Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Birthday Cards and a Hop

First up I'm sharing a couple of birthday cards.  These were quick cards but they still look very nice.  The "Happy Birthday" used on each card is from the Quietfire Design set Happy Birthday Plain & Simple

For this first card I masked off the center using some tissue tape, sponged it with Distress Ink tumbled glass and a little broken chine, stamped the pine tree (and old PSX stamp) with versamark ink 5 times, and embossed them with evergreen embossing powder.  Next I used some very old liquid applique and heated it to create the look of snow.  The Happy Birthday is stamped with Archival Ink jet black.

For this second card I stamped Happy Birthday with Archival Ink manganese blue plus some cornflower blue.  I embossed the piece using a Tim Holtz snowflake folder and an embossing diffuser.  After it was embossed I laid the small oval from the diffusing plate over the non-embossed area and sprayed the rest of the piece with Distress stain Spray using tumbled glass, brushed pewter and just a bit of picket fence.  I removed the oval , dried the piece and sponged Archival Ink manganese blue over the high spots to bring out the snowflakes and added some around the edges.  The large layered snowflake is the Tim Holtz combination die and embossing folder and it's cut from a frosted sheet.  I brushed just a little Distress Paint picket fence on the back of the snowflake to help it show up a bit and layered it with a large metal snowflake brad (Spare Parts).


And finally, but certainly not least, Quietfire Design is having a Blog Hop this week sharing some Christmas cheer and inspiration as well as their latest rubber stamp creations.

The hop started on Monday and goes through Friday.  Here is the schedule....

Monday: Diana 
Tuesday: Robyn,  Yvonne  
Wednesday: Wanda (that's me),  Teresa  
Thursday: Kathy Jo, Suzanne  
Friday: Sherry,  Yogi 

There are prizes!!!!!  One winner will be chosen from each blog.  For your chance, just leave a comment on each blog by midnight Friday night, Dec. 19th.



Felicia Aaron said...

Wanda!!!! Wish I had a birthday in December!!! These are beautiful! You always do such a beautiful job with your cards! Just fabulous my friend! Hope you are well and gearing up for the holidays! Merry, Merry Christmas! :) Blessings to you and yours! :)

Holly Eastabrook said...

So beautiful Wanda, and so winter-y!
Love the colours and texture.

C. M. Taylor said...

Wanda, first of all I wish for you and yours a very Merry Christmas. I have been following you a while and I have been so blessed by your talent and artistic talent. You delight my senses with layers, textures and sayings. I am never disappointed when I come to your site. You challenge me to reach for the stars and outside the box. Thank you so much for the inspiration.

Quietfire said...

Oh, wow, Wanda! Just beautiful!

barbara macaskill said...

Beautiful! LOVE the trees! THey look ever so pretty covered in snow on the lovely blue background and the snowflakes are dreamy! All shimmery and frozen! TFS!

grammypat said...

Really need ideas for Birthday cards in Dec as we have 3 b-days this month in our immediate family and a few friends also. Great design Thx.

TracyM #6773 said...

GORGEOUS cards Wanda - LOVE the different fonts of this set!!!
LOVE the color & texture of your trees and - WOW - your snowflakes are STUNNING, an ABSOLUTE DELIGHT!!!

Heather Thompson said...

wow wanda, those pine trees rock!! love the snow effect. these are some great cards. Happy holidays to you!!

Shirley said...

A spectacular spray of winter blue and sparkle.

Mary Holshouser said...

The forest looks so real.
Great job.
thanks for sharing.

Mickey Drake said...

I love both of your happy birthday cards, at first I thought the trees were a PHOTO! LOVE the snowflake one, it's really unique. Wish I knew where you got that snowflake brad :)

Mickey Drake

Sheila said...

Very nice use of stamps and color to create a non-Christmas card. Kudos to you

Bon Neeley said...

Trees look real, the snowflake is great.

Teresa said...

Just had to pop over and see what is new and i spied this beautiful snowflake card. Love, love, love it :)