Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday, dear Anittttaaaaa…
Happy Birthday to youuuuuuuuu!!
Happy *belated* Birthday, Anita! So, my dear friend, you thought your birthday would just slide by, BUT, thanks to the careful sleuthing of Bev and Darnell, 'tis not the case! And, birthdays of awesome blogging friends should not, unnoticed, go! A little tardy, yes, however, here we are, with a "Happy Birthday, plus one month" celebration.
As much as I wanted to, my capacity to case one of your stunning cards would be, well...impossible. Your talent and creativity in transforming 'simple and clean' images to works of art is beyond compare. All of us participating in this wonderful, well-deserved Bev-and-Darnell-orchestrated celebration of 'you' have shared our love for your cards over...and over...and over. Truth is: you're an incredible artist with the most delightful sense of humour, and the warmest of hearts. Your comments on my cards, and those I've seen on other's sites, are sources of motivation, inspiration, and encouragement. You are truly a gem!
My card takes its cue partially from the 'simple' style you have; partially for your obvious love of flowers; partially from your occasion dabbles into 'whimsy' (your smiley vegetable card comes to mind!). I've taken those ingredients, paired them with a sort of new technique to me - inlaid die cuts - and voila... A card that doesn't quite fit the definition of 'cased", but rather, is a special 'case' made exclusively for you, and because of you!
If you look closely, you'll see inlaid flower patterned paper butterflies, beneath the stamped ones (sorry about the not-so fabulous photography...)
While the image inspiration came from you, Anita, the layout came from Lesley's Challenge #2 sketch
and, since I have some 'faux stitching' accompanying my butterflies, I'm joining Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge #3: A Stitch in Time. It's also 'clean and simple (I think), so linking up as well to The Paper Players Clean and Simple Spring Challenge.
Thank you, Anita, for welcoming me into this community; thank you for being a friend; thank for your sharing your gifts, talents and inspiration with us, and especially, thank you for letting me know that somewhere in my posts, a little 'sparkle' can be found.
Hope your February birthday was fantastic, and that this one - a month later is equally - or even more so! Big hugs to you!!