Tuesday, June 23, 2009

June - Twin 60th Birthday Cards

Hello again,

As promised, here are some more of my recent creations.

I made two birthday cards last week for twins in the family - Margaret and her twin brother Peter celebrated their 60th Birthday on Sunday and we joined in the happy celebrations along with other family members and friends.

It was a lovely afternoon spent chatting with everyone - lovely food, a few drinks, lots of laughs and some funny moments which I'm sure the guests of honour will remember for a long while to come.

I knew what sort of card I wanted to make for Margaret but didn't know what type of card to make for Pete so opted for a simple card but with dramatic colours.

This is his card -

I chose black for the base card and embossed some silver card with a Cuttlebug embossing folder and mounted it on bright lime green card for dramatic effect.

I used some acrylic alphabet tiles to add his name to the card and punched out two stars - one in green and one in black, using my Stampin' Up! punch. I ran my Krylon Gold pen around the edges of the black star so it would co-ordinate with the gold peel-off 60th greeting.

I punched a matching black photo corner and inked up the edges in gold with the Krylon pen to match the star. A few gold stars and dots were all the embellishments needed to finish off the card. I added a white Top Note shaped insert and stamped it with the Birthday greeting from the SU Upsy Daisy stamp.

As Margaret is a very special lady, I wanted to make a keepsake card for her - something that she will hopefully treasure for years to come.

I had recently seen examples of Tri-Shutter Cards on other women's blogs and was determined to try and make one and this was the perfect opportunity, so here is my version of this great card idea - my card for Margaret's 60th Birthday.

It takes a bit of folding and cutting but the results are well worth it. I wanted to use these beautiful Stampin' Up! papers from the Le Jardin Designer Series as the colours are so pretty.

To set off the gorgeous papers, I added matching blue and pale yellow flowers and white sheer ribbon threaded through a pearl buckle. I added little adhesive gems to the flower centres and some of the card panels for a little bit of Bling!

The greetings on the centre top and bottom panels were SU Rub-Ons from the 2008 Summer Mini catalogue. I stamped the main greeting from the Fifth Avenue Floral set in Baha Breeze ink on white card then mounted it on Soft Sky and Barely Banana card.

The stamped greeting on the far right panel is from Hero Arts and conveys a very simple but meaningful message.

I wanted to add the numbers '60' somewhere on the card so punched a scallop circle in Barely Banana, mounted a smaller plain circle in textured Soft Sky card on top and then added the gold peel-off numbers in the centre.

I spelt out 'Margie' (her nickname) in gold letters on the front panel and added a yellow satin butterfly (which had been decorated with some glitter) to one of the smaller panels.

Here is the whole card in its flat stage so you can see all of the decorated panels.

The card folds up to a regular A6 size and will fit in a C6 envelope but is a little bulky when folded so if I was going to mail this sort of card, I'd pack it in a gift box or padded post bag before mailing it.

The Birthday Greeting was stamped in Baha Breeze on some white card which I attached to the back of the main centre panel and I added my personal wishes onto that.

Margaret was thrilled with her card and I know she will be reminded of a lovely occasion whenever she looks at it.

I was proud of my efforts as this is the first one of these cards that I have made and it worked out better than I had hoped - I even surprised myself !! LOL

Even though it took awhile to make it, I already have plans to make more of these as I have lots of ideas buzzing around in my head ! Now, where was that other pack of printed papers ..............

If you want the instructions for this Tri-Shutter card you will find it here on the Split Coast Stampers site and also here at The Craftiblog.

Before I go, here's a photo of the Birthday Twins as they were about to cut their cake (which by the way, was yummy - chocolate with a mousse centre, mmm, mmm !!).

and here's a photo taken of me with my eldest grandson Andrew at the party - isn't he gorgeous ?? (Man, I hate being short !!)

Well that's it for another day - hope you enjoyed your visit. Come back again soon to see what else I've been inspired to make !

And remember, as the quote says, 'Take time to enjoy the simple things in Life' !!

See you again soon.


  1. Beautiful job, lovin all your details.

  2. Wow Ramona! Both cards are FABULOUS! You've managed to create a great masculine card -with BLING!! and Margie's card is so gorgeous- no wonder she loved it! (btw you look far too young to have a grandson as big as that!)

  3. I loved Pete's card, and then i scrolled down to Margie's , Oh my, it is just gorgeous, I am sure she will treasure it!

  4. Wow Ramona, Love your trifold card it looks fantastic....


  5. Wonderful job on your card! Love the pretty colors you used too.
    Jodi =)

  6. Two gorgeous cards, the one for Pete is fabulous, simple but striking, and as for the trifold, WOW. Love the photos too.
    Enfys x

  7. How on earth did I miss THIS post!!! What FABULOUS creations Ramona - and some wonderful party pics too! GREAT job on the tri-fold, my last attempt ended in the paper box - LOL - may get some help from you at camp!
    Take care and look forward to seeing you again soon...

  8. Hi from Italy! I love your Tri-Shutter Card, beautiful colors! I just want to made one by myself! And I've just created a 60th birthday card too, you can see it in my blog if you want!
    PS: I've added you to my blogroll!

  9. Hi Ramona,
    These card's are fantastic. I have been looking at a tri shutter card for a while. But didn't know where to start. Maybe you can give me some pointers when we are at stamp camp. Thanks for sharing.


Thank you for taking the time to leave your comments about my creations - I appreciate every one. Cheers, Ramona.