C. C. Design Bouquet Birthday

When I saw this beautiful tulip bouquet from C.C. Design I knew it would make a lovely card.  I’m so glad that I purchased it, I’m sure I’ll use it again and again.

I cut an outline of the C. C. Designs Bouquet image from Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock with my Silhouette Cameo and then stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  The image was then colored with Copic Markers (colors used are listed below).

To create a visual background for the image an oval was cut using My Favorite Things Pierced Oval STAX and ink blended with Distress Stormy Sky Ink using the Inkylicious Ink Bending Brush to create a soft sky color to the oval.  Another oval was cut out of Darice Adhesive Fun Foam and trimmed to be slightly smaller than the ink blended oval and attached to the back. The bouquet cutout was then adhered to the oval using Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

A rectangle was cut from Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock and ink blended on the edges, softly fading to the center.  It was adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  The oval was then adhered to the card front using the same glue on the fun foam.

The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink Inside & Out Birthday stamp set and was stamped with VersaMark Ink on a strip of Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock and heat embossed with Rangers Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was added to the edges to ensure it was the same level as the bouquet and then the sentiment was adhered to the bottom of the focal image with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  Clear Wink of Stella was added to the flowers for some sparkle and shine and the card was done.

Products Used:

  • C.C. Design Bouquet
  • Papertrey Ink Inside & Out Birthday
  • My Favorite Things Pierced Oval STAX
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle
  • Copic: B37, B34, B32; V12, V15, V17; RV11, RV13, RV14; R24, R27, R29; G24, G94
  • Darice Fun Foam
  • Clear Wink of Stella
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Distress Ink Stormy Sky
  • Inkylicious Ink Bending Brush
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# White Cardstock

Technique Tuesday Cosmos Birthday

Technique Tuesday Cosmos is another stamp set that I have not used. When I searched for images of cosmos flowers there was an array of different colors, but the one I liked the most was white with deep pink/burgundy tips, so that it what I used for this card.

I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut an outline of the flower bouquet from Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock and then stamped the bouquet with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  The flowers were colored with Copic Markers, colors used are listed below.  The flowers I was using for inspiration had gold centers and so I used Stickles Tinsel and liked the sparkle it added.

To provide a frame for the flower focal point I used the Pretty Pink Posh Scalloped Rectangles to cut a frame from Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock.  3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was cut in thirds to be narrow enough to add dimension to the frame and not be seen.

An A2 top folding cardbase was made from some burgundy cardstock that I had in my stash.  A rectangle of Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock was cut using Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle and adhered to the cardbase with Tombo Stamp Runner Dot Adhesive.

The frame was placed on the rectangle to determine the placement for the sentiment.  The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink Inside & Out Birthday and was stamped with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  The frame was adhered to the card front and then 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was added to the back of the bouquet and then centered in the middle of the frame.

Products Used:

  • Technique Tuesday Cosmos
  • Papertrey Ink Inside & Out Birthday
  • Pretty Pink Posh Scalloped Rectangles
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle
  • Stickles Tinsel
  • Copic: R39, C3, C1, G99
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Clear Wink of Stella
  • Gina K. Designs 80# and 120# White Cardstock

La-La-Land Crafts Love You Molli Birthday

La-La-Land Crafts has some great stamps with girl images that I use for birthday cards.  I recently purchased Love You Molli and created a card for a young woman at church with her favorite colors.

I stamped the image on 80# Gina K. Designs White Cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I then die cut the image using Spellbinders Long Classic Rectangle, but ran it through again to make it a little shorter so it would fit better on the card front.

I colored the image using Copic Markers, colors used are listed below.  I gave her ground to stand on with C3, C2, and C1.

I die cut a panel of 80# White Cardstock with Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle and then found a matching blue cardstock and cut it with my paper trimmer to be the same size as an A2 card front (4 1/4 x 5 1/2).  To add some added interest I ran the white rectangle through the Sizzix Big Shot with the Darice Basketweave Embossing Folder and then adhered it to the blue rectangle with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  Both were then adhered using the same glue to a top folding A2 size cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.

The Sentiment is from Papertrey Ink Stylish Sentiments: Birthday and was stamped on a scrap of blue cardstock with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with Gina K. Designs Fine Detail White Embossing Powder and then trimmed to fit across the focal image panel.

Darice Adhesive Fun Foam was cut 1/8″ smaller than the focal image and then both were adhered to the front of the card with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  Sequins from Doodlebug Design Swimming Pool and Pretty Pink Posh Metallic Gold were scattered and adhered to the panel with Ranger Multi Medium Matte and the card was done.

Supplies Used:

  • Copic: C3, C2, C1; BG000, BG0000; R02, R00; E21, E00, E000, R20; B05, B04, B02; G46, G28, B29; E15, E99, YR20, YR21, YR23
  • Doodlebug Design Swimming Pool/Pretty Pink Posh Metallic Gold
  • La-La-Land Crafts Love You Molli
  • Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes Rectangle
  • Spellbinders Long Classic Rectangle (shorter)
  • Papertrey Ink Stylish Sentiments: Birthday
  • Darice Basketweave Embossing Folder
  • Gina K. Designs Fine Detail White Embossing Powder

Masculine Birthday Card with MFT Chevron Coverup

Some of the most challenging cards for me are masculine birthday cards and I have a lot of guys that I need throughout the year. Graphic elements can make a great card and I really like the look of this card that was made using the negative space leftover from My Favorite Things Chevron Coverup.

First I took a piece of Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and used the Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool to create an ombre of color with the following Distress Inks: Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, Fired Brick.  The panel was run through the Big Shot with My Favorite Things Chevron Coverup.

To add dimension three additional coverups were cut using Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and all were adhered together using Elmer’s Adhesive Spray and then adhered to the front of a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink Stylish Sentiments: Birthday stamped with VersaMark Ink on Gina K. Designs 120# Black Cardstock and heat embossed with Gina K. Designs Fine Detail White Embossing Powder.  It was then cut into a fishtail banner and adhered to the front of the card with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Designs 120# White
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Black
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • MFT Chevron Coverup
  • Distress: Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, Fired Brick
  • MFT Big Birthday Sentiments
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • DFN Craft Thread
  • Lawn Fawn Party Balloons

Encouragement Cards: Every Journey Begins with a Single Step

I love making cards, which means that I spend a lot of time making them. I believe that each of us have been sent to earth with gifts and talents from the Lord, and He expects us to use our time and talents wisely.  I also believe that someday we will be accountable for what we have done with what we were given, like the parable of the talents in the New Testament.

As I was contemplating the amount of time I spend making cards, which I believe it is one of my talents, I felt that the Lord wanted me to do more to bless the lives of others with them, people outside of my family and friends.  There are people everywhere who need encouragement and kindness. So, I determined that I would make four cards every month and give them to an abused women and children’s home.  My hope is that they will help them as they begin to make major changes in their lives, and encourage them that they can do hard things for a better future.

Below are the cards I made this month. Each has the same sentiment I printed on Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock.

00198For this card I die cut the sentiment panel with the scalloped rectangle from Winnie & Walter Audrey Essentials and adhered it with a Creative Hands Peel & Stick Foam Sheet to a side fold cardbase made from Gina K. Design 120# White Cardstock, cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″.

The flowers are from Simon Says Stamp Spring Florals, stamped with VersaMark Ink on Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock, and heat embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder. I decided to color the images with Copic Markers (I would probably not do that again, since I remember that embossing powder can ruin the nibs). The following colors were used: YR12, YR14, YR15; BG13, BG18; YG01, YG03, YG23; G21, YG63, G94; R11, R12, R02.

The flowers were adhered to the sentiment panel with Tombo Mono Multi Glue, with the exception of the pink flower, which has some 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape under the bloom.

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For this card I framed the sentiment with Pretty Pink Posh Scalloped Rectangles out of Gina K. Designs 100# Black Cardstock and adhered it to the sentiment panel with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape. The flower and leaves are from Simon Says Stamp Handwritten Floral Greetings, stamped on Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock with VersaMark Ink and embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  Both images were colored with Copic Markers Y15, Y17, Y19, G94, G99.

The leaves were glued with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the flower was adhered with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape. The scalloped panel was adhered with Creative Hands Peel & Stick Foam Sheets to a side folding cardbase, made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock, cut at 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″.

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For this card I die cut the sentiment with the Memory Box Stitched Rectangles Die and adhered it with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape to a side folding cardbase, made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock, cut at 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″.

The flower and leaves are from the Papertrey Ink The Sweet Life stamp set and die.  This is a layering stamp set and I used Altenew Inks Buttercream, Warm Sunshine, Mango Smoothie, Forest Glad, and Evergreen.  The leaves were adhered with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the flower was adhered with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape for added dimension.

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For this card I die cut the sentiment with the second largest Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangle die. To frame the sentiment I die cut a black frame from Gina K. Designs 100# Black Cardstock with the My Favorite Things Pierced Rectangle Frames. I placed the sentiment inside the frame and used Scotch Tape on the back to adhere the two together.  I then used a Creative Hands Peel & Stick Foam Sheet to adhere the panel to a side folding cardbase, made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock, cut at 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″.

The flower and leaves are from the Verve Great Friend Stamp set.  I used VersaMark Ink to stamp the images on Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock and embossed them with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  The leaves were a solid image and I really like the solid gold look. The flowers were colored with RV11, RV12, and RV14 Copic Markers. I fussy cut them out and adhered the single flower onto the double flower with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape and glued the base flower to the frame with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Simon Says Stamp Spring Florals Stamp
  • Simon Says Stamp Handwritten Floral Greetings Stamp
  • Verve Great Friend Stamp
  • Papertrey Ink The Sweet Life Stamp and Die
  • Winnie & Walter Audrey Essentials Die
  • Pretty Pink Posh Scalloped Rectangles Die
  • Memory Box Stitched Rectangles Die
  • Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangle Die
  • My Favorite Things Pierced Rectangle Frames Die
  • Gina K. Design 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 100# Black Cardstock
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Altenew Inks: Buttercream, Warm Sunshine, Mango Smoothie, Forest Glad, and Evergreen
  • Copic Markers:  BG13, BG18, G21, G94, G99, R11, R12, R02, RV11, RV12, RV14, Y15, Y17, Y19, YG01, YG03, YG23, YG63, YR12, YR14, YR15
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Creative Hands Peel & Stick Foam Sheet
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape

Happy Birthday Marigolds

I watch other crafter’s videos and purchase a lot of stamps because I like what I see, the challenge is to use what we purchase. I love the big bold flowers that are in Papertrey Inks Year of Flower series. This time I pulled out the Marigolds.00195

I prepped some Strathmore 140# Cold Press Watercolor paper with an Inkadinkado Embossing Magic Pouch to remove any oils from the paper and stamped the flowers and leaves in VersaMark Ink, applied Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder and heat set it with the Marvy Embossing Heat Tool.  Distress Inks were used to watercolor images with a Sakura Koi Waterbrush Pen.  The colors used were Wild Honey, Crushed Olive, and Mowed Lawn. I love how vibrant the Wild Honey is on the flowers. Once they were dry I die cut them with the matching dies using the Sizzix Big Shot.

I created a top folding cardbase with Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock, cut to 4 1/4″ x 11″ and scored using the ScorBuddy and Simon Says Stamp Small Teflon Bone Folder at 5 1/2″. From the same cardstock I cut a panel with the second largest dies from Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangles. After figuring out placement of the flowers and leaves I used the Inkadinkado Embossing Magic Pouch to remove any oils from the panel and stamped Simon Says Stamp Big Scripty Greetings with Versa Mark Ink, covered it in Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder, and heat set it with the Marvy Embossing Heat Tool.

I applied the smaller flower and leaves with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and then used 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape to attached the larger Flower, tucking the leaves underneath and gluing them down.  The panel was then applied to the cardbase with foam tape and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Distress Ink: Wild Honey, Crushed Olive, Mowed Lawn
  • Strathmore 140# Watercolor Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock
  • Papertrey Ink A Year of Flowers: Marigolds Stamp and Dies
  • Simon Says Stamp Big Scripty Greetings Stamp
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangles
  • 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Marvy Embossing Heat Tool
  • ScorBuddy
  • Simon Says Stamp Small Teflon Bone Folder
  • Sakura Koi Waterbrush Pen
  • Sizzix Big Shot

Masculine Cards: Happy Birthday Chevron

I like clean and simple cards and I think they make really nice masculine cards.  I used the white, blue, and grey chevron paper from the Craft Smith Indigo Gold paper pack to make the following cards.

00185I cut a 1″ wide strip of Gina K. Designs 100# Navy Cardstock for the sentiment and then die cut Papertrey Ink Wonderful Words Birthday die from Paper Accents Mirror Gold Cardstock.  I applied the die cut with Tombo Mono Multi Glue to the navy strip.  I then stamped the “happy” from Winnie and Walter Big Bold & Party stamp with VersaMark Ink, prepping the area with Inkadinkado Embossing Magic Pad to ensure a clean application and applied Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder and heat set it with my Marvy Embossing Tool.

I cut the patterned paper to 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ and decided to apply the sentiment on the diagonal.  In looking at the layout I decided to cut 3/8″ from the left side of the patterned paper so I could add a strip of gold cardstock as an accent, which I applied directly to the cardbase with Tombo Stamp Runner Dot Adhesive.  I then applied the patterned paper with Creative Hands Peel & Stick Foam Sheets to add some dimension.  The sentiment strip was applied with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape to the top of the patterned paper.

At this point I thought the card was too plain, so I decided to add a gold balloon cut with the Lawn Fawn Party Balloons die.  I applied the string directly to the paper and popped up the balloon with foam tape and the card was done.

00185aPRODUCTS USED:

  • Craft Smith Indigo Gold paper pack
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 100# Navy Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Mirror Gold Cardstock
  • Creative Hands Peel & Stick Foam Sheets
  • Papertrey Ink Wonderful Words Birthday die
  • Winnie and Walter Big Bold & Party stamp
  • Lawn Fawn Party Balloons die
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Inkadinkado Embossing Magic
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Marvy Embossing Tool

Masculine Card: Happy Birthday & Dots

Masculine cards are a challenge for me, but I have some really pretty blue and gold paper from the Craft Smith Indigo Gold paper pack that I used to make a card that I really like.

00187I took the blue paper with white and gold dots and cut it to 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.  Next I cut out 1″ on a diagonal.  I applied the blue and gold paper to the Gina K. Designs 120# cardbase with Creative Hands Peel & Stick Foam Sheets.  The sentiment could now be placed in the space between the two panels.

I die cut Papertrey Ink Wonderful Words Birthday from Paper Accents Mirror Gold Cardstock.  I then cut it three more time from Gina K. Designs 100# Navy Cardstock.  I glued them together with a Zig 2-Way Glue Pen and placed it in the opening to determine the location of stamping “happy” from Winnie and Walter Big Bold & Party.  I prepared the area with an embossing buddy and stamped the word with VersaMark ink and added Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder and heat set it with my Marvy Embossing Tool.  I then adhered the birthday die cut with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the card was done.

00187aPRODUCTS USED:

  • Craft Smith Indigo Gold paper pack
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 100# Navy Cardstock
  • Creative Hands Peel & Stick Foam Sheets
  • Papertrey Ink Wonderful Words Birthday
  • Paper Accents Mirror Gold Cardstock
  • Zig 2-Way Glue Pen
  • Winnie and Walter Big Bold & Party stamp
  • Inkadinkado Embossing Magic
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Marvy Embossing Tool
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue

 

Masculine Birthday Card: In the Game of Life

 

I have a large family with lots of brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles, and good friends, in fact I have 99 people on my birthday list, so I am constantly making birthday cards.  I find masculine birthday cards the hardest.  I naturally gravitate to flowers and pretty cards, but that just doesn’t work for guys.  So I put my thinking cap on and came up with several designs inspired by a couple of pads of paper I had on hand.  Here is the first.00183a

I pulled out The Paper Studio Glasses, Staches, & Ties paper pack and die cut the bowling pin paper with the largest rectangle from Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables.  Since I wanted a sentiment that would tie into bowling I printed “In the Game of Life, You’re a Ten”  in red ink on a side fold card base, 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  Once it was printed I scored the card at 4 1/4″.  The “Happy Birthday” was stamped below using Hero Hues Black ink and Papertrey Ink Boutique Borders: Mother.  Before adhering the pattern paper panel with Creative Hands Peel & Stick Foam Sheets to the cardbase I cut the cardbase down 1/8″ on each side so the spacing would be even on either side of the panel, the overall size of the card was now 5 1/4 x 8 1/2″.

The star burst is Sihouette Design ID #13645 cut with my Cameo in Recollections red glitter cardstock.  The Bowling pins and ball (Design ID #40719) were also cut with the Cameo out of Gina K. Designs 80# White and 100# Red Velvet cardstock.  All the pieces were adhered together using Tombo Mono Multi Glue.  The two outer pins were adhered to the star burst with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the center one with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape, along with the bowling ball.  I covered the bowling ball with Glossy Accents for a little interest and dimension.

I thought I was done at this point, but the patterned paper seemed pretty dull so I covered it with Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen, which you can see in the picture below, although it isn’t quite as shiny as shown.

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PRODUCTS USED:

  • The Paper Studio Glasses, Staches & Ties
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 80# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 100# Red Velvet Cardstock
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape
  • Creative Hands Peel & Stick Foam Sheets
  • Papertrey Ink Boutique Borders: Mother
  • Hero Hues Black ink
  • Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen
  • Sihouette Cameo

A Flurry of Hearts

This card was inspired by one I saw a few years ago by Dana Seymour. You can see her card at: http://forum.papertreyink.com/forum/gallery2.php?g2_itemId=76070.

There are times when I want to give my husband or children a card letting them know how much I love them.  I really like how this one turned out. It is clean and simple, yet elegant.

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The hearts are from Papertrey Ink Heart Prints and were cut with the matching dies. I stamped them on Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock with VersaMark ink, applied Ranger Platinum Embossing Powder, and heat set it with my Marvy Embossing Heat Tool.

The cardbase is also Gina K. Design 120# Ivory Cardstock, cut to 4 1/4″ x 11″ and folded at 5 1/2″.  The hearts were scattered on the lefthand side of the card front.  Two were adhered directly to base with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and the others were adhered with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape to add dimension.

For the sentiment I used a scrap of cardstock and completely covered it with VersaMark ink and applied Ranger Platinum Embossing Powder twice to give it a smooth finish.  I then cut the word love from Hero Arts Stamp & Cut Love die three times and adhered them together with Tombo Mono Multi Glue. Before adhering the die cut I stamped the phrase “SENDING YOU” from the same stamp set and then adhered the word below.

Products Used:

  • Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock
  • Papertrey Ink Heart Prints stamp and die
  • Ranger Platinum Embossing Powder
  • Hero Arts Stamp & Cut Love
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape
  • Sizzix Big Shot Machine
  • Marvy Embossing Heat Tool