Monday, January 28, 2013

"Live Life Beautifully" Birthday Card for SOUS Sketch Challenge

It's hard to believe that January is nearly over already. I'm so happy that the daylight is getting longer each day now.

Our oldest daughter has a birthday coming up, so I created a card for her inspired by the SOUS January 16 Card Sketch. She loved the vintage anniversary card that I created for my husband last summer, so I dug out my BoBunny Weekend Market paper. This is one of my all time favorite collections by BoBunny!! One of the SOUS challenges was to use scraps on your card, so other than my card base and a couple pieces of NoteWorthy, all of my papers are scraps from previous projects, even the flowers. 

"Live Life Beautifully"
Birthday Card

"Live Life Beautifully"
Inside View

Here is the gorgeous SOUS card sketch:

Tips and Techniques:

Vintage Finds ~ Grace loves keys and loves to write with fountain pens. This gorgeous skeleton key is from the Etsy Shop Zeus and Zoey and can be found here. The pen nib was a trinket I had found and saved in my treasure box. The vintage buttons were a gift from my husband's cousin, Debbie Clapper who gave me not one but two of her mom's old button tins. Oh what treasures lie in those tins!! Thanks Debbie!!

Sweet Open Roses ~ These were actually the roses I created when I photographed my step by step tutorial earlier this month using scraps of paper from my January ScrapThat! Kit. That tutorial can be found here

Distressing ~ I so enjoy my Donna Salazar/Zutter Distrezz-It-All and use it on nearly every project I create!! It makes such quick work of my distressing and gives such cool thick ragged edges. I used it on the circle and all straight edges. I did pull out my Prima Distress tool for the rounded corners of my ticket. 

Fussy Cutting ~ the ticket and sentiment piece were fussy cut from some scraps of Weekend Market paper. 

Products Used:

BoBunny Weekend Market "Tapestry" (Scrap) 
BoBunny Weekend Market "Postage" (Scrap) 
BoBunny Weekend Market  "Cut Outs" (Scrap) 
BoBunny "Powder Mountain" (Scrap) 
BoBunny "Dark Denim Dot"

Zeus and Zoey ~ Skeleton Key
BoBunny Weekend Market ~ Priceless Cardstock Stickers
Tim Holtz ~ Lavish Trimmings Ribbon
Stash - Vintage Buttons - Thanks Debbie Clapper!!
Stash ~ Vintage Pen Nib
Stash ~ Round Doily
I Am Roses ~ Foam Head White Stamen

Technique Products:
Donna Salazar/Spellbinders Rose Creation Dies
Liquitex Gesso
Distress Inks

Scotch ATG
Helmar 450 Glue
Ranger Glossy Accents

Donna Salazar/Zutter Distrezz-It-All
Prima Distress Tool
Ranger Craft Mat
Fiskars Craft Knife
Fiskars Self-Healing Mat
Sizzix Big Shot
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board
Round Nose Pliers
Heavy Duty Wire cutters

I have also entered this project at:
Card Mania ~ Challenge #13 Color Combo (Feb 8)
Samuel Taylor's January Challenge ~ Distressing - Prize is 4 bottles of Distress Reinker (Feb 1)

Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments
~ Blessings ~


  1. Just gorgeous Tracey. Lovely textures, colours and great design.
    Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

  2. What a gorgeous card, Tracey!! I love the vintage feel!! All of the embellishments you used are so fabulous!! Beautiful papers and awesome design!! I love it!! Happy Monday :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  3. such a pretty card inside and out!!!! great details!!!

  4. SO vintage and beautiful, Tracey. You are beyond creative - you are amazing. Thanks for sharing this in our challenge. I pray that God will bless your week and send you back soon to fellowship with us again. I appreciate seeing your talents linked up with us.
    God's blessings to you,
    Word Art Wednesday

  5. Gorgeous card Tracey!! Love it. I love that masculine line for bb

  6. Stunning and cool card you have made!

  7. fabulous card!! love the pen nib!!

  8. What a gorgeous card! Love all the different elements you included on it. I'm sure she absolutely loved it!

  9. Stunning card Tracey. Love the vintage look and those Bo Bunny papers are gorgeous. God Bless. ox Marg

  10. This is absolutely gorgeous Tracey, love all the interesting bits and how good it is to use up scrappy bits.. this would be one of my fav sketches too.. thanks for joining in at SOUS!!

  11. Tracey, it's so nice when scraps all come together as beautifully as they have here on your card! I'm envious of those button tins you received. There must be such treasures in them!

  12. This is sooooooooooo gorgeous!! I love love loveeeeeeee the colors, the flowers and that key!!!

  13. Fabulous card!! love the pen and the key.

  14. Gorgeous Layout Tracey. Love the vintage feel especially the pen nib.

  15. I know, Tracey! It is really hard to believe that January is almost over. It has been a cold one here, but going up into the 60's tomorrow. Crazy!!!! Anyway, I absolutely love what you did with the card sketch. Yours is just beautiful - the inside and out. Thanks for sharing your tips and techniques, too!

  16. LOVE your work Tracey! Those flowers look amazing. :)

  17. Such an awesome card, Tracey! Love the doily .. always a hit with me .. using one on a current project ! LOL Your findings add so some to this card. I'm sure your DD will love it! Thanks for playing with us at SOUS!

  18. Gorgeous card! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Card Mania! Good luck and hope you'll join in our next challenges as well! Hugs, Ani

  19. Stunningly beautiful...and so rich in texture.

  20. Very pretty Tracey! Love all the beautiful blossoms and findings!

  21. Incredible buttons and you totally rocked the sketch with the papers, design and details. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful creation with us at 4 Crafty Chicks.

  22. You've managed to fit so many amazing details on your card. It's wonderful and anyone would be lucky to receive it!

  23. So gorgeous! Love how you shared the techniques. I love keys, calligraphy pens, flowers and all the touches you incorporated into that card. It is a work of art from your precious heart.
    Your daughter is going to love it.

  24. Very beautiful Like the circle designs and vintage elements.

  25. Positively gorgeous! Always love your work! Beautiful flowers and treasured findings!

  26. So amazing,Tracey! I love all the vintage elements to this card!Thanks for playing along at SOUS!

  27. You are so very talented with your beautiful work! Your card is gorgeous!!! I love the crochet mat, the key, gosh all the beautiful embellishments!

  28. Lovely card. I really love the colours and all the detailing is wonderful.Thank for joining us at Card Mania Challenges.

  29. Very beautiful! Thanks for playing at Paper Playtime. :) Janis

  30. This is a beautiful card Tracey...your daughter will love it!
    Alison xx

  31. Thanks for sharing this with us at Unstampabelles for our dies challenge...those flowers are beautiful. What a terrific idea to add the key and pen nib.

  32. Wowza!
    Talk about doing a few things with a card!
    Dude, you added so much on here! This is excellent
    and thanks so much for sharing the sketch as well!
    Thanks for sharing with us as always!


  33. Love it! Such a well designed and embellished creation! Love the different layers and the rustic effect!
    Thank you for entering it in Card Mania Challenge and good luck!

  34. Gorgeous project. Love all the embellishments. Thanks for joining us at Sugar Creek Hollow.

  35. Great to see you again Tracey. This is one awesome card!! There is so much talent here, I don't know where to begin. Stunning interpretation of the sketch. Thanks for joining us again at SOUS!
    Hope to see you on the Hop tomorrow... Hugs xx

  36. Very pretty card Tracey! Love the details..she will love this card! Thank you for sharing..

  37. OH MY! This is a work of art! Gorgeous details and how cool are the metal accents! FABULOUS card! Thanks for joining us at SOUS Card Sketch Challenge!

  38. Gorgeous card Tracey! I love the all the vintage details, bet your daughter will LOVE it ;)

  39. What a fabulous vintage card Tracey - love all the metal touches!!

  40. You always have such beauty in your creations, no matter what you create - this is beautiful.


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