Pretty birdhouse birthday card

Hi, folks! These beautiful summer days have lured me outdoors and into our garden and the adjacent park. So, that means less time in the paper-crafting studio. But, as we say, “carpe diem,” (seize the day!).

Today, however, I made this pretty birdhouse card for my daughter-in-law’s birthday. Her name is Jenn and she loves purple.

I started with this gorgeous piece of scrapbooking paper and made good use of the beautiful flowers on it.

Next, I cut out the birdhouse, three-piece bird and a little vine using my Silhouette Cameo. Then, I ran the birdhouse through my Cuttlebug to give it a 3-D wood grain effect. I used the Sizzix folder called, Notebook. It worked out really well. It’s so much fun to find unexpected uses for my embossing folders and other tools.

I coloured the birdhouse, the little vine and the three-piece bird by just rubbing them with my ink pads. I love the soft and natural effect.

I love using scrapbook paper with big, bold and beautiful designs, in my cards. It always makes such a statement. I think it also give a very professional look. Of course, there are times when all I want to do is colour, colour, colour, with my Copic markers. We crafters just go with the flow, or the urge, or the inspiration, right?

 


As always, I finished all four

sides of my card. Here is the inside verse. I stamped Live,Laught & Love, Happy Birthday using white pigment ink and then heat-embossed it with silver-pearl embossing powder. It looks much prettier in real life!


 

And, here is the left panel on the inside.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And, last but not least, here is the back panel.

Well, that’s it for now. I’ve got a birthday party to get to!!

 

Have a wonderful day and happy crafting!!

 

 

 

 

 

A mini-album birthday card? Yep!

My granddaughter, Lindsay, just celebrated her 21st birthday. I wanted to make her a special card, one that she would keep for a long time, and decided on a mini-album, the kind made from toilet tissues tubes. I have posted a short video to my YouTube channel, Globug2005, if you would like a quick flip-through of the pages.

The mini-album is an altered-media project, meaning that I turned toilet tissue rolls into a little album. I flattened the tubes by running them through my Cuttlebug. I then painted them with some gold acrylic craft paint. Next, I covered each side of the flattened tubes with designer paper. Then, came the fun part–adding the images, flowers and, of course, lots of bling! I coloured all of the images with my Copic markers and made heavy use of my sparkle gel pens to add even more bling. A few fluffy feathers, some special photos and, voila, a hand-crafted-with-love mini-album for my very precious granddaughter, Lindsay!

Here are some photos of each page and the tag inserts. If you like my creation, please leave me a comment. It would truly make my day!

Thanks, so much, for stopping by.

I created my granddaughter's name--Lindsay--on my Silhouette. The key is a symbol of the freedom that comes with being 21.

Page one continues with the freedom theme. Here I show a bird cage with the sentiment, "be free."

 

It’s all about love!

Pretty lady with a looking glass...makes me think of my lovely Lindsay.

A reminder never to lose her inner-child.

Can a woman ever have too many shoes?

Lindsay LOVES perfume, all kinds of perfume! So, it seemed appropriate to include this cute image. The soft white feathers pick up on the feathers in the image.

Lacey and feminine undergarments...ooh, la, la, for sure!

And the last page...before the back cover...and the tags...LOL!

And here are the tags–three of them, one for each tube…

Such a beautiful family. My daughter, Angie (in the middle), with my grandson, Austin, and granddaughter, Lindsay.

"Baking is good for the soul." Lindsay enjoys baking...and, she is a princess!

You can be all grown up and "shake what your momma gave you!" But...

...but, never lose touch with your inner child!

Lindsay is 21? OMG, how time flies! (And in my case, apparently, it flies upside down). Take a close look at the word "time" under the clock...I just noticed that it's upside-down! LOL!

And last, but most important, Grammie will always love you more than chocolate!

And, finally, the back cover!

Two pretty birds...free 21-year-old birds!

You can also connect with Globug Ideas on Pinterest, Twitter, YouTube and my Facebook Fan Page.

Thanks, so much for dropping by! Please leave me a quick comment so I will know you were here.

Have a wonderful day!

 

Hang in there, Sweet Pea!

Hang in there, Sweet Pea!

Holding on for dear life!

Little Sweet Pea is holding on for dear life! Isn’t that just what we all have to do at one time or another?

This adorable digi was provided by Just Some Lines for the Crafter’s Digital Art Center (CDAC) Progressive Freebie Challenge  #9 (cdacpc9).

I coloured the image with my Copic markers, of course! I created the stars and the large green scalloped circle with

my Silhouette Cameo. I made the white scalloped circle with my Cuttlebug, by first cutting it out and then running it through with the embossing mat to add that extra touch. I edged it in yellow with a Copic Marker.

My goal this year is to pay more attention to the inside and back cover of my greeting cards, so this Sweet Pea card got the royal treatment. I hope you like it!

P.S. The CDACPC Challenge is open until January 14, 2012, so you still have time to take part. Just head on over to CDAC!

Happy New Year, everyone!