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Friday, January 28, 2011

Happy Birthday Card for Melanie!


I just got this new paper line called Wings from Close to My Heart and I've been dying to use it.  Since Melanie's birthday is this weekend, I thought I would use it to make a card for her.  The card evolved over time and I ended up using more cartridges than I really needed to.  I am going to tell you the ones I used but also suggest another way to do this.


To start with, I got out the Cricut Sentimentals cartridge and cut this large frame at 5-1/2" using all three layers.  This cartridge has some great frames, word art and cards with matching envelopes.  I highly recommend it.  It also has a butterfly on it that you could use.  I ended up using a butterfly from the Paper Lace cartridge and cut it at both 2" (both layers) and 1-1/4".  I was planning to use more things on Paper Lace but as the project evolved, I just cut the butterflies.  If I was doing this again, I would just use the butterfly from Sentimentals.


Then, at one point, I scrapped the frame idea and was just going to go with a scalloped oval combo that I had found on the new Cricut Baby Steps cartridge, which I cut at 2-1/4".  But then, on my 5" x 7" card, the oval was too small.  Oh, the struggles!  LOL!  So, I came up with the plan to layer it onto the frame in a vertical manner.

One tip is to glue layers together before using the Cuttlebug (above frame and oval cuttlebugged with the Swiss Dots folder).  The reason for this is that the Cuttlebug slightly shrinks the paper and so if you don't glue to layers first, they don't quite fit afterwards.


As you can see above, I used a lot of dimensional pop dots and used a glue dot for the center small butterfly so I could just attach the center section.  The pearls on the butterfly layers really jazz it up.  Those are from Hobby Lobby.


Inside and outside stamps are from Papertrey Ink.  A bit of paper inside finishes it off.

I am going to lunch with Melanie today to celebrate her birthday that is coming up this weekend.  I have a fabulous gift and this card to give her. If you could head over to Melanie's blog, Courtney Lane Designs and wish her happy birthday, that would be great.  She has a new project for you to see over there also.

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Kris said...

Wow first post? Happy birthday Melanie! It's my sister's birthday too! You must be special if you share my sister's birthday! Have a fabulous day!

Kris in Alaska
funamom at yahoo dot com

Donna said...

Happy Birthday Melanie!

Great job on the card! I love the paper, she will love it!

donnakaranas@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Love the card and the new paper. Great job!

Vicki
VLRichey@aol.com

Amy K said...

Pretty card Joy! I'm sure she'll love it.

Jan Foselli said...

Wow - this is absolutely gorgeous. I love the pearl accents.

Short Scrapper said...

What an inticate card! I know that Melanie will love it! Beautiful job-

Brigitte said...

Happy Birthday Melanie!!! Hope you two have a great week-end!
brigitteetleschats at hotmail dot com

Laserchick1 said...

I love the colors used for this card!! it looks wonderful.

Crystal said...

Beautiful card....love the Sentimentals cart, I use it a lot!!!

Kathy Eddy said...

What a fabulous card! Very elegant.

Becca said...

Wow, what a beautiful card! I adore the butterfly.

GiGi said...

WOW! That card is AMAZING! All those layers! I am going to go wish Melanie a Happy Birthday right now!

Sabrina said...

Very pretty card!!

craftymom205 said...

Beautiful card.

BethAnn said...

Truly a beautiful card, Joy! I know Melanie will be pleased. You ladies certainly set the bar high! BethAnn M.

Scrap Vamp said...

Wow! That card is so striking with the deep colors and gorgeous butterfly!

Country Twinkle said...

Very pretty card!

Cricut Design Chicks SWARM said...

LOVE butterflies and such a pretty card.. oohh birthdays are fun

TeresaK said...

Happy Happy Birthday to Melanie!
The card is lovely Joy! Enjoy your lunch and have fun together!!

Lisa B. said...

Love, love, love butterflies. What a detailed card! Looks great!

spelsue said...

Beautiful card! The paper really makes this an elegant card.

Jeannene said...

Beautiful Card!!! I love the butterfly.

Linda said...

Beautiful Card!
Happy Birthday to Melanie!

Scrappy Chic said...

How sweet. I wish I had more crafters in my life...to get those "homemade" things. That would be wonderful.

K-E Kreations said...

I love the Wings paper. It is beautiful & versatile. Great card - love the pearls.

Sassy's Ramblin's said...

Beautiful card Melanie!!!

Maureen Reiss said...

Happy Birthday Melanie!! Beautiful card!

CARDS by SUSAN said...

Very pretty card ~ worth all of the effort for your friend! I know she will love it!
Thanks for sharing
Susan

rhonda said...

Happy Birthday Melanie! And a very beautiful card. Love it!

Jackie "B" said...

Beautiful card, love the colors and paper used. The butterfly really sets it off' Melaine will be very happy to recieve this for her birthday.

AprilsL8 said...

What a pretty card! Melanie will love it!!

Miranda said...

Beautiful Card! I love the butterfly!

mlenclade at gmail dot com

TheLastOfNine said...

It's a beautiful card, Melanie will love it. Have fun at lunch.
Gloria H

Sharon said...

Happy Birthday Melanie. Nice card - what a great combo of colours.

Sharon

Megan H. said...

The paper is beautiful on this card. Happy Birthday.
Megan H.
mhcards at embarqmail dot com

snappy scrappy said...

Really pretty...she'll love it!

Jingle said...

WOW! This is absolutely gorgeous!!!

Kate said...

Happy birthday to Melanie!
I really like the dimension to this card.

Christine said...

What a beautiful card! I love the colors.

Josie0602 said...

Happy birthday to Melanie! You and she both make the most fabulous cards!! I am sure a huge fan of both of you and I love visiting your blogs every day!!

Cathy said...

First of all, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Second, the card is soooooo beautiful, I love that paper, would love to get that card:) have a nice day, cathy

Bonita said...

Gorgeous card for a special friend. Thanks.

Lauren said...

What a beautiful card! I know she'll love it!

RAP said...

Melanie will love the card!

L. Bryce said...

I wish I was as good at making cards beautiful!!

Kelly said...

This card is stunning Joy! Melanie will love it! Great job - love the paper and the design is fabulous!

TFS

Kelly

Marjorie said...

This is an absolutely beautiful card! I love the colors and layers. Now to hop over to Melanie's and wish her a Happy Birthday!

I am so glad that you are feeling better.

Sandra said...

love it! amazing what can be done.
Sandra ltb

Donna said...

Beautiful. Thanks for the info. Happy Birthday Malaine!

Donna C.
goCricutgo

StefanieH said...

WOW this card is beautiful. Happy Birthday Melanie.

mahuntington said...

She is going to love this beautiful card Joy. Have a fun Girls Time Out.

candkleo said...

Such lovely dimention and detail! Happy birthday Melanie! :) Kelly candkleo@msn.com

Deanna said...

Wow what a great card. I love the paper. I am sure Melanie will love it.

Dee said...

WOW! I think you outdid yourself on this card. Melanie will be thrilled.

Ruth said...

Beautiful card for a lovely lady who shares so much with us! Happy Birthday - hope its a good one - enjoy your sushi :)

Gregsgirl's crafty corner said...

What a gorgeous card, I love the colours and the butterflies. I have a "thing" for butterflies. Ever since my Grandmother died (who loved butterflies) I have been seeing them everywhere, your card made me smile : )

Denise-Scrapmouse said...

Very nice card for Melanie. Thanks for sharing.

coupondenise at live dot com

Kimberli said...

Beautiful card, I'm sure she'll love it!! Happy Birthday Melanie!

Lesley said...

What an amazing card! The paper is gorgeous, great color rich and vibrant, I would love to get this card. You really out did yourself! Thank you for sharing and Happy Birthday Melanie!

Lesley
darless@comcast.net

Anonymous said...

I absolutely love what you did with the butterfly. Beautiful card.

Denise said...

That's awesome......what a great card!

Tracy said...

Hope Melanie loved the card.

Rebecca said...

Love the butterfly. Paper works great. rferguson07@gmail.com

D.M said...

*** *** *** *** ***

HaPpIe BiRtHdAy MeLaNiE..!

the color combination are amazing! ... totally love the brown and green together I need to try that out! ..

jamme said...

That is one fancy card. Very beautiful.

angela said...

Beautiful card. Love the 3d butterfly!

Anonymous said...

What beautiful cards shown here! I love the layering and the great ideas~ Thanks so much for sharing~

Kelly

txwoman5031 said...

The card is gorgeous! I love the colors.

Anonymous said...

This is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing

bahjen@yahoo.com

Just A Pac Rat said...

Wow, that is a complicated card but beautiful!

circlebenterprises.blogspot.com

Mollie said...

Very pretty card - the butterfly is awesome! Happy Birthday Melanie!

bluucaca said...

Very cute love the butterfly . Happy Birthday

janine_jepsen said...

That is simply beautiful!!
Janine
janine_jepsen@hotmail.com

Em'smom said...

Love the paper! and the card is beautiful! keep the faboo idea coming! thanks, Lori
lori(dot)harrison@csus.edu

Just Me said...

I am going to be making this card today. I have the cart., but didn't realize it had all those things on it. I love this site.
Happy Birthday Melanie

Kim. said...

Happy Birthday Melanie, beautiful card in lovely colours which I am sure Melanie loved.
Kim xXx

Kel said...

Great papers!...I just got CTMH Wings workshops on the go set from Scrapguy! I LOVE the colors in this set.. and it comes with everything you need. I just made a bunch of cards for a swap using their GORGEOUS papers. Thats a grat cut and I love the pearl accents too!!

Carolee said...

What a gorgeous card - fittingly beautiful for another designer!

Ruby said...

ILOVE LOVE LOVE this card and the paper is just beqautiful.

cjtatman said...

This is a fabulous card! I adore the paper and all of the elements. Thanks for sharing.
cjtatman@msn.com

- - Sheryl - - said...

beautiful! Love the layers and that butterfly!

Carmen A. said...

Hi!!! lovely cared! I love making cards,love butterflies and "I'm obsessed with SB!!! My daughter is a 36 yrs old renal patient, on dialysis, on the waiting lists for a kidney... she is a lawyer who cannot work because of her illness... she is using SB and Card making as a creative therapy... it has worked miracles in her!!! so, besides being obsessed I'm thankful to God that I had taken SB so seriously...now hooked to your blogs!!!! hope to earn something sometime!!! keep them comming!!!!!

littlen said...

Great card Joy. Happy Birthday Melanie.

Martha ~ xpetunia said...

That card is gorgeous! Once my Wings kit/paper gets here I will have to duplicate that.

Thanks for the chance to win the FY cart!

www.welcometomarthaworld.blogspot.com

Martha ~ xpetunia said...

That card is gorgeous! Once my Wings kit/paper gets here I will have to duplicate that.

Thanks for the chance to win the FY cart!

www.welcometomarthaworld.blogspot.com

June Hay said...

What a precious card!

coolnana72 said...

Gosh, what a beautiful card--I wasn't very impressed with the Baby Steps cart, but now I am going to have to take a second look.

gmaJ said...

Beautiful card! Enjoy your lunch with Melanie!

Maria said...

This is such a beautiful card! I really need to explore my cartridges. I get so hung up on making one thing, that I forget they do so much more!

Happy birthday, Melanie!

maria_m_nestor (at) yahoo.com

ammokler said...

This card is amazing. I am always looking for new ideas for making cards.

Angie
ammokler@yahoo.com

Ticketgoddess said...

Wow!! What a wonderful card!! You are such a great friend...a beautiful card and a gift...that is too kind!! Have a great lunch together!! Bev B

Jolanda said...

your card is beautiful - I love the colour combination and the frames

johnnysgirl said...

Happy Birthday Melanie, Hope you love this card as much as I do, so beautiful.
cheryl
c.antley130@comcast.net

Lady_of_Mason_Manor said...

I can't think of a thing to say. i love it!!! Thank you for sharing!

Kaycee@ candkmason@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Beautiful card! Melanie will love it!

Roxanna
bswinch at aol dot com

SARAH said...

Oh my! This is beautiful! You have done a wonderful job on the card. Melanie will love it! I know I do!

marcia said...

Ah perfect timing, I am working on a butterfly card and figuring out how to jazz it up. :-) thanks for the ideas!

Anonymous said...

i love this card... and the papers too...
tthom77066@hotmail.com

Kathy said...

What a beautiful card. I just ordered this in a workshop on the go and cannot wait to get my hands on it!
Kathy
mskathywmu4 at cox dot net

Dawnmarie said...

What a beautiful birthday card!!! Happy Birthday to Melanie!!!

Bobbi said...

What a beautiful card. Happy Birthday Melanie.

Angie said...

I LOVE This card Joy and Melanie will too! It's beautiful!

Laney said...

A very elegant card, thanks for sharing

Carrie Zrodlowski said...

Just beautiful. Wings is my favorite paper pack from CTMH new line.

DEBBIE ORR said...

Beautiful card Joy looks like it was a lot of work

kimmisu said...

Beautiful Card!!!
Kim
kimmisu@myself.com

McVic said...

great card love the layering.
kacee
mcvicwif@yahoo.com

*Linda-saved by grace* said...

This card is gorgeous..I don't know that I have what it takes to make something this intricate. Your amazing!!!

ScrappyMama said...

Great card & I'm sure Melanie will love & appreciate it!!!!!!!!! How nice that you guys are able to get together to celebrate birthdays, etc!

Crystal said...

that is very pretty. i love the butterfly.

Karen said...

Great card!! I just came from Melanies blog and her project is awesome too. Hope you have a great birthday lunch for melanie, I am sure you will.
Happy Crafting!!!
Karen dkolopez@msn.com

ShoppingTamii said...

Happy Birthday Melanie ...

what an adorable card!

adisaac said...

very pretty card!

mary stuart said...

Lovely card Joy. I'm sure Melanie will love it. Love your comments on your creating the card. The butterfly is lovely!
Hey, it's my sister's birthday tomorrow, too, just like Kris the first post!
Thanks Joy! Have fun at lunch

sleigh said...

Gorgeous card and luv that paper; it may have to be added to my collection! I got Paper Lace just before christmas and have been using it alot and will have to check out that butterfly...have a great lunch, Melanie will love it :)

Susan said...

What a work of art! Happy birthday Melanie!

4kids4 said...

What a beautiful card for a friend! Have a fun lunch!

~Sharon C.

Kathleen said...

Beautiful card - love that butterfly. Have a great time, Joy, with Melanie for her birthday dinner. I just know she'll love this card! TFS

Kathleen in NJ
kmurphy614@gmail.com

Donna said...

You're a wonderful friend, Joy! She will love this card, it is beautiful! Have a great lunch and a fun weekend!
Blessings, Donna
grandma4five

Vanessa said...

Beautiful card, Joy! I'm sure Melanie will love it.

Barbara said...

Beautiful card! I love the colors!!

debbie susee said...

I like how you told how your project evolved and how you might do things differently next time. That's real.

joni said...

Happy Birthday Melanie!!!! Hope its a great one!! Wow, this is a fantastic card...so elegant and beautiful! TFS
hugs,
joni

arcocha at yahoo dot com

GreenScrap said...

That is beautiful card!! Melanie is going to love it!! Happy Birthday Melanie!! TFS!! Take Care!!
Jennie @ http://earthyscrap.blogspot.com/

mitch1066 said...

Its always nice to hear about the steps it took to get to the end product and the obstacles you overcame :)

Debbie said...

The card turned out beautiful. The papers remind me of tapestry or maybe it's the way you used them. My cards often go the way yours did. You sound just like me ;- )
debbiebrazzle at licp dot org

Cathy said...

Beautiful card
great job
Cheers
Catie

DIANA L. said...

YOUR DESIGN AS ALWAYS IS INTRICATE AND BEAUTIFUL.

Jessica said...

Happy birthday Melanie! My son's b-day is sunday. He's my baby, but he'll be 40! lol I hope your day is wonderful!

CathyinMN said...

Gorgeous card! I love the papers and everything about it. Happy B-Day Melanie!
tcsobotka at charter dot net

L.B. said...

I really love the colors used on this card.

Shirley said...

Beautiful!! I know Melanie will love card.

Amy said...

Beautiful card! Melanie is so lucky to have a friend like you!

Scrapper69 said...

WOW! That is some card Joy.... I know Melanie is gonna LOVE it! Have a wonderful weekend! :o)

pcrusberg said...

That's really pretty! Thanks! Pam

Playing with Paper said...

I love Butterfly's!! This is a beautiful card!!! She will love it!

Delphia Kay McBride said...

wow pretty card and i just got that paper too. lovely butterfly.
kay mcbride
rmcbride@panhandle.rr.com

kcscrapper said...

Beautiful Card has given me inspiration to fool around with some of my cartridges this weekend.

Angela said...

What a fabulous card! Have fun!

DebJoAl said...

BEAUTIFUL! Love this card! Love the butterfly, paper & all the layers.

craftinmama369 said...

This card is so beautiful. The papers are great!! Hope Melanie has a great birthday!!

BUZZY BEE DESIGNS & GRAPHICS said...

Happy Birthday Melanie!
Love the butterfly
Rebecca Minor
buzzybeedesigns(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

Meetee said...

What a beautiful card, thanks for sharing!

Scrappymama Elaine said...

great card!!! Happy birthday Melanie!

Amanda said...

Beautiful card!! TFS! Hope Melanie has a great Birthday!!

amandawoodau at hotmail dot com

Carrie K said...

Beautiful card! I love that butterfly!
Happy Birthday, Melanie! Have a great one!!
Carrie
carriedan1 at live dot com

mimikat33 said...

I love the small pearls on the butterfly and the card. I just realized that the layers don't need to be completely affixed to a card; another great project for me in my quest to create cards to make memories

Wendy said...

This is lovely, Joy! I'm sure that Melanie is going to love it!

Wendy T.

cfine said...

This card is absolutely beautiful! Melanie will love it.

lisa said...

The colors and detail in this card are beautiful! Wow, looks complicated :-) Happy birthday Melanie.

Tinatealy said...

i love the colors and all the layering! beautiful

alwayscharlie said...

WOW! That card is a work of art! Melanie is really gonna love it!

SherriC. said...

Joy, this is just GORGEOUS!!!!!! Thanks so much for sharing,
brodiec88 at hotmail dot com

Lisa said...

Beautiful card! Thanks for sharing and a very happy birthday to Melanie!
lbwink

AJoy said...

VERY pretty paper! VERY pretty card!

April
nginerd at gmail dot com

Barbi said...

Beautiful card and I LOVE THE PAPERS!!

Barbi said...

Beautiful card and I LOVE the PAPERS!!

Glora said...

so pretty and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

xxsquigglesxx said...

I love all of the pearls!!

Trish B said...

I love the colors on this new paper line ....wings. I love it

redheadworking said...

Birthday Wishes Melanie! My first time on this site. WOW! Thanks for sharing you super talent with us.
And thanks for the giveaway!
(found you from Christina's site)
Penny
redheadworking at earthlink dot net

cardchick's world said...

WOW!!!! Awesome card.... that paper is fabulous..and a very big

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MELANIE


cardchick50(at)gmail(dot)com

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Melanie! My Birthday is in Jan also. Hope ypu day is a good one. Great card. Some
one took alot of time on this card.
\Thanks for having a giveaway.bobbylu62@ligtel.com

cricutharper said...

Awesome card. I love the paper lace cartridge. The butterfly is beautiful, I used it on a birthday card this month myself.

Happy Birthday Melanie!!!!

Linda said...

Love the card, thanks for the ideas!

Milly D said...

Beautiful card. I just received the paper from CTMH, it's a gorgeous paper collection. Going to try this card out. I just love the colors. Heading to Melanie's blog. TFS

Kathy said...

The birthday card is beautiful!

mitchsmom said...
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mitchsmom said...

Beautiful card!

Julie said...

What a beautiful card! Melanie is lucky to have such a sweet friend as you. Thanks for sharing

NanetteMT said...

Very pretty card! Melanie is very blessed to have you for a friend.

Neesey said...

Happy Birthday Mel. This is a beautiful card. Love the colors.

Crhiga said...

Very pretty birthday card for Melanie!!! Love everything about it!!

Carol

Karen said...

Beautiful card. I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of my Wings Workshop. Will definitely refer back to these for ideas on how to use any leftover paper!

cdaily28 said...

Gorgeous card!!

The Creative Princess AKA Tara :) said...

I love the pearls Melaine is going to love it!
Tara

thecreativeprincess at hotmail dot com

Peg Toth said...

That is just beautiful! I know Melanie will just love it!

Becky said...

Very Pretty!

Noreen (greytscrapper) said...

nice card.

Rose said...

Happy Birthday Melanie!!!Joy,that card is so Beautiful!!!She is going to love it.Love the paper,the pearls & the 3-D butterfly.I framed the card I got from you!(I cherish it)TFS

KTbirdiegirl said...

Beautiful card!!! Happy Birthday, Melanie! This is a special card for a special friend. Love the butterfly with the pearl accents. TFS.
Kathryn

myska said...

Happy birthday and what a nice card!

Karen said...

Happy Birthday Melanie!

Thats a wonderful looking card.
I love your choice of papers. Your sis is so lucky to have you.

kdogle@hotmail.com

Kristie Maynard said...

Great card! Love the papers. Happy Birthday!

Pat N. said...

Beautiful card! Would love to win the Forever Young cartridge.

Crafty Sue said...

This is such a beautiful butterfly! The paper is gorgeous. Such a nice card! TFS

Shaunie B said...

This is a very cool card. I love the color combination. Thanks for sharing with us.

Bonnie said...

Wow Melanie is a lucky girl. What a beautiful card. Happy Birthday Melanie!

Cynthia B. said...

Great texture and dimension on this card! Love the pearls you added. Melanie will love the card!

Laurie said...

The pearls are my favorite.Happy Bday, Melanie !!!

Laurie said...

Love the card Happy B day Mealanie.

My Inspiration said...

I love everything about this card. Very pretty!

Anonymous said...

I love the paper you chose but most of all I love the butterflies! Butterflies are my favorite!

stringsofme@yahoo.com

jane said...

I love the colors in this card. I recently purchased the Paper Lace cartridge and spent half a day just cutting from it with no layouts planned! I just loved the cuts I got from it. Happy Birthday Melanie.

Sharon Aubuchon said...

Beautiful card Joy! And Happy Birthday to Melanie!

amy said...

Very beautiful! I know what you mean by doing to much, I do that all the time. Thanks for sharing.

Scrappin Melissa said...

Love that dimensional butterfly!

The Scrapbook Speedway said...

wow! that card is georgeous!

BAHGL said...

breathtaking card!!

Laurieinaz said...

Very nice.

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