this card as well. You will notice Island Indigo is not one of the colors listed as a coordinating color, but I used it anyway. I think it looks great with multiple shades of blue! What do you think?!? Additionally, the asymmetrical look of rounding only two corners of the focal point, with the Project Life Corner Rounder Punch, is a technique I came across several years ago and like to incorporate in my stamping. I think it takes a card from ordinary to extra ordinary!
Finally…. I designed this birthday card for a Virtual Challenge I presented to my downline.
All of the stamps for this card are from the Cottage Greetings stamp set. It was designed to be used with the “ever so popular” Tin of Cards Project Kit, but there is no reason it can’t be used for other projects as well. I stamped the single flower image several times in a row, then colored them with markers. If you look closely (Or click on the photo to enlarge it) you will notice I applied one of the Season of Cheer Washi Tapes to the Mint Macaron card stock that forms the “ground” in order to add more color and texture. (Scroll down to see how you may be the one to find the Cottage Greeting card in your mailbox!)
Two additional comments…. I’m sure you noticed how much watercoloring was involved in the creating of these cards. I haven’t watercolored in awhile and am enjoying getting back to it again. Also, you could be the person to receive the “You Are Amazing” card from this post. All you need to do is leave a comment below. At the end of the month I will pull a name from among those who have posted, so you have until then to post comments on any of this month’s blog posts for your chance to get some of my samples. I hope to see your comment below.