Sunday, January 27, 2013

Happy Birthday - and 2 challenges

Since it's a sleety, rainy and gray day here in northern Illinois...I thought it was a good afternoon to spend a little time at my craft table.

Today's card is going into 2 challenges.

Avery Elle's AEI{heart}U Challenge - This is my first time playing along.  I just couldn't resist this inspiration photo!

The Paper Players PP130 - love this sketch by LeAnne

As I said, that inspiration photo from Avery Elle was so inspiring.  Maybe it had something to do with the rainy, gray weather here.  I know I was drawn to the gray pavement, the striped socks, black coat and (of course) the rich red of her umbrella.  I knew what patterned paper I wanted to use, and LeAnne's sketch seemed to fit perfectly.

Here's what I created.

When I looked for an embellishment to represent the circle on the sketch, I sorted through my button stash and found this gray shiny treasure.  The surface made me think of shiny, wet pavement.  What do you think?  No?  
So.  I popped up the chevron die-cut, but adhered the black piece flat to the card base.  I was so glad that that Avery Elle sentiment fit perfectly inside.

I'm glad you stopped by to take a look today, I hope you'll leave a comment.

Recipe ~
Card stock: going gray, basic black (SU)
Ink: versamark (Tsukineko)
Stamps: framed fonts (Avery Elle)
Patterned paper: breeze 6x6 pad (My Mind's Eye)
Die: fabulous frames (PTI)
Other: cherry cobbler embossing powder, cherry cobbler seam binding ribbon (SU), glue dots, foam tape, scor-tape, tombo mono adhesive, heat tool


  1. Oh, I always love what you come up with, Susie, and this is no exception! I love that you analyzed your creative process....and I love what you created! Thanks for playing with my Paper Players sketch this week!

  2. Terrific colors and I love how they mimic the inspiration photo. And yes, I love the shiny button, it's perfect! Thanks for sharing your work with The Paper Players, Susie!

  3. Love the grey with the pop of colour, it's always such an elegant combo!

  4. So much fun reading how this card developed in your craft room! Lovely take on the inspiration photo and I love the black frame for the sentiment! Thank you for joining us at The Paper Players!

  5. Susie, great way to combine both challenges. The color scheme is so striking - perfect for the sketch. I love how you framed the sentiment and set it off with that perfect bow. Thanks for joining the Paper Players this week

  6. What a sweet card! I love your frame around the sentiment. I can definitely see the inspiration photo in this!

  7. Great card. Love that chevron frame!

  8. You have created a beautiful birthday card, I like the color grey and red together, good combination and design.


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