Friday, January 13, 2017

Musical Happy Birthday!

Hi there,

An extra post from me this week. We had a special little lady turn 21 last Monday. She has brought us so much joy over the years - it has truly been a wonder to watch her grow from baby to the beautiful lady that she has become. Her passion is music: handbells and singing, for which she is undergoing a five-year program at Westminster Choir College, NJ. We look forward to seeing what the road ahead has in store for this exceptional young woman!

I wanted to have a music theme for her card, so I started with a burgundy background - purple is Gillian's favorite color! Next I found a lovely piece of music DP, which happened to have some color at the edges, which worked in well with the base card. Found this old Hero Arts Bird Collage stamp which I stamped in Ranger's Archival Ink onto white cardstock. Then I went to town with the Art Anthology Paints (Vegas Gold, Pumpkin Spice, Coral and Leaf) and colored in the bird and the flowers and leaves with those and set it aside to dry.

After it was dry (maybe half an hour at most) I die cut the image with Spellbinders Floral Ovals, and left the die in place while I sprayed the Art Anthology Sprays (Timeless, Wild Orchid and Rustic) over the top. The sprays dry very quickly and then I took the Nuvo Fine Tip Glue Pen and added some Sparkling Snow Glitter to the flowers and leaves on the image. I wanted to add some flowers to the card and I happened to have some that had musical notes on them (though I'm not sure where I got them from!). Anyway, I sprayed them with the same three colors. When they were dry I used a paint brush and applied some Brushable Glue to some of the petals and added Cloud Nine.

I tried to find something with music, but couldn't find anything for the card front, so did this on the inside with Versamark, Black Detail embossing powder and the same three sprays carried over from the front. The row of birds and sentiment is from the Bird Song Set 496 from Sparkle N Sprinkle.

The sentiment on the front was a challenge! I wanted to use the Happy Birthday die, but I wanted to have different layers on the card front, so knew it wouldn't be good to just glue it down. So I took the smaller die from the SB Floral Ovals and sprayed the inside before removing the die, then I used the little oval from the Spellbinders Classic Ovals Large and cut out a scrap of Super Adhesive Sheet. This was then attached to the center of the sprayed floral oval. I die cut the Happy Birthday (from the burgundy cardstock) from Sizzix Thinlits Celebrate and positioned it on top of the adhesive and then applied Cloud Nine Velvet Glitter to the remaining sticky surface.

Then everything was put together. The image was put on first to the music DP, with foam squares. Then the flowers were attached with brass brads. The little ivy stems (Creative Expressions Craft Dies) were cut from white cardstock and sprayed with the same three sprays. Those were tucked under the flowers as shown and then the sentiment was added at the base with foam squares.

I had fun creating this for my special little girl! How can she be 21 already? Sing On and Ring On, looking forward to the ride, Gillian!

I'd like to join the following challenges:

Scrapy Land: Anything goes #57 (Using dies that Scrapy Land sells)
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge #18: Anything Goes
Seize the Birthday: Anything Goes


  1. How lovely, Shona! I especially like how you carried the soft, earthy colors into the small oval as the backdrop for the die cut happy birthday! Great design ploy! Beautiful flowers, and just a wonderful collage of music and nature - BEAUTIFUL! hugs, de

  2. That is gorgeous Shona! I love all the colors, layers and glitters used on it. The bird image and the flowers are beautiful! And, you carried the theme over inside as well. I really like that.

  3. What a VERY beautiful card with lots of love and thought put into it, with so many personal details picked up for it. If I was the young lady, it would bring tears to my eyes, it is gorgeous. I wish her well in her chosen career.

  4. So beautiful! I love the way you used the oval die cuts, the flowers and colors used are just stunning! Thank you for sharing with us here today at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Wanda DT World Wide Open Design Team Challenge

  5. Stunning work!
    Thanks for joining Scrapy Land Challenge :)
    Samra DT
    Paper Talk with Samra

  6. Thank you for sharing with us over here at the World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Lisa DT for:-

  7. Oh Wow what a super fabulous job you have done with this project.
    Thank you for sharing with us here today at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Annette DT Registered Owners/Admin for World Wide Open Design Team Challenge

  8. Shona, your little lady sounds amazing, and I'm sure she loved her gorgeous card! Your collage style is wonderful and I love the meaningful sentiment inside. So glad you shared with us at Seize the Birthday!

  9. It's a very special card for an occasion that merited specialness. You've captured all your daughter's loves in this beautiful card. Enjoyed the read-through, and I've never seen this particular bird collage look so wonderful. I'll have to check out these sprays,- they look like such a softened effect compared to some of the others I've used. I like the vintage color theme and that's a gorgeous floral bouquet, with the extra snowy details. Also loving the inside treatment too. The bird silhouette looks very dimensional with the black embossing sheen too. Happy Birthday to your special lady, and hope it was just grand. TFS & Hugs

  10. This beautiful romantic card will surely bring much happiness to the person you made it for, it really is a masterpiece, every detail is perfect on it!!


  11. Happy Birthday! I love this card. She is a lucky young lady to have this card given to her for her birthday, after being so lovingly and thoughtfully created!

  12. Lovely card for a lovely young lady that I imagine will treasure this card forever~~sounds like a wonderful career is waiting down the road for her too!! Beautifully created with all the inks and sparkle added!! Sorry it has taken me so long to get over here to see your amazing work and comment, but life has/had a way of getting in the way...have a creative day!!

  13. I just love this vintage inspired masterpiece! So elegant and utterly beautiful! Hugs, Autumn


Thanks so much for stopping by and letting me share in part of your day. I would love to hear what you think about my latest creation!