Monday, August 22, 2011

Kid-Friendly Birthday Card

My great-nephew's third birthday party is this coming weekend so I had to make time for some special kid-friendly creativity. Gavin is such a sweet and talented little guy. He accompanies his dad (my nephew) to the driving range where he's pretty skilled with his kid-sized golf clubs. Here's a photo of Gavin giving my DH a hand fixing a broken table base....
So on to the making of the card....believe me it was quite the production. So much stamping, cutting, arranging, re-arranging and paper-piecing. I had remembered being so impressed with THIS card and video by Britta Swiderski from back in February so it became my inspiration.

I've had these Hero Arts monster critters stamps for a while, just waiting for the perfect card making opportunity.  I thought that Gavin would be old enough to appreciate them so they became my focus. I added some birthday stamps from other clear sets, too. My card base is 9x4 and it worked out pretty well for placing the images. I really resisted creating a scene with them, using instead Britta's random column idea, but creating rows with my images. I did love how Britta's cupcakes spill off the edges of her card but I just couldn't cut apart the monsters.
I finally have something to enter in the challenge at Hero Arts, it's been forever since I've had the creative mojo available.

Life of the Party Birthday CL514; Life of the Party Cutouts CL515; Monster Fun CL391; Cupcakes CL158.
Sassafras Papers- Apple Jack; Neenah Desert Storm cardstock; Jenni Bowlin Dye Inks; Memories Black ink; Sakura White Jelly Roll pen; EK Success Label Punch; Black crochet thread.

~ Psalm 73:25-26 ~
"Whom have I in heaven but You?
I desire You more than anything on earth.
My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak,
but God remains the strength of my heart;
He is mine forever."


  1. Your paper-pieced monsters so make me smile Nancy! Very fun card!

  2. This is SO worth all the time you invested in it, Nancy - it's a party in itself!! LOVE it! I'll bet Gavin will be thrilled!

  3. I have a feeling Gavin is going to absolutely love this card, Nancy! What a fun and perfect card for him! I adore all those colorful monsters!

  4. I love it Nancy! I know this was a lot of work, that paper piecing is awesome, but it is going to be HUGELY appreciated!

  5. What an adorable card Nancy. Your great nephew will just love it I'm sure.

  6. Good thing I'm seeing this post in the morning...those monsters would keep me awake at night! lol They're fantastic, Nancy! The card is too adorable and I bet he really loved it!...Nancy :o)

  7. Love this creatures, kids card! It's for me a soo cald happycard :)
    Thanks for the sweet comment on my blog!!!

  8. This is definitely one FUN kid's card! Love the tall length of it too! Thanks for sharing the photos! He sure is one handsome guy!

  9. you always have mojo nancy! this card is too cute and lots of work with all the paper piecing! bet gavin adored this card!

  10. Fantastic monster card! What a great picture of your hubby and great - nephew!


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