Saturday, April 20, 2013

Boy's Birthday Card

I think the most challenging cards to make are those for adolescent and teenage boys.  Having only girls myself, I'm not even sure what boys in that age range think is cool, or more importantly, uncool.  So I keep things pretty basic. 
This birthday card was made for my 12-year-old nephew using the Cricut cartridge Martha Stewart Birthday Cake Art.  Because the cake cartridge designs are simpler than many other cartridges, I find they work great for making quick cards.  Fewer layers = less stress.
Thanks for looking!

Monday, April 1, 2013

30th Anniversary Mickey and Minnie Card


My husband and I took a short trip to Disneyworld to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary.  It wasn't the exotic, once-in-a-lifetime trip I had dreamed of taking for this momentous occasion, but it was a much-needed break from reality.   And that's what I needed more than anything.

Since my husband did all the legwork to make this trip possible, I wanted to do something special for him.  And it needed to be inexpensive.  So I compiled a slideshow of our thirty years together set to one of my favorite songs, God Gave Me You, by Dave Barnes.  I didn't have to spend a penny.  And that was a gift my hardworking husband could really appreciate--a free one.

The card theme was a no-brainer in light of our trip to Disney World:  Mickey and Minnie.  I wanted to celebrate the fact that we managed to stay together through thirty not-always-wonderful years, so I needed to incorporate that onto the card (the 30-years part, not the fact that they weren't all wonderful).  I had seen some really cool latching gatefold cards on Youtube, so I decided to use a two-part heart design in the center of the card as a latch.  I used memory thread to create the appearance that Mickey and Minnie were holding a celebratory banner.

The inside sentiment was printed using the Waltograph font, and included a reference to the rollercoaster ride we had lived the past 30 years.  This gave me the perfect excuse to use the Cuttlebug Wild Ride die for the rollercoaster on the back of the card.  I also found two pictures of our family at Epcot: one with our two daughters back in the 1980s and another with our two granddaughters a few years ago. Deja vu.

Mickey and Minnie were cut with my Cricut using the Mickey and Friends cartridge.  The hearts were cut using the free shapes from Cricut Craft Room Basics, which is available in the free online design program Cricut Craft Room.  Yes, I love freebies.


I'm already looking forward to the next 30 years.  Or at least the next trip to Disney World.