Way to Go!!

Hello and welcome to another fun sketch challenge from the Pals Paper Arts Design Team!

Isn't it fun? I wanted to make a special card and this sketch turned out to be perfect for it!

This card is for my youngest son who just finished his first marching band season as a band director. It has been a season of joy and struggles, triumph and defeat, but through it all he has been a trooper and is excited to move to the next phase and still wants to be a teacher!!

Woo Hoo! I'm soooo proud of him and wanted to let him know :)

For this card I chose colors that I knew would suit my son. Soft Suede is perfect, and I adore this chevron pattern! To break it up I added Crumb Cake as a complimentary color and just added a POP of Soft Sky.

Clean, simple lines and no fru-fru for him at all. One Crumb Cake button as an accent. If you need a particular color for thread and you don't happen to have it, no worries. Just snip two thin strips of cardstock in the color you want and then thread them through the button holes. Fold them over onto themselves on the back and adhere a glue dot to keep them in place. One side of the glue dot hold the strips of paper in place, the other adheres your button to your card...easy peasy!

I hope you've enjoyed my card and that you will pop on over to the see the rest of the inspiration from the Pals Paper Arts Design Team!

Thanks for stopping by!!


Your Birthday is Big News! - FabFriday 53

It's the trifecta of Fridays here today! One, it's Friday (yay); Two, it's Halloween! (woohoo); and Three, I'm playing along with FabFriday! lol

Here's the awesome sketch I had to work with:

And here's the sweet birthday card I created with it!

Your Birthday is Big News! - FabFriday 53

I used the sketch and this fun pattern paper from the Sweet Taffy Designer Series Paper for my starting point. Next I chose fun colors to go with the Old Olive and ended up choosing Rich Razzleberry and Tempting Turquoise. I love the three of them together!

And I pulled out this fun, fun, fun stamp from the Big News stamp set, it's so perfect to color with Stampin' Markers!

For the next element of the sketch I used a shooting star stamp from the Be the Star stamp set and inked up all the stars individually, again using Stampin' Markers. I stamped it twice and rotated the pattern of stars to fulfill the sketch element.

At the last minute I decided to add two Rich Razzleberry Candy Dots. The jury is still out on whether I think that is the perfect finishing touch. I actually wanted to add a bit of shimmer to the stars but seeing that the card is appropriate for a pre-teen boy, I thought adding shimmer might be a poor choice :)

I hope you have enjoyed today's card and that you have a safe and not-so-spooky Halloween!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

 

Another Birthday Surprise - PP214

Another Birthday Surprise - PP214

Hello Stampers! I'm back with you today for with a card for the Paper Players. They had a challenge I just couldn't resist...

I know, right up my alley :)

I created this card in my head while laying in bed trying to sleep and miracle of miracles, it was still there when I woke up, lol. I wanted to use the Birthday Surprise stamp set again but since I just showcased it, I wanted to mix it up a bit.

The word 'Happy' stamped three times in different shades (Night of Navy; Elegant Eggplant; and Early Expresso) and then on the inside...

Another Birthday Surprise - PP214

Another Birthday Surprise - PP214

Ta-Da!!!! What do you think? I was thinking it would be perfect for a co-worker, boss, kid's teacher, coach, or piano teacher...I think I will make a few up to keep on hand! To save you some time, do not try this with Crumb Cake. I used that as my base card first and the Elegant Eggplant was completed washed out. Just trying to save you from making THAT particular mistake:)

Another Birthday Surprise - PP214

And of course...Candy Dots are the perfect finishing touch!

If you are wondering, I used a die to make the stitching on the sentiment layer. It's the Stitched Mats - Squares Die by 'Lil Inker Designs. It was the perfect accent piece for this card.

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Birthday Josh!!

Happy Birthday Josh!!

Happy Birthday Josh!!

Today my family and I will be celebrating my eldest son's 26th birthday. The time has just flown by...

A handmade birthday card for a 26 year old male can be tricky so I just browsed through my supplies and grabbed things that I thought 'looked' like him. This stamp set, Birthday Surprise, is just amazing. It has a nice big graphic birthday sentiment and four accompanying images that are also a bit rough and graphic. Perfect!

Happy Birthday Josh!!

Happy Birthday Josh!!

I stamped the sentiment onto my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig and then placed the image over my white cardstock so I could get a good picture of where I might want my balloons to be and then I just stamped away until I was happy! I grabbed colors that I thought said "Josh"; Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo, Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry! To prevent the colors of my balloons bleeding through my sentiment, I stamped it in Versamark Ink and heat embossed it in Black Embossing Powder.

I then layered the stamped cardstock onto coordinating cardstock and adhered to my card base. EZ Peasy!

A coordinating enveloped lined with Rich Razzleberry, of course, and a cute sentiment to finish off the inside:

Happy Birthday Josh!!

Happy Birthday Josh!!

It just occurred to me that my son and Stampin' Up! are about the same age, lol. Where has the time gone? Seems like just yesterday....