Monday, August 6, 2012

Happy Birthday

 This is the inspiration photo for this week's Skipping Stones Design challenge.  Isn't it so bright and cheerful?   I love that bright pop of turquoise; it's what inspired me to play along.  I really wanted to use the dandelions from my new "Dandelion Dreams" set from SSD, but was having a terrible time with the inks that I had.  Plus, what color can dandelions be other than white? But white ink on white paper doesn't show up very well.  So, I hit upon the genius idea of stamping them with white craft ink and embossing them with white powder on a sponged blue background.  Genius I tell you!!!  But I found out the hard way that you have to sponge the blue AFTER you do the stamping and embossing.  Otherwise the embossing powder also sticks to the sponged ink.  Ah, live and learn.  But I am quite happy with the way it turned out (eventually).

Challenges:
Skipping Stones Design #139--inspiration photo
Sweet Sketch Wednesdays #165--sketch
Delightful Challenges--birthdays
DYSU #83--polka dots
Clearly Inspired Challenge #57--things with wings

Supplies:
Paper: Basic Grey
Stamps: Skipping Stones Design "Dandelion Dreams"
Ink: SU! basic black and white craft ink; Martha Stewart forget-me-not and pink geranium
Dies: Verve "Charming Ovals"; Spellbinders standard circles, large and classic ovals large
Other: Martha Stewart dove embossing powder; mini pearls and pearls from Michaels

14 comments:

Kathie said...

Hi Heather what a sweet card. I do love your Dandelion Dreams stamp such a perfect image and could be used for so many wonderful card. Great job and thanks so much for sharing your card with us at Sweet Sketch Wednesday and good luck.
Hugs
Kathie SSW-DT

sweetbloominscraps said...

Great inspiration! Love your Dandelion Drean stamp and the added pears on your butterflies! Thanks for playing along at SSW!
Judi SSW DT

mulberry station said...

Such an adorable Birthday card. I love the dandelion stamp. It is beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing your card with us.
Nancy SSW-DT

Sharon Basel said...

I think it's a beautiful card and I love that technique you used. Thanks for sharing that and this spectacular card with us at Sweet Sketch Wednesday!
Sharon, SSW-DT

Heide said...

What a lovely card! Super stamp. Thanks for joining us this week at SSW.
Hugs, Heide SSW-DT

Linda Anderson said...

Such a lovely card. Lovin' the turquoise too. Thanks for joining us at Sweet Sketch Wednesday.

Linda

Cassie said...

Oh how sweet, Heather! Thanks for playing along with our 'Things with Wings' challenge over at the CIC :)

Jeannie said...

This is just adorable and I really like the polka dot paper and the pearls! Thanks so much for joining us this week at Sweet Sketch Wednesday.

Peace & Luv,
Jeannie

Arlana said...

Love those papers and colors. your stamp is just so fun. Have a sweet day!!! Arlana

Mary Jo said...

Very pretty! I love the turquoise too! Thanks for joining us at DYSU.

Simple and Sweet said...

What a great stamp and such pretty colors! Fabulous job! Thanks for joining us this week!
Erika SSW DT

Katie Gehring said...

This is so sweet! Love how you incorpated the colors and feel of this inspiration photo.

Susan Flynn said...

Fabulous sponged effect on your card! Thanks for sharing with us at Delightful Challenges this week hugs Susan x

Denise @ kc242 said...

Such a lovely& well designed card. Thanks so much for playing along with us at Delightful Challenges!
Denise
DDC-DT