Saturday, July 13, 2013

we interrupt the regular programming...

...for my first published card!!!

It's kinda crazy.  If you start to play the submission/publication game there are three things to get your head around:

  1.   You have to be in the mood for Christmas in Spring, Valentine's Day in Summer, etc.
  2.   You need to know your supplies.  Did I mention you need to know your supplies?
  3.   There are lightyears between submitting and seeing your project in the magazine!
But the wait is over.  You can see it here or in the Birthday Creations  edition of Paper Crafts Magazine on page 55.  (Still pinching myself!)

As I mentioned in this post, I kept to a theme/technique for my cards when I submitted for the first time. Thought that if they kept seeing the die cut "hb2u" idea it might grow on 'em ;)  I doubt that that makes any difference to tell you the truth.

Funny thing about this card was that it came together as an afterthought!  Some of the die cut letters that were left over from the die cut negatives that I used on other cards for the submission were laying around in a little pile on my ironing board... and looking at them I got the idea for the "Scrambled Happy Birthday." 

I do like this card as I look at it again.  Guess it's a good one to have as a "first."  I was a little nervous, wondering if it would actually appear in the print issue or just the digital one.  DD was embarrassed at the book store when we were flipping through the issue and I saw it was actually in the print issue and I may have let out a little shriek!  There it is, paired with a great "29 forever" card from Wendy S.   Of course I wonder why this card and not another from the bunch I submitted, but hey, that's not my job. Oh, this was kinda nice too!

9251337238 e4073907a8 Birthday Creations, Vol. 3 Blog Hop!

Thanks for sharing in my happy news today.  There is a great blog hop going on at Paper Crafts Connection. Check out some of the great cards from the issue as well as newly-designed ones based on some cool sketches.

Supplies Happy Birthday:
Paper: (solar white) Neenah, (gray graph paper, backside of Seen & Noted 4x6” phrase cards) Pebbles
Stamps: Hero Arts
Pigment ink: (Versafine Smokey Gray) Tsukineko, (Iris, Carrot, Curacao, Lemon from the Vitamin 10-pad collection) Aladine
Accent: (white iridescent sequins 5 mm) Eurocrafters, (yellow iridescent sequins  6mm) Rayher
Sticker: (Yellow Chevron washi tape) Bella Blvd 
Dies: (Circle Stax Set 1) Dienamics, (Parker Lower Case Alpha, Parker Numbers) Memory Box


  1. congrats to you, its a HAPPY and awesomely designed card

  2. I LOVE your card and I'm doin' the happy dance for you! Congrats, Maria!

  3. Congratulations!!! I do love this card - although I'm still trying to figure out how you made some of the numbers / letters look like they're floating? Are they on foam? I've been watching the recent posts and frankly loved every single one of them. I don't understand what is "publish" worthy - but I am totally thrilled that you got this one in! You GO Girl!

  4. Woot! Congrats on your pub! Awesome card, awesome check, awesome issue!

  5. Congratulations on your first publication! Your card is amazingly crisp, clean and colorful!

  6. Huge congratulations! What an accomplishment to be published in a Paper Crafts special issue! Very creative card!

  7. A very big CONGRATS on your first ever publication!!!! This is an amazing card. Totally love everything about it! Perfect colors, great design, a touch of sequins, and you're rockin' the chevron/arrow trend. Well done! So happy for you! Bev

  8. Maria, I'm bouncing up and down in my chair in my happy excitement at your news! Your post just resonates with the glee you are feeling! Thank you for sharing your happy news and well-deserved congratulations!! Your card is a winner, there is no doubt!! (Of course, I thought the rejects were all winners, too?!) PS Stop pinching yourself! You'll be too black and blue to make us more wonderful card inspirations!!

  9. Fabulous news, I'm so pleased for you!! I love the card, it's so bright and fun (but then so are all your cards!). It's another pin - at this rate you'll qualify for your own board on my Pinterest!

  10. Congratulations on getting published!

  11. woohoo!!! congrats to you my friend! this is so wonderful. i love it.

  12. Such a cool card! Congrats on getting published! I have never tried....Well, this card certainly deserves it - it has such a FUN feel to it!


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