Friday, February 22, 2013

Branch Out...Birthday

I was spending the morning responding to posts, going through my e-mail and trying to visit a few blogs.  I felt behind, although I've felt worse!  Somewhere in hour two I had the overwhelming urge to make a card.  So, that's what I did!

Now, I also need to take care of a little business.  I was just tickled pink to win a few honors over the last week.  One at Freshly Made Sketches for THIS card.  I was chosen a "Perfect Princess" by the lovely Cindy Hall!

This week is a sketch by Allisa (also very lovely.)  So, my first thought for the shape was a Christmas tree, but that changed.  It may be a little obscure but the sketch is there!

The other challenge I did well with...Stampin' Royalty.  I made their top three with THIS card and have been given the title of "Goddess."  Hee!  Hee!  This week they have a gorgeous photo to play with!  I knew exactly what stamp I wanted to use.

Then, a glitter challenge over at City Crafter Challenge.  I don't use glitter too often.   Love the effects, not the mess!

Anyway, here's what I came up with:

I'd like to share a few tips about the glitter I used.  I hope you find them useful.

This is a close-up my test sample.  Sorry, it's out of focus!  But see how the pink glitter has migrated onto the silver?  Also, the black isn't very vibrant on that white paper.  I "fixed" that by adhering the glitter to strips similar to the glitter color BEFORE I adhered them to the card.

My favorite technique for making glitter stick is using adhesive like Sticky Strip (Scor-tape) or a sticker maker (like a Xyron.)  This is one of my strips before peeling away the backing and adding the glitter.

It worked great!  Super easy and my strips are very straight.  Success!

OK, now that I have that out of my system...I will go back to commenting and blog surfing! 


  1. LOVE the glittered stripes! So very petty. :)


  2. Wow Shelly, this is so cute, love the glitter and your tips for using them!!

  3. Gorgeous inspiration photo - gorgeous card! And the extra glitter is perfect! Thanks for joining us at FMS!

  4. Wow, wow, wow this is a stunner! Love all the sparkle! Thanks for playing along with us at CCCB!

  5. Beautiful card Shelley! I love that tree! Beautiful colours! Love that glitter! Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

  6. LOVE the card, Shelley!!! The tree is fabulous as are the colours and the sparkly strips are FABULOUS!! Great card!

  7. Oh my, this is so stylish ... I love your card ... beautiful colours! Many thanks for playing at CCCB!

  8. Oooh .... this is just gorgeous .... your tree is stunning and the strips of glitter!
    Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!!!

  9. Hi Shelley! LOVE ytour card, awesome glitter and love the tree! Thanks so much for playing this week at CCCB :-)

  10. This looks amazing. I love how you used that glitter.. Thanks so much for playing along with us over at CCCB!

  11. OH what a lovely card! The colors are so pretty and I love the glittered strips along the bottom are fabulous!! Really wonderful work!!