Colour Me…! Challenge Blog CMCC#31

Birthday Cards, Cards, Challenges, Masculine

Another new challenge! I had a blast creating my card for the Colour Me…! Challenge Blog. You know how sometimes you get an idea and just run with it and it actually works out? Well, that’s what happened last night when I created my Team Tara challenge card.


There is a double challenge this week. For this card I used the Team Tara Colours. To play along, crafters create using only the challenge colours (and neutrals). I used papers in my stash that were as close to the Stampin’ Up colours as I had.

Colour Me Challenge Blog #31, Team Tara

Colour Me Challenge Blog #31, Team Tara

I started with my Silhouette and cut the shapes I needed: bicycle (navy), Polaroid frame with “make a wish” cut out (white), and the senitment “make a wish” (navy). Since the spokes were so delicate, I glued together two navy bicycle shapes with the intention of making it more sturdy. I used my tape runner and adhered a piece of scrap paper on the backside of the frame behind the words. Next, I inlay the navy letters into the frame. You can see the pieces ready to be assembled, below.


I began work on the frame (I was going for a Polaroid look) by adhering a piece of vellum on the inside from the back. I cut my pale blue (soft sky) patterned paper to a little bit larger than the frame’s opening and then cut two strips garden green paper. I tore the top edges of the green paper and then positioned them on the patterned paper to look like a landscape of sorts. I adhered the patterned paper and green strips together and then adhered my landscape background behind the frame. That last thing I did was to affix the bicycle in front of the frame.

I mounted my completed Polaroid piece with foam tape onto a garden green A2 cardbase. At this point, I felt like the card needed something to finish it off. I tried a piece of pale blue ribbon but found that it didn’t work with the masculine look of the card, so I opted to tear the bottom edge and adhere a strip of the pale blue patterned paper on the inside of the card.

I had so much fun creating this card! All the Silhouette shapes I used were free (I think they came with the Silhouette Studio software). The patterned paper is from the Pink Paislee Pen Pals Collection. The navy and green cardstocks are made by Recollections.

Thanks for stopping by!

Birthday Monsters for Danny

Birthday Cards, Cards

My heart was touched by an article I read online about a five year old boy, Danny, in Massachusetts who has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour. Danny’s hometown community is rallying around him to bring him happiness from around the world on his upcoming 6th birthday by asking people to mail him birthday cards.

Of course, I had to send a card.

To be honest, I don’t have a lot of practice making cards for kids, especially for boys. All I knew is that I wanted to make something that might make Danny smile when he saw it.

Goofy monster birthday card

I cut out the monsters with my Silhouette and then adhered a variety of details to each one. What I think makes this card silly is all the googly eyes. The monsters are adhered to my card base with foam tape. I tied some bakers twine to the balloons (also cut with my Silhouette) and finished them off with Glossy Accents.

Bird House Birthday Card

Birthday Cards, Cards

I just finished a birdhouse shaped birthday card for my sister-in-law. I like shaped cards because of the “whimsy” the shape adds. With the help of my Silhouette Portrait machine, making shaped cards is easy, especially since there are a ton of free shapes and clip art available online.

Using my Silhouette machine, I cut the birdhouse shape with a free cut file from Birds Cards on 110 lb Neenah Solar White cardstock. I specifically used a heavy cardstock because I didn’t want the heavy front (birch, owl, and shingles) to make the card too flimsy.

For the background, I used a piece of birch that I found on a hike. It was easy to cut using my paper trimmer. I cut two of each of the layers of shingles and adhered them together for dimension. I finished the front by sponging the shingles with platinum Memento ink for texture.

I cut out the owl’s body from some teal patterned paper (from My Mind’s Eye) and used Glossy Accents on the beak and eyes. I adhered the wings and claws using foam tape.

The balloon was left over from another project. I used Simon Says Stamp Lipstick Red ink and a sponge blending tool to colour it red.

I’m pleased with how the card turned out. The texture and dimension make the card special enough for a family birthday. To complete the card, I made a custom envelope using craft cardstock and lined it using the same teal patterned paper as the owl.

Balloon Birthday Card

Birthday Cards, Cards

By far, the cards that I give most often are birthday cards.

This birthday balloon card took quite a while to work through. Unfortunately I didn’t photograph my first attempts so I’ll describe them.

birthday card baloons

Finished birthday balloon card

The original inspiration came from a pin on Pinterest. This was during my very early stages of card making so my card is pretty much an exact duplicate of the card that inspired me. Most people learn to cook by following recipes or to sew following a pattern. In my case, I scoured the internet for ideas that inspired me and could be done with the very limited supplies that I had in my tiny stash.

For my first attempt, I used an A2 (5 1/2″ high x 4 1/4″ wide) card base and a 1.5″ circle punch. It became clear pretty quickly that by using the 1 1/2″ punch I wasn’t going to be able to include very many balloons.

My next try was using a much larger 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ card base and the 1.5″ circles I had already punched. Again, I couldn’t get the positioning to look right and I was going to have to use way too many balloons. It looked ridiculous!

So, back to the drawing board I went. At this time I was still trying to figure out standard card sizes and basic concepts so I printed a scale picture of the inspiration card and laid out my design over top. By doing this, it became immediately obvious that I needed to use a 1″ punch and A2 card base. I was finally making progress!

For the final card, I used 24 1″ circles of various colours using paper that came from a craft box I had left over from my childhood. Using the picture I printed, I lay the circles down in the pattern and then used a glue stick to stick them together one at a time. Next, I flipped them all over and secured the rows together using tape to make the “bunch”. I used 8 pieces of bakers twine (from Michael’s) as the strings by securing them on the back of the balloon bunch, again with tape. I left the ends long and trimmed them at the very end after I had assembled the whole card.

I used Recollections (Michael’s brand) Craft cardstock as the card base (cut to A2 size) and some purple cardstock, again from the childhood craft box, cut to 5 1/4″ x 4″, and then a piece of Salt embossed dot paper from Michae’s cut to 5″ x 3 3/4″. The dot paper mimicked the circles of the balloons and gave the card a more polished look.

I adhered the balloons and card layers using photo mounting squares (I don’t use they very often any more, but more on that later) and my glue stick.

Next, I stamped the “birthday” sentiment using a black pigment ink on a scrap of Craft paper and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. I added some small black self adhesive embellishments from my stash after I had stamped so that they would be positioned correctly.

I trimmed the sentiment and then adhered it using glue over top of the balloon strings. The last thing I did was trim the strings to the bottom of the card base.