Tuesday, March 8, 2011

A Sweet Little Birthday Card

Today is one of my good friend's birthday.  She is one of those friends who is sort of like family.  We have taught school together for many years, and taught workshops together at a local university for years. We go shopping, out to lunch, movies, etc.  But the best of all is we go to the beach together with a bunch of our friends a couple of times a year.  In fact, they are going next week during our spring break.  I cannot go because I am on the AEA Board of Directors and I have meetings, a workshop and lobbying to do for the public schools and employees of Alabama.  I cannot complain, because what I am doing is very important. But I sure will miss all their stories and laughs.  They said they would Skype me so I won't feel left out.

This same crazy bunch of friends and I are taking a pottery class together on Tuesday nights.  So I have  made this card to take to her tonight.

I used the LACY LABELS cartridge to cut the two circles.  And the CRICUT LITE BLOOM to cut the butterfly with the cage.  The cage is made with paper from AC Speciality.  The pattern papers are from DCWV and My Mind's Eye.  The top circle is made from a piece of cream colored card stock that I inked with a multi-colored ink pad.  The dark rectangle base is a piece of charcoal card stock and has been inked with  the same multi-colored ink pad.  After having the card put together, I decided it just needed something to perk it up.  So I tied a little cream colored ribbon through the top of the cage, and added 3 buttons from an old tin of buttons I have had forever.  I finished it with a birthday stamp.

The inside of the card is pretty but very simple.  

I used a little bird cage and bird stamp that I got in the clearance stuff at Hobby Lobby this past summer. I then ran some sheer cream ribbon through a pale teal ribbon brad I got at Oriental Trading.  I hope she likes her card as much as I do.  Happy Birthday!

Cooking With Cricut   Double Take  2 different colors of card stock, 2 different pattern papers, and 2 different embellishments.  
Getting Cricky   Sugar and Spice 


  1. Great card, Charlotte! I love all the different layers of patterened paper you used. Thanks for doing a "double take" with us this week at Cooking With Cricut.

    ~ Jen, CWC Design Team

  2. Cute card. Thanks for playing along with us at Cooking with Cricut.

  3. Beautiful!!!!!!! TFS Cathryn67 :)

  4. What a beautiful card! Thanks so much for coming and playing along with us at Cooking with Cricut this week!
    ~Nicole CWC DT

  5. Hi Charlotte, my message kerps being eaten up in blog world. Lol
    i know you will miss being with your dear friend. How wonderful to have such a great friend. I know the work you are dping id so imortant.. I taught for 11 years, and may go back when Jomas goes to k.
    thank you sooo much for playing my Simply Sunday Challenge at Getting Cricky for the Sugar & Spice Cricut Cart.
    PS I am following you now.
    Big Cricky Hugs,
    K Andrew

  6. Hello Charlotte! Your card is so so sweet. I love all the detail you put into it. I feel so awful because I have not been bye to say hello or have gotten in touch via e-mail. I have been so busy with DT stuff. I have not slept in 24 hours, been so busy with e-mails. I will write to you tomorrow. Give me a buzz if you have some time.


  7. Hi, Charlotte! What a very pretty card! Your friend will love it!

    It really is too bad you won't be able to join your friends "physically" but, as you said, your work is very important! However, take pleasure in you'll be with them on another level and they with you -- and then, there's always Skype...LOL!!!

  8. I am your newest follower! Momo sent me! Beautiful cards!

  9. Your card is beautiful! I love the pop of green against the more muted colors! Just dropping in from the Getting Cricky hop.

  10. Hello very nice card wonderful blog I'm a new follower from the love link up party. Just stopping in to say hello!

  11. what a beautiful card. I'm a new follower from the love link up party.

  12. Hi, I'm just popping in to meet you. I'm a new follower and I'm here on the Love Link Up Party from K Andrews.Have a great day. Hope to see you over at mine!
    Hugs from Gold Coast, Australia
    Trish Munro

  13. I am here on the linky party. I am now a new follower love your blog and cards too!!! I absolutely love your puppies so so cute!!!!

  14. WOW!!! This is a beautiful card.
    Stopping in to say hi. I am now a follower via the link up party. I look forward to seeing your creations.

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  16. How cute! I'm your newest follower from K Andrew's link love party. Stop by when you can :o)