HEY! This isn't funny . . . these babies just keep growing up! Here's a selfie of us Thursday on their birthday - seventeen years old! (Can you believe Karl was less than 3 lbs at birth? I know! Crazy!)
I like to personalize their birthday cards for what they're into at the time. Two years ago they got Dr. Who 9th Doctor cards. Last year Karl got a video game/music card and Emma got a Captain America card. This year I was a little stumped for Karl because he really hasn't changed his interests in a year. However, he does attend horse therapy and we do live in Texas, so I hit on the idea to make their cards have a Texas theme.
Both cards are 5" x 6" cards, fitting nicely in A7 envelopes. For Karl's card front I assembled a Texas flag using strips of cardstock and the barn star from the Star Accordion die. By selectively inking three stamps in the Homegrown Greetings Clear Stamps I was able to create a custom "Keep Calm and Howdy Birthday" greeting and used a tag die from the Tags Pivot Card to cut it out. The barbed wire is from the new Western Edges die set.
Inside Karl's card I've used the pop-up portion of the Sleigh Gift Card Holder die to make the platforms and then used the Barn and Cocoa the Horse on the platforms. I embossed the Chicken Wire die in silver and black powder for the foreground and used the horses edge die from the Western Edges for the backdrop. The "Texas, Est. 1836" is a Deadbeat Designs rubber stamp that is stamped, colored and fussy-cut, then added with All Seasons Tree clouds into the sky. Cocoa the Horse is styled as a Texas flag with an altered Props 1 Bowler-hat-turned-cowboy-hat.
In this next photo you can see that when the barn doors slide open a little "happy birthday" message is revealed inside the barn plus some additional hay blobs from the Hay There set. The grass die comes in the Western Edges die set.
I wanted to continue the Texas theme for Emma's card but also wanted it to have a driving theme as she recently got her Learner's Permit and is currently doing her driving sessions. I decided to make a Texas Longhorn cow and style her like Emma with short brown hair and hipster glasses. The Western Edges were used to create a suitably Texas backdrop for the card front and Brownie Emma sports a pink cowboy hat.
I used the tail of Jolly the Mouse to make the horns for Brownie the Cow. The cowboy hat was made easily by simply trimming the top of the bowler hat from Props 1 into a cowboy hat shape.
When the card is opened I wanted to have Brownie Emma driving a car. The Lorna Label pop-up die provides the platform for the car and the backdrop is the barbed wire Western Edge and some fussy cut clouds from a piece of patterned paper. I used gray cardstock to make the road and added the stripes with yellow and white graphic art tape. The striped patterned paper is an older Basic Grey paper from my stash.
I assembled another Brownie Emma, this time with her hat attached to a horn as though it were flying in the wind. I also trimmed out her front legs and tail to move them into a driving position. The steering wheel is two small nested circle dies and two thin cardstock strips to make cross bars.
The car itself is made from the Bathtub die. I cut one from red and turned it upside-down to be the main portion of the car. Then I cut another bathtub from silver Shimmer Sheetz and trimmed out the lip to be the car's bumper. I found some metal mesh and two silver buttons in my stash and added them to the front of the car. I made the little Texas license plate by hand and used two black rectangles of cardstock with rounded corners for the tires. For the top I used the Oval Accordion and largest oval decorator die, nested together.
The cards were a hit! Happy Birthday, my babies!
Want to make your own Texas-themed cards? Elizabeth Craft Designs products are available at independent craft stores worldwide. Nowhere near a craft store? Here are some online links for all the ECD products used on these two cards: