I think I've confessed here before - but I'll say again - I am so rubbish at birthdays that most years I fail to get out one real card and don't even always manage e-cards. This year I've been determined to do better. I've been hampered by the fact that I don't actually know when everyone's birthday is (more shame) but I've done a few. (I have to admit I also missed a few - but I'm hoping to improve on that next year!)
It's an odd coincidence that my older brothers and sister all married partners who were born in the same month - within about 7 days - as theirs and that's helped enormously with the summer birthdays. Particularly as I decided that 'combo' cards were ok.
So in June I made this card for my brother Al and his with Kathy. I started with a photo of them take a couple of years ago on the beach at a family reunion. The original photo is lovely (gorgeous rocks and water in the background), but I wanted to make a more cartoon-y card so I used Craft Artist to cut them out and place them in front of a green patterned paper.
The pennants were made using Anna Griffin stamps, stamped onto patterned paper, cut and strung together.
I so liked the result that I used the same approach for my sister Kim and her husband's Jeff card. In fact the photo I used was taken on the same day as Al and Kathy's.
The background was a number of pieces of Core-dinations card (left over from Gen's mini book!) that I pasted onto a piece of paper before embossing and sanding the lot. Birthday hats were cut using the Cricut this time (Celebrations).
The recipients liked them - and didn't seem to mind too much that I'd bundled the greetings!