The trouble with making such fancy cards is that you then need a box to put them in!

Boxed card

My sister-in-law had a momentous birthday this month and so I made her a special card. It took me about 3 evenings of faffing about with it to get it how I wanted but I was happy with the final results. To compound the lengthy business my mother-in-law asked me to make one to give from her so I guess I spent about a whole week working on this birthday (only evenings, I don’t feel I can play in my craft room during the day 🙂 ).

As our family name is Mackintosh the circular element in the middle just had to be a Mackintosh Bauble from Chocolate Baroque (the set is about to be retired) – two of them back-to-back suspended on white cord.

The flowers were made using Spellbinders Spiral Blossom 2 in a couple of different papers (and tissue for those on the box) and then lightly dusted with a bit of glitter. The butterflies have twisted wire antennae and are sitting on some gorgeous gold/copper wired ribbon. I used a border cut from IronWorks Accents and a couple of layers of Labels 4 one of which I ran through an embossing folder and lightly inked the raised parts.

On the inside, I used the second part of the borders I’d used earlier and cut the other side with Classic RicRac Edgeabilities, the stamped flourishes are from Technique Tuesday and the aperture was cut with Spellbinders Ovals with a second contrasting scalloped oval inside. [I was actually lucky enough to win these Edgeabilities in an online competition – just for leaving a comment on a blog post! :lol:]

Lots of layers of card and ribbon and maybe too many embellishments - still, it was for a special occasion

Card front

Borders, flourishes and baubles


A close-up of the spiral blossoms


The second card

Well I had to think of something completely different to the one I’d just made so this one is very monochromatic and yet still glittery. A stepper card with lots of layers and bling.

I cut the card base with a Grand Label Nestability and used other Nesties to make the layers from an oriental-style paper. The main image is Michael Strong’s Kimono stamp embossed with a holographic powder over Versamark and cut out with the matching die. One of the Spellbinders Fancy Tags holds a ready-made greeting and there’s a Mackintosh image stamped and silver-embossed on the back panel.

The huge flower is made from a set of blossom Nesties with sunflowers mixing-in between layers. A button in the middle and some silver glitter and it was finished. I do hope she liked them.

"Don't think of it as getting older - you're simply in full bloom!"

Stepper 70th

A close-up of the flower in all its glory


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