Saturday 5 December 2015

Birthday Sparkle

Today was special, it was my granddaughters 3rd birthday. She is a girl that loves sparkle, glitter, frills etc so it was easy to make a card.
Todays party theme was 'Frozen' of course, but I don't have anything that meets that expectation so I decided to use this image. It was a free download and lives in my folder of Digi images name unknown until I can find out where she is from to put her in her own folder.

Coloured her in with copics then went to town with the glitter. First I used the pink gel pen to add sparkle to her shoes and dress and headband. With the dressing headband I added little dots everywhere in the three cluster which I think works really well. This was a suggestion I have read somewhere in my travels and it works perfectly to give a really lovely look.

 I got a glue pen and drew along the lines of the bottom of the ballet dress and then I added some pretty pink glitter. I have a wonderful glitter collection (as do many of us I think. Mine is mostly Martha Stewart which is the finest most amazing colours and a WOW collection of super fine and chunky which is also a great colour collection.

then I decided to add a little butterfly handcrafted especially by me..... ohhh okay it was the left over from a butterfly border die. Added glue to this and used a different pink glitter. Bent the wings and placed at her hand so it looks like its taking off or landing.

Cut the card strip down, Added an inch each side of glitter paper to the card base. Added craft foam to the back of the ballet image to give a little lift. Then of course I did the sentiment dance as I still haven't learnt to add the sentiment first or plan it out.
I decided to die cut in gold card stock the birthday and sparkle and add those so it looks like she has stepped on the 'r' of the birthday and the words have been pushed out of place. I like the look.

Now because it was a granddaughter I also decorated her envelope. I don't make envelopes so it was just a standard one but......

Check this out!!!!
I have a new toy - the Mini Minc and I decided to see if I could work it without wrecking it.
I used some rainbow shinny stuff- had to hold the envelope so you could see the colours. Found a font I liked, wrote 'Happy birthday Sophie' put it through and Bingo there it is. Cut for the front of the envelope and added to sweet little die cut hearts on bows.

Now I could go into why I used it here rather than on the card (which was the original plan) but then you would need to get another cup of coffee blah blah blah. Needless to say this was a save of some wasted cardstock and some lessons learnt.

I am heading over to Virginia's View to link this up:

If you haven't been there before CHECK IT OUT
Its wonderful and there are so many wonderful guest designers who come to Virginia's blog and lots of cards enter so lots of inspiration. I sadly have to say this is to be Virginia's last Challenge, unless we tie her up and refuse to let her leave the house till she does one each month. Virginia has done an unbelievable job with this blog picking Challenges each month that really get people thinking. The past challenges will still be there so you could check them out for inspiration. I cant believe the numbers who would enter these challenges and the fact that she did it all on her own with the running of the Challenge and her families help with the picking of winners. Will miss this Challenge.

My goodness I love a good gab. 
Next challenge

I have chosen not to go with the topping and have just made a Birthday card, though I plan to be back there with a Holiday stamps to make a birthday card if I can.

Okay thats it for this post. Thank you for coming to visit and I hope you come again soon.


Dotty Jo said...

Beautiful cards! Jo x

Ruth said...

Oh wow!!! I love it - how beautifully coloured and how absoulutely bling-tactic this is! Sparkle for sure. So glad you've got the Minc. I have been eyeing it up, but that's for another birthday I think. Not enough time to play with half the things I have :) xx

Vicki Dutcher said...

She is just the sweetest! Perfect for your granddaughter!

Anonymous said...

What an absolutely gorgeous card. Love reading through your process. Fab new toy look forward to seeing your projects.
I'm not the only one with December babes! All is going well so far :)

Sharyn Polesel said...

Such a cute image, and I love the sparkle! Thanks for joining us at Seize the Birthday!

shirley-bee said...

This is delightful, Aileen! I bet your granddaughter loved it :) I like how you had the ballerina dancing on the 'r'. (I also leave the sentiment till the last, then struggle to fit it in sometimes!). Thanks for playing along at Seize The Birthday!

Hannelie said...

The perfect girly birthday card! Pink and glamorous!
Thanks for joining Seize the birthday!