Last week it was my lovely friend Charlie’s birthday and I wanted to make her a handmade card so that it was more personal and special. To be honest I really struggle to find cards that are just a little bit different in high street shops. And, well it’s not like I don’t have a ton of crafty goodness hanging around the studio now is it!?
After all, Happiness is Handmade.
It also meant I got to play around with my old scrapbook supplies as well, which I miss doing as I am having a year off the commitment of ‘scrapbooking the everyday’ to launch this blog and my future creative biz. So happiness all round I would say and I wanted to show you all what I created as I was pretty darn chuffed with it.
I love love love doilies so this was my starting point. They add a really subtle prettiness, especially when paired with pearls!
I then wanted to add a real pop of colour and this docrafts® Papermania paper flower from their ‘Capsule Collection’ was just the trick and had a pre-made hole in the centre that was just crying out for a pastel pink brad.
I added a Hobbycraft self-adhesive pink button to the centre of the brad (of course) and punched out these pretty pastel polka dots to add a bit of the colour to the white space.
Then found a Studio Calico wood veneer from my favourite pack ‘Sundrifter’ that fitted the card perfectly which saved me a lot of time writing and re-writing the ‘Happy Birthday’ at least twenty times until I got it right (did I ever tell you I was a perfectionist?) I also cut some scrapbook paper into strips (a great way to use up odd bits of paper that are far too pretty to throw away) and layered them on the bottom half of the card and added a strip of hot pink glitter card to the lower edge to add a bit of sparkle (’cause let’s be honest, who doesn’t want a bit of birthday sparkle!?)
I added a few more of the punched pastel polka dots (try saying that a few times really fast – that’s alliteration at its finest!) Then I added a strip of beautiful lace effect washi tape to the bottom which ties in nicely with the colour palette and the doily lace at the top.
These ‘Sn@p Studio’ by Simple Stories alpha stickers are some of my favourites as they are so versatile, a good size without being too big for smaller projects and lovely to have a range of bold colours in the same font (which sounds silly but actually hard to find)
As you can see I am using up the more common letters too quickly so I had to mix them up in a rainbow ‘Happy Birthday’ for the inside of the card (rainbows come with birthdays too don’t they!?)
I am really chuffed with the outcome of this card and my friend Charlie loved it! I (of course) added a cute little ‘Eliston Button’ logo to the back of the card.
What do you think? Isn’t it pretty and fun!? What would you have added to the card instead? I would love to hear about it!
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