Ciao Bella Sicilia Birthday Card
Hello, Friends! Summertime is winding down, but I just had to share this Ciao Bella Sicilia Birthday Card with you. It’s so lemon fresh and pretty! This is the card I made for our daughter’s birthday this past week. She came in on Wednesday and just left a few minutes ago. I had this waiting for her on the dresser in “her” bedroom. It was the perfect birthday card because she loves lemons .
Liz is also grows the most beautiful flowers. She only has a small terrace on her apartment, but she has transformed it into a Mediterranean escape with herbs, roses, hibiscus and flowers blooming in abundance. Butterflies, hummingbirds and bumblebees visit her terrace daily, so I had to incorporate those elements into the design of this 6×6 easel card as well.
The bow cluster is topped with a Reneabouquets glitter glass butterfly, I’ve also scattered Reneabouquets Tiny Treasure Butterflies around the page to pull out the blues in the paper collection. Pair Yellow Gold Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon with Gold Metallic String to create a luxurious bow.
The Planter Box
To create the “planter box” on the base of the easel card follow these steps:
- First, adhere a metal drawer pull upside down on the card base. Use Dries Clear Adhesive or a metal adhesive. Hot glue does not work well with metal.
- Next, fill the cavity of the drawer pull with Spanish Moss. This forms a great base for the flower fillers.
- Now, tuck in some bird feathers, Queenie Moonlight Flowers and Renea Moonlight flowers to fill the planter.
The Front Pocket
Create a shallow box pocket on the card front. Now you can tuck in a decorative tag and a little sticky note pad as a gift.
My thought was that Liz could keep the card on her work desk as a reminder that she is loved. The note pad tucks away into the pocket, but serves a practical purpose as well.
TIP: Adhere the sticky note pad to a 2 7/8″ square of chipboard to provide a solid writing surface. When the initial pad is used up, it’s easy to adhere a new one on top.
A Peek Inside
Leave a little room inside the card to write a personal message. Family birthdays (we have a LOT of them this month!) have been keeping me super busy in the studio. I’ve missed visiting with you all here, but it’s been so good to celebrate our loved ones in small gatherings. This wasn’t the big “milestone birthday bash” we had planned prior to the pandemic…but it was still sweet and special. And we did our best to celebrate our birthday girl in style. I think she left today feeling loved, appreciated and cherished. That’s always a good thing.
I know I’ve been a bit scarce here on the blog of late. Life has just been extremely busy. We have harvested (and by we I mean me) more than 600 tomatoes this summer. Those luscious tomatoes have been processed into jars of salsa, marinara and soup base that I know we will enjoy in the cool winter months. There have been 9 family birthdays! The studio is being de-stashed and reorganized for a more efficient/less cluttered work flow. And I’ve been planning my Button Farm Club Kits and projects for the final quarter of the year.
Dale and I are planning to run away to the beach at the end of this week for some much needed R&R. I have a post or two scheduled to go live while I am away. But don’t worry if you don’t hear much from me. Everything should be back to normal by mid September. I have some fun stuff in the works for us, and life always seems to settle back to a more normal pace once summer has passed.
I’d love to hear what you all have been up to during these busy weeks. I’d also love to know what kinds of projects/tutorials you’d like to see me work on. Won’t you please let me know in the comment section below?
Thanks for stopping by!
- Ciao Bella Sicilia Collection
- 12×12 paper Pad
- Creative Pad
- 6×6 paper pad
- Yellow Gold Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon
- Gold Metallic String
- Little Birdie Flowers
- Metal Drawer Pull
- Buttons and Keys from my stash