An Abundance of Birthdays!

Around this time of year, our families have an abundance of birthdays and anniversaries.  I have made a pretty birthday card today and felt is was apt for both my Aunt in Australia and my friend, Jan.

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I used the following materials:

  • A4 white Trucard 300gsm (coated on 1 side)
  • A4 white paper 120gsm (by Navigator & available at Costco in the UK – not sure about USA)
  • Digital Scrapbooking kit “Indian Summer” by Gennifer Bursett.  This kit contains beautiful painted flower designs.
  • Digital label by Ellie Lash from her kit “My Favorite Things”
  • “Happy Birthday” sentiment wordart by SasDesigns from her kit “Perfect Party”
  • My trusty Epson R1900 printer

Before I started making the card, I had to re-colour the wordart so the colours complimented the roses in the digital paper and as the “T” in Birthday was exactly the same colour as the label it didn’t show.  I did this using Photoshop Elements.  I also added a pink shadow to the wordart which helped the “T” stand out more.  I also added a shadow to some lace trim in the “Indian Summer” kit to make it look more realistic when added to the front of the card.

With all the re-colouring and shadowing done, I assembled the card (a 14.85mm square) in MS Publisher by dragging the paper onto the white canvas and aligning it to the top corner.  This has to be resized by clicking and dragging on the bottom left corner and if you do this at 100% zoom it makes it easy to size to 14.85mm.  It’s also useful to have it set up to “Snap to Guides” in the Arrange section.

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At this stage I cut out the card along the edge of the design, which then leaves the greeting on a seperate piece of card.  This is handy if you want to add glitter glue or Glossy Accents, etc.  Wait for any of these products to dry before trimming the greeting.  It’s then a case of just cutting it out and adhering to the base with dimensional foam squares.

The inside of a card is just as important and I always use a thick (at least 100gsm) paper to print my greeting.  I use the line tool to indicate where the fold of the card and the bottom cut-line will be, which makes the placement of the greeting easy.  Here’s another screenshot:

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The line tool where the fold will be is shown above, but I also add another at 14.85 horizontally if making a square card just to make sure the greeting is placed correctly.

I am really pleased with the end result… quite a quick card for me!

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How Quickly Time Flies

Yep… August again; where did the last year go???

My mother is a fabulous needlewoman – both machine stitching and hand embroidery.  I’ve tried my hand at both but they just weren’t for me, anyway, I could never create anything as beautiful as her creations.  She has even made a wonderful Christening gown and bonnet (which has been worn by all the babies in our family since made in 1989) ALL by hand – yes, including seams… she’s very talented!

Here’s the card I made for my Mummy this year:

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I used cream pearlescent card and paper.  The overall size of the card is just under 6″ square (actually 14.85mm sq).

  • Printed a design from Pink Petticoat from their “Perfect Papers” set (the rosebuds – I love these) onto the paper.
  • Printed Pink Petticoat’s sewing machine digital stamp from their “Material Girl” set and the greeting (using fonts Courier and Clicker Script) onto pearlescent paper.  Coloured these rosebuds with pearlescent chalks.  Also printed the cotton reels onto the pearlescent card and wound pink and green embroidery thread around them.
  • Made a scalloped square matte using my Pazzles Inspiration Electronic Die Cutting Machine.  I stuck down the sewing machine to the scalloped square then machine stitched a border in pink.
  • I then assembled the card using double sided sticky tape, foam squares and attached two buttons with superglue.

A special personalised card for a special Mummy!

If there’s anything you’d like to ask me about creating a card digitally, please contact me.

Variation On A Theme – Another Pop-Up Box Card

I was recently commissioned by a man to make a 27th Wedding Anniversary card for his wife and thought you might like to see what I made:

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They are both crazy about cats, so chose to work with a digital scrapbooking kit called “Cute Cats”  by designer So Digitally Me.

The idea came to me as the man’s wife loves to receive Tiffany boxes (I wonder why???), so thought I’d work with the box theme and the colour.  The original colour of the background paper was a pastel green, so I had a little help from Photoshop Elements to recolour this to the blue.

The thing is, I’m not perfect and made a huge mistake.  I thought it was their 26th Wedding Anniversary and it was only when I sent pictures to him that he reminded me it was their 27th!  We did joke about adding “+1” as they both have a fantastic sense of humour, but it was easier to rectify than I expected.  As I’d used silver glitter number peel-offs on white pearlescent card, the 6 came off really easily and I replaced it quickly with a number 7!

Here’s the original with 26 years on the heart:

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