Happy Birthday, My Friend!

I’d like to Happy Birthday, my friend to my best friend, Susan L.! We’ve been friends since late high school , which was a while ago, to be polite about it! Anyway, we had a nice little celebration on the weekend, going out for dinner to one of our favourite restaurants. Then we saw the latest John Wick 3 – Parabellum, movie. We’re huge Keanu Reeves fans, so we thoroughly enjoyed it. I kinda forgot about how loud it all that shooting was going to be, though. A million gunshots all in surround-sound!  Anyway, I thought I’d share the card that I made for Susan’s birthday, since she has it (even though her actual birthday is today).


I went back to the Altenew Everlasting Happiness stamp set; I just love these flowers. And since Susan loves flowers too, I thought it would work just fine. (She did like the card, by the way!).

Happy Birthday, My Friend!

This is the only picture I have of the card; and I almost didn’t get this one. I just plain forgot, is all, until just before I put it in the envelope.


This image is large, so I set it up in my MISTI stamp platform. Cut a panel of white cardstock, and stamp the image in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Remove the panel from the stamp platform, and get ready to colour.  I was so happy that my new Spectrum Noir Tri-Blend Markers had just arrived from Scrap ‘N Stamp, so I used them!

Happy Birthday, My Friend

Yes, I was so happy that I took a picture! I had never used the Tri-Blend markers before, so I ordered just the 3 colours to start with, to see how I liked them. I’ll be doing a separate post about these markers a bit later in the week.

I used the Citrus Blend for the large yellow flower, and the Bright Pink Blend for the other 2 large flowers. The shades in the tri-blend do blend together nicely, I think! For the leaves, I  used the lightest and the darkest of the Light Green Blend marker. For the smaller flowers, I combined the Citrus lightest blend, plus an orange from my Stampin’ Up! alcohol markers. They worked together very well, I’m happy to say.

After colouring, stamp the sentiment in the middle of the circle/wreath in Versafine Clair Nocturne ink, and set with clear embossing powder.  To add a bit more depth, I used my Light Gray Polychromos pencil and added a shadow around the flowers. Then, I used a blending tool and blended some Broken China Distress Oxide ink on the top & bottom edges of the panel. Finally, add a few clear droplets for a bit of shine.


Here’s another look at the card – I do like the bright pink! It’s very cheerful, especially with the yellow.

Happy Birthday, My Friend!

I did go back to the pink flowers with one of my red Polychromos pencils, and added a bit of darker shading onto some of the petals. But that’s it!

Thanks for having a look! I’ll be back tomorrow with a new challenge card for the Paper Craft Crew – come check it out! In the meantime, if you’d like to do some retail therapy, I’ve added some links for your online shopping ease. See you tomorrow!

Oh – and before I go – if you haven’t already, be sure to check out this past weekend’s Scrap ‘N Stamp Turnabout Blog Hop, and leave a comment. You’ll be entered for a chance to win a $50 Gift Certificate! 

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I've always liked to create things, but I'm not a great artist, or sculptor, or any type of 'traditional' artist - but I love to create! I love the satisfaction of a completed project. Whether a card, painting or other project - as long as it can create a smile, evoke a feeling, or some type of reaction in the recipient. I hope you will enjoy sharing my creations, and occasional ramblings; I'd enjoy having you create with me! :)

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