Why is it when it’s a really important card, and you’ve got a really good idea how to use the MOJO sketch that things just are more difficult than usual? It is our daughter’s 30th birthday day tomorrow. I wanted a really special card for her and this one was just a struggle. In fact, there will be pictures of 2 cards because I did one and still wasn’t satisfied with it, so I started another one. Both cards are 4¼” by 5½” with a left hand fold. I knew I wanted to do the Eiffel Tower this year since our daughter & her husband had loved being in Paris while they were in Europe at the end of the summer, so I set forth to create!!!!
For You Card
· Stamp set(s): Stampin’ Up! – Artistic Etching, Apothecary Art & Vintage Verses (SAB2013, retired)
· Ink(s): Versamark Watermark Stamp Pad
· Paper: Best Creations – unknown name; Stampin’ Up! – River Rock (retired) & Very Vanilla CS
· Dies & Embossing folders: Stampin’ Up! – Labels Framelits; Spellbinders – Classic Ovals Large & Classic Scalloped Ovals Large; Heartfelt Creations – Decorative Lace Border
· Embellishments/Other things of note: Zing – Glitter Finish Black EP; Basic Grey – Black velvet ric rac; Kaiser Craft – Sparklets Ebony
As I began work on this card, I went to my Scrap Rack to look for some fall themed papers for this card and ran across these Best Creations papers. I liked the black in them and the stripes had a rich touch to it with the black velvet stripes. I wanted a more sophisticated look as my little girl is not a little girl anymore at 30. Black is so classy and elegant so I selected these papers and went about the process of pulling it all together from items that I had on hand. I did have to borrow the Eiffel Tower ss from a good friend and paper crafter co-conspirator! (Thank you, Sandi!) I just wasn’t satisfied with my effort last night – maybe I was just too tired to think straight!
When I went back to my craft room this morning, I started on the 2nd card below using Perfect Pearls Medium. It’s the same size as the first. I did go by our new Hobby Lobby – just a bit over 2 miles from our home – and found on clearance no less, the Tim Holtz Eiffel Tower Bigz Die which I snapped right up and ran home and began to work on the 2nd card also using the MOJO 315 sketch. I took a few more liberties with the sketch on this one.
Happiest Birthday Card
· Stamp set(s): Stampin’ Up! – Apothecary Art; Heartfelt Creations – Bold Falling Leaves
· Ink(s): Versamark Watermark Pad – Ranger – Perfect Pearls & Perfect Medium
· Paper: Stampin’ Up! – Basic Black, Crushed Curry & Very Vanilla CS
· Dies & Embossing folders: LifestyleCrafts – Nesting Ovals; Stampin’ Up! – Fancy Fans EF; Sizzix – Tim Holtz Fleur de lis & Eiffel Tower
· Embellishments/Other things of note: Zing – Glitter Finish Black EP; Kaiser Craft – Sparklets Ebony; Stampin’ Up! – Jewels Basic Rhinestones
Rachel’s birthday always makes me think of clear, crisp, cool nights and beautiful fall leave colors. It’s usually about peak time for fall color up in the mountains so I wanted to do fall leaves with a bit of shimmer. I actually haven’t used Perfect Pearls before on any project so I followed directions and off we went. While I liked the effect of the leaves metallic shine, I think I chose too bold of a color for the background paper with the Crushed Curry cs, but it was a fun experiment. I like Perfect Pearls and will play with them again soon!
Thanks for stopping by! Oh, I chose the first card to give to Rachel. It just looked more like my beautiful girl!