The only thing I knew when I started to make this card was how I wanted the number 40 to look. The number stamps are by Papermania; I masked them off & used stamps by Paula Pascual to create the flower pattern. So far so good, until I tried to remove the masks in the centre of the numbers - I'd used temporary spray adhesive by Crafters Companion and when I took the masks away, off came some of the surface of the card, too. Not to be deterred, I used my craft knife to cut out the centre of the numbers.
Once that was done I still had no idea of how I wanted the finished card to look, until I spotted this gorgeous card with a really unusual layout. My next problem was that I had no card to match the Memento Elderberry ink I'd used for stamping, so I dug out some Neenah card which I've found to be pretty much useless for everything & found that it's also pretty much useless for directly applying lots of ink to, as it dries very patchy. Eventually I got it to the stage where I was happy with it, so I let it dry then ran it through my Cuttlebug with a Swiss Dots folder to add some texture.
I decided some bling was definitely required & this is where I had my final problem - the Papermania Adhesive Jewels that aren't. Adhesive that is. I eventually managed to find enough that were sticky and decided that I wouldn't tempt fate by trying to add anything else!
Stamps: Papermania Typography, Paula Pascual PPCSA6006 Simple Flowers, greeting stamp Personal Impressions PICSA6220 "Love is the Thread" by Sue Dix
Ink: Memento Elderberry