Friday, January 30, 2015

Celebrate Your Birthday

I decided to use another stamp from the "Birthday Bash" set for this week's Nacho Average Color Challenge.

The stamps in this set are huge! They take some getting used to. So far, I think the best way to use them is to showcase the image itself and keep the background simple. I stamped the image in Pool Party on a Whisper White scrap and stamped it again in Real Red. I fussy cut the "celebrate" banner from the Real Red image and adhered it with Stampin' Dimensionals onto the main image. I cut the main image with the Ovals Framelits Collection and another, larger oval in Real Red. I embossed a Pool Party mat with the Stylish Stripes Embossing Folder. I added to stripes of Real Red 1/4" Cotton Ribbon and then attached everything to a Crushed Curry card base. I thought the design needed a little somethin'-somethin' so I added two Real Red Candy Dots.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

A Retro Birthday

Sometimes I have an idea and it works out beautifully and other times, not so much. The sketch at the Retro Sketches challenge blog looks simple enough--and the design team made some lovely cards. But my idea just didn't work out...twice!

I finally changed tactics--new colors, new accessories, new stamp set--and then it came together perfectly! For this card, I started with a Night of Navy card base. I cut a piece of the Birthday Bash Specialty Series Paper with two sizes of Banner Framelits. I cut another piece with the Starburst Framelits. I put these together on a 3"x3" piece of Calypso Coral card stock, in accordance with the sketch. I had to add a piece of Coastal Cabana Ribbon from the Best Year Every Accessory pack.

The simplicity of the "Happy Birthday" sentiment on one corner of the Calypso Coral square makes me happy. I don't know why. It just does. Two large rhinestones finish the design.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Bon Voyage, Clean and Simple

I had an idea right away when I saw the codeword over at the Addicted to Clean and Simple challenge blog. Of course I had to use the World Map background stamp and the globe from the Traveler set. That was a no-brainer!

I started with a piece of Sahara Sand cardstock and stamped the World Map in Garden Green. I wanted to make it look like an old map, so I sponged Early Espresso, Garden Green, and Night of Navy onto the map. Next I stamped the globe from the Traveler set in Early Espresso on a piece of whisper white card stock. I sponged this with the same three inks.

I cut the image and the Early Espresso mat with the Window Frames Framelits. I pierced the Early Espresso mat using the Festive Piercing Mat. I used the Alphabet Rotary Stamp to stamp the "Bon Voyage" in Early Espresso. I think the off-kilter saying looks like old-fashioned printing and it goes with the vintage look of the card. I cut the banner with the Banner Punch, inserting it from the outside of the punch so that I could have a long tail.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Light Up The Candles!

Today's card is my entry in the Seize the Birthday sketch challenge. This is an "anything goes" challenge. Every two weeks the challenge is to make a birthday card. There are new rules--just make a birthday card. But, the fun is that there's always a "topping" that you can choose to add...or not. This time the "topping" was a sketch.

I started with a piece of the Birthday Bash Specialty Series Paper and cut it into three pieces in accordance with the sketch. I mounted each onto a piece of Calypso Coral card stock and then onto a Daffodil Delight panel. I wrapped a length of Whisper White Organza Ribbon around the completed assembly and then mounted it all onto a Whisper White card base. 

Next, I stamped the "light 'em up" stamp in Night of Navy on a scrap of Whisper White and punched it with the 2-1/2" circle punch and mounted that piece onto a piece of Night of Navy that I cut with one of the dies from the Starburst Framelit Dies. Finally, I cut a large star from the Gold Foil paper with one of the Stars from the Stars Framelit Dies.

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