Now, on to the fun!
Both my husband's and my father have birthdays in these two months, so I made them identical cards. I figured it would be easier to make them the same cards each year, in order to make sure that I wasn't duplicating in future years. For this card, I used the Birthday Bash cartridge for the candles. Behind it is a scrap of patterned paper from my scraps. I think it might have been Doodlebug? Or else it is Miss Elizabeth's (the Dollar Tree brand). I've had it for years. Regardless, I thought this card was sufficiently masculine. Since it was pretty busy on the front, I decided to put the sentiment inside. I cut this from Zooballoo. It's such a fun font!
Surprisingly, both of our mothers also have March/April birthdays. So again, they're each getting the same card. I've just been introduced to the wonderful world of kraft paper as a background (late to the game, I know!) and was really excited for these cards because I had just bought a value pack.
Anyway, I used my Birthday Bash cartridge again for this card. I just got it, and was excited to use many of the cuts. They're so cute! The piece of ribbon is from American Crafts, and I used my brand new Pink by Design "Scripted Year" stamps for the sentiment. I don't know if I've mentioned yet that I love Pink by Design stamps, but I do. I never realized how clear stamping could be until I bought Pink by Design. Love!
Last, but certainly not least, is the birthday card for one of my sister-in-laws. (Yes, I have many.) She turned 19 in April. This card uses some patterned paper from Paper Studio's The Basics stack. The cuts are from Four Legged Friends (hamster), Create a Critter (chick) and Life is a Beach (lizard). A little backstory: this particular sister-in-law has a long history of having had many small pets as a child that she loved but eventually escaped from her (multiple hamsters and the lizard) or turned out to be roosters and had to be given to a farm (chick). The point of this card is that her previous pets have returned to wish her a happy birthday. Plus, I had just gotten Four Legged Friends and that hamster is ridiculously cute!
You may notice the baker's twine (aka leash- it's part of the lizard story). I actually made it myself, based on an awesome tutorial that I found on pinterest. If you're interested, you can watch the original video here. Basically, you use plain cotton thread #10 (I found mine in the yarn section at HL on sale for $2.22), wrap it around a ruler that has been covered with masking tape, and then color it in straight lines with some form of permanent marker. I have a ton of Sharpies that I got in a pack, so with those few supplies I now have a lifetime supply of whatever color of baker's twine I want. Word to the wise: color the lines kind of thin. This pink was my first attempt and some of the marker did bleed together and didn't leave as much white as I wanted. My second attempt (light green) turned out much better.