A Little Birthday Wish for Denise

As we have been traveling around the country I have tried to find a paper crafting store in each of the locations we have visited, but there just aren’t many around anymore, except for the big box stores like Michael’s and Hobby Lobby. However, in Springfield, MO I found a great store and was able to pick up a couple of new stamps, one was this love wreath from Memory Box.

My wonderful crafty friend Denise has a birthday September 4 and I wanted to create a special birthday card for her. I know that she loves green and yellow and so those are the Copic colors I used on this card.

When I am working on a white card I often like to cut another panel with a pretty edge. For this card I used Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Rectangle. The wreath was laid on the scalloped rectangle to determine where to stamp the sentiment from My Favorite Things Twice the Wishes. I love the look of the soft texture that is added using the Stampin’ Up Subtle Embossing Folder, so I ran the scalloped rectangle through my Big Shot to add some additional visual interest. The scalloped rectangle was then adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase. I fussy cut the image and added foam tape to back and then adhered it to the center of the card. The final embellishment was to add Gold Stickles to the center of the large flowers and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Memory Box Bloomington Wreath
  • My Favorite Things Twice the Wishes
  • Copic Markers: YR24, YR23, YR20; Y18, Y15, Y13, Y11; YG67, YG23, YG03
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink
  • Ranger Gold Stickles
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Rectangle
  • Stampin Up Subtle Embossing Folder
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam

Purple Candles Close Your Eyes & Make a Wish

This is the second card I made using My Favorite Things Make a Wish, this time using purple inks from Altenew and Gina K. Designs.

This stamp set has five candles all together in one stamp. In order to stamp them in different colors I used the coordinating die to cut them out of white cardstock and then inserted one cut out at a time into the negative space. This was such a quick and easy way to use different colors and not have the overlap onto the adjacent candle.

For this card I wanted to use all five candles and so I turned the orientation to landscape. I cute a scalloped rectangle from purple cardstock to compliment the colors of the candles, but didn’t like the way the candles got lost on the dark background, so I cut a scalloped oval from white cardstock and stamped the sentiment in purple ink at the bottom and adhered it to the purple rectangle. The candles were arranged on a slight curve and adhered with foam tape and then all were adhered to a side folding A2 cardbase with liquid glue.

The final embellishment was to add Crystal Stickles to the flames and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • My Favorite Things Make a Wish
  • Altenew Birthday Greetings
  • Gina K. Designs Inks: Lovely Lavender, Wild Lilac, Sweet Corn, Wild Dandelion
  • Altenew Inks: Hydrangea, Andromeda, Ultraviolet
  • Recollections Deep Purple Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Spellbinders Fancy Edged Ovals Die
  • Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Rectangle Die
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Ranger Crystal Stickles

Pink Make a Wish Happy Birthday

This stamp set has five candles all together in one stamp. In order to stamp them in different colors I used the coordinating die to cut them out of white cardstock and then inserted one cut out at a time into the negative space. This was such a quick and easy way to use different colors and not have the overlap onto the adjacent candle.

For this card I decided to use only three of the candles. I cut a scalloped rectangle and placed the candles in the center to determine where to stamp the sentiment. The candles were then adhered using foam tape.

To enhance the color of the candles a larger stitched rectangle was cut from hot pink cardstock. Both rectangles were adhered with liquid adhesive and then adhered to a top folding white cardbase. A quick and easy card to make.

As a final embellishment Crystal Stickles was added to the flames and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • My Favorite Things Make a Wish
  • Gina K. Designs Inks: Innocent Pink, Sweet Corn, Wild Dandelion
  • Altenew Inks: Magenta, Fuchsia
  • Martha Stewart Raspberry Ice Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Rectangle Die
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Ranger Crystal Stickles

Happy Birthday Hot Stuff

For this card I tried something I had seen Jennifer McGuire do in a video. I die cut the candles and flames first and inlaid them into the negative space one by one to be able to stamp them in different colors. It made it so quick and easy.

Once the everything was stamped I die cut a rectangle using a My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle and stamped the sentiment at the bottom with Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink. Foam tape was added to the back of the candles and flames and then adhered to the stitched rectangle.

The side folding A2 cardbase was embossed using the Stampin’ Up Subtle embossing folder. This is one of my favorites, it add a great texture to the card. The stitched rectangle was adhered to the front with liquid glue and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • My Favorite Things Make a Wish
  • Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink
  • Altenew Inks: Ultra Violet, Ultramarine, Firebrick, Olive
  • Gina K. Designs Inks: Blue Lagoon, Wild Dandelion, Red Velvet, Honey Mustard
  • Copic Markers: YR24, YR23, YR20; YG05, YG03, YG01; Y15, Y13, Y11; YR04, YR02, YR00; R24, R22, R21; B97, B95, B91; V09, V06, V04; BG13, BG2, BG000
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Stampin’ Up Subtle Embossing Folder
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Ranger Crystal Stickles

Casting the Bait Best Wishes

Even though we have been on the road traveling in our 5th wheel for the past two months, every now and then I find time to create a few cards. I only brought minimal supplies. Stamps that I haven’t used for a while and a few sentiments. I have always loved the silhouette stamp from Woodware Stamps. It is perfect for anyone who loves to fish and makes a great guy card.

I started by ink blending my background with Altenew and Gina K. Design Inks. I wanted it to look like a sunset. I hit the panel with a heat gun to ensure it was completely dry before stamping the image and sentiment with VersaFine Onyx Black Ink and then adding clear embossing powder.

I sized down the panel with a stitched rectangle so that it would leave a black border and adhered it directly to a top folding cardbase made from Gina K. Designs Onyx Black Cardstock and the card was done.

A simple and quick card to make on the road. The most challenging part of creating on the road is finding the right lighting for taking pictures, so there are some shadows that normally aren’t in my postings, but it still turned out okay.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Woodware Stamps Casting the Bait
  • VersaFine Onyx Black Ink
  • Hero Arts Detailed Clear Embossing Powder
  • Altenew Inks: Orange Cream, Firebrick, Autumn Blaze, Sunkissed, Chamomile, Sunray
  • Gina K. Designs Faded Brick Ink
  • Ink Blending Brushes
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive
  • Neena Classic Crest 80 # Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock’

Vintage Bicycle Enjoy Your Day

I was tired of using the same stamps that I brought with me and so I went to Michael’s to see what new stamps were available. There wasn’t much available. I did find this vintage bicycle stamp in the clearance section. I think it turned out nice.

I stamped the image on Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock with Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink and heat set it with my embossing tool. I then used some Post-it Tape to block off the top and bottom parts of the stamp to ink blend the backgrounds.

The image was then colored using Copic Markers. It was cut down using a stitched rectangle die. In keeping with the vintage feel I decided to use kraft cardstock for the card base. I also cut a rectangle from kraft and embossed it using the Cuttlebug Oxford folder, which gives a woven look, much like the flower basket in the image.

The sentiment was stamped on the lower right of the card with Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink and everything was adhered together using liquid glue.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Inkadinkado Vintage Bicycle
  • Hero Arts Birthday Messages
  • Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink
  • Altenew Silver Lake, Ocean Mist
  • Copic Markers: BG18, BG15, BG13; YG67, YG17, YG05, YG03; E29, E27, E25, E23; RV25, RV23; C8, C7, C6, C5, C4, C3, C2; E53, E51, E50
  • Cuttlebug Oxford Embossing Folder
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Kraft Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Darice Foam Sheet

Birthday Candles – Happy Birthday, Hot Stuff

I love getting messy and making some ink smooshed background, but then you need to decide what to do with them. For this card I decided to keep it pretty simple.

I die cut the blue smooshed background using a stitched rectangle and then matted it with some navy glitter cardstock. For the focal image of the card I pulled out Elizabeth Crafts Birthday Candles and die cut them from the same navy glitter cardstock for the top layer and from white glitter cardstock for the solid underneath layer. The flames were cut away from the blue candles and the white cardstock was colored using some YR Copic Colors. Liquid glue was used to adhere the two layers together. It can be difficult to adhered glitter cardstock, but if you a generous amount of glue and place the item under a heavy weight while it dries it works out well.

The sentiment was stamped underneath the candles with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed white. The five candles where aligned in a row above the sentiment. The focal panel was then adhered to a side folding A2 cardbase and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Elizabeth Crafts Birthday Candles
  • My Favorite Things Make a Wish
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • Copic Markers: YR24, YR21
  • Distress Inks: Blueprint Sketch, Chipped Sapphire, Salty Ocean
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Doodlebug Design Navy and White Glitter Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape

Big Birthday Wishes Josh

So here I am in Texas and I forgot to bring my grandson Josh’s birthday card with me. He will be turning 19 on the last day of August and we will be on the road again with our 5th wheel. So, I needed to find something to create a birthday card for him.

I had brought the new die from My Favorite Things Big Birthday Wishes and decided to use it for Josh’s card. His favorite color is blue, so it was off to Hobby Lobby to find some paper product to create his card. I was surprised there wasn’t a lot of selection. Maybe it’s because of Covid, but it was hard to find something masculine that would work. I finally settled on this blue gingham and some blue and white glitter cardstock. I think it turned out good.

I cut down the gingham paper with the largest My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle and adhered it to a top folding A2 cardbase. This left a thin white border around the gingham.

I cut the die cut sentiment from the glitter cardstock and three more times from white cardstock to stack the letters for dimension. It was just a little too plain and so I pulled out some stitched balloons to add to the card front. I didn’t have any white thread and I wasn’t going back to the store, so I rummage through what Aimee had on stock and found this thin organza ribbon that worked well.

PRODUCT USED:

  • My Favorite Things Big Birthday Wishes
  • Birch Press Designs Party Balloons
  • Copic Markers: B39, B37, B34, B32
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • The Paper Studio Blue Gingham Cardstock
  • Doodlebug Design White, Navy  and Blue Jean Glitter Cardstock
  • 1/8” White Organza Ribbon
  • Darice Foam Sheet
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle

Everything Wonderful Watercolor Birthday

It is amazing how different a card looks depending on the type of embossing you use. For this card I used white embossing powder, which gives a soft look to the image.

The image was stamped with VersaMark Ink onto watercolor cardstock and heat embossed. It was colored using the Karin Brushmarkers, this time using pink colors, with accents of yellow and purple. Once it was dry it was die cut using the coordinating die.

I die cut a a decorative rectangle using the Memory Box Matinee Rectangle and adhered it to a top folding A2 cardbase with dotliner adhesive.

For this card I decided to turn the image I wondered what the flower bouquet would look like if I adhered it in portrait format and really liked it. I laid it on the card front to determine where to stamp the sentiment, then adhered the flowers using foam squares.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Honey Bee Stamps Everything Wonderful
  • Penny Black Carefree Wishes
  • Versa Mark Ink
  • Ranger White Embossing Powder
  • Karin Brushmarkers: 375 Cerise, 170 Magenta Red, 358 Red Lilac, 247 Pale Violet, 264 Artic Blue, 253 Grass, 210 Apple, 166 Canary, 357 Pale Orange
  • Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink
  • Memory Box Matinee Rectangle
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive

Perfectly Perfect Watercolor Birthday

I love Altenew’s flower stamps. They make such lovely cards. I pulled out the Perfectly Perfect Set and stamped them on watercolor paper with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed them gold.

I know there are not a lot of blue flowers in nature, but in the crafting world you can make a flower any color you want. I used a pretty Cyan color from the Karin Brushmarkers to color the flowers and a couple of greens for the leaves. Once they were dry I used the coordinating dies to cut them out.

I decided to add some visual interest by cutting a scalloped rectangle to adhere the flowers to. I laid them out where I wanted them and then determined where I wanted and took a picture so I could place them again in the same layout after I stamped the sentiment.

I adhered the leaves and two back flowers directly to the scalloped rectangle with liquid glue and then adhered the top flower with foam squares. The scalloped rectangle was adhered to a side folding cardbase using Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Perfectly Perfect
  • Penny Black Carefree Wishes
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Karin Brushmarkers: 207 Cyan, 228 Lush Green, 281 Olive Green
  • Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Rectangle
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive