Friday, March 18, 2011

A 50th Birthday and St. Patrick's Day!

So, it's St. Patrick's Day...and it's also my girlfriend's 50th Birthday! Can you imagine having your birthday on St. Patrick's Day? At least no one will forget it lol. So because it was her 50th, and she was born on St. Patrick's Day, I wanted to make her a card that not only celebrated such an incredible milestone, but also brought a bit of the Irish luck in with it. I found the best sentiment for this at Wendy Made and All Things Crafty. Now I had this sentiment that talked about Irish luck but what to do with it? Well as it so happens Vickie, of Nana Vic's, just gave away a fabulous freebie 2 weeks ago for her challenge. It is no longer free, but she should be putting it in her store soon. Anyways, so now I had this fabulous image and a terrific sentiment to go with it. I decided to do a Twisted Easle card for something different. I found a tutorial at Deb's Stamping Corner   that was really easy to follow. It is done in metric so if you need to convert it to inches, you can find an easy converter here. Now you will have to excuse me, but I found this card a little more difficult to take a picture of...probably because I was in a hurry and wasn't taking the time I needed to to get it right lol. So I hope that you can get the idea of what I did.
Now there are 9 different colors of green on this card. What good would a Birthday/St. Patricks Day card be without lots of green? The base is an almost sage color, then there is pink dp, then a dp with 2 different shades of green, the 2 different shades of green in the image (the frameand the rose leaves). The mini roses have a different shade of green for the leaves and their stems are a different color again. The pearls in the corner are also different than all the other greens lol. I used my Stampin Up Pastels (chalk) to color in the background behind the sentiment and around the outer edges of the image. Here's a close up for you to see.

I just noticed that the leaves on the pink dp also have a different shade of green lol. For the base I chose a beautiful sentiment also from Nana Vic. It's in her Birthday Set 1 and can be found here . I printed it out and put it on pop dots to raise it up as a stopper for the easel card. The flower by this sentiment was made by me using a flower punch, punching 3 flowers out and then shaping them and glueing them together. I added a green pearl for the center. For leaves I used 3 sequin flowers that I glued together and then added the flower on top. On all of the flowers I added some stickles with green glitter in it. Then I added some self sticking silver pearls and small self sticking clear rhinestones and it was done!

This just in..... Nana Vic's just posted her new Vickie Quickie Challenge  and you can find it here.
Now Vickie is just about the most generous person you will ever meet. Every two weeks she posts what's called her "Vickie Quickie" for the members of her group. These are a members only treat that all of us look forward to with "bated breath". Some of us have been known to have a virtual party on her front lawn while waiting for the new image to be revealed (but that's another story that I won't get into right now lol).  Now this is not a challenge in the regular sense of the don't win another image, but who cares...she always posts another image after the challenge period is we all win!!! Anyways, life was a little on the busy side for Vickie this time and she didn't have time to make us a new image. So being the wonderful person she is, instead of telling us that there would be no image this time, she has opened the doors to her shop and told us that we are welcome to pick out an image of our choice from her store!!! Yes, you heard right....your choice! It can be one of her absolutely incredible images or her fantastic word art....whatever you would like! Now how could it be any better? The only thing she does ask is that if you have No Intention  of trying to make a project, please do not ask for one of her images. And her images are totally fabulous....take a few minutes and check them won't be disappointed.


Uncolored image - Nana Vic's (see above for direct link)
Sentiments - Nana Vic's and Wendy Made and All Things Crafty (see above for links)
CS - Green: Stuff I bought at my local craft store (sorry I don't remember the name and the tag got left on the The white is from Michael's.
DP - Make It Special scrapbooking sheets found at my local dollar store.
Mini Roses - Recollections Boutique Fleur Mulberry Paper Mini Roses
Pearls and rhinestones - Recollections
Green sequin flowers used for leaves - Bought at our local Dollar Mania (sorry, I don't remember who made them as I threw away the tag.)
Pink Chalk background - Stampin Up Pastels
Image colored with - Prisma Scholar pencil crayons and oms

Challenges entered:

Nana Vic's Vickie Quickie - 4/5 March
Outlaws Tuesday Color Challenge - Three shades of green and glitter
Outlaws Thursday Pom - March 17 -Green
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Triple Tastic: 3 of something
All Sorts - Week 94 -  Luck o' the Irish
Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Green
Shelly's Images - Anything Goes
Pattie's Creations Design Challenge - Green
Daisy Doodles - Challenge 29 - Green


Ellis said...

Beautiful card Charlene! =)
Hugs, Elenor

Gina L said...

Great card, Char. I was just looking at your sidebar at Lady. What a pretty girl. Did I ever tell you that I send condolences on your loss? It hurts so badly to lose our furbabies!

About my pocket card, I don't have a tutorial. They're super easy to make, though. I had made one in the past, and that's how I remembered. Basically, you just make a trifold card. However, instead of making the top and bottom panels equal, you make the top slightly wider, so that it lays over the bottom when you fold it. For the bottom, just fold up your panel and seal the sides. Then use a brad at the top left and top right to secure the "pocket" you've just made. Voila!

PresentStorm said...

Char this is fab! Love the roses and all the greens. Does this lay down to go in an envelope? I have always wondered that. I know your friend will cherish this work of art!

Scrappin Chris said...

Char, I love it!!! I have a tutorial of something similar, but wow your's looks much better than the one in the tut. And all them greens!!! Awesome Girl

Kim Kelley said...

OK now you just have to stop! I cannot keep up with all the different styles of cards you make! LOL I am trying the middle step card for an Easter card so we shall see!
Anyway you know I love what you do and this card is no exception! Just beautiful! I am sure your friend will love it or loved receiving it!

Sandi said...

Charlene - You did a beautfiful job with this. I love easel cards, all styles of easels!
Well Done!
Thanks for playing in our 'Go Green' challenge!
♥ Sandi
DT Coordinator for Pattie's Creations Challenge!
and Pattie's shop
Home of Pattieboop and Allie!

Ellis said...

Charlene, thanks for all the lovely comments you left on my blog! =) On the roses I used my promarker blender pen to get a little extra shine on them! =)
Hugs, Elenor

Shelly's Images said...

So pretty! Thanks for playing along this week at Shelly's Images for our "Show Us What You Got!" Challenge!

Pattie G said...

Charlene, What a pretty card! I love how you used our theme and the image too. Thanks for joining us this week at Pattie’s Creations Design Challenge.
Hugs ♥

Sara I. said...

Ok, so my question is....where do I begin?? Love that sentiment --its beautiful and perfect in the center of Nana's frame - which is colored beautifully. I simply love the chalking you did to the sentiment and it matches perfectly with the cs and compliments and accentuates those gorgeous pink flowers - love the pearls in the corners and the second sentiment you have on the bottom of the card. All in all, this is a stunning card that I'm sure your friend is going to gush over - I know I would! Fabulous job!!

LindaS said...

Wonderful card Carlene - love how your beautiful flowercluster catch up the colored corner. WTG girl. I would love to follow your blog - but have to figure out how - without the follow button. Hugs LindaS Thanks for joining Pattie's Creations Desing Challenge. LindaS/PCDT

Nightowl said...

Ditto to all the wonderful comments you have received about this card Charlene. I hope you know by now how totally awesome your creation is, but just in more time... GREAT JOB!!! *Big Hugs*

Charlene said...

Thank you to everyone for all of your kind words.

Joanne Gilch said...

Wonderful card...thank you so much for including it in the Daisy Doodles challenge.

Jacqueline said...

Love the easel card - that sentiment is sweet. Thanks for joining us at DDCC

Rhonda said...

Gorgeous! Thanks for playing with us at Daisy Doodles! :)

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