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

Happy Happy Happy 70th Birthday Sweetheart

My husband turns 70 the end of this month and I wanted to create a card that used his favorite color blue, but also acknowledged his milestone birthday. I saw on Pinterest a card created for Simon Says Stamp by iminhaven. Her card was a rainbow birthday, but I kept mine blue. I really liked the repeating white “happy.”

I began by cutting one of the “happy” dies from the WPlus 9 Happy Trio 15 times from white cardstock. They were glued together using Elmer’s Spray Adhesive. They were adhered to a rectangle 1/8″ smaller than an A2 cardbase with liquid glue. The “happy” panel was adhered to a rectangle of blue glitter cardstocks with double-sided adhesive tape. The secondary sentiment was stamped on a scrap of white cardstock with blue ink and die cut using a Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Label Die and adhered to a slightly larger piece of blue glitter cardstock with double-sided tape. It was adhered over the middle “happy” word with Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape.

This would be the end of casing the card by iminhaven, but I felt that it needed more blue and something to add visual interest. I decided to cut Simon Says Stamp Balloon Bouquet from the blue glitter cardstock and adhered it in the upper right of the card. I really liked it, but I wanted to personalize the card, so I cut #70 from the same glitter cardstock using the My Favorite Things Little Numbers dies and adhered them in the center of three of the balloons.

Now the card was ready to give to my amazing husband. So blessed to have him in my life.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • WPlus 9 Happy Trio
  • Altenew Birthday Greetings
  • My Favorite Things Little Numbers
  • Simon Says Stamp Balloon Bouquet
  • Doodlebug Design Navy Glitter Cardstock
  • Neenah Classic Crest 110# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs In the Navy Ink
  • Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Strips
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive
  • Be Creative Double-Sided Tape
  • Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape

You Are So Special to Me

This is the final card I made using the Altenew Build-A-Flower Rose. My crafting friend wanted to make a purple rose, but she didn’t like the way it turned out, so I gave it a try. I think the challenge on creating these roses is to have variations in color, but ensure the tones of the colors used go well together.

I pulled out a watercolor cardstock from Paper Studio that had a beautiful corner of purple shades in light and darker. These were my base and first layer of the flowers. I then went through my scraps of purple to find two more colors that coordinated. This time I only used two layers for the leaves.

For this card I decided to pull out Avery Elle’s Horizontal Stripes background die. It has a lovely circle opening where I could nest the flowers and leaves. I cut it from white cardstock and adhered it to a top folding white cardbase.

The flowers and leaves were adhered around the circle opening with liquid glue and the sentiment was stamped in purple ink on one of the stripes.

For a final embellishment Clear Wink of Stella was added to the flowers and purple sequins were scattered around the flowers, with the centers being filled with Gold Stickles.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Build-A-Flower Rose
  • Simon Says Stamp Delicate Flowers
  • Avery Elle Horizontal Stripes
  • Altenew Deep Iris Ink
  • Copic Markers YG67
  • Purple Cardstocks from Scraps
  • The Paper Studio Watercolor Multi
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Stampin’ Up Tasteful Textile Embossing Folder
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Clear Wink of Stella
  • Pretty Pink Posh Enchanted Garden Sequin Mix
  • Ranger Gold Stickles

Yellow Rose Happy Birthday

This is the second card I made with Altenew’s Build-A-Flower Rose Die. Whenever I’m creating roses I always think of the song “The Yellow Rose of Texas” and it inspires me to use that color in a design.

I pulled out my yellow and orange scrap draw to find four different gradations of yellow for the flowers, along with three different greens for the leaves.

This time I used my scissors to round one of the larger flat petals of the flower and liked it a lot better. All the layers were adhered with liquid glue

A panel of white cardstock was cut using a Memory Box Matinee Rectangle and dry embossed using the Cuttlebug Oxford Embossing Folder. The panel was adhered to a top folding cardbase made from green cardstock from my stash.

The flowers and leaves were adhered together with liquid glue and then Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape was added to the back for dimension. They were adhered to the white rectangle by removing the cover paper.

The sentiment is from My Favorite Things Cause to Celebrate and was cut from gold mirror cardstock and adhered under the roses with liquid glue. The secondary sentiment was stamped on a scrap of green cardstock and heat embossed white, cut using a Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Label Die and adhered with a little foam tape as well. Clear Wink of Stella was added to the roses.

I love the green and yellow color combination.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Build-A-Flower Rose
  • My Favorite Things Cause to Celebrate
  • Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words Birthday
  • Cuttlebug Oxford Embossing Folder
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Yellow and Green Cardstocks from Scraps
  • Memory Box Matinee Rectangle
  • Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Label
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape
  • Clear Wink of Stella

Pink Rose Hello

My crafting friend encouraged me to purchase Altenew’s newest build-a-flower die. This is my first attempt. I like the size of the flower, but I’m not sure if I like the flat petals to the bottom of the flower.

When the dies first arrived we went shopping for some colored cardstock. I found some pretty textured cardstock from Paper Studio in different colors of pink. I did pull out one pink from my scraps and used some Copic Markers to deepen the color on another. The dies are a little harder to determine where to layer than some of the others I have, but in the end they turned out pretty.

I decided to place the large rose and leaves onto the second largest scalloped rectangle from Gina Marie Designs. For added visual interest I embossed the rectangle using Stampin’ Up’s Subtle Embossing Folder. I placed the rose and leaves in the upper left corner of the scalloped rectangle and adhered them with liquid glue.

For the sentiment I cut the beautiful Honey Bee Stamps “Hello” from gold mirror cardstock. I thought about adding foam behind it, but decided to adhered it directly to the scalloped rectangle.

The scalloped rectangle was adhered to side fold cardbase with Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Build-A-Flower Rose
  • Honey Bee Stamps Hello
  • Copic Markers: RV25, RV23, RV00, YG05, YG67
  • The Paper Studio Texture Lime Green, Light Pink, Bright Pink, Pink Watercolor
  • Bazzill Green and Pink Cardstock from Stash
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Rectangle
  • Stampin’ Up Subtle Embossing Folder
  • Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Clear Wink of Stella

Wish You the Most Beautiful Day Jan

I have a sweet neighbor who is a widow. I try and keep in touch with her on a regular basis because I know it gets lonely being on your own. Her birthday was this week and her favorite colors are purple and green. I had Altenew’s Beautiful Day on my desk because I had used a sentiment from it for another card. It has the most gorgeous flowers and I decided to use it for Jan’s card.

Usually when I use this card I stamp the outline and color the image with Copic Markers, but this is a layering stamp and I decided to give it a try. It was actually an easy layering stamp to align. I stamped all the images onto some Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock in my MISTI.

I layered the leaves and large flowers with Altenew inks. The pretty spray doesn’t have a coloring layer so I used Copic Markers to color them pink. Once everything was stamped and colored I used the coordinating dies to cut everything out.

I decided I wanted to add gold to the flowers with the outline stamp. This is fairly simple to do. You use one of the negative spaces leftover from cutting out the images and place the positive flower or leaf in place. You then align the outline stamp onto the image and stamp with VersaMark and heat set with gold embossing powder. This allows you to only have to line up the outline once. You simply pop out one flower and place another into the negative space and repeat as many times a necessary.

To assemble the card a scalloped rectangle was cut from white cardstock and dry embossed using the Darice Basketweave Embossing Folders, which is one of my favorites. It was adhered to a side folding cardbase with liquid glue. It adds such lovely visual interest behind a floral arrangement.

The flowers were arranged the way I liked them and then picked up using some Glad Press ‘n Seal, which hold everything in place until you adhere it to your card. Everything except the top flower was adhered with liquid glue. The top flower was adhered by backing it with sticky back foam to provide some dimension and additional visual interest.

The sentiment was stamped onto black cardstock and heat embossed gold as well. It was cut using a Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Label and an angled end was cut with scissors. It was adhered using both liquid glue and foam tape.

The final embellishment was to scatter purple sequins around the flowers.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Beautiful Day
  • Altenew Inks: Wisteria, Hydrangea, Ultraviolet, Limeade, Fresh Leaf
  • Copic Markers: YG17, YG05, YG03; RV23, RV02, RV00, YR24
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • Hero Arts Champagne Mix Sequins
  • Pretty Pink Posh Enchanted Garden Sequin Mix
  • Darice Basketweave Embossing Folder
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam

Thinking of You Corner Flowers

This stamp set was a collaboration between Pink Fresh Studio and Simon Says Stamptember. I have a love/hate with Stamptember. Once the stamp collaborations are sold out they are never available again. I went to purchase this stamp quickly, but the set with the matching dies was already sold out. I wanted to able to cut out the flowers and add dimension and thought I would quickly create a cut file in my Silhouette, but there are a lot of spaces between the flowers and leaves and that doesn’t work well when doing a trace and cut. So, I stamped the flower corner and then drew a pencil line around the flowers where I would fussy cut them with scissors. This didn’t work well either, but once I traced over the line with black ink I was finally able to create a cut file. I found the easiest way to use the cut file was to cut several, place the negative in my MISTI with some tape to keep it in place and add the positive cuts into place and then stamp the flowers on top.

For this card I used some lovely yellow, orange, and greens. Foam tape was added to the back for dimension. A side folding ivory cardbase was created and then dry embossed with the Cuttlebug Oxford Embossing Folder. The sentiment is from Altenew and was cut from gold mirror cardstock and again from sticky back foam. The flowers and sentiment were adhered in place with liquid glue. The final embellishment was to add some Nuvo Crystal Drop in Ripened Pumpkin to the center of the flowers.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Pink Fresh Studio Celebrate Our Differences
  • Altenew Thinking of You Die
  • Silhouette Cameo Cut File
  • Altenew Inks: Bamboo, Olive, Chamomile, Snapdragon
  • Distress Oxide Scattered Straw
  • Copic Marker Y00
  • Cuttlebug Oxford Embossing Folder
  • Nuvo Crystal Drops Ripened Pumpkin
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight and Layering Weight Ivory Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

Geo It’s Your Day

I got Simon Says Stamp It’s Your Day die and cut it from gold glitter cardstock. I planned to use it on another card, but it just didn’t look right. I went through my dies to try and find a background that would well with sentiment die and settled on the Altenew Layered Geo Cover B die. I cut it three times from 80# cardstock and adhered them together with spray adhesive and then used liquid glue to adhere the background to a top folding cardbase. I added white cardstock behind the sentiment die and adhered it to the center of the Geo Cover Die. It needed a little something more to make it more celebratory so I added one of the balloons from Simon Says Stamp Balloon Bouquet. A quick and easy card to create.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Layered Geo Cover B
  • Simon Says Stamp It’s Your Day
  • Simon Says Stamp Balloon Bouquet
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Glitter Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

Golden Best Day Ever

I always keep all my scraps of mirror cardstock and have it in a drawer to use for sentiments. I had pulled out an oval piece to cut the sentiment for my previous card and didn’t want to waste the leftover.

I decided to create a background using the Studio Katia Floral Bunch from the last card. I stamped it in light pink ink to fill quarter sheet of cardstock and then cut it down with a stitched rectangle. Gold mirror cardstock was added behind the rectangle for a thin border, then the panel was adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase.

I pulled out the Spellbinders Fancy Edged Ovals to die cut the leftover negative sentiment and add a pretty border. The large scallop of this die set was used cut white cardstock to add visual interest behind the sentiment. I didn’t like the way the white looked so I used the pink Copic Markers used on the previous card to color the scalloped background and the inside of the sentiment. I like this much better, but the coloring inside the sentiment was blotchy because in a few places the glue used to adhered the gold oval sentiment to the background had oozed out, so I colored a scrap of cardstock with the markers and die cut the sentiment again, inlaying into the negative space.

Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape was added to the back of the oval and adhered to stamped background. It was pretty, but kind of blah. It just needed something. So I pulled out my Altenew Garden Picks 3D dies and cut a flower and leaves, colored some cardstock with Copic Markers and then die cut and layered the images and adhered them to the left of the oval. Finally the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Garden Picks 3D
  • Studio Katia Floral Bunch
  • Simon Says Stamp Best Day Ever
  • Copic Markers: RV23, RV02, RV000, YG00, YG17
  • Spellbinders Fancy Edged Ovals
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Gina K. Designs Innocent Pink Ink
  • Wink of Stella Clear
  • Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape

Japanese Chrysanthemum Thinking of You

I really like the mondo stamps from Ellen Hutson, and chrysanthemums are such a beautiful fall flowers. I really like the lacy look to a Japanese chrysanthemum, but it was more challenging to color this image. It was hard to determine the petals at times.

I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto the Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock. This is my preferred cardstock when using Copic Markers. They blend beautifully, but they do bleed through. So if you are doing a one layer card, I would used Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock. It allows for a beautiful blend as well, but it is thick enough that it doesn’t bleed through.

I decided to use some deep burgundy reds for this flower and love the way it turned out. Once the color was complete I die cut the flower and leaves with the coordinating dies.

To add some visual interest behind the flower I used a flower grid background die I purchased online from China. You can die cut the background and have tiny little petals where each diamond meets, but I decided to emboss the die instead. It add such a lovely, subtle background. It was adhered to a white top folding A2 cardbase.

I wanted to add dimension to the flower, but not too much, so I pulled out my Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape. The loft on this tape is about half of the 3M Foam Tape. I glued the leaves in place and removed the backing from the foam tape and adhered the flower in place.

For the sentiment I pulled out Altenew’s Thinking of You set and stamped the selected scripty sentiment onto black cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it white. I used the same foam tape to adhere it under the flower image.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Ellen Hutson Mondo Chrysanthemum
  • Altenew Thinking of You
  • Copic Markers: G99, G94, G24, G20; RV69, R59, R39, R37, YR24, YR21
  • China Flower Grid Background Die (Embossed)
  • Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • 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
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink