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thoughts from a mother of boys, a marathoner, a triathlete, a crafter, a wife, and a scientist


Birthday Card Challenge


I decided to participate in another challenge with SVG Cutting Files.  This challenge is for birthday cards, the main focus should be something purchased from SVG Cutting Files.

I found it a little more difficult to make a card without someone specific in mind.  I knew I wanted to make a Halloween birthday card at least, but in order to get the free files associated with the challenge I had to make two cards.


Since I am a scientist I thought I need to make a birthday card using the Science Rocks kit I had.


I made the card base to look like a benzene ring and used the science girl and test tube rack.


Inside it says “it has been scientifically proven that too many birthdays will kill you.”



I love using clear sticker paper for glass elements, like the test tubes and her goggle lenses.


For the Halloween birthday card I used the Chibi Werewolf file.  I had actually purchased the set for the mummy, but the werewolf was perfect for this idea.  Inside it says ‘Have a howling good birthday!’





I designed the card base to be like a haunted house.  I used sketch pens to draw the spider webs in the windows.  Parts of the tree are not glued down so the stick out for some dimension.


I also used dimensional foam tabs to pop out the ‘roar’ word balloon.


I, of course, used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out all the elements for the card.

Don’t forget to go to the challenge page and see all the other amazing projects.


Dawn Marie


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This card is available at my Etsy Shop.


Star Wars Birthday Cards

I had an older brother who loved Star Wars, so I too, loved Star Wars.

When you are the youngest sibling and your older sibling becomes obsessed with something, you will go one of two ways.  You will either loath it or love it.  I went with the latter option.

We watched, we played with the action figures, ate off the dishware, wore the underoos, slept with the stuffed animals on the sheets, and reenacted our favorite scenes.  When you love Star Wars, you always love Star Wars.  It doesn’t fade with time, it actually gets stronger.

As a result my siblings and I have passed on this love to our children.  My eldest son could name all the main characters before he was two.

But let me clarify something, while we all love Star Wars, we are not fanatics.  I do not know all things Star Wars, nor do I know the names of obscure characters or their back histories.  We’re not that bad.

Thanks to the internet and media there is now a ‘holiday’ for Star Wars.  It is May 4th, why you ask (as if you don’t already know), because when you say “May the Fourth” it sounds like “May the Force“.  I know, I know, geekdome at its highest.

As a result a SVG company (SVG Cutting Files) hosted a May the Fourth blog hop, and I received some fun Star Wars cutting files from them. (The hop was only the one day, so you can no longer participate or receive the files, sorry).

I used a couple of files to make some birthday cards for my Star Wars loving nieces.

Star Wars Cards

One of my nieces also loves Hello Kitty, so the Hello Kitty Yoda was perfect for her.  Both of my nieces, and everyone, loves Ewoks, so I made my other niece a card with the cute little Ewok.



I had intended cut out her name on the front, so that the inside color would show through, but I was having some major operator errors that day.  I kept doing it backwards, upside down, etc.  When I messed up with the last piece of cardstock, the night before I needed them, I had to improviser.  I cut a rectangle out of the inside color and used the negative of her name.


Inside the Hello Kitty Yoda I phrased the ‘happy birthday’ sentiment just the way Yoda would.




You can actually translate words from Ewokese to English and back.  Ewokese doesn’t have words for every English word, but they have enough.  However, they do not have a phrase for “Happy Birthday” or anything close that I could use to convey that message.  So the sentiment on the front of the card translates to “wow! Gee Whiz” or “Oh My Goodness!” as a way to show excitement.


In a similar design as the Yoda card, it just says “Happy Birthday” inside.



The girls loved them, and said they would keep them forever.
Happy Crafting

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