Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Manly Birthday Card

This card was so quick and simple to make!  I actually modeled it after a pair of swimming trunks of my husby's.  I loved the color combo and thought it would make a great card for a man (something I frequently struggle with).  The paper is all SU! paper.  I used versamark and white embossing powder for the happy birthday sentiment (don't know the stamp maker).  I embellished with a piece of ribbon and 3 blue Jolee's Swarovski hotfix gems.  That's it!  Simple, right?!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Welcome to the world Hunter!

A very good friend of mine's daughter had her first child and since her daughter has a special place in my heart I wanted to make her something special.  I had seen some really cool ideas on Pinterest and decided to combine the two and make this: 

I purchased a set of four 6 x 6 canvas frames and chose four pictures from the newborn session photos taken by the baby's other grandmother (who is an amazingly talented photographer!). I printed the photos onto tissue paper, applied a layer of Mod Podge to the blank canvas, applied the tissue paper and aonther layer of Mod Podge. I didn't worry about the bumps, ripples and small tears in the tissue paper because I wanted it to have a hint of a vintage/distressed look. I painted the sides with black acrylic paint hitting the edges ever so lightly to maintain the integrity of the look I was going for. I allowed that to dry for 48 hours and cut some vinyl lettering using my Silhouette Cameo (font used is Typewriter), applied it using clear contact paper to ensure it was centered and applied another layer of Mod Podge. It was so easy and I totally love how they turned out. I can't wait to give them to her; I just hope she likes them as much as I do, hahaha!!

I gave her this card a couple of weeks ago since I wasn't sure how long it was going to take me to get the present done. I made the card with my Cricut and used Nate's ABC's (dog, ball, wagon), 3 Birds - Life's a Party (giraffe), Simply Sweet ("baby boy"), 3 Birds - Straight from the Nest ("welcome" - I cut off to the nest). The inside sentiment was stamped using Stampin' Up's stamp set titled God's Blessings and it read "A baby is a gift from heaven above - bringing joy down to earth, filling hearts full of love." I used Silver Liquid Pearls for the wagon wheels, striping and handle. I used Cinnamon Stickles for the giraffe eyes and nostrils as well as the dog's nose.