Day 106: Thrifty Gifty – my brother is Fifty!

Birthday present ready for mailing - check!

Birthday present ready for mailing – check!

Tonight I’m still working on the gift for my brother’s birthday.  Fortunately I bought the actual gift last weekend while I was in Chicago.  Now all I need to do is wrap it up and make a card.  Naturally I decided to make a Pinterest project now that I know all about free downloads.

I found a pin for a card that I liked at a site called Greetings Island.  They had lots of cute cards that you can just download and print for free.  Here’s the link for the card I chose:  http://www.greetingsisland.com/prints/PrintPosting.aspx?card=Birthday-bicycle&id=3879.  The card was really easy to print.  You can personalize the inside if you want or just print it out and write your own message.  Since I bought a pack of multi-colored card stock, all I had to do was pick a color I liked and stick it in the printer.  Voila – free card without having to go to the store.

I'm always surprised at how easy it is to make a professional looking card!

I’m always surprised at how easy it is to make a professional looking card!

Once I printed it out, I decided it needed a little embellishment so I pulled out my great mini-bow trick that I learned a few weeks ago.  It’s so easy and cute.  I hope my brother appreciates the cuteness!  If I was really crafty I bet I could make some really amazing cards, but I was pretty impressed with my finished product.  Here’s the link to the tiny bow site: http://pinterest.com/pin/22518066858961985/

Once the card was made I just had to scrounge thru my stash of crafty wrapping paper supplies to find something kind of many  – I have quite a lot of pink stuff that would have hardly been appropriate.  I found some blue stripe paper with a matching ribbon.  It looked fairly masculine and turned out quite nice (if I do say so myself!).

I couldn't get a great picture of my beautiful package.

I couldn’t get a great picture of my beautiful package.

That’s about it for tonight.  I had fun making this project and I hope my brother has a great birthday.  Also hope he doesn’t mind me mentioning his age!

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