Sunday, February 28, 2021

Happy Birthday to Me!

 Happy Sunday, Y'all! Well, at the stroke of midnight tonite CST, I will turn 65 years old. Since I was born on Leap Year Day in 1956, my technical birthday is only a split second on off-years, lol, but I always insist on celebrating on the last day of February every year, even though somebody always needs to tell me it should be March 1. No, I'm a February girl. My birthstone is Amethyst. I was not born in March. In truth though, the older I've gotten, I'll celebrate it all dang week if you need me to, so I'll take birthday wishes happily on March 1, but some celebrating is going down today for sure. :-)

So, the 7x7" Deco I am sharing with you is my birthday gift to myself, to display for our family celebration. I began creating it the first of the month in hopes that I could display it today. I used a My Besties image, several different dies, multiple colorants and a few different paper brands, plus some stash items including the gold and the white Vic scrap borders, metal frame and the 3 rhinestones.

A photo taken to show the dimension. The base is a 7x7" square of Recollections 110# card stock. I layered on a sheet the same size of Prima Moon Child. (I began planning this deco the same day as I began planning my Fairy card from the previous post, so both use Moon Child, and both took all month to make, lol. I also colored a lot of the elements during our power outages.)

Here's a close-up of my Pisces sign that I made with an old silver frame with brads on the back. I found it in my stash whilst hunting for metal embellishments (AJJ wanted metal this month). I had a gold and copper thing going on here so I just smooshed the frame into my Versamark pad and then heat-embossed it with Stampendous Frantage Vintage Antique Gold powder that has little specks of black in it. LOVE how aged it came out! I used Spellbinder Labels 17 dies to cut two labels out of black-gold and gold metallic stash papers and then pushed the brads through and bent closed. I fussy cut the Besties word out and centered it in the frame. Voila!

I also wanted to show this gorgeous Spellbinders Anchors Away die cut, out of the same black gold card as the sign, but look how it shines when the light hits it. The detail is what I love. I love the square chains too. 

Aren't all these die cuts pretty? They are all painted with Smooch Inks, which are like metallic nail polishes. I used Whimsy and Art Impressions dies to get all you see here.

I colored this beautiful Pisces Bestie with Promarkers and then accented her with various metallic gel pens before fussy cutting her. She's popped up on Dimensionals and is floating with her fishies.

I snapped this photo in case you wanted to see the beginning collage before the kitchen sink was loaded on, LOL. I used some Karen Foster sand paper cut with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Border die. Then I used a very old Sizzix Sizzlit Strip die to cut some waves out of some Magenta water droplets paper that matched the Moon Child base paper pretty well but gives the background a little wavy action.

I am really happy how it all came out. As usual, I have lots of extra bits left unused, but my motto is better to have too much than not enough! 

And here she is displayed in my little art corner. Thanks so much for dropping by. Hope everyone is having a nice weekend. Until next time, stay well and craft on! XOX

1.   Art Journal Journey Feb: Heavy Metal -- Host Valerie writes: "I am hosting this month with the theme of 'heavy metal', which is not so heavy as it sounds! Your journal pages should contain something related to metal - metallic paints - as I have used here, gilding flakes, rust, perhaps a picture of something made from metal, steampunk elements or a quote about metal - silver, gold, bronze, old iron, rust - the choice is yours."  I've used metallic paints on all the sea life (Smooch Inks); Pisces silver metal frame that I heat-embossed with antique gold powder and has a gold leather paper mat; black gold metallic card stock that was used to die cut the frame back and the anchor; gold Vic scrap around the perimeter of the deco; and metallic gel penning on the My Besties image..
3.   Outlawz Color Tuesday 2/23-3/8: Use 3 or More Colors + Opt. Doily -- Option not played this time, but I used all 5 colors  
4.   Double Trouble #77: Layer It On -- #2/4 Thing 1 Only (5 layers, I think...maybe 6!)  
5.   Time Out Challenge #182: 7th Birthday Celebration -- Celebrating my birthday and being a Pisces  
6.   TTCRD 2/23-3/2: AG -- #1/2
7.   Colour Crazy Craft Challenge Week 7: AG with Colouring -- Used Promarkers, gel pens, Smooch Inks
8.   Passion 4 Markers #580: Feminine -- Used Promarkers to color the Bestie image
9.   Shopping Our Stash #439: All About Family -- 13 chals max  This is made for my family celebrating my birthday and for me being a Pisces
10. NBUS Challenge #23: AG with Never Before Used Schtuff -- First time to use my Whimsy Build an Ocean die set and I'm in LOVE! Also first time to use my MFT All the Feels die, Art Impressions Beach Mini Dies and my ancient Sizzix 13-inch Sizzlet Strip Swirls and Waves.  


My name is Erika. said...

Happy Birthday Aimeslee. I get it about being born and wanting to celebrate in February. My birthday is in a couple of days, in March, and my daughter said we should celebrate this weekend, but I said no, my birthday is not in February so let's celebrate next weekend. But like you, the older I get, the longer a birthday can last. I love your ocean page. Those die cuts work great as well as the gold. And the cute little birthday lady with her 2 fish. Thanks for sharing with us at AJJ, and have a wonderful celebration. Hugs-Erika

Elkes Lebensglück said...

Happy Birthday Aimeslee!!!
It was also my birthday 3 days ago and I couldn't celebrate properly either.Let's celebrate it next year!!
Sweet your page, great the background goes with the decorations.
Beautifully crafted and painted by you.
Hug Elke

Crafty KJ said...

Wow, so many amazing details on this gorgeous creation! Love this image and your diecuts and embellishments are all just perfect. I hope you have a lovely Birthday and thanks for sharing at Passion for Markers this week. Hugs, Karen x

Valerie-Jael said...

Happy Birthday, have fun and celebrate plenty! Love you gorgeous birthday piece, so pretty and love the colours and shine. Thanks for linking to my heavy metal challenge at AJJ, Valerie

Alyson Mayo said...

WOW! Check out all the layers on that card! Gorgeous work, my friend. Happy Birthday to you - I hope your day is as special as you :) Thanks for sharing with us at Double Trouble as well.

Donna Scholz said...

What a GORGEOUS card, Aimeslee!!! Love all the layers and colors you used! I can tell you put a lot of love and thought into your card! Happy Leap Day birthday!!! Thank you for sharing your creativity and card with us at Double Trouble for our "layer it on" challenge!!! -Donna

Cath Wilson said...

On my way to bed but had to wish you Happy Almost Birthday!!!
My friend at school was born on 29th and will be 65 this year... she was a year below everyone else because she came in on a new school system when we became a comprehensive school, rather than a Grammar school. Haven't seen her for 45 years, lol.

Thanks for your lovely comments. I'm so PLEASED and very grateful you recovered from Covid! Not everyone lives to tell the tale, so I hope you're praising that God of ours!!! So, so glad you're better, my friend. Bless you.

Love your card...I'll leave this page open and come back tomorrow morning-ish to comment more. Just didn't want to miss your non-birthday :-)
Cath x

Linda Mc Enery said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AIMESLEE!!! Such a fun celebration project with so many gorgeous die cuts and shine. I love the little frame you used and how you made it work for you. Adorable image, fabulous layering, and a super border. Thanks for sharing this cutie with us at Passion for Markers!

Monica C. said...

You are 100% correct about celebrating in February! The best people are born in February!!
Your Pisces girl is lovely and all the detail you have added is so much fun to look at. Beautiful metallic effects and dies you have used.
Hugs Monica

nwilliams6 said...

Wow, so many great details on this! I love all your pictures showing your various stages. So cool! Love it!

Jacq said...

Happy Birthday Aimeslee!
This deco is fabulous and so full of lots of different elements! All those die cuts and how you managed to colour with the power out is amazing! Thanks for sharing this with us over at The Outlawz Colour Challenge!

Daffodil Cards said...

Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday Dear Aimeslee, Happy Birthday to you. What a wonderful Piscean card you have made, beautiful colours, dies, the Pisces label, everything is fabulous and as a fellow Piscean (mine on the 9th) I appreciate the work, the colours, the shine and as I said Everything.
Faith x

Leslie said...

Happy birthday to you! I hope you had a great celebration with Honey, your daughter and son-in-law! Your Deco is a wonderful addition to your art corner, I'm sure! I love it!

Chana Malkah said...

Happy belated birthday, Aimeslee! I love your card. The colors are very nice and the image is beautifully treated!

Thanks so much for sharing with us at Shopping Our Stash!
Chana Malkah

Suzanne Reynolds said...

Wow, lots of layering and great dimension... fun card. Thanks for sharing with us at Double Trouble

Melanie said...

What a colorful and festive card! I have a friend who was born on the exact same day that you were and she celebrates on February 28th except in a Leap Year. I hope your celebration was fun. Thank you for playing along with us at Double Trouble #77.

Donna said...

From on February gal to another - happy happy happy birthday! Hope you had the most excellent day!
Thanks for celebrating all things family with the crew from SHOPPING OUR STASH!

Claudia Martins said...

So beautiful your project my dear !! Thank you for participating with us, it is always so good to have your participation in my challenges! Thank you for sharing with us on My Besties Brasil and good luck with your subscription.
~ Claudia DT / Coordinator xx

Let's Art Journal said...

Happy Birthday! I'm loving your birthday card and the Pisces vibe, it is so beautifully designed with the pretty image and die cuts - perfect 😁. I hope you had a wonderful time! Take care and wishing you a Happy March too! Hugs, Jo x

Sarah said...

What a fabulous card. Thank you for joining in at CCCC. Sarah DT

Quillish said...

Wishing you a very happy birthday, a week after too! When sent from India, it takes time :P What a darling card1 The elements you put are soo beautifully thought over, I love the way you made it a pisces card! Thank you for joining us at our birthday celebrations at Time out challenges. Hugs ~ Ishani

Beth Norman-Roberts said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY GIRLFRIEND! I hope you had a good one. You surprise me again with using so many beautiful images on one card front. I have such difficulty putting scenes together, but you have your A game on doing it. The colours are spectacular.

Golden Goddess Designs said...

Oh so many layers! Love those die cuts. Thank you for sharing at Double Trouble's layer challenge where I was the crazy cousin.


Jill V said...

Happy birthday to you - and how cool that you are a leap year baby :) I can see that you had fun celebrating your birthday week with this fun card - I love all the colours you incorporated! Thanks so much for celebrating with us at TIME OUT! Jill

pearshapedcrafting said...

Sorry I missed your birthday! I love your birthday card to yourself - a great idea and such wonderful card it is - I am guessing you celebrated in style! Hugs, Chrisxx