Happy Birthday, Ardyth! Less Is More #173 (Die Cuts), Time Out #6 (Home Sweet Home), SSS Wednesday 28/5 (Anything Goes)

Today is the birthday of one of my lovely blogging buddies … everyone in blogland knows her, her stunning style, her wonderful contribution to our community through numerous design teams, her always encouraging, supportive and insightful comments … and on top of all that, she’s a thoroughly delightful soul!  So … please sing along where ever you are in the world, you never know how far many voices will travel … Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear Ardyth, Happy Birthday to you!   Hope you heard that, my friend … I sang it loud!  Wishing you a day full of happiness and a wonderful, creative and joy filled year ahead!

Happy Birthday Ardyth, LIM 173, Time Out 6

I’m sure my inspiration for this card came partly from seeing Ardyth’s wonderful cards at Maskerade … bright colours, graphic shapes, lots of white space!  It also came from Time Out, where there’s a fantastic ‘Home Sweet Home’ photo (below).   I focussed on the square shapes of the seats and for my colours, I picked out the seat to the left of the picture with the rug draped across it.  I’m also joining in at Less is More, where we’re using die cuts this week.

ETA  The team at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday are having an Anything Goes week, so I’m linking up there too!

Using a panel of card the same as the base, I die cut the letters from Mama Elephant, set them aside and sliced up the negative space … horizontally to split the word and vertically to separate the letters.  The negative pieces (bottom half) were coloured with Promarkers and were adhered to a piece of light card, trimmed to size.  I coloured the letters, coated them with Wink of Stella and slotted them into their negative spaces.  The rest of the sentiment was stamped and white embossed across all the colours and the resulting panel was popped up on foam tape on the card base.  Voila … my attempt at an Ardythesque card!

I may be back later with a little something else, depending on whether the idea translates well from brain to paper!  Thanks so much for coming by … your visits and lovely comments truly are a joy!  Anita 🙂

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54 thoughts on “Happy Birthday, Ardyth! Less Is More #173 (Die Cuts), Time Out #6 (Home Sweet Home), SSS Wednesday 28/5 (Anything Goes)

  1. Bev

    Jaw-dropping. Seriously cool, and Miss Ardyth is going to love this, I just know it! And she’s passed some of her “see-the-whole-bit, take-a-small-portion-and-make-it-your-own” inspiration along to you! It’s totally brilliant. Such a wonderful card, my dear friend. LOVE this. Just might have to pin this one…: )

  2. c

    A most excellent card for Ardyth, Anita – and your tribute to how amazing she is rings true! Love the graphic brilliance of your design, and the Happy across the top of the lovely colour blocks adds impact. Did I read right that you die-cut the letters? Does that mean a C plate now resides in your house? Awesome! Fabulous card, my dear friend – I can just picture the mega watt smile that will appear alllllll over Ardyth’s face when she sees this! Hugs~c

  3. Bobby

    You did Ardyth proud, Anita. This is so her style with your twist on it. She’ll love it, not only because it is her style but because you made it for her.

  4. baileyrosy

    I heard you shouting happy birthday all the way over here in GREECE ! and your card shouted out to me too, what a classy,CAS masterpiece Anita I love the graphic design.


  5. Sandie

    Truly stunning and Arydth will love it for sure. I live the bold yet pretty style of your card. Thanks for joining us at TIME OUT x

  6. Brenda

    Oh I am loving this birthday card Anita!! So bright and cheery and I am loving all the white space! Happy Birthday to your friend Ardyth and will go over to her blog to say it as well! Hugs, Brenda

  7. Beverley

    WOW! Love this Anita & such a FABulous CAS(E) of Ardyth’s style. Thanks for taking the TIME OUT and joining in on the challenge. Hugs Bev x

  8. Geri G

    …. I’m quite sure I heard you signing…

    A-MAZING card!!! Your sweet ‘stand up’ letters look so cool and paired with the blocks of color totally scream ARDYTH!!! She is going to love this card! Tons of textured white space &, stunning colors…WOW!!!

  9. Geri G

    oooops….that’s suppose to be SINGING not signing….although singing and signing would be nice for those that are hearing impaired!

  10. Lou Sears

    Hi, I just love your cards. Today I seen the card I guess from Ardyth – it said Happy Birthday Sandie and had Happy Birthday on the blue strip across the card and cut out dots. It was dated may 16, 2014. I would love to know if the cut out dots strip is a die and if so where could I purchase it.

    I just love your website and when I see it on my e-mail I can’t wait to open it. Thank you. Lou Sears

  11. Tracey McNeely

    Anita this is fantastic for Ardyth! She will definitely love this! The graphic style and inlaid die cut rocks. Sneaky Ardyth, I did not know it was her birthday. We are having lunch is a couple weeks so she will just have to get a hug then!

  12. Ardyth

    Late to my own party! I’m so sorry – I’ve been at Kate’s school all day, organizing and hosting the Staff Appreciation Lunch and am just now getting to see all the beautiful cards and wishes! And you know I just love this one -the colours, the die cuts (in GREY!) So pretty! Thank you so much, my friend!

  13. Lisa Kind

    Love how you die cut the word happy and embossed the rest! Such a great use of the inspiration photo! Thanks for taking the Time Out to play with us!

  14. BarbGhig

    I really love how you designed your card, Anita…so perfectly inspired by Ardyth, and so perfect for her! I know she will enjoy it for a long time to come, too!

  15. djkardkreations

    Your place is the one place in Blogland where every card’s a winner, Anita! This is Absolutely Ardyth and Absolutely Astounding!! That’s a 4A card!! And WTG lining it up with all the challenges!! Hugs, Darnell

  16. Sarah

    This is beautiful, striking card and a beautiful write up for Ardyth too.
    Great use of dies and well done on the challenge combination.
    Love these colours and simplicity but vibrant image
    Thanks so much for sharing and taking part.
    Sarah xx
    Less is More

  17. Rosemary D

    this card is absolutely brilliant, anita!! i think you definitely nailed the “ardyth” look!!

  18. Loll Thompson

    Such a perfect card to celebrate – Ardyth-style! 🙂 Fabulous graphic design with fun, bright colors – what could be better??!! Happy Birthday to Ardyth! Loll xx

  19. kimheggins

    Wow…this is so Ardyth and such a sweet birthday card. I love your style and I am sure that Ardyth does too. You are just so sweet to honor this sweet lady with your post. Enjoy your weekend!

  20. Deepti

    This is a winner! jaw dropping pretty, mind blowing unique and amazingly brilliant , I am running short of adjectives, love it 🙂

  21. Lindsey L

    Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous in every way! It totally reminds me of Ardyth, but is still so wonderfully you. This is such a fantastic card, Anita.

  22. Anne Ray

    Sorry to be so late commenting on the die cut challenge
    What a super creation Anita!
    Thanks so much for joining LIM this week
    Less is More Designer

  23. cheiron

    Fabulous use of colors and die cuts! Thank you so much for playing along with the Anything Goes Challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog this week 🙂

  24. Shona Chambers

    Gorgeous!!! This is so clever with the way you die cut ‘happy’, have never seen this done before, you little paper genius!! And the colours are so beautiful, I bet this card was very much loved!!

  25. Ardyth

    YAY my birthday card made you a winner (you were already a winner in my book!) I love this card and have it proudly displayed in my studio!


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