A site for my handmade cards, accompanied by my photos and written meanderings which are occasionally witty, often tongue-in-cheek, and, rarely, profound. Beginning in June 2013, you'll also see lots of NBUS, which is an acronym I coined for Never-Before-Used Schtuff. Feel free to join in, use the acronym, and use up your NBUS, too! Thanks for coming by! Have a beverage and enjoy!
Some of you will remember that last January on my wedding anniversary, Ardyth Percy-Robb of Maskerade, surprised Mister and me by throwing us an anniversary party on her blog where everyone could link up anniversary cards for us. It was wonderful!! If you'd like to see it, please visit here.
I thought it would be too predictable if I were to return the flavor and throw Ardyth and Michael an anniversary party on their anniversary, so I am hoping instead to really surprise her today with a BIRTHDAY PARTY!
Ardyth started her blog just shortly after I started mine and we have been ardent supporters of each other from the first. I admire her so much. She has become well-known in our card-making community. She has a very distinct and amazing card style showcasing her love of color and graphics and stained glass and oh, so many other wonderful characteristics. When I issued the hush-hush invitation, I suggested that peeps CASE (copy and share everything) one of Ardyth's fabulous cards.
For my card, I did not choose one specific card, but rather I chose to CASE Ardyth's love of rainbows and graphics/spirographs:
Although I have made a card in the past using the actual Spirograph art set from the molden days, for this card I simply used the circle stamp from a modern Avery Elle stamp set called Fanfare:
Using a rainbow of inks, I carefully stamped several circles to make a larger circle "flower" and then I used my Prismacolor pencils to color the image details. I cut strips of paper in rainbow colors for a background mat, which I attached to a white card base. The flower center is a silver sequin that I turned to gold with a gold marker, anchored with a gold brad.
Ardyth also loves sparkle and glitter, so I've added both to my card, which you might be able to better see here. It is so hard to capture it in a photo.
I have two online friends to thank for helping me launch this party:
I would like to thank Jackie Rockwell (Jackie Rockwell Designs) for riding in on her white horse and helping me get the InLinkz tool added at the last minute! (Turns out I have technophobia and I couldn't encipher how to do it because InLinkz decided to change their interface and neglected to change their outerface instructions.) I would also like to very much thank the sweet Geri Greening of Manitoba Stamper for helping me obtain email addresses and being a great cocoa spiriter!
If some of you did not receive the email invitation, please join in now by making Ardyth a birthday card and linking up below! That way, Ardyth can have a collection of all of our cards in one spot! I am keeping the collection open until June 15th, so that even more people can join in after the word gets out.
Thank you to everyone who joins in the fun! Happy Birthday, Ardyth, my friend, and many, many more!!