Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Donna's Birthday Card

I am the hostess at the Mod Squad Challenge Blog this week.  One Happy Cuts is the sponsor and  one random entry will be chosen to receive a $15 gift certificate so go over the Mod Squad Challenge Blog and check out the challenge.  As those of you who visit my blog regularly know, I like to make cards, even those for challenges, for the special people in my life.  This card is no exception. I made this card for a very special lady whose birthday is December 25th.  Donna Phelan  is so talented and such a good friend and awesome cheerleader to all her crafting buddies. Her blog is fun to read because it reflects her positive attitude, sense of humor and creative imagination. If you have never seen her work, drop by her blog Donna's Blog  and say hello.  I wanted the card to reflect her tastes so I put this little paper flower garden of her favorite flower, hydrangeas, together for her.Then I used one of her favorite techniques, wood graining, for the background. I topped that panel with a beautiful frame from Spellbinders. It has so much detail and is both embossed and debossed. The center frame is from Sue Wilson's Vienna.   The sentiment. which describes how we all feel about Donna, is from Melanie Muenchinger's Buds and Vases. The hydrangeas are Spellbinders and the butterfly is Cheery Lynn.  


Donna asked me how I made these flowers so here you go, Donna.  The flowers below are for a blue hydrangea for another special friend.  

Cut 4 large and 4 small stems  and 38 flowers

Ink the edges of the blossoms

Make a mark in the center with a green marker.


Use stylus in the center of each blossom so it curls up

Put one blossom on each of the stems.

Build your flower on the circle die cut that comes with the set.  Layer all the large ones making sure to offset each one.  Shape the flowers to face upwards. 

Finished flowers.


  1. Oh my goodness!!! Kathy, this card is truly amazing. I think you and Olga must be twins. Yes, I have been watching her ever since you mentioned her site in a post that you did. You have a wonderful tutorial here, makes me want to try it. I loved your story about your birthday card for Donna and how you described her so completely. She is for sure, a warm fuzzy in our craft circle. What a special card that you made to celebrate her birthday and her personality. So glad that you are my friend. You encourage me in so many ways.

  2. Well this is certainly a stunner, and you said it all regarding Donna. Your card is perfect for her, it really reflects her personality in so many ways. Those flowers are so labor intensive, and oh, so beautiful. I have to ditto what Barb has said, I'm so glad you are my friend and am honored to learn from you!!!

  3. What a stunning card design and I know Donna will love it. She is indeed a special lady and your card helped to make her birthday special too.

  4. Oh My do LOVE me! lol I am so sorry about all of that work on those beautiful hydrangeas....but secretly I am not as they are FANTASTIC!!! When I opened your card, I fell off my chair and then my jaw dropped to the floor! Thankfully I am not injured! I am placing your gorgeous creation in a shadow box frame, buying a red velvet rope and charging admission....IT IS STUNNING! I thank you for this beautiful card, all of your wonderfully kind words (check is in the mail) and most importantly our are truly a blessing in my life! Thank you! XOXO

  5. Oh my gosh, this is absolutely stunning, Kathy!! Wow!! Those hydrangeas look amazing!! Thank you for the tutorial!! Each layer and detail is perfect!! What a gorgeous card!! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!! Happy New Year!! I hope 2016 is filled with much love and happiness!! Big hugs sweet friend :)

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