Sunday, 8 April 2012

Spring Birthday Greetings (a little late)

My husband were talking the other day and we realized we had just missed a whole bunch of family birthdays.  March is a big month in our family for birthdays, and as you may have noticed we are more than a week into April.  Whoops!  You'd think as the resident card maker I'd be better at keeping track of these things but unfortunately I'm not.  Well, its not too late!  This is when I get to use my 'belated' birthday stamps - which unfortunately get more use then I would like to admit, lol.

When trying to decide what I wanted to do I realized that purple is my favourite colour but I rarely use it as a base colour when making cards. For this reason I chose the base colour first - Rich Razzleberry from Stampin' Up!, then searched through my stash for patterned paper to coordinate. I thought Lily Bee Design's Head over Heels collection worked the best, and since I couldn't decide which sheets to use I thought I would use little bits of a bunch of them.

I started by using some scraps I already had, then cut more randomly sized strips.  I tore the ends of each, then adhered them to a piece of kraft cardstock matted on cream.  I took care not to adhere the ends, so once they were attached I could manipulate the ends of the scraps, tearing and curling until they were how I wanted.

I didn't size the strips lengthwise before adhering, instead once they were glued down I flipped the card front over and trimmed the ends to ensure the line at the top was even.  I added some ribbon and some twine, and adhered the sentiment over the strands with foam squares.  I couldn't resist inking the edges of the sentiment to make it stand out.

On the inside I cut a panel of cream, stamped a belated birthday message, inked the edges, and added two more strips.  Since I stamped the message in the corner there is still lots of room to write.

This card was really easy and quick.  The bright spring-y colours make for a cheerful card, and I love how the patterned strips kind of look like peeling wallpaper.  This card is really fun and demonstrates a good way to use up leftover scraps, and a good way to avoid making decisions!

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
  1. The Pink Elephant - Clean and Simple
  2. Craft Your Passion - Dots and Stripes, either or both
  3. Ladybug Crafts Ink - Spots an Stripes
  4. Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
  5. Ribbon Carousel Challenge - Spring
  6. Allsorts - Colour Bingo - Ribbon, Stripes, Purple
  7. Pile It on - All About 's'

I used the following supplies:

Cardstock:  Stampin' Up!  Rich Razzleberry, Very Vanilla.  Recollections Kraft.  Lily Bee Design Head over Heels 6x6 Tiny Tablet.

Ink:  Memories Black.

Stamps:  Stampin' Up!  On your Birthday

Ribbon:  Hemp twine and purple satin ribbon from stash.

Adhesive:  Snake Tape Viper

Tools:  Paper trimmer, scissors, bone folder.


Kerry said...

I really love the way you've curled the pp at the bottom Cathy and kept them at different lengths and also how you carried it into the inside. The greeting with the ribbon and twine look fab. Thanks for joining in our Spots & Stripes Challenge at LCI this fortnight xx

Sheri (a.k.a PaperCrafty) said...

Lovely birthday card!! Love the fun banners. Thanks so much for playing along with The Pink Elephant!!

Christine said...

Love the strip effect. Very cool! I really like the sentiment inside...good idea! I think all card crafters miss birthdays! It's all about the irony lol xx