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Celebrate : Martha's Birthday

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Hi, it's Tracy, the crafts intern. Tuesday was Martha's birthday, so Carrie, our international editorial intern, organized a thoughtful gift for Martha from all the summer interns.

Martha's Birthday Cards

Everyone was given a card to write and decorate in any way they liked. All the cards were then compiled into a box we constructed using chipboard, ribbon, and Martha Stewart Living decorated papers. The results were beautiful! Cards were crafted, etched, stitched, printed, illustrated—you name it.

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My card had two layers. The top layer masked the bottom layer with cut out birthday candle shapes so the pattern underneath would show through.

1 My card had two layers. The top layer masked the bottom layer with cut out birthday candle shapes so the pattern underneath would show through.

When you open the card…

2 When you open the card…

It reveals the embroidered birthday message for Martha.

3 It reveals the embroidered birthday message for Martha.

Renées card was an intricately illustrated all-over pattern using black ink.

4 Renées card was an intricately illustrated all-over pattern using black ink.

Detail of the hand-drawn curls

5 Detail of the hand-drawn curls

Type illustration in process

6 Type illustration in process

Here are a couple close-ups of the rest of the cards.

7 Here are a couple close-ups of the rest of the cards.

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And the handmade box we put the cards in.

9 And the handmade box we put the cards in.

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Comments (9)

  • This is such a super-thoughtful gift idea! It is so cool to see the individual styles come together on this collective gift.

  • What a fun idea for everyone to do for Martha! We're sure there were some brilliant ideas coming from those cards...and so meaningful as well.

  • How great! All those pretty cards are so inspiring!

  • Love these cards and this post, Tracy!

  • Happy Birthday Martha! Your website is set as my homepage, so each time I turn on the computer I can see all the great ideas... like this great birthday card! You are an inspiration to women everywhere!

  • Love this gift for Martha!!! Happy Birthday Martha!!!

  • Happy birthday, Martha!! This would be a terrific gift idea with an assortment of cards. Your interns are so talented.

  • First of all b-lated b-day martha the cards are beauitful your interns did a great job, thank u for sharing.

  • These are beautiful, Martha is my inspiration. Happy be-lated. It was my life long dream to work in Martha's Craft's dept but there's no way I could keep up with these intern's creativity.

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