Epic Celebrations Birthday Card

May we all have “epic” celebrations! Young people have a way of expanding vocabulary by adding informal meaning to words, keeping our speech lively and fun. Amazingly enough, Stampin’ Up keeps up with the trends, and added the Epic Celebrations stamp set to our Sale-A-Bration selection. I wanted to design a birthday card using a sentiment in the set, “Here’s to an EPIC Celebration.”

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Hey, Here’s to an EPIC Celebration

I thought the greeting, “HEY” would be a good match for the sentiment. I used the Large Letter dies for cutting the H-E-Y from a sheet of Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper. I was careful to place the dies so they lined up evenly on the stripes. I really like the way the bright stripes show off against the Whisper White card base.

I embossed the Whisper White card base with the Hexagons embossing folder, adding to the contemporary feel. 

Prior to embossing the card base, I stamped the “burst” from the Amazing You stamp set in Lemon Lime Twist ink. I used the same ink to stamp “Here’s to an EPIC Celebration,” and a Stitched Shape Circle die for cutting. I popped the circle up on dimensionals, and the front of my card was complete.

I like how the reverse side of the embossing folder decorates the inside of the card. “Happy Birthday” is from the Birthday Wit stamp set, and stamped in Pacific Point Ink.

I decorated the envelope flap with a coordinating piece of Birthday Memories DSP.

 

The layout of today’s birthday card was inspired by CAS(E) this Sketch.

I’ll stick with saying “hi” most of the time, but an occasional “hey” will be good for my youthful soul.

Thank you for visiting me today. Here’s to youth!

Pretty Pines Watercolor Splash Technique

 

WOW! Look what’s going on over at CAS(E) this sketch this week. Leigh’s sketch got everyone’s creative juices flowing, and the designer’s projects are gorgeous!

 

 TaeEun is the guest designer, and her project knocked my socks off! Would you like to see it?

 

I love the white, die-cut foliage on the sunset colored background, and I was inspired to make something similar. Here it is:

 

Since I’m in my Christmas card making mode, I thought the Pretty Pines Thinlits would give me the white, die-cut pieces I needed.

 

I chose three colors of ink for my background, (Emerald Envy, Lemon Lime Twist, Old Olive) and experimented a bit before coming up with a look I liked. 

My method: I blotted a Baby Wipe on the three ink pads and transferred the color to a piece of cellophane. I spritzed this with water, and placed my Thick Whisper White card stock on top of it. I lifted it , and dried it with the heat tool. It curled a bit, so I placed it under a heavy book, while I finished the sentiment.

I stamped Merry Christmas from the Star of Light stamp set in Basic Black, and used the Bunch of Banners die for cutting, scissor snipping one end to be flush with the edge. 

Three, white sequins were the final detail.

 

The entire time I was making this card, I kept this week’s Tic Tac Toe challenge in mind. How about the left row down?

It may be a stretch, but this is what I came up with. The greens are “vibrant” against the white, sequins are “circles,” and the pine boughs are “stripes.” Oh, and I can throw in my “black” sentiment for good measure.

 

I just love these challenges, and now I have a new Baby Wipe/cellophane/spritzing method that I can use again. Thank you for all of your inspiration!

 

 

 

 

Autumn Leaves

Fall is in the air, even in San Diego. But, it’s on my bucket list to be in New England when the leaves are at their height of changing color.

For this scene, I used the wonderful leaf from the Colorful Seasons stamp set, and the die from Seasonal Layers for cutting.

 

 

The leaf colors are Cherry Cobbler, Fresh Fig, Pumpkin Pie, and Cajun Craze, which I stamped on Sahara Sand. I chose a Fresh Fig card base, and layered it with Crumb Cake cardstock. I could have left it smooth, but I just had to add the trees with the Woodland embossing folder. 

 

The sentiment, from the Paisleys and Posies stamp set, was stamped with Fresh Fig ink on a strip of vellum. The inspiration for the vellum and the lay-out was from CAS(E) this Sketch. 

 

Autumn is the season of the harvest, and the Paper Players have a harvest theme this week.

 

Gold sequins were the final touch for this Thanksgiving card. It will be here before we know it! 

 

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