Hello bloggers. I had a little time to get crafty this past weekend, and was inspired by the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge Blog for some Tic Tac Toe fun. I needed a birthday card anyway, so the inspiration to play along was there and I ran with it.
I chose the diagonal combination of challenges for this festive birthday card for a soon-to-be 15 year old. Punches or Dies – Bling – and Birthday.
I started off with a light gray card stock and embossed the front of the card using an embossing folder from Stampin’ Up!. I created an embossing diffuser template with an opening in the center so that when I ran the cardstock through my Big Shot, it left an area NOT embossed – a sort of selective embossing. You can see how this technique works here.
I stitched around the un-embossed area using my Sew Mini helping the un-embossed area stand out more. I have to admit that when I bought this little Sew Mini sewing machine, it felt like a child’s toy compared to my other sewing machine, but I’ve been very pleased with the way it stitches and it’s small enough so that it’s footprint is relatively small on the highly prized real estate of my counters in my craft room.
I used a set of dies from Papertrey Ink to cut my numbers – using the same cardstock as the card base and again, using a darker gray color – adding shadows to my “15”. The butterfly was punched using the Martha Stewart butterfly punch and added some “bling” to the body.
Naturally, it’s impossible to capture in this (or just about any) photograph the glittery goodness on my butterfly that I added with my Spica Glitter pen, but trust me – it’s there and looks great in real life. =)
My banner was die cut using my Cameo – die cut twice with the same cardstock used for my “15”. I stamped the word HAPPY from the Technique Tuesday-Ali Edwards set called Cake & Candles – accented with more bling, because you can never have enough bling, especially on a birthday card – and when you are 15, the blingy-er, the better.
It’s very CAS (Clean and Simple) compared to my usual style, but I’m trying to ease into CAS style to broaden my crafting abilities. For some crafters, CAS is a natural and easy style, but for me, I have to really work at it. LOL Sort of an oxymoron, right?
I hope you will play along with the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps challenge and join in the fun.
Thanks for looking in and until next time...stay crafty.
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