A Card for Dad’s 60th Birthday

A Card for Dad’s 60th Birthday
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It feels good to be card-making again!

This past week, my wonderful dad turned 60 (!!) and we all can hardly believe it – he looks and acts much younger than he is.  I think it’s true that 60 is the new 50; 50 is the new 40; and 30 is the new 20.  I don’t think anyone is saying 20 is the new 10, though.  But I digress, so let’s get on with it already!

I feel like I could have come up with something more creative than this for my Dad’s birthday, but he seemed to be very happy with it, so I think it was just fine.  I always struggle with masculine cards because I have to refrain from using floral stamps, paper & embellishments!  No feminine ribbon & bows, no adorable swoopy border punches or pastel buttons – nope, not for the men in my life.

Mr. Fix-It Birthday Card, Masculine

Mr. Fix-It Birthday Card

Here is the inside of the card, which is truly what makes this a 60th birthday card:

Inside Dad's 60th Birthday Card

Inside Dad's 60th Birthday Card

Whoops, Jake didn’t sign the card.  I sure hope he signed it before I gave Dad the card but if not, it wouldn’t be the first time… or the last time I forgot to have him sign a card!  I made the bouncing “60” with my Opposites Attract Cricut cartridge, my Cricut Expressions machine, an orange Square Stax, puffy double-sided tape, and some black craft wire I coiled around a thick pen.  Here’s what the underside looks like, below.  I adhered the coil to the card base and the back of the 60 with Scotch magic tape.  It was very easy to make and I’m happy I finally found a use for my craft wire.

60 on a Spring

60 on a Spring

So, happy 60th birthday, Dad!  You are loved beyond expressible words, and you are an incredible person that everyone looks up to – and that’s not just because you’re over 6 feet tall!

About Stephanie Chumbley

Growing up in the shadow of the Space Needle, I loved drawing portraits with a #2 pencil and sometimes a ballpoint pen because I liked the challenge. I collected pens and pencils and enjoyed looking at fonts and logos and replicating them by hand. I was in AP art classes in high school and took some graphic design classes at Seattle Central. While in college, I had a part-time job making signs for Drug Emporium / Longs Drugs with my "Steph Font." In my 20s, I made a lot of invitations for dinner parties and later, when I bought my Cricut Expression electronic cutter in 2008, I started making cards for all occasions. In 2009, I discovered Close to My Heart and enjoyed being my Consultant's best customer... but in May 2011, I finally gave in and became and Independent Consultant. It was a very good decision! :-) Nearly everything I make is given away or sold so others can enjoy some handmade art. I've made over 1,000 cards and projects and this blog serves as a way to share and hopefully inspire others to create projects of their own. Someday I hope to catch up and blog about all the cards I've made.

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  1. Yes, Jake signed the card, and I LOVED the card. You’re so creative, and it’s always a delight to see a card from you. Every one is a special work of art and love. I cherish each one of them. I’ve got some recent ones from you up on my bathroom mirror where I see them many times a day. I’m also delighted to be “60”, whatever year it “really” is. I’ve never been 60 before, so every day is a new adventure!
    Love you,

  2. That’s a great card! For me, it’s always seems hard to come up with great “guy” cards and I love this one! That’s a cool idea too, to use the craft wire to make a spring…great work!

    • Thank you, Deborah! It’s comforting to know I’m not alone in being stumped when it comes to making “guy” cards. 🙂 I take a photo of every card I made, so I’ll do a future blog post of all my “guy” cards. Hopefully that will help others with some ideas. And I am really having fun making everything bounce, spring, and “pop” with craft wire ~ thanks!

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