Happy Summer Birthday

Hey there!  Long time no post, huh?  I think it’s this heat that’s got me all kinds of exhausted!  I love summer.  I just wish we could have spring weather all summer long!  Say, 75º F!  Some of you probably have that, but not me… not here in Arkansas.  90º+ F is what I have.  My weather app says it’s 85º but feels like 92º… whaaa?!  I think it’s hotter… it certainly feels hotter… and that’s with some rain we had today.  It’s scorching hot without rain.  I hate heat waves.

Anyway, moving on to the card.  The reason for this post, of course.  🙂  I created this card, well, one like it, for a coworker… and I liked it so much that I had to recreate and share it!  Aren’t you lucky!  Ha!  No, but really!  In all honestly, this is one of my favorites.  I  recently purchased the Stitched Mini Scallop Rectangle, the  oval, and the circle die-namics STAX sets from My Favorite Things and I was eager to use them, as usual!  I love all MFT products.  So, take a looksie, below, and then I’ll tell you all the products I used. 😉

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I started with heavy card stock from Hobby Lobby and cut a few strips of blue painter’s tape.  Oh my… I looove that stuff!  I’d seen a couple of other crafters use it (YouTube) and I gave it a go!  I like using it better than sticky notes (it’s more inexpensive, too)… like, when I run craft paper and die through my Big Shot and I want to make sure my die doesn’t move- that’s when I use it the most.  I can use it over and over…and over again and it stays sticky forever and a day!  And it doesn’t damage my card stock when I remove it.  Always peel back at an angle, though.  🙂  Ok, ok… back to the card.  So, I taped my painter’s tape to my glass cutting mat and cut the tape in half, long-ways, with my craft knife.  Used a ruler, too, just to make it easier for my craft knife to slide right down where I need it (the middle).  I then used the glass cutting mat, again, as a guide, and stuck tape on my card base, evenly spacing the tape out (1/2 ” apart).  I hope that makes sense… if not, just look at the stripes on the card.  That’s what I was doing!  Haha!  I used the Grapesicle ink pad from MFT and an ink blending tool to apply the ink on the card stock on the open spaces.  Blend, blend, blend.  Remove painter’s tape. When it dries, it’s beautiful!

Then, like I said earlier, I used the rectangle (largest in the set) and the oval (second largest in the set) – stitched mini scallop die-namics to cut out two pieces of card stock. I stamped the Happy Birthday greeting with a sentiment from Tulip Time from Papertrey Ink, and used Winter Wisteria ink pad from said company at top of rectangle piece.  🙂  For the flowers; I used the Bitty Bouquets stamp sets from PTI, because I love their stamp sets!  This stamp set is new to me, too.  I’m in love!  It’s adorable. Silly me, when I ordered it I didn’t think I was going to use the  matching die set and now I’m sorry I didn’t get it – I will get it on my next order! Anywho – I first stamped the roses inside the oval die cut piece, and then I stamped the little hydrangeas and tulips on a separate card stock and fussy cut them… (super time consuming for me).  Kudos to those of you that enjoy that!  I’m not patient enough. *Insert exhausted emoji here*

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Next, I centered the rectangle and temporarily adhered it to the card base so that I could use it as a guide to glue down my oval. Then I glued down my oval. After that, I lifted the rectangle off, added my ribbon and bow (inexpensive from Hobby Lobby), placed foam tape on the back of, then set rectangle back down (using oval as guide), and pressed to make sure it stuck well.  I used the fussy cut images that I stamped with Berry Sorbet, Winter Wisteria and Plum Pudding dye ink pads from PTI, as well as the Bubblegum and Razzle Berry dye ink pads from MFT.  I did a little blending of the inks with the blending tool right on the stamp itself, before stamping the card stock.  I placed the fussy cut images and glued them on top of the rectangle. I also used foam tape for support under the flowers that hovered over the oval area.  Lastly, I used iridescent sequins from Hobby Lobby. Yes, I know… I haven’t gotten my hands on those pretty ones from Pretty Pink Posh… yet!  Those are on my wish list, though!  One of the other items on my wish list was just ordered earlier this week and I can hardly wait to get it in the mail!  I ordered my very own MISTI!!  Woohoo!  I can’t wait to create a project with it.  SOOO excited!!

Ok, that’s it for today.  I hope you liked the card and were inspired!  Thanks for stopping by.  See you back here soon!

-Rox

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