Okay, so I know it’s been a long time since I last blogged, but I have finally found some time to post some of the pictures I’ve been accumulating (and it’s a lot!). I’m just hoping this is not going to be like my journal/diaries, wherein I write ten entries and forget all about it. First up is my friend Joanne’s birthday card. Although, I made a lot of food during the holidays, I decided to post this first because I was extremely proud of it and because my friend Ryan requested it. I created a good two dozen cards for the holidays, but for some reason took not a single picture. sigh. But it’s okay since this is my favorite thus far, and is probably the most polished.
Before I begin, I must admit that I have an addiction to paper crafts and food. Pretty much I am much more content spending hours in either a craft store or a grocery store than a clothing store. So, on my 5th trip to a Michaels while I was on vacation in New Jersey, I found this awesome The At Home cardstock set from DCWV in the clearance section [which in itself was amazing since it was the only Michaels I’ve ever been into that had one (and I’ve been to many)]. Anyway, I saw a cardstock full of clocks and thought: oh, this is going to be great to use to make fun of her turning older. A month later this is what I came up with:
It was a little difficult getting the true colors to come out, but it’s pretty much an off white cardstock with brown and ivory clocks, brown cardstock, white pearls, light blue and ivory paper, and a light blue metallic pen. Here is a closer look at the details.
Those pearls took three times longer than I thought it would take to put them on. I bought sticker pearls that came strung together, so I thought okay this will be so much faster than putting them on one by one. However, the glue string that holds those suckers together pretty much likes to only go in one direction: straight…so making those curves were a pain. Let’s just say I was not a happy camper by the time I finished the pearls, but it was worth it, no? =) Here is the inside inscription:
(awwww…lol) So, when I finished the front and was about to make a smart-mouth comment inside I realized that to make fun of her would be making fun of myself since I’m only 2 months younger. =/ Instead, I became very sentimental and emotional and wrote this instead. I realized after that this card can be both platonic and romantic. So, if you want to use it for something or someone special like an anniversary I think it would also work.
1. Trim clock cardstock to desired size (in my case it was 4.5″ x 8″)
2. Cut brown paper (I used cardstock) to desired shape. Keep in mind your pearls will follow the curvature of the paper.
3. Glue paper to cardstock
4. Apply pearls. You can trace out your design or freestyle it like I did.
5. Cut a small rectangle out of light blue paper and ivory paper (smaller than the blue).
6. Write inscription.
7. Trim light blue paper to 4″ x 7.5″ for inside of card.
8. Write inscription.
9. Create an envelope. I had to make an envelope because I made a mistake in my measurements and my card was too big for my envelopes. I didn’t write down my measurements so I will have to post a blog later on how to make a basic envelope.