Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Happy Birthday Challenge Card

 Yes folks, here is another birthday card!  Our family has a lot of birthdays in February so you can expect several more after this one!  I made it a few weeks ago to be ready to send out to my brother who's birthday is on Valentine's day.  He's lucky, he got this card, some artwork from the kids and one of Ryan's V-day cards along with a gift--quite a haul don't you think??

 How yummy is this color combination??  This is from a color challenge over on Splitcoaststampers.  There is a special Stampin' Up Demo Only forum over there and a group of demonstrators have started to post challenges every month (Creative Crew Challenges).  This month the color challenge is Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler and Daffodil Delight.  If you make a card for this challenge upload it with the keywords CCREW02111DF to Splitcoaststampers.  Click HERE and you'll see all the awesome creations for this challenge.

  I also used Sketch Challenge 318 for my layout.  It worked perfectly for this stamp from the Bring on the Cake set in the Occasions mini catalog.   This set is great since it is a bunch of birthday sentiments but some of them are totally suited to be used as a main image or a sentiment.  This versatility is great when you send a TON of birthday cards like I do.  

  The base of the card is Early Espresso and then a layer of Cherry Cobbler colored DSP from Jolly Holiday DSP collection.  I punched the corners with the ticket corner punch for some added detail.  For the focal panel I stamped the numbers stamp in Early Espresso and then colored in the right numbers for how old my brother was going to be (35) using my Cherry Cobbler marker.  It looks kind of backwards if you read left to right but you get the idea.  I circled the "th" down on the righthand side for "35th". The remaining numbers were colored in with the Daffodil Delight marker.  I love how the Cherry Cobbler numbers pop off the cardstock when paired with the Daffodil Delight.  This layer was also punched with the ticket corner punch.

  I wrapped some Daffodil Delight 1/8" taffeta ribbon around the focal panel and tied a knot.  I used a Build-A-Brad and a small punched circle of the Jolly Holiday paper.  The circle in this design is the perfect size for the Build-A-Brad.  I poked the BAB through the panel right where the knot was so it looks like it's holding down the ribbon.  The top panel is also popped up with dimensionals.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Bring on the Cake

Ink: Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler & Daffodil Delight (markers)

Paper: Early Espresso, Jolly Holiday DSP, Very Vanilla

Accessories: ticket corner punch, dimensionals, 1/8" taffeta ribbon, Build-A-Brad, markers


  1. Your brother is a lucky guy, for sure! What a nice card! Is he 35 or 53? lol!! My DS just turned 35 in October, am I really that old? Thanks for sharing yet one more fabulous creation!

  2. Great guy card! I like how yo used the build-a-brad too!

  3. Yep, I would say your brother did get quite the haul for his birthday :-). This is a wonderful color combo- one that I wouldn't have thought of. I love it when you can get two challenges done in 'one' card!



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