January 4, 2014


Do you remember me ever mentioning a Stella in my blog posts? OK. I am being facetious. My little granddaughter, Stella, is the star of many of my posts. And a stellar part of my life. (See how perfect her name is?!?)

A week ago, my little honey turned six years old. I turned to ol' faithful, MDS, for the image I used on her birthday card. The darling elephant comes from Patterned Occasions, one of the sets from last year's Sale-A-Bration.

In MDS, I colored him as I wanted him to look, printed him twice, then headed downstairs to my Creation Station, and proceeded from there. From the second print, I cut out the ear and the flower, and attached them with Stampin' Dimensionals to the original print. 

Great. Now what? <head scratching>

Using the scalloped circle from the Circles Collection Framelits, I cut out the image. I STILL didn't know exactly where I was headed. 

I selected the largest of the Floral Frames Collection Framelits, and it looked like it would be a good fit size-wise as a frame around the scallop circle. I cut it from yellow and adhered it to the back of the elephant piece. Cute. 

Hmmm. Now, do I add this to a large square card? B-o-r-i-n-g.

No! I'll make this my whole card. So I cut another yellow piece with the intention of adding a hinge between the yellow "flowers", and calling it finished.

As I laid the pieces together to see how this would look, they slipped a bit. 

Serendipity!! A happy accident!

Instead of lining up the flowers together, by alternating the peaks of the flowers, I created more of a sun. Which in my eyes was simply adorable for a six-year-old's birthday card. Especially such a sunny, happy six-year-old like my Stella. 

I added a simple little hinge to create an opening card. I then added a second flower, this time the second largest one in Whisper White to the inside of the card.

It looks kind of cute standing open. The peaks of the flowers separate towards the bottom, revealing how it would have looked with only the first yellow flower behind the elephant piece. But at the top of the card, the second layer of flower shows.

I stamped a happy girly sentiment inside the card. Because I had added yellow dots to all the scallops on the elephant piece, I carried that same idea to the inside of the card. The dots were created with a gentle touch of the brush end of a Stampin' Write Marker. 

In this photo you can see how the two yellow flowers come together when the card is closed. Cute, eh?

Since this was not a standard-sized card at all, I turned to my beloved Envelope Punch Board to create a custom envelope. I measured the finished card, and looked on the chart of the Punch Board to see what size paper I would work with and where I should do my first punch/score. I added a layered flower with temporary adhesive on the back to "seal" the envelope. 

So, this is a perfect example of how I need to plant my OWN creative paper seedlings. 

All I knew when I started was that I had a pink patterned elephant to work with and that I would do some popping up of elements. 

After some thinking, trial and error, and blessed serendipity, I was happy with my special birthday greeting for my precious little Stella. 



  1. What am AMAZING card for your granddaughter. So glad I popped over to check out the whole post from the Bouquet of Talent party because the thumbnail image just does not capture all of the amazing craftsmanship of this!

    - Tasha @ Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body {http://www.designertrapped.com}

  2. So sweet and pretty!!! I imagine, if made bigger, we could use the elephant in a banner with different colored elephants or simply frame one. I LOVE your creation!

  3. What a cute card. Love the way it came out. Belated Happy Birthday to Stella!

  4. This is such a cute card! I love the little elephant. Great job!

  5. Stopping by from Project Inspired...only one thing to say Adorable! Simply Adorable!

  6. Love this sweet, colorful card! I bet she keeps it always. Maybe it will become artwork for her room?

    Happy crafting!

  7. Such a sweet card, and I love the chance to get a real close up look at the inside detail too. Thanks

  8. So pretty! You did a great job! Thanks for sharing it at Sewlicious Home Decor this week!

  9. This is precious! I'd love for you to share this at my weekly link party! http://www.thelifeofjenniferdawn.com/2014/01/a-little-bird-told-me-link-party-73.html

  10. This is absolutely adorable! I'm sure Stella loved it. Thanks for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you next week.

  11. Awww...this card is absolutely adorable and precious! I can tell that you made this from the heart and that's why it turned out so great!

    Thanks so much for sharing on Turn It Up Tuesday! We love having you! :)

  12. Aww beautiful card :) thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays,,,featuring and pinned this week at the blog hop...

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  14. This is adorable, I love it. Thank you for sharing and linking up at this week's Friday Pin Fest! :)

  15. So darling! That elephant is too cute! Thanks for sharing at Take it on Tuesday! :)

  16. I'll be giving your cute card a shout out! Thanks for sharing at the party! Theresa @DearCreatives

  17. Dear Linda,
    your beautiful card has been featured on my blog. Thank you for linking up with Handmade Café!

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