Thursday, August 20, 2009

La La

Just about 5 years ago, this coming October, I was blessed to have my daughter Kendall born. Basking in the glow of new motherhood I was unaware that the winter was really...not that far ahead and that I really didn't have another "mommy" friend in the world! Well...I did but none with infants. So I enrolled in a baby yoga class (go ahead and laugh...but I needed to get out!) Where I met some lovely women...(and some NOT so lovely women;) One of the women that I met I maintain a DAILY relationship with and we are blessed to live close together and have our children be able to play on a regular basis. Our other friend moved away about a little over a year ago =( much to our sadness. She wanted to be closer to family...which we got. But we were going to miss her and her delicious family very much as all of our children got along famously.

Well coming up is HER first daughter's 5th birthday (which I can't believe!!) and I wanted to make her card something super, duper, extra special. She is as girlie as girlie comes. Loves everything princess, dolly related, fairy tales and sparkles. (and honestly...what little girl doesn't?)

So I started thinking...and pawing through my immense paper stash. The first piece I pulled out was Stemma brand Life's A Beach style DP. They spend a lot of time at their lake house in the summer so there's lots of beach play going on!! I then pulled out a slice of my 123 girl paper...which I've been WAITING to use for the better part of 2 years....seriously. So the colors were coming and speaking to me at this point. So I grabbed the following SU! colors: Only Orange, Tempting Turquoise (a standard go to for me), and Pretty in Pink.

I started with the '5' as I knew I wanted to embellish it and it'd need time to dry. The cardstock was not too heavy so I backed it with blank chipboard that I had on hand. I roughed up the edges a bit and then haphazardly ran over the edges with my SU! Only Orange stamp pad.

I wanted to bling it out a bit so I then grabbed my Scotch Brand 2 way glue applicator and using the small nozzle end I traced the flowers and added some really chunky pink glitter and set it aside to dry.

I then headed back to the card. I used the Stemma paper as the first layer. I then wanted to add some more dimension (without too much height off of the card) so I stitched pieces of the PIP and OO papers using my Brother sewing machine. I ran 4 different stitch styles up and down creating another background-esque effect. The 5 was now nearly dry so I set to the inside of the flower. I used the same Scotch brand glue but then hit the inside of the flower with my Making Memories scrapbook shimmer glitter in peach. I again...set it aside to dry.

I absolutely HAD to add a touch of "queen" in this card so I pulled out my never before inked Imaginisce - Snag'em Stamp from the Fairest of Them All collection - The Castle. I stamped it with my Brilliance Pearlescent Sky Blue in, coated it in embossing powder and heat set it with my heat gun. I used the Copic markers that you see here to color in various parts of the castle.

I backed it with a slice of SU! TT and tied the sheerest and pinkist ribbon I had just as a little "extra". And if you look closely enough you'll see that I used my Sakura Glue Pen to dazzle up the front door of the castle with some chunky silver craft glitter that I always keep on hand.

I sent this out to her today in a package with a bunch of birthday goodies!!!

I can't wait for her to receive them!!

(Her sister's birthday was back at the beginning of the summer so I have her card to post tomorrow!!!)

Hope everyone is keeping as cool as possible!!!


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