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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Birthday cards

I usually make two cards for my granddaughter's birthday, not least because she's the second-biggest fan of my creations (after my husb, of course). The first one is her official birthday card:




The background is made with a stencil, sponged with distress inks. The butterflies are coloured with a combination of Sharpies and Laurentien markers. What doesn't show up in the photo are the black diamond Stickles on their bodies. I had originally intended to put a sentiment on the front, but decided to let the butterflies speak for themselves. It does say "happy birthday" on the inside.
The second card includes a certificate for a back-to-school shopping trip, so I wanted it to be stylin'. 




Stylin', but oh so easy! Both the patterned paper and the cat sticker were gifts from my generous and talented friend Angela.  My big contribution, other than noticing that the paper and cat were a perfect match, is the pink rhinestone collar. :P I'm linking this second card up with the current Crafty Creations challenge to show your inner animal. I am, after all, a stylin' cat... at least in my own mind. 




Supplies: (butterfly card) white & pink cardstock, Heather's Stamping Haven butterfly stamp, Versafine onyx black ink, spun sugar & worn lipstick distress inks, Crafter's Workshop Mini Butterfly Ballet stencil, Sharpies, Laurentien markers, black diamond Stickles; (cat card) white cardstock, Anna Griffin Fifi and Fido patterned paper & sticker, Queen & Co. Pretty in Pink rhinestones Pin It Now!

14 comments:

Jen W. said...

Wow! That background is gorgeous and I love the sparkly butterflies. And that pink cat with the rockin' collar is awesome!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

OHHH! How lucky is your granddaughter! LOOOVE those butterflies and your background is super gorgeous! The second card is def. something I would love to get--shopping spree!! FUN!!!! LOVE that cat and her gems!!!!

Jocelyn Olson said...

Yep, you are a stylin' cat! The pink collar is perfect and I love that sticker! The butterflies and the background on the first card is GORGEOUS...love the colors. Happy birthday to your granddaughter!

kasia c. said...

There is never a bad time to bring out your inner kitty!! Wow these are gorgeous! That butterfly one is just so striking.

Angela said...

Ha, "inner kitty." Love it! Love the cards, too -- and I'm sure Miss J will, too! So glad you've been able to make use of the Griffin goodies (and in such a fun way!).

Karin said...

What fantastic cards! I have never made a bg like that, very cool indeed! And the butterflies are beautiful :) Love, love the blinged up kitty too!

Janna Werner said...

These are lovely, Lindsey! Love the summerlike butterflies and the big cat!! Hugs Janna

JustYolie said...

The butterflies are gorgeous!! I need to give my Sharpies a try. :)

dahlhouse-designs.com said...

Lovely cards Lindsey! Your butterflies just pop off the page and your kitty is certainly stylin'!

marilynprestonn said...

Can't believe I missed your card Lindsey! I love both cards, the butterfly background and the kitty kat too! Well done, your GD will love this. Isn't it fun to create with little faces that we love as inspiration. :)Peggy

Meg said...

Yeah, OF COURSE, she is going to love both of these cards! Love the pink rhinestone collar on the kitty. But that butterfly card-WOW! That is a stunner! I love your coloring, the stickles, and the awesome stenciling. She better keep that one to pass on to her grandchildren!

Donelda said...

hehehe, I like them both - you stylin' cat!! Your granddaughter is one lucky girl to receive not only 1 but 2 of your lovely cards! The background you have created for the butterfly card is amazing! and really makes the darker butterflies stand out!

wendyp said...

Those butterflies are stunning! Beautiful cards!

Emily Leiphart said...

LOL, I had to laugh at Ang's 'inner kitty' and Meg's remark about J passing this on to her grandchildren. :D Both are wonderful and I know by now, 'cause I'm commenting so late in the game, that J loved these!