Clean and Simple Birthday Card for LeAnne

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I decided to combine my Monday challenges today and when I saw the Merry Monday challenge today was a Birthday Hop – I was SO excited!  Of course, I went to Mojo Monday first thing at 5 AM East Coast Time…and fell in love with the sketch right away – I mean how could you not – the possibilities were endless!  I was already thinking up all sorts of Christmas ideas…then quickly switched gears and made a fun bright CAS birthday card instead!

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I love LeAnne Pugliese’s cards every time I see them on the Merry Monday Christmas Challenge Blog, so I decided she needed a Birthday card that was fun, sassy, and colorful with no less than my latest little addiction – sequins (thanks Deanne – I have you to blame for these).

I knew I wanted to use the Sassy Salutations birthday greeting and my mind immediately went to the bright pink Gerber Daisy.  My sister-in-law Claudia had these at her wedding and I couldn’t stop taking photos of them, they were so editorial!

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Now I know the middles are mostly yellow, but I left it black so that I didn’t bring another color in.  It’s a fun little card, don’t you think?  My favorite parts – the flower, belly band and of course, I’m a convert – the sequins!  So LeAnne – this card is for you!  I hope you have a FABULOUS birthday!

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Have a great start to the week!


Tall and Skinny Really Good Greetings

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Today I’m kicking off my creative week with a Tall and Skinny card based off the Mojo Monday Card Sketch Challenge.  I’ve had the Eastern Elegance Printed Paper next to me for a week now, so it was easy to build a card around using that element when I saw the sketch this morning.  Be sure also to check out my latest video on How to use a Card Sketch

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The two key elements for me are the long rectangles.  That was my pop on this card.  So I wanted everything else to be toned down.  I used the color combination from the designer series paper set of Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry, Whisper White and Smoky Slate.  That was the easy part!  I’m not a big oval person, so I knew I wanted a tall greeting for my rectangle in the center – Really Good Greetings came to mind.  I just love this saying.

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To keep your card clean, keep it proportionate.  Since the main border was 1/8”, make the smaller border of white – 1/16” for contrast.  If you keep it all the same, it takes away from the card itself.  Variety keeps the eye interested.

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For the greeting – emboss it in Pewter rather than Silver.  It will help it to stand out a bit more and then add a little flair with some simple paper piercing.  Rather than add an embellishment onto the front of the greeting, I added a little flair behind by trimming down the smallest Deco Label Framelit in Coastal Cabana.  Pop the greeting up for a little drama and add a few pearls to the top and some simple paper piercing to the bottom.  That’s it!  I hope you enjoyed this!

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