Lyrical birthday


I have a card today using a challenge I recently discovered - the Shabby Tea Room. I honestly wasn't too excited at first, since I utterly fail when it comes to shabby, but since getting some new, deeeee-licious ribbon from Sugar Pink Boutique, I decided I'd have a go. I also made this for a Flickr gal, Dana C, who is having a vintage contest (RAK up for grabs!). Here's my lighthearted take on it. :)
It isn't exactly "tea" party themed, but the colors remind me of the tea pots/parties my sisters and I would have, and, the card does have polka dots!

Mmmm, love these Making Memories letter stickers....I always liked how they looked on other people's projects, and seeing Valerie's card HERE (a new Flickr friend!) pushed me to finally get some (also, the half off regular price at Michaels didn't hurt....;)).

Cut card base. Adhere patterned paper to base, and sew. Add letter stickers, "birthday" being on foam squares. Stamp butterfly image onto K&Co paper, cut out, and add half pearls. Cut small slit in back of card, threading ribbon through, than tie bow. Adhere button.

First time making this kind of bow...I don't know if I did it right or not, I just kept tying loops...I am seriously addicted to tying bows, as sad as that is. Speaking of ribbon, I saw a tutorial on how to make my own dyed ribbon, using the same material as shown above, so I'm gonna have a go at it - anyone know where I can get Tattered Angels glimmer mist cheaply? ;)

Thanks for popping in!

Shabby birthday card recipe
Cardstock: Bazzil
Patterned paper: October Afternoon "Fly a Kite", K&Company
Stamp: Martha Stewart
Ink: Martha Stewart
Letters: Crate, Making Memories
Ribbon: Sugar Pink Boutique
Half pearls: Kaisercraft
Other: thread, button

Tools: sewing machine, trimmer, scissors, adhesive, foam squares


  1. I'm so sorry that you weren't inspired by our site at first, but glad you came back to give us another try. Only the name is shabby -- your designs don't have to be! This one is adorable ... I love the sheet music, stitching and yummy pink polka dots!! Thanks for sharing your design with us all here in the Tea Room this week :)

  2. What a gorgeous card! You did shabby very well!

  3. Lovely card! Great mix of paper and I love the stitching and butterflies! Thanks for stopping by my blog today. Happy to hear you like 'Tweet Retreat'! :)

  4. Love your card, Clare! Love using sheet music and handdied ribbon recently, too!

  5. What a sweet little card this is. Really like the papers and the butterflies, and that ribbon is wonderful. You did a great job with the bow. :)
    thanks for playing along with us at The Shabby Tea Room.

  6. Another beautiful card Claire! I share your bow addiction and think you did a wonderful job!

    Deanne :)

  7. Your card is darling! Shabby isn't really my thing either- I like it, it just usually doesn't like me :D I love your bow and cool ribbon. Paulina has a fun tutorial on her blog about tying double bows, she makes it look super duper easy :) http://prettypinkposh.blogspot.com

  8. I think you do a super fab job with this style! I love how you arranged the cute butterflies!

  9. this is so sweet! love the colors and design!! yum! =)

  10. This is very pretty! Have anyone ever add the "I" to your name? My daughter has the same name with the same spelling, Clare, but when she graduated from high school, her teacher still wrote her name as Claire!

  11. Claire love your card! Love the vintage paper you used and the lettering is great.Thanks for playing alon and your name will be added 4 times to the draw! Wow! Thanks again


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