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July 15, 2013


A Step Card of Fun

Brother and Sister at the Beach birthday card

I've always thought that anyone having a birthday in summer is doubly blessed. My daughter, now all grown up, is a July baby. I created this card for her and it tells a story that is typical of a day at the beach for our family.

Design Details

The finished card is an A6 and the cardstock size I started with is 6"x9". There are tutorials online that show you how to make the step card. If you can't find one, leave me a comment and I will send you my file on how to cut the step card.

Birthday girl in her swimsuit with her inner tube. All set for fun at the beach.
The fun part, of course, is the decorating. For this scene, all I had to do was remember my children playing on the beach, and then find the corresponding characters and features to make them come to life! 

The main character is the birthday girl. With her big ponytail and tube over her arm, she's all set for a day of splashing in the water. For her bathing suit, I used plain white CS and ran it through the Cuttlebug to give it the swiss dot texture. Then I carefully touched each dot with the tip of a green ProMarker.

The fair-haired boy is her brother, the little guy who loved building sandy road systems and bridges, digging close enough to the water for it to flow into his trenches. There is more to the story, but back to the card...


I love using papers that are realistic. For the backgrounds on this card, I used papers that are actual photographs of sand and water.


I don't use a lot of stamps in my cardmaking. For the 'Happy Birthday', I typed it on the computer and printed the words directly onto a strip of the sand paper. This way, the background is transparent and blends into the card. Also, fonts and colour possibilities are endless when you make your own sentiments.

Beach Buddies birthday card, birthday girl and big brother all set for a fun day at the beach.

Cartridges Used

Everyday Paper Dolls ~ kids, hair, swim suits, chair, umbrella, tube, boat
Life Is A Beach ~ surfboard, pail and shovel
Going Places ~ skier

To me, hand-made cards should be meaningful and lasting. Becky loved this year's birthday card and I know it will be at home in a treasure trove with all the other cards I have made, just for her.


  1. What a cute card! I love the colors and the background papers that you used - how fun! Thank you for sharing and joining us this week at FCCB!
    Angie ~ DT Member

  2. This is such a cute card. Really like your papers and especially the boat and skier in the background. Very nice extra touch!

  3. This card is so fabulous and very, very creative. I love how the card has accordion layers. Great job!

  4. This is so cute Grace! I love that they represent your family at the beach! Thanks for playing at FCCB!
    I'm a new follower too!
    Scrappy hugs, Connie

  5. FUN summer beach scene. Love all the layers in your step card. Thanks for entering the challenge this week atFCCB. Kim Ogden

  6. This is a really fun card, I like the cute surfer boy and girl paper dolls! Thanks for joining us at FCCB's "set the scene" challenge this week!!


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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!