Thursday, January 21, 2016

CLEARLY.....HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU.....

Hello everyone: I must confess that the challenge for this week at CASology really had me scratching my head. The Cue Word is CLEAR and it can be interpreted in a lot of ways.  So I kind of pondered for a bit not sure if I was going to give this challenge a try.
Well, this morning, I received some Utube videos from Jennifer McGuire and, among them was THIS ONE , which is exactly the idea I needed to make my card. Here is a picture of it and I will explain how I CASEd it from Jennifer.
First I watched her video, (I love all of her videos, she is just amazing!) and then, I started thinking about how to improvise because I didn't have any of the stuff she used to make her card. 
I didn't have the acetate folded cards so, I grabbed a sheet of acetate from a box I bought at Office Depot, that I think I will never finish, cut it to size and fold it in half. Then, since I didn't have the pretty balloons with the greetings I grabbed my Spellbinders circle dies and chose 3 of them to cut the circles from some scrap card stock. Now, the dilemma was the greetings so I went hunting for some stamps that said at least the Happy Birthday and found an old set I think from Penny Black and cut the greeting into 2 words but, I didn't have a "to you" stamp, I looked and looked with no luck until I stumble onto an Avery Elle set that has a cross word puzzle and the entire alphabet plus numbers and that was just perfect. 
I stamped the words with Versamark Ink and heat embossed them with white embossing powder. The "to you" words were tricky to stamp but, with the help of the MISTI I was able to place them exactly where they needed to be.  Jennifer added some pretty stars with white Stazon ink but I didn't have any so I just added a few Rhine Stones for a bit of bling.
Now, the inside of the card was hard to photograph, in Jennifer's video, she die cuts 9 more balloons to cover the tape she used to attach the ones in front, I did the same but taking a picture was hard because the acetate didn't want to stand up for me so I kind of had to hold it so, forgive my finger and the fact that the picture is a bit blurry but I wanted you to see how there is some space inside to write your greeting.
And this is a picture of the back, also with die cut circles to hide the tape on the inside, I stamped my little froggy that tells the recipient, this card was "Toddaly Hand Made".
I will stamp either "Maria Rodriguez" or "By Grandma", depending on to whom I will send this very cool card.
Here is the Cue Card that inspired mine.

Thank you so much for stopping by, until next time, happy stamping.
Hugs from Maria.



14 comments:

  1. Fantastic ! Love this and you are so clever . I like J. McGuire a lot too !

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    1. Thank you Sonny, this card was an adventure but I'm happy with the way it turned out.

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  2. Phew what a tough challenge that you more than welcomed! Running all over the house for this and that to complete the look with flair! You my girlfriend get an A for Effort great job!

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    1. Patti, I was really going around looking for stuff to CASE this card, it took me a while but I finally finished it.

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  3. Well done Maria, I have often looked at these full acetate cards and thought of doing but never taken the leap. Love how you improvised and the card looks great.

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  4. Thank you Aileen, this is my very first ever clear card, the video by Jennifer McGuire really made it so easy, I hope you enjoyed it.

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    1. Thank you Mary, this was a fun card to make.

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  6. Kudos to you for making a card with acetate! Love the look of the floating circles. Thanks for joining us at CASology this week.

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    1. Thank you Sherrie, it was fun and challenging at the same time, making this card but I'm glad I did.

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  7. Maria, I am so glad you took on the challenge this week...so many times I watch those YouTube videos and think, "I can't do that!" I'm so glad you did, I love your clear card and the sweet circles and sentiment! The gems are a fun addition, too! Thanks for joining us at CASology!

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    1. Thank you Judy, I hope you watch Jennifer's video, she explains how she makes her cards perfectly, this is why I venture into making this card, it was challenging because I don't have what she has but you can totally improvise with what you own.

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  8. Maria, I love this! I'm going to have to go check out those Jennifer McGuire videos. I love how you went for it even without having the exact supplies she used - it shows off your brilliant creativity! Thanks for playing along with CASology this week!

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    1. Thank you Jen, I've been wanting to make a clear card for a while so, when I saw Jennifer's video, I just jumped in. It was fun to rummage through my supplies, specially the sentiment stamps, to find what I needed.
      I love playing along at CASology, I've learned a whole lot about this very beautiful style of card making.

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I want to thank you for stopping by, I always read all the comments you so kindly leave on my posts, I want you to know I appreciate this more than words can express.
Maria.