Belated birthday card

Hello everyone,

Today, I am sharing a card I made for my mother-in-law's birthday. I had to make it quickly since my fiancé had to leave and take it with him.

I don't know why, but I always find card sketches daunting... I always end up with something I am not really satisfied with! Too close to the sketch maybe. Then, I have a look at other scrappers' creations and they look amazing!

So, today, I decided not to use a sketch. The only thing I knew is that I wanted to use one of my Spellbinder's dies to create a funky shape (got the tip from Jennifer McGuire or Kristina Werner). So, in case you don't know it, I am going to share: to cut a card into the desired shape with a die, place the folded cardstock on the die, but leave the folded edge hang OUT of the die. This way, you'll cut around the paper, but the folded edge will stay intact and you will be able to open your card :)

So, here is what the final card looks like

After cutting up the shape, I just wanted to align three stamped butterflies on the white cardstock. Unfortunately, my stamps were too big to fit. So, I decided I would "give it a pop" with some bright PP. And I felt like the shape on this red one coordinated pretty well with the shape. Seemed all oriental to me :p

Then, I thought about stamping the sentiment, but I felt like the PP was too busy already. So, I cut out three butterflies out of the same collection, and I stamped the sentiment inside, together with three rhinestones.

Finally, I added some black faux stitching because I felt like the outside was too bare.

I am not showing the inside because I took the pictures after writing my card, so it feels kind of too personal, don't know why!


* Paper is from the Picadilly collection, by BG
* The Big butterfly is from Martha Stewart
* The die is from Spellbinder


Well, I don't think anything is old enough to be called stash. However, I haven't bought anything new to make the card... So nothing and everything qualifies!


* I didn't use a sketch
* I used my Big Shot, and if you read my blog, you know I LOOOOVE to use it!
* Love the colours, the pattern... the general feel!

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great week!!! :)


10 commentaires:

  1. what an awesome card-i am sure you MIL loved it!!

  2. so sweet! love the shape!

  3. That die cut butterfly is stunningly eye catching!

  4. I love the shape you picked out, so different for a card! That big butterfly is beautiful!!!

  5. Love this shape too! Great use for it (and the Big Shot!)

  6. Very nice card - that is a great choice for the shape and the butterflies are really pretty!

  7. I love the Big Shot too. I think your card turned out great!

  8. Really pretty card.
    I like that you added the butterflies, I like the dimension it gives to the card.
    I also like your faux stitching around the card.

  9. Love the colors and those butterflies! Yes, sketches can be confining if you follow them too closely, but I've learned to use them as a jumping off point. Sometimes my finished project is a far cry from the sketch, lol!