Friday, November 27, 2009

Birthday Candle Border

I have been using my seasonal cartridges a lot lately.  One of my favorites is Joys of the Season.  This was a new cartridge when I first got my Cricut.  I "had to have it" and I paid more than I am willing to pay now that I am older and wiser about cartridge pricing.  I don't regret it at all - there is so much on this cartridge and I keep finding new ways to use the images.

If you read my blog regularly, you know that I like using border punches and have accumulated quite a collection of them.  I know there are several available that punch birthday candle borders but I don't have any of these.  My shelves are starting to run out of room.  I found a way to make a quick candle border by using the Hanukkah menorah on Joys of the Season.

I used three menorahs and moved them into position so the candles were evenly spaced. The menorahs are not welded to each other but are welded to a rectangle.  I used a 6.5 inch wide rectangle and a guideline rectangle for a 5 x 7 card to create a card topper.  I didn't want to make the candles much smaller so I did not make a topper to fit an A2 card.  You could use only two menorahs to make a topper to fit nicely on the A2 size but I just have this thing about odd numbers!

There are a few extra pages in the file so you can play with the colors in preview.  The actual topper is cut from the first page and the "happy birthday" sentiment from A Child's Year is cut from the second page of the file.  If you don't have A Child's Year you could use another cartridge with the phrase or weld your own sentiment to fit the card.

I cut the "happy birthday" from glitter cardstock using multi cut 2 for a clean cut.  I also decided to cut an extra layer for contrast to form the "cake" on the card.  This optional layer is not in the file - just cut a piece of paper or cardstock to 6.5 x 3.75 inches.  I made the card base from a piece of yellow cardstock cut to 7 x 10 inches, scored and folded in half.


A tiny bit of yellow Stickles glitter glue lights up the candles.  When you add the Stickles you should work on a scrap paper and then lift the cut and check to be sure that the glitter is only on the flame area.  Let it dry on a non stick surface like a craft mat if possible.

I inked the edges of the "cake" with brown ink to hide any white core that might show.  The colors are not my usual choices and for some reason they did not photograph very well but the card is bright and sparkly in person!

Thanks to all of you who left comments or emailed me about my 500th post - I really appreciate hearing from you and I am blushing from some of the lovely messages and compliments (and yes, the housecleaning often does lose in the competition for my time!)

Birthday Candle Border


  1. What a great way to make a border. Love reading you every day and seeing what's new. Thanks so much !


  2. Love this card and border!!! I have Christmas cheer, so didn't think I needed JOTS, but after seeing some of the great images..I may have to change my mind! LOL

    Thanks again for all you do!

    Lisa Sturgill :)

  3. What a great idea to make the border. I would never have thought of that. Thanks.

  4. I could never think outside the box that way. What a great way to do a border. Beautiful card. Thanks for sharing:)

  5. What a great idea! Saves me from the temptation of buying that MS punch! Thanks for sharing.

  6. Too funny...I just got back from M's and was looking at that candle border but I controlled myself and didn't buy it.
    Now I'm home and just saw this..Sure glad I didn't buy that one.
    Thanks so much...I don't think anyone else but us cricut gals will realize that one of the candles in each group is bigger than the rest!

  7. What an AWESOME border cut. Fabulous idea and thank you so much for the downlaod

  8. How clever!
    I haven't purchased a candle border punch either.
    Thank you for continuing to creat and share DS files! I can't see myself buying a Gypsy anytime soon!

  9. I hit all the Black Friday sales with cartridges in stock in my area and made out great. I love this candle card and it will be usefull for so many occasions. Read your site every day and learn so much. Thank you for your hard work.

  10. I love this idea! You always come up with great new ways to make me want a cart I decided I don't need! LOL

    Thanks :-)


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