The Birthday Card That Almost Arrived On Time

Hey there bloggy friends....

So, I made a note to myself that I had to make cards for two of my friends who had birthdays coming up (they are twin sisters!). Unfortunately, I did not write a note to remind myself to look up their birthday on Facebook...oops. I was reminded, however, when I opened my FB page on Monday and guessed it-Kristie and Coutney's birthday. Hmph.

Never fear, I had plenty of inspiration, thanks to a few online challenges I came across. Take a looksey (click on the photo to see the challenge):

Seems like a wide range of looks, colors, and sketches, but I pondered and found a few similarities: The colors in the Moxie Fab room were similar to the colors in the SPCC Color Challenge, just different intensities. I really loved the pop of color with all the white space in that pretty room. So, I came into the middle with the intensity.
The sketches both had a grouping of three, a rectangular overall shape, and were lighter on embellishments.
Hopefully I stepped up the challenges in a way that worked. If nothing else, I came up with two awesome birthday cards!

{Cupcake Card #1: Get Sketchy #52, Mox Fab World, SPCC Challenges}
I kind of smooshed up the GS sketch, because I thought it looked more balanced that way. It also kept the large amount of white space that I liked in the Moxie Fab picture. I tried to accent the white space by using different textures. The card is smooth white, the inset panel is a textured Bazzill, stamped with a Hero Arts stamped with Tattered Angel Glimmer Mist. You can't really tell in the photo, but it is so pretty in real life.

{Cupcake Card #2: 2Sketches 4U, SPCC, Moxie Fab}
This time I took the Moxie Fab picture and took the overall balance of objects. I kept a large space at the top and concentrated the bottom. Worked well with the 2Sketches sketch.
p.s.: I am so in love with this stamp from Papertry Ink. I could use patterned paper, stickles, markers, ANYTHING and make a million different cupcakes. And the sentiments are great for lots of different occasions!
I needed to make a sympathy card for my aunt when her father died. He battled a long illness, and I hoped to remind her that all the wonderful memories she has will help her remember him. Tough. I happened to see last week's Tuesday Trigger on Moxie Fab World, so I used that as my guide. I forgot to post it there, but thought I would share it here.
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The top right and bottom panel are stamped in gold, then the large pink piece is ols flocked piece that I rubbed with gold ink to make the pattern stand out. The dark blue piece on the left was a crinkly old scrap I rubbed with the ink to make the folds stand out. I am not a gold person at all, but I LOVED the way this turned out-so pretty! Even better with the dark brown stitching. Here's a close up:

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In other news I am in full on bridesmaid mode this week. My BFF is getting married Saturday and we are all super excited! Cross your fingers for slightly less hot and humid weather (and NO rain!)