Tuesday, April 10, 2012

happy birthday, CCCB! ♥

as you know, one of my favorite all-time challenge blogs is city crafter, where my dearest darlings kirsty vittetoe, ros crawford, cheryl nelson and linda robinson provide us with heaping helpings of brilliant ideas and artsy inspiration every single week! so of course i was thrilled to be asked to help them celebrate their second birthday with a super-fun challenge they like to call


we can select any project from any of those lovely ladies at any time during the entire 103 previous weeks of awesome challenges. after a whollllllllllllllle lot of scrolling, surfing, drooling and deliberation... (trying to settle on just ONE!!!) ...i chose this gorgeous card of kirsty's from CCCB week #63

as you can see, it's totally lovely, and eminiently lift-worthy in its own right, but also it occurred to me that since the challenge that week was to create a project using this awesome sketch by ros... i'd kind of be sneaking in a tribute to a second CCCB designer, wahey! then i  thought--a bit devilishly-- "why stop there?!" maybe i could work in inspiration from the other ladies, too, whilst i was about it? so i also chose a beautiful fairy element on this card of linda's, (not to mention the way she's mounted it atop a super skinny scalloped frame!) and these divine music paper butterflies of cheryl's (specifically the way she has used them alongside text paper) that just blow me away! so i sat for a while, reflecting upon alllllllllllllllll of that amazing inspiration... and then i made THIS: 

you can see i've used loads of elements from kirsty's card: soft colors paired with neutrals, pretty floral elements, plenty of stitching, and the big crinkled ribbon bow anchored with a vintage button; then i've followed ros' sketch quite faithfully; plus i've incorporated the fairies and butterflies from linda and cheryl, respectively! then i added one more little twist of my own to honor the occasion of this challenge:

yes, it's a BIRTHDAY BOOK! i made a template for each month in my favorite graphics program and printed them out on clear labels which i affixed to pieces of coordinating patterned paper which make up the pages of my book:

just mark the names of your friends and family next to day of the month on which their birthday occurs and "voila"-- you'll never be late for a festive occasion again! :)

and now i'd just like to say:

...and many more!" 

i hope you will drop by city crafter to see all of the fabulous birthday-based eye-candy, and read the full details of how you can get a shot at this week's lovely prize by creating your own tribute to any one (or more?!) of these talented ladies!!! ♥!

*i've seen C.A.S.E. defined variously  as "copy and share everything" "copy and selectively edit" and even "copy another scrapper's efforts"... but the basic meaning is, you're attempting a fairly faithful adaptation of someone else's project, while giving them full credit for the idea. (i say "attempting" in that, much like my forays into minimalism, my efforts often have more intention/admiration than exactitude. ah well. it's fun to TRY, though!!!)

supplies used in this project: the base of this is an old 6x8" anna griffin minibook which i have completely re-covered and also replaced the pages; vintage: sheet music, text paper and button; patterned paper: graphic 45, mme, pink paislee, current, dcwv, basic grey; tissue tape: tim holtz; crinkled ribbon: pixie dust paperie; butterfly punch: martha stewart; border punches: recollections; inks: colorbox; adhesives: xyron, uhu gluestick, 3m foam tape, sewing machine.


  1. WOW, such a brilliant pixie card, it is wonderful to see bits and pieces from our DT and come up with a Lauren's version, simply wonderful!
    Thanks for being our guest on our Special Post, and thanks for being a great blog friend of CCCB!!!!

  2. oh my... this just took my breath away! BEAUTIFUL!! xo Wendy


  4. This is just FANTASTIC!!!! I love this book ... and you are so kind to think of us all ... soooooo HAPPY to have you with us this week at CCCB ... couldn't think of anyone better to come to the party!

  5. Wow!...that's all I can say...wow!
    Breathtakingly beautiful!

  6. WOW!! I really need to stop by here more often. Your creations are awesome. I just love this!!!


  7. Sooooooooo gorgeous...I adore your project!

  8. Aw!! Your creation is gorgeous, Lauren!! Love everything about this project. You designed it so beautifully!!!

    Big hugs from your new follower, Tan!

  9. Adorei ler todo teu texto sobre as explicações do estudo de caso e....uau!! Tem tudo aí! Um pouco e muito de cada designer, além de seu próprio também! Adorei seu trabalho!! Abraços!

  10. That is so cool and not easy to do! Wowsers. So pretty. I don't currently have a birthday book. I totally should have one. I'm getting more forgetful the older I get. This is Logan's birthday month and what seems like all of Logan/Leo's friends are born in April too. ha! Hope you are doing well. Have a package coming to you soon!


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