Saturday, August 18, 2012

Rebecca's Birthday Blog Hop Bash - Artiste 365 Project #2

Happy Birthday Rebecca!!!

Rebecca joined my Close to My Heart team a few months ago and I am very proud of the great things she has done with her business! Even though her Birthday was Monday, we are celebrating by doing a Birthday Themed Blog hop!!!! We would love for you to hop along with us and celebrate her birthday!!! One lucky Winner who follows all the way through will win an awesome Prize Pack... I also know there are prizes along the way!

You should have come here from Jamie at, but if you just popped on by to see me today then head on over to Rebecca at to start the hop from the beginning. You won't want to miss any of these amazing projects!!! The ladies in participating in this birthday blog hop bash are all very talented!

So for my project I wanted to a unique birthday card with the new Artiste Cricut cartridge by Close to My Heart. For those of you who are following my Artiste 365 Project, this is Project #2 :)

The design of the card is pretty basic. What makes this card pop is the great shape that I cut out using Artiste and the technique I did on the background. The background looks like it is metal. However, it started out as plain white cardstock and only took me a few minutes to do.

Here are the supplies you will need for the background:
Bamboo Exclusive Inks® Stamp Pad
Twilight Exclusive Inks® Stamp Pad
Olive Exclusive Inks® Stamp Pad
Cocoa Exclusive Inks® Stamp Pad
Sponge Daubers
Versamark® Ink Pad 
Gold Embossing Powder

I will be posting a more details tutorial of how to do the patina technique but have scanned in photos of what each step of the inking process looks like. Be sure to stop back later today for detailed instructions on how to do this great technique!

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To celebrate Rebecca's Birthday, I wanted to giveaway a special prize! All you have to do to have a chance to win is to become a follower of my blog, make a comment below and let me know what you think of this technique and also in your comment send Rebecca Happy Birthday wishes :) That's it!

What is the prize you ask? I am working to put together a special prize package today of some goodies, including a Close to My Heart stamp set that is no longer available!

Again, Happy Birthday Rebecca!!! I am very proud of you and am so glad you joined my team! :)

And your next stop on the hop is Paula at

The Blog Lineup


  1. Today (August 19) is MY birthday, so I'm feeling like this blog hop was heaven-sent for me to visit to be showered with birthday goodness. Thank you! I am a new follower!

    Ellen ♥ CardMonkey

  2. My comment must not have weird! Anyways....HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELLEN!!!! I am so glad to have you as a new follower:)

    1. I know I posted a comment too, but don't see it now. Just want to let you know what a lovely card this is and thanks for the tutorial!! ~ Blessings, Tracey

  3. Hi Mandy! New follower here! :) I love your how you showed the stages of color! Thank you for the chance to win a prize, too! How sweet is that?! Have a great night!


  4. Happy late birthday to Rebecca!
    I signed up as a NEW email follower.
    I love your card.
    This technique is beautiful.
    It looks fun to do.
    Looking forward to your tutorial.
    dmcardmaker (at AOL)
    (email follower)

  5. I love the technique but I don't know if I'm bold enough to try... I do have a Christmas card idea that will be using embossed background paper though so it could be a perfect time to try! TFS!

    Also, Happy Birthday Rebecca!

    1. Peneeeee you won the drawing :) Congrats! If you could email me your mailing address I will get your prizes sent out to you :) My email is:

      Again CONGRATS! :)

  6. WOW Love the technique of this project, Great Idea!! And sending out a Very Happy Birthday wish to Rebecca!! Also a brand new follower here! Happty to have found this Blog!!! TFS!!!
    ilovetonkinese2 (at) hotmail (dot) com