Happy 43rd Birthday!

Happy 43rd Birthday!
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Last year I made a pretty crazy and detailed birthday card for my husband and this year, I felt the card needed to be detailed and crazy again.  I wanted him to feel special, so I tried some different techniques and made a card that departs from my usual style.

Dale and I admire Tim Holtz‘s style of cards and art and we think Steampunk is pretty cool.  I’m not calling this a Steampunk card by any means, but we like that style of art.  I used Tim Holtz stamps, a Close to My Heart (CTMH) Stamp that corresponded with a shape I cut with my Artiste Cricut cartridge from CTMH, paper from the Heirloom Stack by DCWV, “Durables” embellishments from CTMH, stickers from “Times & Seasons” by Echo Park and a photo my friend John Brittle, Jr. (one of the kindest & coolest men I’ve ever known) took of Dale.blog-Dale's 43 Card

The best part of these CTMH “Durables” bronze embellishments is that they’re sticky on the back and are so easy to apply! The 4 and 3 banners are stickers from Echo Park.
Dale's 43rd birthday cardClear acrylic stamps, clear stamp blocks and a matching Cricut cartridge allow me to take short-cuts when creating cards!  I cut the banner from kraft paper with the Artiste Cricut cartridge in my Cricut Expression machine and then carefully stamped onto the cut image. It was easier than it looks!

blog-Dale's 43 birthdayI used some adorable chevron printed American Crafts ribbon on the edge.  I just made the loops and attached them with mini Glue Dots – the staples are just there as a faux way of holding them in place.  I took the iPhone photo John took of my husband and imported it into Retromatic, a fun iPhone app.  That’s where I added the pointer / poke finger, heart, fleur-de-lis, star and number. I printed it from my computer and tore and inked the edges with two kinds of brown ink.

blog-Dale's birthday poke card with CBSHere is a close-up shot of the ribbon because… well, close-up shots are just kind of fun to share!

blog-Dale's card ribbonI took a perfectly good pewter crown charm from Tim Holtz and colored it with a metallic gold marker and then dusted it with mica powder and embossing powder.  I heated it up with my heat tool for embossing, and made it look tattered and crazy.  It was too prim and perfect the way it was before I grunge-ified it.  I don’t think that’s a word.

blog-Dale's grungy crownIn the end, he was surprised and delighted with my card.  Now I have a whole year to figure out what I’ll do to impress him for his next birthday!blog-Dale's 43rd Card

Thanks for reading my blog post and I hope you have a great day!

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About Stephanie Chumbley

Growing up in the shadow of the Space Needle, I loved drawing portraits with a #2 pencil and sometimes a ballpoint pen because I liked the challenge. I collected pens and pencils and enjoyed looking at fonts and logos and replicating them by hand. I was in AP art classes in high school and took some graphic design classes at Seattle Central. While in college, I had a part-time job making signs for Drug Emporium / Longs Drugs with my "Steph Font." In my 20s, I made a lot of invitations for dinner parties and later, when I bought my Cricut Expression electronic cutter in 2008, I started making cards for all occasions. In 2009, I discovered Close to My Heart and enjoyed being my Consultant's best customer... but in May 2011, I finally gave in and became and Independent Consultant. It was a very good decision! :-) Nearly everything I make is given away or sold so others can enjoy some handmade art. I've made over 1,000 cards and projects and this blog serves as a way to share and hopefully inspire others to create projects of their own. Someday I hope to catch up and blog about all the cards I've made.

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  1. Oh my gosh, I LOVE this, Steph! You’re right, it’s definitely not your style but you did it so well. Dale is one lucky dude 🙂

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