Friday, July 1, 2011

Happy Birthday USA!

Welcome back to my blog! Even though this is not a traditional red/white/blue celebration card, I'm celebrating the 4th with this birthday card! As summer is heating up, here at Magnolia-licious Highlites Challenge blog we have a hot new challenge for you. Mindy Baxter is our fabulous and uber talented designer of this months sketch! You'll love this one. So come along, sit back with a long tall cool lemonade or beverage of choice and let your creative juices flow.

For my card I have used #3019 HOPSCOTCH TILDA from the newest Sweet Rainbow collection. You will find this image and the rest of the collection, as well as the Mini images over at Magnolia-licious. I had another dp in mind when I colored my image, but this designer paper by Fancy Pants Designs was much better suited to the sketch. I used my Creative Memories Oval cutter around the image and distressed the edges with Tea Dyed Distress Ink. I used my Go Create XXL Square Frames Frilly #2, flipped it on it's side to get the shape I needed for the center focus. The sentiment is by JustRite stampes, cut with Spellbinders Lace Edge Circle and plain circle. The embossing was done using a new Provo Craft embossing plate.

I stitched each panel to my cardstock and used Tea dyed Distress Ink around the edges. The leaves are made with my Marianne Designs die. All flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and are sprayed with Pearl Glimmer Mist, the pearls are from my stash. I made the pin with some extra beads I had on had from a recent project. I added self adhesive pearls around the edge of the sentiment. The ribbon is also from my stash.

Here is a side view of the flowers and front of my card...

A closer look at Miss Tilda...

On the inside of my card I repeated that pretty Go Kreate shape in two layers of cardstock and I made a pocket from that cool birthday designer paper. I added a little touch of lace with my Magnolia Vintage lace die. To tuck into that pocket, I used the matching Magnolia Vintage Tag to which I added #233 MINI CELEBRATION TILDA. I hand dyed the seam binding ribbon and then added a couple of pearls to two of the ends. I distressed the edges of the tag with Tea Dyed Distress Ink and added a row of pearls. A bow made with my Bow Easy and a little heart charm from my stash complete the embellies on the inside.

Here is a closer look at the tag.

Both images were colored with the following Copics...
E0000, 000, 00, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, B21, 23, 24, YR 12, 14, 24, 30, N1, 3, 5 and Spica Sky Blue
Distress Inks - Weathered wood, Tea Dyed

This was a very fun sketch to do. I hope you will join us this month by using the sketch and adding your creation to Mr. Linky at the Magnolia-licious Highlites blog.

Thanks for stopping by - happy stamping!




  1. I totally love the sweet and bright coloring on this card Barb. She looks very sweet and the inside is so gorgeous too :o)

  2. How beautiful! Wonderful job coloring and putting this card together! Your colors are so bright and cheery. Great job!

  3. Hi sweets, I hope you and all at your house are doing well........

    LOVE YOUR CARD!!! Beautiful inside and out!!!
    hugs, Janiel

  4. Beautiful Barb - absolutely beautiful - Tilda is colored to perfection. The inside of your card is great and that little tag is to die for. Great art work Barb!!!! I just used orange and blue for a card and I do love the color combination. Take good care and I hope Bill is doing well!

  5. Thank you Barb! I take this post personal... I'll turn 58 in 2 days... and start celebrating now!!!!!! As a kid,I love playing hopscotch. Tilda is gorgeous, and wonderfully colored. Love those non 4th of July traditional color palette, GORGEOUS. The inside is soooooo sweet too, with the little tag. I cracked up for the bow and charm... tooooo cute.

  6. Oh wow! This is really really pretty!!!!


  7. Love the blue and yellow combo and great take on the sketch dahling! what a bright and cheery card, delightful!

  8. Oh Barb, what an adorable card! Love the colors and the layout.

    Deb H.

  9. What a delightful card! I love the interesting shapes! The colors are fantastic as is your sweet Tilda. It's so pretty! You always have such interestingly shapes to play with! Love it!

    Chris Christensen

  10. Gorgeous doesn't seem enough, love the colour combo, yes it's bright but beautiful. Love the inside with that sweet tag. Gorgeous creation.
    I hope you have a wonderful weekend.
    Suzi x

  11. Beautiful card. I love the color combo.

  12. This is wonderful, Barb....adore this sweet image, colored magnificently!!!! Love your gorgeous design...the inside is stunning!

  13. Your card is just Gorgeous! Love your interpretation of the sketch
    Hugs Julie P

  14. What a gorgeous card. I love the little tag inside. TFS.

  15. Barb your card is just gorgeous and your coloring is just perfect as always!

  16. What a Fabulous card!!!! Love the colors!!!! Great job!!!

  17. Gorgeous card Barb. This is a great sketch. Love your coloring and that tag inside is adorable! Love it! hugs, Angela

  18. AHHH hopscotch, I remember when! Love your card Barb, it's perfect for the holiday. Hope you have a happy 4th of July!

    Judy K.

  19. LOVE this card, Barb!!! This Tilda just exudes summer fun and your coloring is beautiful! Love the shapes you used for the sketch and all your details are amazing! Fabulous work as always!!
    hugs, Sharon

  20. Fabulous coloring Barb! You do such an incredibly amazing job with the minis that I think you must be the Queen of the Minis! AND...I love the look of your background shading so much, but I petrified to give it a try! You totally nail it though! :)


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