On 11 January, I celebrated my birthday, and I received some lovely handmade cards from my friends in the English Stampers yahoogroup.
They were so special and beautiful that I felt I needed a way to keep them to enjoy and look at later. I decided to make a birthday card album using cardstock and ribbon.
The front and back covers were reinforced with thin cardboard, and then coloured cardstock was laid over to cover them. An ink pad was used to distress the cardstock. Stickers were used as embellishments and chipboard glitter alphabet letters were also attached. Velvet ribbon and matching satin ribbon were used to tie the book together. Matching cardstock was used inside the book to display the received birthday cards.
Have a look at the wonderful things I received!
The card above was made by my dear friend, Germaine Ferrao. She created a three-dimensional look by cutting out the flowers and sticking on a butterfly embellishment. She also used a cuttlebug embossing folder to create extra depth. Very lovely! You can see more of Germaine's artwork on her blog.
The card in pink tones on the left was designed by Janice Bennett, and it features a silhouette stamp and glittery floral embellishments and a cuttlebug background on a shimmery pink and pearlescent cardstock. Smashing!
The sophisticated and stunning card on the right is from Linda Elbourn. I love everything about this card, from the shades of green, to the delicate stamp and the background flourish, to the sparkly rhinestones. Thank you so much, Linda!
Caroline Hinchcliffe created the adorable gardening girl in purple tones above. Lots of sweet floral embellishments with rhinestones. For more of Caroline's artwork, see her blog.
Linda Wright sent me a fairy cake for my birthday -- but fortunately, it has no calories. LOL! Linda has used lots of layers to create texture and interest in this gorgeous plaid card with trims and ribbons. Click here to see Linda's blog.
I just love Elzybell's stamps, and I was tickled that Maria Adams used one of Elzybell's designs in the birthday card that she sent me. I love Maria's creations, and this card was just the perfect mix of harmonic colors, embellishments and trims. Be sure to visit Maria's site often as you don't want to miss any of her new cards:
My dear friend Sue just loves this retired tulip stamp set from Stampin' Up! She was so happy to finally snag it on ebay, and she used it to make this stunning textural and layered card for me. Sue is one of our English stamping friends who lives in Abu Dhabi, where I had been living and hosting craft gatherings. Here is a big wave out to my crafting buddies in Abu Dhabi. You see me waving, gals?!?! I miss you all!
Beckie has her own line of stamps, Lilac Lemon Designs, and this lovely art nouveau lady is one of her designs. She has unmounted high-quality red rubber stamp sheets with these vintage lovelies, so stop by and have a look around her site. The tones of this card are wonderful, and I particularly like the shading and colouring.
Above is a sweet and cheerful card from Anesha (see her blog here). Anesha is a very creative stamper, and I love everything she makes! She's a busy girl right now, and I want to wish her well with her upcoming move. Take care of yourself, Anesha!
I hope you all have enjoyed looking at my birthday cards. I also want to encourage any of you crafting ladies living in the United Kingdom to join our stamping yahoogroup, Stampers of England. We are a friendly group of ladies . . . our group is a cosy size . . . we host art mingles and swaps, support and inspire one another, and do other fun stuff. We'd love to have you join us. Click here for more information.