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This birthday card will never lie flat. Nope, no way, no how, ain't gonna happen! It stands nicely for display, however.

I've been wanting to CASE Jan Mansor Brown's (UK) Barn Door Christmas card since she posted the video for it 3 years ago - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1k72RjrVXw&t=902s I planned to make it birthday instead of Christmas, though. However, I never got to it until now, combining two separate plans into one.

I also had been planning creating a birthday card for a relative in Texas using the Tim Holtz/Sizzix Colorize dies, "Bloom." I'd been thinking "yellow rose of Texas" for her. Well, nothing like combining the yellow rose of Texas along with a Texas star, and when I saw this new pattern paper from Stampin' Up!, I knew I had to get busy!

I had a bit of trial and error, and I built the rose twice, as I wasn't happy with the first. I used more of the pattern paper as well as solid cardstocks for building it vs just cardstock. I kind of like the "abstract" value added in, it adds interest. I used the backside of the pattern paper as the place I will write my personal message. I can write over the more plain design with ease.

I built this card up as I went, I didn't have an exact plan, other than having the star and the rose. I made a mistake or two, but overcame them, and accepted one or two as a learning curve. Overall, I'm happy with the results.

The card with the added rose layering inside makes this card very bulky, it will cost me extra postage. I haven't tried envelope fit, yet, but I suspect I'll be sending this either in a padded envelope or a homemade envelope to fit. Or, I'll toss it into a 5x7 envelope instead of a US A2 envelope. (I did change the size of the card from UK size to a US A2 size.) It may not make it in time, regardless, since I am a bit behind, with one heartbreaking crisis after another over the last 2 months.

Stampin' Up! supplies: Fancy Floral 6x6 designer paper; Tasteful Texture embossing folder (ret.); Evening Evergreen, Mossy Meadow, Soft Succulent, Fresh Freesia, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, So Saffron, Crushed Curry, and Gold Brushed Metallic cardstocks; Stitched Stars dies (ret.); Soft Suede ink pad; Best Family Ever stamp set for birthday sentiment.

And thanks the stars for Press'n Seal! After I figured out my layout for the rose and stems, I knew I'd have problems trying to get it back in place again when it was time to glue it all down. Was great to just use Press'n Seal to pick it all up, add glue, and press it all down again!