March 26, 2007

Bright (Very) Birthday

This card is actually brighter in real life than on the screen! I made it for my son to give to my Mom for her 85th birthday this past Sunday. Luckily, my Mom was discharged from the hospital on her birthday after a brief stay. How I made this card: I had to rush home from the hospital with my Mom and come up with something quick. I've been wanting to use my Cricut for a while, and really like these big scallop squares. So -- I cut a 4 inch square scallop with the Mini Monogram cartridge on the Cricut, using an off white shimmery paper (brand unknown). Stamped the daisy from Autumn Leaves Flower Stamps by Rhonna Farrer (clear acrylic stamps) in Palette Noir ink. Colored in the daisy with Stampin Up Summer Sun, Green Galore, and Brilliant Blue Markers, and used the small tip of the Brilliant Blue marker to fill in some polka dots. "Happy Birthday" sentiment from SU's Warm Words. Other supplies: SU Brilliant Blue Cardstock and Brads and Green Galore Cardstock; SU Brilliant Blue Classic Ink. I remain enamored with clear stamps -- this set of 12 good size stamps (mainly flowers and flourishes) only cost about $8, since I used a 50% off coupon at AC Moore's last week. However, my objection to clear stamps at present is simply the limited choice of designs -- most have a very similar look -- lots of flowers and alphabets and few other options. So, I remain a rubber fan too! In fact, I'm chomping at the bit to see the July 1 Stampin Up catalogue . . .

10 comments:

  1. Hi Joan,

    Your card is *very* pretty. One thing that I have noticed about your cardmaking is that you have a very diverse style. No two card styles seem to be the same. Love that! I hope that your mother had a very happy 85th birthday.

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  2. Terrific card. Good to see the way you used that flower. I have the set, too, and happy to have inspiration.
    Happy Birthday to your mom.

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  3. This is a very cool and unique card! I'm sure your mom loved it! ;)

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  4. This card is awesome!
    Happy birthday to Mom!
    Gina K.

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  5. This is just adorable, I love bright when others do it, but I struggle with it. Fabulous, Joan, just fabulous.

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  6. Happy Birthday to your mom too! :)

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  7. What a bright and cheery card! Love it. I'm sorry to hear your Mom was in the hospital again but glad you were able to "spring" her from the joint in time for her birthday. Hope it was a good one.
    hugs.

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  8. Joan... have you seen www.gelatinstamps.com before? These are clear acrylic stamps. They have lots of different styles and boy are they cute! I have the coffee one, the sewing kit, and will soon have the chocolates and the flying hearts! LOL. They also carry SCENTED Embossing Powder! I heard it smells devine. I bought the chocolate one!

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  9. Great card, I hope your mom liked it. As you know when we age colors become faded so it probably dosen't look as bright to her as you think. I don't think iT's "very" bright because I like bright colors, truthfully I love ALL colors...however, there are some combinations that I don't find appealing, LOL, TFS.

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  10. What a bright and lovely card! That's a fabulous scallop - one of these days soon, I hope to catch one of those Cricuts for myself! Hope your mom had a wonderful birthday!
    ~Angie

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