Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Happy Birthday, 40th, Butterflies + Flowers

My husband asked me to make a birthday card for one of his work colleagues.  I've never actually met her, so I asked him what colour she likes or wears most often.  Can you guess what he said?  'I don't know'.  Helpful, right?  When pushed I did manage to at least get this piece of useful information...  'She did have a teal cardigan that she used to wear quite often'.

So...  That's my reasoning for this colour scheme.  Just hope she likes it!

I've used the Impression Obsession/Cover a Card (Wooden Plank) with Brilliance Pearlescent Chocolate as my card base, mounted on foam pads for added dimension.

The 'Happy Birthday' letters are from my Spellbinders Font One alphabet set, cut from brown Centura card for some extra subtle sparkle.  The Little Numbers are by My Favourite Things (Die-Namics). 

I used vellum to cut the Peaceful Butterfly Border (Memory Box) butterflies, then edged and lightly coloured using Walnut Stain Distress Ink.   The tiny butterflies are from my Martha Stewart, Pop Up Butterfly Punch.

The teal flowers (Elizabeth Crafts/Bunch of Flowers) have been edged and inked up a little using Tsukineko (Memento) Teal Zeal.  Some jewel embellishments, a coordinating paper insert with a plain white square at the centre (decorated with 3 more tiny brown butterflies as a finishing touch)... and then all I had to do was make a coordinating envelope to match  :)

Luckily for me, Seize the Birthday are having an 'Anything Goes' challenge right now, so I'm off to link it up.  

Hope you have a good week...



  1. This is beautiful and I think she will be stunned that it was handmade by you! Thank you for joining us at STB!

    1. Thank you, Colleen. Her birthday's tomorrow so I guess I'll find out one way or another! Thank you so much for taking the time to comment :)

  2. very nice card! love the background and the feeling of it
    DT MB (language blogs)

    1. Thank you, Bibiana.
      I love your cards. Visit you most days to see what's new.
      Thanks for taking the time to comment :)

  3. Absolutely gorgeous! Great colours and details. Funny how guys don't pay attention to that kind of stuff.... I'm sure she loved it. Thanks for playing along with Seize the Birthday.

    1. Thanks, Glenda.
      She did tell my husband she liked the card. Then she said she'd be ordering from me... Not sure I'm ready for that!!!