Americans buy 7 billion greeting
cards each year and 25% of those are to wish each other a
happy birthday. Recently, after a very busy couple of
weeks at work, I joined my fellow normal Americans and
bought a card for my sister-in-law's birthday. She
opened it up and responded with shock. Although it was
lovely, she was used to having one specially made for her.
I know that sometimes we wonder
if other people "get it". Do they really understand
the love included in our handmade cards? I was
surprised to learn that my extended family did, indeed,
appreciate the extra time.
Look at these adorable cards!
Carolina's candles drew my eye right away--what a perfect
and simple touch. Wendy took a stamp to a whole new level
with embellishing "sprinkles". Both cards will be
loved when opened.
Candles by Carolina Garrido
Paper: Doodlebug Design,
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper, Ribbon, Twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon,
STicker: SRM, Bling: Doodlebug Design, Other: thread.
Notes: To make the candles, cut a patterned paper
rectangle, wrap around a bamboo stick, and secure with a
glue dot. Then, cut a small piece of twine and glue it to
the center of the candle.
Never Too Old for a Cupcake by Wendy Morris
Paper: Bella Blvd,
Cardstock: The Paper STudio, Stickers: My Mind's Eye,
Numbers: American Crafts, Pins: Maya Road, Bling:
Kaisercraft. Tools: Stamps: K&Co, Technique Tuesday,
EK Success, Punches: Fiskars.
Design Notes: Use decorative pins as fun accents on a stamped image. Added a dash of pearls on the cupcake for an accent of "sprinkles".