Sunday, July 17, 2011

Birthday Trees


I'm a maple tree. This site gives insight on your birthday tree. What tree are you?


Today I'm hopping along with other Waltzingmouse Stamp fans, with this month's theme being a Birthday Party! I pulled out some birthday party supplies in the form of a crepe paper roll and fiddled until I came up with something I liked.


Leaves, lots of misted, crinkled and pretty rose leaves from Roses in Bloom. I layered them to my card base in a random fashion with some gesso and then after the panel dried, I finished the card with a birthday sentiment, some real twine wrapped twigs and then adhered it to a dark green base. Even though the leaves are technically from a flower stamp set, I appreciate the fact that they didn't discriminate on my card and became tree leaves, and trees to me are a good representation of age.


Maple, Independence of Mind
No ordinary person, full imagination and originality, shy and reserved, ambitious, proud, self-respect, hungers for new experiences, sometimes nervous, many complexes, good memory, learns easily, complicated love life,
wants to impress.

The little quiz mentioned at the beginning of my post is quite fun, and true for me-the good and the bad! Is your Birthday Tree a good representation of you?

Supplies Used:
Cardstock: (Very Vanilla, True Thyme) SU
Stamps: (Leaves from Roses in Bloom, Sentiment from Teeny Trees) Waltzingmouse Stamps
Ink: (Peeled Paint Distress) Ranger, (True Thyme Pigment) SU
Fiber: (Burlap String in Linen) May Arts
Other: (Twig), (Gesso), (Crepe Paper)

58 comments:

Pauline said...

This is lovely, such a natural rustic feel.

Jay Gee said...

Interesting use of crepe paper and the end result is wonderful :)

Debgem said...

I really like the texture and natural feel to your card. This is really super!

Deirdre said...

Wow Karen, love what you created. I'll have to think about what type of tree I am!

Craftilicious said...

Oh your crepe paper leaves are brilliant!

artfuldelight said...

Beautiful card! Love the crepe paper leaves, very creative. I am an Olive tree and the description is pretty accurate. :-)

{Lynn - that's me!} said...

What a great card. Never would have thought to stamp on crepe paper. Love the earthy feel to your design.

sherryann (aka Sherry Eckblad) said...

Great card and I agree I never would of thought of stamping on crepe paper.

I think I would be a dogwood tree.

Claire Brennan said...

Oh gosh Karen, this is superb!Totally fresh! never seen this done before! thank you so much for waltzing along with us and providing such fabby inspiration!

I'm Renee said...

Gorgeous!
Love the texture of stamping on the crepe paper!
And I'm a weeping willow...
parts are accurate...
others not so much...
but I absolutely loved reading it...
thanks so much for sharing that link!:)

Cyndie said...

Wow, awesome layered leaves! I love how it came out--thanks for sharing the details!

annieambriel said...

this rustically gorgeous

Julia Aston said...

What a very fun clever design! love the twigs and the leaves stamped on crepe paper!

Lindsay said...

This is so fun Karen! Love the leaves stamped on crepe paper. The twig is a fab accent!

Jocelyn said...

Wowsers, Karen! The crepe leaves are gorgeous when layered. What an amazing card. My tree is just a little like me, but maybe I was born on the wrong day ;) Thanks for the link--it's cool!

Ryann Salamon said...

What a great idea. Love the texture on this!

Christina said...

Love the texture the crepe paper adds to your leaves, and the twigs are the perfect natural embellishment. Off to see what tree I am...

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

I am not sure my tree represents me 100% accurately...but fun exercise. Love the idea of using crepe paper, how clever.

Laurel said...

What a fabulous card, love the use of the branches!

Inkyfingers said...

So artistic and creative. Lovely design.
Hugs
Carol x

Aimes said...

Genius! What a genius idea, executed to perfection! Love the idea of using trees to signify age!
Hugs,
Aimes
x

Lynn said...

What a clever, clever idea...and it meets your description of full of imagination and originality. I read mine...don't like it :) so I'm hoping it's not true!! Mine is the walnut tree. Fun to read what trees Pat and the boys are too.

Julie E said...

That looks so good - I never would have guessed what you made it out of!!! BTW I am an apple tree - at least I will never go hungry :>)

Karin (Peppermintpatty) said...

LOVELY BD card! That twig is the perfect touch!

Trinh said...

Gorgeous, Karen! I love the leaves stamped on crepe paper, great texture.
I'm a cedar which is ironic since they cause me misery from November to March.

Julie said...

This is gorgeous, Karen! What a fun technique! Thanks for sharing with us! :)

Purrfect Paper Creations said...

What a fun card--I love your creativity here! The crepe paper give your card a very "tree" feel, and thanks for the link to that website. It was very interesting!

Chris L.

Joanne Gilch said...

That was fun, I am a fir tree and most of it is so true!! thanks for the link.
Great intro into your tree....You are very creative and the twigs...nice: the crepe paper...out standing! Happy to be waltzing with you!!!

Diana Queen said...

Karen, this card is the perfect example of why I love to stop by your blog... you are so creative, and your clean style is a breath of fresh air. I've used crepe paper on cards... but never thought to stamp on it! Very cool!

snowbear said...

Love the birthday tree idea!

Jen W. said...

I'm a cypress and it definitely ticks quite a few Jen boxes!

Love the effect of the crepe paper with the gesso and the twigs are the perfect accessories!

Karen said...

One of the most creative uses of crepe paper I've seen. This is beautiful!

BabyBokChoy said...

Wow, to think you did it on crepe paper, brilliant idea dear Maple Tree!! :)

Charmaine Stack said...

Lovely use of crepe paper and adding the real twig was perfect!

~ Ali Watson ~ said...

Fabby creation, love it very creative.

Happy Waltzing

Ali x

Cassie_lu said...

love the unique design you gave the theme and card.

jengd said...

Great card- LOVE the twigs. As for the bday trees, it's a bit frightening how on the spot mine is and my hubby's isn't too far off. I can only hope my son's turns out to be true too. :)

dahlhousedesigns said...

My jaw just DROPPED! Fabulous idea. Love the great texture and wonderful design!

lisa a.

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

OHHHH! This is just stunning! I love the idea of crate/tissue paper--and that branch! OH! LOVELY! I will have to check out my tree! FUN!

Cathy Weber said...

Unbelieveably unique take on the birthday party theme with a birthday tree. What a great idea and I love your card with the twig and twine.

LaurieJ said...

Beautiful card! So creative. I love the texture and the natural element.

Jenny said...

What a wonderful earthy card Karen, I love how the crepe has given the texture to the leaves:)
I'm a fig and it's pretty spot on too:)
Jenny x

lynn said...

the crepe paper and twig make for an awesome design, karen! the bd tree site was very interesting--tfs:)

Tosha Leyendekker said...

This is so creative and beautiful. Love your crepe leaves and natural twig.

Andrea M said...

Stamping on crepe paper and incorporation of nature!!! Wow, wow and WOW!!! Gorgeous!

Jen Cuthbertson said...

I love this! The twigs and those crepe paper leaves are such amazing touches!

Nancy said...

Stamping on crepe paper...who would have thought it would look this great! Definitely a wow card.

Cristina said...

I was impressed enough by the twig, but then to learn that you did the leaves out of crepe paper? Brilliant.

Belinda said...

Karen, this is absolutely brilliant! Love the effect of the crinkle from the crepe paper and the actual twine! Absolutely genius! The part where Maples are filled with imagination and originality... totally true!

~amy~ said...

crepe paper...you're a genius...love your card Karen!

~Tammy~ said...

More clever work from a super clever gal! Awesome card!

Cynthia Schelzig said...

Fabulous piece Karen...have a good week!!!

Sarah said...

I don't have a birthday tree! They skipped right over mine.

I do however, love your card. The crepe leaves have such amazing texture. And those twigs! Gahh. I may not like bulky embellishments, but for some reason I love twigs on cards. Yours is just lovely.

Helen L said...

I really love what you did with the leaves: what a creative idea!! TFS!!!

Sue W said...

What a fabulous card Love your crepe leaves!

Alice Wertz said...

wow! love the translucent look the streamer and gesso gave. such a beautiful effect and thanks for sharing the technique! so cool and beautiful. love this!

Valerie said...

Great technique Karen - love how you used that crepe paper roll. (Oh, and I'm a cedar tree :)

Emily Leiphart said...

Whoa, I just love your creativity! This is really beautiful.