Ummmm...I should warn you. Sometimes I just get carried away with things. Yes! I do. Case in point: below you'll see this week's Mojo Monday Layout Sketch 121: You know how I've been saying that I want to use some older stamps that haven't been inked in a while? This sketch looked perfect for a birthday card layout so I got out this "Sweet Delights - Cupcake Stand" by Inkspirations and the sentiment stamp that goes with it, "Have your cupcake and eat it too!", also by Inkspirations.
Cute, eh? I used up some scraps of patterned paper and flowers that I hadn't used in ages, added some ribbon, a button, and only had to color the cupcake papers and then I used some liquid pearls for the frosting and cherry and microbeads for the sprinkles. VOILA! A very simple birthday card using Julee's great mojo sketch and there I had a birthday card.
Then I said to myself, "Jennifer, that was quick and cute and you KNOW you never get birthday cards sent on time and you have all of these bits and bobs laying around, so why not make a couple in different colors?" Hey! I'm a genius, right? So I stamped the cupcake tree 20 times!
Just look how cute the blue card is! I think I should make 5 cards of each color. (I thought 6 of each color would be better but, hey...let's not go wild here!)
Oh! Don't forget green! This might be a good one for the men, doncha think? Sure it has a flower on it but it is a manly stripe background!
Well, I happily colored cupcake papers and soon had enough for a set of 16 cards - 4 cards in each color. And above is the set of 16 birthday cards ready to use.
What happened to the other four images? Hadn't I stamped 20 total? Well, actually I messed up an image and so I had three extra and I'd already cleaned my stamps and I didn't really feel like getting it back out and stamping more so I only had three extra. Now what do I do with these three odd ball images?
Lo and behold in my stash of previously embossed cardstock I found 3 Happy Birthday backgrounds using the Cuttlebug Happy Birthday embossing folder. Now why hadn't I used these before? I surely don't know but I AM going to use them now. And I only had a 7 inch piece of this adorable blue gingham/checked ribbon. Not enough to do much with but just perfect for a blue card! YIPPEE! Another card finished. Now we are at 17 cards.
I like green! Always have. I want another green card and this tiny satin ribbon never gets used much and I have a lot of it sooooo...another card is made. 18 cards.
RED! I love red! Bold! Bright! Beautiful red. And this red twill happy birthday to you ribbon has been in my stash for YEARS and I love it and never use it. So I MUST make a red card too.
And there you have it! What started out as Julee's Mojo Monday challenge 121 became an adventure in over-abundance or excess or fun....call it whatever you like.
And chances are if you receive a birthday card from me this year then you are looking at it right now!
Cheers to you and I hope you have a day filled with delightful abundance!