#Happy Birthday

My arsenal of handmade cards is getting pretty low now that I haven’t had any time to create for fun—plus my collection of handmade cards are always up for grabs and available to anyone in the house that needs a birthday card, or a thank you card, etc. and that’s my excuse to make personal crafting time mandatory, now. Sometimes I forget how making something new really makes me happy—not to say that crafting (for my job) in general doesn't make me happy but if you’re a crafter you can understand the excitement and joy that comes from creating something new and beautiful. Crafting for my shop is definitely satisfying and calming—which is why I have never given up on it, but I feel like those two types of crafting are different from each other in so many ways and I need to keep my personal crafting time from fading away. 
I began to notice that my style of cards was starting to become only CAS; namely, because they’re the fastest to create (and I’m always busy and rushing) but this time after finishing my orders for the day I stayed up really late to make this intricate design and I’m incredibly happy with the way it turned out. Yes, it was time consuming but I felt so happy once I was finished with. I used my Mama Elephant, femme frames dies, some new lawn fawn stamp sets, #awesome and it’s coordinating lawn cuts, year four stamps and matching lawn cuts, critters ever after, and bake me a cake. I also used their new paper lines, Let’s Polka and Hello Sunshine. For a little be of shimmer I used the wink of stella glitter pen (Clear), and my Copic markers to color in all of the images. 
For some extra cuteness I used the sky Lawn trimmings to make the cute bow. I also used some sequins by Pretty Pink Posh, I love Paulina’s sequins!
I hope you've enjoyed this card and I’m looking forward to making more cards, and few new tutorials and ideas, too. 

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