Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Happy Birthday, Triscuits

One of my repeat customers ordered a birthday card for his girlfriend who's celebrating her birthday on Thursday. When I asked Steve to give me some ideas for the card, he replied with, "Jess likes food, jewellery, flowers and me, probably in that order." LOL Earlier he already told me that she likes red and cutesy stuff. As you know, cutesy is easy for me. Hello! Can you say Pink Cat Studio? LOL However, I just didn't feel like working in that genre for this card.

Since I was already in the PTI groove with the last two cards, I decided to go that route again. After all, I still have a lot of new stuff to break in. ;) I already had the red flowers die cut a few days ago because I wanted to try this paper poppy tutorial by Lisa Johnson. Unfortunately, after about 50 rolls, the paper still wasn't fraying. Mind you, PTI paper is 110lb (and I don't have any) whereas SU paper is 80lb so that's probably where the problem lies. I used the flowers anyway and paired them up with leaves from Masculine Motifs.

The fun part of this card is the swirly frame from Fillable Frames #2. I love that it looks so casual! I used a sentiment from Birthday Basics and Steve's term of endearment for Jess was spelled using Simple Alphabet. I also repeated the Happy Birthday sentiment around the red part of the frame in watermark ink but it's hard to see in the photos. Do you see what's on the kraft background? I don't own any PTI flower sets but really love the In Bloom impression plate and had to have it. I thought it would work well when I had to use flowers but didn't have any. I really love how it looks and I think it was a wise investment. As a result, I think this card has that delicate balance of cute and elegant. It also has a lot of red and flowers, of course!! I hope Steve really impresses Jess with this card and whatever birthday surprises he has in store for her. :)

Sources: SU Real Red, Naturals Ivory & Kraft cardstock; PTI Fillable Frames #2; PTI Birthday Basics; PTI Simple Alphabet; PTI Masculine Motifs; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Vivid Red ink; Versafine Watermark ink; PTI Beautiful Blooms II #2 die collection; PTI Fillable Frames #2 die; PTI In Bloom impression plate; QuicKutz Epic Six; Forever in Time buttons; Darice hemp cord; Glue Dots pop up relief

5 comments:

Sheng said...

I absolutely love this card. It's so simple and beautiful!!!

Sally Atkins said...

Stunning card, Emily. I love the embossed flower, and the paper flowers look beautiful!

Angela said...

This is sweet and casual and elegant and fun, all at once! Very cool. And Triscuits might be the cutest nickname ever!

Lindsey said...

Hi Emily! Catching up after a couple of days away from the computer. I LOVE this card. Who cares about fraying, these flowers are AWESOME!
And I'm glad someone asked, as I was way impressed by how you'd overlapped the text on your card from the other day. (I like the "reverse" card, too!)

Charlene said...

Emily..your flowers are stunning. Believe me, the PTI does fray, sometimes when you DON'T want it too but these turned out just great. The overall card is perfect!