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

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

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

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

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

Front Door Wreath Hello

I love the way this card turned out! I recently purchased quite a few Stampin’ Up stamp sets and decided to put them to good use. The first that I pulled out was the Arrange a Wreath stamp and die.

I went on line and saw some of the designs people had used for this set and decided that I wanted to use both wreaths in the set. The leaves were cut from green cardstock and the other wreath was cut from a couple of different oranges. I used Copic Markers to add some shadows and dimension to the cuts. The die sets were adhered together offsetting each layer. Glossy accents were added to the tips of some of the orange flower/leaves to add some visual interest.

I thought the wreath would be a good size to use on a front door for a hello card, but I didn’t have a door die to create the card. So, I went to the Silhouette Cameo store and found the perfect design. I sized the elements to fit the front of an A2 cardbase and die cut everything from Kraft cardstock, with the exception being the lock and key and know from gold mirror. Once everything was cut I ran everything through Stampin’ Ups’ Wood Plank Embossing Folder. To bring out the woodgrain a blending brush and Distress Vintage Photo was added to the wood. All the pieces were adhered together with liquid glue.

I decided to use Stampin’ Ups Brick and Mortar Embossing Folder to give a brick entrance behind the door. I ran the front of the cardbase through the embossing folder to add the texture.

I added a thin strip of gray cardstock at the bottom of the door for the porch and another smaller strip with angled ends for the step.

I pulled out some gold organza ribbon to create a double bow for the wreath. At the last minute I pulled out Stampin’ Ups Beautiful Bouquet dies and added some flower clusters in three locations on the wreath. Gold rhinestones were add to the center of the flowers. For the sentiment the word “hi” was cut from gold mirror cardstock and added to the center of the wreath on sticky back foam.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Silhouette Coffered Flower Wreath Door by Jennifer Rush
  • Stampin’ Up Arrange a Wreath Dies
  • My Favorite Things Happy Hello
  • Stampin’ Up Beautiful Bouquet Flower Die
  • Stampin’ Up Wood Plank 3D Embossing Folders
  • Stampin’ Up Brick & Mortar 3D Embossing Folder
  • Copic Markers: R14, R17, YR24, YR21; YG99, YG67; W6, W7
  • Distress Ink Vintage Photo
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Kraft and Ivory Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Orange, Yellow, and Green Cardstock from Scraps
  • Darice Thin Strip Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Paper Studio Rhinestones
  • Gold Organza Ribbon from Stash
  • Nuvo Crystal Drops Ripened Pumpkin

Firing On All Cylinders

When I saw this image from My Favorite Things I wondered what it would look like with a vintage car in the background. I like the way it turned out.

I stamped the car and sentiment onto a quarter sheet of Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock. On a separate scrap of paper the gentleman was stamp, both with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink so they could be colored with Copic Markers.

Once the coloring was complete the car panel was cut down with a stitched rectangle. The guy was cut using the coordinating die. Foam tape was added to the back and he was placed to the rear of the car.

Since the car is red and the guy’s sweater is red I used a white gel pen to add some argyle lines so the two don’t blend too much into one another. Polka dots were also added to his bow tie.

A dark gray cardstock was used to create the card base and the focal image panel was adhered with dotliner adhesive. Glossy accents were added to the area of the car where the glass would be.

If you want to have a one layer card you would stamp the gentleman, mask him, and then stamp the car.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Unity Stamps All Cylinders
  • My Favorite Things Old Friends
  • Copic Markers: R29, R27, R24, R22; C9, C7, C5, C4, C3, C2, C1; E11, E01, E00, R20; B000, B0000
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Slate Cardstock
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive
  • Clear Wink of Stella
  • Ranger Glossy Accents

Rainbow Celebrate You

I must have been in a rainbow mood lately since I made several cards with rainbow colors today. For this card I pulled out Your Next Stamp’s Confetti Panel.

I ink blended a quarter sheet of Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock with Distress Oxide Inks. I planned to place the panel behind a white die cut of the confetti die, but I got distracted and cut it from the rainbow inked panel instead. I think if you ink blended both sides of the panel the confetti pieces would make good shaker stuffing, but I didn’t think of that either. Maybe next time.

I decided to place the confetti panel onto some gold glitter cardstock. I cut it down to be 1/8″ smaller than the panel and used Be Creative Double Sided Tape to adhere the two together, since it can be very difficult to adhere to glitter cardstock.

I tried a lot of different options for the sentiment and finally decided on a black strip embossed with gold. I die cut it down with a Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Label and added foam tape behind it for dimension. When I went to place it on the card front I felt it needed a little something more. So I die cut two balloons from the glitter cardstock and added gold embroidery floss for the strings, which were glued behind the sentiment, and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Your Next Stamp Confetti Panel
  • My Favorite Things Celebrate You
  • Distress Oxide Inks:  Candied Apple, Carved Pumpkin, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Blueprint Sketch, Dusty Concord
  • Birch Press Design Party Balloons
  • Paper Accents Gold Glitter Cardstock
  • DMC Mouline Embroidery Gold Floss
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Label
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape

Approaching Magnificence

This is the second masculine image available in the My Favorite Things Old Friends stamp set. I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink onto Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock and colored him with Copic Markers and used the coordinating die to cut him out.

I went through my patterned paper and found this green plaid to match his sweater and cut it down with a stitched rectangle and adhered it to a top folding cardbase.

I placed the image on the card front to determine where to stamp the sentiment, which is another cut pun on aging. Foam tape was added to the back of the image for dimension, but it needed something more to finish the card. I used the same balloon stamp I had used in the previous card, but this time I just used the coordinating die to cut the shape and then colored the balloons in a rainbow of colors with Copic Markers. I adhered them behind the magnificent gentleman with liquid glue, adhered to image, and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • My Favorite Things Old Friends
  • Clearly Besotted It’s Your Birthday
  • Copic Markers: R29, R24, R22; YR09, YR04, YR02; V09, V06, V04; YG67, YG17, YG03; B28, B24, B23; Y38, Y35, Y32; E59, E57, E55; E49, E47, E44 E43; C3, C2, C0; E11, E01, E00, R20
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink
  • Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Rainbow Paper
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

You’re the Man

When I saw this new stamp set from My Favorite Things I had to have it. I knew it would make create masculine birthday cards. There are several different image you can use. I selected one and stamped it onto Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink because I planned to color it with Copic Markers.

Once the color was complete I used a Memory Box Stitched Rectangle to size it down. I really like this die because it uses cross stitching. I stamped the sentiment, which really makes me smile, below the image and added some gray Copic Markers to ground “the man.”

For this card I decided to use some pattern paper behind the focal image. Since it was a masculine card I looked through my plaid paper and found a great blue that matched the colors used in coloring the image. It was cut down with another stitched rectangle and adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase with dotliner adhesive.

I felt that it just needed a little something to make it more celebratory and so I found a small solid balloon stamp. I pulled out some Distress Oxide Inks to match the colors in the focal image. So the strings would stamp over the face of my gentleman I masked him with a full stick post-it.

Sticky back foam was added to the focal image panel and then it was adhered to plaid card front.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • My Favorite Things Old Friends
  • Clearly Besotted It’s Your Birthday
  • Copic Markers: B99, B97, B95, B93; YG67, YG17, YG03; C9, C7, C5; C3, C2, C1; E11, E01,E00, E000, R20
  • Distress Oxide Inks Blueprint Sketch and Mowed Lawn
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink
  • Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Chill Paper
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Memory Box Stitched Rectangle
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive