Friday, January 30, 2009

Blogger's Challenge #84 - Birthday Theme


I really love the Blogger's Challenge each week! It's great because it forces me to be creative each week even when I have very little time to stamp something. I especially love the weeks when the challenge theme matches something that I've already created and not posted! Ok, some would call that cheating a bit, but cut me a little slack here - between the new puppy, the ice storm and snow, and traveling here to New Jersey for Emma's skating championships - I've been a litle busy!


The card today was inspired by a card I'd seen on Laurie Schmidlin's blog about a year ago, but had never gotten around to doing my own version. Actually, my version doesn't look much like the original after all was finished, but I wanted to credit her for inspiring me.


My card starts with a card base of Basic Gray Cardstock folded lengthwise to 5 1/2" x 4 1/4". It's layered with Basic Black, Rose Red and Whisper White. The Whisper White layer is stamped with the Tres Chic background stamp in Basic Black Craft ink. Then I heat embossed with my Heat Tool and Black Embossing Powder to give it a really rich glossy look.


I layered all three pieces of cardstock and then wrapped a piece of Basic Gray Taffeta Ribbon around the left side. The hat pin design element was created with clear jewel beads and pearls from the Pretties Kit and tied to the ribbon piece with another piece of ribbon.


To stamp the greeting, I used my Basic Black Stampin' Marker and colored directly on part of a stamp from the set "On Your Birthday". I didn't want the whole sentiment on the front of the card, so this method worked wonderfully.


We did this card at my stamp camp in December and the ladies loved it! I hope you do too! Please check out the other talented stampers in the Blogger's Challenge group by clicking on the icon in my sidebar. Your comments really make us smile!

Today Emma's team skates in the Eastern Sectional Synchronized Skating Championships. It's the semi-final round and the top 6 teams from each flight will advance to the medal round on Saturday. Our hopes are very high for the girls, they are looking really good!
Go National Blades!
Go Emma!

Happy Weekend everyone~
Robin

20 comments:

  1. This is so pretty and elegant Robin! That stick pin really is a beautiful accent here! Wonderful mix of colors too! :D

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  2. Love the clean look - and the addtion of the stick pin looks wonderful.

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  3. Beautiful card, Robin. So simple, yet gorgeous. You never cease to amaze me.

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  4. Very elegant...nice job with the Challenge! I have a bunch of stick pins and never use them...thanks for the inspiration.

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  5. Love your card!!! No need to feel guilty about using a card already done if it matches the theme and we all know how it is being busy!!!!
    I hope all goes good for Emma with her ice skating this weekend!!
    Take care

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  6. Great card. It is very pretty!

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  7. Very nice. The embossing looks so elegant and I love the stick pin.

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  8. I love how you did the background and the sentiment looks fabulous with this card, love the font of it!

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  9. ahh..one of my favorite background stamps..Love the colors of your card and how you embellished it.
    connie paxman

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  10. Gorgeous and elegant, Robin. Love it!

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  11. Absolutely gorgeous! Love the way you used the pins/beads from the pretties kit!

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  12. Such a classy card. I almost never use the gray c/s but it's terrific how you used it!

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  13. Very pretty. Love the simplicity of this makes it so elegant.

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  14. So simple and effective, really like your colour choice.

    :) Marcia

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  15. Super clean and fresh looking! Awesome Job Girlfriend!

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  16. Great card, Robin! Love the ribbon and pearl pin!

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  17. Very classy and elegant!!! Beautiful card! Those pins are my favorites!!

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  18. Darn it, I did it again! Elegant and classy card! I love the pin, those are my favorites!!!

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