Wednesday, March 10, 2010

A Unique Birthday Card....

One of the many birthdays that we have celebrated these past few weeks has been my husbands. I think I mentioned that I am too sentimental cheap to go to the store. I can't stand the thought of spending five bucks on a card, especially if it is going to wind up tossed into a drawer or worse yet, in the trash. Last week while cleaning out the “junk drawer”, I found this gift card holder.  I was going to dicard it when  an idea flashed in my mind.  I set it aside to use for the perfect birthday card for my husband.

* If you don't have a gift card tin, you can purchase one at Michaels or Hobby Lobby .  They are located at the registers when you check out.  They also can be found in the same location at many grocery stores.  An Altoid's tin will also work.  It's just a tiny bit smaller.

I wanted to paint the lid so I used some fine sandpaper and quickly ruffed up the metal on the outside cover.

I grabbed a can of satin black pray paint from my stash and painted the lid.

I traced the shape of the box onto some 12x12 black cardstock.

I had to glue two sheets of the black cardstock together and then folded it like an accordion. I then cut out the paper to make the pages of the card.  

Next step was to start decorating the cover.  I live in a house with all men and it seems as if I NEVER get the opportunity to make anything girly!  I think girly things are so much easier and much more fun to do.  Don't get me wrong,  I love doing stuff for my boys and husband; I just find it more difficult to be creative.  I cut a piece of scrapbooking paper and glued it onto the cover.  I made sure to use my gold paint and embellish all the edges of the paper and lid.

I added a brown ribbon and a buckle holder to the lid.  I added the words "Now & Forever" to the buckle.

I love to add bible verses to my cards and this is a favorite.
  I thought this was perfect for my husband.  I wanted to reassure that God has wonderful plans for him.

  If you are ever in need of a bible verse and not sure of the exact wording, or what a verse for a specific topic stop by HERE it's a wonderful site.  I printed the verse out on vellum paper and then mounted the vellum onto some decorative paper.  I then added some "MANLY" buttons.  A loop of brown ribbon was attached so that he could pull the ribbon to open the card.

Here are all "MY Men".  This was such a wonderful memory and I thought it was perfect for the card.  They sure love their dad and I love them!

To add some finishing touches, I added some special words.

The last page has a small pocket with the word "Love" on it. 

This was the perfect spot for me to tuck a little
"Birthday Love Note" to my hubby.


He loved the card.  This is one card that didn't get thrown into a drawer.  He is proudly displaying it on his desk!

Next time you get a gift card  in a tin; think twice before you  toss it into the trash.  This one of a kind card could go from trash to something that will be forever treasured.

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Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

This is wonderful, Sherry! I love it! Very beautiful and creative. I don't think I've ever gotten a gift card in a tin {not sure how big that would be}, but I'm wondering if an Altoid's tin would work as a smaller scale tin to use for this project.

{oc cottage} said...

This is absolutely awesome! WOW!

m ^..^

Melissa said...

That is so stink cute! I love that you made something that most would throw away and made into something that is simple amazing!

Crafty Mommy Diva said...

That is amazing! I know how it is about trying to make guy stuff - it's way tougher. Thanks so much for linking up to Scrappy Saturdays.

Mary Lou said...

I Love that idea. I know a lot of work went into it. I have one of those little tins that I keep chewing gum in! Bye bye gum, hello card!

Joyfulsister said...

What a treasured and cherished keepsake of lasting memories, and the love that went into making it. Very creative my sister.. Thanks for sharing!!!!

Hugz Lorie

Sueann said...

Beautiful card! If I would have gotten a card in a tin...I definitely would keep the tin...possibly the card too! LOL!! Awesome project!!

Heather Henderson said...

wow, that is amazing!! I would be blown away to receive something so special and I bet it is a lot of fun to make!!

extreme personal measures said...

This is so cute!
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Lori said...

This turned out great!! I'm glad you didn't throw it away.. Love the photos you picked.

Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thurs. Please join me again next week for another great party.

Leigh of Tales from Bloggeritaville said...

Sherry, there is something to be said for homemade cards, though you make mine look bad. YOu have made a statement of style, of creativity, you can see that your heart is stapled right into that trifold. I could only wish for a card that was such a treasure. Unforgettable. And one to last a lifetime. They will never forget that card!I hope you will not mind if I share tomorrow?
Thanks for linking up to Thrifty Thursday this week! Hope you have had a chance to enter the giveaway.

Have a wonderful weekend.
Tales from Bloggeritaville

Low Tide High Style said...

Wow your card is so beautiful and special! What a wonderful and thoughtful way to wish your husband happy birthday!

Kat :)

Wendy said...

That is our favorite bible verse! Provides so much reassurance! I love your project, it is beautiful in so many ways :)

From the Old InkWell said...

very clever! thanks for sharing!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Very clever, Sherry! I love all the scripture verses and your gift has turned into a treasure. Thank you for sharing.


Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

What a thoughtful beautiful work of art!

Anonymous said...

Such a creative idea!

Susan Freeman said...

So creative and straight from your heart! It's a treasure!

Susan and Bentley

Marianne said...

I have never seen gift cards in a tin but this is a wonderful idea and you made it so beautiful and personal.

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