Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Birthday Card ~ My Neck of the World

As I'm sure you have already figured out I LOVE to play along with challenges.
For me they are a great way to challenge myself to try something new, return to a forgotten technique or use some of my crafting supplies.
To celebrate World Card Making Day Flourishes is having a challenge where they have asked us to create something that represents or is inspired by our state or province.
The theme is called Your Corner of the World.
I live in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States where pine trees and other evergreens grow freely.
While not many of us go out on horseback to bring our Christmas trees home lots of us do go out and cut down our own tree.
When I was a child my dad would go out in our yard to cut one down.
After I colored up this terrific image, using colored pencils, I decided it would make a wonderful masculine birthday card.
I wanted to keep the image the focal point so I framed it with green card stock to bring out the greens in the pine trees.
Then I chose a color that would bring out the browns in the horse and the other trees and embossed it for dimension.
To finish off my card I chose this sentiment and added a few metal brads

*Card base 5.5 x 4.25 in. embossed with the Cuttlebug Wicker Weave folder.
*Outdoor scene from the Country Time Christmas stamp set from Flourishes.
*Tombo Irojiten Jewel tone 1 colored pencil set.
*Sentiment from the Penny Black Salutations stamp set.
*Metal brads from Recollections.
*Stazon Tuxedo Black stamp pad.
*Stampin Up Glorious Green stamp pad.
May your day always be filled with love.
Crafty hugs,

Please join me and play along with these terrific challenges!
Flourishes WCMD your corner of the world
Connie Can Crop #15 Metallica
Craftin Desert Divas #16 Anything with a sentiment
DL Art Thankful Thursday October linky
Word Art Wednesday #100 Anything goes
Fresh Brewed Designs Pumpkins/pumpkin colors
One Crazy Stamper Thankful/autumn
Polkadoodles #40 Autumn
Get Inky Challenge #14 Fall colors
Crafty Sentiments Anything goes
My Creative Moments Word Play Sat: Anything


  1. Wonderful image. Thank you for taking time to post this beautiful artwork with us this week at WAW. Please like us on Facebook for lots of fun, prizes and inspiration.
    Carole Robb Bisson
    Word Art Wednesday

  2. stunning card
    thanks for playing with us at crafty sentiments

  3. A wonderful masculine birthday card.
    Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

  4. What a beautiful card D! Your colouring is great. Thanks for playing on with our World Card Making Day challenge over at Flourishes!

  5. Oh wow! Love this card, the fabulous embossed background and such a wonderful image. TFS

  6. This is a stunning card! I love the embossing and coloring and the brads add a nice touch too! Thanks so much for entering my challenge! Scrappy hugs, Connie Can Crop

  7. Fabulous card. Love the scene. Wouldn't this be fun?

  8. Such a great design - especially as a masculine birthday card too! I just flew over and changed planes in Seattle last weekend so I got to see all the gorgeous green. Thanks so much for playing along with us at Flourishes!

  9. What a lovely card, thanks for the little bit of background you shared as well. It's always wonderful to know where the inspiration comes from. You did a marvelous job on this card and I LOVE how the embossed base adds to your entire layout. Thanks for sharing and for linking up at Craftin Desert Diva's!
    ~Donna K

  10. Love your card, it's funny because I'm also from the Northwest and I chose the same image!! I have similar memories of cutting our own tree, in fact we still do it with my own kids. Great coloring and I love how you made it into a bday card!!

  11. What great colors and stamp. It is so hard to make a man card and you did this so well. Great job! So glad you joined us for this Challenge.

    Happy Scrappin'

    Sue B, DT Member for Get Inky! Stamps

  12. Oh what a wonderful inage, D! Love the colours on this one too. Thanks for joining the Polka Doodles Challenge.
    xxx Asha
    Sunny Summer Crafts

  13. Thanks for coming and leaving a little bloggy love. I appreciate each and every one.
    Crafty hugs,

  14. A gorgeous card. Thanks for joining us at One Crazy Stamper this month.

  15. A really stunning card. Love the details! Thanks so much for playing along in my "anything" word play saturday challenge!


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