Feb 27, 2009

13th Birthday...

I know I’m overdue for posting, but this time, for the first time, my excuse is not because I don’t have an excuse or I was lazy. I have been really busy this last week and I was able to craft. I just didn’t have the time to post…

A co-worker of mine wanted something really special for her niece’s 13th birthday…DUNH, DUNH, DUNH…the teenage years! Anyway, she gave me a slew of things she wanted on the card. She wanted textured paper, balloons, glitter, “happy 13th birthday” sentiment, ribbon, colors of blue, purple and green. Just hearing the details…I was thinking to myself…these colors together? I don’t know. Too many embellishments! How in the world am I going to include it all and having it looking decent?

I was looking around for some inspiration and guess who never fails me…Michelle had posted a fun and lovely card that I thought would fit the bill. I’ve cased Michelle before as seen here. It’s funny that both times I’ve cased her have been when nothing else I have looked at (for inspiration) has done the job, but on the final day when I need to make up my mind, she has always posted something that inspires me like no other has. Thanks Michelle!

Using Michelle’s card helped me to determine the layout for this card and allowed me to use all of the elements requested. This is the largest card I’ve created with this many embellishment. I like to think of it as a smorgasbord for the eyes…perfect for a 13 year old girl. My favorite elements of the card were inspired by Anna Wight. This card of hers inspired how I embellished and added the balloons to the layout. I punched the balloons, colored with Copics, glittered, and then tied the white floss as the string. I used Ana's technique for creating the greatest and easiest faux stitching. She often uses flags for her sentiments…so I thought I’d use that too. She makes the flags look so yummy on her cards, I just knew they would be difficult (for me) to recreate. I asked her how to do them and she kindly respond with instruction…that were easy peasy (that’s the only reason they’re on the card, cuz me and difficult things don’t get along)

As you can see this card was inspired by many different things from a variety of crafty people. It takes a craft community to raise a card (corny, but get it?)


'til I craft again or have something to say...









~Stuff Used~
Card Size: 5.5" x 8.5”; Technique: Dry Embossing, Faux Piercing; Ink: Pearl Crimson (Tsukinek); Paper: White CS (Georgia-Pacific), Purple & Heavy Turquoise CS (Hobby Lobby); Accessories: Foam Tape, Copics, Serated Tracing Wheel, Glitter (Doodlebug), Foam Letter Stickers (American Crafts – Daiquiri), White Floss (DMC), Ribbon (Michael’s), Cornice Edge & Balloon Punches (Martha Stewart), Happy Birthday Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug), CliffHmk Font (Microsoft)

3 COMMENTS:

Stamp and Smile said...

This card ROCKS Alberta!! I love all the work you put into this birthday card. The balloons with the floss are awesome, also the flags look so real! I haven't tried this technique yet... I'll be chasing this soon! Thanks for the “lovely” comments on your post and linking me... YOU ARE AWESOME GIRLY! Smiles and a super weekend... :)

SweetMissDaisy (Anna Wight) said...

Hey, this is SUPER!! I'm sure the card will be enjoyed by your friend's daughter! How thoughtful of you to do this for her. LOVE your balloons, and aren't the banners FUN!! =) Enjoy the weekend! -Anna.

Laronda said...

Wow...That's the first thing that comes to mind. I love the balloons and the raised flags. Great, great job on this. You should be proud. Keep it up!

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