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August 14, 2014

Bicycle Built for Two - 5th Anniversary

What a Team!

The young couple celebrating their 5th anniversary enjoy riding their bikes together. Her bike has to be purple as it's her favourite colour! But he would like something sleeker, in silver. 

While designing this card, I was thinking about the two recipients and how they make such a good team in marriage. I hope this card brings a smile to their faces.

5th. Anniversary Card, Front

Black cardstock forms the 5-1/2" square card. I used several layers to create the dimension.

Top and centre is the bicycle built for two, cut from mottled gray. It's shadowed in purple-plum, matted on pure white that's shadowed in the same plum. I added silver sponging to the carrier for some sparkle.

5th. Anniversary Card, Banner

The vertical banner is cut from purple woodgrain paper, shadowed in gray. I created the sentiment on the computer, using fonts that are rather "sportsy". The banner runs the full 5-1/2" height. Little brad hearts and gray baker's twine finish off the banner.

5th. Anniversary Card, inside


I wrote the inspirational quote as a reminder that we all encounter bumps in the road in marriage. And it is SO true that once we get past those difficulties, joy springs up once again. Don't give up.
Let's ride out the bumps and go for the joy!

Anniversary Quote by Grace Baxter

The right-hand Greeting panel mirrors the shape of the left side quote panel. This shape has really grown on me. It is the perfect blend of fancy and clean. And don't you love the cute little heart in the corner?

5th. Anniversary Card, greeting

I used the same mauve vintage dot background as was used on the front. To make the "Happy 5th Anniversary" greeting, I designed the words with my Gypsy using the Quarter Note font. I love this font as it is cursive, yet thick enough to hold together well. 

The smaller bicycle reinforces the theme.

A Word About "Phrases"

For those of us who enjoy creating cards with the Cricut (whichever model), I'm wondering if I am the only person who is disappointed with the various "Happy Anniversary" phrases available on the cartridges. They are kind of cheesy fonts, or mismatched fonts -- and certainly not elegant.

I find a better solution is to create my own sentiment or greeting using a choice font and the Gypsy. It's not always perfect, but certainly better than the alternative.

I'd love to hear from any of you who make your own titles/sentiments this way. What fonts to you find work best? Isn't it fun!

Cartridges Used

Sweethearts - Bicycle
Elegant Edges - Frames on inside
Quarter Note - "Happy 5th Anniversary"

You may also like another version of the card.
This one is for a 4th Anniversary.

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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!