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June 19, 2011

30th. Birthday Banner

What's more fun than a summer birthday! The party is still a few weeks away but just in case you think I haven't been doing much lately, here is a project I'm working on.

This birthday banner uses the yummy colours from the Citrus Pack of cardstock. Aren't they gorgeous? I think I went a little overboard on this project as you'll see further on. Sure, the basic shapes look easy enough.

Thanks to my new Straight from the Nest cartridge, I used the cutest banner flag I could find. But from then on, things got a little crazy.

To make the individual flags sturdy enough for the outdoor picnic party, I layered each coloured flag on top of a sturdy white layer, then did the same for the cuffs which were a thin paper.

The cardstock I chose for the letters is more of a vinyl-ish material, shiny AND sparkly. These sheets came from the same Citrus pack.

Tip:  Use Scott's clear glue if you want "slide-ability" when layering things. This glue is fabulous and the double-ended tube makes it great for this project.

At left are some of the letters not yet adhered to their flags.

But wait. There's more!

Here's a sneak peak of a few completed flags. It's hard to get a good shot of them altogether, so I need to figure out how to lay them out and take more pictures.

The banner begins and ends with a cupcake flag. The cupcake bottom is glued flat on each end but raised in the middle with pop dots. After looking at all the various cupcakes available, I like the icing on this one best. I added some pink shading to the icing and of course, sparkly 'sugar' on top.

Details, Details, Details.
This is where I get caught up... in the details. If you look closely at the candle on the cupcake, you'll see that it looks like a real flame. HAD to! And once I saw how cute these 2 candles looked, I made more to embellish some of the flags. Too much? I think not.

Cartridges Used
Celebrations - cupcakes, candles, balloons, whistles, confetti, hats
Straight from the Nest - Banner flags, cuffs and sliders
Storybook - Alphabet letters and numbers
Quarter Note - font for "th" on the "30th" flag

I hope to post more pictures of the banner all tied together with pretty ribbon, and hanging from our picnic shelter. Check back around July 10th.

Update: September 12, 2011

I'm a little late in posting this picture. Here's a pic of the banner hanging in our picnic shelter. It was SO long, I couldn't get the whole banner  in the shot. But you'll get the idea. Click on the pic for a closeup.

June 6, 2011

Daisies Won't Tell

A Nostalgic Card

When I was a young girl, my older sister bought me such a special gift, I have never forgotten it. Years ago, Avon carried a perfume fragrance called "Daisies Won't Tell". I remember how adorable the bottles were. My gift pack contained 3 bottles: bubble bath, spray cologne (or toilet water as it was called then)  and hand lotion. Some of you may remember those cute bottles with their caps that had one big daisy embossed on the top. And oh, the fragrance! Light and summery, without all those spicy and strong grown-up notes.

Over the years, I have tried to get this sweet fragrance again from Avon. It was perfect for summer, but mostly it was just an adorable gift to give a girl of any age. I would love to wear it now!


For this birthday card, I was thinking of my younger sister who (like me) also loves flowers. I knew she would love a vase of white daisies. As girls, we used to find wild daisies in the field we crossed on the way to school. We'd pluck the petals off, one by one, saying that old familiar verse, "He loves me, he loves me not" for each petal plucked. There is just something innocent and real about a bunch of daisies. 

Making this card brought back a flood of fond memories for me. And for my sister Ruth who was the recipient, it made her smile each time she looked at it. So, daisies won't tell whether the object of your affection loves you in return, and daisies also won't tell how old a lady is. I like that about daisies.

About the Card

This was the first birthday card I made when I first got my Cricut, four-and-a-half years ago. For some reason, when I created my blog a couple of years later, I missed it completely. I'd like to share it with you now.

The card is 5-1/2" x 4-1/4" white cardstock, covered in daisy print CS that has embossed and shiny, sparkly accents. This was the inspiration for the whole design.

The "Happy Birthday" sentiment is from Beyond Birthdays cut from pearlescent blue CS. I'm guessing it was cut at about 1-1/2.

I used Jasmine for each letter of the name. This was before Design Studio or the Gypsy were out so there was no way to weld the letters together. Again, I'm sorry I don't remember exact measurements.

Of course the daisies and vase were cut using Walk In My Garden.


The poem was prepared on my computer and printed onto the white cardstock before adding anything else to the front. There is also a personal message on the lower half of the inside.

It's a simple little card, but sometimes those are the best.

P.S:  If any of you would love for Avon to bring back "Daisies Won't Tell", please write them. Contact information is HERE on their website. Tell them, Gracie sent you. (wink)

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I guess you might call me a "right brainer", loving all things creative. Cardmaking is the perfect hobby for me as it allows me to be totally creative, combining design with poetry or verses I can compose myself. With Christmas being such an important occasion for cardmaking and crafting, I decided to create a separate blog just for Christmas projects. "It's All About Christmas" will host all my Christmas items. "Gracenotes For Today" will still feature items every other occasion of the year. I hope you'll drop by often and stay awhile!