Friday, 7 March 2014

Birthday Challenge

Good Morning all, well if blogger's working correctly this blog post will appear on Friday. I've had to schedule this as I will be in Glasgow at the SECC demonstrating on the Clarity stand. I will be using some of the fantastic new stencils, but I am a bit please wish me luck.....
Back to today, and it's a new Challenge over at the Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge Blog, ....the new theme is .....Birthday.....
Here is my inspiration, I do hope that you like it,

I started with a square piece of card and an oval Clarity stencil.

Using one of the Clarity stencil brushes, I added some colour around the edge using Salmon Adirondack ink.

I then took the stencil away and added some colour around the edge of the card. This is a really quick way of framing your design.

The sentiment is from the Remountable Happy Sentiment stamp set from Clarity and is stamped using Onyx black VersaFine ink.

I then added a couple of balloons and the numbers from the Numbers stamp set..The strings are drawn by hand using a black fine liner pen....oh and a steady hand!!!

Stamps from the Clarity Journalling set added some texture (I do love these and will be using them so much...).
Using the black pen I also added some faux stitching..The balloons were coloured with a pink pencil and then triple embossed. ...for this I used a VersaMark pen, Clear Embossing powder and my heat gun. I repeated the process three times. This gives the balloons a real shine.

I wanted to use some of my flowers from Sweet Lilac Paper Flowers, but needed a couple of black ones, so I coloured some white roses with Black Wink Of Stella pen.....oh what a great result....Black and Sparkly too...

Some matting and layering and some gorgeous stripped ribbon...then I attached the work onto an 8x8 card blank.

I made a bow to add and then arranged the flowers...I love this bit....playing with accessories...just up my street...

Some  gems, a metal key embellishment and I think we're done...

This is a close up of the flowers....and they can be found at
I love to enter blog Challenges, also it is a great way of getting inspiration...why not pop along and have a look .....even better enter the Challenge...
Have a great weekend all, ..and if you are coming to the SECC remember to come and say 'Hi'....
Love and Hugs....Jo. X 


  1. Fabulous Jo. I hope you are having a great time xx

  2. WONDERFULLY ELEGANT Jo!!! Don't know why you'd be have so much knowledge to share...wish I could listen in!!! Have a GREAT time and fabulous weekend!!

  3. Fabulous as always Jane, love the tutorial and the spray of flowers look so beautiful!
    I am sure you are doing a fabulous job at demoing. I hope you have enjoyed your time at the SECC.
    Linda xxx

  4. Love this card Jo. That gorgeous ribbon and the flowers set it off beautifully, Great combination. xx I hear all is going well with your demonstrations at NEC, a few people have told me they gave you a Hug, well how could they resist? xx

  5. Hi Jo Hope you're having fun North of the Border ... what a worthy representative for Clarity ... as for this card well it's absolutely fabulous and so 'you' I would have known it was yours even without the name on it ... lovely subtle colours clean lines and gorgeous flowers. Keep on doing what you do best up there at the show and then have a safe journey home xxx Annie

  6. gorgeous card jo. so ow i know another way of colouring the flowers, yay! enjoy yourself xx

  7. Lovely card Jo :) Good luck this week-end too xxx

  8. Beautiful card Jo, a gift in itself xx

  9. Fabulous inspiration Jo and so pretty and delicate. Hope you're having a great time at SECC. You'll be ready to out your feet up when you get home xxxx