Saturday, 14 January 2017

Happy Birthday Grandma!

Wow it's been a busy day today. I started the day at the gym with the release of the 100th Les Mills Body Pump programme. It was great fun, I really love this class and I've been doing it for at least 10 years now. After that I walked into town to find out my favourite clothing store is closing, so they were selling everything for half price. I splurged like I haven't splurged for years. Now this is a great motivation for me to not gain weight, as I have bought several beautiful suits and a dress as well. I hope your day has been great too, whatever you have been up to.

While in town I also managed to mail several birthday cards, including this one for my Grandma who is turning 92 years soon. I wonder what it feels like to have lived for so long. How strange must today's world seem, with things like the internet which is completely foreign to her. What are the things I will have no idea about when I'm old? I already feel like I have no idea what the kids are doing these days with Snapchatting and whatnot. Sometimes it feels very comforting to create cards, read physical books and write in an analog journal. I love that one of my friends started writing me letters, and I have been responding to her. I used to write so many letters when I was younger. It's amazing to get a letter in the mail, make a cup of coffee, maybe get some chocolates and read the thoughts of your friend. It's very retro!

Anyhow, on to today's card. I started by inking with Distress Inks through the gorgeous Peony Number Two ARTplorations stencil. I then cut a strop from the inked flower to match the sketch I was inspired by. I also cut a strip of patterned paper from Lawn Fawn Let's Polka in the Meadow. Next I used the STAMPlorations Sketchy Alphabet to create the custom sentiment (it's not very easy to find Finnish sentiment stamps...). It just says Congrats in Finnish. I stamped the letters in black Versafine onto white card and fussy cut them. After adhering them to the card I added some Ice Stickles and pink Ranger Distress Sticklers. To add a bit more of a grunge look I splattered pink inks and water over the front of the card and added a few gold sequins. 

As I've been struggling with fining my crafting mojo, which clearly hasn't still returned from the wild New Year's party it went to, this card required quite a few challenges for inspiration. I was inspired by the sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches and the gorgeous inspiration image over at The Card Concept. My card is CAS and I was inspired by the black, pink and gold colour combo, the gorgeous flowers and the stripes on the mug. I'm also linking up with Shopping Our Stash where the theme is Stickle me Elmo (use Stickles), Clean and Simple on Sunday where the theme is black, white and one other colour and Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge where the theme is Stencil. 

Card: 300 gsm white card, Hobbycraft 160 gsm white card
Stamps: STAMPlorations Sketchy Alphabet 
Stencils: ARTplorations Peony Number Two
Ink: Tsukineko Versafine Onyx Black, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry and Abandoned Coral
Other: Lawn Fawn Let's Polka in the Meadow paper, Ranger Ice Stickles, Ranger Distress Stickles Worn Lipstick, gold sequins from my stash


Donna said...

Happy Happy Happy birthday to your Grandma!
I am sure she will love her pretty sparkly card!
Thanks for breaking out your stickles to join the fun at SHOPPING OUR STASH!!

Miss Vicky said...

Love your pretty pink card. It popped out at me over at FMS. TFS

Linda Callahan said...

Love those pretty pink flowers you inked! And happy birthday to Grandma! Glad you joined us at FMS!

sandie said...

Sounds like you had a fun day and the card is so gorgeous. I love how to mixed the pretty with the dramatic strip of card. Thanks for joining HLS

Tenia Nelson said...

So so pretty!!!

Jen Brum said...

Very sweet card! I love that big pink flower and the sequins! Happy Birthday to your Grandma! Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

Julie Gearinger said...

Wow, Happy Birthday to your Grandmother!! To live to 92 is amazing and I can just imagine the stories she can share with you about her childhood... Love your sweet stenciled card with the striped strip on the side! I am sure she will love it as well :-) Thanks for sharing with us at The Card Concept- hugs and I hope you have a blessed week!!

Chana Harris said...

Very clean and elegant design! Thanks for sharing with us at Shopping Our Stash!

Linda said...

Such a pretty design .... love the colour. Thanks for playing along with the HLS CAS Challenge xx