Well it's the 17th, which means it's time for Waltzingmouse Stamps' May Blog Waltz! This is the first blog waltz/hop I've participated in, and I've been pretty excited to take part!
So the theme this month was birthdays, since Claire is celebrating her first year in business. My mother-in-law and I LOOOVE Christmas, so because I was ordering these first sets of WMS as a gift for her Mother's Day, I ordered the Very Vintage Christmas. So I had to get creative to come up with a birthday card using Christmas stamps!
I didn't want to just make a card, because I really enjoy making 3-D items more than anything else. So I thought I would use Claire's newest free template (haven't managed to get that teacup yet!), the Tea Bag Baggie, and use it as my birthday 'gift'.
So, the only stamp on the entire project that isn't Claire's is the "Birthday" used on the card, which is from a SU! set. I used the "Warm Wishes" sentiment from the Christmas set, and just wiped off "Warm"! I used a slightly lighter ink for my sentiments to try and give this an aged feel. This is for the mouse, and I gather she likes older things! I originally planned on doing another flip card for this waltz, but then decided to do something different since that's all I've posted this week! So this was a layout that I learned at a workshop for Christmas last fall. It's dead easy; I'll post a tutorial in the next day or 2!
The background on both was created using the largest of the individual snowflake stems included in the Very Vintage Christmas. I just lined it all up and created what I think looks like an old wrought iron pattern.
I used the Labels 4 nesties and stamps to create my tags. I am in LOVE with these and can see everything at Christmas being covered in them. Claire, you're brilliant!
The Tea Bag Baggie was created using the same techniques. For both, I sponged the cream tag for added aging. It's not as yellow as my photos make it appear - much more subtle in the real world!
The right side of the card is actually held together with the brads, which I accented with a creamy yellow ribbon. Super simple: I just punched a line of holes down that fold, then wrapped my brad around my grosgrain, and poked it through the holes. I love how it turned out!