Happy Wearin O’ the Green Day!

Hello Krafty Friends!

Happy Saint Paddy’s Day! Hope everyone is having a wonderful day and not getting pinched too much. I realized this morning that I don’t have any green shirts in my closet. So far, no one’s pinched me thank goodness!

As promised, today I’m sharing the card that I made for my father-in-law who’s birthday is today. My husband always says his dad was named Patrick because he was born on Saint Patrick’s Day and that’s what any good Catholic family would do. His dad always claims that Saint Patrick’s day was named after him. He’s quite funny LOL!

Unfortunately today he had to spend his birthday at the hospital having some surgery on his bladder. The procedure went fine and he’s home resting comfortably (that is if he listened to the doctors orders-he’s stubborn that way). They sent the tissue out to the lab so we should know more in the next week or so about his diagnosis and the next steps for him. Everyone is keeping their fingers crossed an praying.

I finished his birthday card last night and wanted to share with you.

For this card I used a stamp from Stamping Bella called Uptown Girl Ava loves to Celebrate. I absolutely love the stamps from Stamping Bella. These stamps were some of the very first I owned and fell in love with. They are all so cute and fun to color. I colored this one with my Copics on Neenah Solar White 80lb paper. So far I’ve had pretty good luck coloring on this type of paper with my Copics. I know a lot of people and even instructors prefer the X-Press It Blending Card which I also have a mere 25 sheets of because it was on sale, but for these types of images the Neenah has worked fine.

Just a note, if your looking for Neenah Solar White paper you can find it at some office supply stores. I found a ream of 250 sheets of 8 1/2 x 11 80lb Solar White it at Office Depot for less than $30 or you can also get it in 11 x 17 size for around $9.00. This is the cheapest way I’ve found to buy it and it’s the exact same product that many craft/stamping stores carry a 20 sheet pack of paper for a significantly higher price. I’ve actually even purchased the 11 x 17 from Office Depot and cut it down to 8 1/2 x 11 sheets. Either way, it lasts a long time, particularly if your stamping and coloring a small image then you can just cut the paper down what you need for the stamp and save the rest for another stamping project. It also works great for printing digital stamp images onto as well.

I wanted the card for my father-in=law’s birthday to be bright and festive considering the circumstances he was going through today. I was worried that she was too girly but opted for teal and pink for her dress which turned out nice and I especially love the pink and yellow frosting on the chocolate cake. Looks yummy doesn’t it!

When I was finished coloring her I picked out my papers to layer her on. Choosing a bright yellow for the base and a teal sheet which I die cut from the Spellbinders Celebrations Pierced  Rectangles to mount the image to.

Then I decided to make my image pop a bit by adding some Tim Holtz distress ink in Squeezed Lemonade to the edges. I really matched well with my yellow card stock layer and brought the whole card together. I mounted all my layers to some white card stock to form the card base.

For the sentiment, I used a stamp from WPlus9 Design Studios called Unforgettable and stamped it in the very vibrant Fuchsia Pink from StazOn. This is just one of many adorable stamp sets from WPlus9 and it features elephants which I love. There are so many cute and creative ways to use this set. Looking forward to playing more with it for future projects.

The sentiment was cut using a die from the Spellbinders Conversation Bubbles 2. This die measures  2 1/8 x 1 7/8. It was a bit tight for my sentiment, but I squeezed it on there. I chose not to use the largest die from this set because it was a bit overpowering.

Finally I added a bit of Wink of Stella to the bow on the package and the bow on her dress and hairband. I also added some yellow I Rock gems to the corners of the teal layer on the card.
Hope you like it as much as I do.

So here’s what I’m working on the rest of this week:
1. Online Card Classes – Stretch your Dies class started so checking out the new video’s posted today and sample cards.
2. Gotta get back to my Kit & Clowder class. Have been away from it for two weeks now.
3. Jotting down some ideas for upcoming cards to create next month and looking through stamps and dies to get an idea for what I want to do.
4. Coloring – recreational coloring and experimenting just for me.
5. Setting up my Cricut Explore with the Design Space on Ipad.
I may or may not get everything on this list accomplished but at least I have some goals set for myself. 
Hope you all have a wonderful day!
See you again soon!