TMS #151: Pastel Happy Birthday

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Hi Friends! Well, here it is...Tuesday again! That means it's time for another Tuesday Morning Sketch challenge! This week our sponsor is The Beary Scrap. They have all kinds of craft supplies, plus the super cute "Tear Bears." I love the fuzzy look you get with them.

Here's this week's sketch, created by our own Kathy Curry.
And, here's my interpretation. This card was a lot of fun to make, and although I'm not a huge fan of pastels, I was pleased with how it turned out. I think my DD is going to send this to her new friend in Texas, for her birthday next month. It's a perfect girly card.

After leafing through the latest Paper Crafts Magazine, I got the idea to use watercolor paper to make my own background paper. My first attempt was horrible, because I didn't have any watercolors (my DD does, but I'd forgotten about those until I was finished with the card), and tried substituting with reinkers which don't create the same effect. But, I tried again, this time, with sponge daubers and Distress Ink. On the top half, I just daubed different light shades of ink on the paper, directly from the ink pad. On the bottom half, I used my sponge daubers and made stripes of the same colors. After I glued both halves together onto a piece of cs, I ran the entire piece through my Big Shot using an embossing folder (my entire card recipe is at the bottom of the post). The colors were a little bright for what I had in mind, so I used white acrylic paint and brayed across the raised portions, which lightened it up considerably.

For the butterfly, I punched one butterfly from plain cs, and a second from cs scrap that had previously been dry embossed. I loved the texture of the embossed butterfly, but the embossing had weakened the paper so much, the butterfly wings were as delicate as a real butterfly's wings, so I covered that one with Glossy Accents to help hold it together. The body of the butterfly is made of Liquid Pearls.

I made the flower and leaves with the Rose Creation die set, and used a yellow brad in the center to hold it together. Then I covered the brad with glue and used a little Sparkly Fluff to cover it, and edged the petals with Stickles.
Did you notice the flower stamped in the center of the sentiment on the front of the card? Well, for the inside, I decided to use that same stamp, in all the colors I used on the bg paper. Distress Ink stamps pretty dark, so I stamped off at least one time before stamping onto the inside. 

Be sure to check out what the rest of the DT has created for loads of inspiration, then create your own project and link up at Tuesday Morning Sketches. Oh, and if you haven't seen the TMS blog in the past week or so, you should definitely check it out. Melissa and Theresa have given it a complete overhaul, and it's gorgeous!!!

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Flourishes Bring Back Beautiful BBB23: Beauty of the Rainbow
Simon Says Stamp: Joy's Summer Inspiration
Cute Card Thursday Challenge 221: Punch Drunk (use a punch)

Thanks for stopping by my blog, and have a crafty week!!!

Stamps: Big Birthday WishesFabulous Florals (Our Craft Lounge)
Paper: Watercolor paper
Ink: Distress Ink; Memento; Sharpie pen
Dies: Classic Scalloped Circle Sm, Std Circle Sm, Rose Creation (Spellbinders)
Accessories: Monarch Butterfly Lg (Martha Stewart); Bloom Dots embossing folder (Cuttlebug); ribbon (Michaels); Acrylic Paint; pearls; brads; sewing thread; foam dots; Sparkly Fluff; Glossy Accents; Stickles; Liquid Pearls
Size: A2 (5.5" x 4.25")
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Angela said...

This is really pretty! I love the paper you made and that zig zag stitching....

Carla S. said...

Beautiful card, Cheryl! I love the colors and papers and turquoise stitching!

Heather Jensen said...

Very pretty! Her friend will love it. :)


Kathy said...

This is lovely, really like your handmade watercolor paper, cool effect. Pretty detail on the butterfly too, with the embossing and crystal effects. Such a stunning card!

Theresa said...

This is so pretty - I love the bright brilliant colors. The butterfly is so perfect. Beautifully done.

ChristineCreations said...

Such fun pretty shades of color! So cheerful feeling! Perfect for a BD card!

Mandy said...

Oh wow Cheryl I love your handmade paper on your gorgeous card, the colours are so pretty and the embossing looks fab :)
Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp
hugs Mandy xx

Dawn said...

Beautiful card Cheryl! I love all of the dimensional details. The DP is gorgeous!

heidy said...

Wow what a beautiful card Cheryl!
Thanks for joining CCT this week!
Hugs Heidy

Conniecrafter said...

very pretty colors in your background and love the embossing with it, perfect summer, girly card!

Debbie said...

What a gorgeous card!! I love all the detail you added!!

Anne-Elise said...

So beautiful, Cheryl! Love the colors and the butterfly!

Maria said...

Wow! This card just speaks volumes of "pretty"! Love the colors of pink, yellow, blue! Lovely butterfly and ribbon! Soft pretty focal image! Perfect sewing,too! Such a prety it!

Kathy Jones said...

What a beautiful, happy card!!! Thanks so much for playing the Bring Back Beautiful Challenge!

Melissa Craig said...

Hi Cheryl. Another stunner. I love the handmade background, it's to girly and sweet. The butterfly is gorgeous, but I think the flower is my favorite. Wonderful!!

Edna Morrisedie said...

Love all the elements in this, great use of texture and colour!

Iwona Palamountain (Chupa) said...

How cute, love the embossing! Thank you for joining us for the Bring Back Beautiful challenge! xx

Shelby said...

Gorgeous use of color, texture and dimension. Love the background paper you've made...turned out beautifully.


Sue Lelli said...

WOW, Cheryl! I can't believe you MADE that Gorgeous background paper! PRETTY card!