Hey Beautiful, Happy Birthday

Hi everybody! Happy Tuesday and I hope, if you’re still in the working world, that your Monday was fantastic! Affiliate links are used in this post at no cost to you. I really appreciate your support! I have a very cool hybrid card sample to share with you this morning that I created for the Prickley Pear Stamps Spring 2021 Release! I used the stunning Sketched Florals – Wisteria stamp set to create this unique birthday card! I’ve created a variety of acetate-front cards over the years and always enjoy making them, and this is one that I created for a friend who is going through a hard time. She’s the non-crafty friend I mentioned in one of my posts last week who asked what a hybrid card was. I actually created two of these cards – one for Prickley Pear Stamps and the other for my friend. Her situation has really tugged at my heart strings and I wanted to create something really pretty and unique for her. She has received it so I can blog about it – and I know she’s reading this post (wink-wink). ;) She’s been a botanical/gardening blogger for a number of years and recently deleted her blog and affiliates with oodles of followers and friends because of pure ugliness. She was diagnosed with somatic symptom disorder a while back and nearly every one of her blog posts for a good while now have begun with a detailed description of what ailments she’s been dealing with. Several ladies ganged up on her and publicly called her a hypochondriac, told her they read her blog posts strictly for the flowers and gardening content and not her supposed medical ailments, and they intentionally avoided clicking on her affiliate links. Seriously?! All I could think of was ‘what biotches!’ I was raised in a household with two registered nurses, and if we suspected somebody suffered from this, we were told to simply avoid acknowledging the ailments and turn their attention to something totally different and positive. This is directly opposite for those of us who don’t have this symptom disorder in that we typically don’t talk about our every-day ailments… we just get up and go every morning. And these ladies who started this mess should have had the decency to recognize that and could have just as easily skimmed over the ailment descriptions and read the blog for it’s intended content and commented as such, which they had apparently been doing for quite some time anyway. I wonder why, all of a sudden, that my friend’s ailments became an issue. I don’t understand people and can’t believe how ugly people can be. I know several other people who I suspect have the same medical condition and I would never insult them or call them names. Adults just shouldn’t do that. Period. And avoiding clicking on her affiliate links? Why? Why wouldn’t a follower who has been inspired help that person out by clicking on their affiliate links if they are shopping for those items?! Again, I just don’t understand some people’s mentality. I don’t make a ton of money off my affiliate links but it’s a wonderful feeling knowing that other crafters are interested in supporting me because they are inspired by my work. Let’s lift people up instead of bring them down! Okay, okay, back to my post… sorry for the detour, lol!

This card, although I’m thrilled with how it turned out, was very hard to photograph to get the full gist of what it looks like. I cut a standard A2 size top-folding card base from Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110# cardstock and Grafix Craft Plastic. I stamped the image from the Sketched Florals – Wisteria stamp set on the Solar White panel and colored it with alcohol markers and an almost-dried-out fine point Pitt Artist pen. I’ve had this set of fine point Pitts for over five years, I’m sure, and I’m down to four now because they are drying out. Wah-wah. After assembling the card base, I used the CUTplorations ‘beautiful’ Word Die to die cut the sentiment from CutCardStock Basis 80# Dark Purple cardstock and adhered it to the acetate. I stamped a partial sentiment (the word Hey) from one of the sentiments in the Magical Enchanted Day stamp set, die cut it with a small oval scalloped die and adhered it just above the ‘beautiful’ die cut. This completed the front. For the ‘inside’, I created a digital sentiment on the computer, trimmed it into a narrow strip, and adhered it across the bottom so it was hidden behind the ‘beautiful’ die cut – which you can’t really see too well in these photos. I couldn’t take a lying-flat shot because the lights in the lightbox made the acetate shine, lol!

I embellished the back of the card with a strip of Prima patterned paper and a narrow strip of CutCardStock Basis 80# Dark Purple cardstock, and stamped another sentiment from the Magical Enchanted Day stamp set in dark purple ink. Really loving how this turned out!

Prickley Pear Stamps products used:
Sketched Florals – Wisteria stamp set
Magical Enchanted Day stamp set

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Neenah Classic Crest 110# Solar White cardstock, CutCardStock Basis 80# Dark Purple cardstock, Prima Meadow Lark 6×6 Collection
Ink: Memento Elderberry ink; Nuvo alcohol markers- 416, 434, 436, 439, 441; Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen fine point May Green
Dies/Punches: CUTplorations ‘beautiful’ Word Die, Spellbinders Lacy Ovals die
Accessories: Grafix Craft Plastic, Bearly Art precision craft glue, Big Shot, MISTI stamp tool, Tonic Studios 12″ Guillotine Paper Trimmer

I hope you’ve enjoyed this project! Be sure to check out all the awesome stamps and dies at Prickley Pear Stamps! If you’d like to save 10% on anything on the site when you shop at Prickley Pear Stamps, use the coupon code LESLIE10 at checkout! And be sure to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ the Prickley Pear Stamps Facebook page to keep up with news and sales, and join Prickley Pear Pals (the fan group) for lots of fun crafty ideas and to share your creativity! And finally, we’d love to see you visit the Prickley Pear Stamps blog that’s in the process of being revived and become a Follower! Hope to see you there! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig