Monday, September 29, 2014

Happy Birthday

Hi everyone! Can you believe this month now is almost over?! We're getting closer and closer to Christmas and then we'll be embracing a new year! Wow, this year has flown by. It's time for another fun challenge over at Crafty Cardmakers and more, and I'm happy to share my DT inspiration project for CCM #124 - Triple B Challenge, hosted by teammie, Pamellia! She's challenging you to create a project containing at least three of these five things beginning with B:

My Bs are blue, birthday, banner and buttons. I created the background by stamping on photo paper with ink on a small acrylic block. This is one of my favorite techniques that I learned several months ago. It's super easy and packs a very nice punch! I simply inked up an acrylic block with ink, spritzed it with water in a mini mister, and stamped it on photo paper, then repeated the process with several more colors of blue ink. After giving it a few minutes to dry, I stamped the floral images, cut it with a matting die and matted it on navy blue cardstock, cut with a slightly larger matting die.

After rounding the corners on the card base to match the other layered elements, I matted another layer of white onto navy cardstock (cut with matting dies), and adhered it to the card base. I popped the stamped focal image up on 3-D foam pads and affixed it to layered card base. I stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment on a hand-cut banner, added a few tiny blue Dot Sparklers, and adhered it at an angle to the focal image. I finished the front with the buttons.

I stamped the inside sentiment on a square die cut and adhered it to the inside.

Proud to enter this birthday card into the following challenges:

  • GKD Pure Luxury white and navy cardstock
  • GKD Springtime Silhouettes stamp set
  • GKD Birthday Greetings stamp set
  • 4x6 Epson photo paper
  • Ranger Faded Jeans distress ink
  • Memento Summer Sky, Danube Blue and Paris Dusk inks
  • 1-7/8" square acrylic block
  • Spellbinders Classic Squares and A2 Curved Matting Basics A & B dies
  • Stampendous Dot Sparklers, blue
  • White buttons

I hope you've found a little inspiration to create a project for our Triple B challenge this time! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)


  1. Hi Leslie, a beautiful card. I love the acrylic block technique, I will have to give that a go. The flower stamps are really pretty and your sentiment on the inside is really nice too. Hope you have a good day. Sally D.x.

  2. Your card is fabulous Leslie, it's been so long since I've played around with inks. You have inspired me! xx

  3. Oh my gosh Leslie, I was waiting all day to get a close up of this!! Gorgeous! Your background is just stunning, what a wonderful technique! Love the flower stamps too! Such a brilliant Triple B card!! big hugs :)

  4. That background is stunning and looks really interesting in the different shades off blue. I thought it would not work on photo paper but it really does look amazing. Thanks for sharing with us at TIME OUT Challenges x

  5. A beautiful card Leslie, a wonderful design and fabulous technique for creating the gorgeous background - lovely stamped flowers!!

    Thanks so much for joining Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Heather xx

  6. This is gorgeous! I love the panelled effect background and those beautiful flowers!

  7. These blues are fantastic! Thank you so much for playing along with the Anything Goes Challenge this week over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog :)

  8. Dear Leslie, that is one beautiful card! Great work! Thank you for joining us over at the Time Out Challenge.

  9. This is such a pretty card, Leslie! I love the patchwork effect of the background and the gorgeous shades of blue! Thanks for joining in at The Squirrel and the Fox!

    love Mags B x

  10. This is so beautiful! Love how you made the background. It look fantastic!

    Thank you so much for playing along with us at Crafty Catz!
    Good luck

  11. What a stunning card! The shades of blue are really striking! Thank you for joining us at Seize the Birthday!

  12. Looks fantastic great design and layout. Jacqui DT Sister Act

  13. great challenge...nice theme and your card is so pretty too
    hugs bibiana

  14. Very pretty! I love the monochromatic! Thanks for joining is at Simply Create Too!

  15. Fabulous card Hun, I must give that technique a try sometime it sounds like fun.
    Lots of other fabulous cards as well by the way. Hugs Kimx

  16. Fab the blue on blue. Thank you for joining us over at the Scribble and Scrap Challenge. Good luck.

    I have a blog candy with a £50 Scribble and Scrap Crafts voucher to win if you are interested.

  17. This is such a pretty card! Love the panels. Thanks for playing along with Seize the Birthday. :)

  18. Gorgeous card! Love the technique you used for the background. The blue are just beautiful.


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