August 23, 2013

Happy Belated Birthday Marybeth!


Hello!  I have a special post to share today celebrating the recent birthday of a sweet friend, Marybeth.  Several of her friends have gotten together to surprise her with a belated birthday blog hop, and I'm delighted to be participating.  I hope you had a fantastic birthday, Marybeth!

The inspiration for my card came from this photo collage I recently pinned:

Photo collage from Flights of Fancy
See that amazing dress on the upper right?  I wanted to recreate the look of the lattice pattern overlaid with bright orange and pink flowers.  I started with a Soft Stone base and stamped the stripes with Hero Arts Soft Granite.  Just a tip:  it helps to lightly mark where you want the lines to intersect with a pencil before stamping.

I welcomed the opportunity to pull out WPlus9's Fresh Cut Florals, using the coordinating dies to quickly cut, stamp, and layer a little bouquet, adding some glitter to the flower centers with a Wink of Stella clear brush.

Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink (Soft Stone), WPlus9 Design Studio (White)
Stamps:  WPlus9 Design Studio (Fresh Cut Florals, Strictly Sentiments 1), Avery Elle (Knotty)
Ink:  Stampin' Up! (Melon Mambo, Tangerine Tango, Garden Green), Hero Arts (Soft Granite), Memento (Tuxedo Black)
Tools:  WPlus9 Design Studio (Fresh Cut Florals dies), corner rounder
Other:  Wink of Stella clear glitter brush, rhinestones

Here's the full list of designers participating in this special blog hop for Marybeth:



And don't forget to stop by to wish Marybeth a happy belated birthday!

33 comments:

Lynn said...

I love the gray striped background with the pops of color Christina...perfection!

Maureen Merritt said...

Wow, this is stunning!

Jill Norwood said...

Your card is so beautiful! Great interpretation of the dress in the inspiration photo! A wonderful birthday card for sweet Marybeth! :)

Brandi said...

Gorgeous rich colored flowers over a fabulous grey striped background = perfection!

Kara said...

gorgeous card Christina!! Love your inspiration!

Alanna said...

This is beautiful executed Christina. So pretty.

Lindsay said...

Perfection Christina! Total perfection!

maria f. said...

Love, love, love this. Fabulous interpretation of that dress.

Maureen said...

oh, it's stunning! I love the stripes! Hope all is well where you are my friend! ox

Tracey McNeely said...

Beautiful Christina! I love your colours and the glitter is fabulous!

Marybeth said...

Thank you so much Christina! So kind of you to take time and make a card , I know how busy everyone is . This sure was a nice and very unexpected surprise.

Your card is perfection as Lynn said. I love the stripes and how you crossed them. Love how you got your inspiration from the top of the dress. I have this set and need to take it out again.
Thank you so very much!

Happy Dance said...

Beautiful card. Love the lattice in gray, and the flowers are perfect for a birthday card. Marybeth will surely love this. I know I do! Lovely. Bev

Laura B. said...

This card is awesome! I'm seeing it plastered all over Pinterest. Love the mix of stripes and flowers!

artful-notions said...

Love your background o unique, just like the bd girl!
Beautiful!

Joyce said...

What a beautiful card--You are so smart to be able to take all those photos and interpret them into a beautiful card. Your bouquet is just lovely. So glad you could join in our little birthday party.

Sue Lelli said...

Christina, LOVE the gray stripes in the BG! Makes your PRETTY flowers just POP! FAB card for Marybeth!

Helen F. said...

Wonderful vibrant colors on the soft grey background...stunning card for Marybeth's Birthday, Christina!

Kristie Goulet said...

I love this!!!

Lisa said...

What a fabulous design Christina, Marybeth will love this!! PRETTY card!!

Jeanne J said...

Gorgeous as always Christina! I love the neat background, bright colors, and YES that glimmer on the flowers and those gems sprinkled about! I could stare at this for hours!

Renee said...

LOVE those stripes with the blooms...
gorgeous!!
But then they always are! :)
And Marybeth will love this beauty...
stunning!

Sharron said...

Stunning, Christina! Love your lattice design and those flowers are perfect!

Lindsey said...

ADORE this!

Cathy Weber said...

I honestly just said out loud,"Ooh, I really like that!" as I was looking at your card...the grey stripes and all those bright shiny flowers are so pretty Christina. I have no doubt Marybeth is loving this card!

Darnell J Knauss said...

Your card art is always flawless, Christina! Marybeth will love this card! Well done capturing your inspiration so perfectly!!

Amy Kolling said...

GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

laughadaisy said...

This is really pretty, Christina. ;-) The stripes are fantastic, and I love the sweet little bouquet you've created. I'm sure this will delight Marybeth. ;-)

JD/ Jill said...

What a great match to your inspiration picture! I really like how you did the stripes in the background for your flowers...I feel a case coming on...smile...

C Wu said...

awesome stamping. Love how you stamped the stripes. The color is so pretty.

Winnie said...

Such a fun card, and I can see the dress inspiration instantly! Awesome!

Vickie Z said...

Great interpretation of the inspiration pic!! Always happy to see those fresh cut florals and love the stripes!! guess i'm going to have to get some wink of stella!!

Kim S said...

I adore those flowers - and the way you have made them stand out with those intertwined gray stripes is amazing!

Diane - oliverdi@att.net said...

Christina what a great job recreating the inspiration photo. Love how you did the background strips... so cool. Looks fantastic with the bright flowers. hugs.

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