It's a very Happy Birthday! :)

Hi friends!!  It's the 28th of the month and today is a special day - it's the time that the Calendar Girls post their creations with a theme!  This month, our hostess April, who is really Miss March (bwahaha!), gave us a interesting theme to say the least!  She challenged us to create a birthday card with a twist - use the colors schemes and sketch challenges from SCS coordinating with the day, month and/or year of our birth.  I did the color scheme part (I read it as either/or - my bad!) and just had a time and a half with the colors - of the vast list, I drooled over many and most, but all the ones using my day, month and year were not so great - eek! :x  Finally, I settled on the month/year and that gave me Chocolate Chip, River Rock and Baja Breeze.  Nice :)  I used my Kraftin' Kimmie stamp Francesca and colored her in similiar hues of blue and browns. The huge fabric flower was an after-thought, hand-made by a friend locally that sent it to me in a birthday giftie :)  It's huge, lol, but it fit the colors of Francesca's dress pockets AND ..............

in lieu of a tag, I used a flower!  Why a tag?  I am not a big fan of tags per se, and I needed to fill the space since this card is also the one I am doubling as my CASE of Marilyn's card for the SA's case card challenge!  It's a two-fer! For this case challenge, we were asked to view Marilyn's blog and pick a card to case - I chose this card below.  I originally wanted to use Stampinbella's cupcake Bella but at the last minute switched it out for Francesca and this card literally just fell together!  Marilyn's gallery is amazing!  She can color fantabulously, and I chose this card on purpose since the colors of my March CG challenge jumped out at me :)   I LOVE, LOVE this paper from Parisian paper from SU and picked it intentionally when I saw the blue in the background of Marilyn's card.  I gave it the side panel of flowered paper with the big flower instead of a tag - hopefully that will be just fine :) I also squeezed in a bit of lace to mimac her ribbon - and some blue pearls for fun!

Inside of the card :)

Here is Marilyn's card that I chose from her blog to CASE  -
gorgeous, isn't it! :)
I think this should take you to her post!
 Be sure to stop in and see what the other CG's made with this bday/color/sketch challenge!  
You can find them in my sidebar right over there :)    ---->

And today is the last day to enter the blog candy if you are interested!
The candy draw closes tonight at midnight -
a winner will be selected at random and 
posted sometime on/before the weekend :)

**And thank you to my sweet, sweet friends who sent me these gorgeous
birthday cards! They meant the world to me!  I am truly blessed!
I have them on a ribbon card line going across my scrapbook desk :)
Your friendship is truly some of the best gifts a girl could be blessed with!**

Big hugs,
Bigger Blessings!


  1. This is so sweet! Wonderful colors and layers! Beautiful flower!

  2. Awesome card- you did a great job with the challenge- or 1/2 the challenge anyway! Great job with the CASE and Happy Birthday!!! Wahoo!

  3. Kelly, your rolled flower is so, so beautiful - i really like it. Beautiful card with great papers.

    In Germany it´s the 28 th already so HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY FRIEND !!!

  4. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KELLY!!! Wishing you nothing but the best on your special day and every day onward. Lots and lots of hugs coming your way all the way from HI! I made a special something for you on my blog... so stop by when you get a chance. Hope you'll like it! :))))

    I love your card today... it's fabulous and that gorgeous bloom. *sigh* sooooo pretty!

  5. Happy Birthday, Kelly!!!! I do hope that you have a great day.

    Your day is off to a great start with this card. I love the colors and papers. Really cute and soft. Your CASE is perfect from the original.

    Oh yeah, you pretty much rock!

  6. Happy Birthday my special friend! I am late once again, and you card is getting mailed today!! Where did this month go, Letitia??

    Now, about this crd! WoW! I love it! And Francesca is A - DORE - ABLE! She brought a smile to y face!

    I love how you cased the uber~talented Marilyn and combined challenges...woohoo!!

    Oh, and did I say:
    HapPy BIrtHdAY?

  7. Wonderful card Kelly! Love the pretty DP and the image is darling.

  8. Gorgeous card and Happy Birthday!!!!!

  9. Fun and fabulously beautiful, Kelly! What awesome work!

  10. Oh my word, Kelly!!! This card is stunning! I love the soft blue... you did an exceptional job with it! And that flower! So pretty!!!

    I think it's awesome that April challenged you to make your own birthday card... on your birthday. Tee Hee!

    Happy Birthday, my friend! Celebrate to the max!

  11. Happy birthday to youuuuu! Hope you have a wonderful day! Adorable card! Love the tag shaped like a flower. ;) Really nice job!

  12. Happy Birthday to Kelly! Happy Birthday to Kelly! Happy Birthday to our Kelly! Happy Birthday to YOU!

    Now, on to your creation. This is lovely! I really like those colors! Wow, you made this sketch pop!

    ...p.s. you have something else coming in snail mail....it's just gonna be late getting there....probably tomorrow or Friday. :)

  13. Have a happy Birthday!!
    Your card is lovely & that flower is sooooo yummy, what an awesome person you must be to get such lovelies from your friends! Hope your b-day is wonderful!

  14. Great job with the challenge AND the CASE! LOVE that pretty flower - awesome card!

  15. Very beautiful cards.

    I'd sing Happy Birthday to you, but 1) you wouldn't hear my lovely voice (NOT) 2) my coworkers may think I'm nuts!!! (That's a normal day!)

    So I'll just wish you all the best here... HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

    Have a happy and healthy year! Enjoy all that life has in store for you!

    Carol Sullivan
    from Montreal, Quebec, Canada

  16. Happy Birthday to you!! Hope you are able to do something extra wonderful today!!
    Your card is fabulous, but then it might just be the DSP envy... I regretfully never ordered this one... I think your flower is perfect on your card and really pulls the yellow out of the image, which is so cute, btw! A fantastic creation!!

  17. Kelly, your card is BEAUTIFUL!!!. I love your colouring, the paper you chose and that gorgeous flower!!!. Have a blessed and happy birthday!!!

  18. Beautiful card. Love the flower you used. What a nice friend to send that to you. Wonderful job on the CASE.

    Happy Birthday to you!

  19. What a great day to post a birthday card that you made for yourself on your birthday!

    I really love the colors and the layout is sweet. That image is so darn cute--and I love your colors. The flower is perfect on your card.

    Happy Birthday girlie--hope it is great!

  20. Happy birthday my sweet friend...I love your card...and the flower is awesome. You like usual did an outstanding job on your card both inside and out...your creations are always a feast for the eyes and a blast of inspiration...I hope you are having a truly amazing birthday...big hugs going your way...

  21. Happy, Happy Birthday GF!Your card is just beautiful!

  22. Dear Kelly,
    Happy Birthday!!! May all the wishes and dreams you dream today turn to reality!!! Wishing you miles of smiles in the coming years. May God bless you and your family!
    hugs Irina

    I hope you are celebrating fully your Special day with your awesome family! **CHEERS** ♥

    and now on to the card...wowww...
    your 2fer is outstanding!! love the soft colors an dthat cutes immie balancing the cupcakes...
    adorable...I love the crispiness of your card and that awesome swirly flower....
    Another truly wonderful creation!♥

  24. Happy Birthday, Kelly! God danced the day you were born. Celebrate God's grace and God's blessings for the years of your life. Love these pretty cards and especially that yellow rose!

  25. Happy Birthday!!!!! March is the best month for a birthday, hope you had a great time. Loving the card and I know what you mean about tags, I am trying to comfy with them myself :), Tim Holtz is encouraging me to give it a try. Love your layout and the paper.

  26. Great job Kelly and I love your version of my card... it's true when they say imitation is the best form of flattery! Such a cute image, love those papers (oh yeah... I really do!) and that rolled flower is Fab-U-Lous!
    Happy Birthday to you - I read your comments and you have some wonderful friends who care very much for you! Hope they gave you the remote and did the dishes for you today!

  27. ♫♪Happy Birthday Kelly♫♪

    This card is so pretty....I love the soft colors and the pretty rose on the front. I don't think I saw I button so I had to double check....nope, no buttons.

    I love it Kelly! I hope you had a wonderful birthday!

    Thank you for being a calendar girl! I look forward to the 28th of every month!!


  28. Gorgeous! i LOVE the flower and your coloring is wonderful. What a great design.

  29. Hi Kelly,

    Happy Birthday! Your flower is beautiful and I love the coloring on your card.

  30. Hope your birthday was great, Kelly! Love the card! Really cute image and wow, gorgeous flower.

  31. This is just too cute! And crazy over that flower!
    Hopin your B-day was awesome!

  32. You did an awesome job casing that card, and you used the colour combination perfectly. A beautiful card!

  33. ooh wow...LOVE that rose!

  34. Beautiful card and the colors and DP you used are gorgeous! Love the image! She is too sweet. The flower is perfect.

  35. Beautiful card. Love the flower.

  36. Fabulous two-fer card! Love the challenge idea you had for choosing colors and sketches and you did an awesome job CASEing Marilyn's card! What fun you had with this one!

  37. Beautiful Card. Love the rose and your coloring is beautiful.
    Hugs, Rosalee

  38. Hey Kelly, Happy belated Birthday! I hope all your wishes come true!

    Your card is adorable. Love the twisted rose!

  39. Lovely card! I too love that paper! Your yellow ribbon flower is the perfect embellishment.

  40. Очень красивые открытки! такие яркие и необычные)))

  41. What a sweet card. Your colors are beautiful and the image is adorable. Love the softness of your coloring of the image. The whole is put together wonderfully.

  42. Beautifully done! I love the way you always make the inside as pretty as the outside!