Sunday, June 12, 2016

Some Kind of Awesome Birthday

6/14/2016 Update: This card was selected for the Artist's Pick at Hand Stamped Sentiments Challenge #239 and an Honorable Mention at Watercooler Wednesday #71.

Click on the photos to enlarge them:

What better way to celebrate a family birthday than to tell someone how
awesome you think they are! I was inspired by several sources, listed below, as to the design layout and the colors.

The right edge of a panel of cardstock was die cut with a stitched zigzag design then stamped off with orange and lemon slices. The two panels of DSP were also die cut, staggered and
adhered, wrapped with a ribbon and backed with foam for dimension. The stamped panel was trimmed along the left edge with a berry colored cardstock and then this was adhered to a green card base. The small banners were punched and the larger were fussy cut. The sentiment was stamped and fussy cut and backed with foam. The inside of the card was lined with white cardstock and decorated with stamping.

My card was inspired by three challenges:
1. Pals Paper Arts #304:  (Sketch turned 90 degrees to the left.)

2. Hand Stamped Sentiments #239:

3. Watercooler Wednesday #71: (Selected the elements beginning with birthday and diagonally
downward to the right.

Techniques: Stamping, 2nd Generation Stamping, Die Cutting, Fussy Cutting, Punch Cutting
Size: A2 (4.25" x 5.5")

Stampin' Up! Materials
Inks: Cucumber Crush, Tangerine Tango, Hello Honey
Cardstock: Whisper White, Cucumber Crush, Rich Razzleberry
DSP: In-color Paper Stacks
Misc.: Banner Punch, ribbon, Dimensionals foam

CTMH Materials
Stamp Sets: Taste of Summer and Beyond Awesome

Other Materials:
Die: Lawn Fawn Border Die


  1. Hi Melanie, what a wonderful birthday card! I love the way you used the inspiration from three challenges and combined them so well. Your colours and images really create a bright and happy feeling which I'm sure will be appreciated by the recipient. What a great idea to continue the images inside the card as well. Thanks so much for joining our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week.

  2. What an "awesome" card! Love the bright colors and your layering is just perfect. The little banners peeking out under the front panel are too cute! :)

  3. Wonderful birthday card, Melanie! I love all the layers. Great use of the three challenges. Thanks for joining us this week at Watercooler Wednesday Challenges. Marsha

  4. What a fun and cheerful card! I love the bright citrus colors and beautiful layering. I'm so glad you were so inspired by our challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments!

  5. Such a bright and cheerful card - perfect for an awesome person :) Great combination of challenges - you did a good job combining all the features. Thanks for joining us at the Watercooler Wednesday challenge, Melanie. ~Deborah

  6. Your awesome card will be much appreciated by the awesome recipient I'm sure. Wonderful colors and textures. A fruitful design all the way around (sorry...I couldn't resist punning. lol).
    Thanks for joining the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week Miss Melanie. - Jean

  7. What a fun and festive card! Such a great combination of colors and patterns. I love your interpretation of the sketch! Thank you for playing with the Sketch Team this week at Pals Paper Arts!

  8. Between the beautiful designer series paper, layers and zesty fruit stamped on this card, you've created a wonderful birthday card for someone special. Thanks for sharing it on the Watercooler Wednesday challenge.

  9. Congratulations Melanie

    You have been selected as a Hand Stamped Sentiments Artist Pick for your design in our Inspiration Challenge! You have earned the HSS Artist Pick Badge to display on your blog.

    Please contact me for the html for your badge of grab it from our blog site post.

    Thank you for playing at Hand Stamped Sentiments this week!

    Come play again!
    HSS Design Team

  10. Melanie, congratulations for earning Honourable Mention from our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge. We hope you'll display your badge proudly on your blog.

  11. Congrats you your picks and wins with this card. Well deserved honors! :)

  12. Mel, congrats on all the wins with this card - it is a beauty! Love the stamping under the main panel with all the fruit pieces, the little tags, all those small details that you always attend to in order to make your cards "just so". Another winner, as the results show :)

  13. What a refreshing, thirst-quenching card, especially with the hot weather we're in the kitchen for a fresh fruit juice (well cranberry anyway). Congratulations on the wins...well deserving for sure.