Friday, March 29, 2013

'Sending Love and COURAGE' Birthday Card

Be strong and COURAGEous, and do the work.
 Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, 
is with you.
 He will not fail you or forsake you
until all the work … of the Lord is finished.
I Chronicles 28 : 20


Welcome to Digi Desserts Fridaze in connection with My Paper Crafting !    We, on the Design Team, are to create a project using a Digital File from the vast selection at every Friday, share them with You and encourage You to visit over there, get the FREE Digi File for today, make a project with it and link it for all to see.  The ‘winning’ designer is highlighted next week as a Guest Designer!   It’s an easy and fun thing to do on the weekend! 

For this week’s project I made a Birthday Card for my Special ‘Baby’ Brother.  He has unfortunately been unemployed for quite some time – as I have been – and he FINALLY became employed this past week!  That’s the ‘Good News.’   The ‘Bad News’ is that the job is in New York State for 7 months and he has had to move there, leaving his family back in MI.  It’s going to be hard on all of them, so I wanted to send him some Love and EnCOURAGEment for his birthday this week.  Remembering how as children we would watch the ‘Wizard of Oz’ on TV each spring – and that my brother is great at doing ‘voices and dialects’ (as am I…it runs in the family!) - I decided to send him a Cowardly Lion and a bit of ‘COURAGE!’  He already has Brains and Heart!!  *smile*

 I used the ‘King of my Heart ds’ from MPC.  Here’s the original file –

*  I put the file into my ‘Perfect Effects Free’ program and applied the Dreamland Action 2 times and then the Earth Action to get to the desired effect – making it look like real fur on the lion.  I then put it into my PSE 10 program and printed it from there onto cream parchment.

*  I added Glossy Accents to the eyes, nose and mouth.

*  I distressed the edge of the oval on which the lion was printed.  I added faux-stitching around the edge.

*  I adhered the oval – and a dark brown shadow oval – to the front panel of the card.  The card is 4.25 x 11” cardstock, folded at 2.75” and 5.5” and mountain and valley folded.

*  I typed the front sentiment and the inside verse in my PSE 10 program and printed them on cream parchment.  I adhered the front sentiment with PopDots.

*  I added brown gems to the corners.  I attached the Prop Holder with a brad.  I covered the back of the brad with a remnant of paper and added a note about how to prop it.


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Here is the FREE digi-file for this week at My Paper Crafting.  Be sure to stop over there, if you haven’t already, see all of the other creative projects, get the file, make a project of your own using a digi-file from My Paper Crafting and then link it there so we can see it, too!

FREE file  -  

I'm also excited to tell you about a new twist this term.  We invite YOU to participate in our Digi Dessert Fridaze weekly posts.  Just create something using a digital image and link up at the end of the post. If you use a Paper Crafting World image, you will receive 2 chances to win.  That's right!  One lucky project will be selected each week to receive a digital image from Paper Crafting World.  If you use a PCW file, please add PCW after your name.   And, it will be so much easier to participate with our Link Up because there's a tab on the home page that will bring you directly to this DDF page.  You'll have until next Thursday 12 noon (EST) to link up.  The lucky winner will be announced in the next PCW post on Friday.

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B’ Bye!
(You can take the Gal out of the Sky, but You can’t take the Sky out of the Gal!)  ;-}


  1. Lynden, wonderful card! I just love how it folds, and everything else you added to it just tops it off to perfection! :) Your baby brother will really appreciate, and LOVE his card from you! :)

  2. Love this card, Lynden! The unique easel fold is great and the lion is wonderful. I'm sure your brother will love it. Hope things work out for him soon-job searching can be so frustrating. But I'm sure that your courage reminder will help inspire him.

  3. Wow Lynden what a fabulous "courage" card for your brother!! That is so awesome that he got a job, but sad that he has to leave his family. But what it will only make them all stronger and closer to each other!! How cool that your brother and you can do voices!! Love that! Your card is perfect, love how you made your lion look textured with your program, love the sentiment and the verse, just a great card for anyone who needs encouraging! Hugs!

  4. Lynden, another great card. Love the fold you have used along with the digi you chose. Your brother will love it I am sure.


  5. What a sweet card. And thank you sooooooo much for the lovely card you sent for my birthday!

  6. Love the neat shape to the card. What a sweet one for your brother. I'm sure he'll love it.

    Lisa D.


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