Thursday, 6 December 2012

Birthday Card for a Friend

I've put together a birthday card for a friend of mine and thought I would share with you before I mail it/drop it off.  It's a little bulky so I haven't decided how I'm going to get it to her.  I've used Graphic 45's gorgeous, gorgeous, did I say gorgeous paper "A Ladies Diary."  I received my very first order from Wild Orchid Crafts the other day and the flowers were stunningly gorgeous and I just thought this card was the perfect opportunity to try them out.  Some of their flowers are so tiny and yet perfectly exquisite in detail!  I loved working with them and will order more from them in the future. I used Glossy Accents to adhere the flowers and lace and everything else used.  I made the stickpin that's inserted into the middle.  The lace also comes from Wild Orchid Crafts as well as the paper doily.  The cardstock I used was Gina K's heavy weight cardstock.  I knew I was going to be adding a lot of embellishments so I wanted a good weight cardstock to build my card on.  I used a very light weight cardstock to use as a liner for the inside of the card.  When I asked my sister what she thought of the card, her response was "every card you make seems to be getting better and better than the last." 

I can see that.  When I look back on the first set of cards that I placed in my Etsy shop, as well as the first cards shown on here, I do believe I've gotten better.  That is my goal. To get better and better.  Next year I'm going to start entering a lot more challenges.  Those can only help me to get better as well.  My other goals for the New Year are to eventually try out for a Design Team, (I know I'm not good enough for that yet), I would like to submit some of my cards to some of the card magazines and see if any make it.  I do need to still focus on my photography skills as well.  I never feel like the true essence of my cards shows up in the pictures I take.  Well here it is, I hope she likes it! I'm proud of it. 


Judy said...

Wow Marianne,

This is stunning, and I just lovvvvvvvvvve those papers, which are perfect for your image. Happy Birthday to your friend.


Shari M said...

love this one Marianne. Finally marked your blog and got it in the list on my page. :) have a good one, and yes, know that the ebosser is expensive,but if it keeps working like it is, will be worth every cent. Doing about 15 dies at once instead of one at a time is awesome. !!

Marianne said...

Thank you so much to both of you. I gave Cathy the card this morning when we met for coffee and she loved it! I do need to learn to make a proper envelope for thick, embellished cards.

Lady Bug Stampers said...

Oh this card is stunning Marianne. I love vintage and this hits the spot. I am now a follower of yours as well. Happy Crafting.

Sandy Palmer said...

Wow, your card is gorgeous! I just love everything about it! Your friend is going to love her card!