Tuesday, May 20, 2014

happy birthday ♥SOS♥!

would you believe the shopping our stash challenge blog is THREE years old already??! i haven't quite been on board since the very beginning like leslie and alica and deena, but i joined midway through the first year and have had a total blast ever since! if you've never played along, i heartily invite you to dust off some of your most treasured older supplies* and see if you can't think of a cool new way to use 'em! this week the challenge is super-simple and perfectly appropriate: we want to see birthday or anniversary cards. easy peasy! here's mine:

(patterned paper: recollections, kay and co, glitz design, pink paislee, making memories + papaya art glitter giftwrap + cool vintage doily from stephanie; florals: prima; leaf diecut: kay and co; brad: my mind's eye; happy birthday rub-on: fancy pants; ink: colorbox; adhesives: staples brand gluetape runner, 3m foam tape, sewing machine)

i'm not sure you can tell from the photo, but the silver-grey leafy bits in the background paper are actually highlighted with silver glitter. i'm not sure you can tell from this next photo, either, but it's arguably slightly better than the first one. plus it shows the layers on the cupcake, which i really like, lol, so there's that!

something else i really like is being part of the awesome SOS team, so i hope you'll take a little time to visit their blogs, see their gorgeous projects, and leave them a little loooooooove:

thank you, darlings! 

**hence the name, "shopping our stash"; we're trying to use what we have instead of perpetually chasing the latest and greatest. or, if you prefer, we're using up older stuff to make room for a few new goodies. it's up to you! :)


  1. Thanks for all the (gah) PINK! You do it so well. :):):)

    And I love how you take those "page" sketches and make them into cards, oh, Queen of the Layers.

  2. Such a perfect sweet delish card!

  3. I can pick up peeks of that silver glitter and it's fabulous! SO beautiful and yummy looking.

  4. Ohhhhhhhh so pretty!!! Who wouldn't LOVE a birthday card with a cupcake on a doily?? The colours are so good together! Great job lady!!

  5. Beautiful card, the cupcake is awesome. love your take on the sketch.Super Job!!

  6. Oh, just look at that yummy, beautiful, cupcakey goodness! Love the pretty cupcake you built atop the doily - beautiful! I do, I see the sparkle and bling, such a nice touchl! Yes, I agree - a dynamite sketch. Hope I can time to play along this week...

    And, thank you, thank YOU so much for your visits and your always enjoyable, lovely, heartfelt comments. It is nice to be welcomed back so very kindly after the break I took from blogging. You are so generous and thorough (details!) with your comments - I so enjoy your visits! I can't even begin to imagine how FUN you would be to meet in person!!!
    so you actually saw the Vermeer from the book? - how totally amazing is that! I don't think I'll find that particular brand of awesome up here in Northwestern ON, lol, but I so enjoyed the book. (Now if you are looking for outdoor adventure and nature - and lack of traffic - this is the place!) I have started "Wolf Hall" and found the 1st few chapters a challenge but am settling into her style of writing which I find interesting but challenging. How many Thomas's were there for goodness sakes?!?! good thing for the character guide at the front! lol, I hear they just get better and that readers are anxiously awaiting the third book. always good to find an established series for which there are already a few out and just waiting to be picked up!
    Thanks again!
    Shanna :)

  7. It;'s amazing karc, so beautiful and elegant. I love colors. Thanks for playing along with Cardabilities :)

  8. What a stunning card, Lauren! Love your take on the colors and sketch! And yes, you can see the silvery glitter on the card! Well done!

  9. Beautiful card
    Thanks for playing along with Cardabilities .

  10. That cupcake is a stunner! I love the stitching on the layers, and that doily....sigh....I'm a sucker for doilies :)

  11. Hi!
    Congratulaions! Your card is beautiful!
    Thanks for join us at Cardabilities!

  12. So sweet card!
    Amazing color combination!
    Thanks for joining us at Cardabilities.

  13. Such a pretty card! Love the mix of patterns!

  14. wooowwwww I love your muffin...it bring me an Idea to make a muffin card for my sister bday...your choice of paper really lovely...and nice doily there too..nice flower too...are all gorgeous together...big hugs....Monika

  15. Really cute card!! Love the idea of using your stash supplies. Thank you for sharing your card with us on Cardabilites.

  16. WOW!!! Dear Lauren, you made so beautiful card using sketch from Karan! It's really amazing!!! I love your take on the sketch so much!!! And I became a follower of your sweet blog :) Thanks for playing along with us at Cardabilities! :)
    ~Olga Kovalchuk

  17. Very sweet! Thanks for playing along with us at Cardabilities!


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