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Birthday Wishes :: 2S4Y

Hey everyone! I'm back today with a card featuring layout by 2 Sketches for You. As I stated last week, following sketches are usually a real challenge for me. Last week, I was SHOCKED to be featured as a Fab 5 on the 2S4Y weekly challenge. Thanks so much. I think I needed that to boost my esteem that I can actually do a sketch and not to shy away from them. So, I'm back with this week's sketch. I had a few ideas flowing that started with using certain embellishments, specifically a ruffled ribbon and a felt butterfly. Well, obviously neither made it, but somehow during the designing stage, I came up with this. Does that happen to you? Do you intend to use certain elements, then somehow a totally different card is made? It happens to me quite often, but I'll take it because at least I made something! I sort of did not follow the sketch completely by off-setting a red tag component, but I just had to in order to get that sentiment in there! Almost everything used is Making Memories and Papertrey Ink. I don't think I've ever designed a card with this much MM product on it!

Anyway, the other night, McArthur and I photographed a gala at the National Archives in Washington, DC. The National Archives is the nation's record keeper. They locate, retrieve, and house many original documents, such as the Magna Carta, which I saw on display. The event we photographed honored Annette Gordon-Reed, the 2009 Records Achievement Award recipient. Gordon-Reed wrote The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family. The book tells the story of President Thomas Jefferson and his relationship with his slave, Sally Hemings. She received a Pulitzer Prize in History for the book. She is a Harvard Law graduate and teaches at NYU and Rutgers.

Here are a few other pictures that I took at the event:

Cokie Roberts, Journalist

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your Friday Eve!!!

Card Instructions
  1. Trim pure poppy cardstock to an A2 card.
  2. Trim polka dot patterned paper to fit card front.
  3. Trim patterned paper strip, stitch to polka dot patterned paper.
  4. Trim red cardstock, scallop edge punch, and adhere.
  5. Tie ribbon into a bow and add button + twine.
  6. Stamp sentiment on tag and adhere tags + clip to patterned paper.
  7. Adhere patterned paper to card front.
:: My Goodies {birthday wishes} ::
Stamps: Papertrey Ink - mixed messages
Ink: Stampin' Up! - chocolate chip
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink - pure poppy
Patterned Paper: Making Memories - passport
Accessories: Craft Supply - thread + twine; Janome Sew Mini; Stampin' Up! - scallop edge border punch; Making Memories - tags + button + metal clip
Card Size: 4.25" x 5.5"


Winter said...

So cute! I love the brown and red together! Yes, I get supplies out thinking of an idea, and totally go in a different direction! :)

Paulina said...

Wow, this card is absolutely amazing! I love all the different elements and the colors are stunning! Great job, Ashley! Wouldn't be surprised if you made the "Fab 5" again! :)

Regan said...

um hello...a challenge...I see another top pick here..its FAB

Heather P. said...

This is awesome! Love all the different elements you have goin' on here. :)

itsallrosi said...

this is really pretty! sketches are also hit and miss with me. I do better with color and inspiration challenges.

your event photos look great!

Tiffany Heilman said...

I just love this card. It all fits together so well.

Jessica said...

I love every single element on your card especially the color scheme :)

Kim said...

I love this card, Ashley -- look at all of those gorgeous details! Happy Friday eve to you!

PaperTree Designs said...

love this chicky!

cnelson said...

fabulous card and pics!!

Courtney Baker said...

Oh this is a great card. I love it.

Unknown said...

love the card :) You really do a fab job on sketches so keep playing - we love your work
:) Kazan

claudia shadler said...

Hey....I saw Annette Gordon Reed on TV last nite, how awesome that you got to hear her speak, I should really get her book. Quite an accomplished women, awesomeness :D
Your card, it's cute and fun, love the red and the ticket stub is a nice add on, congrats on being chosen as the fab5 at 2S4Y, I really miss being a DT member :D

Clouds :D

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