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Music Inspired Birthday card


If you’ve been following me for a while, you know one of my hobbies is making cards for family and friends. I draw my inspiration from just about anything (clothes, movies, cities, sports, typography, more clothes, you get the idea). Each card I make has to say something about the person I make it for. They are each unique in their own way. It’s my way of letting that person know they are important to me.

When I set out to make my best girl Halina’s card the other night, it took me a while to come up with the concept. I don’t like to repeat myself. Then there’s my need to always top the card made the year prior (here’s one of my favorites I made for her).  Sometimes I spend days thinking about a concept and other times it just hits me. This was one I had to noodle over. 

Two things come to mind for me when I think of Halina:

  1. Music - concerts, play lists, festivals…the girl LOVES music
  2. Dresses - she never wears one twice! seriously, not kidding..but she is working on that. 

Once I knew these were my main themes, I took to Pinterest to get inspiration (do you follow me? if not, you really should!). I have a board for card inspiration and another for color combos.  This is where I began and it lead to this pin inspiring my card. 

I never know how something is going to work out until I get in and play around. Then I adjust as needed. I can’t really describe it. I just mix and match various things until I get the look I’m going for. Rocket science I tell ya! So what do you think? Like it? 

Card Materials:

Paper: Striped paper (Down by the Shore by fancy pants designs),  Music paper (Stampin’ Up), Floral (Crate Paper), Vellum (Michael’s)

Stamps: Bountiful Banners (Papertrey Ink)

Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)

Other: Enamel Dots (Teresa Collins), Ribbon (Michael’s), Bountiful Banners die (Papertrey Ink)