Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Happy Birthday to my Drummer Boy!

Hey there my crafty friends! Hope you all enjoyed the long holiday weekend. It was my son's birthday and he just turned 12 years old! YIKES, I'm a mom to a teen and now a tween! My how the time flies. It just reminds me how behind I am on all my scrapbooking. Hopefully I will do more of that this summer. But for now I have this card I want to share. I made this for my son who plays drums. I originally planned to do a box card but I needed something bigger to use a full drum set. So this is what I came up with.

It is a 5.5" x 7.5" Easel Card.  I wanted it to be big so it would feel more special.  I used my baby Cricut for this one. I must admit I was quite frustrated with this card. I love my 3 Cricut machines but my original baby bug cuts so much better than my bigger machines. This frustrates me because I know how well the "other" machine cuts but I have almost two hundred cartridges that I love. I am not taking the dive into the Explore because quite frankly my internet stinks! And we pay top price for the bestest, highest speed gigabytesywhatchamacallits! I'm terrible with the lingo, lol! I cannot depend on the internet for my crafting and it makes me so mad that Provo Craft went that direction and bailed on the stand alone machines. This is why I'm frustrated:

These drum sets are cut at 2.5 inches. The top was cut with my Expression and the bottom cut with my original baby Cricut. I have never been able to get the fine cuts on the Expression machine like I do with my baby. Can you see how the top cut is uneven on the bottom and the swirl cuts are so thin that they look like shreds.  I bought my baby from the original HSN launch in 2006. It cuts perfectly to this day but it is small and not as flexible with the sizes. My Imagine cannot cut like it at all but does wonderful print and cuts. My Expression cuts better than my Imagine but cannot handle the fine cuts like the baby. I know eventually I will upgrade I just haven't wanted to just yet. Anyway, back to my card.

I cut the Drumset from the Quarter Note Cartridge. I used red metallic and black cardstock.  The boy is from the Playtime cartridge. I cut him out at 3".  I used the Peachy Keen Boy Mates stamp set for his face. I chalked his cheeks, added his freckles, and also filled in the eye with a white gel pen  I stamped his shirt with the skull and crossbones to look like the rocker that he is.  The star paper is from the DCWV Rockstar Stack and the Silver is from the DCWV Metallic Stack.  I also added a layer of the red shimmer paper.  The music note brads I've had forever and I handcut the banners. 

The inside layer cutouts are from Elegant Edges, my regular "go to" Cartridge.  I used Pink By Design and Joys life Stamps for the sentiments.  I also added the Elizabeth Crafts black glitter dots on both sides. The boy is actually sitting on a stool but you can't see it. I popped up the drumset and the sentiments. The card is really heavy and really shimmers and glimmers but in a "Rockstar" non-girly way. I know the pics don't really show that.

I love the little boy.  He is so cute! Just like my Timothy. I hope you liked my card! I'm going to participate in the following challenges:

Thanks so much for hopping in and I wish you a happy day!


  1. VERY cute card, the drums are excellent. Thank you for joining us this week at HIMCR,

    Sue - HIMCR DT

  2. Totally cool boy card! Lots of fun, not frilly, just perfect.

    So glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas.

  3. What an adorable card great for any teenager. I love it.
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    DIANA L.
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  4. Perfect card for a tween drummer boy :-) Love the easel card fold and the papers and colours you used.
    Thanks for joining in the fun at Hiding in My Craft Room.
    Lena – DT Member
    Lena’s Creations

  5. Wow, glad you can rely on your baby Cricut for those fine cuts. I only have an Expression and have fun into problems with intricate cutting, but usually it's been a blade or my paper starts moving. I wish Cricut hadn't gone that route either with the new Explore, I have many cartridges, too. TFS your adorable card at DCD. It sure looks terrific.

  6. Tina, I've been thinking about you and seeing your creations far more often than I've been able to comment! This card is fantastic and so perfect for the birthday boy! I hope his special day was a wonderful memory for the entire family. :o) This drummer couldn't be sweeter and the drum set looks amazing! Wonderfully designed, as always. :o)

    Hugs and blessings,

  7. I love it. I totally understand your where you are coming from. I too have a nice selection of cartridges that I've downloaded to the Cricut Craft room and therefore are not worth much for resale. I would like to get one of the "other" machines but have not talked myself into it yet. I seem to go through blades like monthly. It really cuts like crud near the end of the blade. My friend has the same machine and has never changed the blade. So frustrating. Anyway I love your card. It turned out awesome. I'm making a SB for a drummer with all his marching band, concerts and jazz band pictures and ticket stubs. Your card caught my eye because of the drum set. It would be a great embellishment for a page but I don't have that cartridge. Best wishes:)


Thank you so much for your comments! I really do appreciate all the kind words! Have a lovely day :)


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