A Well Crafted Retirement

"Retire from work, but not from life." -M.K. Soni


Baby Shower Card

My daughter Katie is going to attend her first baby shower next week so I made this card for her to take. Front of Baby Shower Card

The new “Mom-to-Be” is a Delta Gamma sorority sister of hers, so we picked a nautical theme for the card.  I chose a two sided pinwheel paper from a sarahjane stack called “Children at Play”.  The other papers in white, red, blue and a soft aqua glitter are from my scrap box.

Cricut Cartridges Used:

  • Plantin School Book
  • Life is a Beach
  • Everyday Pop-Up Cards
  • Phrases

Cuttlebug Folders:Baby Carriage

  • Swiss Dots
  • Darice’s Borders–Simple

I used the envelop cut from the Plantin School Book cartridge with the fit-to-page feature to cut a plain white envelope from 12 x 12 card stock. Before gluing the envelope together, I embossed the closing flap with the Darice dotted border folder.

With a paper cutter, I cut a 6.5 x 10 inch strip of the printed paper and folded it to make the 5 x 6.5 inch card.  Using the same paper I cut a 4 x 5.25 inch rectangle and embossed it, aqua side up, with the Swiss Dots folder and rounded the corners.  One more strip of this paper, this time cut 1.5 x 4 inches.

From the Phrases cartridge I selected “Welcome Baby”, cut the Shadow layer in red and the Phrase layer in aqua glitter at 3 inches.  The smallest strip of print paper with some ink distressing on the edges and a couple of self stick gems in the centers of the pinwheels finished the front of the card.

For nautical elements inside of the card I used Life is a Beach.  Using a 4 inch cut, the lighthouse was cut from white distressed card stock and the layers cut in red.  The gulls in the same distressed white are cut at 2.5 inches.  Bright blue anchor border is a 2 inch cut and the tiny anchor trim on the baby carriage is cut at .75.  For the carriage I went to Everyday Pop-Up Cards.  I have made several cards with this cartridge and have struggled with the pop-up elements but I love the graphics.  So with a 3.5 inch cut I made the  carriage.

Here is how I’ve been successful at making elements “pop-up”.  For this one I cut a strip of paper .5 x 6.5 inches long.  I measured along the length at intervals of 1 inch, 2 inches, 1 inch and 2 inches and made score lines.  I then folded the strip along those scores and used the .5 inch remaining piece to glue it into a 3 dimensional rectangle.  I attach this to the back of the card face and the inside or “floor”.  Snugging up the angle of the strip into the crease of the card makes it fold up nicely. Now add the carriage so that it sits on the “floor” evenly, and it pops-up when the card is open!