Mom and I decided on Monday that we’d try to enter the Jitterbuggin’ sketch challenge this week to motivate me to craft more — and put my now organized room to use! This has been a busy week work-wise as I just finished up four days of writing non-stop for a special charity travel blogging event that was taking place. I finished off my last post this morning and while I am exhausted, I am happy I participated.
Unfortunately, I didn’t leave myself much time to get a card done for the challenge so I spent the entire day crafting. Since my birthday is rolling around again in two weeks, I joked with my husband that since we don’t really know where to get English birthday cards here, I will just make one for myself!
Making my own birthday card gave me an opportunity to use another recently purchased Taiwan stamp. I love these three birds as they seem to coordinate with the 3 Birds on Parade Cricut cartridge! I colored the birds with Copic Sketch Markers (well, tried anyways).
All the papers for this card were loose stock that I must have picked up at Michael’s or Joann’s at some point. I ended up using four Cricut cartridges to make all the cuts on this card — it’s been so long since I did this much cutting with the Cricut, it was almost like starting over.
For all the rectangles and squares, I used Plantin Schoolbook again. On the corners, I used wavy scissors to give one edge some contour. The green rectangle “birthday present” is embossed with the Cuttlebug. On each of the corners, I added buttons and green memory thread. The stripes on the card are made using one of the $1 ribbon spools from Michael’s.
The layered flower cuts at the bottom are from the Sweet Treats cartridge. The bow on the present is cut from the Birthday Bash cartridge. I embossed it and then used dark purple ink to make the hearts on the bow stand out. The small bird with the cupcake in the flower is from 3 Birds on Parade. I cut several layers of each and used foam dots to pop them up.
On the inside, the “You Take the Cake” is from 3 Birds on Parade as well. I added the little birdie letters from 3 Birds on Parade to make it “cupcake”. The cupcake brad is from Michael’s and is just glued on to the popped up letters.
After completing it and sharing it with Mom on Skype, I found out about several more challenges I could enter with it! For this card, I am entering: