Sunday, January 26, 2014

Happy Birthday Card and Cross Stitch Project

How's that for a blog post title? They are not combined, but someday I do want to incorporate a mini cross stitch project onto a card.

Today I have a card to share that took some time in the creating. I saw this great kit on SVG Cuts and fell in love with the house. While I haven't had the chance to make that, a friend's birthday was coming up and I wanted to make a card for her. I kept looking at the card with the honeycomb/hexagons on the front and the fun pop up heart on the inside. I wanted to use that file because I thought the friend, who is like a grandmother to my girls, would love seeing the heart pop up when she opened the card. The only thing was, I didn't want the "bee mine" to be cut on the front panel. I figured it couldn't be too hard to "erase" that from the design. Well, in the end it wasn't too hard, but I am still so new to the Cameo and the Designer Studio program, it took me a while(and some tips from a friend) to figure out how to get it done. My instinct on what I needed to do was correct, I just thought for a while it wasn't working when it really was. I had to release the compound path (for those of you with a Cameo). Then pieces were under the main front panel and I had to move it to see them and then I could delete the portion I didn't want cut. Whew. Because it took a bit longer than I had hoped to figure that out (and I am like a dog with a bone when I want something to work the way I want it to work) I was running out of time to be able to get the card into the mail and have it arrive on time. So, it's not as embellished as much as I might have liked. Still, I'm very happy with the final project and I learned a few things along the way. All good things! Hope you like it, too.

The card is a bit larger than 5x7, but there is an envelope file that you can cut as well. I love how Mary and Leo think of everything!

I used Close To My Heart cardstock and paper for most of the design. The cardstock colors are Twilight and Baby Pink. The pattern paper is mostly from a retired line called Chantilly (I just love the colors, plus, my mom used to wear Chantilly perfume and that memory makes me smile). The polka dotted paper is from a Christmas 12x12 stack I got at Michaels. 

The Happy Birthday sentiment on the front is CTMH, aptly named Happy Birthday Script and the inside sentiment is Papertrey Ink's Birthday Basics. 

Feel free to click on the images to make them larger if you like. 

And in case you were interested, I finished stitching the counted cross stitch design I was working on. 
The magazine shows the design put together as a cushion, but I think I may frame it instead. 
The colors just make me happy. 

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Hope you have a great day!


Alanna said...

Your card is just gorgeous Jeanne. I love the honeycomb. And then bam, you see the second picture with the inside of the card. WOW. Takes it up a whole other notch. Love the papers you used as well. So glad you are having fun with your cameo. You will be a pro in no time.

And your cross stich project is just gorgeous. I love the red and white. You are so talented.

Hope you have been enjoying the nice weather the last couple of days. I hear it's not supposed to last.

Laurel said...

Gorgeous creation! Love the honeycomb and that cross stitch is wonderful! I haven't crossed stitch in so many years!

Sharli Schaitberger said...

OMGSH, Jeanne, the card is gorgeous - I'm very impressed with it - just the front is amazing and then the pop-up heart just made me GASP! I know what you mean about trying to make the machines work - I've invested many hours into trying to figure out my cricut. {deep sigh!}.

Then, the counted cross stitch sampler - oh you made me smile with that one! It's gorgeous! I used to stitch (back when I had the use of younger eyes) and this is just perfect! Yes, the colors are terrific and No, I wouldn't throw it around like a pillow - I would frame it and give it a place of honor. My former MIL had something like this and it was the only thing my daughter really wanted after she passed. It reminded it of her grandmother. Yes, these are treasures!

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh Jeanne I love the card and I especially love the heart inside. And your counted cross stitch is to die for. BEAUTIFUL!
Hugs, Tamara

KayM said...

Well, I think you know how much I LOVE that card!! You really outdid yourself on just your second project with the Cameo! It is stunning and the inside is such a surprise and so pretty!! Such pretty papers too! Your cross stitch picture is soooooo pretty!! I love the colors too and I agree, I would not put that much work into something and let it be a pillow! Must be framed behind glass where it will be safe for generations! Beautiful beautiful projects! :)

Dawn said...

Oh, Jeanne! Hexies, paper & cross-stitch...all things that I have been gravitating towards since my demise with knitting/crocheting. Hmmmm. They are so lovely & beautiful!♥ and you indeed know the key to CREATIVE BLISS and that's why I know when I visit you, I always come away refreshed!

Barb said...

Your card is GORGEOUS! The recipient is going to love it! And your cross stitched piece is beautiful! You've been busy, my friend!

mE said...

Loooove the card.. I am fascinated with hexagon cards and lobe the pop beautiful!!

I also love your crosstitch! I love folksy/homey images. I may have to bug you for that pattern ;)