Well, thats when I started to think, maybe I should just MAKE the cards. That way I could personalize each card for each person. How fun would that be!? I was so excited, so I set off to do some research, check out all the unique stuff I could attempt, and began using what I had, instead of buying a bunch of cards.
I have a ton of scrapbooking product that I have slowly been using for birthday parties and small projects around the house or for family and friends. I had pretty much everything I needed in my craft room. I even had stickers for most occasions and if I didn't, I could find tons of cut outs online.
The first card I made was for my Mother, for Mother's Day (sorry Mom, I know it was horrible). The next one I made was another Mother's Day card. I had more time to make my Mother-in-laws card as I was sending her card with my Father-in laws card for Father's Day. I looked all over the internet for just anything and everything. I then tried my hand at a flower in a pot... yeah, let me just show you:
|I cut out each piece and used a small gem for the center of the flower.|
|I then added "Happy Mother's Day" with stickers I had on hand.|
For my Father-in-law and my husband they both got these adorable cards:
|This card opens from the bottom. I used brads for the buttons on the collar.|
My Brother-in-laws birthday is the day after mine, and my sons birthday is late June. The last few posts have been about my sons birthday party and all the items I made for it. However, I didn't show off the card or show you the card I gave to my Brother-in-law for his birthday. Check the out:
|This is the card I gave to my Brother-in-law. I felt it was fun, and classic for a California guy.|
|The inside, I wrote "Happy Birthday", but wished I had done it with stickers.|
|For my son, his party was nautical themed, so I just matched the theme.|
|The inside, so cute.|
|The back, with the "hand made by: Sarah Pitcher". Feels great to make a card for someone special.|
In July my sister and my brother both have birthdays. I was so excited to do one for my family! I wanted to see what they thought of my card making skills.
My sisters card, I wanted it to be colorful, and seem fun and full of cheer for her birthday. I always hate the fact that I can't be there to celebrate with them, because were military and we rarely can be in town for those events. However, now that I can make cards more personal, I felt like maybe it will make her feel like I am giving her a hug when she opens it. Sure enough, my sister said she LOVED the card.
|It says "Happy Birthday Rachel!"|
|This card opened from the bottom and I added a few strips of colored paper.|
|I added some stickers to add a little visual accent, and I wrote a personal message inside.|
|The cars are from fabric I had used for a project awhile back.|
|The inside quote went well with the idea of riding in a car.|
|Like all my other cards I have been adding this too the backs.|
|This card is a lot more pink and purple then the colors show. I believe its the lighting.|
|I had some birthday stickers, which I loved the cake, because it matched the colors of this card perfectly.|
|The back, of course, had its touch.|
For my Father-in-law, I went with a fun tiered cake.
|I just used different paper with different themed designs on them, and cut them into a cake.|
|I then used a velum quote and added the brown frame around it.|
|I cut out 3 curved pieces of paper, stacked and glued them together, added some stickers and it all came together nicely.|
|Had to add the detail to the back.|
|I kept it blank on the inside for now, who knows when I will use it, but I sure do love it.|
Well, thats all the cards for now. I have a few more birthdays, and of course some holiday cards to make; so keep an eye out for those too. If you want to see a TUTORIAL or a few HOW TO photos, feel free to leave a comment and I'll do my best to make a few.
Give Your Next Gift a Handmade Touch,