Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Let's CELEBRATE #imbringingbirthdaysback with TCTC#5 and PSC07

In this age of electronic Everything , we all get caught up with the online birthday message, it's quick,  fairly easy and very public. But while I enjoy reading other people's birthday posts and there's not denying Facebook is certainly handy for reminding us on the actual day, don't you agree that there's nothing nicer than receiving a real card in the mailbox.

Something special.
Something personal.
Something that says ' I was really thinking about you', so I went and did something for you....

And even though Australia Post has recently put the price of a letter to $1, it's still cheaper than a cup of coffee,and the joy you are giving is worth so much more than that.

Well  Shannon West from the creative office at Stampin' Up! Was feeling sad about the same thing, with our mailboxes full of fliers, bills and requests for donations, so she has started a movement to change that. I'm really excited about the #imbringingbirthdaysback movement and I hope you will join in with me!

Every year I resolve to send more birthday cards -
and to send them on time...well who am I kidding...but 2016 is going to be a better year for sending cards. My goal is to send at least one card each week.
If you would like to be on my mailing list please drop me a line with your Postal Address and your birthday, you may just get a surprise hand made card sometime!

So to kick off the celebrations and to build up my stash here is a selection of Birthday cards using the colour inspiration from TCTC5.

I recently discovered Julia Davidson's Pocket Sketch Challenge which I love ( I've admired her work for a long time and used a lot of her tutorials, some of which you may have made in class with me). The sketch also includes all the measurements ready to cut which makes it super simple. Of course our Cardstock is 1/4" narrower than US so I have included the adjusted measurements which I used

  • 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" Strawberry Slush cardstock.      Australian 5-1/2" x   8-1/4"
  • 5-1/4" x 4" Baked Brown Sugar cardstock.                             5-1/4   x   3-7/8
  • 5" x 3-3/4" Whisper White cardstock.                                     5.          x   3-5/8
  • Various Circle Punches

I used the lovely new Grateful Bunch set (stamps an matching punch) which hasn't had much use yet but I can see that it will.I used the lace image from that set to repeatedly stamp on white to create some background paper in the navy since I didn't have anything appropriate. I heat embossed the little butterflies in black and coloured them with an aqua painter. Too Easy!

If you follow my blog you will know that I regularly use this layout and you can see some more images here and on my Pinterest board "Using Paper Scraps"


So I hope you will send me your address and you birthday! 
Better still I hope you take up the challenge too.
I will be holding a birthday card class in March just so you can build up your stash
And here is a closeup of Shannon's artwork - I have a sneaky hunch this will be a stamp that will become available with the next catalogue 

Happy Stamping,
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  1. Hi Liz. You certainly have embraced this new campaign. What a beautiful selection of cards using the challenge colours. I just love how you have sewn the ribbon on the first two. Thanks so much for using TCT as a source of inspiration.

  2. I love all of your cards!! They are so beautiful, I can't pick a favorite! Thank you for participating in the Pocket Sketch Challenge this week! ((hugs)) from the U.S.


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