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A Birthday Cocktail For You!

Happy hour cocktails for a happy birthday!
My work buddy loves the retro and Vintage style cards I make,
so I wanted to do something extra special for her this week.
I started with this fabulous balloon/music note sheet from Glitz Design
(I’ve been waiting to use it for over a year!)
I found some of these chipboard frames a little while back and painted this one a yellow gold to match the tones in this Vintage image.  The frame was a perfect fit!

Clusters of embellishments really make a card (or layout) stand out. 
Here I used several crocheted flowers, a fabric brad, hand-tied button and two pins.

Inside the card, I used a journal frame from Cosmo Cricket and stamped “Happy Birthday” on it, along with some flowers (there are tiny rhinestones in the center of each one, too).
Thanks for stopping in!  Happy Crafting!
xoxo
Genevieve
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More Chic Than Shabby

I love the shabby chic lifestyle! 
It makes me feel all warm and squishy just walking through an Anthropologie shop!  I run my hands along the silky soft quilts and smell the sweet fragrance of roses on each paper and twine wrapped soap. 
Working on shabby chic inspired greeting cards makes me feel that way too.  It gives me the cottage fix I’m looking for from time to time.  I love to see the way that a person’s eyes seem to soften and a tiny sigh escapes when holding one of my pink, glittery greetings.  That’s the feeling I want to inspire.
Stop by my Etsy shop to see all these fun, whimsical greetings, plus lots more! These are perfect for any occasion and are also great for framing (this one would make a lovely gift in a shadow box).
♥♥SALE at my Etsy shop♥♥ ~ FREE U.S. SHIPPING when you purchase 5+ cards!

                                              (Shipping charges will be refunded after checkout)


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MEGA Re-Opening Sale at ArtFire ~~ My Biggest Sale EVER!!!

As a craft lover turned entrepreneur, I’m all about supporting the small businesses.  I have sold on dozens of websites over the last couple years and am so excited about ArtFire.  I’m delighted to be able to offer you my Bella Stitchery and Gen’s Scrapbook Kitchen on ONE ArtFire site for your convenience.
The url is listed as Bella Stitchery (http://www.artfire.com/users/BellaStitchery), and I’ve spent the last 8 days getting all my patterns up to date, as well as adding all my handmade goodies.

In honor of my new store there, I’m holding my BIGGEST SALE EVER this week:
25% off EVERYTHING in my ArtFire shop!
Patterns, cards, frames ~ you name it!
The prices listed now are retail, so please enter discount code: GRANDREOPENING25
for the sale price.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions.  Thanks so much, and happy shopping!
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How to Make Frou Frou Cupcake Toppers

These are some cupcake toppers that I made for a recent birthday party.  They are SUPER easy and were a huge success.  I saw all the ladies leaving with them in their purses.  🙂
Here are some quick directions, along with the JPEG sheet I made, if you’d like to make some for your next party.
Supplies needed:
*scissors
*glue gun
*collage images
*glitter paint
*rhinestones
*craft ribbon (I found some in the wrapping paper section at Michaels)
*card stock
*lollipop sticks (can be found in the chocolate making section of the craft store)
 
I first cut each image out and added glitter glue and a rhinestone to each gown.
Then, I accordion folded the craft ribbon and glued it to the back of each image (this is the most time consuming of the entire process.  You have to go slow when gluing around the back edge.)
I cut squares out of card stock with my Cricut and glued them to the back so that the piece would be sturdy.  Finally, I added some glue inside one of the bottom folds and inserted the stick.  Easy as pie!
This is a great craft because there are so many variations you can use.  Find your favorite digital collage or image and you can create any themed party you want!
For more fun JPEG images, please be sure to stop by my Collage Crazy Etsy shop and happy crafting!