Spring Themed Handmade Birthday Card

I have a group of girlfriends that get together for each others’ birthdays throughout the year.  One of them, Kathryn, had her birthday earlier this month.  To celebrate, we got together over the weekend and took her out for dinner.  I baked her a lemon cake – lemon being her favorite flavor – and made her two crepe paper roses and a birthday card.

Now I usually take my time when it comes to my crafting, but I was in a hurry and needed to get a card made quickly (or more quickly than normal) because my original idea for a card did not pan out.  I wasn’t sure if I could pull it off, but I’m happy to say, not only did I pull it off, but I was very happy with the results.

My inspiration for Kathryn’s card was this Chinese lantern layered sticker set from Brenda Walton for K and Company that I had picked up from the thrift store:

Brenda Walton Mira Paper Lantern stickers from K & Co.

Brenda Walton Mira Paper Lantern stickers from K & Co.

I based the colors of my card on the colors in these lanterns.  I ended up using a pea green cardstock for the base.

Pea green card base

Pea green card base

In addition to the lantern stickers, I decided to give my card a more spring-like theme, so out came my Martha Stewart flying butterflies lace punch.

Martha Stewart flying butterflies punch

I used it to punch out these lacy strips in different spring-like colors:

Flying butterflies lacy punch outs

Flying butterflies lacy punch outs

I added my embellishments, including a piece of sheer ribbon, to a warm brown cardstock layer.

Brown cardstock mat layered with embellishments

Brown cardstock mat layered with embellishments

It was tricky trying to add glue to the backs of my lacy butterflies, given the openwork design.  I decided to use my tape runner.

Adhesive tape runner

Adhesive tape runner

You can see some of the residue from the adhesive peeking out from the butterflies here:

Cut edge and glue residue on butterfly lace 1

If I had to do it over, I would have done a better job of trimming the strips of butterfly lace.  As it ended up, there were partial butterflies at the ends where I trimmed off the excess.

Cut edge and glue residue on butterfly lace 2

A little awkward-looking if you look closely.

I stamped my “Happy Birthday” sentiment on a small piece of cardstock and decided to trim the ends with a pair of pinking shears, which made it look like a piece of fabric.  That’s why I added the piece of ribbon along the bottom of the brown cardstock – to accentuate the look of sewing trim.

Completed handmade birthday card

Completed handmade birthday card

I decided to add the little blue bird that was part of a pack of felt embellishments I had gotten at Michaels’s dollar section for a touch of whimsy and to complete the spring theme.  I think it really pulls together the look of the card, which I love.  The lanterns and brown cardstock may give it kind of an autumn feel, but strangely enough, I like the juxtaposition with the more spring-like elements.

Who knew that I would end up making one of my favorite cards, ever, under pressure?  You never know what you’ll end up with just playing around with what you have on hand, when you need to get something made.  The muse strikes when it does, and we need to just learn to embrace it :0)

How do you like to create?  When do you find you are the most creative?  Please share in the comments.

Please note:  I have not been compensated in any way, nor will I be, for mentioning any of the companies or products in this post.

About Serena Y Lee

Serena worked in the biotech industry for 18 years before leaving to pursue her life purpose - to live in freedom with creativity and simplicity. Her love for baking, creativity, and story-telling compelled her to start blogging to share her ideas with a wider audience.

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4 Responses to Spring Themed Handmade Birthday Card

  1. Jenny May 28, 2014 at 8:28 pm #

    What a terrific design for a card. It is so festive. Thanks for sharing the construction instructions.

    • Serena Y Lee May 30, 2014 at 12:19 am #

      You’re very welcome, Jenny! So nice to have you visit my blog :0) I hope you, Aden, and Emily are all doing well.

  2. Cynthia May 28, 2014 at 9:09 pm #

    Very Cute! My birthday is October 30!

    • Serena Y Lee May 30, 2014 at 12:20 am #

      Yes, I have it marked on my calendar 😉

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