{While I’m away from the studio I wanted to revisit some of the most visited posts. I hope they inspire you this week!}

Another post that still gets a lot of views are the birthday cards below. A year ago I came up with a card design using transparency sheets and they quickly became my card of choice for all different events. I love to use transparencies for the welcome and birthday cards I make at my job and have also used them personally for people I know and love. They are no longer available for sale, but hopefully they’ll give you card makers some inspiration for your next set of birthday cards!

Take a closer look at the cards here.

Dave told me to make him a Valentine card this year, so I did! It’s simple and manly (I think) – that’s why I didn’t use any ribbon or glitter or girly stuff. I love the red and gray together and the mini file folder is from the stash that I pulled out of the garbage at work last week :).

The Loving Life and bottom stamps are from Ali Edwards

I added the hearts by hand to add some color. Paper is leftover from Project Life.
I love this man!

Did any of you hand-make your valentines this year?

My friend Jessica used a couple of my Cricut cartridges the other day to make some cards for her business. She’s donating a quarter for every new fan on her Facebook business page to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Her sister is running in the Chicago Marathon for a Cure in October and she’s selling cards to support the effort. Please check out her shop. She makes really cute cards for really cheap in her Etsy shop as well. Above is the one I got from her to give to my mom.

I am blessed with a wonderful father, a great father-in-law and an awesome husband who is a super daddy. This year I made the same card for my dad and father-in-law and a different one for Dave.

The one for my dads is very simple. I forgot that I let a friend borrow my cartridges for my Cricut, so I was letterless! But I have one set of letters punches that were perfect for these pennants that I did cut with my Cricut. I found a couple of dad quotes online that I typed with my vintage typewriter.

These were made entirely of Pink Paislee paper from my new kit that I purchased and I used my Cricut Expression to cut out the pennant flags.

For Dave’s card I wanted it to have a little bit more dimension, so I added a “daddy” plate that I hand stamped (of course!) and a chipboard star that I painted red, distressed with sandpaper and then chalked with some brown chalk. I sewed around the edge with my sewing machine to give it extra dimension. I’ll have Big E write a nice message on the inside about how much she loves her daddy.

This card also uses Pink Paislee paper and a metal embellishment that I’ve had forever so I don’t know who made it.