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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

It's WOYW? Wednesday and Labor Intensive Birthday Cards


Time for What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday - if you don't know what this is, go to the Stamping Ground blog at to see what everyone is working on today and where they sit/stand to do their creating! I have my finished birthday cards that I made for the monthly birthday party that is held at the apartments where I live. I have volunteered to make these every month -  but after making these cards, any future ones will be much labor intensive!

Because of all the steps, my blog today is also very photo intensive I'm afraid. But here goes - how I made the 11 birthday cards.
To begin - the card fronts (each has been run through the Big Shot in a basket weave pattern embossing folder to give it texture and the cards and the fronts have all been edged with a marker),.The punched pieces were made using the Owl Builder, oval and circle punches from SU and a leaf punch and the SU marker pens were used to color the outside edges of all the punched pieces (all from SU cardstock). Yes, I color all outside edges with a matching or darker marker because I don't like the white edges. :<)

The owls have their edges outlined and get their feet.- which are also outlined.

I outlined the edges of their clothing. The little hearts in the upper left are for the beaks - outlined.

Add the clothes and the beaks.

Outline and then glue the eye pieces.

Eyes are assembled.

Eyes added to the owls.

Punch from scalloped circle and then cut in half for the wings. Outline edges

Add the wings to the owls.

Hearts outlined to make the bows on the girl owl heads.

Make hats for the boy owls. Outline.

Girls have their bows, boys have their hats. The upper left larger hearts are for the balloons.

Use tape double sided tape and attach the owls to the card fronts.

Color all outside edges of leaves.

For real.

Attach the leaves under the feet of the owl, add 3 of the large hearts for each balloon and add covered wire "string" from owl to balloon. Bend wing over wire and glue.

More hearts to color edges for the inside greeting.

This goes on the left inside of the card.

Blank white card stock in upper right is for inside on the left.

I print, cut and outline, then paste this Irish blessing to a green cardstock that is also edged.

Needs something more.

Stamp Happy Birthday and punch out with oval punch. Color edges.

Cut out two green ovals for each saying and glue to back to form a frame. Color edges.

Then I decide to add more branches to balance out the card front.

This means color more edges. For real. :<

Ready for final assembly.

Adding the extra branches.and the greeting.

Decide to add Stickles to the clothes, hats, bows and balloons. Didn't think I would forget glitter did you? Has to be some bling on a birthday card!

Here they all are - all 11 birthday cards, drying on my workdesk.

For the guys.

For the gals.

Thank you for visiting my blog today! If you managed to get through all of these photos to the end of my post - I say thank you again! For those of you who wrote that you looked forward to seeing the finished card, I hope that you enjoyed.

We have wonderful weather here in this part of WI this week! It is in the high 50's and supposedly we will even hit 60 before it starts to get colder again.Spring is coming and I am so happy! Wishing you a happy day today!


Barbara Diane


Margie said...

Wow! Those cards look like a lot of work! Adorable, though! #68 Margie V

Krisha said...

OH MY WORD! That IS labor intensive work, but OH the outcome is fantastic! They are just adorable cards Barbara.

Not playing this week, due to the pet crisis, just taking a few moments to comment on the blogs I regularly follow.

Shel C said...

Oh my gosh! ADORABLE owls :) Shel@paperocotillostudio #74

April Story said...

Great job on the cards! I really like the Irish blessing on the inside. There are 11 people you know with birthdays in March! Wow - that's a lot of birthdays.
April #65

Julia Dunnit said...

Oh well done BD..yep, labour intensive all right! And I bet when you settled on the design you thought that doing it in multiples wouldn't be so bad! The pleasure you give will more than make up for that though. I'm a fan of coloured edges too...details details!

Pat Taviss said...

These are so way awesomely excellent. Wow I can appreciate the amount of time, especially with little fiddly things. May the green be with you this month.

Thanks for sharing

Pat #78

Rhonda Miller said...

Wow, that was a lot of work. The finished cards are fantastic.

Sue from Oregon said...

These are darling Barbara Diane!