Sunday, April 13, 2008

The Princess and the Rash

Strange title, I know. My 8-YO DD was invited to a birthday party, princess style, yesterday. We had the gift all wrapped, the card was made, her party dress was all laid out, we were planning her hairstyle, the excitement was building, only two hours until it would be time to leave, she was heading to take a shower...and then she comes back out of the bathroom and asks me to look at "something." Uh-oh. Turns out she had a bumpy rash on her chest, back, and the upper part of her arms...obviously nothing serious -- no itching, no fever, no other symptoms -- but a rash nonetheless. Needless to say, we had to stay home. ;( I felt so bad for her -- in previous years there were umpteen parties to attend, but since we began home schooling this year, the number of parties (and the kids' circle of "friends") has greatly reduced (especially when you add to that the fact that we are still fairly new to the area and our social circle is relatively small) -- this was actually the first party she'd been invited to here in Colorado. She had big tears welling up in her eyes when I told her we couldn't go, so, instinctively, I hugged her and suggested the first thing that came to mind to cheer her up: STAMPING! lol It did the trick, though! We stamped together all afternoon, ate snacks, and all was right with the world again. ;D She actually did most of the stamping; I spent the time helping her and putting together a couple different wedding invitation samples for my 20-YO DD (mostly brain-storming, cutting, very little stamping).

So here's the birthday card I had made for the "princess" of honor, though now its delivery will be a little after the fact. (We're still kinda housebound and likely will be for at least a few more days.)

I started out knowing I would use the cute little princess image and sentiment from Lizzie Anne Designs' Once Upon a Time set. (And I just have to tell you how much I LOVE their stamps -- unmounted red rubber, closely trimmed, with a thin cling layer -- effortless...gotta love it!) Anyway, I got hung up a little after that, though. With all the patterned paper I have in my stash (and there's a LOT...I'm sure you can relate -lol), you'd think I'd be able to find something suitable for this card, but I couldn't. I wanted something small and dainty, preferably in a soft pink. No such luck. This meant, of course, that I *had* to make a trip to my LSS (*insert big grin and wink*). After searching high and low, I found, among other things -- you know how it goes, kinda like at the grocery store: you go in for one thing and end up with two or three bags' worth -lol -- this darling Spring Floral Egg paper by Making Memories. Not pink, but, surprisingly, this was the best I could do for what I had in mind. But I really like it. The design reminded me a lot of the full skirt on the princess' dress. And, with the hem of the dress in mind, I scalloped the lower edge of this patterned paper strip using my corner rounder punch.

I had also decided I wanted to use a great sketch I saw last week over on SplitcoastStampers by Cindy Haffner (and after spending quite a bit of time in her gallery, I became a huge fan of hers -- she is incredibly talented!). I {heart} this sketch and know I'll be using it again.

So once I had my sketch and patterned paper all lined out, the rest went fairly fast (I love it when that happens...especially since it's so rare for me -lol). I chose Spring Iris to use as my card base, then made my own coordinating patterned paper by stamping the Pretty Pattern Backgrounder by Cornish Heritage Farms in Amethyst ink on some White Daisy cardstock. I also used more of the Spring Iris as a layer for the focal image, and the sparkly pink paper you see is some Bazzill Bling. The white organdy ribbon is by CTMH, and the narrow pink is by May Arts.

The princess and crown images were stamped (in Jet Black Staz-On) and colored twice -- once on the focal image piece itself, and again on another piece of Curious Iridescent Cryogen White. I colored and cut it out and then popped it on top of the first colored image for some added dimension (if you click on the picture you can see it a little bit better on the crown, though not so much on the dress -- sorry ;( ...a photographer I'm not). I used my CTMH markers and my waterbrush for the princess and her crown, then added some Star Dust Stickles to give portions of her dress some sparkle and some Lavender Stickles to accentuate the jewels in her crown. The sentiment was also stamped in Jet Black Staz-On. I added some Grey Flannel ink to 'ground' and shade her a bit and then stippled some Baby Pink around the edges of the Cryogen White focal image piece (which ended up making the Cryogen White look a bit dull, so that was a mistake -- live and learn, right?). The pink Just Blooms paper flower has a white Bigger Brad for its center, and then a generous helping of Star Dust Stickles was applied to cover the entire center area (another thing I'll not be duplicating in the future, but I figured it would pass inspection for the birthday girl -lol).

Well, the weekend's about over. I hope you all have a wonderful week. ;)

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

Supplies: Cardstock: White Daisy, Spring Iris (CTMH), Bazzill Bling (Bazzill Basics), Curious Iridescent Cryogen White (Arjo Wiggins); Patterned Paper: Spring Floral Egg (Making Memories); Stamps: Pretty Pattern Backgrounder (Cornish Heritage Farms), Once Upon a Time (Lizzie Anne Designs); Inks: Jet Black Staz-On (Tsukineko), Amethyst, Baby Pink, Vanilla, Chocolate, Grey Flannel (CTMH); Other: Star Dust, Lavender Stickles (Ranger), ribbon (CTMH and May Arts), Just Blooms, Bigger Brads (CTMH), pop dots


Barb W said...

This card is darling! I love the little princess! Your attention to detail is fabulous. The colors all work well together, very very pretty.

Carolyn King said...

oh no--your poor dd--how sad but i am glad she was happy to stamp--LOVE this adorable card..certainly fit for a princess!

Jeanne said...

Oh your poor dd! Did you figure out what the rash was from I hope? Good deal that she was happy with stamping.

The card is fantastic! Love all the little details.

And I KNEW just what "LSS" you were referring to, and got all jealous that you live close enough to it to just bip on over there! With gas prices the way they are, I have no idea when I'll ever be able to justify the "trek" up there again.

Desert Rose in AZ said...

What an absolutely stunning card!!!!!!! Fit, not only for the princess, but for the whole realm ;-) What a treasure!

Stamp Your Art Out said...

Very cute! Hey did you know you won something over at Julia Stainton's blog--Belle Papier--Congratulations!


Patti Gingrich said...

Such an adorable card! I do hope your DD is feeling better. I'm sure she enjoyed her stamp time with you! :)