I choose dry embossing as my free element and here is the card I have created
The background of the card is embossed with 'Swiss dots' I have then layered on a strip of paper with delicate stripes in shaded of pale lilac. This has been wrapped with a strip of lace and a piece of organza polka dot ribbon, before being stuck to the 8x8 base card. The following layers have then been added, white paper with purple spots, purple paper with white spots, a panel of white mirror card that has been embossed using a sSzzix embossibilites flower trellis folder.
I have then added the word daughter using letter cut using a Tim Holtz 'Alphabeticals' die. A layer of purple net which is actually from a bag that contained Clementines, a doily and die cut flourishes, and the happy birthday sentiment has then been added.
The image is one I came across by accident whilst surfing the web and is Flora from the Simply adorable range from Sugar Nellie. I have coloured her using Kars pearlised chalks and then fixed the chalk using hairspray.
I am a bit of a novice at colouring but these gorgeous digis make for really professional looking results because of the way they look like pencil sketches when first downloaded so it is really easy to add colour and shading in the right place. Once the image was fixed I then die cut it using a plain oval die.
The blooms I added were Woodware colour your own, which have been in my stash for a while, and again I used the chalks and hairspray technique to get a really good match to the colours in the image. I added little cream buttons for the flower centres and then added some stickles iridescent glitter glue to the inner petals.
I punched the butterflies using an x-cut punch and then added ice stickles in lilac to their wings this makes them bend and makes them look more realistic when added to the card. I added gemstone bodies and then stuck them to the card by the central body leaving the wings free.
I finished off with gemstones on the Happy Birthday greeting and in the corners of the card before adding the organza ribbon double bow to The bottom left of the image.
I lined the inside of the card with striped paper and swiss dots card, ready for the verse to be added.
So there you have it a full house.
I am entering this card into the following challenges
http://papertakeweekly.blogspot.co.uk/ - Bingo (Full House)
http://clearitoutchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/ - Spring colours and flowers
http://cinspirations.blogspot.co.uk/ - Anything goes
http://diecuttindivas.blogspot.co.uk/ - Pastels
http://fabnfunkychallenges.blogspot.co.uk/ - Spring colours