A Soft and Sweet First Birthday Card

I have worked with Cheryl for several years.  She is always so good about quietly recognizing people’s birthdays – a card here, a cookie there.  I admire that because I can’t ever seem to get it together to obey the  birthday list I created late last year.  Terrible me.  Cheryl asked me for a birthday card for a one-year old girl.  The request was “girly girly.”  Lucky for me, her request for a card coordinates with this week’s tic-tac-toe challenge from The Paper Players.  Here’s my card:

Betsy's Blossoms, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PP189

And here’s Nance’s Tic Tac Toe board:

If you haven’t seen a tic-tac-toe challenge before, you pick three in a row (across, down or diagonal).  I picked the top row – Birthday, Any punch of die and Ribbon or twine.

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Girly Girly.  Perhaps this isn’t the most creative color combination, but I can’t but think that Pink Pirouette and Wisteria Wonder are perfect colors for a “girly-girly” project.  Don’t you agree?  I tried to add little pops of green or pale yellow to the combination, but it just didn’t work for me.  Pale pink and pale purple worked so well with the pops of white.
  • A Soft Betsy’s Blossom.  I love the large flower from Betsy’s Blossom, and I’ve used it so many bold, bright ways.  I was excited to use it as a pale accent on this card.  This sweet and gentle burst was a perfect platform for the “1”.
  • Line up the Polka Dots.  Both of the polka dot papers come from the Subtles Designer Series Paper Stack.  To perfectly line up the polka dots, I cropped the Pink Pirouette piece of paper (from the edge of the paper).  I glued that down to the Wisteria Wonder piece and then trimmed off the top and bottom until they were balanced how I wanted them.  That left the polka dots perfectly aligned.

Stamp sets:  Betsy’s Blossoms  Papers:  Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White, Subtles Designer Series Paper Stack (Pink Pirouette, Wisteria Wonder)  Inks:  Pink Pirouette  Accessories:  Circles Collection Framelits, Typeset Alphabet Bigz Die, Whisper White 3/8″ Taffeta Ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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  1. Brian, I love the colors of this card with the enough white to really make it pop. Simple but very elegant and easily sent through the mail. Thanks for the inspiration everyday.

  2. Beautiful! Love the colours together 🙂

  3. Laurie Burns Gachewicz

    Softly subtle and sweetly simple! I LOVE everything about this card Brian, especially the colors and the perfectly positioned polka dots!!! 🙂

  4. Gorgeous card! I love the colors and the number on top of the flower is very clever!
    A lovely start to my day!! ~Anne

  5. Simply elegant! Love everything about it

  6. Soft and pretty . Good color combo and that one is perfect right where it is. A good card for simplicity and sweetness. And I think I will pull out that Blossom ….haven`t used it lately !

  7. Maria Rodriguez

    Love this Tic Tac Toe sketch, it’s fun and gives you a lot of choices. I like your choice and the colors are great. Simple and pretty, the bow just completes this card beautifully.

  8. Simple ‘n sweet…with the addition of the coordinating envelope, perfection!

  9. Simple and sweet……perfect!

  10. Love the bow! Very nice, soft and perfect! 🙂

  11. Well Brian – I don’t think that card could be much more “girly, girly” than it is to you hit the nail on the head once again. I think it’s really sweet of you to make cards for your workmates when they need one. You are a very special guy for sure.

  12. I LOVE polka dots and I LOVE this card. It is so softly sweet and girly!

  13. You did an beautiful job making this card, so soft and elegant – as many others have said. Gorgeous, card for little ones 🙂

  14. That’s so pretty Brian, a sweet idea !!!’
    Hugs frenchie

  15. Brian…I love this simple classy and girly card! My granddaughter is having her 6th birthday in two weeks and she will LOVE this…EVERYTHING is pink and purple in her life right now! Thank you very much for sharing. 🙂

  16. Just darling! Love the pretty colors! It makes for the perfect little girl bday card!

  17. Hi Brian,
    I love this challenge and attempted to pull a card together the other night with this. I got as far as picking my three items, but have yet to make the card… time is running out. Perhaps I’ll squeeze time in tonight to get it done. I hope so. Tic-Tac-Toe makes the possibilities endless 🙂

  18. Love the blossom you used as a background for the “1”. Pretty!

  19. It’s adorable….these colors would certainly appeal to my little three-year-old granddaughter! Thanks for playing with our challenge this week!

  20. Love the mix of colors and patterns, Brian! The big, bold “1” really stands out. Thank you so much for joining us this week at the Paper Players! 🙂

  21. Brian, nothing says girlie like pink and polka dots! I love the flower image with the 1 on top. So pretty. Thank you for joining the Paper Players again this week

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