Monday 14 January 2013

Life Begins at 80! - Birdcage Tri-Fold Card

“Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety” is most definitely a phrase that aptly describes my Mother, recently celebrating her 80th Birthday and a lovely, wonderful lady.  As such, she deserves a lovely card so I made this tri-fold, custom-cut Birdcage Card. 

Card Recipe: 
Stamp: Imagination Crafts 
Colouring Mediums: Memento Black Tuxedo, ProMarker Pens 
Paper & Card: First Edition Isabelle, pink textured card
Tools: Silhouette Cameo 
Embellishments: Prima Flowers, hand-made beaded Hat Pins, crystals, pearl swirls, glitter, glue pen

I love to use my Silhouette Cameo to custom cut card bases.  In this case, I choose a Birdcage shape.  Using the Outline tool, I created a lightly larger image, use the mirror tool to create 2 further images and welded them together to produce a bird-cage shaped card base.  I cut this from an A3 sheet of pink textured cardstock using my extended cutting mat.  I cut the birdcage shape from white card and (using the offset tool) slightly smaller mats from patterned papers from the Isabelle premium paper pad.  Finally I cut a doily shape, 80 and a fancy heart-shaped tag with Mother welded to it, all.  Have I mentioned that I LOVE my Silhouette Cameo, especially with the extended cutting mat. 

I stamped the pretty floral image onto an offcut of the pink textured cardstock and then stamped extra floral images onto patterned paper from the Isabelle premium paper pad, which I then decoupaged onto the base layer.  I coloured the rest of the image with ProMarker pens.

To ensemble, I mounted the offset patterned background mat onto the front of the card.  The bird-cage layer was distressed with Promarkers, glittered and embellished with rhinestone crystals. The stamped image was mounted onto the card.  I added Prima flowers, which I layered up and added crystals to, pearl swirls and hand-made hatpins

As my lovely Mother doesn’t feel like she’s 80, nor does she want too much to admit to it, I made sure that any reference to 80 was on the inside of the card, and this was featured on a doily on the middle section of the tri-fold card.  Finally, I added a pretty heart shaped tag to the final fold, on which to write my message.  I cut this tag with my cameo and welded the word Mother to the top of the tag.  I coloured the Mother with Promarkers to make is stand out and then accented with glitter, and added a feature of paper lace to the centre.

 I am entering this card into the following challenges: 
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Anything Goes
Oldie But a Goodie Challenge - Lace, Pins and Pearls

I’m always so grateful when someone is kind enough to leave a comment, thank you so much - it makes my day :) Pin It Now!


  1. What a fabulous card! A great way to celebrate 80 years!

  2. Absolutely gorgeous tag thank you for joining us at I♥Promarkers good luck Ginny X

  3. Aww how lovely, I'm sure it'll be treasured :-) Elaine xxx

  4. Stunning card! Love the shape! xx

  5. Hi there, what an amazing card! Wonderful shape and gorgeous colours.

    Thanks for joining in with us this week at Divas by Design.


  6. This is beautiful, fabulous design, thank you for joining us at I♥Promarkers this week
    Ruth x

  7. Totally in love with this card of yours, I was desperate to find a new card to feature on and then saw your thread on CT ... et voila ! :) X Fab

  8. wow gorgeous this is amazing shaping and so beautiful, thank you for sharing with us at the Joanna Sheen Challenge
    Hugs Kate xx

  9. This is such a pretty card - thanks for playing along at MAWTT this week hugs Judith x

  10. what a beautiful card - so pretty
    Thanks for joining us at MAWTT this week
    Lisa x

  11. Oh my goodness your mum will be thrilled to receive such a beautiful card it really is gorgeous xx

  12. totally fab sweetie!
    This is utterly stunning, sp pretty and delicate! I bet the lady loved it!
    Thanks for joining in the fun at Dream Valley Challenge!
    huggles Mel xxx

  13. Stunning card, love everything about it. Just hopping by. Lizzie

  14. What a lovely card - you have put so much thought and effort into it - Happy birthday Mum!

  15. This card is absolutely stunning, I'm sure your mum will be thrilled! Just hopping by, Vickie

  16. Wow just beautiful, wish I could use my cricut like this.

  17. This is the prettiest card Ive seen uesd with this die xx

  18. Beautiful the pretty colours...Happy hopping...x

  19. What a really beautiful card to give to your mother. Sandra x

  20. Beautiful card love all the details and bling
    carol x

  21. hi dips what an amazing card and I know your mum will love it and we love our mums don't we ... my mum is now 83 and very precious to me ... thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a lovely comment on my sons card ... have a great weekend ... happy crafting and love sandy xx

  22. stunning card x

  23. Wow this is just lovely. just doing a bit of blog hopping.
    Kaz. xx

  24. Beautiful card, love the design

    Lorna xx

  25. Gorgeous card, I love the birdcage shape and all the pretty flowers and beaded pins.
    Anne x

  26. Such a beautiful birdcage card! very very pretty! x

  27. Already commented so wishing you a happy weekend! Happy Leapblogging! Elaine-xxx-

  28. This is such a lovely card and so much thought has gone into it. I love your handmade hat pins they are really effective. Sharon x

  29. A really beautiful card, love the colours and everything works so well together

  30. What a beautiful card for a very special occasion, its stunning.
    Just hopped over from Docrafts. :)

  31. Beautiful card, i'm sure she will love it. I love all the detail you have put into it.

  32. This is so pretty, love the pearl swirls.

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