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Friday, July 29, 2011

Birthday cards

Hi Everyone!

I have been quietly working on Halloween cards and treat bags and was under the impression that I had tons of cards for all occasions.  Well, a few days ago a friend asked for a couple of birthday cards so I pulled out all of my cards and sorted and organized them.  I was shocked to discover how few birthday cards I had in my stash so I knew it was time to build up that collection. 

I started out by grabbing some scraps from my scrap drawer.  I cut some scraps from the dcwv Cotton Bloom Stack (Thanks, Peggy!) into 1" x 1.25" rectangles.  I used a sheet of tag from that pad to create a blank A2 card.  I cut a large "scrap" so that it measured 5.25" x 4" and adhered it to the blank card.  Then I glued all of my squares onto the layering paper.  Added some epoxy letters and stickers from my stash and my first card was done. 

I used papers from Kaisercraft's Party Animal 6.5" Paper Pad to create my next 2 cards.  I haven't even made the mini books that I wanted to make with that paper yet so I either have to forget about the mini books or use other papers or buy another pad. 

I used my Star Nestabilities to cut the stars for this card.  I deliberately glued the first set of stars off center, trimmed them, and then glued the part I had trimmed off to the top edge of the card.  Then I glued another set of stars slightly off of the layering paper and trimmed that set.  Used my Sizzix Scalloped tags die to cut some white tags.  Stamped A Country Welcome's "Make a Wish" wooden stamp onto one of the small tags, tied some baker's twine to it, and attached it to the card. 

The third card took a little more time to create.  I cut some Party Animal scraps into .5" x 3" rectangles to create candles.  I ran the 4 rectangles through a Cuttlebug embossing folder and trimmed the top of each of them before I attached them to my layering paper.  Added an epoxy sticker "flame" to each candle.  "Make a Wish" was stamped with a Stampabilities wooden stamp.  The small cupcake is a brad and the larger one is a sticker.  The circles were cut with Nestabilities.  I ran the smaller one through an embossing folder.  I really love the texture those embossing folders add to my cards and must get back into the habit of using them more often. 

That's it for today.  I have bits and pieces of other cards around me and I want to get back to them while things are quiet here. 

Have a great night!


Shirley said...

All 3 are wonderful, Carol!! I like the first one because it is like a quilt. The other are just good, bright, cheerful and very pretty cards!!

Georgie Horn said...

you make it sound so simply!

Carol Hartery said...

Thank you Shirley for always taking the time to leave a comment. I really appreciate it.

Thanks Georgie. Most of my cards are simple. I don't write out every step so if you ever have a question please feel free to post a comment asking that question. I know that many times when I see someone else's card I wonder how long or wide a strip of paper was or what size punch they used, etc.

Cindy said...

That star card is a cute idea and I love the font for the stamp.