On a positive note: I'm BACK! During my hiatus I had a couple of custom orders and one of them was for a set of matching birthday cards. Below are samples of the cards.
Quick tip for the buttons. I have a MILLION buttons, but mostly in pastels and greens and reds. The colors I had didn't work for these cards and I didn't want to go out and buy more. So I picked out a button that was the right style and size, covered one side of it liberally with VersaMark and dipped it into my American Crafts Zing Embossing Powder. I picked it up with a tweezers and heat embossed it. That quickly and easily I changed the colors of my buttons! I love that I can now customize all of my buttons to whatever project I'm working on. Be careful though, if you heat it too long, your button may warp.
In order to get a full bow on top, rather than the cut out like it is on the cartridge, I went into Design Studio and hid the lines so they would not cut. I like this look a lot better and I think it adds a lot more contrast.
Both cards were made using the Lyrical Letters Cricut Cartridge and BoBunny Love Bandit Collection, plain white cardstock and miscellaneous buttons. The second card uses Archiver's pink cardstock.