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Saturday, March 2, 2013

Birthday Rosette - Challenge Day at A Gem of a Challenge


It's time for this week's challenge over at A Gem of a Challenge, and the theme this week (Challenge #69) is "Button It."  This challenge will run from 8:00 AM March 2 to 6:00 PM March 8, and the prize for the winner will be 2 individual digi images (NOT SETS) from Pink Gem Designs.  So do head on over and see what the rest of the lovely Design Team have created, then join us, won't you?  We'd love to see you!

Today's card was, for me, a quickie in that there was no coloring or over-the-top frills.  Sometimes I like to keep things a little simple, maybe a little more graphic, and there was a pack of dp I wanted to use in the worst way that required something less frilly and frou frou.

That's not to say there isn't a little bling on it, as in the four gold-toned buttons on opposing corners, and the red rhinestone on the actual birth date.

I've made it smaller than my usual 5 1/2" square, this time being 4 1/2".  The stamp is the Happy Cake Day Calendar stamp, which you can find here.  You can use it already colored or not.  I chose not as I wanted to keep it light and bright, given all the rich color behind it.  I made a fairly large rosette so as to lift and highlight the stamp.  I love rosettes.  They're deceptively easy to make, but they're so versatile and useful.

I filled in the month by hand, but of course I left the year empty.  Of course.  

The buttons were fun to choose as I had recently bought the cutest little parmesan cheese shaker filled to the brim with brass and gold buttons and I was finally able to use it today!  I bought this at an antiques shop with my daughter the day after Thanksgiving, and it was a steal.

Pretty cool, huh?

A couple more buttons...

Even though they don't jump right out at you, they add a nice note of depth and dimension to the card, and just the teeniest bit of glam.

I fully support the inside sentiment.  Of course.  (As if we need an excuse to eat more cake.)

So that's it for me today.  Thank you for taking the time to join me, and here's wishing you a lovely Saturday.  Please do head on over to A Gem of a Challenge to check out the latest adventure and see what the lovely DT has in store for you.

Happy crafting!


Stamp: Happy Cake Day Calendar (PGD),Make a Wish Quotes (Fiskars)
Ink: printer
Paper: Very Vanilla, Real Red, Basic Black (SU); Serenade (Bo Bunny)
Extras: Dies: Dienamics Circle Stax; Simply Scored scoring tool (SU); vintage buttons, red rhinestone.

Challenges entered:

Simon Says Stamp and Show - Unused (or brand new) stamp
The Pink Elephant TPE#188 - Anything Goes
Creative Card Crew #30 - Birthday
Simon Says...Anything Goes
Divas by Design - Anything Goes
Crafts and Me #122 - Dies or Punches
Inky Impressions #99 - Splash of Red
Quick Quotes Friday Challenge #25 - Rosettes/Medallions
Creative Inspirations - Anything Goes

Friday Sketch Challenge - #38


Sue - bearhouse said...

WOW!! This is wonderful Shea. I love the design with that gorgeous rosette, beautiful papers and the buttons are fabulous.
I hope you have a good weekend
Sue xx

Laine said...

Love the deep rich colour and detail on this one Shea. Looks very elegant.

Kristi said...

Love this one Shea! I'm crazy for the center rosette and those antique buttons are just gorgeous!

purpleprincess2007 said...

Stunning! I love the rich dark colours and that giant rosette is just fabulous!
Enjoy your weekend!
Hugs xx Cara xx

Sandi Cl~ said...

Those for entering our Quick Quotes challenge! That is such an awesome card! And the rosette sure makes a big statement!

Lisa Carroll said...

Beautiful card! The colors are so bold and elegant, and I love the rosette! :) Thank you for joining the "Anything Goes" challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp challenge blog!

Donna Mosley said...

This is fab Shea, what a wonderful design and omg! I LURVE those buttons.

Donna x

Babette said...

What a beautiful crad, love the rosetta.
Thanks for joining us at Inky Impressions.

Heather North said...

What a lovely jar of buttons to play with! :) I really like that Rosette in the center of your card.

Debs said...

Fabulous card Shea - that rosette is stunning and the buttons are to die for!!!
Thanks for playing along at Divas this week.
Good luck.
Debs xx

Carole said...

Super card Shea, great take on the sketch. Thanks for joining us this week @ FSC
Carole xXx

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KraftyKoolKat said...

This is really lovely and very original. Thank you so much for sharing your creation with us at Creative Card Crew.

Cathy DT

Kristie Goulet said...

Those buttons are to die for! WOW! Great find and great card. I love the Rosette in the center.

Anita Houston said...

GORGEOUS! Love the colors and sentiment and bow! Very striking! Thanks for stamping with us this week at Simon Says Stamp & Show!

Mandy said...

Gorgeous card Shea,love the buttons they are gorgeous...
Mandy x

DIANA L. said...

Thank you for joining us at Creative inspiration paints.
CI design team member

Cheryl said...

Oh goodness - the colors are sooo fab! Thanks for playing along with us at Creative Card Crew!

Paper Tails said...

Very pretty card! Love the rosette. Thanks for joining us at Inky Impressions.


Barb Craft said...

Wow! This card is beautiful! The large pleated flower is stunning! Thanks for playing along with us this month at Quick Quotes!

barb :)

Lynn said...

I love the large flower on your card and how you did the background. Thank you so much for joining us at Quick Quotes.

Marcia Dehn-Nix said...

Stunning card!!! I LOVE that huge rosette! So glad you joined us at Quick Quotes for our latest challenge.

Dana Tatar {datatar} said...

This card may be simple, but it is stunning! I love the large rosette and the vintage buttons. The way you marked the date with a rhinestone, and left the year blank, is so fun. Thanks for joining the Quick Quotes March Challenge! =)

Katie said...

Loving the rich colors and great birthday sentiment! Thanks for joining the Friday Challenge at Quick Quotes!

wendyp said...

Great use of the rosette! Very pretty! Thanks for playing along with this months Quick Quotes Challenge!