Happy Birthday Cupcake

I make a lot of birthday cards.  I have challenged myself to try to use all the stamps and products that I have purchased.  This card was inspired from some really cute paper by Doodlebug Designs, Sweet Things, which made a colorful cupcake using my Sizzix Balloon and Cupcake die.  I really like the way it turned out.

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I used the coordinating paper to cut the cupcake and assembled it together using my Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  I wrapped the bottom of the cupcake with white organza ribbon and added a few white pearls.  I die cut a panel from Gina K. Designs 120# white cardstock with the largest Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles.  3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was added to the back of the cupcake and adhered to the panel, leaving enough room for the sentiment.

With WPlus9’s Happy Trio I die cut the “happy” from matching patterned paper.  To add dimension I cut the word again two more times from white cardstock and adhered them together with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and then it was adhered to the card. The word birthday came from Winnie & Walter Big Bold & Party and was stamped in Hero Hues Black.

The top folding card was made from Gina K. Design 120# white cardstock, cut to 4 1/4″ x 11″ and scored at 5 1/2″.  The panel was adhered to the card base with 3M 1/2″ foam tape.  On the inside of the card I cut down the cupcake dies to make it smaller and adhered it to the lower left corner.  The inside sentiment is from C. C. Designs Amy R. Sweet Sentiments, stamped with Hero Hues ink, and the card was done.

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Products used:

  • Doodlebug Designs Sweet Things 6 x 6 Paper
  • WPlus9 Happy Trio Die Cut
  • Winnie & Walter Big Bold & Party
  • Sizzix Balloon & Cupcake Die
  • C.C. Designs Amy R Sweet Sentiments (Inside)
  • Largest Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Paper
  • ⅝” White Organza Ribbon from JoAnn’s
  • Recollections White Pearls
  • 1/2″ 3M Foam Tape
  • Hero Hues Black Ink
  • Sizzix Big Shot

Hello Beautiful

I love creating birthday cards for family.  I think about their favorite colors and try to make sure that the card is something they know was made just for them.  This card was created for my sister-in-law Hilda.  She is a special lady and I wanted her card to be special for her.  I used My Favorite Things Mini Modern Blooms and their matching dies to create her card.

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Altenew inks make it so easy to be successful with multi-layered images. For these flowers I used the following inks: Deep Iris, Midnight Violet, Lavender Field, Blush, Cotton Candy, Coral Berry, Mango Smoothie, Warm Sunshin, Dark Chocolate, Frayed Leaf, Forest Glade, and Evergreen.

I die cut a panel of Gina K. Designs 120# white cardstock with the largest Lawn Fawns Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles, which adds a lovely detail the edges of the panel.  I laid out the flowers on the panel until I liked the way they were arranged.  This allowed me to determine where I wanted the sentiment to be stamped, which is from Simon Says Stamp Hello Beautiful.  I then glued some of the flowers and leaves to the panel, adhered others with one layer of 3M 1/2″ foam tape, and the last with two layers of foam tape, giving dimension to the bouquet of flowers.

The purple cardstock for the card came from my stock of colored paper.  I cut it to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and scored it at 4 1/4″.  I then glued the panel directly to the card base with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  I cut another stitched panel and adhered it to the inside of the card with Elmer’s Glue Runner, added a small flower and leaf to the left corner and stamped the greeting “HAPPY BIRTHDAY, I HOPE YOUR DAY IS FABULOUS” from Papertrey Ink Boutique Borders Birthday stamp set.  I scattered a few sequins from Pretty Pink Posh Enchanted Garden and the card was finished.

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Products Used:

  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Purple Card Stock
  • My Favorite Things Mini Modern Blooms Stamp and Die
  • Simon Says Stamp Hello Beautiful Stamp
  • Papertrey Ink Boutique Borders Birthday Stamp
  • Lawn Fawns Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles Die
  • Altenew Inks:  Deep Iris, Midnight Violet, Lavender Field, Blush, Cotton Candy, Coral Berry, Mango Smoothie, Warm Sunshin, Dark Chocolate, Frayed Leaf, Forest Glade, and Evergreen
  • 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Elmer’s Glue Runner
  • Pretty Pink Posh Enchanted Garden Sequins
  • Sizzix Big Shot

A Warm Welcome

A couple of weeks ago we had three families move into our congregation at church. Our congregations are organized into wards, which are a geographic area that determines who attends at what times.  This ensures that the congregations don’t get so big people won’t be able to know one another and get lost in the crowd. But even with smaller congregations it’s hard to move and not know anyone.  I decided that since I love making cards I would start making welcome cards for the new families. Here are the three cards that I made. I must have been in a pink mood, because all of them have pink flowers.

CARD #1 was made with Altenew’s Peony Bouquet and stamped with Altenew Ink.  This image has multiple layers. I tried stamping the outline area first, but after some trial and error I found I got a better image when I started with the solid base.  For the flowers, layer 1 was stamped with Blush, layer 2 with Rouge, layer 3 with Crimson, and the outline with Hero Hues Black. The leaves were stamped with Frayed Leaf for layer 1 and Forest Glades for layer 2.

I die cut a panel of Gina K. Design 120# white cardstock  using the largest Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles and adhered one of the full blooms, the bud, and leaves with Elmer’s Dot Runner adhesive.  The final bloom was adhered with 3M 1/2″ foam tape to give added dimension.

The sentiment is from Hero Arts Little One and was stamped with my MISTI in Hero Hues Black. This allowed me to stamp a few times to get a crisp black.  I adhered the panel to a 120# Gina K. Design white card base with 3M 1/2″ foam tape, scattered a few sequins from Pretty Pink Posh Sweetheart collection, added a bloom to the inside left corner and the card was done.

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Products Used:

  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Altenew Peony Bouquet Stamp and Die
  • Hero Arts Little One Stamp
  • Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles Die
  • Hero Arts Little One Stamp
  • Altenew Ink: Blush, Rouge, Crimson, Frayed Leaf, and Forest Glades
  • Hero Hues Black Ink
  • Elmer’s Dot Runner adhesive
  • 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape
  • Pretty Pink Posh Sweetheart Sequins
  • Sizzix Big Shot

CARD #2 was made with Penny Black’s Centerpiece and stamped in VersaMark ink on 140# Cold Press Strathmore Watercolor Paper.  Before stamping I prepped the area with my embossing buddy so the embossing powder would only cling to the stamped image.  I used Ranger’s Platinum Embossing Powder, which gives an elegant feel to the card.  I watercolored the image by wetting down individual flowers and dropping the color into the area, letting the color move on its own and concentrating the darker color where there would be shadows.  I used the following Distress Inks: Spun Sugar, Tattered Rose, Picked Raspberry, Victorian Velvet, Seedless Preserves, Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint, Fossilized Amber, Antique Linen, and Tumbled Glass.

I die cut the watercolor image using the largest Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles. The sentiment is from Hero Arts Little One and was stamped with VersaMark and embossed with Ranger Platinum embossing powder. I adhered the panel to a 120# Gina K. Design white card base with 3M 1/2″ foam tape.  You can see a hint of the inside of the card.  I always stamp the image in a light ink or add a small die cut image similar to what is on the front of the card.   Sometimes I add another sentiment, but not always.  I do something similar for the envelopes.  Once the inside was stamped the card was done.

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Products Used:

  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Strathmore 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Penny Black Centerpiece Stamp
  • Ranger’s Platinum Embossing Powder
  • VersaMark ink
  • Inkadinkado Embossing Buddy
  • Distress Inks: Spun Sugar, Tattered Rose, Picked Raspberry, Victorian Velvet, Seedless Preserves, Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint, Fossilized Amber, Antique Linen, and Tumbled Glass
  • Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles Die
  • 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape

CARD #3 was made with Penny Black’s Blooming Garden. I used the poppy flower image, stamped it with VersaMark ink on 140# Cold Press Strathmore Watercolor Paper, after I prepped the area with my embossing buddy so the embossing powder would only cling to the stamped image.  I used Ranger’s Platinum embossing powder and set it with my heat tool.

I watercolored the image by wetting down individual flower petals and dropping the color into the water, letting it move on its own.  I used Winsor and Newton Permanent Rose and Sap Green.  The background was a blend of Cerulean Blue and Turquoise Light, watered down so that it was a very light wash.  The sentiment is from My Favorite Things Beautiful Baby, stamped with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Ranger’s Platinum Embossing Powder.

I die cut the image using the largest Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles and adhered the panel to a 120# Gina K. Design white card base with 3M 1/2″ foam tape, stamped the image on the inside of the card with Altenew Rouge ink and the card was done.

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Products Used:

  • Strathmore 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Penny Black Blooming Garden Stamp
  • My Favorite Things Beautiful Baby Stamp
  • Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles Die
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Altenew Rouge Ink
  • Inkadinkado Embossing Buddy
  • Ranger Platinum Embossing Powder
  • Marvy Embossing Heat Tool
  • 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape
  • Sizzix Big Shot

Thanks a Bunch

I am always in need of thank you cards.  Last weekend we were in Salt Lake City for a family wedding and my beautiful sister Julie generously gave us a place to stay.  Staying with loved ones is always better than a hotel.  For one you get really good home cooked food and terrific company.

I love the flower stamps from Altenew.  This time I used their Hennah Elements, but I did a little something different by stamping on colored cardstock with a darker die ink and then adding some highlights with Copic markers.  This ensured that the die cut images have color, even the border.

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The colored cardstock I have had for ages, so I can’t give you colors or brands, the inks used for stamping were Color Box Cyan, Violet, and Amber.  The Copic markers used were: B04, V99, and YR23.

The card base is Gina K. Designs 120# white card stock, cut at 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ and scored it at 4 1/4″ for a landscape top folding card.  I stamped two images of the middle flower and fussy cut the center of the flower from one of them.  I adhered the middle flower to the card base with 3M 1/2” foam tape and then attached the fussy cut center of the flower using another layer of foam tape for added dimension.  I tucked the other two flowers and leaves underneath, adhering them with Elmer’s Craft Bond Dot Runner.  To add some additional dimension and pop to the center of the flowers I added The Paper Studio Gold Glitter Stripe Gemstones.

I stamped Altenew’s Label Love for the sentiment on white cardstock with Hero Hues Black ink and cut a fish tail end to one side.  I need to practice on how to do this better so the words are crisper.  In the end I used a white gel pen and traced over the letters for a clearer sentiment.  Not sure if this was any better since the letters weren’t perfectly formed, but you could read them better.  I attached it to the bottom of the card using 3M 1/2″ foam tape, and the card was done.

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Products Used:

  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Altenew Hennah Elements Stamp
  • Altenew Label Love Stamp
  • Color Box Inks: Cyan, Violet, and Amber
  • Copic Markers: B04, V99, and YR23
  • The Paper Studio Gold Glitter Stripe Gemstones
  • 3M 1/2” Foam Tape
  • Elmer’s Craft Bond Dot Runner

Love You Forever Farm Boy

Yesterday my farm boy and I celebrated 43 years of marriage. Life has been sweet. It hasn’t been without its challenges, but together we have weathered every storm, and most days we have basked in the sunshine of our love for each other. I would marry him again in a heartbeat and I am grateful to have eternity to look forward to with him by my side. Thank you honey for filling my life with joy.

Michael grew up on a farm and was determined not to be a farm boy when he grew up.  But the lessons learned on a farm teach you how to have faith in what is ahead and how to work hard.  And no matter what you do in life, you can’t take that farm boy away from who you are. So, when I saw the Little Darlings Valentine Moments stamp with the little boy in overalls sitting on a fence it reminded me of the farm boy I married all those years ago and I knew it would be perfect for an anniversary card.

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I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Gina K. Designs 80# white card stock and colored it with Copic markers.

  • Dark Hair: E49, E77, E59
  • Blond Hair: E51, T50, YR21
  • Dress: V12, V15, V17
  • Flowers: RV11, RV13, RV14
  • Shirt: B000, B00, B01
  • Jeans: B34, B37, B39
  • Skin: E000, E00, E01
  • Bird: B04, B02, B01
  • Fence: E29, E25, E23
  • Sky: BG0000, BG10

My card base was some blue paper from my stash, cut 4 1/4″ x 11 and scored at 5 1/2″ for a top folding card.  I cut some Gina K. Design 80# White Cardstock with the Largest Lawn Fawn Stitched Stackable Rectangles, but ran it through again to cut off a little on two sides so it would be slightly smaller than the card base.  I die cut the image with the Sizzix Rounded Tag, but it was a little too tall and so I ran it through again until it was the height desired and glued it to a piece of matching blue card stock.  I then fussy cut a matching blue border.  To add dimension I applied 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape to the back and attached it to the white panel, towards the top so it left enough room for the sentiment.  I die cut the word “Love” from Hero Arts stamp and cut Love set and added foam adhesive to the bottom of the word so the top of the word would lie flat on the image panel and the bottom of the word would be supported.  I nestled the words you and forever from Winnie & Walter The Big, the Bold and You stamp set with Memento Paris Dusk ink, scattered a few sequins from Doodlebug Blue Jeans and Pretty Pink Posh Seattle Spirit Mix, and the card was done.

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Hang in There

My niece Alannah had some pretty significant surgery yesterday and I wanted to send her a card to make her smile and encourage her to hang in there during her long convalescence. I thought the cute images from Clearly Besotted’s Cheeky Monkey would be perfect.

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  • Sky: BG0000, BG10
  • Leaves & Vine: G28, G99, G94, G24
  • Branches: E29, E39, E35
  • Monkey Body: E57, E23, E33
  • Monkey Belly and Face: E55, E43, E42
  • Cheeks and Tongue: R20, R22

I cut a panel of the same white cardstock using the largest Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles.  At first I used Lawn Fawn’s Jessie’s ABCs to stamp a “Hang in There” sentiment at the bottom of the page, but I didn’t like how it looked.  The card seems to be top heavy and it got lost amidst the monkeys. So, I cut a strip of leftover brown cardstock, stamped the sentiment “hang in there” from Poppy Stamps Into the Words three times with VersaMark ink and heat embossed it with Recollections Snow Detail Embossing Powder.  I glued the strip over the first attempt and liked that much better.

I have been collecting patterned and colored paper for years, long ago when I was doing scrapbooking.  My husband says that I have my own store, and that is probably true.  I have no idea which company a lot of them came from, and they probably wouldn’t be available today. I selected a pretty lime green cardstock for the card base, cutting it to 4 1/4″ x 11″ and scored it with my Scor-Buddy at 5 1/2″.  I then found a loose leafy patterned paper and cut it using the largest Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangles and adhered it directly to the card base with Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue.  I used 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape on the back of the cute monkey images and the branch two of them were sitting on for dimension and placed them on the white panel.  I used the leaves from the other two branches to balance the images, gluing them directly to the paper.  I mounted the white image panel to the card base using a generous amount of foam tape and thought I was done, but it looked too stark white.  So I added BG0000 and BG10 to the background for a blue sky and was satisfied.

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Happy Birthday Air Boy

My brother-in-law Dan has his birthday on the same day as my wedding anniversary, so it’s easy to remember.  He and my sister live in the San Diego area and a couple of years ago we visited the U.S.S. Midway with them.  Dan and my husband, Michael, had a great day looking at all the details of the ship, where they stored the airplanes when not in use, how precarious it was to take off and land on such a short runway, etc.  They had a grand time.  So, this year I decided to make a birthday card for Dan with Penny Black’s Air Boy.

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I wanted to try my hand at a little no line watercoloring.  I stamped the image on Strathmore 140 lb. Cold Press Watercolor paper with Distress Antique Linen ink and colored the image with the following Distress inks.

  • Cap and Bomber Jacket: Gathered Twigs and Ground Espresso / Collar: Walnut Stain and Gathered Twigs / Ear Flaps: Tea Dye
  • Goggles: Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain, Tea Dye
  • Scarf: Faded Jeans
  • Shoes: Faded Jeans and Weathered Wood
  • Slacks: Brushed Corduroy
  • Airplane: Weathered Wood and Candied Apple
  • Face: Tea Dye and Abandoned Coral
  • Grass: Mowed Lawn
  • Sky: Tumbled Glass

I sized the image using the largest Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangle and stamped the greeting from C. C. Designs Amy R Winged Greetings Sentiments using my MISTI with Hero Hues India Black ink.  I adhered the watercolored panel to a top fold card base from blue cardstock I’ve had in my my stash using 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape for a little dimension and ensuring it would lay flat. On the inside of the card I stamped the image again on white cardstock with Antique Linen  and the “Happy Birthday to You” greeting from the same stamp set and the card was done.00133aw

Love Me Do Wedding Card

My nephew Brandon is getting married this weekend. He and his bride to be, Olivia, selected Navy Blue, Cream, and Taupe for their wedding colors. Whimsey Stamps has a cute image of a bride and groom.  I stamped the image with Memento Paris Dusk on Gina K. Designs Ivory cardstock and colored it with Copic markers.

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Brandon & Olivia

I used the following Copic colors.

  • Suit and Flowers: B93, B95, B97, B99
  • Dress: W0, W1
  • Groom’s Hair: YR20, YR21, YR23, E35
  • Bride’s Hair: E50, E51, E53
  • Bouquet Leaves: G20, G82, G85
  • Skin: E000, E00, E11
  • Cheeks: R20

I created a plaid pattern on the vest for variation and to break up all the blue.  In the center of the flowers I squeezed a little platinum Stickles.  I sized the image using the second Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangle and cut the taupe background with the largest Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Rectangle, but felt it was too large for the look I was going for, so I ran it through the Bigshot again, placing it so it was about 1/8″ smaller with an overall size of 4 3/4″ x 3 9/16″.  I added 3M 1/2 Foam Tape to the back of the image and the taupe background and adhered them to a Gina K. Design 120 lb. ivory card base.

The sentiment is from Winnie & Walter The Big, The Bold and You cutaways in Gina K. Designs 120 lb. Navy cardstock, layered three times with Zig 2 Way Glue Pen for depth and dimension and adhered it to the front of the card with Zig 2 Way Glue Pen and the card was done.

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Wedding

Graduation Card

My niece Shaniah will be graduating from high school on May 27, 2016.  I wanted to do a special card that was tailored just for her.  I love the little people from La-La Land Crafts and pulled out Graduation Marci.

Shaniah GraduationSince I planned to color it with Copic Markers I stamped it with Memento Tuxedo Black on Gina K. Designs 80 lbs. white card stock.  Her school colors are red, white, and blue and she will be wearing a navy blue gown, so I colored the image using the following Copic markers.

  • Cap and Gown: B95, B97, B99
  • Tassel: Y23, YR23, YR24
  • Dress, Shoes and Ribbon: R22, R35, R37 / Y23, YR23, YR24
  • Certificate: E00, E11
  • Hair: YR20, YR21, YR23, E57
  • Skin: E000, E00, E11
  • Blush: R20
  • Lips: R22

Once I was done coloring I fussy cut the image, eliminating the longer hair since Shaniah has shoulder length hair.  I used the Memento Tuxedo Black marker to go around the edges, giving them a more finished look.

For the front panel of the card I used a piece of 120 lbs Gina K. Design White Cardstock and embossed it with the WeR Memory Keepers Stripes Sunburst.  I love the look of stitched edges so I used the largest Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangle and ran the embossed background through my Sizzix Bigshot and adhered it with Elmer’s Dot Runner Adhesive to a Gina K. Design navy card base.

I used 3M 1/2″ foam tape to give some dimension to the image and adhered it to the center of the starburst background, a little closer to the top to allow for a sentiment.  I took Michael’s red glitter cardstock and added some Be Creative tape to the back before cutting the “congrats” from the Winnie & Walter The Big, The Bold and You cutaways and adhered it to the bottom of the front panel.  I scattered multi-sized red rhinestones from my stash that I have had for years.  I cut the Simon Says Stamp Mini Hearts Outline die from leftover red glitter cardstock and adhered a few of those to the front panel as well and the card was done.

It’s a Launch

I fell in love with cardmaking a couple of years ago and since then I have been watching amazing videos from leaders in the industry.  They have taught me so much and my skills have grown by leaps and bounds.  

I have often thought about starting my own blog spot to share the joy of this creative outlet, but was intimidated by learning how to create and update a blog.  Sounds crazy from a professional administrative assistance, but things have changed a great deal since I was a website administrator, and this endeavor required starting from the ground up.  But I’ve finally taken the plunge.

I hope that in some small measure I can inspire others to learn something new, to share God given talents with others, to do something every day that makes your heart sing.

Happy Crafting