Ahhh. This card is so much more "me" than the "love" shaker card I shared with you yesterday. I actually was able to make two cards today and they both felt like they were much more in my groove. They both just came together so easily. It could be that I tried to force the "love" card together when my back was killing me. I don't think I've ever tried to make four different cards and not been able to get one of them to work! It could be that the sequins became a nightmare. It could be that it just wasn't what I had in mind originally, so I wasn't as happy with the end result, even when the sequins did behave. I don't know, but there is definitely a sweet spot to making cards and this card feels like my sweet spot. Just a short while ago, this card didn't feel so comfortable because it is similar to a CAS, clean and simple card. There is a lot of white space. There aren't layers on top of layers of card stock and patterned paper. (I don't think the flowers count because the way you make them is putting different layers on top of each other. You'll read more about that in a bit.) I like that this card is now in my "style" so I'm glad I made it a goal to stretch myself creatively this year. It just feels good to put a card on my blog that I'm happy with and feel comfortable sharing!
The colors came from a ColourQ Challenge. As soon as I saw them, I loved them! I love the bright, cheery feel- part of my sweet spot. :) They are great for Valentine cards this week, but my card is actually going to be a birthday card for a very sweet lady from church. She has gone out of her way to be supportive and encouraging to me on Facebook, sent me a card in the mail, and always checks up on me by talking to my family, since I can't go to church myself. She's one of those people that when she tells you she prays for you every day, you know she really remembers and prays for you every day! As wonderful as she has been to me, I knew I had to make sure I did something to show her how special she is to me. Hopefully getting an unexpected cheery card in the mail will brighten her day like she brightens mine.
Freshly Made Sketches provided the sketch my card is based on. The sketch would make a perfect Valentine if you chose to follow it right like it is. Since I needed a birthday card, I changed the large heart to a flower and the small heart into three butterflies. One butterfly just looked too lonely up there in the corner by herself. Things usually look better to the eye when they are grouped in odd numbers, so that sweet butterfly got two friends and they were all set. I punched the butterflies out of regular flat card stock and then ran them through an embossing folder to give them some texture and life of their own. Then, I only adhered one wing down so it gave the appearance that they could fly right off the card if they desired. Of course, they don't want to leave that pretty card, so I think I'm safe. :)
Earlier I said this card is similar to CAS. Freshly Made Sketches blog likes the white space and clean lines of a Clean and Simple card. However, unlike a typical CAS card, they also like lots of detail and embellishments as long as it doesn't interfere with the clean look of the card. This allowed the detail of the layers of flower petals, the embossed butterflies and the little bakers twine bow to fit into their style because neither compromised the clean lines and white space. I think it's fun to learn all of the different styles and how different blogs interpret what is acceptable. I'm kind of a geek that way!
I believe this card fits the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog theme All Things Bright and Beautiful, so I am entering it in their challenge as well.
Once again, this card doesn't have any stamping, that you can see, at least. I will stamp "Happy Birthday" on the inside, but it is primarily made of die cuts and punches. This wasn't something I intended to do, it just worked out that way. Tomorrow's card features these same die cut flowers, which I love, in a totally different way and there is stamping, so be sure to come back and check it out.
I used the following products to make this card:
Gerbera Daisies Die-namics by My Favorite Things
Bitty Butterfly Punch by Stampin' Up
Whisper White, Pretty In Pink, Melon Mambo, Real Red and Pumpkin Pie Card Stock
Polka Dot Parade Designer Series Paper by Stampin' Up
Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder by Sizzix sold by Stampin' Up
Pink and White Bakery Twine by Hampton Art