Happy Birthday Playtime

I make cards but don't seem to get the chance to just 'play' much. Last week I was demoing and cut several pieces of card with the 'Happy Birthday' Thinlet die. All very well, but what am I going to do with them?
If you've seen my Facebook page you'll know that I take part in #imbringingbirthdaysback - people leave their name, birthday and address with me then I make and mail them a card. I did it last year and recently started a new, up to date list. A great excuse to use my playtime wisely!
This is the die I used

Some of the card I cut was in retired colours, 2 pieces had already been embossed too. I die cut the card, removed all the pieces, taking care not to lose even the tiniest fragment, mixed the colours around then pieced the cards together. I then used two of the finished pieces as the centrepieces for a couple of cards.
Here is the first

Before assembling this card I covered the sentiment card that I'd pieced together with Versamark ink and clear embossing powder, then I heated it. This gave a bright, shiny centrepiece for my card. 

I layered this on to the recently retired Carried Away DSP. This was mounted on a tangerine tango 6" square card. Next I stamped and dies cut images from Up and Away stamp set, in coordinating colours and attached them. 
The strips I trimmed from the DSP were added to the inside greeting panel, top and bottom -

And, of course, you need a coordinating envelope!

I'm hoping that this card screams 'Celebration time'!
The second card is here

As you can see, one of the pieces had already been embossed. To the front of this card I added simple daisies, no stamping, just punched, using our new daisy punch, from glossy cardstock and vellum. Embellished with a few small flowers which were made using a retired punch from my stash and the centre of the large daisies were filled with Dazzling Details which I also had stashed away.
Two very different cards but made for the recipients with the same good wish - have a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Orange and lemon are not my go to colours but I think they work well here, love that the first card looks as as if the texture on the centre looks a little like orange peel where it has been embossed.
I'm hoping that this might encourage you not to throw away the bits and pieces when you get time to play but, instead, to create something you wouldn't normally have done.
Happy playtime!
Lesley x