Saturday, 9 June 2012

Birthday Card

Hello!  It's a gorgeous morning here, all sunny and fresh.  I needed a quick card for a birthday party this morning for a birthday party for my daughter's friend.

I surveyed the options, spent a lot of time dithering and mining out various things for various projects, then decided I didn't have time anymore to do any of those. (The master plan for the morning was to go to the Wallack's Art Store Warehouse sale at 9:00 and hope they had some great deals, and get a birthday present for the friend too, who likes to draw.  And the reason I ran out of time was I had to experiment with an artist's panel and Tombows/Copics in case they had them at a good price and I wanted more. So I had to do a quick bit of stamping and colouring and experimentation before breakfast, and ran out of time for an extensive card before it was time to leave.)

I stamped the tree image (Stampotique) in Memento on Heather's ivory 130 lb cardstock and coloured it in with Copics.  Can't remember the exact colours, but it was B0000, B00, B12 for the sky, and YG11, YG93, G95 and G99 for the leaves and grass and a few browns for the trunk.  I accented the grass with some pencil crayons for texture.  The smudges you may see are not on the card (for once) but on the scanner, which I keep forgetting to clean.  (If you saw my house, you would realize just how far down the list the scanner is in terms of cleaning priority.)  I accented the image with some Avocado Liquid Pearls and Crystal Stickles, and set it aside to dry while I took my daughter to the warehouse sale.

Now that was a hoot and a half.  It was in a part of town I haven't been to, so that was a bit of a fun exploration.  We discovered it's in the same place as the Art-is-In Bakery, and noted for future reference.  We headed in to the sale, found some great deals, but were dismayed by the 400 people (rough estimate) in line ahead of us to pay.  We didn't have time to wait in line in a warehouse, so abandoned the effort and went in search of Suzy Q doughnuts, which came highly recommended.  It's a new little place on Wellington with homemade gourmet doughnuts.  We bought one of each plus a few to make a dozen and brought them home, after a quick stop at the local Wallack's for a sketch book and pencil crayons for the birthday present. The doughnuts were delicious (sampled the dirty chocolate, raspberry-cassis with white chocolate drizzle, maple bacon and sugar-cardamom), the card is made and the presents are wrapped and it's not even noon!  Still lots of time for the party, laundry, groceries, stamping, etc. that fill a Saturday.  And a quick jaunt out to the Sportsplex for soccer team pictures.

Must dash off to a birthday party!  Have a lovely Saturday!


  1. this came out fabulous! sometimes simple is best.

    and yum on the donuts!!!

  2. super cute card...hop you have a wonderful weekend!

    enjoy *~*

  3. I love the simple beauty of this card, Karen! This is the kind of project I always tend to gravitate toward. I just love this...nuff said.

  4. This card is a serious winner, Helen - love how the rich paper sets of the beautifully-colored image. I can just smell those doughnuts - no calories in smells, right? Glad your day worked out so well. Thanks for sharing it with us.