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Double 80th Birthday

Most of you might have read in my previous posts that this last year has been one of transition for me. I downsized and moved from an urban townhouse to a small town apartment building. The building I moved into is perfect for me, truly a godsend.

It's not a large apartment building. It's only a few years old and the owners put a lot of thought into creating these new apartments for us. They are really hands on, handworkers and want to make sure that everything is "just right".

Next weekend they are throwing an 80th birthday party for themselves and they have included the residents of our apartment complex in the guest list. I feel honored and I'm looking forward to joining my other residents in celebrating their lives.

Today I created a shaker birthday card for them. I needed something that wasn't too gender specific since is it for them as a couple. I CASE'D this layout from Laurie Mackie in the UK. I dove into my retired Designer Series Paper, dies and stamps and they are all retired, so I hope you will be able to take some inspiration from this card. I have a little competition in the handmade cards since their sister-in-law, who lives below me also makes cards. LOL

This is what I came up with.

The envelopes and card bases were an add-on from the retired Hand Penned Suite. The scallop around the window opening is copper foil is from the retired circle dies, the die cut sentiments are from Well Written dies, the large numbers are from the Large Numbers die set. The butterflies are from the Well Written die set. I'm not sure where I got the sequins for shaker window from, they were in my stash, but the colors matched. I used some of our foam strips and window sheets from our current catalog. I also used our self adhesive sheets for the backs of the die cut letters and butterflies.

The stamped sentiments inside are stamped in Lost Lagoon (current 2023-2024 color) using the Pansy Patch (current 2023-2024 catalog) and the retired Hydrangea Haven stamp sets.

I used a long scalloped die from the Hand Penned die set in the coordinating paper (retired). and they coordinated with the envelopes. The cards are 4" x 6" so I wanted to make card front a little longer, since (duh) I didn't think of this when I started making the card. I think they call this improvisation . 😉

I hope you enjoy this card and it does inspire you to make one like it. If you do, please feel free to share in on my Facebook page Cottage Lane Stamper & Friends.

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