Sunday, April 10, 2016

Make a Wish

As you may have noticed, I've been making a lot of birthday cards lately.  One of my problems in doing this is that I tend to use and reuse the same stamp for the birthday sentiment.  I need to remind myself to take out ALL my stamps and use the different birthday sentiments I have.  This way, I'll be far less likely to give someone a card using the same stamp I used on their card the year prior.  So for this card, I pulled out one of my stamp sets from V's Sweet Ideas that I haven't used in a really long time.  It's from V's Birthday Wish Stamp Set.  I heard from Vanessa that she has some new stamp sets coming out soon, and I look forward to seeing those.
My card was created using patterned papers from My Mind's Eye On Trend collection.  The papers are beautiful mint and coral with touches of gold in them.  They're very different from what I usually use, and they were a lot of fun for this card.  I used three different patterns from this set.  One is the background, and two other patterns were used to cut six small squares that I machine stitched and attached by following this sketch from Sketch Saturday Challenge Blog.  I added a mint button, and some bows of Gold Metallic String as an accent.  The sentiment was stamped in Black Soot Ink by Tim Holtz onto a strip of vellum that I attached with some tiny gold accent stickers.
Following a sketch is a great way to get started when you're stuck.  It gives you a starting place, and yet you're still completely free to put your own twist on it as you can see from the DT Members' sweet sample cards.  They really inspired me to play along this week with their great cards.  Well, that and the fact that Simon Says Stamp is their sponsor, and I am such a huge fan of theirs as well.  Isn't the gold in these papers beautiful?
Here are the links to the challenges where I'm sharing my card:

Sketch Saturday Challenge Blog - Challenge #407 - I really had fun with this sketch

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog - Simon Says "Happy 7th Birthday" to their amazing challenge blog.  I have loved playing along all these years, and some happy day I will be a winner.  I wish them the HAPPIEST birthday, and sincerely hope that they'll be around forever.  This is my 4th entry.

Well, that's all for now my friends.  I look forward to hearing your thoughts on my card, and I will be stopping your blog as soon as possible to see what you've been creating this weekend.  Enjoy yourself, and thanks for visiting.



  1. Oooh beautiful card Karen, I love how you used all your pretty DPs with that sketch!

  2. Karen, this is great paper! Love the sentiment on velum.

  3. What a beautiful card! I love the pretty papers you used. You followed the sketch to a T!

  4. This is SO pretty, Karen. It's soft and sweet and different from your other cards but in a good way. I really like it. You always inspire me so much.

  5. What a gorgeous card Karen - love the gold thread around the button, and the fabulous sentiment on the vellum.

  6. Wow your choice of papers and the stitching is awesome. Great fun card. So elegant.

  7. Hi Karen: Love this Birthday card, it looks really GREAT, love the Gold thread and the velum paper. always a pleasure to visit your blog..
    God Bless

  8. Oh Karen, Loved your card! I'm really happy that you stopped by my blog to appreciate my work! Keep participating in Sketch Saturday in future as well. We love to see people taking the sketch & making it their own. Thank you for playing along with Sketch Saturday

  9. ce qu'elle est jolie ton interprétation Karen! biz

  10. Fab birthday card Karen. Love the papers. Thanks for joining us at Sketch Saturday for our challenge and we hope to see you again soon. Hugs, Gale DT

  11. This is absolutely fab! Love what you did with this sketch, thanks for playing along with us at Sketch Saturday.


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