Saturday, May 11, 2013

CTMH Claire Birthday Card

This coming Wednesday, May 15, 2013 is my best girlfriend's birthday.  Now that I'm in Florida and she is in North Carolina we won't be able to celebrate in person together.  So I wanted to make a happy and cheerful card to make up for the fact that I'm not there in person to take her out, pamper her and make her feel special on the 40-something anniversary of her birth.  See, Jenn, I didn't spill the beans on your age!

I used the Claire paper packet from the Spring/Summer Close To My Heart Idea book to send my love across the states of Georgia and South Carolina up to the mountains of Western North Carolina!

Close To My Heart Claire
CTMH Claire Birthday Card

I used the CTMH For Every Occasion stamp set to let my feelings be known.  This stamp is perfect for anyone that likes to make handmade cards.  There are so many sentiments that literally can be used for "every occasion" that you could ever think to send a card for.  

Item # D1187 For Every Occasion

I used a 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" card base that I over-layed with the same size piece of blush card stock.  Then I choose 3 complimentary pieces of B&T (Background & Texture) patterned paper to layer next.  2 cut in square shapes and 1 in a rectangle.  Then I used a corner rounder punch to round off the bottom two edges to give it a more softened shape.  I also had the Claire Complements Canvas Shapes that are adhesive backed and coordinate with the paper packet.  I used the border sticker that looks like rick rack trim and cut it to size and added it as an accent across the center of the card.

For an embellishment, I used my Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge to cut out 3 tag shapes in varying size (2", 1 1/2", and 1") from a darker shade of the patterned paper, then cut out 3 varying size rectangles (1 3/4", 1 1/4", and 3/4") from white cardstock with rounded corners.  I used Outdoor Denim Ink to stamp the sentiments "yay!", "Congrats", and "Love You".  (Inside the card, I stamped the "Happy Birthday" greeting.)  I tied them together using a piece of bakers twine and then secured them to the piece of Outdoor Denim Chevron Ribbon using the strongest and best glue ever called Liquid Glass.

I hope that you will consider making a handmade card for the next special occasion that you will be celebrating.  It doesn't have to be over the top extravagant to show the love that you feel and I bet that the recipient will be even more touched and appreciative that you took the time to Create with Care!.

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