Monday, 23 February 2015

Happy Birthday Ann

Hello there

I had snow this morning on the way to work!  What was THAT all about.  I knew it was forecast for the guys up north but since when has South Wales been in the northern part of the country.  Pretty cold it is too today!

Never mine ey.  It is always warm in blogland!

I wanted to share a birthday card I made for a dear friend of mine.  So often she asks for me to make cards for her to send (remember my cows wedding card)  and it was nice to make her one and a 70th one at that!  

It is quite a trick colour for the camera to get right, as with a lot of purple shades.  It was more of a purple grey and some of these cards are more blue.  The photo below is the nearest I think, though the pale blue is not quite right.  You get the drift though.

I seem to be into flowers right now and making my own.  These are quite simply Tonic petal pairs punches (some of the first punches I owned) which I then poked a brad through several layers, then spritzed them and scrunched them over to make them as compact as possible.  Once they had dried off I just pulled them out a bit to created the buds.  Simples.
The dies and embossing folder are all from a set I had before Christmas that I hadn't used so were NBUS.  I kid you not, the embossing folder is a PITA if you have not got an A4 die cutter as it is designed so that you have one background sheet.  Maybe a nice fairy will be kind and deliver the new Sizzix one that is coming out!  Yeah right!!

To compensate for the not being able to use one sheet I added some silver behind, as well as some silver Ivy and Sizzix letters.  My favourite (and only) Memory Box butterflies, a ribbon bow and a spritz of Shimmer Mist and hey presto Ann's card was done.  

I used a plethora of Snippets on here and butterflies with ribbon so I am fluttering by the Snippets Playground and Mrs A's Butterfly Challenge.

See you later folks.  Keep warm and safe.



Jane Willis said...

What a beautiful card, your friend is going to be thrilled with it!
Jane - Butterfly Challenge Guest Designer

SARN said...

WOW - that's a total stunner of a card Sam. Beautifully detailed and embellished and sure to be treasured.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Carol L said...

What an incredible creation! Beautiful layering and elements!

Mrs A. said...

Not only twice on the trot but in at no41 again. Now that is spookie!!!!! Lovley card for your friend and have only just commented on another card having trouble wih purples and blue hues. Don't know why it is such an issue. Gorgeous die cutting going on here and your flowers are a scrunch (thats a noo word for super). (Take a note darnell)!!!. Thankyou for fluttering by my challenge. shall I reserve 41 for you next time then? Hug Mrs A.

Sue said...

This is absolutely gorgeous Sam! really stunning..huggles Sue xx

Kathleen said...

What an amazing creation, purple seems to be popular at the moment. Gorgeous dies and love those flowers.
The South of anywhere seems to be the new North these days.

Kath x

Di said...

Wahoo Sam - what a beauty! Gosh someone will be delighted with this card - you did a great job!

Thank you so much for coming to play in the Snippets Playground again!


Di xx

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

ah Hettie you are so right about trying to photograph things especially when there is a lot of layering or pink and mauve or red are very suspect...
...clever use of die cuts well made for a dear friend, and thanks so much for popping over too! Shaz in Oz.x

Bonnie said...

How beautiful, Sam! Love that lacy frame, the handmade flowers and pretty butterflies! What a treasure! (They said we would get a few flakes of snow yesterday and we got 3") Ach!

Brenda said...

How beautiful Sam, I love the age on the card and I love those beautiful flowers. That die is gorgeous as well along with the embossing. I love, love, the ivy leaves and that beautiful butterfly as well. Just a beautiful card. Hugs, Brenda

butterfly said...

I'm really loving these soft lilac and lavender shades you're playing with - this is another beautiful card... lucky Ann!
Alison xx