Practicing Creativity

Have a SPEC-tacular Birthday card

This card I whipped up for a friend features the Cheers to You Ladies digital stamp from Pattie's Creations. I love the specs on these ladies. But, hold on...are sunglasses considered spectacles? I hadn't really thought about that when I came up with the idea for this card. 

To be sure, I looked up the definition for spectacles and it says, "...a pair of glasses for correcting defective vision. Often (informal) shortened to: specs." case you're wondering, all three of these ladies are wearing corrective vision transition eyeglasses. Specs it is!

I've had this Artemio eyeglasses die for the longest time. I picked it up for a song in my favorite outlet shop. I was glad to finally use it. That long strip down the middle is a no-brand die set I bought last year. These extra long dies cut strips the length of a slimline card, which is the reason I bought them, thinking they'd be nice decoration in lieu of ribbon. Although I used one small strip on the bottom edge of this masculine windsurfer card and to give a bit of color inside a card at the bottom of the sentiment page, I've yet to use them on a slimline card.

Paper is from a pad I picked up in a grocery store discount bin. Enamel dots give a decorative touch. Sentiment was created with Annie BTN font.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, discount paper pad
Digital stamp – Patties Creations Cheers to You Ladies
Dies – Artemio spectacles, Die-namics rectangle stax and banners, no-brand long strip dies
Embellishments – enamel dots
Font – Annie BTN 
Spectrum Noir Illustrator alcohol ink markers
Art-n-Fly white pen

I'm linking up with:  As You Like it Challenge 17 February – Favorite Occasion and Why (My favorite occasions are birthdays. I like that birthdays celebrate one specific person. And too, there are more birthdays in the year than any other occasion, so lots of reasons to make a card!), Pattie's Creations Design Challenge #191 – ATG, Addicted to Stamps and More #423 – Birthdays, Fab 'n' Funky #545 – Birthdays, Creative Knockouts #441 – ATG, Krafty Chicks Challenge #600 – All Occasions, and Seize the Birthday #233 – ATG Birthday.


  1. I love this image of Patties and all the layering ... It's super-cool! Thankyou for sharing your creativity with us in our challenge at Pattie's Creations - Vic, D.T x

  2. Awesome image, and your paper choices and perfect layering create a wonderful background. Thank you for joining us at Krafty Chicks!

  3. Love your cocktail-drinking, bespeckled trio! Great colouring and a fun design. Thanks for joining us at Addicted to Stamps and more!

  4. OH how fun Shani! Love the layout and papers and the super fun image and sentiment! The sunglasses are perfect!

    Thank you so much for playing along with us at Creative Knockouts- good luck!

  5. I just love this card and how you colored my image. This is one of my favorites from my Etsy Store. Thanks for joining us at Pattie's creations Design Challenge.
    Artist & Owner

  6. A super card, love the colours and image. Thanks for joining AYLI challenge. Elaine

  7. Wonderful card, Shani! The papers are so pretty and I love the punny sentiment, of course! The die cut specs are the perfect touch. I used to have a pair of prescription specs can be sunglasses too! (:

  8. This is so very adorable! I just love that image and your paper is so perfect! Thanks for joining us at Fab'n'Funky challenge.Neva

  9. Fabulous card, I LOVE your "specs"! I could be one of those ladies! *wink! thank for joining us at Seize the Birthday!

  10. Love the image and fun specs! Your coloring is amazing!


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