by Stacey Cogswell, Independent Stampin'Up Demonstrator

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Very Special Birthday Card

I was asked to make a very special birthday card for a young women that is turning 18.  It turned out so beautifully that I just had to share it with all of you. I love having the chance to create a one-of-kind masterpiece and this time was no exception.  It all began with choosing the color palette: purples and a splash of green.  One of my all time favorite color combinations when it comes to purples is Elegant Eggplant and Lavender Lace.  I was so bummed when they retired the Lavender Lace color last year, so this was a great chance to pull out some of old supplies and walk down memory lane.  A picture of this young lady when she was small is to be included on the inside of the card, so I wanted the outside of the card to have a very "grown up", but yet girly feel.  I used Wild Wasabi paper, pearl/rhinestone accents, punches, a texture folder, die cuts and some other retired stamps to come up with the finished card. 

Isn't it pretty!  It's hard to tell in the picture, but all the flowers are sponged and popped up. The little butterfly looks like its "flying" off the letters!  The polka-dots were sponged as well to make then stand out a little more.

And of course you can't have a special card like this in just an ordinary envelope, so I made one to match!

I think the envelope turned out to be just as pretty as the card!  The little cord on the back closure even has a little flower hanging from it.  What a blessing it is to be able to be creative and let your imagination go!  Everyone needs a little break from the hustle and bustle of life and I can't think of a better way to do it than to create something special for someone special with your own two hands.  Hope you'll find time enjoy a little creating yourself.