Thursday, August 4, 2011

HAPPY belated B'DAY

What happens when my mojo has gone on vacation and I'm already late in sending a birthday card? Seek out some of the best challenges for inspiration! My brother-in-law's birthday was yesterday and I had yet to make him a card, let alone send it. I loved the idea of making a giant card 4" x 9" card for the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #13 and I happened to love the colour combination for the colourQ Challenge #96 so I paired them up.

I used three stamps from the Unity+Cosmo Cricket co-branded set Joy Ride Icons and stamped the image of the 12 icons three times in different inks. Then I punched them out. in a logical pattern and set them aside. I used the fourth ink colour to stamp the clouds from that set into the background before adhering the icons with foam tape. I broke up the original sentiment 'Happy Day' and used some Echo Park Be Mine stickers to spell 'belated' and some American Crafts Thickers to finish the sentiment. Me using Thickers? Yes, that's new. Stickers and Thickers? Definitely new. Ang would be so proud and I also have to thank Donna for sending them to me!

My brother-in-law has travelled extensively, works with airplanes and recently started competing in triathlons so I think those icons really work for his birthday card. I smeared my distress ink block across the top and bottom of the card to make it a bit more manly, representing his D.I.Y. abilities. My sister might not agree with that though. LOL

Thanks for stopping by today! Don't forget that you have two more days to comment on my 300 Follower Giveaway HERE. The Twinery is also having a one-day giveaway to celebrate 5500 Facebook Fans HERE. I have quite a few deadlines so I'm off to search high and low for my mojo. There are reports that it's been seen as far away as Hawaii and Switzerland so that can't be good, can it? Not unless I can travel there to merge with it again. :Þ Enjoy the rest of your day!!

Sources: Gina K Designs 120lb pure luxury white cardstock; Unity+Cosmo Cricket Joy Ride Icons; SU Tempting Turquoise, Bashful Blue & Basic Gray inks; Ranger Shabby Shutters distress ink; SU 3/4" circle punch; Echo Park Be Mine stickers; American Crafts Thickers Rockabye Leaf; Stampin' Dimensionals

36 comments:

mustavcoffee, Gay Peplow said...

Brilliant card Emily, love the size and colour combination and all the little buttons work so well, Gay xxx
p.s I see no missing mojo LOL x

Michele Gross said...

Oh Emily its fab! I LOVE the design and the colors are perfect! So bummed you missed the deadline but we have a new one starting just after midnight tonight that you WONT want to miss :)

Mette said...

Considering your mojo is somewhere over Russia now you have done an amazing job. Love your card and those colours are fabulous together. Just great :).

Hugs

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

What a fun card, love the DIY approach (I've got paint all over me from a DIY approach, but I'd much rather it be on a card).

*Alison* said...

Emily this is STUNNING! YOu are so crazy talented.. this card ROCKS.. I am sure your B-I-L will love it! so cute! HUGS

AnitaRex said...

Oh Emily this is such a clever card! Fantastic design and loe the smearing and the way you did the sentiment! Good luck finding your mojo! Hope it comes back soon, until than start packing?

lynn said...

love that you personalized to your bil's interests, emily:) i don't believe you've lost any of your creativity!

Meg said...

Perfect card for a BIL! Love your use of the icon stamp and your fun swashes of green. Ang is going to be so proud of your sticker and thicker use! Hope you find your mojo soon-maybe you accidentally packed it up in one of your moving boxes? ;)

Dawn said...

This is freaking FANTASTIC Emily! I love everything about it!

Lynn said...

Such a great card Emily...love all those circle images!

Lisa Lara said...

I love how this turned out Emily. I love the ink across the top and bottom and how you used your letters. This works for the CAS129 chalenge on SCS too.

Jenny said...

This is so fab Emily, I love all those litle icons in a grid, perfect 'Guys' card. I think Mr Mojo isn't to far away, he was obviously there today!...perhaps he keeps popping to your new craft space!!!!

Jenny x

Lindsey said...

What a fun card, Em! You are so brave to swipe your inkpad like that; I'd be worried I'd wreck the card. (I hope at least you did that before popping all the little guys on!) :D Ooh, and stickers and Thickers, too -- very impressive!

Cheryl said...

I LOVE this card! Great design and colors. I am bookmarking this one for inspiration when my mojo takes a hike. (I can't tell yours is on vacation. )

*Alison* said...

-oh.. :) you inspired my newest card :) http://stretchnbubbles2.blogspot.com/2011/08/inspired-by-watermelon.html HUGS

Shauna K said...

love love love this card!! the ink smears are fantastic- definitely wanna try that now!! :D gorgeous use of the color combo!!

dahlhouse-designs.com said...

total crazy awesomeness! Your BIL will love it.

Jocelyn Olson said...

It doesn't look like your mojo is gone! :) Your card is *totally* fab. I LOVE the little icons--it's a super cool look. He will love it!

Inge said...

Absolutely stunning, what a fab men's card I am sure your BIL will love it! I heart the color combo, the design and the ink smears on the corners!

Lisa said...

Love all those circle icons - perfect for the 4x9 size!

onecraftymama said...

Love it! What a great idea for using those little stamps (they usually flummox me & end up unused...)
If your BIL is really good at DIY, send him here. Totally not joking. I will take even bad DIY over 'means to but never gets around to it DIY.'
I love the way you placed the ink, btw. Perfectly balanced :)

Wendy ten Hove said...

Perfect, Emily! Love all the little circles and they make a perfect total picture!!
Hugs, Wendy

Karin said...

What a wonderful way to use little tiny stamps! Love this idea and maybe your Mojo is on holiday with mine ;)

Alicia said...

Love the paint/ink on the edges... lovely!

Angela said...

y'know what's hilarious? My second reaction to your card (right after "awesome colors!") was..."wait, she used Thickers!" Ha. You know me so well.

Happy scrapping -- it can't be far behind ;)

Lorraine said...

Beautiful, Emily! Love the design you created and those yummy colors!

donna mikasa said...

Such a cool tall card! Your BIL loved it, I'm sure. And I'm glad you were able to use the Thickers--it's perfect!

Jen W. said...

This rocks! Love that colour combo with those icons - perfect guy card. And I love how you layered the letter stickers at those funky angles. I'm always so anal about lining them up perfectly straight but I love how you've placed them! I'll have to work on shaking off that analness...

kasia c. said...

Sounds like a perfect card for your brother in law!
THis is AWESOME!! Those little icons are so neat, & I love how you used them. :)
Such a wonderful mind you have!
Oh and congrats on being the Paper Smooches Primo stamper!! That is sooooo fabulous!!!

Helle said...

love this!! great colors!

Anita S. said...

So much work for one little card! Looks great!!! Thanks for playing along with us at ColourQ this week.

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

You totally rocked these images and color combo! LOVE LOVE those little punched circles--what size is that punch? Great job, EM!!!!

Sylvia said...

Cute, cute card, Emily! Loved your punched letters. Fab design. Thanks for joining us at the ColourQ this week.

Jen Carter said...

This is so cute and the color combination works so perfect with it!! The design is just full of fun :) and the way you made the letters are just terrific!! Such a great card!

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Congrats on your win for this card, and you call me lucky-- hi I'm the queen of random, you're just the winner :)

Pauline said...

This is a gorgeous card! I love all those circles and the fresh vibrant colours!