Celebrating my brother’s 50th Birthday

Last night I attended a 50th Birthday celebration for my brother.  It was a small intimate event at a local Italian restaurant in a Chicago suburb. The guest list was comprised of close friends, true A list friends to share this milestone birthday. It was a wonderful evening of story telling and many laughs.

I wanted to create a card that would be funny and needle him a little.  A card I had previously seen on Pinterest provided the inspiration.

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I think this is a fun card.  Here is a small peak on the inside:

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I used a mixture of technology and traditional card making.  I used Microsoft Word to create the sentiment on the front of the card and then printed it on Very Vanilla cardstock.  The DSP is not Stampin' Up but the bottom is More Mustard card stock.  The finishing touch is Stampin' Up! Linen Thread and Naturals Designer Buttons.

The inside sentiment is from the Delightful Dozen Stamp Set.  

Well today I travel home from Chicago,  I was able to squeeze in lunch with my best friend, attend a productive and informative conference, and celebrate my brother's 50th birthday while in this great city.  I would say it was a successful trip and I am ready to get home to my family.

Enjoy you day!

Michelle

A Simple Thanks with Apothecary Accents

Today I have a real CAS (Clean and Simple) card.  

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Using a classic and clean DSP I trimmed it 1/8" smaller than my standard A2 card size.  Then I stamped the image from the Another Thank You Photopolymer Stamp Set onto a scrap of Very Vanilla card stock.  Using one of the framelits from the Apothecary Accents set I cut the label.  To add a pop of color I cut two more labels from Raspberry Ripple card stock. I cut each label in half and then adhered to the Very Vanilla piece creating just the right amount of color framing. Pop it onto the card with a couple of Stampin' Dimensionals and you have the perfect Clean and Simple card.  Simple right?

I am so pleased with the result.  As you can see I used the same DSP to line my envelope using the quick and easy Envelope Liner Framelits.

Supplies Used:

Paper:  Print Poetry Paper Stack (Retired – Spring Mini), Raspberry Ripple and Very Vanilla card stock, Very Vanilla envelope

Ink:  Raspberry Ripple

Stamps:  Another Thank You Photopolymer Stamp set

Tools:  Big Shot, Apothecary Accent Framelits, Envelope Liner Framelits, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Friday!  I am very excited because I will see my brother and his family as well as my dad today.  We are all gathering in Chicago to celebrate my brother's 50th birthday.  Stop by tomorrow to see the card I made for him.  

Cheers!

Michelle

 

Pals Paper Art Color Challenge #170

This week the Pals Paper Art Challenge is a Color Challenge #170.  This was a tough challenge. While I love each of these colors individually, I struggled putting them together.  Here are the colors:

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The Midnight Muse and Crushed curry are striking together especially against Whisper White or Very Vanillla.  But adding Early Espresso did muddy things up (pun intended).  So here is what I did…

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As I the card unfolded I was not certain I liked it, then I added the Magnificent Maple in Crushed Curry and the sentiment and it all seemed to come together. As I look at the card now, I should have added three crushed curry candy dots on the right side to balance the weight of the card. That is the wonderful part of creating, you can always add a little something and enhance the project further.

The inside of the card I used a stamp from the Really Good Greetings and masked off the the words I did not want.

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I sent this off to our son who is at the University of Florida.  He will like the masculine colors and of course the little bit of cash contained in the card.

I hope you enjoyed this challenge adventure with me.  Until tomorrow…

Cheers!

Michelle

Bundle & Save – Butterfly Stamp Set & Punch

Stampin' Up! is always offering promotions to help you save money as you create.  Their newest promotion called the Butterfly Bundle combines the Papillion Potpourri Stamp Set and Bitty Butterfly Punch.  You can save 15% on this bundle now!

Using Collage Curios (Retired stamp set from the Spring Mini catalog) and this new Butterfly Bundle I created this quick and easy card:

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The butterflies absolutely make this card! Do you know a crafter that would just love this Butterfly Bundle?  It would be a great gift with the holidays around the corner. Don't wait to save 15% – shop now as the promotion only lasts until September 30, 2013.

Suuplies Used:

Paper:  Early Espresso, Island Indigo, Crumb cake and Very Vanilla card stock, Designer Series Paper Stack – Regals Collection for the envelope flap

Inks: Early Espresso, Island Indigo, Crumb cake and Gold Metallic Encore pad (Holiday Mini) 

Stamps:  Collage Curios and Made for You (retired), Papillon Potpourri

Tools:  Bitty Butterfly punch and Ticket Duo Builder Punch

Tomorrow the Paper Pals Arts team showcases a new color challenge.  Join me tomorrow to see what they put together.

Michelle