Friday, January 24, 2014

A Special Card for a Special Lady ...

Happy Friday Friends!
A few weeks ago I shared with you birthday cards I was making for my mom and a couple of my friends who share the same birth date with my mom.  Well, those are in the mail and on their way (they'll probably get them tomorrow) ... but I thought I'd surprise Mom and send her an extra special card since she's an extra special lady!

Isn't this flower gorgeous!
My friend Judy (Back Porch Crafts by Judy) showed a group of us friends, who linked up out in Indiana at Joan's Gardens last year, how to create it.  It's vellum that has been stamped, embossed and die cut.  Then 'conditioned' and pinched.  She showed us a technique on the leaves too (need to call her ... can't remember exactly what we did on those ... should have written down some notes!)

Behind the flower I used  a new doily die I purchased while craft shopping last week.  It is by Quic Kutz and is called 'Antique Doily' #DR0248
 I have used some GORGEOUS new metallic papers I purchased at Classy Cards n Such.  In fact, I bought 5 packs of different colors and will be ordering a larger variety of colors ... this paper is beautiful and works PERFECTLY with dies!!  I used the purple for the doily, the green for the butterflies and both green & champagne for the flourishes.


This card is a 5x7 card so I had lots of room to play with!
All products used will be listed at the end of this post under my name.

Dummy me ... I should have taken photos of the inside and again when I had it wrapped and in the clear box for mailing ... but NO ... absent minded me forgot until I had the box sealed!  TOO LATE!

Yes, I sent it to her in a clear box
(cost $2.01 for postage ... current rates that is ... will be more starting Monday).
I finished the inside of the card by die cutting a heart ... like the one used here

and placing it on the left side of the inside.
On the right side I used a scrap piece of Graphic45 (same pack) with little purple lilacs.  Then, die cut a white Spellbinder classic heart and stamped my 'a special card for a special person' sentiment and placed it over the lilac panel.
Lastly, I wrapped it in lilac tissue paper, did a gift wrap purple swiss dot ribbon/bow and placed it in the clear box.  Secured the ends with clear packing tape, added her address and my return address ... Viola!
She SHOULD receive it on Monday ... her 84th birthday!

A few challenges:
Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge #106 - Vintage
Sister Act Challenge #41 - Anything Goes
Stampin' for the Weekend - Happy Birthday
Sweet Pea Stamps - Flower Power
The ABC Challenge - D is for Dazzle
Emerald Faeries - Things with Wings
Just B Creative January Linky Party - Just Because - Anything Goes
Seemacrafts January Challenge - Anything Goes

Thanks so much for stopping by and taking a peek!
I wish I could be a 'fly on the wall' when she receives this card ...

Papers:  White cs, Graphic45 'Secret Garden' dp, Vellum, Metallic papers XP-73017600 Stardream Emerald, TPC-616 Champagne Neenah Pearlized Metallic, TPC-740 So...Silk Fabulous Purple
Stamp/Ink:  Inkadinkado, Versafine Onyx
Accessories:  Cheery Lynn Designs 'Fanciful Flourish Sm' #B117S, Quic Kutz 'Antique Doily' #DR0248, Cheery Lynn Designs 'Exotic Butterfly Small #DL112, Martha Stewart 'Trellis Border' punch, Zva Creatives pearl flourishes, Kaiser Craft pearls


  1. Beautiful card love that flower stunning, thank you for joining in on Seemacrafts first challenge for 2014

  2. Beautiful card Darlene. Great colors and flower that Judy taught us to make is gorgeous on this card.

  3. This is a very special birthday card. I think your mother will love this. Love the vellum flower... if you know what thet steps are, please share them with us Sweet Pea Stampers, lol! Thank you for sharing at Sweet Pea Stampers "Flower Power". We wish you good luck and hope to see you again. Sylvia, DT-member

  4. this is a stunning card love it
    Thank you for joining ‘Anything Goes’ over on SeemaCrafts Challenge Blog.
    Jakki (craftytjak)

  5. Oh wow so pretty love everything about it beautifully done. Thanks so much for joining us over at Emerald Faeries Challenge Blog, good luck and hope to see you next time
    ~ Denise DT ~

  6. What a stunning card you have made. It fits our challenge this fortnight of “flower power”. Thanks for taking part and good luck. Best wishes, Kym (Sweet Pea Stampers Challenge Blog Design Team Member)

  7. Thanks for sharing your lovely card for the Sweet Pea Stampers 'flower power' challenge - hope to see you again soon, Hazel, DT x

  8. Wow, this is stunning, your mum will absolutely LOVE it! thanks for joining us at Fussy and Fancy xx

  9. What a pretty card I love the pearl swirls and the flower x
    Thanks for playing along with us at SFTW & good luck x
    ((Hugs)) Suzie xoxo

  10. Love the stamped vellum flower, gorgeous! Wonderful card, thanks for sharing.


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