Not only is this my card for the Create with Connie and Mary Occasions Edition Challenge, it's a birthday card for my granddaughter, Morgan, who will turn 9 tomorrow! She is such the little lady now, and I just know that she'll love all the fun stuff from the Stampin' Up! 2012 Sale-a-bration Catalog! I can remember being so excited when the Build-a-Bear Workshop images came out and I was excited to be using those. Somehow I figured that they would be good for her for years. Not so! She's into the feminine, now!
And are these colors not just perfect for that "Celebrate" greeting?! The stamp set is called Outlined Occasions, and I just love outlined stamps so that I can color them in. Can you tell that I'm really a 9-year old at heart myself? Give me markers, and I'll use them just like I used my crayons back in grammar school (oh, can you tell my real age? It's "elementary" school these days, isn't it?). I'm even critical of myself when I color outside the lines! Oh, for heaven's sake, I can't just let go of Mrs. Matson's pointing out when I did that in 3rd grade!
But enough of the reminiscences. The colors in the Sale-a-brations products this year are just fabulous! And the Create with Connie and Mary challenge picked up my favorites among them for this color challenge: Lucky Limeade, Pool Party, Peach Parfait and Calypso Coral. The Limeade and Coral Colors are featured in the ribbons – they're 1/8" wide Organdy Ribbon, and they tie like a dream. And they're oh so frilly, perfect for this card for a little girl!
Now my little "secret" about this card. It's been put together and pulled apart again. (Boy, have I learned to do that well!) I originally had the layers with the greetings down a little bit on the card. But when I stood back and looked at it, I realized that the Poppy Parade brad (also from the Sale-a-bration Catalog) would look oh so much better if I placed it as if it were the center of the flower. So I broke out the bone folder and pried that layer off (it was adhered with Stampin' Dimensionals, so not much to pry off) and moved it up a skosh. Much better.
Kind of like coloring outside the lines – gotta have those layers lined up just right. I have GOT to get a life!
Speaking of getting a life – I have been ooohing and aaahing over all the projects at the Create with Connie and Mary Occasions Edition, and I have just got to make the time go DO something with them! They are truly fabulous, from simple to complex and with so many styles. It's not to late for you, too, to register! We're only just finishing Week 2 and you'll have access to everything since the beginning – and all the rest of the next 4 weeks of projects – for a full year! Plenty of time to have fun with all those projects yourself!
But no matter what you do this week, have fun with it – and don't worry about coloring outside the lines.