Friday, 22 February 2013

Flower Birthday Card

I have now warned my family and friends' whose birthdays are in March (and there are a lot), not to visit my blog... 
Here's a birthday card for my Mum (which falls on Mother's day this year!.. and my husband's 40th birthday... and my nephew's birthday... ) 
Anyway, I used the Sizzix Pop 'n Cuts base die, and snipped away at the pop-up bit so it was narrow enough to hide behind the Sizzix Colander (which I cut out a few times and layered up with foam pads.) For the little flowers and leaves I used Tim Holtz's Sizzix 'Tattered Flower Garland' Decorative Strip die, and Tattered Florals.

I used up some old square brads which had epoxy letters on (all the q's and z's left etc.) and peeled off the epoxy bit, and put adhesive pearls on instead. 
For the centre white part of the card back, I first embossed it with large dots, then embossed it again with the floral pattern, so both kind of show through. I didn't want the card to have a totally 'twee' feel to it, so included the polka dot/chevron element into it.

The challenge at Crafty Cardmakers, is to have flowers as the main focus of your card,
and I have entered the card in Tim Holtz's Tattered Florals Challenge.

(A little later...)

Karen (and Karen B!) asked about the front of the card, so here is what I have since added.
(Sorry about the poor lighting)

I just left a blank area so I can write a message to my Mum, and added more layered flowers, using the smallest flowers from the Tattered Florals die, and some from the 'Tattered Flower Garland' Decorative strip. The flowers overlap the top of the card, but I made all the flower backs plain white, so they blend in with the white surrounding inside the card, when it's open.
Hope that helps, Karen.

(And later still...)

I wanted to try out a pink version of the card too - if you're interested you can see more of it here.

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34 comments:

  1. Great card your mum will love it the flowers are super. Thanks for joining us at crafty cardmakers.

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  2. Gorgeous!

    Thanks for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers!

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  3. A very lovely looking card. Very special and very pretty. Thanks for playing with us over at Crafty Card Makers in my blooming challenge.
    Love n hugs
    Marie

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  4. I think this is, hands down, the most beautiful card I have ever, ever seen. I jumped onto Ebay to buy myself a colander die. :0)

    Will you show us the front of the card?

    Thank you for the inspiration.

    Karen

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  5. LOVE LOVE LOVE this!! I think I have that die somewhere?? So Fun and Pretty!!!

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  6. I would love to see the front of the card too, Helen. This is so stunning and I, too, want the colander die to copy, copy, copy!!!

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  7. I've been thinking about your card and I have the idea of hosting a Homeschool Mom's craft night to help the moms make your card to give to their moms or to another special woman in their lives. Would I have your permission to do this for them?
    Thank you again, and please show us the front???

    Karen

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    1. Hi Karen,
      Of course!! I'm delighted that you'd like to do that!
      I'd love to see all the cards you create... would you send me a link to any pictures if you go ahead with it?
      I have to admit I am terrible at doing the fronts of Pop 'n Cuts cards. This one is still blank. If I get to doing it (I'll maybe try this week some time), I will add it to this post.
      Helen x

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    2. Hi again Karen,
      I got your other message, thanks - I've now added a card front.
      Hope all goes well,
      Helen x

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  8. Hi,

    that really is a great card. I just saw it on Tim Holtz´ blog and I really like it. Good luck in the challenge!
    Zoe

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  9. fab little work of art not twee it had real style i hope you do well big love marc

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  10. AHHHHHH, Thank you so very much for finishing and showing us the card front. It is just spectacular!!!!!!!!


    Thank you for doing this!

    KarenB :0)

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  11. Very pretty! love your choice of colors too :D

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  12. Ohhh what a beautiful card!! I'm sure your Mom will just love it!

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  13. What an amazing card and beautiful colors. Congrats on being one of Tim's Blogworthy links this month :)

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  14. This is an awesome easel card! Very nicely done!

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  15. Very pretty, so spring !! Love the flowers w/pearls !

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  16. Hello across the seas! Helen I LOVE your work of art. Just stunning. Love the flowers and how they cascade! I wish I had that die. There are so many possibilities. Your Mum will love this. What an honor.

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  17. Wow, your work is fantastic. I love how the flowers cascade out of the pot and down the side. So pretty.

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  18. What a beautiful and bright card for spring. Lovely! Congrats on Tim's shout-out. Well deserved.

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  19. REALLY BEAUTIFUL! Thank you for sharing!

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  20. Tim Holtz send me to your blog and I must say it is definitely worth the visit across the pond. An absolutely stunning card. Your mum will love it. Now I have to check out the colander die. tfs and good luck in the tattered flowers challenge!

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  21. Amazing card! Seriously pretty and original!

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  22. Beautiful card! Found you from Tim's blog. I'll be coming back often. :)

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  23. Congrats on getting a shout out from Tim. Your card is beautiful.

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  24. Congrats on your shout out from Tim! Amazing card! You are a beautiful card maker!

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  25. I'm here via Tim's blog. Isn't it funny that inquiring minds had to know what was on the front. It's just beautiful in all the papers and colors you chose. Your Mum is going to love it and feel very special. I just love the name of your blog too. My Nanny had all of her party and holiday decorations in the buffet! And it's such fond memories.

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  26. Beautiful card...love what you did!!!

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  27. Oh, those are so lovely! Look at those tattered flower designs—everything is just so pretty. Thanks for these wonderful card ideas.

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