Hello my friends! I hope you are doing well. On Saturday our daughter Chelsey turned 33! I don't know how that is even possible. She is such a kind, caring person and she always has been. I love spending time with her. If you didn't hear the big news on Facebook, Chelsey and Russ are expecting their first baby in January. I have known about the new baby since Mother's Day but was sworn to secrecy until she decided it was time to share with the world. I am so happy for them! This is something they have been wanting for a long time.
Today's card is the birthday card I made for Chelsey. I wasn't sure where this card would end up but I wanted to use the Scalloped Contours Dies. After using one of these dies for my last card, I knew I needed to do more with them.
I started by cutting a piece of Fresh Freesia cardstock using the largest scalloped die. On top of this, I layered the next size down scalloped die that I cut from some Basic White cardstock.
I cut two leaf images from some Evening Evergreen Shimmer Vellum using the Meadow Die set. I attached these leaves directly to the Basic White scalloped rectangle. Normally when you attach vellum you need to be very careful about having your adhesive show through. With this Shimmer Vellum, you don't have to worry about that. The adhesive does not show through at all.
I stamped the flower image (from the Color and Contour stamp set) on to a piece of Basic White cardstock using Evening Evergreen ink. This ink is such a dark green that it almost looks black. It is absolutely gorgeous and such a rich colour. I stamped the flower portion of the stamp using Fresh Freesia ink. I used my Soft Succulent Stampin' Blends to colour in the leaves on the flower. I then cut out this flower image using the corresponding die from the Scalloped Contours Dies set. I attached the flower on top of the Shimmer Vellum leaves. Once it was attached to the card front, I realized that it needed a little something so I added Wink of Stella to the entire flower. It is kind of hard to see in the picture but in real life, it adds just the right amount of pop to go with the sparkle on the vellum leaves.
I wrapped a piece of the Fresh Freesia Open Weave ribbon around the scalloped rectangles and tied it into a knot. Having the scallops made it really easy to line up the ribbon straight but since the scallops were open they kept squishing. On a card I made earlier, I wrapped Baker's Twine around the scalloped rectangle and it was great as it fit perfectly between the scallops. Hopefully Chelsey won't notice the slightly squished scallops. I attached my scalloped rectangles directly to a Basic White Thick card base.
I stamped my sentiment from the One Happy Family Stamp set using Evening Evergreen ink on a piece of Basic White cardstock. I cut this out using a die from the Tasteful Labels Dies set. I added my sentiment to my card front jut below the ribbon using dimensionals.
Here is a picture of Chelsey's cake and gifts. We got her a gift card for Starbucks. They were out of the envelopes that they put the gift cards in so I decided to make my own. I used the retired envelope maker punch board to make the small envelope out of Shaded Spruce cardstock. Did you know that Shaded Spruce is a perfect match for Starbucks green? Of course I had to decorate it using the Nothing's Better Than stamp set and coordinating dies. I also made a similar envelope for a very good friend of mine whose birthday is the day before Chelsey's. Tucked behind the Starbucks gift card envelope is a little box that I made out of Polished Pink cardstock. Inside that box was another gift card to Chelsey's favourite nail salon so she can go for a pedicure whenever she wants. I might have to go with her! I did not make the cake this year. It has been so hot here that I just couldn't do it.
What I used for today's card:
Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed this card. I know that Chelsey liked it as we had the kids over for dinner on the Thursday before her birthday. It was so nice to have them over again. We hadn't been getting together with them as they were both working and had quite a large "bubble". My bubble consisted of just Doug and I. We were being very safe because Doug was also visiting his Mom once a week. Now that we have had both of our vaccines we are feeling a little better about having family over. I'm really excited to have some crafting days with my girl as we prepare for the new addition to the family.
Stay well and keep creating!