I am finally getting my breath back! It was Mum's 90th birthday on Saturday and I think all went well. The cake wasn't too bad and the sparklers on top made it special. It's hard to think of pressies for a lady that doesn't want to go out anywhere and doesn't lack for anything .. .. but we managed with chocolates, biscuits, flowers and a new Sudoko book to keep her mind active (but she does cheat and look at the back for the answers if she gets stuck!).
This is the card I made for her - something a little bit different from my usual style and although it looks easy, you wouldn't believe how much scratching of my head was involved! I've fallen in love with the Studio Light products at Buddly Crafts and this card is made from the Janneke Brinkman-Salentijn designs. I've used her pretty paper pack and cut out elements and picture to create the card.
I wanted to create a shabby chic style but not too fussy and rather than distress the edges of my layers, I found my old fancy edge scissors! After cutting I've inked with Dusty Concord DI and layered up with plain paper for some strength so I could add dimension with 1mm foam tape. To decorate I've added the strands of pearls, lace and ribbon, cut out the butterflies, covered a little cardboard heart with paper and ink, and die cut the flourishes LR0271, and leaves CR1336. And I got some sparkly card to die cut the greeting using Marianne Design die LR0223 - cutting an extra th from the birthday to add after the numbers cut with die CR1282. The card is really thick and the glitter is encapsulated so it doesn't shed - and it cut perfectly with the dies.
Here are a couple of close ups of the corners:
This is the bottom corner with the pansy flowers I've fussy cut out and showing the little heart I covered with paper and a fussy cut butterfly. I found the easiest way was to paint the edges of the heart first with my white dabber, glue on the paper and let it dry then use an emery nail file around the edge to sand off the excess paper, ink the edges then, if you think it needs it carefully add a touch more white dabber to the edge.
I think this is the lace I used.
And the pearl string I used is the 4mm size white one. It also comes in ivory too, as well as a pretty aurora I'm going to order, along with gold and silver - on this page.
And here is close up of the picture along with another fussy cut out butterfly. I've inked the edges of the butterflies before fixing so they tie in with everything else.
Thank you for stopping by to take a peek at my card - I have a lot of catching up to do and to see if there are any challenges I can enter into .. .. had best put the kettle on first though!