Variation on a Theme...Another Male Birthday Card

Another birthday, Another Card.

I needed another card for a guy so I just used the scraps from the paper I used on the 50th Birthday Card. To keep it original I used a different orientation and tried stitching for the first time. It's a popular technique these days & is very easy to do. It's a nice detail...very subtle.

I used my Cricut to cut out the slide tag from Mini Monograms at 2" (Real Dial ON). The "Happy Birthday" Stamp is from Stampin' Up in the set "A Greeting for all Reasons". A few white 3/16" eyelets (set with the fantastic Crop-a-Dile), some black ribbon, and a Making Memories Charmed Phrase saying "make a wish".

50th Birthday Card

This card was made for my husband's cousin's 50th birthday. I find it to be somewhat difficult to make cards for men. I guess it's because they can't be too frilly or sparkly so I feel limited in my choices of materials & patterns.

Thankfully, I picked up a pack of Basic Grey patterned paper during the recent QVC craft day. It all looks really great. Sometimes in the packs, you get a few sheets that are usable and the rest is crap. I picked out a sheet that seemed particularly "manly" and it was from the Vagabond line; It's called Vintage Paisley.

I found some coordinating cardstock in light blue, brown & black. Inked the edges with Walnut Distress Ink and attached it with some metallic snaps in the corner.

For the metal accent I used something I've had for many years. It was part of a cardmaking kit (from QVC!) and I could never figure out what it was for. I used my Crop-a-Dile to punch holes in the corners (yes, it goes through metal) and used some miscellaneous fibers to attach it to the card. The 50 in the center was printed on my laser printer.

Altered Frame

I had so much fun on the Altered Journal and one morning got this great idea to do an altered frame for my new baby cousin.

I found this frame in the Target Dollar Section. I painted it pink with some acrylic paint & then hot glued to the back the lace. I got a bag of remnant lace from Joann's for $2.00. Next I added some cute little heart & butterfly stickers. I've been trying to use some of the stuff I've been stockpiling over the years so I don't know where they came from exactly. The flower in the corner is, again, one of my clearance artificial flower stems from Joann's. I hot glued it down and stuck a button with raffia tied in the middle on it. I cut out using my Cricut & the George Cartridge the baby's name at 1". I needed it to be sturdy so I shadowed the letters with cereal box chipboard. Before gluing the letters down I colored the chipboard with black Sharpie Marker.

Altered Journal

This is my first attempt at altering something. I've admired all of the really cool projects posted on the Cricut Message Board so I decided to give it a shot. This was a journal I found several months ago at Michael's for $1. I only got 2 at the time since I didn't know what I'd do with them but now wish I'd gotten more. The flowers are from a couple stems of artificial flowers I got on clearance at Joann's. Just take them apart & they work just as good as Primas & cost less. The stamps are Autumn Leaves Flourishes v.2 and the brads are from Oriental Trading. Ribbon is just some stuff I have lying around - basic organdy 1/2". The only Cricut item is the letter 'A' from Alphalicious at 3.5" on shadow. I cut it out of ceral box chipboard 3 times and glued them all together. Then I covered it in some glitter I've had forever (I'm not usually a glitter person but I'm trying new things!) so I don't have any idea where it came from. After that I coated it several times in UTEE and then ran a black ink pad around the edges.

My Cricut Storage Idea

Many people talk & share their ideas for how to store the Cricut Cartridges & Keypad Overlays on the Cricut Message Board. I thought I would "show off" my idea.

The box I'm using to hold the cartridges is available at most major craft stores for a few dollars. The way I'm storing the keypad overlays is with a coupon organizer I got at Office Max. It's the larger sized one available in the binder & folders section. it's basically a small accordian file. It was around $8.00. The binder I made is from the Dollar Store. Inside I've printed out the sample pages which are available for download at the Cricut Cartridge Library

1st 2007 Christmas Card

Here is my first 2007 Christmas Card attempt. I used my Cricut for the die-cuts. It's very "Country Christmas", which is NOT my style at all so i was really surprised to realize that when it was finished. The patterned paper is something I've had for several years, probably came out of the first or second "The Stack". The cute little Reindeer is from the Christmas Cheer cartridge. I also used red glitter glue on the nose. I ran some white ink around the edges to give it some definition and raised it up with foam tape. The scalloped circles are from the Mini Monograms cartridge & are shadowed. I think I used 4" on those and 3.5" on the reindeer. The red bow is organza ribbon that I've had lying around. Lastly, the stamp along the bottom is from the Stampin' Up set "Crazy for Christmas".

Simple Thank You Card

This is a quick & simple Thank You Card that I made using my Cricut. The patterned paper is from The Stack #5. The "Thank You" was cut from the Alphalicous cartridge at around 2" with the shadow feature. The star was cut from Tags, Bags, Boxes & More cartridge at 1.25", also with the shadow feature. I used a small silver brad in the middle and surrounded it with a square nailhead that I've had forever so I've forgotten brand/maker info.