Card, Papertrey Ink

CAS Birthday Card

by May Park-

Happy Monday, crafty friends! Hope you had a wonderful weekend. I’ve been busy over the past few weeks with moving into our new apartment. I had intended to play along with a few challenges when I finished organizing my craft room. But I couldn’t come up with a *creative* idea. That was the reason you didn’t hear from me for a while. I was out of touch. 🙁

To be honest, I made a few cards last week. They were not good enough to show you, though. Yesterday morning I was still struggling with the creative process, when inspiration finally struck. Then I had to work almost all day long to execute my idea.


So, here I am with a birthday card to share with you today. I made this card for my dearest friend, Mei, who has a birthday in May. I wanted to play with the first letter of Mei and May, which is “M.” My inspiration came from nail and string letters by Jen. I don’t know if my card qualifies as string art. Ha-ha!


Here is a closer look at my card. To create the background, I embossed a piece of white cardstock with the Cuttlebug Embossing Folder: Swiss Dots. As you can see above, I did a partial embossing to leave a spot open for stamping. (FYI, you can watch a how-to video here by Sarah.) Then I stamped the sentiment from PTI Birthday Stamp Set.

To create a monogrammed letter M, I started by poking some tiny holes through the paper using a straight pin. Next, I threaded the needle with embroidery floss and put stitches through the holes. After that, I put a brad into each hole. Needless to say, the big M stands for Mei and May as well.


To finish off the card, I cut slits in two corners of my card base from Papertrey Ink. Then I placed my embossed white panel onto the base. I managed to make my card look CAS and contemporary as well. I think the pink color of the cardstock and brads also makes my card cute and girly. What do you think? Hope you like it. Anyway, I love the way my card turned out.

Well, that’s it for me today! I hope you will join in the fun with the Catered Crop: Make an Impression Recipe Swap. Thanks for stopping by. Hope you have a wonderful week!


  1. Soh Jung Lee

    May, I made a comment last week but it seemed to disappear. So here again. I knew from my exeperience it must really hard to get a straight line with embroidery floss. What a labor!

    09 . May . 2013
  2. Cham

    I will make a card for her too! I can’t wait to show you it. I’m glad we continue our custom.

    08 . May . 2013
  3. Lori Ann

    Very beautiful and simple, love it! I live in so-cal to!
    TFS with us at The Paper Nest Dolls Challenge Blog
    Loriann DT

    08 . May . 2013
  4. Nikki

    Simple but pretty. Love the dots…. TFS with us at the PND challenge…. xo Nikki ox

    07 . May . 2013
  5. Andreja L.

    Your card is beautiful!
    Thank you for sharing it with us in BearlyMineChallenge this week.
    Hugs, Andreja

    06 . May . 2013
  6. Kim S

    This is so fun! Definitely into my inspiration file!!!

    05 . May . 2013
  7. Linda McClain

    It’s Brilliant! Your friend will love this.

    04 . May . 2013
  8. Miho

    She might love the card from you! Me either because I’m the one of M, haha:D I’m very happy to know that you also made a handmade b-day card for her as same as me:) I’ve already sent her my handmade card. Even we live different places our cards exchanging will continue forever!!!

    02 . May . 2013
  9. SylviaB

    how clever to create a monogram using brads and yarn.. love it!
    Thanks for joining the CAS-ual Fridays challenge this week! 🙂
    Sylvia xx

    01 . May . 2013
  10. Loz

    Beautiful Monogram card May. I saw this on MIM..Loz

    30 . Apr . 2013
  11. Kelly Griglione

    So very clever! Love this concept, and how you turned it into a card. It’s so delicate with the floss, the swiss dots, and the colors. Thanks so much for joining the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge!

    30 . Apr . 2013
  12. Helen T

    What a great idea, I love the way you created the ‘M’.

    Helen T – No. 88

    30 . Apr . 2013

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