16 July 2012

Light the Candles...

by Veronica

I'm really good at shopping for girls' birthdays. My husband and I have 4 nieces (ages 18, 7, 6, 6), I've had a lot of fun buying pretty dresses, girly toys and sparkly shoes over the years.

But we also have 6 nephews.

The littlest ones are easy. Boy toys. And since my husband is still a kid at heart, he's great at picking out the coolest toys for them.

But as the boys get older, buying them gifts gets harder. Instead of asking what they want now (which usually yields an answer of "I don't know" anyway), we just give 'em cash. Easy peasy.

Today is our nephew, Zack's birthday - he's turning 9! To hold his 'present', I created a long vertical card (3.5" x 8.5") to fit inside a business envelope. This way, the cash can be unfolded inside.

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The birthday cake is from the Stretch Your Imagination Cricut Cartridge (cut at 6.5"). After cutting out all of my layers, I stamped the dots and zig zags from My Creative Time's Hello Spring stamp set in Versamark on the cake and embossed them in white. I used my white gel pen to highlight the candle flames and glittered the flames with Star Dust Stickles (my fave).

After layering my patterned paper (Nana's Kitchen DCWV Paper Stack) onto my card base, I hand cut the  turquoise layer behind the cake. I love using this funky, not-so-square shape on my cards. There is no real trick to it - just cut at angles! I then paper pierced the edges for some added flair.

After stamping my sentiment (My Creative Time's Celebrate Good Times), I cut it out with the same method as the turquoise cake layer and cut an orange piece to mat behind it.

If you're familiar with my style, you won't be surprised to know that most of the layers are popped up for dimension!

I'm sure this card will be a HIT with our nephew. Well, maybe not the card as much as the money inside! *giggle*

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Since I'm posting every day on the Everyday Cricut blog this week, you can stop by again tomorrow for another fun Cricut project!

I hope you were inspired!

- Veronica


  1. This is a great card. TFS.
    He will love it!
    (and the $ tee hee)
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  2. Veronica ~ Oh what a GREAT boys card! LOVE the length of your card! How cool is that cut too! I of course LOVE the papers! WOW ~ you guys have a lot of nieces and nephews ~ WOW!!!! AWESOME card and happy birthday to your nephew too!

  3. That card is fabulous! I just love the color combinations you chose and that cake stand is darling! Thanks for sharing!

  4. This is a really great card...love the colours!!! Lee-Ann :)
    Perfect for either sex too...awesome!

  5. I love your card, I have that cart and I've never really liked it...I'm going to have to rethink that after seeing your card!

  6. love the angle of the blue background paper -- gives it a funky "kewl" deminsion He'll love it. TFS --C

  7. love this card


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