Wednesday, 12 July 2017

For a niece's special birthday

I was commissioned to make a card for a friend's niece who was going to be 50, but without the number on it! I was asked to make it with a country garden theme.

I used a Hunkydory piece of card with a background garden scene (unfortunately, doesn't show up well here) and I put the country garden scene in the 'window' of the picture. I generated the greeting on computer, printed and die cut with a todo cross hatch die, using a bigger one to cut the gold mirror mat, both of them were embossed and the greeting panel was inked before taking out of the die.

The flower and butterfly strip was from Hobbycraft and the little 3D bird stickers from The Works.

This is for:

Hanna and friends: birthday
Paru July: birthday
Petal Lu 41: anything goes + option: peach flowers
Unstampabelles 70: every day is special with a twist of lots of colour
Noor July: use die cuts
The paper shelter 302: punches and/or dies
Happy little stamps: anything goes with dies
Sparkles 93: embossing
Dies r us 76: layers
Butterfly challenges 82: butterflies + M for matching pairs (2 blue butterflies on the floral strip)
Cardz 4 galz 51: butterflies
Alphabet: I for insects
Scrap and craft inspiration 5: summertime with butterflies
Country view crafts July: things with wings
Oddball: spread your wings/anything goes
2 crafty critter crazies 4: must be a critter
Fussy & fancy 191: celebration
Artistic inspirations 183: anything goes + option: use summer colours
Crafting by designs: summertime
Craftaholics R us 27: summer
Eclectic Ellapu July: summer colours
Cards und more 14: anything goes with summer
Create and makes 13: anything goes + option: create a sentiment
Not just cards 46: anything goes
Dragonfly dreams July: anything goes
Inspiration destination 132: anything goes
Creative inspirations 279: anything goes
Creative fingers 134: anything goes


  1. Hello Hazel, this is a pretty card . When you look closely there are lots of matching pairs to see. 2 swirls, 2 orange/white butterflies, 2 matching flowers on the strip . The picture image shows twomatching porch ways and matching flowers by the bridge so you have done a great job of using the required elements for this challenge. Hugs Mrs A.

  2. This is such a pretty card. I love the flower/butterfly strip, and the card is certainly reminiscent of a country garden. Kate x

  3. Beautiful as always. Thanks for sharing at Craftaholics R Us.
    ~Owner/DT Janis

  4. Wow! So pretty, so elegant, so simply stated. I love this design and how you have created such a beautiful card. What an amazing card. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Cardz 4 Galz - Chris, DT

  5. SO, SO pretty ... inside & out! Thanks so much for playing in our ‘Layers’ challenge at Dies R Us! Please come back again soon!

    Darlene (DRU Blog Leader)
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please come for a visit.

  6. Very lovely designed card Hazel. Thank you for joining us at Eclectic Ellapu this month. Judy DT

  7. Lovely - I am sure it was appreciated. Thanks for sharing this great project with us at Unstampabelles. See you back soon.

  8. This is such a pretty card - love the cute birds and of course the butterfly strip is great too for the matching pairs

  9. oooooh, Hazel! What a wonderful "old world" flavor your gorgeous card exhibits! Your niece will love it! So glad I got to see your masterpiece showcased at the Cardz 4 Galz Challenge. Thanks for joining in with your lovely artwork. Hope to see more of your pretty creations in our future challenge themes! Please check back to see if you have won a badge. Sending you wishes for a wonderful day!
    {Creative Smiles - my little crafting world}

  10. What a beautiful card Hazel, I love that garden image and the gorgeous strip with the flowers & butterflies! Thanks so much for joining us at Cardz 4 Galz!
    Tammy x

  11. I'm back... Thanks for joining us at Alphabet Challenge Blog too with this gorgeous card!
    Tammy x

  12. Beautiful card - she will love it. Thanks for joining us for Oddball Stamps Blog Challenge. Best of luck with your entry and hope to see you next month!
    Angie DT OddballStampsBlogChallange

  13. I love how you created the 'hanging' greeting with the flower and butterfly strip....inspiring. I am sure this card will be treasured forever. Thank you for sharing it with us at Unstampabelles. Wynn CD

  14. Great project thanks for joining in at Crafting by Designs

  15. Oh this is SO pretty. It reminds me of an old garden wall. I LOVE your little birds. Thanks for entering the challenge at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies. hugs, Teresa

  16. Beautiful card! I'm sure your niece will love it! Thanks for joining us at Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies!

  17. Beautiful card- inside and out. Thanks for joining us at The Paper Shelter.

  18. Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at Eclectic Ellapu, good luck!!! Amy DT

  19. Another fabulous card - love the country scene and the flowers/butterflies border. Once again I bet it was appreciated. Thanks for sharing with us at Unstampabelles.

  20. So beautiful! I really like your strip with butterflies! :)
    Thanks a lot for joining us at Fussy and Fancy! :)

  21. So nice! :) Thank you so much for sharing with Scrap and Craft. God luck!! :)
    Hugs Randi DT

  22. A lovely creation. My favourite part is the border with flowers and butterflies. Thanks for joining in with us at Country View Crafts.

  23. A lovely summery cottage garden themed card.
    Thanks for sharing at the Alphabet Challenge blog. :)

  24. This is such a pretty card. I'm sure your niece will treasure it and thanks for sharing it with us at Dragonfly Dreams.

  25. This is gorgeous. Love the beautiful image and design.
    Thank you for sharing this with us at Noor Design UK.
    Hugs Sharon. X

  26. This is gorgeous. Love the beautiful image and design.
    Thank you for sharing this with us at Noor Design UK.
    Hugs Sharon. X


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