Tuesday, July 7, 2009

One Last Birthday Card

Good Morning Blogland! I've pre-posted this because we're at the farm today. I imagine I'm slathered in sun screen and up to my elbows in salad greens right now. I'm sure it's a lovely sight (well if comical is lovely in your opinion).

Anyway, today I am going to show you one last card from my Gallery Idol open call submissions and show you a picture of my birthday cake, too. First the card.

This card is where clean and simple meets shabby chic. To start, I cut four squares of patterned paper from October Afternoon and distressed the edges a smidge. Then I pierced around the inside edges and adhered the squares to a piece of blue cardstock in a block pattern. I mounted that square to a Vintage Cream base and fluffed up the edges of the patterned paper again to try and give it as much texture as possible.

Next, I covered the chipboard frame with the opposite side of the patterned paper and used an emery board to weather the edges a little. I stamped the sentiment (Imaginisce, I think) onto a small piece of Vintage Cream. I set that aside while I embellished the frame. The flower leaves are actually narrow strips of silk ribbon that I folded over and secured under the Primas. Once the frame was sufficiently embellished, I adhered it to the sentiment and mounted the whole thing to the patterned paper block.

Cardstock: Vintage Cream - Papertrey Ink; Whirlpool - Bazzill
Stamps: Happy Birthday Sentiment - Imaginisce
Ink: Pear - Paper Salon
Patterned Paper: Picnic Basket - October Afternoon
Fibers: Green Silk Ribbon - May Arts; White Embroidery Floss - DMC
Embellishments: Chipboard Frame - Basic Grey; White flowers - Prima; Brushed Nickel Mini Brads - Making Memories; Buttons - unknown

Now for the cake! I mentioned the other day that it was a Texas Grapefruit Cake. Sean found the recipe in Savour magazine. He thought it looked tasty and knows how much I appreciate all things citrus, so he asked the wonderfully talented Devon to bake the cake and deliver it the day before we arrived home from our trip to Tennessee. The whole drive home I was pestering Sean for clues as to what "the present at home" was, and he was getting annoyed so every once in a while he would break down and give me a snippet of information.

By the time we arrived at the house I was sure it was some sort of strange cocktail ingredients and (honestly) I was a bit of a cranky pants (you'd understand if you knew about the margarita fiasco of Christmas '08). The next thing I know he's presenting me with a big, beautiful cake covered in pretty lettering and roses. I'm rather certain I squealed. At any rate it was fantastic and it's taking us some time to finish. Here's a picture:

Isn't she beautious?

Well thanks for hanging in there and reading all about my 98th birthday card in a row and my unusual taste in birthday cakes. See you tomorrow!


Joan B said...

i love the way the plaid looks like fabric. I can see why you made it in the Idol contest. oh, and the cake looks yummy!

Randi said...

That Sean is pretty amazing:-)

Heidi said...

I thought the plaid was fabric until I read your post. What a great card Lizzie! Keeping my fingers crossed for you in the Idol Contest. And the cake looks wonderful! Yum!