Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Birthday Cards

I haven't routinely played at Mojo Monday, but I really like the current sketch.  This is the last challenge, as Julee needs more time with her kids.  I was determined to make a card using my neglected Verve goodies & some printed paper.  
Simple card that took me hours, but I'm so happy with the end result. The papers are MME Flair collection, the flowers are Verve New Beginnings & the sentiment is Verve Simply Amazing.  
I added silver foil to the top layer of the die cut word & red Stickles to the Aqua Mist & Pale Peony flower centers.  I cut 2 strips of gray textured cardstock to tie in with the Brilliance Starlite Black I used to stamp the sentiment.  The center panel is stacked with a couple layers of cardstock--not quite as high as adding foam.  I'm also entering SSS Monday & Word Art Wednesday
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There are always so many options for the PTI CAWU challenges during release week, but it was an easy decision to case Nichole's Day 2 card with the blended background behind the die cut panel.  I love this release, but have got to use what I bought in my last order & that includes the wonderful striped die in Mix & Mat Flourishes.  
Don't laugh too hard--gotta tell you what I did.  Last night I carefully masked the front of a white card so my blending wouldn't go clear to the edge.  This morning when I sat down to put the die cut panel on top, I realized the order of the inks (Hibiscus Burst, Terracotta Tile, Orange Zest, Summer Sunrise) was upside down from what I had wanted.  I could have just cut off the front of the card & attached it the right way to another card, but oh no--then I started thinking & debating about other changes!  Finally, I did get the card put together & actually I like my final version better with adding the Summer Sunrise mat & Glitter Dust for a beautiful, soft sparkle.
The wooden embellishments are Studio Calico--fun for a change instead of sequins or gems.  I'm also entering Seize the BirthdaySSS Monday & Word Art Wednesday.  Thanks so much for taking time to visit my blog.
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28 comments:

Carmela Hubler said...

Pretty colors!

artful-notions said...

Fabulous case, Greta! Sharp crisp design any way you put it!

Lisa Elton said...

Your first card is charming Greta!! It's true with me too that the simple ones often take the longest to make!! Love the pretty stripes on your second card. The bit of sparkle was a nice touch!

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Two wonderful birthday cards, Greta - especially love how you interpreted the sketch for the first one! Great texture!!

Dawn Turley said...

Great Greta. Stunning cards

Ros Crawford said...

Fabulous cards Greta! I love the layers on your first card - A very striking design And the colours and sparkle on your second card are so gorgeous! Wonderful blending!

Mac Mable said...

Yes sometimes the simplest of cards can take us ages....perfectionists I guess and /or fussy LOL x Great card for the last sketch challenge and beautifully put together. Did laugh about your second card....Absolutely love how it turned out. Gorgeous colours and blending and with a bit of bling x

Aileen Ryan said...

Two beautiful cards Greta, love how you used the Awesome die cut. i have a pile of them cut out and every time ai think of useing I cant think of how and yet here it looks perfect, maybe ai am just overthinking. And your second card is perfect in all those wonderful soft colours.

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Beautiful cards again, I really like the lay-out of the top one. Thanks for your visit to my blog and your kind words. Actually my whimsical girl journal page has words but they are very small ...written just below the whimsical houses. You are right I wrote... 'home is where my heart is' :):):) I hope you are doing well, Shirleyxx

Brenda in IN said...

Such a pretty combination of the colors in your pattern paper. I love the soft little flowers and the beautiful silver foiled awesome. Sometimes our accidents turn out to be a fun, happy card like your second one. The colors are so bright and it is still rainbow order, just from bottom to top. You have heard that expression "turn your world upside down" and that's what you did!

Tracy Freeman said...

Both gorgeous cards, love the foil and the second one turned out simply beautiful xxx

Rosemary said...

beautiful set of cards, greta!! fabulous take on the sketch on the first one and the blended background on the second is gorgeous!!

Cat Craig said...

So glad you got the last one in at mojo monday and got to play with your verve stuff as tribute. the colors beneath you diagonal piece (which I love...a few of those would be nice hint hint hint) are glorious. I just love how that piece turned out.

Charlene said...

Your so funny, and I bet nobody would have noticed! They are gorgeous Greta!!! Hugs

Helen Wallace said...

Two lovely cards Greta - I agree sometimes the simple looking ones take the longest. I especially love the ombre background of the green card and I did have a chuckle about the "whoopsie" on second one. But you turned it into a stunning card - so vibrant and cheery. Now I'm off to you tube to find out how to foil a die cut; always learn something new here on your blog. Thanks for the inspiration.

Mia said...

I love your cards, Greta.

Vicki Finger said...

I love clean graphic lines so much so your card makes my heart happy!

Maria said...

Wonderful cards, Greta! The first card is very interesting with the design, flowers, texture, and foil sentiment...love it! And, second card is perfect, too! Beautiful color and sweet wooden stars!

Marcia HIll said...

Two beautiful cards Greta!! Sometimes some of my simplest cards take the longest too, but your perseverance paid off on your first card...perfect!! And I love your take on Nichole's card...bright, fun, AND sparkly! Haven't used all my stuff from the past two orders, but I know I'll cave and order again tonight...they have me hook, line, & sinker!! :0)

Lori said...

Both cards are wonderful. I especially love the corrugated paper and that gorgeous background on the first. Beautiful colored background stripes on the second with those fun little stars. Fabulous!

Julee (Vervegirl) said...

Such beautiful cards, Greta! So glad you could join us for our final Mojo sketch!

Nancy said...

Loved reading about your oops! Love when mistakes work out to be better than originally planned! Love both of your cards Greta! CAS always take me the longest! You did great on both! Thanks for playing with us at Seize the Birthday!

Lorraine A said...

Gorgeous card Greta :-) I love the colourful blended background and the die cut design and wooden stars are fabulous, the whole design is awesome! :-)

Thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge
Luv
Lols x x x

Karen Letchworth said...

I love this, Greta. You are so creative, and I can never thank you enough for your participation in our challenges. You are a rock star, and I'm SO grateful for you. Have a WONDERFUL week, my creative friend.
Blessings to you,
Karen Lethworth
Word Art Wednesday

www.karen-mycuprunnethover.blogspot.com - I'd love to have you visit

Corinna said...

Greta, I must say that I would have started the card all over again too! :). It turned out beautiful!

Andrea Ockey Parr said...

These are such absolutely lovely creations and I have to give you huge kudos for plowing through all of that trauma to get the colors and stripes just right! I love how the first card has a blend of beautiful lines and flowy script and the color palette for the second card is exquisite. This was a joy to see and to read about! Thank you so much for sharing your talents with us for this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

cm said...

A delightful duo, indeed! I'm especially taken with the second...the stripes are sensational, the palette, lovely!
Hugs~c

Barb said...

Two very elegany cards Greta and I love the foiling on your sentiment. Barbxx