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I am a 37 year old nurse who is currently not working due to medical issues. I have chosen to pass my time crafting, but because I am not working, I have little money to spend on supplies. I have a small stash from while  I was still working but am now using what I have access to around the house. I also use things I can find cheaply at the dollar store, in the dollar bins, on clearance, or buy with coupons at Michaels and Hobby Lobby. I also like to shop thrift stores and garage sales for things to use in my crafting. You would be surprised with what you can find if you aren't afraid to prowl a little.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

April Fool's Day Joke Card and Father-In-Law's Birthday Card

OK, my body now has this 6am alarm clock, and I have no idea why. I used to just be able to sleep until late in the morning. Now, it seems like I wake up everyday at 6am. I didn't even have to wake up that early to go to work. Kind of stinks. Oh, well.

The challenge at FCCB this week was to make a card with a joke in it, in honor of April Fool's Day. At first I thought I would skip this week's challenge. I don't really do jokes and honestly, what do you do with a card that has a joke in it? I guess I will turn it into a birthday card or something later on down the road. But for now, this is what I have:
Sorry for the bad picture. My husband is still sleeping (lucky dog) and I didn't want to wake him by turning on the light's I usually use when taking pictures of my work.  Anyway, here is the punch line:
Again, sorry for the bad pic but also the bad print job. I ran out of black in, and am running out of color ink and really don't have the money to buy new ink cartridges. I don't understand why I can buy a basic printer for $30 but have to spend more than the printer is worth to replace ink. Seems a little crazy to me. And until I get back to work,  I'll have to make due.

On to my second card. My father-in-law's birthday is coming up soon and I have been working on a card for him. I am actually going to enter this card into the challenge at Die Cuttin' Divas. This weeks sketch is

I chose to turn this sketch into my father-in law's birthday card and have come up with this:


Here are some close ups and a little bit of how to (sort of, I guess).
OK, the bottom picture is supposed to show a close up of the font that I used. I Googled carpenter font, and found this. I looks like planks of wood that have been nailed together and uses nails as the punctuation. I thought it very appropriate for the card.

Now for the screwdriver. I don't have a Cricut cartridge containing a screwdriver, so I pieced one together with shapes from the George and Basic Shapes cartridge and cut it out in a steely gray color. I then traces the handle onto some scrap acetate and glued it down with glossy accents. Then, I cut put pieces to emulate the stripes on some screwdriver handles. I used a shimmer paper. I got it at a garage sale and am not sure of the brand. Then, to make it look kind of like plastic, once I glued down the pieces I went over the pieces with glossy accents. No only does the hand look like plastic, it is also dimensional. It's actually really cool in person.

The card base is Kraft paper from a pack of paper I bought at Target. I have no idea what the brand is, but do remember that I had not heard of it before. I then ran the card base through the embosser with the wood grain embossing folder. I then went over the raised area with Stampin' Up Crumb Cake ink and an ink to paper technique to accentuate the raised area.

The sentiment is stamped on Stampin' Up marina mist paper with marina mist ink using the Feeling Sentimental set. The dark brown paper (early espresso also from Stampin' Up) was embossed with the wood grain embossing folder and adhered to the marina mist paper. I used glue stick to adhere them and used the staples just for show.

I didn't have screw brads so I made my own. I went over some brads that I have with gold paint pen and then added the Phillips Head markings with a gold sharpie. Then I punched very small holes in each corner and added the brads.

I found a measuring tape digital stamp for free on line, printed it on yellowish orange paper and adhered it down with glue stick.

I really am pleased with both cards, but really have fallen in love with the screwdriver card. I may be back later, who knows. Until next time.....



  1. Ha! Super cute Miranda! I used my joke card to send to my friend that I haven't talked to in a while. She loved the card and told me she was happy to get it told me she's glad I sent it and it made her stop and take the time to call me to catch up. We're having coffe this week. Both cards are great!!! Very handy creating your own brads too! Very savvy my friend!

    Thanks for joining us this week at FCCB!


  2. Crafting isn't cheap but I love the way you creatively make due. hope your able to get to work soon. Love your cards and thanks for joining us this week a FCCB. Kim Ogden

  3. Great guy card...thanks for playing along with us at DCD!!

  4. Both cards are great! Thanks for joining us at DCD this week!

  5. What a great font and a cool take on the sketch with the diagonal tool..fun Glad you could play with Die Cuttin Divas

  6. What a great idea in this card. I love them both. Thanks for joining us at DCD this week for our sketch challenge.
    DT DCD

  7. Crafting can add up quickly on prices! I am trying to be better about using what I have and not spending so much money! Printer ink is INSANE!!!!

    I like your cards. Thanks for sharing!
    Rebecca, Fantabulous Cricut DT
    I would love to have you visit my blog!
    Check out my new challenge blog DT call!

  8. Two wonderful cards! I like the funny one with the bee but the tool card kinda brought a tear - that card would have been PERFECT for my own Dad! He loved working with his tools and building things for us. I wish he was still here with us - I could give him a card just like yours and he would have been so happy about it! Thanks for the memories and for joining us at FCCB!