Sunday, June 12, 2011


My weekend has been more hectic than usual, so I didn't have hours and hours to devote to making a birthday card for my son, Taylor. Hmmmm...what to do?

I remembered purchasing a boxed set of cards, yesterday, that were printed with various designs, so I checked 'em out and discovered that one of the designs was masculine and multi-colored. I could surely add some elements to it and make it a special card for my son!

When I turned the card over, I saw that the manufacturer's information was printed along the bottom edge. Ugh! That would NOT remain! Tweaking would begin there!

I cut about 1/2" inch from the bottom of the card back, then roughed up the cut edge. Close To Cocoa S.U.! ink was smudged over all the edges. I chose a 7 Gypsies border punch and ran it along a strip of cream cardstock that I had sponged with S.U.! Kiwi Kiss green ink. Runner adhesive was applied to the underside edge of the shortened card panel and the punched strip was glued in place. Now, the backside of the card had been "converted" to the card FRONT!

When I don't feel terribly inspired to create, I use my cardmaking time to cut shapes from colored card stock with misc. dies and punches and store the die-cuts for later use. Well, TODAY WAS A LATER DAY!

While scavenging my die-cuts stash, I found a Pink Persimmon banner that I had stamped with "Happy Birthday" and I trimmed it out with scissors for the top of Taylor's card. I selected a gray PTI "ad" die-cut and edged it with PTI Vintage Cream ink, then rummaged through a container of odds 'n ends until I unearthed a silver, metal item that I'd purchased looong ago on clearance at Hobby Lobby. (I think it is meant to slip over buttons to create a collar of sorts.) I laced some twine through a chipboard button, adhered it to the center of the metal piece -- and glued that atop the gray shape to complete the card.

I am happy with my "tweaking" efforts and think that Taylor will be pleased with his birthday card!


  1. i loved reading your process, deb! i love make die cuts and embellishments, too:) happy bday to taylor--he'll will love his card!

  2. Hi Deb, you sure do know how to "tweak" and the end result looks great. Hope Taylor has a great birthday!

  3. How cool to tweak a pre-made card! I love the special touches you used to make it your own!

  4. Thanks for the sweet and encouraging comments, Ladies! (I'm smiling :)