Tuesday, November 2, 2010

A Halloween Birthday

My soon-to-be sister-in-law happens to be born on Halloween.  I just learned this piece of information the other day.  Although this card will be late, I wanted to make her a special card that touches on her holiday-birthday, but also her impending wedding in Charleston, South Carolina.

Check out this inspiration photo from Off The Wall Craftiness:

Look at the bottom two left images.  One is a chandelier, the other a wedding party in orange and white.

Now check out my card:

And a close-up:

The dresses stamp is from Simply Sweet (SU).  I used my Copic markers to give the "bridesmaid" dresses an orange flair, but the bride's dress remains white with some Stickles on it for appropriate bling.

The sentiment, also from Stampin' Up!, is from Absolutely Fabulous.  I used the coordinating sentiment stamp on the inside ("No seriously - you are!") as well as the "happy birthday" from Teeny Tiny Wishes.

You might remember the chandeliers on the background from this card here.  I love those chandeliers from the clear stamp set by Inkadinkado.

I used the tight-mat tutorial by Becca Feeken to make my black Spellbinders layer closer to the orange one.  If I had simply used the next size die up, it would have showed too much orange cardstock for my taste.  Go visit Becca's tutorial.  It's a helpful thing!

I'm also entering over at The Paper Players, where the current challenge is "Anything Goes".  Can't go wrong with a challenge like that!

Almost forgot to mention:
Over the weekend, I found out that my "Thank You, Deer" card won a Cut Above badge at The Paper Players.  That really made my week!

Thanks so much for joining me today.  I always appreciate your visit!

Happy Stamping,

Stamps:  Absolutely Fabulous, Simply Sweet - both SU; Chandeliers by Inkadinkado
Paper:  white by PTI for base, Whisper White for image, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black for image, Basic Black for sentiment, Basic Gray for chandeliers
Punches:  Modern Label
Other:  black velvet ribbon by Michael's, Spellbinders Label Four, Big Shot, Copic markers, clear rhinestones, iridescent glitter, Zig Two-Way Glue Pen, Stickles


Marisa said...

Your card is fabulous, Colleen!! LOVE how you tied in the insp. pictures. I'm sure she will greatly appreciate it :) Congrats on your card win too :)

Benzi said...

Wow! I love this 2-in-1 card. Those chandeliers are awesome and the colors you've used are fab.
I'll have to look at that tight-mat tutorial.
Congrats on your win at The Paper Players.

Anne Marie Hile said...

Your Halloween birthday card for is...well, just like the sentiment says: "absolutely fabulous"!! Love the dresses, the sparkle and the chandeliers. Congrats on your "Cut Above" last week. Your card was just adorable! :)

Emily Keaton said...

This really IS absolutely fabulous!! Great way to pick up inspiration from the photo collage. You get bonus points for that!! Love how this sparkles--and those chandeliers are fabby :)

Meda said...

Fabulous! I never imagined one could make such a beautiful card from this black orange white challenge.

~Tammy~ said...

Awesome way to tie in on the inspiration photographs for your SIL birthday! I always have grand ideas but never the right supplies so I thinks it's pretty cool that you pulled it off! So glad you could join us this week at OTWC and Good Luck! :-)

Tenia Nelson said...

So lovin' this card and congrats on your card win!!! Thanks for playing at OTWC and good luck!!!

Kristen said...

Hi Marissa: As the future sis-in-law, I can definitely tell you how much I do appreciate and LOVE this beautiful card!!! It's even more wonderful in person!

Colleen, thank you again so very much! It was such a fun surprise to receive such a gorgeous card. Congrats on the contest win & best of luck w/ the others!!

LeAnne said...

Well, this is just the cutest card---and to get married in Charleston---WOW! My sister lives near there and I can see where that would be a fantastic wedding venue! But the card takes the cake....VERY chic!

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