Happy Belated Birthday x 2

Today was another dull, grey and rainy day. It’s been raining for¬†three days in a row now…it’s almost as if the epithet “Sunny California” is a myth… ūüôā¬†¬†Anyway; when I had finished work for the day and stepped out of¬†the office, the sun was breaking through the clouds, so I hurried back home and took pictures of the cards I made during the weekend.

I’m sooooo excited to be able to share with you¬†my first DT card for In2Stamps.¬† About a week before I left England, I was contacted by Wendy and Bruno, the owners of this small Belgian rubber stamp company, asking if I would like to join their Design Team. Didn’t have to think twice about it; they have the most adorable stamps. If you’re not familiar with them, I urge you to hop over to the In2Stamps Store and browse through the stamp collections ASAP!¬† For lots of wonderful inspiration, please visit the In2Stamps Inspiration Blog.

This stamp is called “Fairy Lily Ballerina” and is one¬†out of¬†¬†three new fairy stamps from last month’s release.¬† The other two are just as adorable, so when I got my DT kit last week, I had great difficulty in deciding which one I should ink up first. Finally, as I was making a birthday card for a friend who used to dance ballet, I decided to use this image for my card.

I kept the layout rather simple as it’s a large stamp and I wanted to show off as much as possible of the matching design paper, which by they way is new.¬† ūüė≥¬†¬†Found it on Saturday when I was craft shopping and I just had to have it, as I thought¬†it’d go perfectly with this image.

As always though, I couldn’t keep my fingers away from the bellies, so I added a bit of lace and quite some flowers and pearls. The die cuts are new as well (how did they end up in my shopping basket on Saturday? ūüôĄ

Card Ingredients
Swirl Stamp from Stempelgledje’s Grunge Collection
Stamp: “Fairy Lily – Ballerina”, In2Stamps
Skin: E11, E51, E00 Hair: E57, E25, E31, E00
Fairy: B02, YG11, G40 / R24, R22, RV42, RV000
Flowers: R22, R42, RV00, RV000 /YR02, YR00, YR000

Paper: “Spellbound” (Once Upon a¬†Springtime), Graphic 45
Die Cuts: Flourish Accents, Spellbinders

Embellishments: Lace (Scrapbook Island) Roses & Pearl Spray (Wild Orchid Crafts), Flower (Jolee’s Boutique/EK Success), Fancy Pins (the Hobby House), Pearls (Stash).
Misc.: Stickles Star Dust Glitter Glue, Flower Soft (Summer), Shabby Pink, Papaya Cream & Parchment Ink, Color Box.

The second belated birthday card is quite different as it’s a male one. Struggled as I try not to use flowers on male cards, so I went with two charms and metal corners instead:

Used this sketch from A Spoon Full of Sugar (missed the deadline though).

Cupcake Craft – #134 Monochromatic
One Stitch At A Time – #54 Something for the Boys
Meljen’s -#50 Use Dots
Just Magnolia – #98 Favorite Color Combo

Card Ingredients
Stamp: “Edwin with Bincoluars”, Magnolia
Skin: E11, E51, E00, E000 Hair: E59, E25, E31, E51
Clothing: C6, C3, C2, C1, C00 / B97, B95, B91
Binoculars: Y28, Y26

Papers: ‚ÄúVintage Blue Quilt‚ÄĚ (Somebunny Loves You Collection) & ‚ÄúSomething New‚ÄĚ (Something Old, Something New Collection), Magnolia, “K√§nn dig sj√§lv” (Crea Diem), Maja Design

Embellishments & Misc.: Metal Corners (Tim Holtz), Raffia, Ribbon & Charms (Stash). Ranger’s Faded Jeans Distress Ink. Staples.

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