Monday, May 16, 2011

Masculine Birthday Card & Day 16 of Cooking With Cricut's Every Day in May Blog-Aversary!

Welcome to day 16 of Cooking With Cricut's "Every Day in May Blog-Aversary!"  Cooking With Cricut is having a month long Blog-Aversary Cele"bear"ation with postings and giveaways every day during the month of May - and each and every day there will be some kind of celebration posted! So make sure you hop on over and check out the fun!

I am honored to be the guest designer today and today I am celebrating my baby brother's birthday.   Anybody else out there have a tough time creating a masculine birthday card for an adult?  I know I do.  My little brother turned 29 this past Saturday.  He is forever giving me a hard time about being sooooo old -- I'm 17 years older than he -- so I decided it was time for a little sisterly "pay back."  Most of the cartridges I own are a bit "girly" or geared towards little kids, not big kids like my brother.  So coming up with something appropriate for a guy wasn't easy.  Here is what I came up with!

It probably comes as no surprise to my regular visitors that Create-A-Critter is the cartridge I used.  The card measures 4 1/4" wide by 5 1/2" tall and is plain red card stock by Recollections.  The gold image is a rubber stamp I purchased from Judi Kins in the mid-90's.  I stamped it using a VersaMark ink pad and then embossed with a detail gold embossing powder.

The Panda measures 3 1/2" tall and was cut using scraps from my stash.  The bamboo is 5 1/2" tall and is also from scrap paper.  I used a bit of brown chalk on the edges.  The saying on the front of the card was created in Microsoft Publisher and reads:  "Your birthday reminds me of the old Chinese scholar . . ."
The inside reads:  ". . .  Yung No Mo!" (young no more).  The "Happy Birthday" was cut using the Paper Pups cartridge and measures 3 1/2" wide.  Again, the paper came from my scrap stash.
Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out my project today! Make sure to leave me a comment with your blog address ~ I'd love to come visit and see what you're creating. And don't forget to pop over to Cooking With Cricut and see what amazing freebie Melin is giving away today!!

~ Jen

P.S.  Make sure you come back Wednesday for Cooking With Cricut's weekly challenge!


Judy said...

Really cute Card Jen.
Have a great day.

sue said...

this is the cutest card ever love it

mamawcindy said...

Your Card is way to Funny!!! :0)

Amy said...

Jen, I love everything about this card!! :) I especially love how the bamboo looks soooo real AND the super-funny 'Yung No Mo'!! LOL... You ROCK!! :)

Amy :) at

My 3 E Scrapbooking said...

This is too cute and too funny Jen! I love that little panda! I just cut it for a poject (although I can't post it yet) I love how bold it looks being black and white and it looks absolutely fantastic on this background! I'm sure your brother (and everyone else) will get a chuckle out of this! Very nice work!

Georgiana said...

What a perfect panda. Just wanted ot let you know I am a new follower.

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Sherry said...

Your panda card is completely adorable. I love the saying on the inside.

Annette_Marlow said...

That is just too cute, I love it and very appropriate... I love the sentiment inside!! Good luck!!