Australian Inspired birthday card!

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So I have been exposed to Covid-19 a lot lately and I finally tested positive for it. So while I rest I hope to get caught up on a few things and one of them being my blog. As you can tell it has been neglected for awhile now with barely any post. I have created but just didn’t have time to create and blog. So I’m hoping in these 10 days off the Lord will allow me to be well enough to do a few things on the to-do list.

So one of my nephews had a birthday in September and I just couldn't create the right card for him. And then weeks turned into months and the poor boy never got a card or his present. Which I was just going to give him money because time was getting away from me. But I really didn't want to do that because even though I was late I wanted to make sure he knew he was special and loved. His mom had told me he is into Australia right now and he loves to learn about new things. Well, I went to Beccy's Place Blog and saw a brand new stamp released this month and it was perfect!! It is called Limited Edition and it is a platypus!! The creative juices flowed and I even got out the Distress Oxide inks my friend Karen taught me how to use last year. I made the background (Salvaged patina and peacock feathers) by starting with lighter and going darker. Then I spritzed it with water. Then I used Blueprint sketch Distress Oxide ink on paper and cut the 10 out of it. I printed the bubbles from the digital stamp directly on my background piece. I love how it turned out!! I went with a 7 1/4 x 3 3/4 card as it was the perfect size for the platypus swimming to the number 10!! (It uses a 7 1/2 x 4 envelope that I had to special order). 

This card also inspired me to find books to go with it. So I find a cool book that comes in a series called Platypus Police Squad and I got him the first book - The Frog who Croaked. Which is double awesome because it is about a platypus and a cop (his dad is a police officer!) I also got him a book on the animals in Australia (A is for Australian Animals) and a book on Australia (A is for Australia)

I hope to turn this design into some Hello Cards instead of the 10 being on there. We will see what happens and I'll post if I get them made!!

CHALLENGES:
1) Beccy's Challenges - January - Create a card or paper-craft project using any Beccy's Place image, upload a photo of it to your blog or other hosted site, and submit a direct link. The challenge runs from now until midnight on the 31st of January 2022 (AEST).

SUPPLIES:
Digital Image: Limited Edition @ Beccy's Place
Distress Oxide Inks: Ranger Tim Holtz (Salvaged patina, Peacock feathers, Blueprint sketch)
Cardstock: Bazzill (Mediterranean, Pinecone)
Water paper for inking: Neenah paper
Accents/Tools: pop dots, Epson inkjet printer

Pencil Eraser Stamping

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So I went looking for inspiration on the pencil eraser stamping technique (basically use the eraser as your stamp pad to make circles) and saw this card I really liked (I adore you) http://sweetpapertreats.com/2014/06/03/watercolor-for-card-makers-day-4/

So then I decided to do the color scheme at the Feb Inspirational Card Challenge @ Scrapbook.com which is the colors above except for gold it should be silver. But had to have gold on a St. Patty’s Card!! I did cut out the shamrock and had the negative space like on the inspiration but didn’t like it as much as just pop dotting a shamrock on the white piece. I don’t do cut outs well!!

CHALLENGE:
1) Feb Inspirational Card Challenge – color category – use the colors provided as your inspiration.

SUPPLIES:
Cardstock: Bazzill (Classic Yellowgreen, Green, white)
Inks: some trial inks from over 10 years ago
Accents/Tools: embossing folder, 1/16 EK Success pop dots, SVG file – shamrock (  )

Happy Birthday dots - verticle

So I decided to make another card with the Pencil Eraser Stamping technique based off this card: http://stampandembellish.com/2015/08/build-a-birthday-fun-cards/

I stamped on textured cardstock so it gave it a different look. Now let me tell you I’m not a stamper so after trying to stamp a saying and that not working… I thought the saying needed to be heat embossed. Well I couldn’t find my stamp buddy to keep the powder from getting on other parts of the card so I went back to my trusty computer!! I stamped with pencil erasers and the big ones are daubers….now to find a mini and medium dot. (I tried q-tips but unless they were tight they didn’t work right).

CHALLENGES:
1) Feb Inspirational Card Challenge – Technique Category – pencil eraser stamping.

SUPPLIES:
Cardstock: Bazzill (Mexican Poppy, white)
Inks: unknown from over 10 years ago

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