Wednesday, July 23, 2008

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More Happiness Always & Birthday RAKs!

Happy Wednesday! Are you getting tired of Happiness Always yet?! I promise to cool it with this set now! lol! This is for a new hostess set swap with the Great Swap Girls...only 4 of us signed up, so I only ended up making 3 of was a "little" great swap! lol! If it looks familiar, it's because it's a slight variation of this card I posted awhile back.

Besides using the new Happiness Always and Bella Rosa designer series paper, I used the Border Scallop Punch to make the scallop rectangle. I followed the talented and generous Mary Jo's tips you can see here. The rectangle was a little tricky. To make this size of 9 scallops long by 6 scallops high (I counted the corner one in both directions), I cut the Kiwi Kiss cardstock to 3 1/2" by 2 7/8". It took a little experimenting (and several rejected pieces!) to get it right. I think I'll start a little "cheat sheet" notebook of the various sizes, so I won't have to reinvent the wheel (and waste cardstock!) each time. Nestabilities would probably be easier, but this is cheaper in the long run, if you don't own them already.

Now I get to share some beautiful birthday RAKs I've been receiving. They were such a delightful surprise and made me so happy! I've decided I'm going to be better about sending out BRAKs, because it's such a wonderful feeling to receive them, I want to pass it on!

This is from my fabulous upline Jackie Ross. She never misses my birthday, I don't know how she keeps up! Don't you love this angel and scallop edge and how she did the ribbon?!

This next card is from the wonderful Pam Downs, who also happens to be a fellow Texan. She is just the sweetest, nicest girl you'll ever meet! This card is so bright and fun with the stars, I love it!

These next three cards are from girls who are all members of the Great Swap Girls. I feel so lucky to be in this group, they are the nicest, friendliest bunch, and super talented too! The first card is by Lisa Henke. She's a great stamper and scrapper and was in the Got Sketch class with me (except she actually made some layouts! lol!). I love how she did these big candles, and they are so glittery in real life!

This next card is so fun and is by the super sweet Mercy Kerin. Don't you love the bright colors and layout?! The cupcake on the black really pops, I've never done that before and love it!

Lastly, I received this beautiful card from the very talented Vera Schoeters. She used my favorite butterfly! You can't tell from the picture, but the cardstock she used is the Shimmery White, and it's just gorgeous!

Hope you enjoyed seeing some of my BRAKs! Thanks so much for stopping by! Have you stamped something today?

Happiness Always Recipe
Stamps: Happiness Always
Cardstock: Brocade Blue, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White, Bella Rosa DSP.
Ink: Brocade Blue, Kiwi Kiss, Pink Pirouette, Chocolate Chip.
Accessories: Border Scallop Punch, Paper Piercer & Mat Pack, 5/8" Brocade Blue Grosgrain Ribbon, Slot Punch, Vintage Brad, & Dimensionals.


Michelle Tech said...

Wow, you got some great BRAKs! I love your Happiness Always card and appreciate the work it took to make that scallop rectangle. Did you put a hole in the front layer to bring that bow to the front or did you put a separate bow there?

Donna said...

All the cards are really cute and so different! Very nice.

I love that periwinkle blue ribbon and cardstock. Niiiicccceeeeeee. (I'm assuming it's periwinkle. It might just be the photo. Anyway, it looks good!)

Lisa H. said...

Hope you had a great birthday! Love your card at the top. that dp is to die for, can't wait to actually order me some! great colors and love the pop of blue with that ribbon.

Vickie said...

LOVE your card! I knew after some examples, I would want this set!! Thanks!?! LOL

Also check out my blog...I am passing the Brillante Weblog award to you!!

Unknown said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Oh rats, I missed it! But I'll just HAVE to send you out a card!

~amy~ said...

Happy Belated Birthday!! I love your happiness always card....absolutely lovely! You are a lucky duck with all of your BRAKs! Send me your snail mail address...............

Kim Gasper said...

Still not tired of seeing your samples from this set. I love the brocade blue you added in. It goes really well with the other colors. Happy Belated Birthday!

Marilyn said...

What an exciting thing to come home to - all these fabulous cards!! Each and everyone of them are amazing!! I've nominated you for an award on my site - stop by when you can!! I've enjoyed visiting your site very much!!

Catherine said...

I really like the color combo that you used on your happiness always card...very pretty. And those are great BRAK cards you got there, Belated HB =)

Alex said...

Nope, not tired of these cute cards, I love this set!! Great BRAKs you received, you lucky gal! *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

chloe said...

gorgeous raks and I love what you did with your card at the top: how on earth you are able to mix PP and come off looking so clean and gorgeous is beyond me!!Love it!