Saturday, January 25, 2014

Handmade Star Birthday Card

Earlier this month, my dad celebrated his sixty-somethingth birthday. You know, the one that creeps ever so close to seventy. Even though he's retired and spends his well-earned retirement days at home, he is still an all-star in my eyes. He came to Canada with a couple hundred bucks in his pocket, a single piece of luggage and yet not a word of English in his lexicon. But still he managed to find good, honest work, save money for a house, start his own business, and raise three very smart children. It only seemed fitting to make him an all-star birthday card. I used the star cut from the Cricut Plantin Schoolbook cartridge cut in 4 different sizes. I glued two sets of two stars together using a Zig two-way glue pen and then used adhesive foam to the layers to make the star stand out. The pattern paper is from the Recollections Bold Basics paper pad and the cardstock used for the base is from Stampin' Up! as is the sentiment. 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Handmade Floral Birthday Card Using EK Daisy Scallop Edger Punch

Over the weekend, I made a couple of birthday cards - one at the request of a co-worker and one to give to my French teaching partner who celebrated her birthday yesterday. I came across this colour combo from the Color Throwdown challenge and I really like how nicely they come together. I also used my brand new EK Daisy Scallop Edger Punch which I received courtesy of DeSerres. I used an underlying layer beneath the border in a solid colour to make the border pop as well as a strip of pattern paper on the inside of the card. I then added some ribbon, Recollections floral embellishments, and an adhesive gem from the dollar store. The sentiment is a stamp I found at the dollar star as well.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Handmade New Arrival Card - Baby Luca

Over the holidays, my brother-in-law flew in from Spain to spend time with the family. It's always great for the kids to get to spend time with their uncle, even if it is only once a year. Before his return last weekend, I went through a bunch of my son's old clothes to pass on to his friend who gave birth to a beautiful baby boy last year. His friend is such a sweetheart and I couldn't be more thrilled for her and her husband. I decided to make a personalized baby card for them using an embellishment that was left over from the baptism invitations I had made for my son nearly five years ago. I used some textured paper and patterned paper, added some grosgrain ribbon and adhesive gems, and stuck on the embellishment using double-sided adhesive foam strips. The lettering is cut at 1" using the Cricut Pooh Font cartridge and I used a Zig two-way glue pen to glue them on.