Birthday Card Swap

A friend of mine coordinates card swaps and invited me to participate last year. The swap for this month is birthday cards and I got to make a card for women. We are each assigned a more specific theme on the topic of birthday such as men, children, child-girl, child-boy, friend, general, etc. It makes for nice cards on hand to send out when you have a birthday. We give our cards to our hostess and she gives us back one of every card that was swapped.

I really struggled with this for a while, then I found a neat shaped card on a forum I like to read. It’s a cut file for SCAL and a Cricut. I resized it so I could get 2 cards out of a 12×12 paper, which seems wasteful but it’s still less expensive than purchasing a card. To do over again, I would move the “appy” to the left leg of the ‘h’ and put birthday on the outside right leg. I think I would also use a patterned double-sided paper instead of doubled over single side. I made ten of these and will deliver them this morning. Hopefully, I’ll receive the swapped cards on the weekend. Stay tuned later this month to see what others made.


A few cards

A few months ago I found a good deal on a Cricut Expression and purchased software for the computer so that I could cut out fun shapes with it. Normally you fork over $60-80 for cartridges that plug into the machine and you can cut predetermined shapes and phrases or individual letters out of paper, fabric, vinyl and a host of other materials. I wanted to be able to weld my letters together to make connected words and cut my own shapes. I looked the two major programs that aren’t manufactured by the maker of the cutter and settled on Sure Cuts A Lot. Here are two cards I made this week. I need to make more cards so that the cost per card isn’t in double digits.