Happy Birthday, Mamacita

Happy Birthday, Mamacita
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DAY TWO: I’m planning to blog every day this month in an effort to share a fraction of the many cards I’ve made and not shared yet. Today’s blog post is about the card I made for my mom’s birthday in August. Sometimes I call her “Mamacita” because I tend to give the people I love nick-names and she’s one of my top three favorite people. I’ve been known to call her “Momster,” too. I don’t know how she feels about my silly nicknames, but she seems to be cool with it.

Last I checked, my mom loves green, so I used some 12″ X 12″ Topiary Cardstock and cut it down to size for the card.  I also used paper from the retired “Flirty” paper packet from Close to My Heart. I’ve had this paper for a long time and this was the first card I’ve made with it. I don’t know why I saved the paper for so long, waiting for the right moment to cut into it! I’m glad I used it for this pretty card, and I love that the paper is double-sided, making it easy to pull together a coordinated project. Looking through the Make It from Your Heart® Volume 2 collection of card and scrapbook layout “recipes,” I came across pattern 28, which inspired me to create this card.

To make the card, I distressed each piece of paper with the block from my Sanding Kit. Next, I used the zip strip and laid it horizontally across the three pieces of paper. The zip strip is located at the top of the B & T Duos patterned paper we carry. I used Buttercup Cardstock cut down to 2.5″ x 2.5″ and cut down some White Daisy Cardstock to 2.25″ x 2.25″ and then distressed the edges with my Sponge Dauber and my Topiary Exclusive Inks® Stamp Pad. The birthday sentiment I stamped is from the Joyful Birthday collection. After mounting the square shapes together, I attached them to the card with 3-D Foam Tape.

blog - Mom's Birthday Card 2013

To finish the card, it needed some embellishing, so I peeled a beautiful resin rose from its carrier sheet and attached it above the sentiment. I believe it was an embellishment from the retired Close to My Heart “Claire” embellishment collection. I have some gold ribbon in my stash, so I trimmed some of it down with my Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors and attached them to the card with some Memory Book Glue Dots®.

blog - Birthday resin rose

The card needed a little something else, so I stuck some Pink Glitter Gems to the zip strip and added a few yellow sticky-back rhinestone gems below the sentiment. Finally, it was complete!

blog - Pretty Pink Dots

Well, that’s it for Day Two! Come back tomorrow to see my next blog post. Thanks for stopping by!

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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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