I'm sorry to have been absent for so long but I am still in the throes of reorganizing my craft storage and the weather has been too nice to spend it cooped up inside, so I have been playing hooky. I am more than halfway through and have purged enormous amounts of patterned paper and other craft items that I'm pretty sure I will never use again. Of course now I have got rid of it you can guarantee that I will soon need just the item I have disposed of. At least I will know what I've got and where to find it now though, so it will be well worth the work, and I have learned a valuable lesson about using new stuff when I get it rather than hoarding it for some special project that remains only in my imagination!
I've been missing creating though, so I sat down today to mess up all my good work and made my first card for the Make the Day Special Challenge #4 which asks us to take a card from the first year we blogged and CASE it.
I just stamped the smaller brushstrokes with the different colours and overstamped the happy birthday greeting. This panel was passed through my Ebosser with the PTI canvas impression plate to add some texture before being matted onto the pink card. I then used a tiny tag from Papertrey Ink and stamped the 'wish big' and bow to go in the top corner after I tied it with some twine. The panel was raised from the base card with pop dots to give some dimension, and I finished it off with a few little hearts which I coated with some Wink of Stella glitter.
In case any of you who live in the UK have not yet discovered Make the Day Special, they are a small company that brings lots of American stamps over here and makes them accessible to us without the costly postage and import duties that are involved in buying them direct from the Companies themselves. If they don't have what you need in stock they will try to get it for you and I recommend that you try them.
I got my colours from this inspiration picture
over at Curtain Call, so I'd like to wish them Happy 1st Anniversary by joining in with them for the first time.
And finally, as the current challenge over at
|Seize the Birthday|
is to add twine or string, and I didn't feel my card was complete without some, I really want to play along with them.
I hope you are having a wonderful weekend and thanks for stopping by.