Monday, July 11, 2011

It's A Birthday!

Good morning friends! It is a new week for us to praise God, love our family, and CRAFT! (Notice I left work out of the equation?Smiley from Do you have any big things going on this week?

Today's post is all about my niece. She turns 10 on Wednesday and, while this will be late, this is the card and gift I have her. I have known that she loves to draw and is crafty from visits with them but I wanted to double check she still liked that so I called my brother. She also likes science and is a girlie girl so...I ran with the girlie girl. Go figure, huh?

I gotta tell ya about this card. It is made with an SVG file from Little Scraps of Heaven Designs. While I love my SVG's I have been frustrated too because I just didn't understand how to size the way I wanted. I know to check the 'keep proportions' box and then resize but that would give me something smaller than I wanted (see the inside of the card) so I finally asked the question on the LSHD Facebook Page then went off to shower. Well, while in the shower (does anyone else get some good thinkin' time in the shower?) I figured it out and it was a Duh! for me moment! When resizing in SCAL I just have to keep an eye on the main element of the SVG that I'm cutting to see what size it is and then all the pieces will end up fitting perfectly! Keeping the 'keep proportions' box checked, of course. So, the correct size I wanted is on the front of the card and the size I first cut is on the inside. Super cute with both, don't ya think? I'm going to enter this card into the Cooking with Cricut anything goes contest too! And I just found that this card works perfect for the Fashion-ista challenge over at Getting Cricky. And I used Carly's sketch again!

Then I wanted to send her a little giftie to so I got together some paper, animal shaped paper clips, pens, and, of course, some OPI nail polish (my favorite brand!). I put it all into a fabulous Thirty One Gifts organizer that I got when they were having their clearance and tahdah, what I think will be a perfect gift for her! Unfortunately it will be late. Her birthday is Wednesday and I'm just sending it today so it won't get there 'til Thursday. I'm bummed about that but that is what I get when I procrastinate! I hope I can come up with something equally as good for my other niece when she turns 16 in October!

Well, that is it for today. A long post I know. I am going to work today but the best part about that...I like my job!

I hope you make today a wonderful Monday! Smiley from

28 comments that make my day!:

Donna said...

What a grand idea and fun card. Love it. Heading for Atlanta early tomorrow morning and back on Saturday. I think the weather in Atlanta is hovering around 100 every day this week. Yikes!

Madison said...

Such a fun card and great background paper. It looks awesome. I am sure she will love it:) TFS and thanks for playing with us this week at Cooking With Cricut.

Jean said...

Great card. Thanks for playing along with us at Cooking with Cricut.

Unknown said...

Such a cute card and awesome gift Lorie!! She will LOVE it!!!! Hugs & Sunshine!

Sheila said...

Sooo cute!!

Crafting Misfit said...

So cute! I love your nail polish complete with brush!!!

You should link this up to the Simply Sunday Challenge at! This week the theme is "Fashionista." Tell her Rebecca "Crafting Misfit" sent you!
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Unknown said...

Ha ha, this is so cute. I love the idea for a gift. Actually I think it'll be better if she gets the gift a day or two late, then she has something yet after it's all over with.

Thanks for playing along on our Simply Sunday Challenge at Getting Cricky
Brenda Getting Cricky DTM-Coordinator
I would be honored if you came to see my blog here

Lisa said...

This is so adorable and the perfect girly-girl gift! I love the papers you used! Just adorable! Thanks so much for playing along with the Simply Sunday Challenge! I'm a new follower :)

Getting Cricky Guest Designer

DIANA L. said...

So adorable I like the OPI added touch really cute.

Colleen said...

Awesome card! Love everything on here!!!

Imagine That Digistamp said...

awww, that is PERFECT Lorie!! Love the nail polish *Ü* Glad you're getting use out of Carly's sketch this week!!

Unknown said...

Super cute card and gift. Early and late gifts are great because it's like having several birthdays. Who wouldn't like opening a gift any time it arrived? :-) I am a fellow participant at "Getting Cricky".

Precious Hugs

Sharon-The OKI StampQueen said...

Don't be bummed about the gift getting there late-just means she gets to celebrate longer! ; )
Cute card & gift! Blessings, Sharon

scrapperbecka said...

Great card, I like the black and pink together. And what a fun gift idea, TFS
Thank you for playing with us this week
Getting Cricky DTM
Creations With Becka

JulieK said...

Super cute- and such a great gift idea!
Thanks for playing along with Getting Cricky!

JulieK- GCDT

Roberta Guditis said...

Cute card! How fun! Thanks for playing with us at Cooking with Cricut :)

~Roberta, CWC DT

Kathy said...

This is so nice, great colors. Good Luck!
Thank you for playing our Simply Sunday Challenge at Getting Cricky.
Hugs :),
Kathy - Getting Cricky DTM

Jen said...

Adorable card, Lorie! Your niece will love it. Thanks for linking up with us at Cooking With Cricut this week.

~ Jen, CWC Design Team

S.Bayles said...

Adorable.......Love the card. I am also playing in the Simple Sunday Challenge at Getting Cricky. Good Luck

Carly said...

Hi Lorie!:)
This is such a cute card I'm sure your niece will love it!


Unknown said...

Cute! It would be great decorations for preteen/teen party. Thanks for sharing

Unknown said...

very cute card.. i do some awesome thinking while in the shower too!! heheeh

Thanks for playing along with us at Getting Cricky's Simply Sunday Challenge.


Rachel Miller said...

Great Card!! I played along as well and hope you visit my blog and become a follower!!

Rachel Miller

Dee Burns said...

Such a cute card. I think any girly girl would love this card.
Thanks for all you do and being a Military mom.

Squirlygirl said...

Oh how cute Lori! I'm sure that your niece will love it. My favorite thing about o.p.i nail polish is all their fun names :) TFS and joining us at Getting Cricky this week!
Becky - Getting Cricky DTM

MyCuriousCrafts said...

Super cute it. So glad we got to play together at Getting Cricky this week. ~Shen

Lynda said...

I just love this card! What girlie girl doesn't love her some nail polish! Your niece is going to love this! I too played along with the Getting Cricky Fashion-ista challenge and had so much fun! TFS



Amy said...

Such a cute card and an AWESOME gift!! Bet she'll love it (and it's so awesome that she won't even notice it's a day late, I'm sure!)... :)

Thanks so much for sharing your "Fashionista" talent in the Getting Cricky Simply Sunday Challenge this week!! :)

Amy :) at
Getting Cricky DTM