Monday, 9 September 2019

Fiery Birthday Mandala

Do you remember when you first started making cards and thought it would be such a great way to save money? Never having to buy any cards at Clintons ever again for a full two or three pounds? Before you realised that when you divide the thousands of pounds you have spent on craft stash by the number of cards you have made, you get a figure somewhere in the neighbourhood of £60 (purely fictional example, don't ask me where those numbers come from...)? Don't worry, we have all been there! This is a safe space where we can all admit we have a problem. And encourage each other to never get better!!

But sometimes it's great when you find exactly what you need in your stash to create just the card you need, not having to buy anything new and able to create just the card you imagined. It almost brings back that warm and fuzzy dream of saving money by making your own cards! 

I needed a birthday card for a colleague and I didn't have anything I deemed suitable in my stash (it's the same feeling as having a cupboard full of clothes but nothing to wear...). Quick and easy enough for a weeknight craft session. I think it turned out quite nice. I hope my colleague will like it too. I even made an envelope to match. The stamping is done using the faux watercolour technique. I coloured the Simon Says Stamp Elizabeth Background stamp with Distress Markers, spritzed with water and stamped. I added some splatters to the card, and used a sentiment die from Lawn Fawn.

I'm linking up with 
CAS on Friday - use die cut words
Fusion card challenge - I was inspired by the red and yellow colours and the wrought iron  handrail on the house, which I think looks a bit like the black die-cut letters
Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge - Stamp It
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge - Stamp It
Crafting Happiness - Birthday
Inkspirational - Crop (I took this to mean cropped off the edge of the card)

Stamps: Simon Says Stamp Elizabeth Background Hey Love
Dies: Lawn Fawn Happy Birthday Line Border die
Colouring: Tim Holtz Distress markers Squeezed Lemonade, Fossilized Amber, Ripe Persimmon, Festive Berries


Shauna said...

Wow... these colors look awesome! Such a great design and the black sentiment looks great in contrast. Thanks for sharing with us at Inkspirational!
- Shauna

Beverly S. said...

PRETTY card! :) I had to smile reading your post about "saving money" with making our own cards. :) Mine have to be the most expensive cards ever! ha-ha BUT I tell myself it is still cheaper than therapy....well, maybe not....but I tell myself anyway. I do enjoy it. :)

Linda Callahan said...

Fabulous your design! Glad you joined us at Fusion!

Mariken said...

Beautiful card! Thank you for joining our challenge at Cas on Friday!
Mariken xx

sandie said...

Oh this is fab-love the colour mix and such a nice idea to make an envelope too-thanks for joining Ink

Janis Lewis said...

So pretty. I love that design and the colors you used. Thank you so much for sharing your creativity at Crafting Happiness Challenge. Did you know you can see upcoming challenge themes in the sidebar? Check it out! Hope you'll share more of your projects.
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Pink Unicorn said...

Yes definitely cheaper than therapy (if not, let’s just agree it’s is anyhow...) :)

Annette Gordon said...

So So true, about saving money on cards. And I have so much card making supplies but yet I still want to buy more. There is something wrong with me! I love the cards. So So pretty and I have the same stamp. Will have to try and see if I can make similar cards.

Marlena M. said...

I 100% relate with your road to cardmaking~ha! I came along it the same way ;). Your cards are GORGEOUSSS, thank you so much for sharing your work at INkspirational!

Pia S said...

Your post made me smile, I can totally relate. I think your card design is brilliant, love the vibrant colors you used. Thanks for joining our challenge at Inkspirational!