Yesterday was my mother’s birthday. She turned 77 years old.
“Happy Birthday, Mom!”
Because my mom is new to Facebook, I posted a birthday greeting and was delighted to see dozens of my friends adding to my original post with fun images and messages, too! (Thank you, FB friends!)
My mom is truly unique.
I know, I know!!
You’re all going to say your moms are unique, too, and I get that.
But trust me when I tell you she is a very uniquely unique. Like when I say she is unique, I mean she is the sometimes-bewildering, a-little-bit-odd, too-complex-to-explain kind of person. Basically when they made her they indeed broke the mold.
(And–when I think about it–she is also a lot like my MO, isn’t she?)
So it would only stand to reason that I often struggle to find a way to say “Happy Birthday” to my mom. My exceptionally unique mom.
And really, how can you celebrate someone unique? Can you do it with a “prefab” big-business, manufactured card?
I know *I* can’t.
Thankfully, I have my Cricut to help me find something truly unique for my unique mom–this is what I came up with:
I’m not sure if you usually think of the colors grey and brown when it comes to a birthday card. It’s usually all pastels–blues and pinks and muted tones. But, again, my mother is unique.
When I close my eyes and think of her I see earthy colors and eye-catching color combinations. Basically I see this:
Now here’s the bonus part!
I didn’t have to create everything from scratch to get his totally unique card for my mom.
No, I was able to find a card design I liked in the Projects and “build” the card I wanted. To look at it another way, I let Team Cricut build me a file that I could use as a jumping off point. Perhaps this is why Cricut likes to refer to themselves as “your secret weapon”? I’m sure I don’t know.
What I do know is I was able to create something unique and special and not stress out about the basic construction of the card.
That’s right, today’s Cricut Access Challenge was taken from a pre-designed sample that I tweaked to create something special, something unique.
The original file (the one that is shown to the left of my canvas in the picture below) is not personalized, not sized to my liking and it didn’t use the color scheme I wanted (I am a very visual person, so I always change my colors). So I changed and rearranged all that–which you can see on the right side of the canvas below.
To further personalize my mother’s card, I added a text box to be printed (by my Cricut, of course!) to the inside of my card! You can see how I added my own message by using the Text feature. I then changed my message to a “writing font”, centered it, resized it and attached it to the inside of the card. You can see that process in the pictures below.
Here’s a special tip: I like to use patterned paper for many of my cards. Patterned paper has a patterned side and a white side, which is often referred to as “single sided patterned paper”. To achieve the writing on the inside of the card, you will need to place the patterned side down on the mat, leaving the white side to face upright. Your Cricut won’t know if you do little tricks like this one and you will have a card that has a personalized message on the inside of your card! Pretty neat, huh?
Now for the final analysis. Do you think what I came up with is unique enough for my unique mom? Let me know in the comments below!
You can re-create this project by using the links below. And, of course, since this is the Cricut Access challenge, the project and the font are FREE to Access subscribers.
Pin to this project (click on image):
Link to the Design Space file is here: https://design.cricut.com/#/design/125515773/user-project/125515773
Now go forth and Cricut, my friends!
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