Never-ending card

Oh, my goodness, this is the longest I have ever gone without blogging. My husband and I having been laying a flagstone patio on the side and around the back of our house. It measures about 25 ft. x 50 ft. Whew!! what a job. So, needless to say, I’ve been a bit tired lately and my evenings have consisted of a shower, dinner, and falling asleep in my favourite chair or early to bed.

Anyway, here I am, this time with a puzzle card that I made for a friend’s birthday. The birthday boy, Altar (pronounced All-Tar), came to Canada from Turkey a few years ago. He started off as a friend of my son, but we soon “adopted” him and I now call him, “my favourite Turkish son.” He loves puzzles, so this was a perfect card for him.

There are great instructions on YouTube on how to make a never-ending card (also known as an endless card or a puzzle card), which I will include at the end of this post.

Here is the front of the card. I put a l ladybug on the left side with a message from myself. On the right side I put a funny bird with a noise-maker and a message from my husband, Peter.

 Open the two doors on the front of the card to reveal the next surprise. I’ve just used some colourful bits and pieces to decorate these panels. I also wrote, “Happy Birthday,” in white gel pen.

Next, open the top and bottom flaps to reveal yet another surprise. This one shows birthday candles and flowers. And, of course, I included my little Globug Ideas logo.:)

Now, open the top and bottom flap, again, to uncover a message from Cookie, our beautiful little Bichon Frise and a birthday cupcake.

Open the doors once, again, and you’re back to the beginning!

This card is as much fun to make as it is to receive. And, it’s so much fun to see the wonder and amazement on people’s face as they try to figure out the puzzle card.

I hope this funny card inspires you. This is my first one, but I’ll be back with another…hopefully much improved!

And now, as promised, here is a link to an excellent tutorial on how to make a never-ending card: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_PP5JY8ubo&feature=related

Have fun!!

A birthday card…like no other!

VIDEO: Neil’s new-age, grunge, vintage, altered media, chipboard, mini-album, birthday card! LOL!

Neil’s 40th birthday celebration was so special. We were thrilled that family and friends took time to come to the party. It’s a special memory that we will treasure, always.

I wanted to make Neil a one-of-a-kind birthday card, something that he might want to keep forever. Here is a video, showing the card in detail. I forgot to mention in the video that I used vintage designer paper to cover each “page” of the card; I put my Silhouette Cameo to work cutting out the lettering and images; and, I created the embossed cover using two different embossing folders on my Cuttlebug. The pages are chipboard, covered in vintage designer paper.

I hope it inspires you to create something new and different for someone special. Please leave me a comment to let me know what you think of it…and, if you have some suggestions, I’d love to hear them and share them with the crafting community.

Thanks, for stopping by!