It’s Your Birthday! Let’s Celebrate!

This card is basically a monochromatic color scheme with reds.  The patterned paper accented the colors used in the layered cupcake.  Since I die cut the cupcake into a circle shape the card needed a little white accents on the bottom of the card and pulled out My Favorite Things Chevron Stripes.

A very clean and simple design and very easy to create.

Products Used:

  • Altenew Layered Cupcakes
  • Gina K. Designs Inks: Sweet Corn, Peach Bellini, Coral Reef
  • Pretty Pink Posh Christmas Sequin Mix
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Reflections Bright and Basic 12 x 12 Cardstock Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • My Favorite Things Chevron Stripes
  • Mikuki Ruby Seed Beads Mix

Happy Birthday To You Balloons

This is the second try of this card.  The first time around I tried using Glossy Accents and I used too much and it was running off the balloons and making a mess, so I went back to the drawing board, stamped the background balloon directly onto the stitched rectangle rather than die cutting them all and adhered them with liquid glue.  I took the sentiment balloons, adhered them together, and then used clear embossing powder to add the shine and loved the way it turned out.

I decided to use Gina K. Designs Turquoise Sea cardstock for the cardbase and love the way it accented the big turquoise balloon.  3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was added to the back for dimension and glued in place with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.  A Sakura Gelly Roll Metallic Silver Pen was used for the strings on the balloon.  It was a very subtle accent.

Products Used:

  • Avery Elle Balloons
  • Gina K. Designs Inks: Grass, Applemint, Sweet Corn, Lemon Drop, Turquoise Sea, Blue Lagoon
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Hero Arts Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder
  • My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle
  • Darcie Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Turquoise Sea Cardstock
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Metallic Silver Pen

Eat Cake Birthday Card

When I am creating masculine birthday cards I try and find neutral images, cupcakes, cakes, balloons, candles, and manly images.  Who doesn’t like cupcakes for their birthday.  I really like the color palette used for this card and once I was done stamping I rummaged through my patterned paper and found the perfect match.

I stamped the images with Gina K. Designs ink onto Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock.  Once the stamping was done I found the perfect paper in Lawn Fawn’s Perfectly Plaid Chill 6 x 6 paper pack.

Products Used:

  • CZ Designs Birthday Palooza
  • Avery Elle Cupcakes
  • Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Chill Petite Paper Pack
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Inks: Sweet Corn, Blue Lagoon, Turquoise Sea
  • Memento Tuxedo Back
  • Hero Hues India Ink Black
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle

Nothing Bundt the Best

At Splitcoaststampers.com this week the Technique Lovers Challenge was to create a Tri-Fold Card.  It looked interesting and so I decided to give it a try.

You take a full sheet of cardstock and score it at 4 1/4″ and 5 1/2″ and then you cut it diagonally from corner to corner.  This creates the tri-fold card base.  I decided to do a top folding card and decorated the bottom right of the card with patterned paper from Bo Bunny’s Isabella Collection.  Then I needed to decide on what focal image I could create that would go well with the patterned paper I had chosen.  I decided to us Avery Elle’s Bring on the Cake.

I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored it with Copic Markers.  I then pulled out My Favorite Things Pierced Circle STAX die and selected one that would closely cut around the focal image.  I left enough room to stamp the sentiment from the same stamp set.  I matted my circle with pink cardstock I had in scraps using the Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Circles Small.

When adhering the focal image you want to be sure that you only do so to one side so that the tri-fold card can be opened.  I decided to scatter some Doodebug Designs Sprinkles Cupcake Assortment around the focal image, added Ranger Glossy Accents to the frosting and the card was done.

The problem with this type of card is that it doesn’t stay together very well.  This really bothered me and so I went to my sewing room and pulled out some clear Velcro and added a small square underneath the focal image to keep the card together and it worked much better.

Products Used:

  • Avery Elle Bring on the Cake
  • Bo Bunny Isabella Collection Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • Copic Markers: RV13, RV11, RV10; E49, E59, E57; C4, C2, C1
  • Clear Wink of Stella
  • Glossy Accents
  • Doodlebug Design Sprinkles Cupcake Assortment
  • My Favorite Things Pierced Circle STAX
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Circles Small
  • Lawn Fawn Stitched Borders

Happy BDay 2U

I recently purchased Tim Holtz’ Distress Micro Glaze to use with Distress Oxide Inks on photo paper.  When Distress Oxide Inks are combined with water they turn very cloudy, but you can keep layering colors as long as you want, as long as you dry the layers in between.  I almost through away this ink blended background.  It was an ugly, cloudy mess, but I pulled it out of the trash and decided to experiment and see what it would look like after adding the micro glaze and low and behold it turned out to be a gorgeous, vibrant green.

I was able to get two cards from one panel of 4″ x 6″ photo paper.  For the first card I die cut ballo0ns using both Avery Elle Balloons and Lawn Fawn Party Balloons from the micro glaze paper.  I used My Favorite Things Little Uppercase and Lowercase Letters Dies to cut the sentiment in the balloons.  A panel of cardstock from Doodlebug Designs Kraft in Color 6″ x 6″ Cardstock was die cut with a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle and adhered to the front of an A2 top folding cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  The balloons and they were adhered to the patterned paper using 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape.  Sequins were scattered around the balloons and the card was done.

For the second card a rectangle of green cardstock was cut with the MFT Stitched Rectangle and adhered to a top folding cardbase.  Balloon were cut from DCWV Floral Fair Stack 12″ x 12″ Paper using the same dies.  The letters that had been die cut from the micro glaze paper were adhered to the front of the balloons with Ranger Multi Medium Matte.  3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was added to the back of the balloons and they were adhered to the front of the cardbase.  Sequins were scatter around the balloons and a second card was created.  Love when that happens.

Products Used:

  • Avery Elle Balloons Dies
  • Lawn Fawn Party Balloons Dies
  • My Favorite Things Little Uppercase and Lowercase Letters Dies
  • Distress Oxide Inks: Peeled Paint, Bundles Sage, Lucky Clover
  • Ranger Distress Micro Glaze
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangles
  • Canson 4” x 6” Glossy Photo Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Doodlebug Designs Kraft in Color 6” x 6” Cardstock or
  • DCWV Floral Fair Stack 12” x 12” Paper
  • Green Cardstock from Scraps
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Pretty Pink Posh Seattle Spirit Mix and Fresh Mint Sequins
  • Doodlebug Designs Limeade Sequins

Deepest Sympathy

Yesterday I found out that a dear friend of ours passed away early in the morning of July 4. As soon as I heard I wanted to get a card made for Jan and her family, letting them know they are in our thoughts and prayers, and we are here for them if they need us. This card was very easy to create, but then the  Ranger 3-D Botanical Texture Plate makes a gorgeous card.

I embossed a rectangle of Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White with the embossing folder and gently ink blended the raised surfaces with Distress Oxide Antique Linen.

For the sentiment I die cut the word “Sympathy” using the matching dies for Avery Elle’s With Sympathy stamp set out of Couture Creations Gold Matte Cardstock. I cut a strip of Paper Accents Ivory Vellum to fit the die cut and then stamped the secondary sentiment with Memento Luxe Rich Cocoa. I wrapped the vellum around the embossed rectangle and adhered it to the back using Scotch Tape.

The card front was adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase K made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock with Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive and the card was done.

Products Used:

  • Sizzix 3-D Texture Botanical
  • Avery Elle With Sympathy
  • Distress Oxide Antique Linen
  • Memento Luxe Rich Cocoa
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Couture Creations Gold Matte Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Ivory Vellum
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Scotch Tape

Rainbow Hooray! It’s Your Birthday

This week’s featured stamper on Splitcoaststampers is Cheiron Brandon.  I decided to case one of her cards to created this rainbow birthday card.  Cheiron’s card can be found at: https://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/2863217?&cat=500&ppuser=246382.

I loved the rainbow background against the white die cut background.  Cheiron used patterned paper, but I decided to ink blend my background with Distress Oxide Inks onto some Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock.

I pulled out my Avery Elle Horizontal Stripes Die.  It not only creates a great background, it also included this word die.  I cut the background and word dies four times from the Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White cardstock and stacked them together using Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive.  I placed the background onto my rainbow background to determine where to stamp the secondary sentiment from Simon Says Stamp Big Birthday Wishes, stamped with Hero Hues India Ink Black.

The stacked die cuts were adhered to the rainbow background with Nuvo Deluxe adhesive.  The focal panel was then adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  It was a pretty easy card to make, but the rainbow background really makes it pop.

When I was done I had the leftover negative space of the circle/word die.  I glued all the layers together and added it to another rainbow ink blended background.  Added some rainbow sequins around the word and adhered it to the card front with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

The secondary sentiment is from My Favorite Things Jungle Vibes.  It was stamped with VersaMark Ink below the circle die cut and heat embossed with Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder.

I love when you can get two card at once.

Products Used Card #1:

  • Avery Elle Horizontal Stripes Die
  • Simon Says Stamp Big Birthday Wishes
  • Distress Oxide Inks: Candied Apple, Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistachio, Broken China, Faded Jeans, Shaded Lilac
  • Hero Hues India Ink Black
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tools
  • Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

Products Used Card #2:

  • Avery Elle Horizontal Stripes Die – Word Circle Only
  • My Favorite Things Jungle Vibes
  • Distress Oxide Inks: Candied Apple, Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistachio, Broken China, Faded Jeans, Shaded Lilac
  • Hero Hues India Ink Black
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tools
  • Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Various Rainbow Colored Sequins

 

Let Freedom Ring

This card was created as inspired by Splitcoaststampers card layout design for this week.  Since it was the week of July 4th I decided to pull out this cute image from La-La Land Crafts called Saluting Luka.  I am so grateful for all those men and women who dedicate their lives to keep America and the world free.  This is in honor of them.

I revised the layout slightly with the placement of the small rectangles/square. I cut the three rectangle/square elements of the card from Gina K. Designs Kraft Cardstock.  I used My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangles and Avery Elle’s Double Pierced Square dies.  I had to elongate the square to make a rectangle, and the A2 rectangle needed to be elongated as well so that it would align with the other two elements.

I stamped Luka on some Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  He was colored using Copic Markers (listed below).  I used my Silhouette PIXScan mat to scan and cut around the image.  I placed the image onto the paper side of Darice Sticky Back Foam and traced around it, fussy cut it just smaller than the trace, and adhered it to the back of the image for added dimension.  Luka was the focal image and was placed on the long rectangle and adhered with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.  For the banner across the bottom I decided to use a stars banner from Stampin’ Up/Sizzix Mini Treat Bag out of red cardstock and back it with gold glitter cardstock.  I added a small square of foam to each end and placed it across the bottom of Luka.

I searched online to find another image that would compliment Luka and found this really cute patriotic eagle holding an American Flag created by MarinaNeira.  I saved the image, uploaded it into the Silhouette Cameo, traced around the image and cut it out to add to the lower elongated rectangle.

For the upper square I die cut a Spellbinders Stars Five out of gold glitter cardstock and added one of the red stars leftover from the banner.  I scatter the three of the remaining small red hearts around the eagle.

For the sentiment I pulled out Dare 2B Artzy’s My Hero stamp set and stamped it in the lower right of the card with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  I decided to add some score lines between the images and the sentiment and the card was done.

Products Used:

  • La-La Land Crafts Saluting Luka
  • Dare 2B Artzy My Hero
  • Patriotic Eagle by MarinaNeira
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Dark Chocolate Base Weight Cardstock
  • Copic Markers: E13, E11, E01, E00, R20; E37, E35, E34; E55, E51, E35; E33, E31, E30;  B39, B37, B34; R29, R27, R24; E29, E33; YG97, YG95, YG93; 100, C8, C, C6, C5, C4, C3, C2, C1
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle (extended)
  • Avery Elle Double Pierced Square (extended)
  • Stampin’ Up/Sizzix Mini Treat Bag Border
  • Spellbinders Stars Five
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte

Goodbye Roxie Sympathy Card

This morning I found out that my good friend had to put down her beloved Australian Shepherd dog named Roxie yesterday.  I know how much these sweet animals become a part of your family and their passing is a difficult time of adjustment.  I wanted Margie to know that we loved her and we are here for her during this time of sorrow.  I went out to her Facebook page to find a picture of Roxie and used that to color this image I found online.  I think it turned out pretty good.  You can’t really see the copper coloring on the picture below, but it gives you and idea of how Roxie looked in life.

 

When I heard that Roxie had passed I went on line and searched for Australian Shepherd Line Art and found this image from GetDrawings.com.  I printed it with my Silhouette Cameo with registration marks onto Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock so that I could cut around the finished image.  I colored the image with Copic Markers (listed below).

I traced around the image onto the paper side of some Darice Sticky Back Foam and then fussy cut around it inside of the lines and added it to the back of the focal image for dimension.  A rectangle of Neena cardstock was die cut using a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle die and adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs base weight Onyx Black Cardstock with Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive.

For the sentiment I cut the “sympathy” word die from Avery Elle’s With Sympathy four times from black cardstock.  I used Elmer’s CraftBond Spray Adhesive to glue them all together and then adhered it to the bottom of the white rectangle with Ranger Multi Medium Matte.  The secondary sentiment is from the same stamp set and was stamped using Hero Hues India Ink Black.  The image of Roxie was then adhered with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive just above the sentiment die and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Australian Shepherd Line Drawing from GetDrawings.com
  • Avery Elle With Sympathy
  • Hero Hues India Ink Black
  • Copic Makers: W9, W7, W6, W5, W4, W3, W2, W1; C9, C7, C5; R22, R20; E55, E53, E51
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive Long
  • Silhouette Cameo

 

Layered Daisies Hello II

This is the second card that I made using Gina K. Designs Layered Daisies.  This time I had a coral and turquoise color scheme and used leaves from Altenew’s Adore You stamp set.

The daisies were stamped on Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock and stamped with Gina K. Designs inks, listed below.  The leaves  are from Altenew’s Adore You.  A rectangle of the same white cardstock was cut using a My Favorite Things Wonky Rectangle, which was adhered to a side folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs Grass Green Base Weight Cardstock.

The wonky rectangle was adhered directly to the cardbase using Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive Long.  The flowers were arranged the way I liked them and then picked up using Glad Press ‘n Seal, which allows you to keep them arranged and turn them over to add adhesive.  For this arrangement 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was added to the back and then placed on the wonky rectangle.

The sentiment was cut from Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock using the Mama Elephant Hello Script Die.  It was cut again from Darice Sticky Back Foam and the mirror cardstock was adhered to the front and then glued to the card front with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Designs Layered Daisies
  • Altenew Adore You (Leaves)
  • Mama Elephant Hello Script Die
  • My Favorite Things Wonky Rectangle
  • Gina K. Designs Ink: Sea Glass, Ocean Mist, Peach Bellini, Coral Reef, Fresh Asparagus, Jelly Bean Green, Grass Green
  • Copic Markers: YG97, YG95, YG93
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Grass Green Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Nuvo Glitter Gloss Pen
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Crystal Drops Ebony Black
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte