Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Happy Birthday, With Love

I SO love these Wild Asparagus papers that I couldn't resist using them again this week for another card. They just speak happiness to me and are so soothing. I'm thinking I may need to run back to my LSS and pick up a few more pieces of each before they're no longer in stock just so I don't run out...cuz ya never know when you're gonna need to spread some happiness. ;D

This is a card I made for a dear, sweet friend (and former neighbor) of mine in California. Of course, being true to my "Last-Minute Lucy" nature I seem to have acquired, it's going to be a little late. ;( This unenviable trait couldn't possibly be due to my own inability to prioritize, so instead I blame it on my kids and my former boss who taught me that when you have too many things on your plate -- because you can't possibly ever say no -- you concentrate on putting out the biggest fires first. Given enough time, everything else will eventually become the biggest fire, so it all works out. lol NOT a great philosophy, but it seemed to have worked for him...although I think he did suffer from a very high stress level because of it, so perhaps I should do my best to avoid that strategy. Which reminds me of this other good friend of mine (also from my life and times in California) who is SOOO on top of everything that I would look bad even if I were actually on time for things (which I was, for the most part). I'm caught somewhere in the middle and just can't win. lol Oh, well, I'll figure it out...someday. ;)

Anyway, I used Taylor VanBruggen's Cupcake Challenge 17 sketch from last Friday (you'll have to scroll down for it after you get to her site, as I was unable to grab that post's link or bring the picture over here -- sorry -- but you'll enjoy the trip because she's very talented and you'll find a lot of beautiful artwork and ideas on her blog). I really enjoyed working with this sketch and found it to be fun and adaptable. The images are from CTMH's upcoming June Stamp of the Month set, With Love -- it's a really cute set! -- and the sentiment is from their Happy Birthday set and was stamped in Jet Black Staz-On.

The vase was stamped in VersaMark onto the "Birthday Girl" Dots paper and then covered with clear embossing powder, heat set, and cut out. The 'bouquet' was made using Hollyhock to stamp the flowers (first- and second-generation stamping) on White Daisy cardstock; the stems were stamped in Key Lime (some of them were curved to the other side before placing them on the acrylic block so they wouldn't all be heading in the same direction). The flower centers have a touch of Sunkiss Yellow ink waterbrushed on, and then some of them have some Star Dust Stickles for a little shimmer. I sponged the panel with some Heavenly Blue ink around the entire image, then inked just the edges with Hollyhock, and I also added some Grey Flannel ink using my waterbrush to 'ground' and shadow the vase. There are two little white grosgrain ribbon tabs secured to the right side of the focal image with Hollyhock brads. (I tried to color the edges of the ribbon with my Hollyhock marker but it bled too much to use it, so they were left plain.)

I stamped a few extra of the larger flowers (using the same process as I did for the ones on the focal piece) and cut them out to use as accents along the left side of the Dots panel, which also is sporting some cute scalloped waves made by my new Threading Water Punch by Fiskars (it finally arrived - YAY!!!). *NOTE: I'd recently read a review somewhere that there's a learning curve with this punch, and I thought to myself,, just kidding (yes, that was BAD, I admit it -- must be from watching too much "Emeril" lol).... I really thought, The Martha Stewart punches are set up just the same, so, seriously, how hard can it be? Well, let me tell ya, I had to eat my words...not once, but twice. Not sure what the deal is, but I definitely should've practiced a bit first. Oops. Fortunately, I was able to hide my hole-y rollin' (couldn't let that one pass by -lol) waves underneath the main focal panel (I sure didn't want to have to throw out that piece and use up more of that precious Dots least not until I have some backup!). So my best advice to any of you who are considering adding this cool little gem to your toy collection is that you may want to practice a little bit before biting into your beautiful designer papers.

The focal image panel, the vase, and the accent flowers are all adhered using dimensionals, and I did some stitching on the top two layers of paper. It was a fairly quick card (for someone who's painfully slow when creating). Hope you like it.

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

Supplies: Cardstock: Hollyhock, (ret.) Summer Cloud Blue, White Daisy (CTMH); Patterned Paper: Wild Asparagus "Birthday Girl" Dots and Plaid (My Mind's Eye); Stamps: With Love, Happy Birthday (CTMH); Inks: Hollyhock, Key Lime, Heavenly Blue, Sunkiss Yellow, Grey Flannel (CTMH), Jet Black Staz-On, VersaMark (Tsukineko); Other: clear embossing powder, heat tool, paper piercer, sponge, waterbrush, Hollyhock brads, white grosgrain (CTMH), Threading Water Punch (Fiskars), Star Dust Stickles (Ranger), foam mounting tape, pop dots, sewing machine, white thread


Courtney Fowler said...

This is just adorable! I'm glad you were able to cover up your fiskars mistakes... nothing worse than wasting pretty paper!

Trinka said...

Love this card! It makes you smile!

Jeanne said...

What a pretty card! Yep, it sure does make you smile! Gads, am I going to be on the hunt for more paper??? LOL

Thanks for sharing!

Would like to hear a bit more about the learning curve on that Fiskars punch. I picked it up (with a 40% off coupon no less) and haven't been able to play much with it.


Patti Gingrich said...

Christi this is such a sweet card! The stitching and stickles and the little ribbons are all great! You're friend will love it!

Thanks for the heads up on the punch too. I just got one from Archiver's and haven't played with it yet. I'll be sure to practice. ;)

Enjoy your day!!! :) ~Patti

Carolyn King said...

Beautiful card. I love all your great details. I just got the threadin water punch too---love it!

Just read your tornado story--how scary...glad you are all ok.

Barb W said...

Your card is beautiful. I love the colors you used. That little punch is creating quite a stir in the card making world and you did a vey nice job of incorporating it into your card design. TFS!

BTW...I left you a little goodie on my bloggie! Check it out.

Be Blessed!

Susan (rainy) said...

What a wonderful card, Christi! There are so many fabulous elements... the stitching, the scallops the popped vase and flowers and that beautiful dp. Love your ribbon treatment, too and the sentiment placement. That is one of my biggest challenges on a card... where and how to place the sentiment! lol This is such a WOW card. I love it.

Niki Estes said...

What a pretty card! Love the stitching and the colors!