Summer Birthday card

My daughter, Laura, had a birthday yesterday, and I made this card for her using the Serene Silhouettes stamp set.  I have been using this set for so many occasions lately.  I just can't stamp enough with it, because I am just so inspired by it.  I guess it just reflects the beautiful summer plants that abound, and surround me while I stamp on the porch at my little country retreat (our trailer LOL).  Laura and her husband, Tom, have a trailer at the campground, too, so she stops by many times a day (around baby's naps and feedings) to visit, so I had to keep this card under wraps while she came around.  I had to hide it under a stack of paper for a while.  She is my only daughter, and although I tried to dress her up in ribbons and lace, she always preferred a more casual look.  She is a bit of a tomboy, you could say, but as she has grown older she's coming around.  I remember when she turned 30 she came to a shower and all the cousins were talking about Laura's cute shoes.  They had never seen her wear a strappy bright summer sandal.  She said, "I don't know what happened, but when I turned 30, I suddenly had this craving to shop for cute shoes and skirts!"  We all said it was about keeping it sexy for the husband :) 
So her birthday card is the ribbons and lace that remind me of when she was my baby doll, and I could dress her all in pink and flowers.  (She sure loves dressing her baby girl in flowers and lace, too.)  
I started out with a base of Crumb Cake paper, added a layer of Certainly Celery which I embossed with the stripes.  Embossed some Wisteria Wonder with the dots, and cut a lacy edge.  The flowers (or are they weeds?) on Very Vanilla card stock  were stamped with certainly Celery, then I wipe off the flower heads, and stamp just the blossoms with Wisteria Wonder.  I love doing that technique, and I keep a little travel pack of baby wipes handy, and just snip off a little piece of the towel big enough for my clean-up job, and save the rest of the wipe in the package.  Really handy trick.  The sentiments inside and out were from Bring on the Cake stamp set. 
I enjoyed making this card, and hope you like it too.  Stop back real soon :)
Mary Alice


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