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March 2, 2014

Rockin' Birthday

Rockin' Birthday Card for Teen Boy Turning 15

This 5-1/2" square card is loaded with layers. The design inspiration is from the background paper. Just perfect for the 15-year-old recipient.
Celebrate 15th Birthday
Your Rock! Front of Card for Teen Boy


You Rock card front
Card base is deep teal, layered with pearly aqua, then the background "rock music" paper.

The bass guitar player is cut from bronze cardstock.  The shine is more evident in the picture at left.

"Celebrate" banner is shadowed in the same bronze.

For extra emphasis of the theme, I stamped the words "You Rock" near the bottom.

Ticket Embellishment

B-day No. 15 Ticket
The ticket frame is cut from embossed paper, inked around the edges. 

I created the centre of the ticket in PhotoShop and printed the insert onto the same CS as used for the "Celebrate" banner.

I love how the ticket turned out!


You Rock Birthday guitar inside
The card inside is as busy as the outside. Don't you hate it when a card is boring on the inside?

I continued the music theme with the guitar on the inside left panel. It's all about the details, so I spent some time jazzing up the guitar. The notes are punched to match the swirls behind the guitar.

As usual, I created the verse in Word and printed it on cardstock. The "Happy Birthday" sentiment is from the same bronze CS.


You Rock guitar closeup

Cartridges Used

Quarter Note:  Guitar Player, bass guitar. (How do I know it's a bass? Four pins for four strings.) You're welcome!

Celebrations - Celebrate banner

Create A Critter - Happy Birthday sentiment

Fabulous Finds - Ticket frame

Celebrate B-day 15, top view

February 12, 2014

Grover Says 'Happy Birthday'

Chugging By with Birthday Fun

Grover Chugs by on his train, bringing Happy Birthday wishes to a 5-year-old

Grover chugs by to say Happy 5th Bday

This card has loads of dimension. 
My little grandson LOVES the Muppets, and he's crazy about trains. So this card should make him happy.

Card size is 5" x 6-1/2". The train, clouds and track are all from Everyday Paper Dolls cartridge


Gravel under the track is made with black and white gel pens, drawing squiggles and dots to resemble stone.

The track is cut twice, and 'popped' on the bottom.
Train is shadowed and highlighted with black and white ink.


Grover is cut from Sesame Street Seasons. He wasn't my favorite character to use, but his arms were in the perfect position to be waving out the window of the train.

Clouds and Name

I found the cutest cloud font. First I cut the long cloud and the small puff of steam. Then I inked them in gray and light blue. In Word, I typed the name and printed out a test sheet. Comparing the cloud piece to the text, I could tell it would fit perfectly. Then I used my secret method of getting the name onto the cloud.

Inside Card

Elmo 5th Birthday, Inside
The graphic inside took quite awhile to make. I designed it in PhotoShop, printed it on cardstock, and trimmed it to a size I liked. The graphic was done a week before I even knew how I was going to use it.

The fun part was tying the balloon to Elmo's hand. 'Happy Birthday' phrase is from Create A Critter.

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I think little Daniel will like his birthday card.

December 16, 2013

Sweet 60th. Birthday

Sweet and Special 60th Birthday

A Sweet and Special 60th Birthday Card for a Woman

Turning 60 is both sweet and a little scary. Especially for a woman, it's a reminder that we are getting closer to that "senior" category. No need to fret. Enjoy a piece of birthday cake and have a nice cup of tea. In no time at all you'll be thanking God for all the blessings you've enjoyed over the years, and you'll smile when you remember that you are in His hands.

Sweet 60th Birthday card front


5" x 7" white card base is adorned with a pearl pink mat, overlain with a bevy of sweets. The pearly pink ovals are backed with aqua-green pearl CS and threaded onto narrow ribbon that has silver edges.


Sweet 60th birthday card inside

I composed a special poem for the recipient and framed it with the same green pearl cardstock.

Cartridges Used

George and Basic Shapes - Ovals and letters
Elegant Edges - Birthday sweets background

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