When you think of it, birthdays are a strange thing to celebrate! Really! You've done nothing to merit celebration except stay alive, like everyone else who celebrates a birthday. And birthdays bring you one year closer to not celebrating another birthday ever! Right? So what, exactly are we celebrating? I guess it's just a good time to focus on the uniqueness that is each person and our love for them. It's a chance to make them feel special and cared for. I took the opportunity to create a birthday card using the challenge at The Paper Players this week and I used the stamp set Happy Birthday Everyone. I love the combination of print and script in this bold greeting and the colour swatch from the Paper Players worked well:
This is a very pastel and subdued palette, but it gives the opportunity to let the bold sentiment be the star of the show! I have to apologize for the photography. It was almost impossible to get the White Balance right because of the mix of warm and cool colours here. It must be the Smoky Slate vs the Sahara Sand, because I've never struggled with it like that before.
- I didn't notice the crooked sentiment until I was editing the photographs. Has that ever happened to you? Also the background Sahara Sand Lace Trim looks askew! The top of the ribbon is straight, but due to the placement of the front panel, I caught each side at the end of a scallop along the bottom edge, and because you can't see the start of the next scallop coming down again, it looks like it's hitched up in the middle! Some days, you just can't win! I've been hard at work on my swaps, so I just didn't have it in me to start again. I hope you can enjoy the concept and overlook a few of the oopsies!
- With this layout and the little bow of Mint Macaron Dotted Lace Trim, the sentiment panel kind of looks like a present! The panel of striped Mint Macaron Envelope Paper and, behind that, some Sahara Sand DSP from the Timeless Elegance collection, give the impression of other gifts just waiting to be opened.
- I used my new Boho Chic Embossing Folder on the Smoky Slate panel and I am a convert! I wasn't sure I wanted it at first, until I saw some great cards using it, but it took just one use to convince me that it was a good investment.
Thanks for checking out my blog today! I'll be back tomorrow with something for As You See It Challenges!
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