Thursday, July 16, 2009

A Celtic Birthday


When I looked at my calendar and realized I had to make nine birthday cards for August, I went into panic mode. Eeek! I haven't been making cards as quickly as I used to just because it's summer and I tend to move slowly when it's hot, plus my son is getting into everything these days and wants me to play with him all the time so I can't really concentrate on cards when he's up and about. I've also been lacking some serious energy so I've been napping when he naps which leaves me zero time for cards. That's life I guess and I'll do what I can! My family and friends all deserve fabulous handmade cards so I will suffer if I have to. LOL

Thankfully I have great sketches like Karen Giron's to help me make all these cards! I used her most recent Sunday sketch to make this card for my brother-in-law's birthday and I knew instantly what I was going to do with it - a scene from a Celtic soccer match! He's a huge Celtic fan and most importantly an avid soccer player himself. Being from Glasgow with that fabulous Scottish accent and footie talent, it's no surprise. The big rectangle was going to be a billboard. The dots were going to be two soccer balls because it's always nice to have a spare on the pitch. ;) They're all nice and shiny with crystal effects. I didn't have the exact colours for the Celtic kit but I did my best and used two Copic greens, one on top of the other to create the shade of green I needed. I thought the dp from Chloe's Closet worked fabulously for this card. I added a little bit of nicely groomed grass, lightly distressed the edges of the papers, used a thick stitch to frame everything, popped dimention squares on the back of Billy and the soccer balls and the card was done! It looks simple but it took a lot longer than I expected.

Sources: SBD kraft & Halcraft smooth white cardstock; Making Memories Chloe's Closet paper; Pink Cat Studio Dress Up Billy & Lily and Billy Accessories; Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark Smokey Gray & Memories Black inks; Copics; SU crystal effects; Gutermann thread; dimension squares

8 comments:

Melissa said...

I love this card Emily, great use of the sketch. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I have added you to my Google reader.

Cindy Haffner said...

Emily I love your sweet Billly, well done.

Purple D said...

Very very cute!! The soccer balls only make sense, considering the sketch. Love it!

Michelle B. AKA JustPaintingAround said...

Darling! Love that little grass!

Wendy said...

This is adorable! Look at the grass, perfect!

Karen Giron said...

Ok, this is SO adorable. Love the grass!!

Jenna said...

I LOVE how you used the sketch. The little soccer player and the grass and balls are so perfect!

Alysabeth said...

What a great card. Love your details!