Hello crafty people. Welcome to the first official card that I have created in 2013...one of hundreds, I’m sure.
It's hard to believe that one week from today I will be hangin' with friends and cruising the isles at CHA looking at all the new product that will be in your hot little hands very, very soon. I love the annual trip to California in the middle of the winter. It gives me a chance to shed the winter coat in exchange for a light sweater and to break out a spring shirt or two WAY before springtime...ahhh how sweet it is. Jealous yet?
There are many other perks to being a CHA member, aside from attending the trade show (although, personally, that's my favorite perk). There are tons of resources on their site, and the networking opportunities are boundless. If you aren’t a member, please consider joining. Even if you don’t own a store, there are options for instructors and designers, so check it out.
But you didn't come here to listen to me gloat about flying away from the ice and snow to bask on the sunny shores of California, did you? No - certainly not. You're probably looking for a bit of inspiration, and today I get to share a project that was inspired by someone else; paying it forward in a manner of speaking.
Tracy Schultz is a wonderful crafter; one who I admire and have always enjoyed her creative take on stamping projects. I'm lucky to have served on design teams with her and when I saw a card recently on her blog, I thought, “this design would make a great birthday card”, and wouldn't you know it, I have a need for a birthday card. So here it is. You can see Tracy’s card that inspired my project here.
Using a 1-3/8” circle punch, I punched out 3 circles in the white cardstock and then stamped the row of candles and border along the bottom using Aqua Vivid ink. I added yellow color to the candles using a Spica Glitter pen. I layered the white panel over the turquoise card base (using foam dimensional dots) on which I had strategically stamped the 3 circle sentiments from the Two You birthday sentiment so they show through the circle openings.
TIP: to make sure that I stamped my black circle sentiments in a position that would be centered through the openings, prior to adhering the white panel on the base, I laid the white punched panel on top of the turquoise base and using a pencil, I drew around the edges of the circle which gave me a guide on which to stamp onto the turquoise cardstock.
The turquoise cardstock made a great ribbon banner with the “happy birthday” stamped in Unicorn White pigment ink, adorned with some star crystals by Mark Richards.
I hope the special lady, who will receive this card next week, likes it. I know I had fun creating it. It feels wonderful to get crafty in the new year.
Thanks for popping by for a look see. I hope you will stop by again next week when I’ll have more creativity to share.
Until then, stay crafty.
Live each day with PURPOSE!