Monthly Archives: May 2012

Frugal Challenge 2 – Memo Board Card

Hello There!

It’s Frugal Challenge Time again and the item I’ve saved from going into the bin this time is some packaging material, it’s thin but dense and a bit spongy.


I often think about using this stuff as padding on a card but hadn’t come up with the right idea until now so, although my frugal item won’t be visible on my finished card, it will be a vital part of it. My idea was to make a Memo Board Card, basically scaling down a memo board using paper instead of fabric and attaching to the front of a card to add a personal message to the recipient.

memo board card

I cut my packaging material a tad smaller than a square of thin chipboard then covered with some gingham style paper to give it a fabric-y feel. I chose some ribbon that had a twill/webbing type quality to it which happily also has a stitched edge to give it an extra home spun feel and lay it across the panel, this was also attached to the back. I added some large brads to each ribbon intersection and closed them in tight to accentuate the padding then attached the whole panel to my card front. The last step was to add my message so I tucked Happy Birthday behind one of the ribbons and cut out the recipients name on my digital cutting machine and attached to some of the ribbons with little mini pegs.

So, no freebies for you today but I hope you enjoyed this idea, catcha next time :)

Muted Birthday Wishes

Hi all!

I have a couple of new cut files for you today and I hope that you like them and will enjoy using them in your projects. I like to add a ribbon edge banner to my cards but have trouble cutting a symmetrical ‘v’ out of the ends with scissors so I’ve made one of those and I’ve added one with a 3D look to it too along with a circle frame/doily pattern.

I followed this weeks Mojo Monday Sketch for the layout of my card, I chose some soft pinky brown papers from the K&Company Julianne pad and added some white card to keep the muted feel. I made some little cherry blossoms by cutting some of the 5 petaled flowers from Flowers 3, using 2 for each flower, I shaped them with an embossing stylus and added some artificial stamen to the middle. I cut 2 branches from Branches 1 and gave them some shape too then finished off the arrangement by tucking in a twine bow. I printed this sentiment for the middle of my decorative circle and finishes off with a few flat backed pearls.

best wishes dec circle 2 card

best wishes dec circle 2 card 2

Here are your cut files:

(click on the links below the images to download)

Banners 1 by Bird

Banners 1 Digital Cutting File by Bird

Decorative Circles 2 Digital Cutting File by Bird

Decorative Circles 2 Digital Cutting File by Bird

Hot Air Balloon Thanks


I have a hot air balloon cut file for you today, if you don’t have a digital cutting machine there are several digi versions here in different shapes and patterns. It occurred to me the other day that there are still some digi stamps that I haven’t yet converted to cut files so I did this hot air balloon for today’s card and I plan to get round to some more shortly.

I followed this weeks iSpy Sketch for the layout of my card today, I cut a hill shape for the lower section of the sketch then cut my hot air balloon and some clouds and a sun from this page to complete my scene. Although the ribbon cuts across the scene it was part of the sketch, I printed a sentiment then die cut with nesties and popped in an eyelet so it can be hung from the ribbon. This is one of my favourite ways to add a sentiment to a card as it is so easy to change the little tag to add a different sentiment if needed for a particular occasion.

hot air thanks card

Here is your cut file – formats included are ai, dxf, gsd, pdf, studio & svg:

(click on the link below the image to download)

Hot Air Balloon 1 by Bird

Hot Air Balloon 1 Digital Cutting File by Bird