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Birthday Cards

It’s time to party!! Birthday Fun = Card Making fun.

For birthday cards, I try to personalize and customize them according to the individual. I also like to try out a new style or trend. So, here are 3 birthday cards that were waiting to make an appearance:

–        A Shaker card for my Husband

–        A Coloring Special

–        A Glitterific Cut-out card

For my husband’s card, I decided to go with his favorite car (Cadillac) and color (green). Since Cadillacs are classic—I thought about other classics: Polaroids, music (Hip Hop), silver/white gold.

The shaker card was a little tricky because I wanted to be creative and different. Oh and I ran out of mounting tape!! Yay. Good thing I have kid stuff in my craft section! I found some thick, green, star shaped, foam stickers. I strategically cut them up and hot glued them into place. Creative, right?! After figuring that out, the rest was a breeze. I added a few small green and silver beads, and some silver, star confetti. I finished it with a handpainted, brush lettering sentiment in silver. I used lyrics from the song Classic Man by Jidenna. Perfect! He absolutely loved it!!

Next up, Shopkins! Shopkins + Adult coloring time = One Awesome Card.

One of my oldest son’s classmates loves Shopkins. I totally can NOT see why. Tiny miniature food with faces is a little creepy—very different from my childhood toys. But hey—whatever. I went to the Shopkins website and printed the Wise Fry and Cheddar characters on some white cardstock. I then grabbed my Crayola pencils and began some of my best coloring. The colors…the blending—Just Fabulous!

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My son chose the burger, Cheddar, to go on her card. We then glitter bombed the card base with some large, tangerine-iris colored glitter to add more pop and texture. I had to hot glue the pieces onto the card due to the glitter. Sticking stuff on top of glitter can be tricky. This card turned out to be so cute and tasty.

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Milli Measure! So, that cute little girl from Team Umizoomi , Milli, is a favorite for most little ones age 2 to 5.

My youngest son and family were invited to a birthday party for a little girl turning 2. So, 20160417_080616_resizedhe picked out Milli from Team Umizoomi for her. I wanted to try something a little different with this card. Instead, of the traditional folded card—I did a cut-out of sorts.

After coloring Milli, I glued her down onto some Crayola Color Surge Paper. I really loved the bright colors of this paper and it is dual sided. I glued her to the turquoise side. The other side is a bright magenta. I cut out some spikes/zig-zags and saved the scraps for later use on the card. Once the spikes were finished, I glued her onto some shiny, textured Bazzill Basics cardstock. I used the bright magenta scraps to give a cool contrast to the turquoise background. I added a script style number 2 to the bottom corner to balance the card.

To really make things pop, I added sparkle to Milli’s hood, dress and shoes using my homemade “Wink of Stella” (aka Mod Podge and iridescent glitter). I glittered up the number 2 with a FABULOUS purple!

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Well, that’s all of the Birthday Cards for now. Until next time…..Keep Crafting like it’s 1999 (Rest In Purple, Prince)!!!

 

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Everyone Can Use A Break

HELLO WORLD!!!! I’m back. I know that it has been a long time since my last post. I just needed to take a break. I was exhausted and in need of a time out. With being a mom of 3, a wife and a new blogger–life was a little hectic. I wanted to make sure that I was posting something worth while on a regular basis (weekly to start). It became a little overwhelming. I was having some really late nights; which in turn led to late mornings. ¡No es bueno en absoluto!

That told me that it was time for a little break. Time to re-focus. So, I did. I was nervous though. I thought that I would lose some viewers. But I see I actually gained a few more. Thank you for that 🙂 I realized that I need to work on my time management skills. I mean…couldn’t we all use a little help in that area?! I need to set up boundaries and create a balance between work, family and my blog. I guess it’s time to join that Planner Life! 😉

I decided to try to come up with some crafts that fit into my life. Before, I was just trying to craft and create anything. I think as a newbie blogger, you kind of have to do what fits in with your lifestyle. As you get further down that blogger road, you will be able come up with ideas to craft/create with less stress and worry. It will become easier…I hope. Now, I will take a look at the coming weeks ahead and see what bests fits.

Even though I was taking a break from the blog, I was not on break from life. My kids were actually on their Spring Break. So, when there is no school, I try to keep them occupied with craftivities! We made Papier-mâché Easter eggs. The kids had so much fun making and smashing them (mini piñata meets baseball bat)! And I also made a shaker birthday card for my wonderful husband.

Blogging this way should alleviate some of my blogging stress for now. I figure, over time this blogging thing will get easier and less stressful. I have to remember that I am still a newbie at this. As they say, Rome wasn’t built in a day.

Here are a few pictures from my “Spring Break.”

Have you had any blogging whoas or time management issues? Leave me a comment and let me know.

Until next time…Keep Crafting!