Sunday, January 8, 2012

Lawnscaping Challenge #25: Birthday!

Now that I'm blogging again and the holiday rush is over, I've actually started (gasp!) reading blogs again. I know, it's craziness, but it had to happen eventually. I've followed Lawn Fawn's blog for over a year now but just recently discovered their Lawnscaping blog and challenges. Their current challenge is right up my alley so I decided to jump in and come up with a birthday card!

Here's their inspiration photo, in celebration of their birthday:

Now obviously they'd like it if I used Lawn Fawn stamps for the challenge, but it's actually not a prerequisite. Good thing, too, as it turns out all I have are Christmas stamps and Get Well stamps from Lawn Fawn! Eep! (Their new breakfast set is totally on my 'must have' list, though).

So, what did I make? Take a look:

And then on the inside:
Cute, right? Who doesn't love yummy cupcakes on their birthday, especially chocolate ones.

How I made it:
  • ivory linen cardstock base (paperandmore.com), cut to a folded size of 4.25"x5.5"
  • chocolate toile paper (Recollections, Michael's store brand) cut to 4"x5.25"
  • chocolate cardstock (from my stash), cut to 3.5"x4.75"
  • pink cardstock (from my stash), cut to fit the stamp...about 1"x2"
  • white cardstock (seriously, you should see how much paper I own)
  • birthday stamp set (from my stash)
  • chocolate ribbon (stash again), about 4"
  • StazOn Java Bean & True Black ink
  • Versamark Plumeria chalk ink
  • watercolor pencils
  • glitter glue
  • hole punch
  • cutter
  • scissors
  • adhesive
  • Zots 3D dots
I started by stamping the cupcakes onto the white cardstock using the True Black ink. Then I started 'decorating' my cupcakes with the colored pencils. You could probably use Copics as well, but I haven't been able to budget them into my 'habit' yet. Carefully cut them out leaving a little bit of a white edge and set aside.

Ink the edges of the chocolate toile paper with the Java Bean and attach to the ivory card base. Next comes the inked chocolate cardstock. Stamp the sentiment onto your pink cardstock, punch a hole for the ribbon, then ink the edges. (Don't do what I did and ink the edges before punching the hole...you wind up with Java Bean fingers!) Feed a bit of ribbon thru the hole and knot it, trimming the ends to make them uniform and cute. Attach to the bottom corner with the 3D Zots to pop it off the card. Now for the cupcakes - attach them with the 3D Zots as well, then add 'confetti' with the glitter glue. After the glitter is dry, stamp the inside of the card with your sentiment. All done! A pretty, handmade birthday card for friends and family. You can easily make several of these at a time and keep them on hand for, well, birthdays!

Let me know if you make one yourself - I'd love to see how it came out.

Happy Crafting!