Sunday, June 12, 2011

Birthday Style for Hannah!

My wonderful niece turned 20 a few days ago; where do the years go? It seems like she was a darling four year old who loved purple just a few days ago!  Now she is a very sweet, smart, and stylish college student and I am so proud of her.  I had some paper that made me think of her, and although Hannah is not into vintage fashion, all the sentiments in this Sew Stylish stamp set by Hero Arts made me think of her!

The Polka Dot Paisley paper was the jumping off point for the entire project. It is part of the Funky Vintage - Lizzie Collection by Making Memories, which I received as a gift from my stamping friend Judy! I stamped the models, two of the ruler stamp, and one of every sentiment in the set with Memento Rich Cocoa ink.  Then I colored them in with Copic markers, choosing colors from the paisley paper.

I cut out the sentiments with notched ends, then colored them with Copics to match the paper. Last were the rulers; I had to blend several shades to make it match the muted yellow in the patterned paper.

The 5½ inch square top-fold card base was made from Sage Shadow card stock (Stampin' Up!, retired). I cut out my fashion models, leaving a generous margin to help with the stability and durability of thin areas like their legs. I adhered the patterned paper with my Scotch ATG tape runner, I absolutely love this tape gun! The models were attached with foam pop-dots, then the sentiments were stapled on with the Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher.  I really love the petite scale of these staples, and I can use them on things that are way too small to attach with normal sized staples and it is such a neat look. Notice the way the placement of the yellow items both balances and guides your eye though the composition. The two long thin rulers bound the bottom and left sides are balanced by the medium sized fan shaped area in the middle of the pattern and the smaller sentiment in the upper right corner.

On the inside I stamped the birthday sentiment, followed by an Postmodern Design setiment slab saying "Be the Diva".  I used one of the strips I trimmed from the patterned paper to anchor the arrangement.

I used more snippets of paper to cover up the back of the staples. I also took a scrap of the Sage Shadow card stock to make a pocket for some money or a gift card. To make it more fun I border punched the top edge with a Martha Stewart Loops punch and glued a strip of ribbon across the pocket.

Happy Birthday Hannah!  And thanks to Judy for the Funky Vintage paper pad!  Please leave a comment before you go and let me know how you like Hannah's card.


  1. Love your cards! very vintage retro, love that.
    They grow up so fast. I just told my daughter, I don't know how you got to be 31 when I myself am only 30. Yes they grow much to fast.

  2. This was MY birthday card! My Aunt Lynne is simply the best!! I look forward to holidays every year in expectation of getting a fabulous creation from her :)
    When in doubt of what to get a girl my age for her birthday, a hand-made, heart-felt card like this is always a safe bet. It can't be re-gifted or returned because it doesn't fit!

    I love you Aunt Lynne!


  3. Absolutely gorgeous card Lynne! I love the colors and style!

    Also having a slap-the-face moment with your "money or gift card" pocket ... BRILLIANT!


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