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Loonie Love :: Happy Birthday, Dee

Happy Friday everyone! Today, is Dee's birthday. Happy Birthday, Dee! Are you surprised? So, today's card is inspired by Dee's birthday and this card is made especially for her. It will take some while to get up to Canada, but it's coming (along with Regan's from last month - WHOOPS)!! Please join in on the fun and blog hop around (links are below) to those who are wishing Dee a happy, happy birthday today!

I felt like playing with photography again, so I used a Melissa Frances (Madison) patterned paper as my backdrop. My white counter is used for the 'stage.' I played with angles to show detail. What do you think? I rarely finish the inside of a card, so when I do, I want everyone to see how hard I worked on the inside too! I like to carry in the card design on the inside by using a watermark style in the background of the greeting. Here, I used a Stampin' Up! Bermuda Bay marker to ink my acrylic stamp (yes, it worked) to create the watermark look. Versamark can also work well if you do not have the same color ink.

One more thing...I tore my acrylic stamp (the one used) as I was trying to pull it off of the acetate backing. It was STUCK! So, I pulled and pulled and RIIIIIP. SHOOT! I thought the stamp was ruined. So I inked it up and got a fluent stamped image and kept right on trucking! Does anyone have any stamps out there that stick like this? It's quite annoying because they were all like this. The next time, I will be a little less aggressive in pulling these off, but it is so difficult.

One last thing...for real! Do you see the bottom button and how the twine is knotted? Well, that was by accident, but I love the effect. Here is how you can do it (on purpose, of course). Feed thicker twine/floss through a small button hole. It will cause the twine/floss to unravel and create the jumbled effect! Voila - a new technique (learned by accident)!

Anyway, I'm babbling. Enjoy your weekend!!

Roseanne http://rosannes-blog.blogspot.com/

Avril http://totallyscrapaddicted.blogspot.com/

Tracey http://trays-spot.blogspot.com/

Sue http://suespapercreations.blogspot.com/

Steph http://mycraftydays.blogspot.com/

Stampin Pam http://paperandribbonsandstampsohmy.blogspot.com/

Donelda http://wiggysworldofcrafts.blogspot.com/

Deb Rymer http://debrymer.typepad.com/my_muse/

Regan http://stampymcstamperson.blogspot.com/

Dee http://deespapertree.blogspot.com/ **BIRTHDAY GIRL**

Maria http://mycraftroom.typepad.com/marias_craft_room/

Jewels http://cardfelt.blogspot.com/

Char http://willowandpaisley.typepad.com/

Wendy http://www.bondgirlbliss.typepad.com/

Card Instructions
  1. Trim dark chocolate cardstock to an A2 card.
  2. Stamp images (three times in various inks) and cut out.
  3. Tie twine around card front.
  4. Adhere images with foam adhesive.
  5. Add buttons (with twine).
  6. Add rhinestones.
  7. Trim bermuda bay cardstock and stamp greeting/image on inside.
:: My Goodies {birthday wishes} ::
Stamps: K&Co - Amy Butler Lotus Greeting; Stampin' Up! - on your birthday
Ink: Stampin' Up! - bermuda bay (marker); ColorBox - mint + chestnut + ochre + roussillon
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! - bermuda bay (inside); Papertrey Ink - kraft + dark chocolate
Patterned Paper: Melissa Frances - madison (backdrop in photo only)
Accessories: Wal-Mart - hemp twine; KaiserCraft - rhinestones; Papertrey Ink - dark chocolate buttons; foam adhesive
Card Size: 4.25" x 5.5"


Michelle said...

Love this card.... - - the colors are fantastic.
I have had that problem with Verve stamps....really tough to pull off...but, I have not broken one yet.
Gonna have to try your button invention (by accident - LOL) - - always like new twists on the same ol' tying of buttons.

Heather in FL said...

Pretty card (as usual). I also wanted to say that I have that set, and it was close to impossible to get them all off the backing. I also have some Inkadinkado stamps that I took off the backing and moved to CD cases. I recently tried to use one of those, and it was pretty darn stuck as well. I also have a set of Martha Stewart clear pattern stamps, and I ripped one of those getting it off. It was polka-dots, so I was still able to use it, but it ripped, right down the middle! So I feel your pain!

Anonymous said...

Ashley!! This is fabuloso!!! She will love it!

Rosanne said...

What a gorgeous card!

Regan said...

thud..I nearly fainted...thsi is unbeleivable Ashley...

Dee is gonna freak. that is her fav saying too

thanks for playing along with us

Tracey said...

WOW!! This is a stunning card!!

Jeanne said...

Ashley, absolutely love your style and terrific designs. There is an understated elegance to your work. Love the tips with the twine.

Deanna said...

Gak, like love it! Perfection... also what Regs failed to mention is I actually have that saying tatooed on my back! can't wait to see that in person! Thanks so much girl!

Donelda said...

what a great card! The layout is great !! Dee is certainly going to love it!!

Sue P. said...

Great card Ashley! I absolutely love the inside!

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness this is so pretty! You work well with your brown girl! ;-) You even added little dots to the ornaments...goodness!

Well, I have run into the same problem with my Amy Butler Lotus stamps. I literrally had to cock my elbow up and use some major strength to get them off of the sheet!...and I did tear (though only slightly) one of mine as well. It's extremely frustrating. You would think they would take care of that before putting these stamps out on the market. Other than that tho, the stamps work perfectly. Lol. I find the problem is less severe the more you use the stamps also.

Ok, now that you've made me ramble, I'm going to browse the SU! catalog... doh!

(Lol! @ us both having bday challenge posts today!)

Heather P. said...

So fabulous!!!

Steph said...

Nice card, I love the way you did the sentiment!

Christina Smith said...

I *really* like this card! I love the colors together. And Bermuda Bay...wow, it looks great on this card! Oh, I wanted to let you know that cleaning my acrylic stamps (and even rubber stamps) with the baby wipes has helped a LOT! Thanks!

pattylt said...

I really love your work and enjoy your blog and photography that you have shared in the past. I have a quick question about your buttons! I do love how the bottom one turned out and have never thought to leave it like that when it has happened to me! On your top button, I noticed that you have a simple slip knot. Do you dab a bit of glue or other trick to keep it from coming open? Mine tend to do that with handling and I was wondering how you prevent it?
Thanks for sharing your talent!

Ashley Cannon Newell said...

Re: Twine question from Patty

I recently picked up this twin from Wal-Mart near the craft section, but really in the jewelry area. It is thicker and heavier than the 'hairy' twine that PTI carries. That twine is still good for smaller buttons, but I like this twine for wrapping and tying bows and stuff.

The tied the knot once using this twine. When I use lighter twine, I double the knot to secure it. I do not use any glue or adhesive to secure the knot. This button is adhered to the cardstock with a glue dot. Sometimes, I adhere buttons with Alene's tacky glue, but it depends on the bulky-ness of the project and other stuff.

I hope that answers you question and you find the answer here. I could not find an e-mail address for you.

Tiffany Heilman said...

I love this card. It is bright and fun. I love the craft and the twine.

What stamp set is that? I can't believed it ripped. I will think twice about being so agressive when I pull them of the backing or the block.

Charlene Austin said...

SHUT THE DOOR!! You did NOT just make the most gorgeous card EVER!! Serioulsy...Ash....this is mind blowing. Thanks for the info on the twine too!

p.s...will email you very soon ;)

Maile Belles said...

Fabulous card!!! Love everthing about it!

Julie-Ann Wells (Jewels) said...

Great card. I love the style of the front!! Thanks for playing along

Avril Tanner said...

I just love this card...The colour combo is amazing and that extra touch of bling just finishes it off!

suzARTe said...

your cards are ever so stylish, I love this card, another great creation

Deb Rymer said...

Another fabulous card, Ashley - just love your bold colors and the way you placed the vertical image down the center of the card. Looks fabulous!

AKiteFlier said...

Ashley this is fabulous! I'm sure Dee loved it - I LOVE that "accidental" knot - isn't that what they call serendipity?? Way to rock Dee's BD.

Savitri said...

Love the colors!!! The twine, how you did it, is fabby!! I rarely do the inside... actually hardly ever. I porb should cause then it'll give less space to write :)

naomi chokr said...

ok this is by far my favorite out of all your creations. its so simple and chic. happy belated dee!!!

so about the nasty sticky stamps. i used to buy autumn leaves brand clear stamps and i ripped the flourishes. it was stuck on the acetate. annoying!! K&Co stamps. basic grey or anything made in china....(nothing against china) are tough to remove from the acetate. acrylic stamps made in the US...the quality is better. If you just want to fix your ripped stamps jsut use crazy glue. works for me. just dont get the glue on the stamp side of the clear stamp.

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Sharnee Torrents said...

I love this card, the colours the layout, the detail! WOW!!! Awesome Ashley, thanks for sharing your wonderful work!!!
Smiles Sharnee :0)

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