Birthday Bees

So does anyone have big plans for the weekend? Mark and I are going shopping for a new TV stand for the 50" plasma he just ordered. He's thinking modern and geeky - I'm thinking classic and stylish. Wonder who will win? ;)

Today I'm featuring a card I made for Amy's birthday. I've been impatiently waiting for her to receive it so I could share it with you all! I'm always spoiling surprises because I'm just too excited to wait, so I was very proud that I didn't spill the beans before Amy got her package! I wanted to make a card that Amy would really like, so I tried to incorporate a few things I admire about her card-making style. First of all, I just love her mix and match style of bright, bold patterned paper and colors. I'm still not brave enough to pick papers blindfolded like she did last week, but she has inspired me to make bolder pattern and color choices than I've ever done before. I also enjoy the way she often mixes circle and square elements on a layout, and how she uses the negative image of her scalloped borders on her cards.

Okay, so those are the things I had in mind when I sat down to make the card. I started by coloring a Stampendous bee image that Beate sent me with prismacolors and gamsol. Next I used my Aquapainter and a Bordering Blue Watercolor Wonder Crayon to add a light shadow all around the image. I sketched a frame with a black marker and then colored with Barely Banana reinker and an Aquapainter and matted on some Cosmo Cricket Dutch Girl paper. I then cut a small oval punch in half and placed in opposite corners of the panel, securing with little flower brads from Making Memories.

Next I stamped It's Your Day from The Cat's Pajamas in Real Red, sketched a frame and colored around it with Barely Banana and matted on patterned paper and then on a Giga Scallloped circle punch of Dutch Girl paper. next I took a 12" strip of paper and used my slit punch to make a scalloped border all the way across it. I then cut the strip in 1/2 so I had two 6" strips of the postive and negative borders. I used a 1/4" circle punch to add holes in each scallop and then glued the two border pieces staggered on a Bazzill Pale Yellow 6" x 6" card base. I finished off with a May Arts polka dot bow, some pop dots on the scalloped circle and stickles around the circle and on the bee image.

29 comments

  1. This is adorable. I love the colors!

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  2. Like I've already told you, I LOVE THIS CARD! You did such an amazing job Julee!

    Amy

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  3. I love this card! The colors and patterns go so well together. Love, love, love it!
    Chris

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  4. Julee, this is absolutely gorgeous! You are so sweet sending it to Amy! I absolutely love everything about it! LOVE the style of the saying.

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  5. Ok, I vote for Classic and Stylish! (like I get a vote...)
    This card is AH-MAY-ZING....seriously. I love it. You really outdid yourself on this one. Love it!

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  6. A lot of time, a lot of love and a lot of talent went into this card my dear!! Your creativity simple surprises me ever day I check your blog!! Beautiful!

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  7. I love the colors and the DP you used. I'm sure Amy was thrilled to receive it.

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  8. Absolutely stunning Julee! I bet Amy was doing a dance of joy when she received it! So many beautiful elements to look at.

    Linda

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  9. Julie - this is absolutlely beautiful! I always look forward to your blog each day. Amazing artwork.
    Donna

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  10. This is so adorable! I love everything about it - so many great details! I especially love how you did the scalloping!

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  11. Beautiful card. I love those colors together and the coloring is stunning. I have some of that paper on the way and can't wait to play.

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  12. Wow ! It's so fun to sit and look at this card! Love everything about it -- all the details. I think it's great that you tailor your cards for the person you are making it for! I try to do that too ....

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  13. So cute! I love the colors and patterns you chose!

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  14. I saw this on Amy's site...I love it. You are so sweet.

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  15. I luv this card! I can't ever pull off the combos like this and I am so jealous it's so purty!! :D

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  16. I loved this card on your blog and Amy's!! The colors are beautiful, the PP goes so perfectly together and your image is flawless. And on and on.... We have a hideously big (57") televion that hubby had prior to our marriage (it's a good thing for him that he got it before I was around.) I'm usually pretty flexible about things BUT I do hate that this huge THING is the central point of my Great Room Decor. I'm rootin' for ya gal!

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  17. Jennifer (refinnej2)June 2, 2007 at 12:28 PM

    Completely cute card! Thanks for the link to Amy's blog...more fun and great cards to look at! My bet for winning the TV stand design is on you...unless you trade your win for more stamping stuff!! Someone giving in can be profitable!!

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  18. Love love love this card! It is BEAUTIFUL, Julee! I have this paper and I can't wait to use it. Thanks for inspiring me once again!

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  19. What a great card, the colors and pattern paper are fantastic.

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  20. Oh I am so like you, I have a hard time waiting past the anticipation as well! Love what you came up with, those bee images are just so darn cute! You definitely have a talent in putting many patterns and colors together, well done, Amy will just love it!

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  21. OMgosh...this is gorgeous! Amy will love this for sure! Wow!!

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  22. Too cute!!! Such a darling, happy, FUN card!!!!!

    And I vote for modern and geeky for the tv stand..... LOL! We got a new bed for the guest room and I spent most of today disassembling the old futon frame that had been in here and assembling the new bed.... fun.... NOT! LOL!

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  23. I really love this card!! Everything about it is fabulous from the colors you used to the dp to your coloring! Wonderful!

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  24. Gorgeous! I love the colors and those cutie pie bees!

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  25. Very fun card. Love all the scallops.

    Melody

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  26. Aweosme! Love all the scallop edges! Great colors and paper and what a cute image!
    ~Angie

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  27. Oh so cute!! No wonder you can't wait to give them or spoil your surprise. I would do the same if I was talented like you!!We are lucky to get to see all your talents!

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  28. Just fabulous!! I love these creatures!! They are so darned cute!!

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  29. There's so much going on and yet it's FABULOUS! I don't know what more to say, than "I love it!"

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