The summer has run away! I can’t belive there’s only two weeks until school starts up again here in Western Washington. We’ve had so many hot sunny days to enjoy here before its back to business as usual. (its true! We DO get lots of sunshine – and not just the liquid variety we’re so known for.) Last weekend, me and my family met up with my brother and his family and my parents to celebrate my neice’s 13th birthday at a local lake. Seeing my neice and a few of her friends carelessly enjoying the sun and fun was a nice reminder of what being young is about. Ah, to be 13 again!
I wanted to make a card for JJ taht was as bright and cheery as she is. When I moved into my new house a few months ago, it was clear my paper collection had grown out of control. But the good thing in sifting though it all was rediscovering some of it that I love. This older paper from American Crafts Happy Go Lucky line. The double sided papers came in a large variety of patterns and bright shades – pink, purple, orange, light blue apple green and red – perfect for a girly birthday card.
For the layout, I was inspired by a scrapbook layout by Danielle Flanders (see it in this post on her blog.) I didn’t have some of the shape dies to embellish it like she did (I love the diecut arrow with baker’s twine wrapped around it). After glueing down each square, I stitched over the top for some added interest.
I used a sentiment from Papertrey Ink that had a few stars which I added in two shades of pink after I stamped the message. I then adhered the white circle to a die cut dioly and adhered it all to the front of the card.
I had a few full 12×12 sheets of paper left so I made an envelope to go along with the card. I love using the Martha Stewart scoring board to make envelopes. The board has a little tool to create envelopes and has some basic scoring directions for several different envelope sizes so you don’t have to figure out where to score. A custom envelope with a custom envelope is such a nice touch.
Good news! Papercrafts Magazine recently accepted two of my digial sentiment designs and the first one was used for the recent design call that was sent out last night. (Mine’s the Thank You! sentiment.)
I hope you have a chance to fit in a few more days of fun in the sun with your kids or grandkids before the routines of school settle back in. Maybe you can even spend an hour or two together making something from paper together (they’ll love it – I guarantee it!)