Rock and Roll 65th Birthday Card

What would you call a bona fide, card-carrying senior citizen, who still loves good old rock and roll and a day on the golf course?

I’d call him a cool dude!

Well, this cool senior citizen’s best friends (a lovely couple from Ontario) wanted to give him a special card for his 65th birthday. They wanted the card to be reflective of his love of rock and roll and his passion for golf. When I was offered the challenge, I accepted, gladly!

Album front-framed


I decided to create  a card in that looked like a record album–you can see it in this photo. The birthday boy’s name is Damian, so that’s what I named the record label. Check out the close-up, below. It’s not the greatest photo, but you’ll get the idea.



Record Label Close Up


After completing my design in CorelDraw, I exported the image to .jpg format and then imported into my Silhouette Studio library and cut it out on my Cameo,

On the flip side of the record, I wrote a birthday verse:

Happy 65th Birthday
to our good friend, Damian,
the coolest
golf-club swinging
senior citizen
on the planet.

Flip Side with Verse

I was happy with the record, but I really wanted it to look like vinyl. So, off I went to Staples to have it laminated. For the small cost of $3, I got the record laminated in 10 mil vinyl–that’s strong enough so that it doesn’t flop around, and feels about as sturdy as a real record.

I had to trim around the outside of the record, because laminating sheets are square. But, I think it turned out pretty good.

Frame_laminated record

Here is the laminated record. I took this photo right on the counter at Staples and then headed off to the post office.

In the background, you can see the album cover. I designed it entirely on my computer using CorelDraw. I did a search on “album covers” and then sized them to 2.5″ each.

Frame-1_Frame_Album Cover--Frontx

Right in the middle, I added a photo of the album so that Damian would see right away that this was a special creation, just for him.

Album Cover--Back

Here’s a better photo of the front of the album cover.

On the back of the album cover, I created a collage of vintage concert tickets and, in keeping with Damian’s passion for golf, I included tags from the four big golf tournaments–the U.S. Open, the PGA, the Masters and the British Open. I used the tags for 2013 to mark the year of Damian’s 65th birthday.

Damian’s big celebration is next week, and I really hope he loves his unique hand-crafted card.

I hope you enjoyed this post, and if you have any creative card ideas that you would like to share with other card-makers, let me know and I will feature you and your card in an upcoming post.

Envelope Mini-album

Oh, My Goodness, Ashleigh’s Eighteen!

My granddaughter, Ashleigh, celebrated her 18th birthday last week. I wanted to give her something special to mark the occasion, so I made this envelope mini-album, filled with photos and special messages from me (Grammie) to her.

To see my video, which shows each and every page and tag, please visit my YouTube channel, Globug2005. Following below, are some photos with brief descriptions.

I hope this mini-album inspires you to create one for someone you love. Sometimes it’s hard to get started, but once you do, I promise you will enjoy every minute you spend creating your special gift.

Just as a note, all of the flowers were created with my Silhouette Cameo. I coloured them by rubbing ink pads right over them (I also coloured my thumb in a variety of pastel shades 🙂 On a few of the leaves, I used my Cuttlebug to add texture and then ran the ink pad over the surface to add colour.


Here is the cover. All of the paper embellishments on the cover were made on my Silhouette Cameo–doilies, roses, branches and vines. I also created her name with the Cameo. I added some matching ribbon for an even more feminine look.

Here is a close-up showing some of the Silhouette Cameo die-cuts and roses. I added a pearl in the centre of each one and a pretty butterfly from my stash.

The photos below show the inside cover and page one, which opens up to reveal two secret pages. The ribbon, which serves as a handle to pull open the page, is attached to a pink tag that fits into the pocket. The tag is a little money holder.

Ashleigh at her Army Cadet end-of-year ceremonies. That’s me with Ashleigh. I was a very proud Grammie!