Friday, September 16, 2011

Personalized Birthday Cards

A friend of mine asked me to make some personalized birthday cards for her daughter to give to her friends. I came up with a few ideas I thought were cute. Her daughter is 11 and so she wanted something a little glitzy, but not too childish. So I thought rhinestones in different colors would work well.

First thing I did was to print directly on my cardstock with my home computer the birthday sentiment in different font designs and sizes.
For the first card, I had this great printed paper that had summery fruit and designs over it with sparkles in the paper. I knew I wanted to use this. I used this great green Stampin' Up cardstock and a My Favorite Things die to create the open scalloped background circle. Then I used my Stampin Up "Enjoy" stamp in this bright pink ink and cut it out with my scallop punch. popped up with a little dimensionals. A few rhinestones under the sentiment.

Next, I had these great stiff stickers from Stampin Up in flower and circle shapes in different colors. I randomly placed them on the card front and added rhinestone centers to the flowers. I also had a scalloped border at the bottem. Love the way this card turned out.

The last card I made, may be my favorite. I used this cute cherry paper background square because I wanted to use my stamp inside that says "happy birthday with a cherry on top"
For the cupcake I used my Stampin Up cupcake punch. For the frosting I used some more of that great glittery paper. For the wrapper on the bottem, I ran some brown cardstock through my crimper and cut it out with the punch. I love the texture of the paper. I mimicked the crimp on the green cardstock running down the side of the card. It's amazing what a simple thing like texture adds to a card. I finished the card of with a red cherry topper, a red button and a green ribbon attached only on the left behind the button. The ribbon is stiff enough to hold its shape out to the right, but I did not want to adhere it there as well.

I was pleased with the cards, as was my friend (and hopefully her daughter)!
She used one this past weekend and now I have a job to create more for one of her friends daughters too! I think it is a great idea that she came up with...I plan on making more!

Thanks for stopping by today, the weather has turned cool here and I am LOVING it!
I hope your day is wonderful and I will be back here soon!
Melanie :)

Sunday, September 11, 2011

P is for Paola!

This card was inspired by this post on Procrastination Station. I saw these adorable note cards she made and decided I had to make some too.
One of my friend's daughter just returned from a month in Puerto Rico where she was visiting relatives so I thought I would make a card set for her. Paola's favorite color is (or was recently) purple so I knew I wanted to use purple, and I love purple and yellow together, so I chose yellow as well.
I cut the yellow card stock with my Papertrey ink die. Then I used my cricut to cut the fancy letter P. For the background purple, I ran my paper through my crimper. I put it all together and wanted to add a little bling, so I used these cute flower shapes with rhinestone centers that I got at Michael's.
I made a set of 10 with envelopes, so I hope Paola writes lots of letters and everyone enjoys receiving them!

Thanks for stopping by today!
~Melanie :)

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

masculine cards

I do not like to make masculine specific cards. Maybe I try too much to make them guy-like. Feminine cards are easy, flowers, sparkles, pretty colors like pink <3! So a friend of mine wants some birthday cards for men....I have some attempts....

All men like beer right? (stereotype #1)

All men like vehicles! (stereotype #2)

And who wouldn't like a motorcycle?

I don't know, I guess they are okay, but I don't love them....I need to make something girlie now! LOL
Have a great day!