|A standard Hallmark, that's been modified|
over the years.
It's been one of those busy Fridays for me, capped off with a wonderful time babysitting the cutest granddaughter in the world. I hoped to get this posted earlier, but time just slipped away. It's still Friday, right?
Today is another FAIRY CUT FRIDAY, and if you are following along, you know what that means. On each Friday, I'll post a project I made using Fairy Cut software to operate my Cricut. If you leave a comment to this post and are a follower of this blog, at the end of the month, you can have up to four chances (one comment for each Friday) to win that month's FREE FAIRY CUT SOFTWARE LICENSE, generously provided to me by the people at Fairy Cut for my blog readers!
Fairy Cut, for those who don't know, is similar to -- but in my opinion, better than -- Make The Cut, or Sure Cuts A Lot. It enables you to download images (e.g, click art) to easily convert to cuttable files; or you can use Fairy Cut's built in images or access a service like Universal Scrapbook to find a gallery of additional images to cut.
OK, on to today's project: This card (shown above left) was a quick to-do. A friend of mine has a birthday that's 6 months from mine -- hers is in February, mine in August. Four years ago, one of us sent the other a standard Hallmark that speaks of how charming and terrific the birthday gal is. Inside it says, "Save this card and send it back to me on my birthday." Well, we did ... and still do.
However, each year the sender takes a turn in blinging up the image. One year, I gave the gal on the card a martini in her left hand ... another year, my friend gave the gal jewelry. Last year, I gave the gal a book to hold in front of her and this year, I converted the book to a beribboned birthday gift. More on the gift on another post...
The beautiful frame in sapphire blue is a "stock image" cut from Fairy Cut. It was easy to drag/size the frame to the right size. I blinged the frame with three gems using my I-Top tool, and added the tiara too. The tiara was multi-cut from heavy glitter chipboard by AC (American Craft) Specialty Paper, using an image from Cricut's "Tie the Knot" cartridge.
I found the great chipboard on sale at Michael's in the Christmas 90% off holiday aisle. Originally $12.99 for twelve 8x8" sheets in six "Christmas colors", I got it for $1.29. Is it any wonder that I snatched up all four packets of it? It's gorgeous -- in silver, gold, red, white, pink and lime green. Pink and red will certainly find their way onto Valentine's Day cards, and the lime green? PERFECT for St. Pat's. Be sure to scan those holiday aisles for similar values.
Another shopping tip: on Fridays, Michael's runs a 10% off your entire purchase for Knack members. Teachers of all kinds can sign up for Knack membership -- not only school teachers, but also craft teachers. Even if you only "teach" by blogging ..... Happy to share that little tip!