Tuesday 2 July 2013

Birthday Girl

Today is my little friend's Birthday - not so little any longer as Abi has grown into a tall, beautiful and elegant young woman. Where did the years go, I remember her as a small child! Last week was her school Prom, she starts college in September, and she wore a beautiful pistachio green dress with some sparkly detail. Her long blonde hair is now a pretty urchin cut which suits her so well. And that's where I began with this card for her - I love Saturated Canary images but the long flowing hair on lots of them terrifies me when colouring. Then I remembered 'Blanche' with her hair in a similar style to Abi so I ran over to Saturated Canary and downloaded her:
I used:

- 8" x 8" square white scalloped card (Craftwork Cards)

- pink backing card with corners rounded

- green backing card, cut in half and then run through the Cuttlebug using the embossing folder called 'Lattice' by Crafts-Too. There are three of these on offer over in the Snippets Playground :) The join was hidden with moss green satin ribbon.

- 'Blanche' image by Saturated Canary, coloured with Pro Markers, die cut using a Spellbinders 'Floral Oval' and then 'glitzed up' with 'Lime Ice' Stickles

- I made the roses (took forever!) using Spellbinders 'Rose Creations' dies, two shades of pink card with the edges tickled with pink ink pads, pearls popped into the centres and Glossy Accents as dewdrops. The leaves were die cut from a snippet of green card using the same die set and then veins were hand embossed

- sentiment is from SU's 'Perfect Punches' sentiments set, stamped using VersaMagic 'Pink Petunia' chalk ink, punched using SU's 'Extra Large Oval' and popped onto another oval which was die cut using another die from Spellbinders 'Floral Ovals' set 

- next came the bow, for that I used moss green silk ribbon

- and the finishing touch, wait for it, 79 little white pearls on the embossed background, I know that 'cos there are 21 left in the packet of 100 I started out with :)

- of course there had to be a box made too

- then................................ I went to lie down in a darkened room

Happy Birthday Abi - hope you have a wonderful day young lady!

Edit: After a little kick in the rear end,  I'm entering this into the following challenges:

That Craft Place - flowers

Creative Moments - flowers

Dream Valley - make your own flowers or embellishments

A Little Bit Crafty - use dies

Created With Love - For the Girls

Fashionista - Wedding or Birthday

Sigh, I couldn't find a challenge for using the biggest number of pearls :(



  1. OMG, you deserve to lie down in a dark room after attaching all those pearls!! LOL Your image looks gorgeous, and the card is simply stunning!!

  2. Simply beautiful, and your young Abi is going to adore it. Lovely image, colored so prettily. I'm in awe of your roses. I can't get that die to work for anything...my roses look so poorly done! Yours are gorgeous. Love your EF & all these delicate little pearls. It just speaks "Lovely young Miss" to me. Great card, and TFS.

  3. Beautiful card, love it all best wishes ginny

  4. A beautiful card and I love the way you have matched it to the recipient. Kate xx

  5. I'm sure Abi will absolutely love this personalised card . . . I know I love it! But my goodness me . . . 79 pearls later? Abi MUST be special!!! I now see what you mean about that EF being a smaller cross over pattern that the other one.

    Sarn xxx

  6. Fabulous card, love the image, colours and layout.
    Caz x

  7. Oh Di - Abi just has to be someone special - 79 poils (pearls sorry) coo me magpie tendencies were bubbling over!!! I love this card, it really is great with the little image. Brilliant design.

    Hugs to you Sue Pxxx

  8. "WOW" Di, This is totally stunning the image is coloured so beautifully and love that touch of lime stickles that you added also what gorgeous flowers such a beautiful creation with lots of added detail and l'm sure Abi will just love it as we do xx

  9. a really elegant card for any young lady, she will be thrilled........ and all those pearls on ONE card lol

  10. Whew - 79 pearls - I used 40 bits of bling on my bejewelled card - that was plenty - took ages too - I agree you do need a lie down... LOL - but the result is stunning!! Mxx

  11. Simply beautiful Miss. Your roses are bootiful. I can smell them from ere. Glad you named the card base as I was wanting to get this shape from somewhere. Have got my Darice folder out to do a little something with.Not with 76 darn pearls though! Hugs Mrs A.

  12. p.s. Why oh why have you not entered this into any challenges?????
    Hugs Mrs A.

  13. This card is just too beautiful, Di, my favourite colour, green, in my favourite shades - stunning! Love Blanche - I can't hear that name without thinking of the Golden Girls :) And, of course, the embossing folder is fabulous, though placing those pearls just has to be a labour of love. Congratulations to the birthday girl and I wish her every success at college. Hugs, Elizabeth xx
    PS: got to agree with Mrs A above :)

  14. Oops, forgot to ask - where did you get the pale green card you've used here? Love the shade. Elizabeth xx

  15. Di this is absolutely gorgeous! You have so much patience - 79 pearls - I know it would end up throwing it at someone trying to put those little things on it. But it is really beautiful and such a gorgeously elegant card - love it! Karen x

  16. Hectic days here Di at the mo so I'm just having a bit of a catch up. Love your card....such pretty colours.
    A x
    ps watch out cos tomorrow I have something to link to the playground...make sure you're sitting down though cos it's paper crafted! :-)

  17. Wow Di, that is a large amount of pearls, you certainly have some patience. It was totally worth your hard work, your card is beautiful. I love saturated canary images too!

    Any space in your darkened room for a little one???

    Big hugs xx

  18. Very pretty card. So much to look at and enjoy. Your self made roses are fantastic and what can I say for all those pearls......Oh my! what a work. Many thanks for playing along with us at Fashionista Challenge theme “Birthday or Wedding”. Good luck in the draw. Elena F.

  19. Well Miss, go to the top of the class with this little cracker, stunning, love it to bits, everything is just perfect.
    Good,on Mrs A for getting you to enter some challenges with it, you'd be daft not to.

    Kath x

  20. Adorable image. Love the die cuts. Thank you for joining our For the Girls challenge at Create with Love Challenges.


  21. This is stunning Di, so gorgeous, I love the image and the flowers are amazing :) Cathy x

  22. Fab card, very elegant! Thanks for joining us this week at Created With Love Challenges for our For The Girls Challenge!

  23. A very elegant and pretty card Di and there sure are a lot of pearls on it (they look fabulous)! Thanks for joining us at A Little Bit Crafty, Susan x

  24. WOW what a beautiful card, love the image and the colors as well. Very elegant. Thanks for joining us at Created with Love Challenges.
    Linda K. DT

  25. Stunning card and I so love the design!
    I think she is going to love this...so nice that you were able to use an image that was like her!

    The pearls are perfect...glad you gave your eyes a rest after! Tedious work but so well worth it!

  26. Hiya Di,

    Your card was entered up just fine in the ALBC challenge although the thumbnail piccie isn't showing for some reason but it does bring me to your beautiful card!

    Thanks for entering!

    Paula. x

  27. what a sweet card! Thanks for playing in our challenge over at CWLC Blog this week.

    Chris B

  28. What a cute card! I Like your colorchoice.

    Thank you for entering our challenge over at Fashionista Challenge Blog
    Good luck in the draw! – Hope to see you again next time!

    Eva`s Scraproom
    DT Member at Fashionista Challenge Blog

  29. Lovely card.

    Thanks for joining with us at That Craft Place.

    Susan x


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