Friday, 3 July 2015

Happy 18th Birthday Abi!

Our neighbours' lovely daughter Abigail has just celebrated her 18th Birthday, which called for a bit of a special card. In the past I've made some quite ornate and flowery cards for her - so this time, at the suggestion of my 'in-house critic', her card is less flowery and echoes the fact that Abi is currently doing a Catering and Hospitality training course:

I used:

- 6" x 6" square white card blank

- SU 'Smoky Slate' card stock for a backing layer, topped with patterned paper from Papermania's Capsule Collection 'Blueberry Pie'

- the image and sentiment stamps are from Kanban's 'Damask Divas - Let's Do Lunch' set, stamped using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and coloured with Pro Markers plus a tickle of silver gel pen for her earring - I chose white rather than red for the wine, Abi does like a little glass of Prosecco :) Oh, and I paper pieced the dress using a little spotted snippet from the same patterned paper pad - almost forgot to say that bit!

- the image just didn't fit properly into any of my dies so in the end I just trimmed it to fit the patterned layer, and backed it with some SU 'Smoky Slate' card and kidded myself that it kept the card nice and crisp looking :)

- the die cut 'Happy Birthday' was done using a Memory Box die called 'Grand Happy Birthday' and a piece of white card stock, the '18th' was die cut from white card using a Memory Box 'Classic Numbers' die and Tattered Lace 'Alphabet' dies

- final touch, at Len's suggestion, I die cut Abi's name from a snippet of the left over patterned paper, again using the Tattered Lace 'Alphabet' dies

We went to a charity fund raising evening at the college restaurant a few weeks ago, where the students ran the whole show - amazing cooking, fabulous food and great service too! Some very proud parents, grand parents, families and friends were there to support the event of course :)

Di
x

22 comments:

scrAPpamondo said...

Very fun card for your Abigail ! Love the clean style, a bit retro-age and with pretty colours!

LesleyG said...

No need to kid yourself, I love how you put this together, the layout is fab. I've been putting off finishing a 'big' birthday card, but you've now inspired me thanks xxx

Darnell J Knauss said...

Abi will love this, Di, especially how you personalized it with her age and name! I particularly love the sweet little dress and matching eye shadow!! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

debby4000 said...

Fabulous card, love how you've used the Birthday die with the image.
luv
Debby

Kath said...

A great card and I love the image!
Kath x

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

wonderful clever use of this die.. outside the box indeed great work, Miss! Shaz in O z.x

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Linby said...

We have all these dies and how many times do they not fit! Same happened to me yesterday.
Love this card especially how you out the 18 with the die.
Linby x

SARN said...

Well this card looks absolutely PERFECT for the recipient. Love it Di.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

KandA said...

Fablous card Di. Super image and and design and Len's suggestion of adding her name looks perfect xx

Carole said...

Fantastic card Di...so apt for the recipient..bet she loves it.

Pat said...

This is a fun image Di and just right for Abi's birthday. I love the blue spotted piece you have used to paper piece the dress and the large MB sentiment die combined with the TL letters finish this and make it so beautifully personal. I have this set which I won, guess where? I don't think I remember ..lol. I have made a card using one of the images so watch this space. x

Eve Maynard said...

What a fun, fabulous card Di and that paper piecing must have taken some serious concentration!!
Hope you have a lovely weekend.
xx

Jean said...

Fabulous card Di, Great paper piecing on the dress and a super way to use that sentiment die.
Jean x

Kathleen said...

Fantastic image and a great use of the die, lovely colours and Len was right about her name.

Did the graduation images arrive?

Kath x

laurie said...

Wow this is a fun card! That is a cute image and the sentiment makes me smile!

Loll said...

Abi is going to love this Di! Perfect for her. Great image and I LOVE the sentiment :) xx

Julie C. said...

Love this card! And I am sure Abi will too! ^_^

scrappymo! said...

Bet Abi loved it. It is such a lovely personalized card. Perfect for an 18th Birthday!

Pippa said...

Lovely card Di, I like the sentiment!

Sue said...

Fab card Di its really lovely huggles Sue xx

Jacee said...

Fabulous design Diane!
hugs Jacee
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johan32 said...

This card is just amazing and I am sure Abigail would have been loved it. I am also going to attend my cousins birthday at best karaoke bar nyc and need some nice gift for him. Please suggest me something.