Sunday, August 16, 2009

A Busy Birthday Weekend (& a simple card)

I am no longer the mother of a teenager - it's hard to believe, but our youngest son turned 20 on Saturday! The weather here was very hot and humid. It was also the day of our neighborhood cookout.

I am happy to say that there were cupcakes! One neighbor brought this fantastic cake and cupcakes for dessert. Our newest neighbor, a ten day old baby girl, was at the cookout for a while and I got to hold her - that sure brought back memories!

Our no-longer-a-teenager son requested watermelon instead of a cake, so we added candles to the watermelon (why not?)! It was a nice way to finish a hot day.

When I was cleaning up my scrap space, I came across the piece of cardstock I embossed to try out the new Cuttlebug folder "Victoria" - so I made a quick card.

I had partially embossed a 4 x 5 1/4 inch piece of cardstock - leaving a "blank" area on the short end. I used my Scor-Pal to create two straight embossed lines at the end of the design area.

I wanted to use this sheer ribbon on the card - it can be tricky to adhere this sort of ribbon without any adhesive showing.

The best solution I have found is the narrowest size (1/8 inch) of Scor-Tape. This tape is super sticky and easy to apply and it won't bleed through the sheer ribbon as a liquid adhesive might. It is also much more reasonably priced than the red liner tape I have purchased at large craft stores (only $3.70 for 27 yards). Here is a LINK to the page on the Scor-Pal site if you want some more information about this tape. It comes in various widths and I use it for many projects - particularly boxes and bags where you need a strong hold.

Whenever I attach a piece of embossed cardstock to a card I put the adhesive on the card itself so I won't "erase" any embossing with the pressure from my ATG or tape runner.

To be sure that the corners are stuck down properly I put a glue dot or two on each corner.

Here is the card - it was pretty but I thought it needed something more to finish it.

I added three of the large Martha Stewart pearls I used on the gift cards I posted a couple of days ago. They added just the right finishing touch.

Sometimes I feel like I have too much "stuff" in my scrap space but I find that you do "need" a lot of different things. On this very simple card I used three types of adhesive to get the result I wanted. Sometimes having a variety of choices is best.

Don't forget to check out the Mystery Challenge projects at the Custom Crops site on Monday. I am not sure exactly when they will "flip the switch" to reveal the articles but I can't wait to see what everyone made!

I have also been working with a new product that I am eager to share - look for a post in the next day or two. I am still making samples to show you - there are so many possibilities - I think you are going to love it!


  1. First, congratulations on your son turning 20!! I think it's a hoot that he's wearing a Spiderman shirt too!

    And I love your card! It's projects like these that makes me excited to be getting my cuttlebug!

  2. Woops, I mean Superman.. hehehe.

  3. What was the plaque you used to emboss? I loved it, I could respond by email??

  4. I used the Cuttlebug folder "Victoria" to emboss the front of the card.

    Here is a link to see the folder on the site

    It is a very pretty folder - I should probably pull it out and use it again!


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