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Friday, March 2, 2012

It's Birthday Time!!!

It's my son's birthday (Happy Birthday, Jay!).  Can you tell?  I wanted to make him a card so I decided to make a Cricut-less card and use this opportunity to enter it into Emma's challenge.  Isn't it cute???

He loves to travel so I tried to incorporate his love to see new places with a birthday card and voila!  He's getting a suitcase!  Don't ya just love it?

* polka dot 8 1/2 X 11 paper from the sale bin at Michaels
* cream 8 1/2 X 11 paper for printing sentiment and names of places
* scrap craft paper
* scrap red paper
* scrap brown paper
* scrap light green paper
* brown ink

I cut the polka dot paper in half to get an A2 size piece (4 1/4 by 5 1/2) and folded it.  I used my Corner Chomper to round the corners (1/4 size).  I cut two 1 inch pieces of brown scrap paper in half diagonally to get the corners.  I rounded those as well.  Then I cut brown strips 1/4 inch wide for the straps.  With the small piece of brown paper left, I cut a 1 inch round piece with my paper punch and then cut 3/4 inch from the round piece to form the handle.

I inked each piece separately and adhered all the pieces to the places.  Before I forget, I cut a slit in the top of the card so I could fit the "handle" into the suitcase.  I taped the bottom of the circle down on the bottom of the inside of the card because I planned to mat the sentiment and cover it up.

I printed and cut out the names of the destinations and double matted them on light green paper first, then red paper.  I also cut out a rectangle for Jay's name out of cream cardstock and hand-cut a tag to back his name.  I zig-zag stitched the two together and tied the tag to the handle of the suitcase.

After I printed the sentiment, I inked and matted it to red cardstock.  Then, I adhered it to the inside of the card.  I inked the entire outside of the card and set it out to dry.

I hope he likes it.  Do you?  Still using my scraps . . . gotta love it!


  1. What a great idea! Love this
    Babi96 at aol dot com

  2. Too cute! Love the polka dots! Thanks for joining us in the MCT ~ Throwback Thursday Challenge :)


  3. Great card...its so hard to come up with great masculine cards...yours is very creative...love it. TFS Cathie

  4. Thanks to Gina, Cassandra, and Cathie for your responses. I really appreciate the kind words. :)))

  5. What a great idea! I love the colors and it's so creative.



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