Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Girl's 11th Birthday [PTI Blog Hop]


Needing a birthday card for a preteen girl, I took the inspiration colors from Papertrey Ink's monthly blog hop challenge.

 Branching out a little bit for me to try a more artsy/whimsical card. After spending so much time figuring out where everything should go, I have a deeper admiration for those who make cards like this look so random.


I am in love with the PTI Simple Stripes impression plate. It give such a subtle, even texture in person, but try taking a photo and it completely disappears! I used it here on the inset "Celebrating your Birthday" panel.

The "11" sits on a cake stand and is masquerading as two candles with a wire wick and hand-cut flames. This would work well for any age, but "11" is perfect for candles! 


 The flowers are masked, and I love how the little sunburst stamp fills an area. See the text? That's a fun technique I got from Artsy Lynn to put Scotch tape on a dictionary page, and then rip it off. You get the top layer of printing so it's transparent when you add it to your card. Love how irregular the shape is too. I can see using this technique quite often when a card needs a little something extra.


It was so fun using washi tape (yellow dots on top of the cake stand.) Do you know that Target now sells 4 packs of "paper tape" under their house brand Up?!? I found out about this at Taste of Chicago a couple weeks ago. The Art Institute had a craft table for kids to create their own pop art (in honor of the new Roy Lichtenstein exhibit). And they gave them washi tape! I was strangely jealous.


And although their masterpieces looked fantastic, I couldn't help but think maybe I'll steal a few strips off their paper once we got home and they forgot about it (so wrong ... I know, I know!!) Instead, I asked where the Art Institute got the tape and that's when I found out about Target. 

The best part is, they sell 4 rolls of it for ... $4! I can do a buck a roll! I think there's a fifth "multi color" package that was out of stock on the shelf (office supply section.) I grabbed one of each and feel fully stocked now.

Thanks for looking!
- Kelly


Supplies used:
stamps:  PTI mini hexagons (pattern on the "1's"), PTI Movers and Shakers Sentiments, Pink Paisley Celebrations
impression plates: PTI Simple Stripes 
dies: PTI Mat Stack
ink: PTI Hawaiian Shores,  PTI Mellon Berry, PTI True Black, Color Box Yellow Ochre
other: wire, dictionary, Up! paper tape

37 comments:

  1. so cool!! love those ones as candles!!

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  2. I love that you used the ones as candles! And that dictionary page technique is very cool, too. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. This is so fun! Love those candles!

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  4. Your card is fantastic. ;-) Such a perfect, fun birthday card. Nice job!

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  5. Love the 11 as candles! Nice work!

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  6. So creative and totally adorable!!...the card and the boy!

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  7. Cleaver use of the washi tape.

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  8. What a fantastic card Kelly, that cake is the bomb!

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  9. Presently ripping up a dictionary... thanks for the heads up!
    ps, great card!

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  10. Oh, this is such a neat card! I love the unique layout, and all the interesting details. Your candles are perfect!

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  11. Fabulous idea of using the ones as candles. I'll have to keep this in mind when my nieces and nephews turn eleven. FYI, Target carries only the four colors of tape.

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  12. Wow - what a cool candle cake! Love the diecut off the page, too.

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  13. That's a wonderful card! I love the candles and your "random" images.

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  14. Wow! Love all the elements on your card. Very creative. Love the idea of the numbers forming the candles on a cake. :)

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  15. Your card is fabulous. Very creative idea with the candles, and I can't wait to destroy (I mean tape up) the nearest dictionary. I just got all that Washi at my target, too, only they must have been out of orange. I'll go back, of course.

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  16. love your artisy card- there's so much for the eye to admire

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  17. What a great idea!! I think I might have to lift this one!!

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  18. This is such a great card! I'm loving the number candles! I love the Target washi tape too! I have three of the colors (my stores don't carry yellow, darn it!)!

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  19. Love how you made the 1's candles! So cool!

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  20. Perfect preteen birthday card! Love the candles, Kelly!

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  21. What an pretty card. I love all of the interesting details.

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  22. This is so sweet! Love the candles with the flames Kelly! I will have to check for the washi tape at Target!!! I am off to watch a SeaFair parade with my son tonight...summer time is so fun! :)

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  23. Wow, this is one amazing birthday card...what a clever idea using your 11 as candles, just so perfect.

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  24. What a fun card!! Love the candles and all the little details are fabulous!

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  25. Super creative! The kids did a great job, too!

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  26. This is quite artsy and whimsical ~ great job with the colors ~ especially love your floral corner!

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  27. Wowza! This card is fabulous!! I love the unusual die placement!

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  28. Oh my what a pretty card, there's so much to look at but everything is perfectly placed. So jealous of your washi tape too xx

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  29. It's scary how desperate we get in card making, isn't it? Next we'll be snipping slivers off of our children's clothes! LOL. ;) I SO GET the jealousy! I'm glad you got your own to play with~your card is so creative and ALIVE! ;)

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  30. Wow, so cool Kelly! I LOVE your card!! I'm amazed that you used stamps that I don't think I've ever seen (or seen used in that way)--which is fabulous. The washi is very cool. :)

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  31. Very cute! I love the candles. :)

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  32. SUPER jealous of all that washi tape awesomeness o_O I'm too cheap to even get them at Target =_=" Love your card for the PTI blog hop!! Love how you didn't make the flowers the main focal point! Very different from the other cards :)

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  33. Wish the Target in Australia carried one tenth of what you can get!! LOL I'm not surprised you had washi envy!

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  34. wow wow wow....that card is truly WOW!!!!!

    Seriously fun craft table action...I would have totally done that "make 'n take" :)

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I absolutely love reading comments. Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to leave one! - Kelly