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Monday, July 1, 2013

Happy Birthday on 4th of July

Greetings to my fellow Cricuteers !  It's Debbie O'Neal from Scrap Me Quick Designs to show you my final Cricut FANatics Blog project as we are closing the blog as of July 31st.  Please read the farewell details HERE.
My final project to show you is for my dad. His birthday is actually on the 4th of July.  When we were little kiddos, he used to tell us the fireworks were all for him !  Can you imagine our wonder that all those lovely explosions in the sky were just for him? As I got older, Dad finally had to fuss up that they were actually for 4th of July, not just his special birthday.  
4th of July and Dad's birthday were always special occasions with picnics and watermelon and watching the fireworks together.  It still is when we can get the family together.
This year I made dad an extra special card for his extra special 4th of July birthday card as this is his 75th birthday and we are glad he is still here to celebrate with us as he struggles with lung cancer.
Okay, now you know why I made what I did, time to show you what I actually made.
Using the Independence Day Cricut Cartridge, I selected the Uncle Sam hat image, then WELDED  two of the shapes together to create a card. I cut it out at 5.24 inches.  Tip: be sure and flip one of the images before you weld it so when you close the card, the shape matches up correctly.

Next I cut out the hat layers using glitter paper to give it that special touch. I wanted to add a silver star background to the blue layer piece so I used the HIDE Feature on a second banded piece to eliminate the stars as you see on the silver glitter paper. 

Now that I had the glitter paper cut out, I needed to adhere the layers.  The best way to add glittered layers together is to use score tape.  You can see here how I did that to add the blue band to the silver under layer. 

Next, I added the red glitter paper to the front of the hat.  Then I decided I wanted to stamp a birthday sentiment to the front of the card. But since the shape was curved, I needed to do a little something special to make it look right.  Taking an acrylic block and a wax pencil, I drew the shape of the curve on the block.

Next I flipped over the block and added the birthday sentiment stamp letters placing them within the curved shape. I used silver ink to stamp the sentiment.  The sentiment was made using CTMH A1117 A Type Face Alpha set.

As you can see below, I also added the word DAD in glitter paper to front of the card. 
I just love how this turned out !

On the inside of the card, I stamped a sentiment which says "May this year be your Grandest year yet" which I also stamped in silver.  I used the star negative pieces from the hat band to decorate the inside.  The stamp is from CTMH D1491 Hooray Bouquet.

I have a feeling my dad is gonna love his special 4th of July Birthday !
Be sure and come follow me over at Scrap Me Quick Designs as I continue my die cutting exploration of not only the Cricut but also the Silhouette. I have lots of things planned with tutorials and tips to inspire you to keep creating !
Cricut Info and Other Supplies Used:
Designed by:  Debbie O'Neal
Cricut Machine Used: Expression
Cricut Cartridge Used:  Independence Day
Other Supplies Used: CTMH Stamp Sets, glitter paper, cardstock, silver ColorBox ink, acrylic block 


  1. Gorgeous card. Love the way you did the stamping. Happy Birthday to your Dad. What a sweet story.

  2. Awesome card! That's such a clever idea to draw out the outline on the acrylic block - great tip!

  3. Super cute card! Great tip on the outlining on the acrylic block.

  4. Really like your card and the reason behind it.

    I am, however, very sad about the closing of this blog. It's been so much fun to see all the projects by various talented people and I will miss it. Headed over to your personal blog to sign up as a follower. But I will miss this place...it's like my favorite coffee place/pastry bar just closed.

    Thanks for all the hard work put into this blog by you and so many others. It was started at a time when we were all afraid of losing touch with each other and you showed tremendous initiative in getting this blog up and running.

    Hugs to all my cricut and crafting buddies...

  5. Adorable hat card. LOVE the cut and the details it's just darling.

    Happy (belated) Birthday to your daddy.

    Thanks for starting this blog - while I"m sad to see it go I'm thankful to of been part of the blog and the great projects I've gotten to see. Thanks to all the other designers for sharing their time and inspirations. Thanks to all the lovely fans who really made this journey so fun.

  6. Very clever way to get the curve right for your sentiment. The glittered paper really made your card shine!


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