Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Happy 21st

I made a quick card last night as I remembered it is my nephews 21st tomorrow.  :-0  Well I knew it was his birthday but forgot I had to make a card.  Guess the card won't arrive quite on time. Oops! I decided to try and incorporate Unstampabelles latest challenge of 'Dare to get Dirty' and attempted the added twist of photographing the journey.  So I started with a piece of Stamping Up Very Vanilla, my glitter tray, one bouncy ball and my two refill inks for my Copics.

I attached the card stock with a little double sided tape so it wouldn't move about then dotted the inks around the edge of the card.

Then the fun began.  I rolled the ball through the inks and over the card to create the background.

Next I used my gold spritz spray on the base card of SU Soft Suede…this is definitely messy.

Decided that I would spray the ball rolled background too.

I found some keys that I have had in my stash for many a year. Thought this worked well as you are meant to get a key when you turn 21.  The sentiment I printed on my computer and then pin pricked a line underneath.

This morning I decided to write in the words alongside each key - Key to Life, Key to Love, Key to Happiness

Then wrote this on the inside of the card.  After all Google is the answer to everything isn't it. 

I have added this card to the Make It Monday challenge also.

Hope you are all having a wonderful day, thanks for stopping on by. Before I go I will share some photos.

Last week we had an amazing time on the Gold Coast (QLD) catching up with our son and my MIL.  This was the view from our balcony.

Night time view.  That is the Q1 you can see….tallest building in Australia.

Our son either camera shy or fixing his mop of hair. :-)

We saw awesome sandcastles….13 in all I think.

Spent an afternoon at Palm Beach while our son completed filming a short film.

Took MIL on a river ferry to see the views… had to be the hottest day we were there.  Was just like being in Cairns. :-)

One of the different sights we saw while driving around….Mario Bros on scooters. 

Hope to catch up with you all again soon.


  1. Beautiful card, I was fascinated by how you made the background too. Beautiful photos of your trip too. ~Diane

  2. Hello Merry. I LOVE the card and the words inside are fantastic. Beautiful photos. I saw this on MIM..Loz

  3. Hello there, what cool pics there. Glad you had a nice time.
    This technique is sooooooo funky. I saw the kids do it in KG and I said to my self, "What a wonderful world that these kids get to do such advanced art". I like the way you glitttered it - looks so grand. Super duper card and so witty too. The Google bit made me laugh.
    The keys fit the bill totally.
    Hope all is well with you and yours,

    Monica xxx

  4. Never seen or heard of the ball technique before, great results. Wonderful card too, love the sentiments.
    Finally lovely photos, what a great post.
    Linby x

  5. How clever is this technique! Looks fantastic and well up to the standard expected from a loved aunt. Thanks for entering your work in the Unstampabelles challenge. Love the photos too.

  6. What a fun way to make a card. Thanks for sharing the journey too. Great 21st card! Thank you for sharing with us at Make it Monday!

    Have a great week
    Rachael :-)

  7. WHat a fun technique to use rolling ball I loved it and the keys with msg too :D !

  8. Very pretty card!! We do that here with creating art once in awhile for fun too except we use marbles. Love how you card turned out!! What an amazing view looks like such a pretty place. Glad you had an awesome trip!!

  9. Your card may arrive late, but I'll bet it's the nicest one he gets! have a good weekend.

  10. Looks like that old marble technique we used to do -- roll marbles through drops of ink, then put paper on dribbles. Your card looks nice! How's mom, by the way? I found another blog for you to check out -- she has a great idea using rolladex cards for faith-based education -- I just love the eye candy on Pinterest!

  11. I thought I had commented, but I must have just thought I did lol!

    That is a fun technique for the background, it makes it look like fancy parchment paper!

    Great pics, glad you had a good time on the Gold Coast!

  12. What a fantastic 21st card Merry! LOVE how you did the background. I had totally forgotten about this technique - thanks for the reminder.

    Beautiful photos! The view looks amazing from your balcony.

    Jocelyn x


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