Elms Bakery Truck Birthday Card


I made this card for the Bakery Challenge at Bitten by the Bug 2.  This is a theme challenge and you have to create a project using something you would find in a bakery.

My inspiration will definitely give away my age, but the bakery theme brought back childhood memories of when the Helms Bakery trucks used to come to neighborhoods in So. California in the 1950’s.  I remember my mom putting the blue Helms placard in the corner of the picture window in our living room.  That told the driver to stop at our house.  The Helms motto was “Daily at Your Door.”

The truck was just like having a bakery parked in front of your house.  The driver would pull out drawers filled with baked goodies — so yummy.  The Helms truck delivered the bread that my brothers and I grew up on.

For my bakery truck, since it delivers to whimsical woodland creatures, I changed the name to Elms Bakery.  I created a shaped card using the milk truck from the Cricut cartridge, Pop-Up Neighborhood.  I tried to keep the colors true to the original Helms trucks.  My cardstock is a mix of both Bazzill and Core’dinations.

For the base of the card, I welded the squirrel from the Birthday Bash cartridge to the truck in Design Studio.  I made the card so it will just squeeze into a #10 envelope.  The lettering on the side of the truck is done in vinyl and the font is from Noah’s ABC Animals cartridge.  I cut the lettering twice, in two colors, so it looks like it has a shadow layer.

For the squirrel, I decided to put a beanie cap on his little head.  I used Baby Steps cartridge to cut the cap portion. To make the propeller on top, I used a number “8” and deleted the inside cuts in Design Studio.  Then I took the sizing handles and squished the “8” close together.  The little post that the propeller attaches to is a small rectangle from George & Basic Shapes.

I cut the cupcake from Birthday Bash and placed it in the squirrels arms.  I used red Stickles on the cherry.

I decided to make this a birthday card, so I cut a sentiment from Birthday Bash to put inside.  I also stamped another sentiment on the opposite side.

  • Cricut Cartridges:  Baby Steps, Birthday Bash, George & Basic Shapes, Noah’s ABC Animals, Pop-Up Neighborhood
  • Cardstock:  Bazzill, Core’dinations
  • Vinyl
  • Stickles


  1. Wonderful card.Love the shadowing on your words and the cheeky chappie squirrel.Thanks for joining us at BBTB2.

  2. oh what a fun fun story, thanks for sharing this fun and whimsical card and also for joining us at BBTB2, hugs

  3. What an adorable card!! I love everything about it, that dang squirrel is just to cute with his cupcake. I love hearing about the bakery truck. I sure wish the milk man and the bakery man would come by still today. lol Thanks for joining the bakery challenge at BBTB2 😉

  4. This is so cute. Love the bakery truck. Cute, cute squirrel and cupcake. Thanks for joining us at BBTB2. Stephanie

  5. Oh this is just wonderful! I remember the baker delivering bread daily when i was little too! Btilliant use of DS forthe little propeller on his hat. Love this card! Thank so much for joining us at BBTB2

  6. Great project and love how you tied it to the bakery delivery truck of your childhood. What a wonderful story and wonderful card! Your details, are of course, amazing – love the shadowed lettering and the cupcake with squirrel!

  7. Linda, Love your fun shaped card! So cute and clever! The little squirrel is adorable. Thanks for sharing your story and card with us at BBTB2!

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