Sunday, December 31, 2006

Happy birthday to me!

Here's the card I made for myself - I don't think I've ever done that before...! Sort of fun to get a card that I reeeeeealllllllly like!

The big tiger swallowtail stamp is from - it's not on one of the full sheets on the website though - I had ordered a sheet of butterfly images from him then got the print catalog, turned slap around and ordered this big guy. Wow. Anyway, stamped the butterfly in black dye ink on white cardstock. I made a mask and put it over the butterfly, then stippled like crazy, starting with black, then a chocolate brown, to a reddish brown. I left the mask on and stamped the burlap backgrounder from Cornish Heritage Farms over the top in the reddish brown - sort of hard to see. Sponged the edges in dark brown, too. What card would be complete............?!!! LOL

I've been drooling over those Rhonna Farrer flourish and swirl stamps, and I wanted something sort of flourishy in the corner, but I don't have anything - I do have this little set of leaf stamps from Impression Obsession, though, so I repeated one of those in the corner and under the transparent layer.

That transparent layer was inspired by JulieHRR of SCS, but I bet she never used what I's actually a piece of the packaging from a CD case we bought the other day. It's pretty heavy flexible plastic, and I couldn't bear to through it away....! The 'happy birthday' is another from Impression Obsession (they had a dollar sale last year) which I stamped in StazOn ink. Can't remember where I got the brads from - they're like an antique copper.

On to the blog candy - I have a blue version of this card that I can't post here because I want to enter it in a contest.......and.......2 butterflies and 2 dragonflies all from Jim Stephan. And, just for fun, and second prize since it's my birthday - a set of 3 little cutie birdies and a "Happy Birdday!" saying from My Heart Stamps for You! I'll throw a card in using that set too - I made it in my head yesterday, just didn't get it out on paper yet. :) Post a comment here, and I'll draw a name on Saturday at noon here, which would correspond to midnight-ish in the States.


  1. Beautiful card! Happy Birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear stamping friend, happy birthday to you!
    (and Happy New year too).
    I love checking your blog and look forward to seeing many of your creations in 2007. Adelle (mnhyrkas on SCS and Simply Sentiments)

  2. First off, Happy Birthday! May you have a wonderful dy and a year filled with joy!

    I love this card. I am off to check out Rhonna Farrer's stamps. I love it!

  3. Happy Birthday! Love your blog and especially your bday card!

    dgarlets (SCS)

  4. Thanks for sharing your beautiful birthday card with us! Happy birthday and Happy New Year!
    dgarlets on SCS

  5. Happy Birthday Dina

    I can't wait to see your blue butterfly version... when it WINS the contest - I hope you had a great day - jovi

  6. Greetings from a fellow holiday birthday sufferer :)

    Wonderful card - love your comment about getting one you REALLY like!! It reallyis lovely; great idea to use the CD wrapper, too. It seems that living in limited supply land does wonders for your creativity!!

  7. This just a gorgeous card! Your photography is fabulous too!! I am very impressed with your work! Thanks so much fro sharing your talent.

  8. Happy Birthday...
    you are a wonderful stamp/paper artist! I just found your blog and put it on my favs...can't wait to look through it now that my kids are back in school :)
    Thank you so much for sharing your talent.

  9. Dini, I just discovered your blog (via the SCS thread about your lovely gallery). I love what you do! Can't wait to check out more of it.


  10. What a beautiful card! I love how the butterfly truly looks like she's resting there, and could fly off at any moment. Absolutely gorgeous.

    I hope you had a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

    (Inky Button SCS)

  11. Just stumbled on to your blog today and am so enjoying it! Your work is beautiful!

    And Happy Belated Birthday!

  12. Happy Birthday Dini!! It's been ages since the BI board, huh? Found your blog thru your SCS gallery. Hope everyone is doing well. Love your cards in the gallery. Happy Stampin'!!!

  13. Wow...
    What a great day! I just found your blog today thanks to your link on a SCS post. It's fantastic. I'm going to enjoy visiting every chance I can.
    Yesterday was your birthday and today is mine...
    To one Capricorn to another....Happy Birthday!
    Renee V.
    scs: happystamper05

  14. Just found your blog today-I was actually on the SCS site and someone mentioned you. Your work is AMAZING! Sometimes when I get tired of stamping I come across someone like you and you really inspire me and make me want to try new techniques! Happy B-Day. My DD's is Jan2-her DOB is 01-02-01! How wierd!!

  15. Happy belated b-day! And I think that's fantabulous news about your stamp sets!!!! You should definitely be proud about that! How many of us can see we have created rubber stamps for a company?! Congrats!

  16. What a cool giveaway....I love free stamps, and it was quite generous to be giving a present for your birthday instead of just recieving! It's a very pretty card.

    Happy Special Birthday!

    --Laura N.