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Quick and easy birthday card

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I was so glad I had a reason to get back to my craft desk to make a card for Jonathan’s uncle’s birthday. It’s been more than a month since I last touched my craft tools!

We were in Alaska on a cruise in the beginning of July. It was our first cruise, and was definitely a fun experience with all the entertainments on the ship and the beautiful scenery at the ports. The break was much needed. I felt really good and proud of myself for surviving without the Internet for the entire week. Well, there was no free Wi-Fi on the ship anyway, and at first I thought I would go crazy, but at the end I didn’t even care when we got the Internet back. The food on the cruise was great. It’s going to sound like a complaint, but I think I ate too much good stuff, and actually got this horrible cough. Luckily it seems like I’m finally getting better this weekend.

Back to my card… I was glad that I got a reason to create a card, but was not so glad that it was the toughest type of cards that I have to make. Haha. I always find it the hardest to make a guy’s card. Anyway, I kept it simple. Some dry embossing and sanding on the “coredination paper”, minimal embellishments with just two brads, and there it is! I am happy with how it turns out. What do you think?

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Getting out of my creative comfort zones…

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I have to admit I struggled a little to make this card look interesting. The hexagons looked a bit dull no matter how I placed them on the card. Then I thought… Why don’t I play around with the layers? I am usually someone who wants things to be straight and square. Not having the layers straight bugs me a little, but as I started tilting the white and the crumb cake layers to the left and to the right, I saw more potential to the card. I finally decided that I would tilt the white layer to the right and the crumb cake layer to the left. When I pulled out my glue stick and glued the white layer down, I realized I made a mistake! I glued the white layer down tilting it to the left! Oh no… what do I do? Can I tilt the crumb cake to the right to make it up?? No… that wouldn’t work (in my own little world anyway), it looked like the sentiment would fall out of the card anytime. Okay, calm down… let’s try tilting the crumb cake even further to the left. And yep, approved! 🙂

The hexagons are popped up at different heights using dimensional tape.

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From feminine to masculine…?

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Sometimes making a card involves such a big decision making process (in a good way)! Today’s card is a perfect example for that.

I started by cutting all my paper to the sizes, including a piece of floral patterned designer series paper and was deciding on whether I should use a polka dot ribbon or a plain ribbon. It was all about making a feminine card in fall colours (I know it’s definitely not fall weather right now, and in fact it’s been snowing in Vancouver all weekend!).

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And then I thought, hmm if I do use the solid colour side of the ribbon, I can make use of this yellow twine I have to decorate the ends of the tag instead of my original plan of using regular brads to attach the tag.

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At this point, I was like… I’m really not sure about the yellow twine, maybe a brad is a better idea afterall, but anyway let’s move everything from the floor to the table and start putting something together. So before I glued down the layers, guess what I did? I flipped to the other side of the designer series paper, and…

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I realized that I actually like this side more. Thanks Janice for your suggestion! I do agree this side is less busy, and gives a cleaner look to the card overall. So the decision was made, and of course the brads fall into the right place. I am happy with the final result 🙂  Now I would like to hear what you think!

 


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Feminine birthday card with fun curly squares (FMS123)

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I had time to play with the Freshly Made Sketch 123 challenge when I was off on Friday. Totally needed that creativity getaway!

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When I first saw all those circles on the layout, I was thinking what size of circles should I use? So I went through my punches and die cut collection, and found the Petite Curly Label Punch I got last year. It’s a punch that I rarely use mainly because I can’t seem to find any images that would fit into them. I pulled out the Tiny Tags set I have (because it’s supposed to have the tiniest images!) and was glad that some of the images would actually fit. Also, the images combined to sort of pass for a birthday card.

I showed my mom the final product, and she was like it looks more like a wedding card. Yeah, I guess I agree these are quite wedding-y colours, but think it would also pass as a birthday card for a lovely girlfriend 🙂

All the curly squares were popped up using dimensional tapes.

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Birthday card using painter’s tape technique

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After seeing all the gorgeous creations out there using the painter’s tape technique, I finally had the chance to try it myself. The technique itself is really simple, but being someone who wants everything on a card to be precisely measured (oh, what am I talking about, I want a lot of things to be precise, haha), it took a bit of time to line up all the tapes. I really like how it leaves some subtle texture on the parts that were inked by the painter’s tapes, and I think this technique works particularly great with the Serene Silhouettes stamp set.