Last month it was my mom’s birthday so you know what that meant – time to make a birthday card! It was also a great excuse to have fun with other crafts too and I’m always up for that, especially if it means bunting. I love the idea of bunting but just haven’t had the reason to use it until now. There was some really nice bunting in the Flow Book for Paper Lovers that I wanted to use, so my mom’s birthday was as good a time as any!
When she went up to bed, I got to work hanging the bunting up in a place she would see it straight away when she came down in the morning.
Isn’t that chalkboard lettering nice? I went with ‘Today is a great day for fun’ because that was the longest message I could get with the letters I had available – I couldn’t write ‘happy birthday’ because I didn’t have enough ‘h’s.
Oh by the way, remember my post on making a beach themed room? Well, I didn’t have any before photos of the room but here they are in the background!
But back to the decorations. I had the message on the bunting and then above I hung another piece of twine (stuck to the wall by the way with washi tape which doesn’t do any damage to walls, great tape it is). Anyway, I used little mini pegs, that you can probably find in most craft stores, to hang miscellaneous items. I used some journal cards with nice messages and pictures, or in this case, my very first crochet granny square and a die-cut image that she really liked. The granny square turned out to be a nice touch. It reminded her of the crocheting her mother used to do and was the same colour and everything.
Some bunting and a hanging of items like this is a great idea for birthdays and special occasions. You can really personalise what you decide to hang up, just as long as nothing is too heavy of course! But it’s a really simple thing to do, looks great and will put a smile on the persons face. You really can hang anything small and light up…like this tea bag I hung up. Who doesn’t want a garland with tea!
I also had the birthday card hanging up as well, although it’s not pictured above because it had been opened by the time I took the picture. Here’s the card I made:
The card is on the right and the envelope is on the left. I like to make matching decorative envelopes. I have fun with them, especially when I know it’s not going in the mail because you have a lot more freedom then. All these are are paper, die cuts and doilies layered on top of each other, with a frame to finish it off the card. Once I decided on what papers I wanted to go for and picked out some matching die-cut sentiments, it was really quick to put together.
I practised some nice handwriting on the inside – I googled for some pictures and copied them (gotta start somewhere!).
My dad was insisting that he’d just buy a card in the stops until he realised they don’t have a great selection of cards and the ones they have are expensive for what they are. Coming to his senses, he just paid me to make a card instead (always happy for a few euro!). I was in a card making mood so I ended up making a few and let him pick which one he wanted.
He picked the wine card – my mom is fond of her wine. The die-cut says ‘everything is better love and laughter’ so I paired it with some die-cut pictures of wine and added ‘and wine’ using some sticker letters.
So that was the craftiness involved in my mom’s birthday. Next up, a card I made for my dad. It wasn’t his birthday or anything but he’d been going through a stressful time, dealing with travelling a lot and his sick mother. We’d been planning to get him a Kindle for father’s day but June was too far away (this was happening back in April). We ended up just getting it for him as a surprise ‘pick-me-up’ gift so, surprise, I took charge of wrapping it and making a nice looking card!
I used some wrapping paper that came in the Flow Book for Paper Lovers (I love the book so much!). Basically, it was the most masculine paper I had, everything else I owned at the time was floral! After wrapping the kindle up, I then stuck a thick brown ribbon down with a thinner black and gold one on top (I used doubled sided tape to stick the ribbon down because I just can’t tie ribbons).
As for the card, I decided to put the heavy decoration on the envelope. I used a die cut set of a plane as my dad happens to really like planes. I backed it onto a piece of wood patterned card to match the dark colours in the pictures.
So there you have it, three cards and some creative bunting. I hope these have given you some ideas of what you can do next time some special to you has an occasion to be celebrated!