hi there! i can't believe it's countdown day five already. cupid's arrow and the rest of the papertrey ink december release will be available tomorrow night at 10:00 pm est. but first, i have a few new designs to share. as i showed you yesterday, cupid's arrow isn't just for valentine's day. but maybe hunger game isn't your thing either. so today, i decided to create a few designs that can be used any time of the year. first up, a neon arrow birthday card. i positioned the arrows to point to the sentiment and colored the end pieces with various neon shades. it's hard to see in the picture, but the first layer is actually some mirror paper i found in my stash. it adds such a cool shine, but it's hard to photograph. i know a few girls that would love this bright and happy birthday card!
next, another birthday card, but this time closer to my usual clean and simple standard. after stamping the arrows off the edge at an angle, i chose three shades of blue to color in the end pieces. like the neon arrows, i didn't follow a pattern. i just tried to distribute the colors somewhat evenly among the arrows. i used the same sentiment pairing from my earlier released comfort food additions on both cards - above in neon pink, and here in two shades of blue to match my arrows. i can see this card in pretty much any color. it's easy too, which is perfect for birthday cards on the run. or maybe stamp a few to have ready and color in with the recipient's favorite color as needed.
and last today, i have a design that i planned when i created the layered heart "target." in keeping with my year-round theme for the day, i chose a congrats, you did it sentiment from the same set above to go with the idea of hitting a bullseye. but this layout would work very well as a valentine with one of the sentiments included in the set, possibly with the target in shades of pink and red. the blues were all still out on my desk, so i went with them and i love how they look! to lessen the clutter of the arrow points at the bullseye, and to stagger the arrows a bit, i only inked the gray ones up to, but not on, the triangle point. that way, the die cut blue arrow could cover the ends of the gray ones and stand out better. trust me, i tried the other way first! all three of these pretty much came out just like i saw them in my head - don't you love when that happens? in fact, i still have a couple designs that are floating around in there. i may just have to put together a lagniappe post tomorrow if i can get them done. until then, it's another group post day for the design team - go get the scoop and follow the links from nichole's blog. melissa and lizzie are sharing more with their new product too. i can't wait to see what everyone has created...