Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Happy Birthday to Me ... Happy Birthday to Me ...

I know ... call me crazy!  

Morning Everyone!
Yes, today's my (ssshhh 64th) birthday (OMG how did that happen?) and since it's also my turn to create an inspirational card for the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog, I decided to make a birthday card for myself!  LOL!!  And, since it is for me, I made it in my favorite color ... purple!

Today I've actually used two dies I've had in my collection that I've never used before!  And thought I'd share a little tutorial on how I did the center flower.  So easy and would work with any of your 'outline' dies.  Here we go . . .

(BTW ... there is a background die that goes along with this Peony outline die [Memory Box Lovely Peony Background] ... I just totally forgot to order it so had to come up with my own rough version, LOL!)

Step 1:  Die cut your outline die using black cardstock.  Using a strong adhesive spray such as E6000 spray, adhere it to a piece of white cardstock, glossy paper or vellum.  
HINT:  Hold your die with a pair of tweezers inside an old box to apply the spray.

Step 2:  Color with the color medium of your choosing.  I love my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.  The outline die will keep the colors from running into each other and really makes them POP!

Step 3:  Once fully colored, you can either cut your image into a square and mat it with a coordinating color OR you can do as I did and fussy cut it with scissors or swivel craft knife, then pop it up on your card front.

JUST AS SIMPLE AS THAT!  And, I love how it looks!  I've used a dimensional to pop it up in the center of my card which also left me room for my birthday sentiment and gem.

Here are the dies from the Dies R Us Store that I used today:

Cheery Lynn Designs - Cathedral Lace Frame (DL148)
Cheery Lynn Designs - Happy (B226)
Cheery Lynn Designs - Birthday (B231)

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Well, that's it for me today!  
Now it's time to P-A-R-T-Y!!  
Okay ... maybe just a little!  LOL!

Thanks for stopping by!
Till next time ...


Mulberry Mindy said...

Have a Happy Day, Darlene! With love and Best Wishes, and a HUG from Texas!

P.S. I love your card, too!

Larisa said...

Darlene Happy Birthday to you!! I wish you all the best now and then :) Oh, your age is only the beginning of long and happy life! Enjoy it!
Your card is so nice. I love the purple a lot. :)

jrmom said...

I love you...HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Such a beautiful card...just like you.

(AJ) ArtJypsy said...

Happy Birthday Day! Age is merely the number of years the world as been enjoying you *U*

Diane said...

Happy birthday Dar...I hope you are enjoying your lunch with your sister today...when we meet up in October we can celebrate yours and mine together...of course I won't quite as "old" as you...teehee...anyhow...happy birthday my dear friend....I hope it is a beautiful day for you!!

Diane said...

Whoops, I got so caught up in my "smart mouth"..(LOL) I forgot to tell you how beautiful your card is..it is gorgeous and a wonderful idea with the black outline!!!

Terri's Cards N' More said...

Happy Birthday, Dar! Sorry your card will be a little late, because I thought your birthday was the 18th. I knew it was close to Larry's birthday. One of these years, I will get it right. Anyway, have a wonderful day, dear friend.

Jeannie said...

Beautiful card and I hope you had an awesome birthday too!

Peace & Luv,