Thursday 30 January 2014

Happy 70th Birthday

Back to birthday cards again with this post and this card was made for an Auntie who celebrated her seventieth birthday back in October.  Before this celebration Auntie Ann had a tough twelve months having been diagnosed with breast cancer just before her golden wedding anniversary last October which overshadowed their celebrations.  Following surgery and a three week course of radiotherapy she has since been given the all clear.  Not only was she coping with this but she also had a back problem which made walking and standing difficult but following her cancer treatment she had successful back surgery and is still slowly recovering.

This is another stamping squares card and makes use of the Stampin' up sets Stippled Blossoms and Baby Blossoms and a script stamp from the Charming set.  Using the second generation stamping technique for some of the images all were stamped on to white cardstock using purple Encore Metallic ink.  The two floral stamp sets use the 2 step stamping technique and Stampin' up's stampamajig was used as a positioning guide to do this and also to stamp the script stamp over two of the corner squares.  The corner squares were also embossed using a Cuttlebug rose embossing folder.

The nine stamped squares were die cut using a Spellbinders square die.  Backing layers were cut from lilac pearlescent card using a Spellbinders scalloped square die and, after being layered up, lilac thread was wrapped around their corners.  These nine squares made up the top tier of the card

The middle tier was the backing panel for the squares which was lilac card and patterned papers layered up with a grid of nine five centimetre squares stitched on top of the patterned paper.  The stamped images were attached to the centres of these squares using foam pads.  Foam pads were also added to the back of the completed middle tier before it was attached to the bottom tier of the card.

The bottom tier was also made up from layers of lilac cardstock and patterned papers.  The patterned papers on this card were from the Nitwit Collection Promises and also from the Pink Petticoat Colour Collection Little Swirls in the lilac colourway.
Ribbon was wrapped around the corners of the bottom layer and a bow added to the top layer.  Other embellishments added were self adhesive pearls and peel off butterflies made in to 3D embellishments by being attached to acetate.

 An insert created on the computer was added to the inside and double layered using lilac pearlescent paper.  This layout became a favourite of mine at the end of last year and I'll share the others I've made in another post.

Thanks for reading today and welcome to the two new followers of this blog.


  1. so stunning liz.i love the pretty butterflies and your colours are beautiful :D

    x coops xx

  2. Lovely card! Fabulous stamping, colours and design -beautifully put together. Thanks for joining us at Sweet Stampin' this week.

  3. Beautiful card Liz ! Love the colour and the design is fabulous ! Thanks for joining us at Country View Crafts. Sue C x

  4. This is about as sweet as sweet gets...I LOVE your card design, the lovely purple, and all of your darling details to make one birthday girl feel very special, I'm sure! Blessings for your sweet aunt....I am so glad you could play along with us this week at Flourishes for our Timeless Tuesday Challenge! :)