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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Birthday Banner

1) This is my second post of the day.  For my tutorial for Creative Inspirations Paints, please go here.  (Or scroll down.)

2)  For the Inspired By Stamping Color Challenge, please go here.


I made today's card for the current Simon Says challenge, "The Button Challenge."  And I needed a birthday card for my former employer (I'm retired), so 2+2 equals...well, you get it.

I also decided to enter the Divas By Design color challenge, with "challenge" being the operative word.


I LOVE these colors, so don't ask me why I had such a problem with them, but I fussed and fussed and threw this away and that until finally I came up with what you see here.  Less fussy after all and very colorful.  My work table is another story. 

The base layer was embossed with a stripe embossing folder, but that was a lot of aqua staring me in the face, so I swiped a deep teal ink pad across it this way and that until I was happy with the effect.  I've been in an ink-swipey mood lately.  Call it instant gratification.

The edges of the two purple die cuts were embossed with silver embossing powder.  I used a lot of stamp sets here, which is part of the reason why my table was a disaster after finishing.  They're all by Inspired By Stamping because they all mix and match and coordinate with each other so easily.  I used Whimsical Banners, Washi Tape (aren't they fun?), Fancy Labels 2 and All Year Wishes II, and I also used the Fancy Labels 2 Dies

Some rhinestones and a button complete this card.  Funny story about that button, which was the whole purpose of this card, right?  I made the card, took the photos and was just starting to post when I went to the Simon Says blog for the link, and lo, I had COMPLETELY forgotten to add a button!  ACK!!!  So after much panicked digging through my button tin, I found a lone pewter-look vintage button that was just perfect.  A dab of ribbon behind it and voila, some textile on my card to make me happy.

Thank you so much for joining me today, and I hope you find time to fit in some crafting today!

I still think it's a lot of aqua staring me in the face...

Happy crafting!

Challenges entered:

Simon Says Stamp and Show - The Button Challenge
Really Reasonable Ribbon #73 - Masculine w/Ribbon or Trim
Divas By Design - Color Inspiration
Crafts and Me #136 - Something Old (vintage button, ribbon bought in Jan. 2012)
3 Girl JAM #19 - Anything Goes w/Ribbon
Fussy and Fancy #90 - Bling It On
Eclectic Ellapu - "B" is for... (blue, black, birthday, banner, button, bling)
613 Ave. Create - Anything Goes w/Optional Twist: "Celebrations"

Friday Sketch Challenge #45


Kristie Goulet said...

I love the aqua staring me in the face. ;) The washi banners are so fun! Mwah!

purplecinn said...

What an awesome colour palette :) Love the silver embossing on the edges of the die cuts:) Thanks for joining us at Electic Ellapu - Purple

Mirella said...

Really lovely! You did a great job with the colours! Thanks for joining us at Divas by Design this week!



Viv's Visuals said...

Shea - this is AWESOME! Great job with the colours.

Aunty Sue said...

Great take on our inspiration picture thanks for sharing at Divas by Design

Kristi said...

I can't believe you threw this away!! I absolutely love it! The colors are so moody,sorta reminds me of a sunset on a fall day.I think you nailed it!!♥

Cheri said...

I don't think there's too much aqua. I think its a beautiful card. Thanks so much for joining the 3 Girl JAM Anything Goes with Ribbon Challenge.

Cheri - 3GJ Design Team

Ivonne said...

Beautiful birthday card! Love the colors and the DP. The embossing looks really amazing and you are right, the button is the perfect touch. Love it! Thanks for joining us over at Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenges!

Madge Gillen said...

Great Job!!! I hate having Craft Farts, and having to keep trying to get something right over and over, but I must say you nailed it!!! Great Job love the whole card! Thanks for taking the 3 Girl Jam Challenge anything goes!!!!
Loves-Scrappin Madge 3 Girl Jam DT
www dot thescrappinlounge dot com

Anonymous said...

Such a creative card. Very fun! Thanks for playing along at Really Reasonable Ribbon. Huggs Ginny from Polly's Paper Studio.

Helene Siermans said...

This looks fantastic! Love the embossed background! Wow!

Donna Ellis said...

Beautiful card, Shea! Love your use of the colors from the color challenge - the layers look rich and elegant. So pretty with the snippets of textures and prints moving horizontally with your embossed background! Very pretty - hugs, de

Debs said...

Lovely card, great take on this weeks sketch.
Thanks for joining us at Friday Sketch Challenge.
Hugs Debs

Jacqueline said...

Beautiful card! I love all those embellishements you've made. Hugs, Jacqueline DT-Friday Sketch Challenge

Heather said...

Lovely card Shea! It is soooo funny...because I love these colors too...had to use them in a card for a challenge...had the HARDEST TIME...not sure why...and then I was not all that happy with my Love your embossing...and your card turned out fabby!!