Sunday, October 12, 2014

Elegant Birthday Wishes

~ photo heavy post ~

I am having a GREAT weekend!  I have had time to craft, and my husband and I went out on a date last night {smile}.  I am working on getting my crafts completed for the holiday arts and crafts fairs that I am participating in, this year.  So, I have been making Holiday and non-holiday crafts.  
One of the non holiday crafts that seem to sell fairly well, are Birthday cards.  So, I have created another one!
To help give me some guidance, I stopped by a new favorite challenge, and an old favorite challenge {smile}.
To give me a starting point, I stopped by Retro Sketches to see what they have this week.  And I LOVE it!

This will be a sketch I use more than once this week!  You can replace the 'tag' piece with a gift card holder, or add a small envelope holding confetti, or faux snow - just ALOT of possibilities!  And I am a sucker for sweet banners. {smile}
But I also wanted more direction.  A color combination.  An embellishment requirement.  Something.    I went searching the web for something, and I stumbled upon a color challenge I haven't seen before. The challenge blog is Creative Colors.  They provide an inspirational photo and some requirements.  Sounds fun!  Here is this weeks inspirational photo:

use pink, blue, and green.  include a pink banner/bow.
Oh my goodness!  The colors are just so shabby pretty! {smile}  I think I can do this!  So, here is what I created with the retro sketch and the creative color challenges:

For starters, I switched the tag for a thread card.  I added my bow to the bottom of my 'tag' shape.  I also added one more banner piece.  (So I have three banners instead of two.)  As for the colors, they are in the floral pattern paper.  The card base is blue.  The seam binding is pink, with a pink bow!
Recipe:  The card base is Rain by Paper Trey Ink.  The pattern paper is Camilla Collection by Anna Griffin.  Gorgeous, huh?
I used a scallop floral lace trim from Stampin' Up!.  It's retired for a few years now.  But I still had 6 inches.  I used pink pirouette seam binding (stampin' up!).  I machine stitched the seam binding and the lace trim to the front of the card.  I tied a white vintage button (paper trey ink) to the center of the bow with gold bakers twine (stampin up).  The bow is attached to the card front with hot glue.
For my banners I used a pink pattern paper and a gray pattern paper from the AG collection.   The gold/vellum stripe paper is from Stampin' Up!.  I used a photo corner punch to create my flag ends.
The sentiment is stamped in basic black classic ink by Stampin' Up!.  And the stamp set is Occasional Quotes stamp set.  It was a hostess stamp set, but has also been retired for a few years.
The thread card is an embellishment from Tilda, the Happiness is Homemade collection.   I added a white paper blossom from my stash, and added some glitter to the petal tips.  I cut 2 leaf branches from green card stock.  I sponged kraft ink to the tips of the leaves and then added glitter.
I added a single plastic bead to the white paper blossom/leaves cluster, to add a sparkley surprise {smile}.  I have some gold sequins, but they aren't faceted, they are flat.  (ugh).  So I adhered 5 gold sequins to the card front randomly.  Then added a faceted clear sequin on top of the flat gold sequins.

This card won't fit in an A2 envelope.  So, I decorated a large glassine bag.  I folded a white paper doily in half.  I cut three different lengths and widths of the pattern paper I used for the card.  I flagged the ends.  Adhered them together in a staggered pattern.  I cut two banner pieces: one pink and one gold/vellum.  I stamped the same sentiment on the pink pattern paper.  I stapled the banners into their position.  I glittered the tips of another white paper blossom, and adhered it to the collection with my glue gun.  I wanted to add a little more sparkle, so I wrapped a generous length of gold bakers twine around the glassine bag.
Thank you for stopping by!  I hope you get a chance to play along with your favorite challenge, or try a new one {wink}!


Unknown said...

WOW!!! It looks beautiful!!!Love the pattern paper you have used!!!
Thanks for playing along CCC# 20

Claudia's kaartjes said...


Lovely card. Thanks for joining us at CCC and good luck.

DT Creative Colors Challenge

Bernadette Bliss said...

What a beautiful card.

Unknown said...

card is Awesome, Many Birthday wishes to you. I wish you joy and happiness in your life.