Sunday, January 31, 2016

And Paisley is Three!

One of my great-nieces turned three yesterday!  I've been so bad about getting birthday cards made and sent off starting as long ago as last summer. . .and I didn't even finished my Christmas cards for my immediate family. . .yikes!  I really need to do something about this.  One of my top-ranked New Year's resolutions is to do something about this in the coming year!  So now that life has settled back into some semblance of order after my daughter's wedding, my first goal was to get this resolution successfully started by finishing a birthday card for Paisley and get it mailed on time!  I did it!  I finishing her card about 10 days before her birthday. 

But, then, there was another problem. . .her sister turned seven at the beginning of January just before the wedding, and so far I hadn't even gotten her belated birthday card started.  When I finished Paisley's birthday card, I reaslized I really need to get Taylor's birthday card finished as well and mailed at the same time.  After all, it is well past due by now, and not getting this late card there at the same time as her sister;s might cause hard feelings.  AND, Aunty Carlene certainly wouldn't blame Taylor!

To get my mojo moving for Paisley's card, I remembered seeing a card at one of Liz Thayer's events.  I think it was one Liz received as a trade at convention or some other Stampin' Up event.  (Liz is almost like have a mini-Pinterest on hand. . .LOL!)  The card I remembered featured three big birthday candles, and in searching through my card sample pictures on my computer, I found a picture of it, and just as I thought when I originally saw it, it was quite cute.  

I went to work casing and re-creating this card, with just a minor change.  I added another color layer by making the cardbase white, rather than ending with the Early Espresso layer for the card base.  I thought this brightened the card and brought out the white candle, the cupcake frosting, and the sentiment, and it seemed to cut down on it looking quite so dark with its 99% brown with pink coloring.   I'm pretty happy with that little change, and I'm pretty sure this card will go over very well with my three-year old great-niece with a gift certificate for a movie and snacks coming right along with it!

Below is a quick peek at the inside design and verse I created keeping the front design in mind.  My little verse, a little creation of my own was accomplished on my computer matching the font ink with the stamping ink on the front!

Recipe:  Stampin' Up products:  Cardstocks--Whisper White, Early Espresso, Pink Pirouette, Champagne Glimmer paper.  Stamps:  Express Yourself (retired).  Ink--Early Espresso, Strawberry Slush.  Punches--Cupcake Builder, 3/4" Circle, Modern Label (retired), Blossom Petal Builder (retired) (candle flames; alternate: Bird Builder wing).  Dies--Ovals Collection framelits; Top Note Bigz (retired).  Embossing Folder: Perfect Polka Dots.  (Thank you to unknown card designer. . .a really cute design).

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