Paper crafting is works of heart

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Thursday, March 31, 2022

Under The Sea Themed Birthday card

 Welcome to Becca's Heart for Creativity blog! It's a rarity for me to get a card made that is not a design team commitment especially now that I've started my own challenge blogs! I hadn't looked at an AAA Birthday challenge blog for awhile and thought I'd try to get a card made before their deadline. However the theme of sea life became the challenge for me to conquer. This is very subtle but see what I came up with. Seize the Birthday's new challenge theme option is to "stripe it up" so this counts, too. The inspiration colors for The Card Concept match perfectly with the Seaside Retreat stickers used for "Under The Sea Birthday" card=

All of the stickers are from Seaside Retreat sticker sheet from Webster Pages. I've almost bashed this sheet. Zoom or enlarge the photo for details which I will describe. The bottom border sticker has sand dollars, fish, seahorses, and octopus. The short label sticker has a crowned fish! A short border of sand dollars are under the palm tree which was plain wood die-cut from Dollar Tree. I used a dark brown marker to color the trunk portion first then went over the whole surface with a green glitter paint pen. Then the other stickers are still part of the Seaside Retreat. A scrap of light yellow cardstock was stamped with the main sentiment 'happy birthday'. 

I was wanting this to a slimline card with just the blue and white being the card base however the cardstock was lighter weight and just felt too flimsy and I really wanted to get more sea life on there, so getting that bottom border sticker was vital. Overall dimensions are close to 8 or 8.25" wide and about 5-5.25" deep.

For my typical style, this is actually CAS--clean and simple. I still want to add more to it but I would have to go buy or do an online search for a free digital image/clipart. It is very hard for me to keep it simpler. 

Overall the symbolism of a scene was made: white for sky, scalloped border sticker is marking the horizon and to serve as land/seashore and blue for water. I don't use frames very often, but it was fun using the frame sticker from the Seaside Retreat sheet and creating a focal area. 

Link-ups for participation at certain challenge blogs and sharing in FB groups are:

1. AAA Birthday- birthday card challenges; #35; Under the Sea; 


2. Seize the Birthday challenge blog; anything birthday with option topping of 'stripes'= the scalloped border strip that separates blue from white or water from sky has short little vertical stripes of colors

3. The Card Concept challenge blog; started March 30th; #172; my inspiration for the card was to make it an under the sea themed birthday yet the color palette matches perfectly with the inspiration photo colors in TCC's photo=


my card has a green card base and green palms, light blue 'sea' and light blues in the frame design, orange in the bottom border, sand dollars, and scalloped border stickers; and light gray in the scalloped border sticker. 

4. Mixed Media Creativity group in FB; brown marker, green glitter paint pen, blue ink stamp pad and HB stamping as well as inking the edges of the white and blue panel

5. Passionate Paper Creations and Friends group in FB; sharing


Crafting in the USA heartland (and not from deep in the ocean!!!)--

Becca S

this is not a design team commitment project however the 2 challenge blogs I own are:

Heart's Quest Challenge Blog


FarmQuest Challenge Blog

please go check them out; I just started HQCB on 2/28/2022 and FQCB on 3/28/2022!!!!!!


  1. What a clever card Becca - love it, and your use of the stickers

  2. That is such a clever interpretation of the Under the Sea theme. I applaud your originality and lovecyour card! Thanks for playing at AAA Birthday, hope to see you join in with future challenges too. Stay safe and keep crafting!

    1. Thanks, Jane! And congrats to you for being the newest DT member for AAA Birthday!

  3. I am glad that you decided to do the toppings option. Your birthday card is awesome.

  4. Such a sweet card, Becca. Thanks so much for sharing your art with us at The Card Concept. Have a blessed and creative week, my friend.
    Karen L, DT
    The Card Concept

    1. Thanks, Karen!!! May you have a blessed and creative week, too!!

  5. What a fun, and original, interpretation of the Under the Sea theme! I love it! Thank you for sharing and playing along with us at AAA Birthday!

  6. I love the unique design of this card!! wonderful.hank you for playing along with us at AAA Birthday - DT Mugdha


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