Thursday, 15 December 2011

Birthday wishes ....

... I woke up this morning and realised that I hadn't made a birthday card for my niece.  Georgia is 11 years old on Saturday.  I've been organised enough to get her birthday present to her in plenty of time, and I've just finished her card and it will be posted shortly.  I've made the card for two challenges - this week's colour challenge at Colour Q - cQc115 has the most gorgeous colours, which I felt were perfect for a girl's card.  The layout is based on the current Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge - WMSC77.



 I've tried to be as faithful as possible to the colours, but I think the greens must be older Stampin' Up! colours and I don't have them (which is a bit sad, as I think they're gorgeous).  I've matched the greens up with Promarkers.  I've also slightly adapted the sketch, which is for a long thin card, and my card base is 5" × 7".

I started off by cutting two panels of card - one in red and one in pink.  I used my Cuttlebug birthday words folder to emboss the red card and on the pink I stamped the really pretty flower trellis from Pic-Nic patterns.  I found some green ribbon in my stash that matched a attached that over the join.  I stamped the large doily in Real Red onto white card and cut it out with the matching nestie.  I coloured the tiny flowers in the doily with shades of green.  I think the long dress in You're Lovely is really pretty and I stamped it twice, once on white card and once onto some Real Red patterned paper.   I colour the lace neckline in green and paper pieced the dress.  For the bottom border I punched some pretty pansies into the Real Red card and attached.  Finally I added a little birthday cake to the doily image and some roses.  The sentiment is simple - Birthday Wishes.


Stamps: Watltzingmouse - Eat Cake, You're Lovely, Dainty Doily Large, Pic-Nic Patterns
Inks:  Stampin' Up! - Real Red, Regal Rose; Memento - Tuxedo Black
Spellbinders:  Big Scalloped Circles Lg (S4-249) #7
Promarkers: Lush Green (Glorious Green), Leaf Green (Green Galore)
Accessories:  Stampin' Up! card & paper - Real Red, Regal Rose; Cuttlebug Folder - Happy Birthday; Martha Stewart - Pansy Border Stamp; Card and ribbon from stash

I'm so pleased how this turned out.  It's pretty and feminine, and just a bit grown up for a young lady celebrating her 11th birthday.  The only think I can't quite work out is where the years have gone.  It only seems a few years ago that she, and Kathryn, were little girls.  Now they're both on their way to becoming young ladies!!! 

That's all for now - I'm off to the post office to get this away.  And then I'm back in my craft room to make the outstanding Christmas cards I need.  See you soon!

18 comments:

Pauline said...

Really beautiful card Deborah, so eye catching in these colours. Love the little pops of green on the pink doily, and the paper pieced dress! She will love it!

Paula (PEP) said...

Tremendous colours & I love the way you have coloured the doily to reflect the polka dot ribbons. Lovely card for an 11 year old girl too.
Hope you get on OK with the rest of your cards.
Paula (PEP)

Stamps and Paper said...

Gorgeous card Deborah...your neice will love it...a real 'girlie' card

Anne

Cathy Weber said...

What a gorgeous and elegant card for a young girl who is getting ready to enter her teen years. I love how you colored parts of the stamped doily, really adds lots of contrast and makes the doily stand out. The beautiful dress and cute cake images look perfect inside the doily. I bet your niece is dreaming of the day she can wear one of those beautiful prom type dresses!

Sylvia said...

Gorgeous card, Deborah! I have 3 Christmas birthdays I have to make for and this is perfect! Love the papers you used and that ef, I will look for it. Thanks for joining us at the ColourQ this week and happy holidays.

I'm Renee said...

Gorgeous!!
Those colors are absolutely perfect for this card...
and this card is absolutely perfect for an 11 year old girl!! :)
She will treasure this beauty!

mustavcoffee, Gay Peplow said...

Gorgeous card, it's amazing how quickly they grow up sad, too not children for long now:{ Gay xxx

Stella said...

Fab use of waltzingmouse stamps, gorgeous design and spot on the colors. Love it!
Hugs,
XX

Jeanne J said...

Deborah, I love that crisp embossed background, the stamped doily, your use of color, and the sweet row of pansies accross the bottom. Well done - your niece will love this!

Karin (PeppermintPatty) said...

VERY Beautiful! Love your embossed bg and perfectly paperpieced dress. Wonderful colors too!

GinaA said...

Fabulous combination of patern, colour and textures. A truly beautiful card for a young lady

Kelly S. said...

Oh this is so elegant and girly girl, Deborah! I just love how you used the Faux Fun Circle and tucked all of that sweetness inside. You really made that color scheme shine on this card. It looks like such a tricky one but you made combining them look easy! Gorgeous card for your niece, she will just love it!

cbuswell said...

SO pretty, love the colour combo and pic-nic pattern background! Fabulous!

MackieMade Paper Creations said...

Beautiful card! Love how you incorporated the colors!

Sharron said...

Beautiful card--wonderful design and absolutely fabulous use of colors! Your niece is sure to love it!

Joyce said...

What a wonderful card for a young lady. I love how you have used the colors of the challenge for a birthday. That dress is just gorgeous.

Jen Cuthbertson said...

This is amazing, Deborah! I love the colors you used and your stamping is wonderful!!

Suzanne Bier said...

Love your girly birthday card! Thanks for playing along with us at the colourQ this week!

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