birthday circles

Welcome to my crafty blog. I’ve been catching up with an online class from last week with the brilliant Julie Hickey using some of her new stamps, and I adapted this card from one of her demonstrations. I’m always in awe of what she manages to come up with.

I’ve used the colours from the current challenge at As You See It, and I thought the circles picked up the feel of those delicious looking macarons in the photo. I also took the right hand column from TicTacToe‘s grid – heat embossing, die cuts and circles.

as you see it challenge 249

I started with Claritystamp’s circles stencil from their ‘basic backgrounds’ set and brushed Distress Oxides through it in ‘picked raspberry’, ‘mustard seed’ & ‘speckled egg’. I then added highlight patterns to some of the circles using the stamps from Clarity’s craft club in January this year, using ‘gathered twigs’ to pick up the fourth colour in the challenge.

the next step was to use Julie Hickey’s ‘birthday background’ stamp to add detail onto the card. I thought this was an inspired feature in the class last week. I stamped it in clear ink and then heat embossed it with WOW bright white superfine powder.

The stamp is an A6 size, so I trimmed down the card around the edge of the embossed area and then attached it to a 6×6 black card blank, which really made the colours stand out. I embossed one of Julie’s new vertical sentiments (these are so useful!) in white on black card and die cut it into a banner. That went onto the card with foam pads, and I finished by adding a few Glossies in matching colours (just for a few more circles!)

I’m very happy with how this one turned out. Julie’s classes are always great, and I’ve still got a couple of videos from last week’s to catch up with, so there’ll be more to come over the next few days.

8 thoughts on “birthday circles

  1. The stencilled circles with over-stamping are so striking and so clever! Such a great way to use the colours. I love what you’ve done here. Thanks for joining in with us at As You See It Challenge.

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  2. I love the blending of the challenge colours in the circles and it’s brilliant the way you’ve embossed the script over top! Thanks for getting colourful with us at As You See It Challenges!

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  3. I just love this – such a creative card! The sponged and blended circles look great with the added line detail and the embossed script and vertical sentiment against the black makes this card really stand out. Perfect for Tic Tac Toe and As You See It this week – thanks for playing along!

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  4. […] Welcome to my crafty blog. I’m sharing a quick and easy card today – always helpful to have one of these up your sleeve for when you’re in a hurry. The focal point of this card is one of the new stencils from WOW – this is the confetti circle, and I thought it was perfect for this week’s theme of ‘polka dots’ over at The Paper Players. I’ve also picked up the diagonal from top left to bottom right on TicTacToe‘s grid – rainbow/stickers/CAS (and need to say thank you to the TTC team for including my card from last week in their top picks! Here’s the link to that one: birthday circles) […]


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