A Flower for your Birthday

handmade birthday card I just got back from an awesome weekend of sun and relaxation at the SLS hotel in South Beach Miami.  We spent most of our time lounging by the pool being treated like royalty. The pool service was amazing. Someone would always come by with a tray and offer us slices of freshly cut watermelon, popsicles, or my favorite...frozen grapes.

The food was delicious! I tried Cuban food for the first time and had delicious paella and gelato on Española Way.  We also found a small shop, La Sandwicherie. They had the most amazing french vinaigrette. We loved it so much, we went back there three times!

I <3 Miami!

flower card

It's always hard to jump back into work after vacation. I was completely dead on Monday. It's now Thursday, and I am still feeling dead.

Hopefully the weekend will wake me up.

foam tape

flower petals

I love adding depth and texture to a simple card. The key ingredient... foam tape.

Since this was a fairly simply card, I wanted to give the petals some pop. I only used a single layer of foam tape, but I'll probably do a double layer next time, to make it stand out more.

Papertrey Ink stamps

Materials: blank white card, adhesive, foam adhesive Flower: Papertrey Ink Happy Hexagon Mini Stamp Set, Papertrey Ink Hexagon Die, die cutting tool (I have the Sizzix Big Shot) Ink (flower): Papertrey Ink Perfect Match Harvest Gold & Berry Sorbet Ink (Happy Birthday): Papertrey Ink Perfect Match Winter Wisteria & Perfect Match Enchanted Evening

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my darling cousin, Tracy!