Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Happiest Wishes!!

Hi All!  wow - it has been a while, huh?  Sorry about that - I have been busy getting things ready for my retirement party Wednesday and with life in general.  I have really been neglecting the challenges over at Create with Connie and Mary - and boy have I missed doing them - so when I had a little time today to create - I headed straight over there.  :)  And this week, they are hosting a sketch challenge - take a peeky:

And I had to pull out my preorder goodies for the new catalog......I just had to.......hehehe......  Wanna see what I came up with today?  Well - If you don't want to see - turn your head ;)

Don't you just {luv}} that new designer series paper????  It is from a new set called "Just Add Cake."  There are some awesome patterns in that pack - I can't wait to get the chance to play some more with that.    You recognize the cupcake stack on the tag element, right?  It is from one of my favorites - Crazy for Cupcakes.  The tag itself is from the Two Tags Die - another favorite and must have item in the 'ol collection.  (I bet you are seeing a pattern forming here......lol!)   And the blingage - yummo on the glimmer brads returning to the New Idea Book and Catalog!!!  I added my two little somethings in the upper left hand corner instead of the lower right. like the picture, because I really felt my card needed some balance in that upper corner......let's call that - creative liberty ;)  I love the little flowers adorned with a simple brad - cute, huh?

Oh - you are wondering where that stamp for the main sentiment and in the lower portion of the card are from?????  Sorry - I was getting to that.....  Both of those stamps are from a new upcoming hostess set, Happiest Birthday Wishes.  Oh - the NEW hostess program - you are going to love it....that is all I am going to say - check back when the new catalog goes live to check it out....trust me, it is sooooo worth the wait.  ;)  Anyway, getting back to those stamps....the main one was stamped with poppy parade ink and punched with the 1 3/4 inch circle punch.  And the scallop circle mat - that is from the pennant die.....so sad to see this retire - just for that scallop circle alone.......so get it while you can.  The bottom of the card looks like it has been wheeled with a wheel, doesn't it???  Well, it hasn't.  It is one stamp that I stamped repeatedly across the bottom with wild wasabi classic ink.  This is one of the awesome benefits of the clear mount stamps - I was able to stamp that without having to use my stamp a ma jig.  Of course, the same effect could be achieved with wood mount stamps and the stamp a ma jig - I just got to skip that step.  A simple bow of poppy parade ribbon completes the front of the card.

I also had to pretty up the inside, as well.  I had to.......  hehehe

I started with a whisper white base and then added some stamps, designer series paper and voila - a cute card center.  well, at least I think it is cute - nothing like tooting my own horn, huh?  lol!!!

Let me know what you think.  I honestly had a hard time not ripping, tearing, sponging, distressing, etc.....but I think I pulled it off.....or maybe not ;)


Nance said...

I love this Regina! Great colors, love the use of the Two Tags die for the sketch and the repeated sentiment as a border is genius! Love the finished off inside too. So glad you could join us at Create with Connie & Mary!

Connie Babbert said...

Love, Love, LOVE this Regina! That new sentiment is so awesome and the DSP so much fun! Thanks for playing along with us on Create with Connie and Mary!

Carrie Gaskin said...

Great job on this one! The use of the tag, the colours and the overall layout and fantastic! Thanks for playing at CCMC this week.

Debbie Henderson said...

So so glad you came back this week! We missed you! I haven't had a chance to use my new DSP yet. Your card is gorgeous. Thanks for joining us at CCMC!

Mary Brown said...

Oh my word this is fabulous! I absolutely, positively LOVE how you used that tag die for the back shape. WOW!!! Thanks for joining us this week at Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge!

Deb said...

WOW! This is so wonderful! I love the colors and the tag and everything! It would definitely make a happy birthday very happy!! Thanks for playing the challenge at Create with Connie and Mary!

Lisa said...

GREAT use of new product and such a great birthday card! Very colorful! Thanks for playing the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge!