Sunday, February 10, 2013

21st Birthday with Papaya Collage

I find milestone birthday cards quite difficult because there is some chance that the card may be kept by the recipient and I am nervous that they will look at my card in years to come and . . . think "why?". So I took a bit of time making one for a friend of mine who was turning 21. This is the end product:
I love the Papaya Collage stamp set and have to admit it was one of the first sets I purchased when the Stampin' Up! cattie came out last year.  I use it for all sorts of projects. So here you see the filigree frame and the butterflies.  I have also used the music and grapes images from Nature's Pace. And the sentiment is from Memorable Moments.
You can see that I have stamped the butterflies in Craft Basic Black - which gives the best images - sharp and clean every time. I stamped six of them and coloured them with Cherry Cobbler ink and an Aqua Painter.  I then fussy cut them and stretched them with the ball of a stylus so that they have a dimensionalised appearance.  I then stuck them one on top of each other on the card using dimensionals to give them even more height.
The base of the card is Very Vanilla.  I have mounted First Edition Specialty Designer Paper on Cherry Cobbler and then on Early Espresso and mounted those three layers on to the Vanilla.  I placed a Cherry Cobbler block behind the Vanilla as well to "frame" the image of the stamp.

The frame is stamped in Craft Basic Black and I stamped the music notes in the same ink.  The fern leaves from Papaya Collage and the grapes and leaves from Natures Pace are done in stamped off Garden Green ` where you ink up the stamp, stamp it on scratch paper and then stamp it onto your project.

Texture and interest is added with the Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon, Linen Thread and Antique Brad - gotta love those little beauties!

The rose is of course made in my standard way - see my earlier post on Rose Making for instructions. Basically it is only Cherry Cobbler card stock and Fancy Flower Punch outs. The leaves were cut using the Little Leaves Sizzlet die and Big Shot.

Shanni xx


  1. Gorgeous card Shanni. She will LOVE this..I saw this on MIM..Loz

  2. This is so beautiful , great image I love your butterflies. I saw you on MIM I am # 14

    DIANA L.

  3. Gorgeous card and Beautiful colors. I spotted this on MIM and came over for a closer look. Faye

  4. Hi again, I love your flowers. I even tried your method of making them. I made some white ones. Not sure what I am going to use them on but I will. I've got to practice making more of them, cause I want beautiful roses like yours! This is very, very pretty! Saw it on MIM and I thought it was yours. I was right.

  5. Saw this on MIM. It's absolutely gorgeous! Love the colours and those flowers really pop!

  6. Very Pretty! I saw it on the Make it Monday site. Beautiful!

  7. Nice! Saw you on MIM!

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  8. Hi Shanni, this one is sure to be kept and there won't be a "Why" in sight in the coming years. It's a gorgeous 21st card, love all the details and the fab distressed look too. Thanks for linking up with MIM this week

  9. Hi Shanni

    This one is a keeper for sure!! Absolutely stunning! No fear of it looking dated in the future a this classic, elegant style will stand the test of time.

    Thank you for sharing with us at Make It Monday this week.

    Michelle :o)

  10. This card is a real beauty! The neutral colored paper with script and music notes makes a wonderful background for the lovely pink colored flower and ribbon. You've done a great job with making those butterflies, creating dimension to your card as well. I'm visiting you from MIM.

  11. Bouncing over from MIM to get a closer look at your gorgeous creation! This is stunning. Love the stamps you used and your flower is beautiful. Will check out your tutorial. Hope you have a wonderful day!

  12. Saw this on MIM and loved it - had to come for a closer look!


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