Paper craft project no. 289: Sending happy birthday wishes to you, Shirley!

2014-10-26 Sending happy birthday wishes

Today, we’re celebrating the birthday of one of the most creative cardmakers I know: Shirley B.! I “met” Shirley nearly a year ago when she started playing over at STAMPlorations. It was just Nonni and me on the design team and we put out a DT call. Shirley responded to the call with 3 entries (here, here, and here). Each one was so creative that I knew I wanted her on the team. And I think STAMPlorations is the first design team that Shirley joined so I’m giving myself a big thump on the back for snagging a talent like her! Didn’t stop there, though, because Shirley is now also a stamp designer through her own line, The Bee’s Knees, and nothing makes me prouder than to have her designing and illustrating stamps along with me! Again, I’m giving myself a big thump on the the back for “discovering” her as a stamp designer ;o)

And so to celebrate her birthday, I made this one layer card featuring the super-cool doodled bouquet from the Rosebuds set that she designed. It was tough to not use her stamps right away when I got them. I usually immediately break out new stamps before I’m even done designing their packaging. But I wanted the first time I used Shirley’s stamps to be on a card I make for her so it’s no easy feat that I held out for over a month!

Shirley loves watercoloring. And Distress inks. And sloshing. And spattering. So I made sure my card met all those criteria ;o) So I stamped the bouquet several times (masking as I went along) then sloshed Distress inks on the buds —  first with diluted spun sugar, then diluted barn door, and then lastly not-so-diluted barn door. Then I happily sloshed/watercolored antique linen, scattered straw, and broken china all over. I added a bit of texture to the background by stamping the rosebud definition stamp in antique linen ink. Oh, and the spatters…we can’t have a Shirley card without spatters! So I happily spattered some broken china, scattered straw, and barn door all over the card. And because I’m such a font-nerd, I created a custom sentiment by combining stamps from this set, this set, and this set. (Gotta love our sentiment sets…you can come up with a gazillion sentiments with them!) This card’s on its way to you, Shirley, so I hope you like it :o)

Maria, another STAMPlorations girl, is hosting a virtual birthday party for Shirley so check out the cards made by fellow crafters who are celebrating Shirley’s birthday!

I’d like to link this up to the following fun challenges: Seize the Birthday – Anything Goes (I skipped the optional washi tape toppings) and Simon Says Monday Challenge – Anything Goes.

Thanks for stopping by!



18 Comments to “Paper craft project no. 289: Sending happy birthday wishes to you, Shirley!”

  1. So beautifully sloshed, splattered and smooshed, Shery … such a perfect card for Shirley! Anita :)

  2. That bouquet of flowers looks beautiful against that water coloured, splattered background! Thanks so much for joining us at Seize the Birthday!

  3. Love how you did all the masking! So pretty.
    So glad you joined us at Seize the Birthday!

  4. Gorgeous big bouquet of flowers for Shirley … love it!! I know Shirley will love it too with all the special touches that are her signature styles. Loll xx

  5. Ooh! Speechless! (Almost!) Love all that watercolouring, sloshing, splattering – you knew I would :) And loving the mixed fonts too. Thanks so much for joining my birthday party, Shery, and I’m so glad to be on your team :)

  6. Brilliant card, I love all the sloshing and splashing!

  7. You have beautifully cases Shirley’s style :) love it

  8. Hi Shery. Love your Shirley look, fabulous watercolouring and sloshing!!! have a lovely day! hugs Monika xxx

  9. I ADORE Shirley’s watercoloring talent. It seems like every time I see one of her cards, I’m inspired all over again!

    As for this card, it is lovely. The splatters are just perfection and you have such a way with effortless coloring.

  10. Shirley will love all her favorite elements in your card! I love this fun layout and all the splashes! xxx

  11. Love this watercolored beauty, Shery! That background sets off the roses beautifully! Great card for the birthday girl!

  12. I agree. Beautiful watercolor card and just the way Shirley likes them. – Jim

  13. Wow what a beautiful bouquet for a wonderful artist! So glad Shirley is a part of your team!

  14. Beautiful card! Thank you so much for sharing your project and for joining us over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! :)

  15. Such a fun bouquet of roses for Shirley!!

  16. Great flowerstamp! Love the painted look and the splatters; a beautiful card! Hugs, Gerrina

  17. Totally diggin your sloshing! Thanks for coming to Shirley’s party, Shery.

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