Tuesday, 5 September 2017

70 years young - my friend Moira

Today is the Birthday of one of my very best friends, dating back to our boarding school days! Moira, I hope you have a fabulous day!

As we oldies know, even if we have aches and pains, it's what's going on in your mind that keeps the years at bay. Ha, in which case I should be just about approaching my late teens mentally! Never lose the sense of fun and silliness, and with a cheeky smile you can usually get away with most things!

Anyhow, I wanted to make a memorable card for Moira's special Birthday to sum up how daft we can be when together. So, I sent off for a new stamp set and then got the jitters about colouring it. However, short of selling the stamp set on or giving it away, I had to attack it - and so I did - one week ago. Amazing, I ended up with time to spare and this is the result:
Love this sentiment!
I used:

- 6" square white easel card - ie. one card with a line scored horizontally across the centre of one half and firmly folded and burnished to remain well folded plus
a panel for the front of the card

- plain green backing card - SU's 'Certainly Celery' to cover the base of the easel card and the panel front panel - glued in place

- papers from a QCME freebie pad called 'Let's Fly Away', trimmed slightly smaller than the plain green card and glued in place

- then I stamped the image and both sets of words, using the Misti and Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink. The stamp set is of course by Stamping Bella, from the Uptown Girls range and it's called 'Thelma and Louise'. I'd decided that the 'Thelma and Louise' wording would go above the image and the other wording would be used on the the easel card base

- coloured the image using Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils and Sansodor blending fluid

- despite having a ton of dies here, not one was the right size so I just trimmed the image down and then popped it onto a backing of more green card and glued it in place on the front panel

- stuck the front panel onto the folded easel part of the card using red line tape

- trimmed the 'karma' sentiment (which I just love!) and popped it onto a backing of green card then added some thick Hunkydory sticky pads to the back before sticking it onto the base part of the easel card to act as a 'prop'

- stamped the {HAPPY birthday} onto a snippet of white card,  using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and a stamp from the Hero Arts 'CLO47 Messages' set

- then trimmed and backed it with green card and glued it in place on the base

- die cut the numbers and sun from medium strength adhesive sheet backed snippets of orange and turquoise card using the sun from the Joy! 'Sun and Moon' set and numbers from the Memory Box 'Classic Numbers' set and popped them in place

- final touch - Glossy Accents on the sunglasses, bottle and rear lights

In the end the stamp wasn't really as frightening to colour as I'd feared. Mind you, it would have been totally different using Pro markers as opposed to nice sharp coloured pencils! And, as it is, that car looks like it's due a respray in close up! Bit like me really :)





33 comments:

Liz said...

What a fabulous easel card for your friend, Di. The image is wonderful and I'm sure brought a smile to Moira's face.

I've been trying to make a card today for a friend's birthday .... and getting nowhere! An easel card will be perfect for the image I have in mind. Thanks for the inspiration. xx

scrAPpamondo said...

Adorable easel for your very best friend!! Moira's Birthday will be more fun and happy with your card! :)

Megan J said...

Hi Di, a wonderful easel card for Moira, sounds like you are quite the pair... hope you don't get up to too much mischief... have a wonderful week... Megan

Christine Alexander said...

such a great card for someone 70yrs young :)

scrappymo! said...

What a fabulous card. Your friend is going to love this one. You did a beautiful job on the colouring and the design and design papers are wonderful!

Greta said...

Oh wow--what a super special card for your childhood friend! I know she'll treasure this, Di! The sentiment is just a hoot! Love your coloring, too--including the car!

Aquarius said...

What a fabulous stamp made into a fun card for a young 70 year old. I'm sure she will just love it. It can be annoying when despite having tons of shape dies none of them seem to fit a particular image you want to use - happens to me quite often.

LesleyG said...

Hahaha what a fabulous stamp and sentiment! Great card Di! Xxx

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

I love this fantastic stamp you've used and the great sentiment, just the sort you need for a best friend.

Sue xx

Maxine D said...

Fun and fabulous Di!! I love it.
Blessings
Maxine

SARN said...

Fantastic card Di. Beautifully coloured. Am sure Moira loved it. That sentiment is PERFICK!

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Brenda in IN said...

What a cute easel card for your friend. I love the image and that sentiment is great for a best friend. Your coloring is just fine and I know she will love this.

Cara said...

Fabulous card, your colouring turned out perfectly x

Pat said...

A fun and fabulous image beautifully coloured Di, and you have made a great easel card using the pretty papers and backed with that lovely green. I'm sure Moira will have adored this! Hope you had a great weekend. x

Kath said...

A fabulous card Di and I'm sure Moira will think it's perfect!
Kath x

Jackie Trinder said...

Hi Di this is a stunning card for your friend she is going to love it. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Heidi Stamps said...

Wonderful card! A very happy birthday to your special friend!

Em Louise Fairley said...

So fun! xoxox

Dr Sonia S V said...

So cool this is Di and I love how you wrote that one should keep being fun and silly...of late I have been taking life a tad too seriously...time to loosen the belt I guess!!
Cheers
Dr Sonia

Jean said...

This is a fabulous fun card for your friend, I love the sentiment too, and the pretty patterned paper.
Jean x

Sandra H said...

Oooh this is so pretty Di l love all that you have done to create such an adorable easel card one of my favourite layouts too! x

Kathleen said...

What a brilliant card, great image and colouring. Just be careful driving with the hood down as you may lose that flower in your hair. One more major question... who the hell is driving??!!

Kath x

Carol L said...

This turned out SO pretty DI and I love that image! I WISH I had one of those 1959 Chevy convertibles in my garage today! That was a classic car, and this is a great card for a classic friend. Heck, we're ALL classics now, right? *wink*

Trina P. said...

Adorable card, Di. You coloured it beautifully. Love that image and love reading about your friendship with Moira.

Hugs, Trina xx

Darnell said...

Oh, Di, she will really love this fun card that shows how close the two of you are! You did such a fantastic job of coloring it and laying it out perfectly! I love the sediment so much and the glossy accents give it the final bit of mwah!!

You should pat yourself on the back for helping to keep us all "childlike" with your beloved Playground, Parsnip, swing set, merry-go-round, tree house, bike shed, etc. etc. etc.! Thank you, my friend!! Hugs, Darnell

Sharon Fontenot said...

Love your paper for this. The coloring compliments it. The sun - nice touch!!! -Higgledy-Piggledy

Craftychris said...

Oh this is awesome! Such a fabulous and fun card, perfect for your friend Moira who must have adored it! Brilliant colouring, so clever! I love my card too! Thank you again! All my cards are still up - I am still celebrating! Hugs my friend! xxx

KandA said...

Brilliant card and I love that fabulous fun image which you've coloured perfectly xx

Sharon said...

Well, with THAT sentiment, I'm scared!! This is great funny card, very colourful, love it xxx

Fiki said...

Wonderful card!

Mia said...

It is a great and joyful card, Diane! So funny! I love it, my friend.

Barb said...

What a super easel card for your friend's birthday Di. A super fun image and I love the pretty bright papers. A very happy card. Barbxx

Marjeta said...

Gorgeous card you made for your friend. Love the energy that radiates from it.

Marjeta