Thursday, March 22, 2012

Birthday Buttons for PP87

Since I've been getting back into the groove of things (not as much as Lissie, but getting there) and getting into the offudio to stamp and play, I've been having fun getting back into participating in challenges.  The Paper Players have a fun one this week and I couldn't wait to play along.  Nance's challenge was to create a CAS ("clean and simple") card using buttons.

Now, I have to confess I was a bit stymied at first--I didn't want to just throw something on the paper and simply glue buttons on...that would NEVER work.  I also wanted to challenge myself not to use my go-to "Button Buddies".  Since I have a friend's birthday coming up soon, I decided I needed to make a birthday card, and then, since she's my friend, my mind jumped to my "Season of Friendship" stamp set.  Perfect!

I used a combination of Chocolate Chip and Early Espresso on the trunk, and then had to figure out what to do with the leaves.  I decided I wanted a spring-y look as I'm surrounded with early spring leaves right now.  I pulled out my Certainly Celery and rock and rolled that with some Wild Wasabi.

Then, I had to figure out the buttons.  I knew I didn't have enough to do all one color, and since I have a bit of a Roy G Biv "thing" (for lack of a better word, more like an OCD), I pulled out my Brights buttons and got to work. 

I wanted to put the sentiment on the front, but didn't want to clutter up the image by stamping over it.  I was intrigued by Nance's use of vellum for her sentiment on her button card and decided to give it a go.  It was perfect!

I added a bit of scoring behind the tree on the card base and that was it--card finished!

Now, let's just hope Dani loves it as much as I. :o)

This card uses:

*Stamp Sets: "Season of Friendship", "Curly Cute"
*Inks: Certainly Celery, Wild Wasabi, Chocolate Chip, Early Espresso, Real Red, Rich Razzleberry
*Paper: Whisper White
*Accessories: Assorted Brights buttons


P.S.  Don't forget to scroll a little further to see Liss's card for the day. :o)


Nance Leedy said...

Oh Rach, this is perfect! I love that big tree stamp and the flower buttons are the perfect accent. All the white space is perfectly CAS and I do love your vellum sentiment ;-)! So glad you joined my button challenge at The Paper Players! :-)

jaydee said...

Rach, isn't the use of vellum awesome! I love your tree "flowers" and I love that you kept up with your OCD. I would have been so surprised if you had not! It's a fabulous card and perfect for the challenge. So glad you joined us at the Paper Players this week

Heidi said...

Wow! Stunning card! The simplicity of it just jumps off the page and I love that! I may not have noticed the rainbow order of colors if you hadn't pointed it out, but I love it! And I am so impressed that you used the rock and roll technique for the leaves...such a great idea! Your friend will be thrilled to receive such a beautiful card. Thanks for sharing with us at The Paper Players...we are lucky our eyes got an extra special treat this week! :)

Jen W. said...

Can never go wrong with ROY G BIV! Love your gorgeous card!