Monday, November 20, 2017

Happy Birthday Wishes

I have been working madly on holiday cards for our personal use, Send a Smile 4 Kids, & the Caring Hearts Card Drive. In the midst of all that, I decided to make a birthday card to send to SAS4Kids. Creative Knockouts Challenge #220, "Border Time," inspired my design.

I'll be the first to admit, this card was a struggle to pull together! I knew I wanted to use the "Stitched Tabs" dies from Pretty Pink Posh for my greeting. I initially had a landscape design in mind, but that ended up not working. So I rotated my design 90 degrees, and made it a portrait orientation.

I die cut the 3 tabs from 140 lb. watercolor paper. I inked them with Cracked Pistachio, Broken China, & Worn Lipstick Distress inks. After spritzing them with water from my Distress Sprayer, I let that sit for several seconds, then blotted up the water/ink.

For the greeting, I used the "happy" & "wishes" from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps' "Script Birthdays" with the "birthday" from one of the "Mice Wishes" stamps from Stampendous. I stamped each word on its corresponding tab with Delicata Black Shimmer ink.

I adhered a strip of plaid patterned paper from my scrap stash to the bottom of my white A2 card base. I used a panel of yellow cardstock to go behind all my elements, and arranged my tab border strips on that. I stamped several balloons on patterned paper scraps using 2 of the stamps from Winnie & Walter's "The Party" set, again with Black Shimmer ink. I fussy cut those out, and placed them on my card panel.

I felt I didn't have quite enough balloons, but didn't want to throw more patterns into the mix. So I stamped 3 balloons with Worn Lipstick & Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide inks, using a solid balloon stamp from "The Party," stamped the outlines around them, and cut them out. Finally, I glued all my balloons to my panel with liquid glue.

To finish my card, I used a black fine-tip pen & a T-square ruler to draw the balloon strings. I adhered my panel to my card base & cut off the excess that overhung the edges. Despite my struggles, I think this card came out pretty well.

I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:

Send a Smile 4 Kids: "Anything Goes 4 Kids"
Through the Craft Room Door: "Anything Goes"
613 Avenue Create #203: "Anything Goes"


  1. A wonderful Birthday card!!! !! Its. gorgeous and wonderful design !!
    Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at
    Through The Craft Room Door
    this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
    Hugs Cicci
    DT member at TTCRD
    Cicci With The Pen {Welcome to follow my blog}

  2. Love this birthday card! Lovely colours! Thanks for playing with us at TTCRD ATG Challenge! Looking forward to seeing you again next time and good luck :-)!
    Sunila & Aditi

  3. Beautiful birthday card and love all the balloons.-Thank you for joining us at 613 Avenue Create
    Carol DT x


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