Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Happy Birthday, Anita!


I had a 4-card afternoon yesterday! That doesn't happen very often, but this time it was simple, because I had two specific goals: first, to make Anita a birthday card. Second, to use some of the items that we exchanged or made at our playdate last weekend.

Today is Anita's birthday and it will continue sometime into next week, when she will finally receive this birthday card from me. I'm going to claim 'wedding busy-ness' as my excuse! lol!

For this card, I used a Paper Smooches die cut rose and leaves that Emily put into a card kit. I cut one of the leaves so that they could nestle together, looking overlapped, when they're really not.

I also used that amazing linen cardstock that Emily raves about - she gets it from Ellen Hutson.  I sponged a PTI Soft Stone stripe on the card base and stamped my sentiment in Versafine Onyx.

Anita - I wish you a very, very happy birthday, my friend!


My next card shows the panel I embossed with embossing paste. Yes, me! I did that! And it was FUN! I had already sponged a panel with distress inks and then used the pearlescent embossing paste that Emily brought to my house and a stencil of falling dots (can't remember who made this one - can you help?). I wanted to really let the panel shine, so I simply inlaid a black Paper Smooches thanks die.


Next up, a very simple card using some beautiful, striped card stock that Natasha brought, along with a butterfly that she had coloured and applied glossy accents to (it was attached to a little gift - too beautiful not to use again... and again!). I finished it with a black Paper Smooches die cut that Emily brought.


Finally, a Lady and the Tramp themed card using some Reverse Confetti stamps and dies that Tracey brought, along with the little gold sequins. The frame and the aqua paper came from Natasha (I cut down the rectangular frame to make a square - I made sure to keep the cut lines behind the dogs).  I added my own Clearly Besotted Love die - I'm sure they were not thinking 'spaghetti' when they designed it! lol!

20 comments:

Jenni's Jems said...

You did have a busy and very productive day... They are all beautiful but the spaghetti one brought a smile to my face this dreary morning! X

lostinpaper said...

These are absolutely fabulous Ardyth! LOVE the spaghetti love... totally made me smile.

Ryan Mangan said...

Look at all those fun goodies from your play date Ardyth. You rocked them!

Kristie Goulet said...

These are all gorgeous!

Love the last one. Made me smile! :)

Cynthia Daugherty said...

Each one is different, each one is first-rate!

I Card Everyone said...

Each card is a dream, Ardyth... but for me? your spaghetti does did it!!! So stinking cute!!!
=] Michele

Brandi said...

Those are some fabulous cards!

Happy Dance said...

A quartet of amazing cards, Ardyth. LOVE the one you made for Anita. That rose reminds me of FLW, as does the font on your sentiment. And after seeing your use of embossing paste, I can feel a trip to Michaels coming on...Gorgeous! Seriously love your "faith" card. Those stripes are perfect for your butterfly and the black sentiment. And how cute are "Lady and the Tramp??!!" That 'love' die is a perfect piece of spaghetti! Great cards all! Bev

Brenda said...

OMGOsh, I love each card Ardyth! They are so unique and fun! So it's Anita's birthday...will have to pop over and wish her a happy birthday. Her card is fabulous, loving that rose! The sponged area really draws the eye right in. I love the embossing paste card, the sponging looks so beautiful and I love the shimmery embossing paste on top. The word die is perfect!! Love, love the gold stripes on the next card, that butterfly is gorgeous and I love the word die. But it is this last card that has stolen my heart! That is just to dang cute, I love how the "love" word die works to well as spaghetti! Cute, cute, cute! Hugs, Brenda

Pam said...

Wow! What gorgeous ards you've made wiyh the goodies you received. Love them.

Darnell J Knauss said...

I'm just awed by your 4-card post, Ardy! So much creative in one shot is mind-blowing! I love them all, love the range from one to the other, too!! Hugs, Darnell

Jen W. said...

So much awesomeness! Loving that gorgeous dotty embossing paste creation and your Lagy and th eTramp card totally made my day!

Anita in France said...

Thanks so much, Ardyth ... such a beautiful, glimmering rose with it's nestling leaves ... and a fabulous CRM-ish sentiment ... all so perfect against the sponged panel! Looking forward to having this beauty IRL!

Fabulous sponged background, gorgeous with the shimmery EP ... lovely butterfly against those rich gold stripes ... and that spaghetti love is so cute (and clever!). Such a brilliant trio of cards!

Anita :)

Deepti said...

These are amazing! your last card is such a cool concept! love it

natashakara said...

Wow! Haven't you been busy? (Hangs head in shame.) I have not made anything with all the sweet goodies we exchanged. I LOVE that you used the butterfly. I have a ton more I'm thinking I should bring the next time I see you. At least they will get used. Haha! Love all your cards. But that last one made me lol! So clever.

Bobby said...

Okay, I got a little confused when I got to the bottom of the post. I saw three brilliantly graphic cards that were truly Ardyth, and then I saw the awesomely adorable doggie card and thought, "Where did that come from?" I love it, though, and it shows your versatility, especially using the die for spaghetti.

Hannelie said...

You had an awesomely creative day Ardyth!
Each one special in it's own way!

Geri said...

Productive day with great results! Love the HB sentiment and sparkle on Anita's card! Gorgeous shading on the Thanks card - the embossing looks like drops of rain. A nice clean background was definitely the call for the butterfly! Lady & the Trammp rock...especially the 'love' spaghetti! So clever and so cute!

Kim Heggins said...

Oh my....so many fabulous and fun cards! I love the one you made for Anita, so sweet.

cm said...

What a wonderful day you had, and the cards that resulted are all stellar! My heart is smiling at crafting friends sharing special time together. Perhaps, one of these days, we'll travel east and I can join you (if you'll have me, of course)...
~c