Sunflower Birthday

Goodness, it’s been awhile since I posted.  However, my husband’s birthday was earlier this week and I decided to make a card and a tag.  I made this back in September and this time of year always reminds me of sunflowers.

I heat embossed the large sunflower I purchased long ago from Stampendous with versamark and espresso embossing powder.  I actually miss using stamps I’ve not used in a very long time. I then masked off the sunflower and spritzed with Glimmer Mists by Tattered Angels.  Remember Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist? Well I still have a bunch so I’ve not tried the newer mists.  I used Yellow Daisy, Meadow Green, Tiger Lilly, Wheatfields, and Coffee Shop. I then used my Tombow Brush Pens, Jelly Beans Collections markers and a waterbrush.  I also used yellow stickles.  All cardstock is from Stampin’ Up! Garden Green, and Very Vanilla.  I made this card 6 X 6.  I’m actually getting tired of all of the small A2 sized cards.  I want something bigger.  I lined my envelope with some beautiful scrapbook paper that I still had here from a Creative Memories stash. They do have nice scrapbooking paper, and so does Stampin’ UP!  The tag, I did the same but lightened up a bit and I did heat emboss and mask off the sunflower, however since this was not on watercolor paper, (I used a tag I have from Unity Stamp Co.), I did use prismacolor pencils on the sunflower.  I am absolutely certain I would  not heat emboss an image again while using pencils.  Not that it made a difference but it was a little bumpy going over the heat embossing with the nice soft pencil.  I used pretty chocolate sequins from an assortment pack I purchased from My Favorite Things some months ago.  I glued those down with Glossy Accents. That is a wonderful glue.  I purchased a big piece of burlap.  I’m always and forever running out of twine, why run out?  I just pull a strip or several strips from the burlap, it works great.   Oops, almost forgot the butterfly is from Unity Stamp Co. Beautiful Birthday Wishes.

I hope you enjoy looking, and thank you!

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Summer By The Sea

It’s approaching time I make another birthday card for my husband.  It also reminds me of the card I made for him on a prior birthday.  I hope you enjoy looking.

I used 140 lb Strathmore Watercolor paper and retired Stampin’ UP! Watercolor crayons.  I wish Stampin’ UP! still sold these watercolor crayons they are fantastic.  I love to use my brush and pull a little color off the bottoms of the crayons, they are just perfect for that and the colors are so lovely.  I used Stampin’ UP! Cardstock as well as GinaK Pure Luxury white cardstock for the base.  And of course one of my favorite retired Stamp Sets from Stampin’ UP! Summer by the Sea.
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