Friday, November 1, 2019

Birthday Mission

Hey!

I'm a crafter on a mission.

I sat down at my craft desk today to start making birthday cards for next year. Christmas is pretty much a lost cause at this point (Barnes & Noble has some lovely cards anyway), so I shall forge ahead with a mission to make all the birthday cards I need next year.

That's about forty cards. Which is about twenty more cards than I've made this year. But maybe, just maybe, I can do this.

Today's card is a promising start, completely indebted to THIS GORGEOUS CARD.




You'll note the obvious changes and similarities. First, I increased the white space around the focal point with a horizontal card (6.25" x 3.5") because, you know, why not? The color scheme isn't very different, but I used hearts instead of flowers with a watercolor effect. Instead of a single strand of string, I used two to bring together the colors of the hearts and add a little interest...my hearts are much more basic than Kleine-stempe's gorgeous flowers. And orange and hot pink look so fun and fresh together, don't they? I kept the black sentiment on a banner. 




For the mechanics, I used circle punches (1.5" and 1.75"), and to ever-so-slightly pop the top circle, I punched a 1 3/8" cardstock circle to glue under it. The Memento markers blend so nicely with a single spritz of water. What a simple, beautiful technique!

The Birthday Mission is definitely off to a satisfying start. Yay!

Mercy, grace, peace, and love,
Susan

12 comments:

  1. This is beautiful!!! I so know what you mean about Christmas cards being awash. I am still trying, though. I love your horizontal design on this!!

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  2. beautiful card. love those circles and the colors are gorgeous.

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  3. I’ve decided to “use up” all the bits and pieces of Christmas cards I have laying around. You know, I’m cleaning up and organizing. Wink, wink.

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  4. Wonderful!! I love seeing crafters being inspired by others!

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  5. Plow ahead and make those Christmas cards. Not everyone on my list gets a handmade card, just those that I know will appreciate my efforts. ;-) You've got a good start on 2020 birthday cards and a whole year to get them done. Christmas cards are just too gorgeous to pass up. Liz

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  6. All is better with the world when Simplicity shows up in my email.

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  7. The multicolored hearts are so sweet! Much luck on your mission!

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  8. Beautiful card, and a great copy-not-copy! I wish I was as good as you are at planning ahead. Maybe someday. ;-)

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