Fishing for a birthday card

Denise Hoepfner | The Mountain Magpie

Denise Hoepfner | The Mountain Magpie

Sometimes, despite all efforts to build a well-rounded paper-crafting inventory, you just can’t find the right paper, image, sentiment or embellishment for a specific project.

This was my dilemma when I was trying to come up with a birthday card for a male family member. Nothing I had really spoke to me until I remembered an old book I had picked up at the library. The university where I work will take library books out of circulation every so often and offer them up for free. Mostly, I’ll pick out one or two to read, but in this case, I picked up an especially worn one thinking it would be great for book crafting.

The book, a classic fishing story called, “The Spawning Run,” had some interesting illustrations within its pages. Since the birthday guy is an avid fisherman, I thought of using a full-page illustration from the book as a background image.

My card base is Tip Top Taupe, my favorite among the newest In Colors.

I then found a passage that was interesting to me, and used my Spiral Border Punch to add interest to that. I also sponged the edges with Tip Top Taupe

A simple “Happy Birthday” sentiment from the Happy Birthday, Everyone set, a touch of Linen Thread and a few Neutrals Candy Dots finished off the card.

The next time you can’t find the perfect background paper, take a look around your house. You never know what you might find!

Other than the book page, here’s what I used to make this card:


Doily darlings for any occasion

Work and life have been a little crazy lately, but I’m happy to be back on the blog. Thanks for not giving up on me!

Even though I haven’t been blogging, I have been able to make a few cards, which I’ll share over the coming days. Here are a couple I made last night, one for a birthday and another to say, “thanks.”

Do you notice anything about the two? They both use the same layout, but with completely different looks.

For the birthday card, I went with a floral theme, using the English Garden DSP. For the “thank you” card, I used the Go Wild DSP for a more tailored look.

When you find a layout that works for you, there’s no reason not to replicate it in different ways. It’s easy to change things up with ribbon, DSP and embellishments, images and sentiments.

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