Happy One Year Older Ella

My young friend Ella turns fifteen on November 1. Her favorite color is coral. I found a image that looked a little like Ella and printed it on Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock with a laser printer so that the lines don’t bleed when coloring with Copic Markers.

Once the coloring was complete the image was fussy cut with scissors right up to the line. I used a black Memento Marker to color the edges of the image. Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape was added to the back for a little dimension.

I wanted to add some visual interest behind the focal image and decided to use WeR Memory Keepers Flower Embossing Folder. I first cut a scalloped rectangle and then embossed it. It looked okay, but I decided to step it up a bit and used the same Copic Markers to color the flowers, I also used a light green on the leaves. I really liked the outcome. Foam tape was added to the embossed scalloped rectangle and it was then adhered to a top folding cardbase. The backing was removed from the foam tape on the back of the focal image and it was adhered to the card front.

The sentiment was stamped using a coral pink ink from Gina K. Designs and then was die cut using a stitched fishtail sentiment die. Foam tape was added to either side of the sentiment die, leaving an opening for the legs of the image.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • La-La Land Crafts Night Out Molli
  • My Favorite Things Anything But Basic Birthday Greetings
  • WeR Memory Keepers Flower Embossing Folder
  • Copic Markers: R32, R22, R21, R20, R00; YR21, YR20, E55, E51; G000; E11, E01, E00
  • My Favorite Things Stitched Fishtail Sentiments
  • Gina Marie Designs Stitched Scalloped Rectangle
  • Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

Rainbow Who’s Counting

I had all the positive numbers left over from my previous card and didn’t want to just through them away, so I decided to glue them together and add them to the front a panel that was cut with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Stackable Rectangle, which is the same size as a card front.

Once I had all the number it place it was kind of blah and I didn’t like it. So I pulled out my Copic Markers and colored all the number in rainbow order. I think this is my favorite version of this card. It is so bright and colorful.

I used the same sentiment stamp from Penny Black. It was stamped on black cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed white. I used a smaller Memory Box Matinee Rectangle to cut it down. Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape was added to the back and it was adhered in the center of the card.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Silhouette Number Collage with Impact Font
  • Penny Black Sprinkles & Smiles
  • Copic Markers: B39, B37, B34; B95, B93, B91; BG34, BG32, BG11; YG17, YG05, YG01; Y08, Y06, Y04; R29, R27, R24; YR16, YR14, YR12; V09, V06, V04
  • Lawn Fawn Stitched Stackable Rectangle
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Black Cardstock
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape

It’s Just a Number – Who’s Counting

I saw a card on Pinterest by iminhaven that she had created for her father’s 75th birthday. I thought maybe I would replace the previous card I made for my husband with this one, but my daughter Janae liked the first one best, so I didn’t adhered the large “70” onto the front of the card, but made it more generic to be used for anyone.

Iminhaven used difference sized number dies to create her background. I didn’t have a large number die set, so I decided to create it in the Silhouette, which worked out well because you didn’t have to keep placing individual dies, you could cut the entire background at once. I cut it four times from white cardstock and adhered them all together using Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive.

I then tried to die cut the panel using a stitched rectangle, but it was just too thick to cut through all layers. It did add the nice stitching though and I simply trimmed it down with my guillotine cutter. It was then adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase.

The most time consuming task of creating this card was adhered all the tiny pieces that were the center of the numbers. It took quite awhile.

Once the back ground was complete I went searching for a sentiment that would work with all the numbers in the background and found a perfect sentiment from Penny Black Sprinkles & Smiles. It was stamped on black cardstock and heat embossed white and then cut down into a small rectangle. Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape was added to the back and it was adhered in the top center of the card.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Silhouette Number Collage with Impact Font
  • Penny Black Sprinkles & Smiles
  • Lawn Fawn Stitched Stackable Rectangle
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Black Cardstock
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape
  • Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive

Cruisin’ Into Your Birthday in a Classic Malibu

My husband had this exact car when he was a teenager and his was red and white. He said that you screwed the tail like off to fill the car with gas. How cool is that.

I stamped the image onto some Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored it with Copic Markers. I used the coordinating die to cut it out. I also cut some sticky back foam with the same die and adhered the two together for dimension.

The sentiments were stamped and cut using the coordinating dies, along with sticky back foam for dimension.

I wanted to add some visual interest behind the car so I cut a smaller rectangle of white cardstock using a stitched rectangle and embossed it using the Sizzix Foundry 3D Embossing Folder. Red cardstock was matted behind the embossed rectangle and it was adhered to a side folding A2 cardbase.

The car and sentiments were adhered using liquid glue and the car was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Honey Bee Stamps Car Show
  • Honey Bee Stamps You’re a Classic
  • Copic Markers: R29, R27, R24; C7, C5, C4, C3, C1, C0; B0000
  • Gina K. Designs Amalgam and Red Velvet Ink
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • Sizzix Foundry 3D Embossing Folder
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Red Velvet Cardstock
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock

You’re Not Old – Your a Classic Corvette

Who didn’t want a sporty Corvette when they were growing up and my dream was always that it would a bright and shiny red.

I stamped the image onto Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored it with Copic Markers. Once the coloring was complete it was cut using the coordinating die. I also used the die to cut some sticky back foam and adhered the card to it for dimension.

I picked a couple of the sentiment from Honey Bee Stamp’s You’re a Classic stamp set and cut them out with the coordinating dies. Sticky back foam was also cut and added to the back of the sentiments.

To add visual interest behind the card I cut down a panel of what cardstock with a stitched rectangle and embossed it with the Sizzix Mechanics 3D Embossing Folder. It was matted with black cardstock and adhered to a side folding A2 cardbase with liquid glue.

The car and sentiments were adhered using liquid glue and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Honey Bee Stamps Car Show
  • Honey Bee Stamps You’re a Classic
  • Copic Markers: R29, R27, R24; C7, C5, C4, C3, C1, C0; B0000
  • Gina K. Designs Amalgam and Red Velvet Ink
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • Sizzix Mechanics 3D Embossing Folder
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Black Onyx Cardstock
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock

You’re Not Old – You’re Vintage (Ford Pickup)

I learned to drive in a green Ford Pickup. Not as old as this one from Honey Bee Stamps but still pretty old. The good thing about learning to drive a stick shift is once you get the clutch and gas down you can drive nearly anything.

I stamped it onto Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored it with Copic Markers. I then used the coordinating die to cut it out. Using the die sticky back foam was cut and added to the back of the car.

I wanted to add some visual interest behind the car and pulled out Sizzix’s Woven 3D Embossing Folder and embossed a smaller rectangle that would cut down using a stitched die. It was matted with some green cardstock from my stash.

I love the way that Honey Bee Stamps has coordinating dies for their sentiments. If you get their Car Show stamp set, you really need to get their You’re a Classic, which has perfect sentiments to go along with the vintage and classic cars in the set. I stamped a couple of the sentiments and cut them out with coordinating dies. I used the coordinating dies to also cut some sticky back foam and added it to the sentiments.

The embossed rectangle was added to a top folding A2 cardbase and then the car and sentiment were added with liquid glue and the card was done.

My friend said that “vintage” was worse than “classic” it meant you were even older. I reminded her we were going to be 69 this year and that was vintage and vintage is rare.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Honey Bee Stamps Car Show
  • Honey Bee Stamps You’re a Classic
  • Copic Markers: G29, G28, G46, G43; C7, C5, C4, C3, C1, C0; B0000
  • Distress Oxide Ink Mowed Lawn
  • Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • Sizzix Woven 3D Embossing Folder
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Green Cardstock from Stash
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock

You Rock – Hope Your Birthday is a Hit

I was a teenager in the 60 and 70’s and Rock ‘n Roll was king. I also grew up in a musical family, although my Mom didn’t like modern music, we listened to the classics, which I like as well. In any case, I love music. Honey Bee Stamps Music Speaks is a truly wonderful stamp set for any music lovers out there. I pulled three of the guitars for this card.

I stamped them with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink onto Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock and colored them with Copic Markers. I used the coordinating dies to cut them out. For the red and white guitar I also cut some sticky back foam and added it to the back of the guitar for dimension.

I wanted to add some visual interest behind the guitars and decided to dry emboss a panel of white cardstock that was cut down with a stitched rectangle using Spellbinders Music Embossing Folder and added it to a red cardbase.

I pulled out Matty’s Crafting Joy “You Rock” from my stash and cut it from red cardstock and sticky back foam and adhered the two together. I cut away the foam where the sentiment with overlap the red guitar so that it would be the same height.

The blue and yellow guitars were adhered directly to the embossed panel with liquid glue. The red guitar was adhered in the center of the two, which already had foam adhered to the back. The sentiment was then adhered to the bottom of the card.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Honey Bee Stamps Music Speaks
  • Matty’s Crafting Joy You Rock Die
  • Copic Markers: B28, B26, B24, B23; Y19, Y17, Y15; YG17, YG05, YG03; R29, R27, R24; Y26, Y23; C1, C0
  • Spellbinders Music Embossing Folder
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Red Velvet Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock

Cupcakes for a Sweet Birthday

I pulled out these great cupcakes from My Favorite Things. I’ve used this stamp set before and stamped nine of the image directly to the cardstock. You can check it out at: http://karenjoycreations.com/all-the-cupcakes-watercolor-birthday/

This time I stamped all the cupcake images two onto Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock and colored them with Copic Markers. I then used the coordinating dies to cut out all the images.

I cut a rectangle of white cardstock with a stitched rectangle and began to lay all the images on the panel. You want to be sure some of the images are going off the page so look more like a piece of patterned paper. Once I had them where I wanted them I carefully adhered them in place with liquid glue. The overhanging images were removed with scissors and a few of the cupcake tops were added to the bottom of the panel to fill in a couple of blank spots. The panel was adhered to a black rectangle cut 1/8″ larger with liquid glue.

I stamped the sentiment from My Favorite Things Sugar-Coated Sentiments onto to black cardstock with VersaMark ink and heat embossed it white. It was adhered to the card front using Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape, which is low loft. This let me add the same foam tape behind the focal image and adhered it too a top folding cardbase without adding too much bulk.

The final embellishments was to add Ranger Glossy Accents to the cherries and Gold Stickles to the sprinkles on a couple of the cupcakes.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • My Favorite Things All the Cupcakes
  • My Favorite Things Sugar-Coated Sentiments
  • Copic Markers: R05, R02, R01; E53, E51; YR04, YR02, YR00; R35, R32; Y18, Y15, Y13, Y11; YG67, YG17, YG03, YG01; Y26, Y23, Y21; YR24, YR23, YR21, YR20; B97, B95, B91; BG13, BG11, BG10
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Ranger Gold Stickles
  • Ranger Glossy Accents

Blue and Green Birthday Balloon Bunch

I used this stamp from Sparkle N Sprinkle all the time. When my crafty friend saw the card she tried to go and buy it, but they have gone out of business. So sad, I really liked their images.

I stamped it with a VersaMark ink onto Bristol Smooth Cardstock and heat embossed it gold. It was then colored it using ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers.

The sentiment “celebrate” is part of the stamp set, but I wanted to add “you” so I looked through my stamps until I found one that was the right size and stamped it under the exclamation point.

I cut down the image using a stitched rectangle and added some blue cardstock I had in scraps to the back with liquid glue. Sticky Back Foam was added to the panel to add dimension.

I wanted to add some visual interest behind the balloon rectangle so I pulled out the Cuttlebug Polka Dot Embossing Folder and embossed the front of the cardbase. The focal image was adhered in place with liquid glue.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Sparkle N Sprinkle New Balloon Bunch
  • Altenew Perfectly Perfect
  • Cuttlebug Polka Dot Embossing Folder
  • ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers: 031 Cobalt Blue, 038 Peacock Blue, 037 Cornflower Blue, 048 Emerald Green, 047 May Green, 052 Bright Yellow
  • Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Blue Denim Base Weight Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs White 120# Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder

Birthday Wishes for a Terrific Guy

I love Art Impression stamps. This fun dude is a favorite for a masculine card. I stamped him on Neenah Classic Crest 80# to the left of the card, leaving room for the sentiment. There are only two balloons in the stamp set, but I wanted three, so I masked off one of the balloons and stamped it again to give a more visual please triangle.

This time I decided to use some pattern paper and paper piece his shirt. I pulled out a plaid from Lawn Fawn and stamped the image and fussy cut the shirt out with scissors. It was adhered to the front of the stamped image with liquid glue. The colors in the plaid were the inspiration for coloring the rest of the images with Copic Markers.

The focal image was cut down using a stitched rectangle and sticky back foam was added to the back. I decided to adhere the focal image onto a rectangle of black cardstock cut a little larger. The two were adhered together with liquid glue. The rectangles were adhered to a top folding cardbase.

As a final embellishment, Crystal Stickles was added to the balloons.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Art Impressions Birthday Wishes
  • My Favorite Things Twice the Wishes
  • Copic Markers: G19, G16, G05, G03, G02, G01; Y28, Y26, Y23, Y21; E13, E11, E01, E00, R20
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Chill Paper Pack
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Ranger Crystal Stickles
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam