Another of my husband's aunts has reach the venerable age of 85. Her children decided to have a Birthday Card Shower for her, which seems to have become a tradition on the maternal side of his family. It is a GREAT idea! I needed to get a birthday card off to her from us in the mail as soon as I returned from my Girls' Get-Away Cardmaking Retreat, because I did not find the time to get this card completed before I left. Back now from my gloriously, stupendous, fun-filled retreat, I am now, unfortunately, continuing my fast-mode "so much to do...so little time to do it" syndrome.
But, not to worry, one of our fun events of our retreat was our ShoeBox Swap, where we all design a card, made a sample, and provided the ingredients for each attendee to complete our card. Thus, we all ended up with eight cards that we made at our Get-Away, and at least half of them were birthday cards!
I decided on the card below for John's aunt because it looks really lacy and feminine and seems just right for a lovely 85-year-old lady with its frilly and glittery butterfly. This card was designed by Gail Swartz, and I modified it just a bit by adding the magenta layer under the dark blue, re-enforcing my butterfly with two layers glued together and bathed it and the sentiment in glitter. Today, I created and added a coordinating inside design with a little birthday verse. I was most fortunate to own the Martha Stewart Deco Fan corner punch, so I was able to cut corner shells to place on the corners of each corner of the verse paper. I think Aunt Betty will love her card.
(Thank you Gail Swartz for the design inspiration)
Recipe: Bazzill cardstocks: White, Typhoon (blue), Royalty (magenta). Darice Swirl Background Embossing folder (blue). Martha Stewart Corner punch: Deco Fan. Lifestyle Crafts/ QuiKutz Embossing Folders: Sketchbook (lavendar). Creative Memories Corner Rounder. Pattern scrap papers (butterfly). Filigree Butterfly die: unknown. Tsukineko Essential Glue Pad + Stampin' Up Dazzling Diamonds Glitter (butterfly/ greeting). Impression Obsession Greeting Top Edgers (bottom cut with decorator scissors).