Sunday 13 April 2014

Celebrate Your Day

Good morning

I would like to start by welcoming my new followers, its always great to see my little number increasing, so THANK YOU!  I hope you like what you see and can get some inspiration from what I create.

Yesterday at Less is More, it was time for the team to set a new One Layer Card challenge....yay I like those now!  Then I read on, 'the proviso for your cards this week is to have evidence of Shadow Stamping'.....yikes!!!  The DT cards look fab so off I went to see what I could find in my stash.

I grabbed a wooden stamp of a swirly flower I've had for ages but never used and some markers and had a play on some scrap paper, stamping once, then 'huffing' on it and re-stamping.  After two practice runs which turned out ok I grabbed some cardstock and went for it...messed it up!  So I grabbed some more cardstock, re-inked, stamped....messed it up again!  Now it was me that was in a huff and was throwing my toys out of the pram!

So, I tried a completely different idea, had a couple of practice runs and came up with this card that I'm actually really happy with.  Its very simple, too simple maybe, but I like it and I've managed to design a masculine card (hoorah!) that I may have to now recreate for my stock.  Here it is...

I inked up the balloon stamp using the blue and grey ink, this was fairly easy to do with the little ink cubes, stamped it once and then moved it up and over slightly and re-stamped.  I then stamped the sentiment in black and added a few little star gems to finish.  These little stars are by Papermania and I like them because they are glossy and smooth, not faceted.  And I picked these up in Bastins of all places, for £1.25 a pack!

Who knew that making a masculine card could actually be pretty easy after all?! :)

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Clearly Besotted - It's Your Birthday
  • Ink: Versa Color - Royal Blue, Sky Gray; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Gems: Papermania - Sparkling Stars (Pastels and Brights)

I would also like to link this card up at the following Challenge blogs:

Craft Your Passion - Challenge 208 - No Designer Papers
Time Out Challenge - Challenge #3 - Happy Birthday (with optional twist of a Masculine Birthday)
Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

I think I may have to have another play for this challenge, the creations I've seen so far in the gallery look fab so I WILL NOT be defeated! Haha

Have a fab Sunday my lovelies x


  1. Anita, your cards could never be too simple, this is perfect. I love the design and great masking. Thanks for joining us at TIME OUT

  2. neets this is a great card... love the simplicity!!

    Thanks for joining us this week
    Jen xx
    Less Is More

  3. Love your card neets and such a beautiful cas design! hugs xx

  4. Absolutely brilliant Anita and I love your blow by blow account of the process. I knew there was a masculine card challenge about when I posted my whale yesterday but couldn't find it! Grrrr! Looks like I'll just have to make another! X X

  5. This is a fab take on the challenge - a great masculine card as well! I'm still struggling for an idea but you've inspired me to keep trying!

  6. A realy fabulous card. Hugs, Ankie

  7. So simple but so beautifully executed. :)

  8. A lovely CAS card I like the bleu ballons.
    Thanks for joining us at Craft your Passion.
    xxx Michelle (DT)

  9. Lovely clean and simple card-the balloons are perfect shadow stamped :)
    Best wishes,Nessa x

  10. A perfect CAS card for this challenge


  11. Gorgeous card and CAS perfection!

  12. Just brilliant! OK, there was a lot of work done before you got to this great card, but the end result is super - thanks for sharing your process with us! Ann

  13. Very beautiful CAS card! Thanks for joining us at Seize the Birthday!

  14. Stunning simplicity!
    Love it!
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  15. Neet this is just perfect, love it! Not too simple, so effective.
    And I was so pleased to see this: I spent the day at Ally Pally looking for a balloon die, now I know where to get one when they are back in stock, thanks!
    Thank you for playing along this week
    Less is More

  16. This is a fabulous card, perfect CAS design.

  17. Clean, simple and perfect! Thanks for joining us at Seize the Birthday!

  18. Fabulous, totally CAS and beautiful to boot!! Well done :D x

  19. Fabulous CAS card :) Viv xx

  20. I love this .... so CAS. xx

  21. I love it because it is so Clean and Simple!! so glad you stuck with the project and came out fabulously!! Thank you for linking up to STB!

  22. CAS perfection, Neet ... so fabulous! Anita :)

  23. Perfectly CAS and I love the added sparkly stars :) Thanks for taking the TIME OUT and joining in on the challenge. Hugs Bev x


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