Saturday, 15 September 2012

CFC70/FTL208/DD20 - Happy Birthday



This card is for this week's CASual Friday challenge - Black and White plus 1 other colour.



And for this week's Clean and Simple Stamping Fall-To Layout:



And this week's Dynamic Duo:

I'm quite liking the Contempo Alphabet (Stampin' Up) that I used for 'birthday' - it's very clean. And the "Happy" dots are from My Stamp Box.

When I'm making a card like this and placement is important, I often draw a grid on the white layer in pencil before stamping. (I pencilled in a grid for the happy  (clear stamps) and a single line for the birthday (woodmount stamps), and used my stampamajig very carefully!) This technique doesn't work as well if you're stamping in a light colour - you'll see the pencil under the ink and not be able to erase it. Also, it can be heartbreaking if you are erasing enthusiastically and you crumple your layer. Trust me. I know!

Really in my heart, I wanted to use rainbow colours for birthday (but you knew that already, didn't you?) - and I may make this card again, so I can do that. But I think the Lucky Limeade looks good with the black, and makes it very masculine.

Don't forget that today is the big reveal for this month's Splitcoaststampers Dirty Dozen gallery. Here's a teaser  (I'm not supposed to show you any of the cards I uploaded to the Gallery - you have to be a member of the Fan club to see them, but this one's an extra!) - can you guess the theme?



27 comments:

Vicky Hayes said...

Two lovely cards Ardyth - but the second one really caught my eye! Love those bright criss-crossing lines!

Sue said...

Two super cards, Ardyth. Great lining up on the first, a fab mens card, and like the bright colours on the second. Have a lovely weekend. Sue x

Lynn said...

Two absolutely gorgeous cards...love the pop of color on the first and the rainbow of colors on the second. And thanks for the tips on keeping your stamps straight! I can always use help with that!

Thanks so much for playing with us at CAS-ual Fridays!

Happy Dance said...

Totally love those cards! Lucky Limeade is one of my favorite colors and it just pops! Fantastic! Thanks for the lining-up tip too. Off soon for 7 hours of scrapping/stamping with friends -- you have a great Saturday too!
Bev

Kim S said...

What a fun post!! My favorite Limeade in big graphic letters and then a rainbow of streamers! I'm so glad you are playing at Dynamic Duos - you do it so well!!

shirley-bee said...

Great cards! I think lime with black is a brilliant combination and I love the big bold lettering. Love that striking thank you card too.

Bethany S. said...

lovely cards! I LOVE the 2nd one! So neat! soooo gorgeous! Have a great weekend!

Laura B. said...

Wonderful stripes! Love both cards!

Tracey McNeely said...

Love both of your cards Ardyth, great job on both challenges.

Natasha said...

Love both of these! Your take on the CAS sketch is awesome!!!

Darnell J Knauss said...

They are both stunning, as usual, Ardyth! Great job on nailing all those challenges in one!!

Karen Aicken said...

You did a great job with both cards - I love the big bold messages on them.
Thanks for playing along at Dynamic Duo's this week.
Cheers, Karen

Jackie Rockwell said...

Cool card as always Ardyth! Love the big bold "birthday" and how you repeated the "happy"!

Geri said...

Black/white/limeade - one of my favorites too! Were you sweating a bit when you were stamping the last few images? Everything worked our perfectly!

Love the vibrant colors on the second card! You hit a nice clean triple with these cards (and the 3 challenges)!

Julie Hoffman said...

Fabulous card! Love the colors! Great job with the sketch! I love that big bold Birthday Stamp!

Mynnette said...

I adore both of these!!! I may use the idea of the second one for a card. May I CASE you and enter a challenge? I will, of course, link back to you! :)

Kimberly said...

Ardyth - both of these cards are wonderful, but I especially love the boldness of the first one. Great "plus one"! Thank you so much for playing along with us at CAS-ual Fridays!

Jen W. said...

Love those dotty letters. You could make a whole set of these each in a different colour for a rainbow set.

Love the funky graphicness of the second card!

Sherry Eckblad said...

I agree I love both of your cards, especially the first one.

laughadaisy said...

Very cool. ;-) I love how you fulfilled all 3 challenges on the first card. Great use of the colors! Glad you could join Dynamic Duos this week. ;-)

Angie Tieman said...

Awesome cards!! Love the bold graphic design of the first one and the CAS colored stripes of the second one blew me away too! Thanks for playing along with us this week at CAS-ual Fridays!

Susan Joyce said...

Cool cards Ardyth, I like both of them, love your repition of the letters and the lines. Thanks for joining us at Dynamic Duos this week.

Colleen Wold said...

Awesome cards! I absolutely love the one you made for Dynamic Duos! It's so crisp and clean and it totally caught my eye!

Piali said...

Absolutely Gorgeous cards!! Thanks for sharing with us @ CASual Fridays this week!

Allisa said...

Such a fun birthday card....love the boldness of the Thank You card as well! Thanks for playing with us at Dynamic Duos!

Melissa said...

These are both awesome, Ardyth! Love that first one in all its boldness! :) Thanks for joining us at Dynamic Duos again!

p.s. LOVE your new watermark! :)

Patrice said...

Great take on the challenge - I'd love for you to link up at 52 Card Pickup this week!

http://www.oldbackporch.com/2012/09/52-card-pickup-week-38.html