Wednesday, September 15, 2021



Tonight's Colour Creations blog hop is all about Early Espresso, the darkest brown in Stampin' Up!'s colour range.

I knew I wanted to use some papers from the Blackberry Beauty Designer Series Paper pack, and the bear from the Count On Me stamp set.  From that jumping off point, I made a card for my youngest son's birthday that is coming up next week.  My baby is turning 21.

The two background papers I have used are Early Espresso and Cinnamon Cider, so I've worked with that colour scheme. 
 Using my Playful Alphabet Dies,  I die cut the "HAPPY" from the same "twiggy" paper that is on the bottom part of the card front.  After adhering the letters to a piece of brick wall patterned paper (from the Bloom Where You're Planted DSP pack), I used the Stamparatus to stamp the rest of the sentiment, from the Biggest Wish stamp set, in Early Espresso ink.  I added a thin mat of Early Espresso card behind the "brick wall" panel that was cut with a Stitched Rectangles Die.

The bear was stamped in Jet Black StazOn ink, on Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper.  Using a Water Painter and Early Espresso reinker (a drop on a palette), I watercoloured the bear.  I picked up Cinnamon Cider ink from the inkpad, to watercolour the heart.  When the ink was dry, I fussy cut the bear.

The balloons and strings were cut from Hippo & Friends Dies.  I sponged some ink on the balloons before sticking them down.  The Early Espresso balloon, and the bear, are raised up on Black Stampin' Dimensionals.

The "21" was cut from Cinnamon Cider card, using Playful Alphabet Dies.  I gave them a bit of a treatment, to end up with a tortoiseshell-like finish!  First, I stamped the "plus signs" (from Biggest Wish) all over the numbers, in Cinnamon Cider ink.  I then sponged around the edges of the numbers with Early Espresso ink, and finally applied Shimmery Crystal Effects to the surface.  When dry, I stuck the numbers on to the "brick wall" background.

The art piece was added (on a slight tilt, which is VERY out of character for me!) to the background, raised up on Black Stampin' Dimensionals.  I die cut some tiny stars using Stitched Stars Dies, and Be Dazzling paper (that is free with a $90+ order, until the end of September).

Next up on tonight's blog hop is Tina Gillespie.  You can get to her blog by clicking on the button below:

If any links are broken on the blog hop, or if you would like to see a comprehensive list of all participants in this week's share, you can go to Catherine Proctor's blog.  Cathy co-ordinates our blog hops every week.

Listed below are all the products I used to make this card.  If you live in Australia, and would like to shop with me for your Stampin' Up! supplies, you can get to my online store by clicking on any of the thumbnail images below.

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  1. I love, love, love this card Christine, it’s so cute!

  2. Christine your baby is 21, wow! Mine turns 20 soon - where do those years go? Masculine cards can be hard to make but this is just perfect. All those browns work so well together. I'm sure he will love it.

  3. Oh Christine, what a great card for your “baby boy” as he turns 21. What a milestone. I love all your details, layers and textures, including the Shimmery Effects on the ‘21’. Amazing xxx

  4. Oh wow, so adorable, Christine. That bear is beautifully coloured and the use of patterned paper is outstanding. Love the glossy 21 too. You sure are the queen of masculine cards!

  5. Oh Christine, your card is just gorgeous! September is a great month for Birthday's! 21! What a perfect card and the Bear is gorgeous and I love the papers you have used. The details are just wonderful I need to go look at it some more!

  6. Oh my for this card on 2 levels. Firstly that Ethan is turning 21! Wow where did those years go. You should be very proud of the wonderful young man he has become. Secondly this card is just so full of cuteness. AS always it's all the little extra details on your cards that make them stand apart. Those 21 numbers are very effective but such a lot of different steps

  7. Love the skewed card, the bear, well really, the whole card is just delightful.

  8. Great birthday card for Ethan. I hope he's had a great iso birthday.

  9. You've created a wonderful card for Ethan's birthday - I can't believe he's 21!! Our 'baby' boys sure are growing up fast! The bear looks fabulous, you've coloured him perfectly.

  10. Oh good golly gosh Christine - this is gorgeous! Happy 21st birthday wishes to your baby!
    My baby turns 30 on September 29th!