Thursday 18 September 2014

She's a teenager ....

... Hi!  Yesterday was Kathryn's 13th birthday - it only seems like yesterday that she was a tiny baby.  Kathryn's grown into a lovely young woman.  She's a teenager now, but has been acting like one for a little while now :)  Kathryn has very definite likes and dislikes - she's not a "girly" girl.  Kathryn likes very specific bands, she likes zombie stuff and Mexican style painted skulls, she enjoys Manga books and comics, she loves the TV show Pretty Little Liars and she dresses almost exclusively in black!  So I had a bit of a hard time working out what to make for her card.  This is what I made:

Kathryn's birthday - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Rick St Dennis Digi - Sugar Skulls; Sweet Stamp Shop - Dia De Los Muertos (now discontinued)
Inks: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Archival - Jet Black; Distress - Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean, Picked Raspberry
Dies: Lil Inkers - Stitched Squares #6
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Basic Black; Copic Markers; Luminarte - Radiant Rain Shimmer; Crafters Companion - Spray & Sparkle Multicolour;  Shimmer Sprays - Various

This is a large card (well, I had to make something special) at 8" × 8".  I started by adding spatters of colour to the card base and then sprayed over the top with Radiant Rain, which caused the spatters to bleed - love the effect!  I printed the Sugar Skulls digi on white card and then coloured with Copic markers.  I die cut the image and added some shimmer and sparkle with the Crafter's Companion spray - it really does sparkle!  I layered the finished image on black card.  I stamped the roses and feathers on vellum, coloured the reverse, cut them out and adhered them to the card.  I finished the front with an extra sugar skull and her age.  The numbers are from my stash - no idea who made them!

On the inside I cut a mat layer in black.  I found the logo of Kathryn's favourite band - Black Veil Brides - on the Internet.  I printed it on white card (having made it a bit lighter) and added a birthday verse, written by Susan Tither and found on Craftsuprint.  

KBC inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Below is a close up of the Sugar Skulls image - I had such a good time colouring it in!  

KBC2 - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

I decorated the envelope too.  I did another sugar skull and flourish on the front and on the back I added another BVB logo.

KBC3 - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsKBC4 - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

We took Kathryn out to dinner last night - we told her she could pick anywhere she wanted.  She picked the Cheesecake Factory!  So still a bit of a kid :)  It was lots of fun!  Before I go, I have to share a photo of the birthday girl - mind these are increasingly difficult to get - Kathryn doesn't like having her photo taken anymore!!!

Kathryn - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

This one was taken last Saturday when we were in Muskegon.  I was taking a photo of a bicycle rack in front of her and I tried to get one without her noticing!  But I failed - just look at that face!  Love her so much!!



Ardyth said...

Happy Birthday Kathryn! I love that you have eclectic tastes and are clearly your own person! And, hey, I would probably choose the Cheesecake Factory, too (love the avocado springrolls!)

Grá O'Neill said...

Hope Kathryn had a lovely birthday and enjoyed her fab card :)

Deepti said...

Happy birthday Kathryn :) ur card looks so cool !

Buffy said...

A beautiful card Debs.
Sending hugs and big birthday wishes to Kathryn

Hugs Buffy & Mawgan xx

Bonnie Irvine said...

Hi Deborah! I nominated this for Pick of the Week for the next go-round on Rick St. Dennis' blog. I absolutely love everything about it from the gorgeous colouring to the wonderful composition and beautiful background. I also think it is so cool that you created a birthday card with this image and that you are so in tune with what your granddaughter likes. Awesome!

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