Birthday Card

My mom's birthday is coming up next week, so I went about making a card for her.

I'd been digging through my stash of dies, and found the Stampin' Up! Large Paper Doily Sizzlit die. This die is retired but you can check it out here, and I've seen a few on eBay. It is a bit tough to work with though - I had to follow some tips I found to make it work properly. I finally got it to work by covering the surface of the die with packing tape, and using a shim, along with an additional smaller shim under 1/2 of the die. All of those tricks helped to even the surface so I could die cut a doily. Even so, I don't plan to use this die too often - it's very detailed and takes awhile to punch out all of the little spots.

Anyway, once I got the die working I used some brown patterned paper I had in my scraps bin and made a doily for the front of the card.

I used one of my My Favorite Things Stitched Circle dies to cut a circle to fit the center, and then I lay both over the card (the card base is Stampin' Up! Pool Party, which you may have figured out by now is my favorite color of card stock), trimming at just about half, the rest to be saved for a future card.

I used a Zig glue marker pen to attach the doily to the card, and then over it I layered some paper flowers (these were picked up a year or two ago in the Michaels' dollar bin section) with some glue dots. I used Tombow Mono Multi Glue to attach pearls from Simon Says Stamp to the center of each flower.

For the sentiment, I used the WPlus9 Strictly Sentiments 5 stamp set and some Memento Rich Cocoa ink, and stamped right onto the card base. I then added more pearls and rounded the corners of the card with the yellow WRMK Corner Chomper.

My mom really appreciates receiving handmade cards, so I know she's going to love this one too.

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