Wednesday, 19 June 2019

You're Turtle-y Awesome

It's time for another challenge with us at the

This week we are letting our creative juices flow with
Crafty Gals Corner Challenges are bi-weekly.
Each crafter may only submit 3 projects per challenge.

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The sponsors for this challenge are:

Prize ~ $10 Gift Certificate


Prize ~ 1 digital image (non colored)


Prize ~ $10 Gift Certificate (Images Only) 

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Today I have used the Honu Love digital stamp from Kitty Bee Designs , one of our generous sponsors this week, to make a 6 1/4" square top folding birthday card.  It's funny how things work out when you're crafting.  This card started out in my mind as soft colours and lots of waves ... it has ended up being a bright, bold, de-constructed rainbow!




I started by opening the digital stamp in Silhouette Studio.  After deciding on the card size, I sized the elements to fit, starting with the 5 3/4" square striped background.  Next came the star frame, which I decided to fill with polka dots (bubbles).  I made some changes to the bubble background, filling the gaps between the bubbles, instead of having each one "framed".  I sized the bubble panel to fill the star frame.  I cut a white panel the same size as the star frame, then fussy cut the bubble panel to fill the inside.  I also cut some yellow stars to fill the stars of the frame.  I cut all of the pieces from textured cardstock using my Silhouette Cameo.
Next came the sentiment.  I sized the font to make my turtle-y awesome sentiment, printed on textured cardstock, heat set, cut to size, then coloured with Copic markers.

I adhered all the elements using a combination of liquid adhesives.

Lucky last came the most important element, the super cute turtle.  I sized it to fit inside the star frame, making a few different sizes, printed on X-Press It blending card, heat set then fussy cut before deciding on the perfect sized on to fit perfectly on the card.  I coloured the turtle with Copic markers and finished off the edges with a Memento Tuxedo Black dual tip marker.  Initially I was going to adhere the turtle directly to the card, then it was going to be foam dots, then, finally, I tried it with an Action Wobble mechanism ... it fitted perfectly under the shell, so Action Wobble it was.  They always make me smile and I hope the birthday boy enjoys the wobbly action hidden in the envelope too.

Here are some close-up photos of the Action Wobble mechanism.
Click on the photo if you would like to see them in full screen.

   

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NOW it's YOUR turn!

I hope that I have inspired you to get creative
and look forward to seeing your projects fill the gallery for
Crafty Gals Corner Challenges are bi-weekly.
Each crafter may only submit 3 projects per challenge.

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*** INGREDIENTS ***
Kitty Bee Designsdigital stamp - Honu Love
X-Press It A4 Blending Card
Copic markers - turtle - YG21-01-03-25 + Y08
Copic markers - shell - E41-42-43-44 + YG21-01-03-25-17
Copic markers - hearts - RV09 + R29
Fiskars - micro tip scissors - to fussy cut the image
Memento Tuxedo Black dual tip marker (to finish off the edges of the image)
Sentiment - Francis Nico V 0.2 font - sorry, I can't find the link
Copic markers - sentiment - RV09 + R29 +V17
American Crafts - 12x12 textured cardstock
Silhouette Cameo
Silhouette Design Store - Design ID #186289
Square Stencil Stripes by Amanda McGee
Silhouette Design Store - Design ID #267987
Star Circle Frame by Studio Ilustrado
Silhouette Design Store - Design ID #42010
Bubbles Mask / Template / Background / Stencil by Sarah Hurley
NOTE: I filled the background so that only the bubbles were cut, not the borders
Action Wobble mechanism (under turtle)
Helmar 450 Quick Dry adhesive - to adhere the layers and sentiment panel
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Adhesive - to adhere the stripes & spots panels
foam squares - under sentiment panel

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Sending a big Thank You to Kitty Bee Designs for supplying the digital stamp I used today and for being a sponsor for Challenge #194 Polka Dots and/or Stripes at the Crafty Gals Corner.
    
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I am going to enter my card in the following challenges:
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2 Crafty Critter Crazies - Challenge #27 – Anything With A Critter Goes
A Bit More Time To Craft Challenge - Challenge #94 – Anything Goes
Addicted To Stamps Challenge – Challenge #175 – For A Boy / Man
Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog - Challenge #229 – Anything Goes + A Sentiment
CCC Digi Creations - Challenge #104 – Eileen’s Anything Goes
Colour Crazy Challenge - Week 23 – Anything Goes
Crafting By Designs – June Anything Goes
Crafting By Designs - Happy Birthday Challenge
Crafting From The Heart – Challenge #245 – Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - Challenge #466 – Anything Goes - optional twist: Male/Father’s Day
Creatalicious Challenges - Challenge #165 – AG optional Spots and/or Stripes
Cupcake Inspirations - CIC472 – Add A Pop Up Element
the turtle is on an Action Wobble mechanism, it sits flat inside the envelope
and Pops Up when taken out, sharing some fun wobbly action

Cut It Up Challenge Blog – Challenge #176 – Welcome Summer
the stripes & polka dots are abstract summery ocean waves & bubbles
Die Cut Divas Challenge Blog – Celebrate Birthdays
Get Creative Challenges - Challenge #81 – Anything Goes
optional twist: Favorite Color Combo - I hope that "rainbow" counts as a
colour, as I love them all and my turtle is part of a "deconstructed rainbow"
Love To Scrap Challenge Blog - LTSCB #122 – No Rulz 3
(use anything from your stash)
Penny’s Paper-Crafty Challenge Blog - Challenge 435 – Anything Goes
Sasayaki Glitter - June Challenge – Making Waves
the stripes & polka dots are abstract summery ocean waves & bubbles
Simon Says Stamp – Work It Wednesday – May 2019: Summer Vibes
The Paper Shelter - Challenge #388 – Stripes and/or Dots

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Out-of-this world birthday wishes

It's time for another challenge with us at the

This week we are letting our creative juices flow with
Crafty Gals Corner Challenges are bi-weekly.
Each crafter may only submit 3 projects per challenge.

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The sponsors for this challenge are:


Prize ~ 2 Digital Images


Prize ~ 3 Digital Images

Prize ~ $5 Gift Certificate

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Today I have used the Captain Gneng digital stamp from Dr Digi, one of our generous sponsors this week, to make an out-of-this-world birthday card.  



I started by opening the image in Silhouette Studio, then traced the image so that I could add him to the cosmic background.  I sized the image and background to make a A5 sized card front, with the Captain standing 3 1/2" tall.  I added the sentiment by combining two fonts (Arial & PN Swishy Kool, links below), making them a pale grey so that they worked well against the patterned background.  I printed the panel on X-Press It blending card and heat set in preparation for colouring.

This alien is super cute and while I was deciding on the colours, my husband said he needed to be in high-vis orange, so out came the darkest orange Copic markers in my stash.  I confess that they're colours that I don't use very often and I was thrilled with how vibrant they turned out.


Once the colouring was complete, I added a touch of clear Wink Of Stella sparkle to the helmet and metallic elements on the image.  I adhered the image panel to an A5 card base then started to embellish the scene with a combination of chunky and micro fine glitters by sprinkling them over liquid adhesive.  When making the planet, I started with chunky black glitter then filled the gaps with micro fine glitter, leaving no gaps and no exposed adhesive.  The background had amazing "cosmic" detail, so I used this as a guide for adding sparkling clear, sapphire and onyx black micro fine glitter accents ... I wish that I could take a photo that shows what it looks like in person.



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NOW it's YOUR turn!

I hope that I have inspired you to get creative
and look forward to seeing your projects fill the gallery for
Crafty Gals Corner Challenges are bi-weekly.
Each crafter may only submit 3 projects per challenge.

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*** INGREDIENTS ***
Dr Digi digital stamp - Captain Gneng
Copic markers - alien skin - YG61-63-67
Copic markers - fangs & toenails - Y15-18
Copic markers - spacesuit - YR04-07-09 + R08-27
Copic markers - helmet - B000-00 + C00-1-3-5
Copic markers - belt/zipper/trims - C1-3-5-7-9
Silhouette Design Store - font - Design ID #295144
PN Swishy Kool by ScrapNFonts
Design Bundles - background pattern - Abstract Paint Backgrounds Vol.2
by ArtistMef - I used "Abstract Paint Background 12" from the set
heavy weight smooth white cardstock (to make the card base)
scoreboard and bone folder (to make the card base)
Helmar 450 Quick Dry adhesive - to adhere the image panel to the base
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Adhesive - to adhere the glitter
X-Press It - Micro Fine Glitter - Crystal, Sapphire & Onyx
coarse black glitter

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Sending a big Thank You to Dr Digi for supplying the digital stamp I used today and for being a sponsor for Challenge #193 at the Crafty Gals Corner.
    
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I am going to enter my card in the following challenges:
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A Bit More Time To Craft Challenge - Challenge #93 – Anything Goes
A Gem Of A Challenge - Wk 10 – Anything Goes
Addicted To Stamps Challenge – Challenge #175 – For A Boy / Man
Aloha Friday Challenges - Challenge #144 - Cards for Guys
Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog - Challenge #228 Nature + A Sentiment
my nature is cosmic, with a chunky planet and sparkling galaxy
CCC Digi Creations - Challenge #104 – Eileen’s Anything Goes
Crafting By Designs - June Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart - Challenge #244 – Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - Challenge #464 – Anything Goes – optional twist: Summer
Creatalicious Challenges - Challenge #164 – Anything Goes optional Blue
Get Creative Challenges - Challenge #81 – Anything Goes
optional twist: Favorite Color Combo - do you remember the Fiskateers?
One of my favourite combos will always be orange with anything
Love To Scrap Challenge Blog - LTSCB #122 – No Rulz 3
(use anything from your stash)
everything I uses was from my stash, except for the new-to-me digi
Pattie’s Creations Design Challenge - Challenge #158 – Theme: Birthdays
Penny’s Paper-Crafty Challenge Blog - Challenge 433 – Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp – Wednesday Challenge Blog - Simon Says: Masculine
The Paper Shelter - Challenge #386 - Birthday Boy
Through The Craft Room Door - TTCRD Anything Goes 4th June

Thursday, 30 May 2019

Tape It, Lace It or Tie It with Team Lou at the Southern Girls

It's time for another challenge with us at the Southern Girls.

This fortnight Team Lou have created projects to inspire you for the new challenge





Our generous sponsors for this challenge are


Krafters Cart


The Paper Shelter

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No stamps from me today.



I have used lots of gorgeous silver sparkling deco tape from X-Press It to make the background.  The tapes are 3mm, 6mm and 12mm wide and I spaced each strip 2mm apart.  I die cut the "happy" five times and layered the black over four white ones for dimension.  The birthday die comes with a backing layer and the white made the black word pop even more against the silver strips.


   

Although the card is quite CAS (Clean And Simple), I layered the "happy" several times for dimension, which I think works well with the black pearls.


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I'm also sharing a second card this week.
It uses some lovely lace and you can read all about it HERE.



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NOW it's YOUR turn!

I hope that I have inspired you to get creative
and look forward to seeing your projects fill the gallery for

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*** INGREDIENTS ***
American Crafts - 12x12 textured white cardstock
scoreboard and bone folder
X-Press It - 25mm - Glitter Deco Tape - silver
X-Press It - 12mm - Metals 5 Pack Metal
X-Press It - 3mm - Glitter Deco Tape Multicoloured
Winnie & Walter - In a Word: Happy Cutaway
Sizzix - birthday - Stephanie Barnard Regal Stand-Ups Framelits Card Die Set
Sizzix Big Shot
Kaisercraft - black pearls
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Adhesive - to adhere the sentiments

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Sending a big Thank You to Krafters Cart and The Paper Shelter for sponsoring our

I hope I have inspired you to get creative and look forward to seeing your work shared in the challenge gallery.  
Remember we are not just a card blog, we love to see scrapbook layouts, artjournal pages and all types of papercraft.

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I am going to enter my card in the following challenges:
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AAA Cards - CAS Game #141 - Our 5th Birthday Bash
what better way to celebrate than to have 5 pearls and 5 sparkling silver stripes
Allsorts Challenge Blog - Challenge 520 - Happy Birthday
It's Allsorts' 10th birthday, so my birthday card has 10 decorative elements
(5 pearls and 5 sparkling silver stripes)
Creatalicious Challenges - Challenge #163 Anything Goes
with optional no square or rectangle card
Get Creative Challenges - Challenge #80 – Anything Goes – no twist
Incy Wincy Designs - May 20 - June 1 – Embellishment
my card is embellished with sparkling silver Deco Tape and black pearls
Penny’s Paper-Crafty Challenge Blog - Challenge 432 – Anything Goes

Lovely lace, flowers and pearls, oh my!

It's time for another challenge with us at the Southern Girls.

This fortnight Team Lou have created projects to inspire you for the new challenge






Our generous sponsors for this challenge are


Krafters Cart


The Paper Shelter

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No stamps from me today.



I have used the BIG Bold Alphabet Die Set by Altenew to make the sentiment the focus of my card.  This fabulous alphabet die set is available through the Krafters Cart, one of our generous sponsors this fortnight ... you never know, you could be the lucky challenge winner and put your prize towards getting a set for yourself.  I also used the Wink Of Stella Brush Glitter Marker and Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue, which are available from the Krafters Cart ... more goodies to add to your shopping list.

My card is pretty large ... I scored a sheet of heavy white cardstock to make this A5 landscape card for my sister.  I burnished the fold (it's pretty heavy weight cardstock and it resisted) then started adding my layers.  First came the burlap ribbon followed by the lovely white organza lace, adhering them in place with Tombow Mono Multi liquid glue.  I trimmed the ends off two white pearl flourishes (when I say ends, I actually mean the start) and secured them in place over the burlap/lace panel, leaving plenty of room for the sentiment.  I die cut three sets of the alphas to make my "sister" sentiment, adhering them together to give extra dimension.  I adhered the alphas in place with Tombow Mono Multi liquid glue then gave them a delicate sparkle with my clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush Marker.  Lucky last came the flowers.  I trimmed off the wire and adhered the paper blooms in place using liquid adhesive (Helmar 450 Quick Dry, it's like using a hot glue gun without the "HOT").  I added a touch of sparkle to the flowers with the clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush Marker too.
I have to confess that I'm thrilled with how the burlap and lace contrast against the smooth white cardstock, pearls and sparkling alphas.




   

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I'm also sharing a second card this week.
It uses lots of sparkling glitter tape and you can read all about it HERE.


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NOW it's YOUR turn!

I hope that I have inspired you to get creative
and look forward to seeing your projects fill the gallery for

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*** INGREDIENTS ***
heavy smooth white cardstock - A4
scoreboard and bone folder
Altenew – Bold Alphabet Die Set
Wink Of Stella Brush Glitter Marker – Clear
burlap ribbon
Birch Organza Lace - white
Bella Bling - pearl flourishes
Kaisercraft - Paper Blooms - coconut
Kaisercraft - Mini Paper Blooms - coconut
Sizzix Big Shot
Helmar 450 Quick Dry adhesive - to adhere the flowers
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Adhesiveto adhere the lace & burlap

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Sending a big Thank You to Krafters Cart and The Paper Shelter for sponsoring our

I hope I have inspired you to get creative and look forward to seeing your work shared in the challenge gallery.  
Remember we are not just a card blog, we love to see scrapbook layouts, artjournal pages and all types of papercraft.

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I am going to enter my card in the following challenges:
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Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog - Challenge #228 Nature + A Sentiment
my card has lots of natural elements, from flowers and pearls to earthy burlap
Creatalicious Challenges - Challenge #163 Anything Goes
with optional no square or rectangle card

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

FUN with FANCY FOLDS at the Crafty Gals Corner

It's time for another challenge with us at the

This week we are letting our creative juices flow with
Crafty Gals Corner Challenges are bi-weekly.
Each crafter may only submit 3 projects per challenge.

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The sponsor for this challenge is:


Prize ~ $10 Gift Certificate

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Today I have used the Gina Frankenstein Bride digital stamp from MoonFlower DigiStamps, our generous sponsor this week.  The theme for our challenge is fancy folds, so I thought I would add an extra surprise to Halloween with some twist pop cards.


I opened the cut file for the Twist Pop Boo Card cut file on my Silhouette Cameo design mat and enlarged the pieces, making the base length 11 3/4" (as large as I could to just fit on the cutting mat).  I added a couple of matting layers to the front then took the smallest top layer to add the Gina Frankenstein Bride digital stamp, sizing her to fit neatly and adding some bats and a black cat.  I printed the image panel on X-Press It blending card then cut with the Cameo.  I printed the banner sentiment and Halloween patterned paper on textured cardstock and cut it with my Cameo.  I cut all the other card layers and twist-pop mechanisms from textured cardstock.  (note: I added another layer to the sentiment banner so that it had more contrast against the patterned paper.)  The cut file comes with some spooky elements to decorate the front of the card too, so I cut them to embellish the second card.

I heat set the image then coloured with Copic markers (details below).
I burnished all the folds of the card base, mechanism and boo strip then assembled the card.  (Lori's video tutorial is HERE).  I punched out some little black flowers, die cut some leafy flourishes and finished off the card with some sparkling black bling and tiny black star confetti.
What do you think?



Here are the two closed cards together


They both have a big BOO waiting inside,
along with some pretty patterned paper.


One last look of these Halloween cuties ... 



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NOW it's YOUR turn!

I hope that I have inspired you to get creative
and look forward to seeing your projects fill the gallery for
Crafty Gals Corner Challenges are bi-weekly.
Each crafter may only submit 3 projects per challenge.

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*** INGREDIENTS ***
Gina Frankenstein Bride digital stamp - MoonFlower DigiStamps
X-Press It A4 Blending Card
Copic markers - skin & cat's eyes - YG01-03-25-67
Copic markers - dress/cape/shoes - BV01-02-04-08
Copic markers - hair - C5-7-9 + 100 + C1-3 (white flashes)
Copic markers - eyes - E23-25-27
American Crafts - 12x12 textured cardstock
Silhouette Cameo
Silhouette Design Store - Design ID #219048
Twist Pop Boo Card by Lori Whitlock
Silhouette Design Store - Design ID #149738
Diagonal Stripe Halloween Paper by Miss Kate Cuttables
Sizzix Big Shot
Ultimate Crafts - dies - Jadene: Careless And Free
assorted flower punches
black rhinestones
Helmar 450 Quick Dry adhesive - to adhere the layers
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Adhesive - to adhere the sentiment banner

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Sending a big Thank You to MoonFlower DigiStamps for supplying the digital stamp I used today and for being a sponsor for Challenge #192 - Fancy Folds at the Crafty Gals Corner.
    
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I am going to enter my card in the following challenges:
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A Bit More Time To Craft Challenge - Challenge #92 – Anything Goes
A Gem Of A Challenge - Week 9 - Anything Goes
A Perfect Time To Craft - May Challenge #5 - Anything Goes
Aloha Friday Challenges - Challenge #143 – Fairytale / Fantasy
CCC Digi Creations - Challenge #103 - Add a Flower
Crafty Catz - Challenge #462 – Anything Goes
optional twist: use buttons or flowers

Creatalicious Challenges - Challenge #163 Anything Goes
with optional no square or rectangle card
Creative Inspirations Challenge Blog - May Challenge – May Flowers & Showers
Creative Knockouts - Challenge #298 - Favorite Embellishment
you can never have too much bling, so I use lots of sparkling rhinestones & sequins
Die Cut Divas Challenge Blog - Flowers All Year Round in May
Get Creative Challenges - Challenge #80 – Anything Goes – no twist
Love To Scrap Challenge Blog - LTSCB #121 - Anything Goes

Thursday, 9 May 2019

a "FABULOUS" birthday for our Anything Goes challenge with Team Lou at the Southern Girls

It's time for another challenge with us at the Southern Girls.

This fortnight Team Lou have created projects to inspire you for the new challenge





Our generous sponsors for this challenge are:


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The image is the Birthday Girl digital stamp from Lia Stampz, one of our generous sponsors for this challenge.  No, you're not seeing things, you may remember me making a card a while ago with the sentiment "you don't look a day over FABULOUS" and this same image.  This time I have gone "opposite" with the glitter panels (dark pink to the left, light pink to the right).  It also has darker shading to the hair and cake, along with using a bundle of Cool Grey Copic markers to colour her dress and accessories, instead of the BV's used last time.

I printed the image on A5 X-Press It blending card, zapped it with my heat gun then coloured with Copic markers.  I used a white gel pen to give the pearls in her necklace some extra dimension and an ultra white finish ... it also helps cover where my markers "invaded" their pearly space.
The sentiment is a combination of fonts (Bradley Hand ITC and LW Sweetie Pie).
I made an 8" square top folding card base by scoring the top of the back panel and adhered it to the front panel.  The base is matted with textured cardstock then layered with luscious glitter cardstock.  I matted the image panel and sentiment panel with the same textured black cardstock, keeping a perfect 1/8" border by using a Perfect Layers ruler.  It is usually a challenge to keep layers securely in place when using glittered cardstock but it's not a problem with my go-to glue, Helmar 450 Quick Dry.  It's like using a hot glue gun without the "hot".  I finished off the card by die cutting a bow, using the handle of a fine brush to give a smooth curve and dimension to the loops and tails.

Here are the cards together, the old on the right, the new on the left,
maybe this year the red-heads will get these sparkling birthday wishes.


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NOW it's YOUR turn!

I hope that I have inspired you to get creative
and look forward to seeing your projects fill the gallery for

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*** INGREDIENTS ***
Lia Stampz - digital stamp - Birthday Girl
X-Press It - A5 blending card
Copic markers - skin - E0000-000-00-21-11
Copic markers - lips - R83-85
Copic markers - hair - E13-15-18
Copic markers - dress, feather & shoes - C00-0-1-3-5-7-9
Copic markers - cake - E30-31-23-25
Copic markers - icing & bows - RV0000 + R81-83-85-89
Copic markers - candle - RV0000 + 0
Copic markers - flame - Y11-13-15
Signo uni-ball broad pigment ink white gel pen - pearl necklace
heat tool
Kaisercraft - glitter cardstock - flamingo
Kaisercraft - glitter cardstock - candy
Sizzix Big Shot
Winnie & Walter - Take A Bow Cutaways
Perfect Layers ruler - 1/8" border for matted layers
Helmar 450 Quick Dry liquid adhesive

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Sending a big Thank You to Lia Stampz and Three Button Studio for sponsoring our

I hope I have inspired you to get creative and look forward to seeing your work shared in the challenge gallery.  
Remember we are not just a card blog, we love to see scrapbook layouts, artjournal pages and all types of papercraft.


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I am going to enter my card in the following challenges (alphabetical order):