Following is the card that I was able to finish to send off as a belated birthday card for one of my sister-in-laws on my husband's side of the family. The story follows below.
With the slow recovery from my knee replacement surgery, I am so far behind, and I have missed so many birthdays and other events with my inability to climb stairs to my craft room. Some are so far back, I will just have to let them go this year and concentrate on keeping up to date in the future. Yet, I have several sister-in-laws' birthdays that I've missed, and I would really like to send them belated wishes if I can without getting behind with upcoming celebrations.
My sister-in-law, Dianne, is the wife of one of my husband's younger brothers. They were married within a year of our marriage, and we spent a lot of time together as couples in the early years of our marriages. This was before we each began a round of transfers around the country due to career promotions, etc. We have never ended up residing in the same state in more than 30 years. Just a few years ago, this younger brother passed away from a heart attack, but Dianne is still very much a part of the family, and she is always included in every reunion and get-together!
Since I have a new goal in cardmaking to try to enter more Splitcoaststampers' challenges, I thought I would focus my card design around at least one challenge's requirements. I chose the Inspiration Challenge IC605 - Dessert Bies: Macaroons & Meringues, but ended up being able to use it in the Alphabet Challenge as well from its tag. For the Inspiration Challenge, I went to the Pinterest inspiration board set up for the challenge. Oh my, I learned a lot about macaroons. While my stomach realized it was hungry and began growling loudly the longer I looked over those delicious-looking, beautifully, colorful morsels that can be any color in God’s Earth from soft pastels to bold and vibrant dark splashes of color!! Below are the three particular pictures that inspired my card:
When I first start creating a card design, if I don't have a particular idea already in my mind, I check out my leftover, partial card pieces to see if there is anything that inspiring me to use it. I found a yellow tag with pink ribbon and an uncolored birdie stamp tacked to a patterned dsp. It was pretty bright and cheerful, but had a thanks sentiment stamped at the bottom of the birdies, which was actually part of the original stamp. I thought...hmmm...trim off the sentiment and make the tag shorter to fit the shorter image. Then, I separate sentiment tag with belated birthday might fit below the tag...I was in business and started rolling right along!
The little dsp attached had a bit of navy in the flowers; therefore, navy had to be the cardbase after seeing those lovely navy macarons (see above). I switched out the pink tag ribbon for navy, and then I chose mat layer colors to add to the tag and dsp and layers to add to my cardbase. Daffodil yellow would be my top layer and I decided embossing it would dress it up and make it more interesting and even better, crop the layer corners with my WRMK Deco Corner Chomper.
When I began assembling, I popped up the tag and its layers on the yellow layer, and then decided to pop up the yellow and Melon Mambo on the cardbase. Before reattaching the stamped birdies to the tag, I colored them with Copic markers and finished with Clear Wink of Stella to add sparkle. Because my tag was pretty small, I decided to use the Washi punch (SU retired) and modify it by shortening it and only used a one-word sentiment to keep its size in balance with the tag. I'm pretty satisfied with my card for Dianne...take another peek above!
Ingredients: Stampin' Up products: Cardstocks-Night of Navy, Melon Mamo, Daffodil Yellow. DP: Gingham Garden. Stamp-For the Birds (retired), Happy Birthday Gorgeous (sentiment). Ink: Memento-Tuxedo Black, Wink of Stella-Clear. Embossing Folder: Perfect Polka Dots (retired). Punches: Washi Label, 1/4" Circle punch. Ribbon: 3/8" Denim. White Baker's Twine. Other products: Copic Markers; Darice: Foam Sheets. Computer-verse. Size: 4-3/4" x 6".