Sunday, September 30, 2012

Personalized 1st Birthday Card, Safari Theme


At the request of a co-worker, I created a safari-themed birthday card for a little boy who was turning one. I wasn't quite sure of the layout but I definitely knew that I wanted to use the Cricut Create-A-Critter cartridge since you really can't go wrong with any of those critters. I decided to do a Google image search for inspiration and found this cute safari invitation on Handmade by Odette as well as this safari-themed card on Wickedly Wonderful. Aren't they adorable? Anywho, this is my take with a personalized twist. The palm tree, sun, monkey and giraffe are from the Cricut Create-a-Critter cartridge. The grass cuts are both from the Cricut Paper Doll Dressup cartridge and I also used the Cricut Pooh Font Set. I inked the edges with brown ink for the animals and sun, and used both green and brown ink along the edges of the palm leaves and grass. I gently bent the palm leaves to make them pop out a little and added a random button for the coconut. I also used some pop dots to add some dimension.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Personalized 65th Birthday Card

This personalized 65th birthday card is a full-size card, approximately 5.5" by 8.25". The lettering is and numbers are from the Cricut Storybook cartridge. The large butterfly is from the Cricut Home Accents cartridge and embossed using the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder and my Big Shot. The smaller butterflies, which are my favourite, are from the Cricut Indie Art cartridge. I inked many of the edges using brown ink and also inked the raised dots on the butterfly to make them pop. The ribbon is from the dollar store along with the adhesive gems.

While I do like how the card turned out, I realized I'm not a big fan of the large butterfly. I think I would have like the one on the Cricut Stamping Solutions better. Oh, well. I made this at the request of a co-worker and she was happy with it. So that makes me happy, too!

I cut out the second butterfly in different sizes to find one that fit well so I ended up with three extra butterflies. I decided to use them to embellish the inside of the card and the outside of the envelope.