Birthday cards are of course the most commonly needed kind, so I've been building up my supply and playing with some goodies that arrived from the US earlier in the week.
I've used some retired Purely Pomegranate satin ribbon for this one. PP is very close to Rose Red (the colour in the papers) and you know how I love big satin bows! The small rose on the sentiment panel is made using the scallop circle punch, similar to the roses in this post.
The same layout was used on my second card but this time I added in a punched border and some gorgeous Baja breeze seam binding. This is so soft and pliable, just lovely to work with. This time my sentiment panel is only one layer, but I've used my marker to add some colour.
For my third card I've cracked open my new Garden Green ink pad - can you believe that I have never bought this before, having been a demo for over 2 years?! Now that I've got it, I love it and can't understand what took me so long. The embellishment on the corner has been in my stash for a very long time and is, I think, just gorgeous.
Non SU items: adhesive rhinestones (Kaiser), Martha Stewart border punch, Melissa Francis embellishment
My thanks to those of you who left kind messages about Christchurch, your thoughts are much appreciated.