One of the things I love best about making my own cards is the ability to customize each card to the friend or family member it's going to.
It was that way with this card. I had gone shopping with my crafty pal back in September, when I picked up the Hero Arts clear set, "Happy Day Animals." As we were standing in line, we compared purchases, and she especially liked the bird from this set. Fast forward to her birthday in April, and I was able to incorporate her favorite bird and her favorite color, red.
The balloon was paper-pieced with the back-side of the patterned paper used in the card, so they match perfectly. I love it when I can tie it all together!