Sunday, April 17, 2016

Impression Obsession Birthday Challenge

Let me begin by saying that I am DELIGHTED to be back into the Impression Obsession challenges. As most of you know, IO was the company from which I purchased my FIRST DIE! 

470 dies later, and I'm STILL going strong! 

Unfortunately for my husband, that number is less an exaggeration and more of a ballpark. Oh well.

I wanted to bring this up because it makes this next admission one that I simply cannot believe I have to make. Don't get me wrong....I make all sorts of mistakes and gaffes. Constantly. But rarely do I find myself in the predicament I found myself in the IO challenge.

You see, this challenge was titled "Birthday Wishes". And I knew EXACTLY what I was going to do.

I'd gotten this awesome wedding cake die from IO and have been DYING to use it. So, I cut the layers in pink patterned paper, cut the ropes in white, then added liquid applique to give it a puffy, 'icing' look. I altered the stand to make it shorter and hid the adjustment with the little bow that comes with the die. I used some paper roses and leaves from another IO die and was simply thrilled with the outcome.

But it was then I realized what I truly thought was something not EVEN possible. Not the with amount of things I've purchased from Impression Obsession. Can you guess what it is???

That's right! I own 75% of their dies and while I don't own as many stamps, I made sure to buy a few sheets of sentiments for each holiday. The one I missed? That's right. I didn't have the words Happy Birthday from IO ANYWHERE.

I don't believe it either. Suffice it to say the first thing I will purchase with any gift certificate I may win, is a Happy Birthday sentiment. you KNOW how much anxiety I suffered from? And I had to suffer silently! Because my husband certainly can't commiserate when I sob that I have no birthday sentiments to use on my IO challenge cards! 

To be fair, it really doesn't seem that terrible in print. But it was terrible. You'll have to trust me.

So, we're going to hope it looks enough like a birthday cake that the judges over there will just totally forget to look for a sentiment. Hopefully. Sigh.

There's still time to enter the challenge...go here and good luck.

I've got to do a little shopping. 

Card Recipe

Wedding Cake Die DIE243-W
Leaf Cluster Die DIE066-C
Spellbinders Frame


  1. No sentiment needed, Carmen! I would say it is pretty clear that this is at the very least a celebratory card! Fabulous use of dies AND liquid applique!

    1. Hello, sweet girl!!! I still get your emails and your Copic skills blow me away!!!! Your compliment put a smile on my face and it'll stay there..TY so much!! I've missed you...but as long as I get your blog updates and see how beautiful your work is, I know it's all good. Big hugs!!

  2. I don't see the problem. I leave most of my cards without a sentiment anyway simply because it never fits! Awesome cake and layers, Carmen! Saw this on SCS and of course you had me! Had to know what went wrong. SO as I see it- all is ok!

  3. Hi Carmen - and a belated Happy Birthday!!! See, I told you I would forget to come back on the day. I absolutely love the cake and the card. You do not need a sentiment - there simply isn't room - it would just throw the whole thing off. It is perfect exactly the way it is!