Saturday, April 19, 2014

80 Makes a Face!

So, how often do you get to make an 80th birthday card? This one is my first! It is also my very first attempt at using an electronic cutter (Eclips 2). I basically picked a font on my computer and typed '8' and '0', and then told the machine to cut it out. In the process of doing that, I realized that the number 80 when rotated 90 degrees, makes a gasping face!

I thought my creation was terribly clever, but this is coming from a person who finds puns witty, so I realize that my judgment may be deeply clouded. I tried to make the card look a little "aged", by distressing the edges, and even ripping a piece back and using a safety pin to hold it together. The hearts served two purposes: 1) they help to tie in the red color of the "mouth", and 2) they indicate this jest is meant in FUN.

The card was for my...wait, this needs back story. My sweetie and I are not technically/formally married, but Colorado is a Common Law Marriage State. I tried introducing my sweetie as my "partner", and was constantly asked about my law firm, job as a police officer, or just got that, "Does she mean lesbian lover?" raised eyebrow. Doesn't help that my sweetie's name is Blake--could go either way with that! My favorite relationship status label for us is: Living in Sin. I know, there's that questionable judgment again, but I find that term more and more hilarious the older I get. So, the birthday card was for my Father-in-Law-in-Sin ;-) And he must have known I was trying to be clever, because the card elicited a chuckle and head shake. We'll just go ahead and call that appreciation!

Stampin' Supplies: Just Sayin' stamp set (wood-mount or clear-mount), Word Bubbles Framelits 132968 (or get the two at 15% off in a BUNDLE), Soft Suede card stock 115318, Very Vanilla card stock 101650, Basic Black card stock 121045, Raspberry Ripple card stock 126842 and ink pad 126859, Island Indigo ink pad 126986,  Soho Subway Designer Series Paper 130140, Vintage Trinkets 118764 (safety pin and brads), Stampin' Sponge 101610, Stampin' Distress Tool 127562,  Tombow Multi Glue 110755 (to assemble numbers/face), Mini Glue Dots 103683 (to adhere numbers), Stampin' Dimensionals 104430 (to adhere top layer of card to base), Paper Snips 103579, Stampin' Trimmer 126889. Non-SU! Supplies: eclips 2 & eCAL software.

IMPORTANT ECLIPS 2 NOTE: I wish someone had told me this before I spent over two hours trying to figure out why my machine would not connect over USB. Here's the your eCAL software (at least in the full version), you need to go to the Cutter dropdown menu, scroll down to My Cutter, and pick Sizzix eclips 2. The software apparently does not automatically recognize the Eclips 2, at least not on my Windows XP64 computer. Once I figured that out, it was smooth sailing.

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  1. Like your card! :) You are too funny. I know how it goes though as my dh and I lived together for 10 yrs. before going the legal route! My, my the looks you get!
    Have a super Easter!

  2. Kimberley, I love your card (and your twisted sense of humour lol). I look forward to your posts and your creations. And now I have something else to look forward to... tips and tricks to get me started with my still-in-the-box eClips .


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