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Thursday, 3 February 2022

Shiny happy birthday

Hello, crafting friends!
 
I'm happy to say I'm still guesting at Seize The Birthday this month! Cathy has chosen a great Topping this time - a shiny, sparkly birthday card is always special I think - and I hope you all have as much fun with it as I have:


My starting pointy for this card was to gather together some gold crafting supplies and see how I could put them together! 

I found some gold washi tapes and decided on those as a background, criss-crossing them randomly on a card panel before trimming them to size with a stitched rectangle die. I added some sparkly paper to the mix, trimming it with the same die on a diagonal, punching out a heart shape on it then in-laying it with a shiny gold foil heart.



For contrast, I decided to top my background with a shiny pink balloon. I could not get a decent photo of this sadly, but it is SO shiny it's like a mirror! The balloon is from a retired Stampin' Up set called Celebrate Today. I stamped it in Blushing Bride ink, stamped the confetti balloon filling and embossed it in gold, die cut the balloon, then smothered it in versamark ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. The confetti lost it's definition in this process but I went over it with a gold paint pen for extra shine ;)


Finally, I had loads of fun adding sparkly details: A popped-up gold embossed sentiment label made with Uniko's Simply Said Blocks; a row of hearts from the same set, stamped below the sentiment and heat embossed in gold; a gold cord tied round the balloon; and a sprinkling of pink and gold sequins, clear gems and sparky stars. 
 
Do hop over to the Seize The Birthday challenge blog to check out the beautiful shiny, sparkly birthday designs the design team has made to inspire you. You'll find the Linky Tool at the bottom of the post so that you can share your own creation when you're ready. Have fun!

CHALLENGES
I'm linking this card up with Watercooler Wednesday where Helen is hosting the All Occasions challenge.


AND IN OTHER NEWS
Eva and I met up with some friends for a walk today. It was quite an eventful walk with all sorts of unexpected ponds and manure heaps turning up which we successfully navigated. In fact, Eva was 'angel dog', walking nicely past the obstacles when I gave her the 'Not There' command. Right at the end of the walk, there was a muddy puddle. I swaggered past it, full of confidence, clicking my fingers at Eva to bring her to heel like a top dog trainer... only to find that she wasn't paying any attention to me and was wading into the puddle! I dropped the dog trainer impression at once and called her out in querulous tones. She sashayed out and and shook all over me with an expression that said "Well, why didn't you say so before?!"

Sending hugs,

17 comments:

  1. Lots of gold and shine Vicky,a beautiful feminine birthday card.Had to laugh when you described Eva's antics in the puddle at the end of your walk.

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  2. what a fun design and full of shimmer and shine! You have been a fabulous Party Guest and we are so happy you have another month with us!

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  3. Love the huge ballon on top of your golden background.

    Cackled like a hen at your walking story.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

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  4. I see sparkle and shine and I love the pink balloon. Finding things in your supply stash that worked for this challenge is a bonus.

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  5. A fun card with lots of shine and sparkle. I love the pink balloon too, and your use of the gold Washi tape. Glad to have you as our party guest on STB.

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  6. That sure does sparkle and shine, love all the gold, and the balloon looks fab too xxx

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  7. What a gorgeous and fun design! And what a great idea to gather a bunch of appropriate supplies and let that be your starting point - must try!

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  8. Fun big ole balloon! Love the shine too

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  9. Vicky, I love how your card evolved and don't think I would have even thought to criss-cross the washi tape! The row of hearts also caught my attention right away. Such a great Birthday card. Have a great rest of your weekend!

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  10. Wowie!! That's quite a bit of sparkle and shine!! Loving all the details that went into this - the strips and the balloon look amazing! Thank you for this wonderful inspiration!

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  11. Succeded!!! And I love this card.

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  12. So shimmery and shiny, love all of the elements you put together Vicky, they work so well together! Cathy x

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  13. This is fabulous Vicky!!! I love the simple layers and textures. Always love reading Eva's adventures too.

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  14. What a fantastic card Vicky!! I love all those layers, textures and wonderful shine!! A brilliant design bringing them all together perfectly!!! Love your "Eva" story!! It brought a smile as I could relate to it!!! Thanks so much for joining us at this Watercooler Wednesday Challenge. Stay safe! :)

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  15. This is so fun! I love the fun details and all of the delightful sparkles.

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  16. I love your layers of washi tape, Vicky, and the pink balloon looks fab! As for dogs and puddles, my whippet won’t go anywhere near a puddle 🤣

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