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Monday, July 15, 2013

Happy birthday to the world's best husband!

Today is my DH's birthday. He is the BEST husband, and I am blessed to have him in my life!

Lately, we have been talking about the day when we can take some extended RV trips to different parts of the U.S. and Canada. There is so much to see in both countries, and it is so much fun to travel in an RV. We're considering both renting and buying. We've rented RVs before and really enjoyed it, but if you're going to do multiple trips, it can get expensive. We're now thinking that maybe we'll look into purchasing a used one. Nothing big or fancy, just something that can be our home away from home while we travel.

Anyway, with that bit of background info, here is the birthday card I made for him:

We're not planning on getting a trailer, but since none of my cartridges had a motorized RV, I settled for this one from the Every Day Paper Dolls cartridge. The car is also from there, I just flipped them horizontally so they'd be facing to the right. They are under "accessories" and don't have any layers, but I've added some, just by cutting them several times.

While it's hard to see in the photo, there is vellum in the windows. The trees were cut from the Winter Woodland cartridge, using the black out feature. Again, I cut them twice--once from green cardstock and once from brown to get the tree trunk the way I wanted it.

I also dry-embossed the trees with a Sizzix embossing folder called "Evergreen Trees." You can see the embossing a little better in the photo on the right. You can also see how I popped up one of the trees, as well as the trailer and the car for a little more dimension.

The inside of the card deserved some special attention, too. I added three more trees and a label cut with a Lifestyle Crafts nesting die for the sentiment.

I couldn't stop there! Since this was a larger card (4 1/4 X 8), I also made my own envelope. I used a nice masculine plaid paper and added three more trees. Sure glad I cut all those trees, even if I didn't have plans for all of them in the beginning. I used another Lifestyle Crafts die-cut as a label on the envelope.

A final look at the card and envelope together. This card took quite a bit of time - mostly for deciding what to make and then for creating my own layers - but it was fun, and I am pleased with the result!
Thanks so much for stopping by today, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day!


Patti J said...

What a fun project, Cheryl! That camper and truck are fabulous. We have a fifth wheel that we bought used, we don't get to take it out very often, but when we do, we love it. Thanks for sharing! Hugs...

Patti J said...

Almost forgot! Happy Birthday to your DH!