Confetti Balloon Shaker Happy Birthday

I don’t like to waste items leftover from making a card. I had used the Your Next Stamp Confetti Panel to add confetti pieces on another card and had the leftover blue background. I decided to pair it with My Favorite Things Balloon Shaker.

I adhered the confetti panel to a top folding cardbase using liquid glue. The shaker balloon, the balloon string, and the star confetti pieces were cut from silver mirror cardstock and a piece of acetate was added to the back. The balloon string was adhered to the bottom of the balloon with liquid glue. To create the shake 3M Foam Tape was doubled in thickness and cut into thin strip and added to the edges of the balloon die cut.

When I’m creating a shaker I find it easier to have a piece of cardstock to add behind the shaker element. This allows you to enclose the shaker pieces and you can turn over the completed item and adhered it exactly where you want it. You can also add some additional visual interest if you use patterned paper for the backing. I found this great plaid in a Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Paper Pack and cut it down so it would fit perfectly behind the shaker window. I added the silver die cut stars and some blue beads and adhered the plaid paper cutout to the back of the balloon. It was then adhered to the top of the confetti panel.

For the sentiment I used the same plaid cardstock to die cut “happy birthday” from Penny Black’s Your Day. It was also cut from sticky back foam and the two were adhered together by removing the paper from the sticky back of the foam. It was then adhered to the front of the card using liquid glue and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Your Next Stamp Confetti Panel
  • My Favorite Things Balloons Shaker Window
  • Penny Black Your Day Die
  • Studio Katia Silver Crystal Rhinestones
  • Beaders Paradise Miami Surf Beads
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Paper Accents Silver Mirror Cardstock
  • Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Winter
  • Blue Cardstock from Scraps
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

Rainbow Who’s Counting

I had all the positive numbers left over from my previous card and didn’t want to just through them away, so I decided to glue them together and add them to the front a panel that was cut with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Stackable Rectangle, which is the same size as a card front.

Once I had all the number it place it was kind of blah and I didn’t like it. So I pulled out my Copic Markers and colored all the number in rainbow order. I think this is my favorite version of this card. It is so bright and colorful.

I used the same sentiment stamp from Penny Black. It was stamped on black cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed white. I used a smaller Memory Box Matinee Rectangle to cut it down. Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape was added to the back and it was adhered in the center of the card.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Silhouette Number Collage with Impact Font
  • Penny Black Sprinkles & Smiles
  • Copic Markers: B39, B37, B34; B95, B93, B91; BG34, BG32, BG11; YG17, YG05, YG01; Y08, Y06, Y04; R29, R27, R24; YR16, YR14, YR12; V09, V06, V04
  • Lawn Fawn Stitched Stackable Rectangle
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Black Cardstock
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape

It’s Just a Number – Who’s Counting

I saw a card on Pinterest by iminhaven that she had created for her father’s 75th birthday. I thought maybe I would replace the previous card I made for my husband with this one, but my daughter Janae liked the first one best, so I didn’t adhered the large “70” onto the front of the card, but made it more generic to be used for anyone.

Iminhaven used difference sized number dies to create her background. I didn’t have a large number die set, so I decided to create it in the Silhouette, which worked out well because you didn’t have to keep placing individual dies, you could cut the entire background at once. I cut it four times from white cardstock and adhered them all together using Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive.

I then tried to die cut the panel using a stitched rectangle, but it was just too thick to cut through all layers. It did add the nice stitching though and I simply trimmed it down with my guillotine cutter. It was then adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase.

The most time consuming task of creating this card was adhered all the tiny pieces that were the center of the numbers. It took quite awhile.

Once the back ground was complete I went searching for a sentiment that would work with all the numbers in the background and found a perfect sentiment from Penny Black Sprinkles & Smiles. It was stamped on black cardstock and heat embossed white and then cut down into a small rectangle. Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape was added to the back and it was adhered in the top center of the card.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Silhouette Number Collage with Impact Font
  • Penny Black Sprinkles & Smiles
  • Lawn Fawn Stitched Stackable Rectangle
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Black Cardstock
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape
  • Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive

Eliza You Are a Little Bit Older and a Lot More Fabulous

Eliza shares a birthday with Autumn and her favorite color is also yellow. Maybe it’s because they are autumn children and the leaves turn such a beautiful yellow color.

I printed the cute image from La-La Land Crafts onto Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock with a laser printer so the lines would not bleed when colored with alcohol markers. Once the coloring was complete I stamped the sentiment in the lower left of the card. To add some visual interest the focal image was die cut using a My Favorite Things Elegant Rectangle. I hardly ever use this die, but I really like the way it looks. I cut the next largest die from leftover yellow cardstock and adhered the two die cuts together with liquid glue. Sticky back foam was added to the back for dimension and it was adhered to a top folding white cardbase with liquid glue.

I felt that it needed a little something more, so I pulled out Nuvo White Crystal Drops and added them around the focal image on the yellow background. I really like the way it turned out.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • La-La Land Craft Sightseeing Marci
  • Penny Black Carefree Wishes
  • Copic Markers: Y08, Y06, Y04, Y02,  Y00; Y25, Y23, Y21, Y11, E43, E42; Y38, Y35, Y32, Y11; R22, R21; R20, E11, E01, E00; C2, C1
  • My Favorite Things Elegant Rectangle
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Yellow Cardstock from Stash
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Nuvo Crystal Drops White
  • Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink

Have a Wonderful Birthday Autumn

I have a young friend who is turning seventeen in a couple of days. She is really into sports, particularly volleyball. I thought this cut image from La-La Land Crafts was perfect for her.

Autumn’s favorite color is yellow and so I pulled out a lot of different shades of yellow to color this image. I used gray markers to give her some ground to stand on so she didn’t look like she was floating in air.

I stamped the sentiment in the lower left of the card front and then cut out the image using the Memory Box Matinee Rectangle die. I really like the corners on this die, they add such great visual interest. I added sticky back foam to the back of the panel and adhered it to a top folding A2 cardbase made from some yellow cardstock I had in my stash.

The final embellishment was to add some clear stickles to the heart on the sweatshirt and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • La-La Land Crafts Sweet Molli
  • Penny Black Carefree Wishes
  • Copic Markers: Y38, Y35, Y13; Y08, Y06, Y04, Y02; E55, E53, E51, E50; E11, E01, E00, R21, R20; C2, C1
  • Memory Box Matinee Rectangle
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Yellow Cardstock from Stash
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Ranger Crystal Stickles
  • Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam

Sorry You’re Feeling Under the Weather

I was in need of a get well card and still had the Stampin’ Up Forever Fern set on my desk. I wondered what it would look like if I stamp several images in a circle. My first attempt was freehand and that turned out pretty wonky. For my second attempt I cut a circle from a full stick post-it and placed it in the center of my card. I visually divided it into thirds and added little tick marks on the mask.

I stamped the first light green leaves where there were tick marks and then stamp the olive green leaves to the left of those. The last was to stamp some plum colored berries.

I looked for a sentiment that would fit well in a circle and found this perfect sentiment by Penny Black. I stamped it with the same plum ink as the berries and cut it out using a Hero Arts Infinity Circle die. I used the next largest die to cut a green circle to mat the sentiment on. It was adhered in the center of the leaves with foam tape. I also added some flowers that were die cut using Stampin’ Up’s Beautiful Bouquet and added green rhinestones for the centers.

Since there was extra space at the bottom of the spray I scored three lines using a bone folder and score board.

This was so easy to do that I create 8 more to give my Relief Society President at church so she could used them to send to people who are ill in the congregation.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Stampin’ Up Forever Fern
  • Penny Black Special Thoughts
  • Stampin’ Up Beautiful Bouquet
  • Altenew Inks: Fresh Leaf, Olive, Midnight Velvet
  • Hero Arts Infinity Circle Die
  • Simon Says Stamp Nested Circles
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangles
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Fresh Asparagus
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Green Rhinestones from Stash
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam

Get Your Happy On Sunflower

Gina K. recently created a card with a large sunflower at the center and a background that she created with the same stamp. I don’t have her Zen Flowers, but I do have Stampin’ Up’s Celebrate Sunflowers and decided to recreate a similar card.

I began by stamping the large sunflower onto a quarter sheet panel of Neenah Class Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossing it with clear embossing powder. This allows for some great emboss resist ink blending. I pulled out some Gina K. Designs inks and my blending brushes and blended the background until you could see the pretty sunflower images popping on the paper. The leaves were also stamped and heat set clear and ink blended with a green ink and die cut.

The large sunflower was stamped with a light ink and then Copic Markers were used to color it. Once the coloring was complete the top layer of the sunflower was cut with a from a scrap of gold cardstock and adhered to the sunflower with liquid glue.

Gina K. adhered her sunflower onto a smaller white rectangle she had matted with black. I decided to use a wide strip of the same gold cardstock used for the sunflower overlay and stamped my sentiment in Distress Vintage Photo below the sunflower.

To assemble the card the sunflower background panel was cut down using an A2 stitched rectangle and adhered to a top folding cardbase made from dark chocolate cardstock. The gold cardstock was cut using the same rectangle die and then ran through again to make it a wide band with stitching on all the edges. It was then adhered over the background with liquid glue. The leaves were also adhered directly to the card front with liquid glue and the large sunflower was then adhered in placed with Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Stampin’ Up Celebrate Sunflowers
  • Penny Black Carefree Wishes
  • Gina K. Designs Inks: Applemint, Warm Cocoa, Sweet Corn, and Honey Mustard
  • Copic Markers: Y15, Y13, Y11; E77, E57, E55
  • Distress Oxide Vintage Photo
  • Hero Arts Detail Clear Embossing Powder
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Crystal Drops Copper Penny
  • Gina K. Designs Dark Chocolate Base Weight Cardstock
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gold Cardstock from Scraps
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape

Believe Jesus is the Reason for the Season

From a previous card I made I had the positive die cut of the word “Believe” and couldn’t discard it.

As with the other Christmas cards I’ve made this year I used Hero Arts Christmas Rose Background to create a pretty patterned paper. I stamped on red cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it gold. Once the embossing was cool I die cut it using the largest Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle which cover the entire front of an A2 cardbase. I used Copic Markers to carefully color the larger poinsettia flowers in the background.

I used my new Pink Fresh Studio Braided Oval Die to cut an oval from gold cardstock. It was just too much gold on the card front, so I pulled out a My Favorite Things Pierced Oval and cut the center out to create a frame. The Christmas Rose Background was too busy when I went to place the die cut word “Believe” so I used the same pierced oval to add a red cardstock center to the gold frame. The word “Believe” was glued in place with liquid adhesive and a secondary sentiment was stamped with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed gold.

It was a pretty card, but I felt that it could use a visual focal point. I used the medium Waffle Flower Poinsettia spray and stamped it onto Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock and colored it with Copic Markers. It was then stamped again with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed gold. I cut the spray with the coordinating die, but I didn’t like how stark the white edges were against all the red and gold, so I pulled out a metallic gold markers and colored the white edges. This look much better. It was adhered to the top of the gold frame with liquid glue and foam tape.

This is a very pretty card and not too difficult to recreate. I think this is my second favorite card from the ones I’ve create so far.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Hero Arts Christmas Rose Background
  • Waffle Flower Poinsettia
  • Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words Christmas
  • Penny Black Exultations
  • Pink Fresh Studio Braided Oval Die
  • My Favorite Things Pierced Oval Die
  • Copic Markers: R89, R56, R37; R89, R69, R56; YR24, YG61, YG63; YG67, YG17, YG03; YG97, YG93; G24, G21, G20
  • Gina K. Designs Cherry Tart Base Weight Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen
  • American Crafts Gold Metallic Marker

Poinsettia Peace on Earth

I was waiting for the Waffle Flower Poinsettia stamp to finish this card. There was a large space to the right of “Peace On Earth” that needed a finishing element and I thought a poinsettia spray from this stamp set would work well. I am please with the result. It isn’t my favorite Christmas card this year, but it is pretty.

I stamped the Hero Arts Christmas Rose Background onto red cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it gold. To highlight the flowers in the background I used a few Polychromos Pencils and a little Gambol to blend. The panel was cut down using the largest Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle, which covers the entire front of an A2 cardbase.

To ensure that the sentiment didn’t get lost on the busy background I cut it from black cardstock, scanned it, and created a shadow in the Silhouette Cameo software. The sentiment was cut from gold mirror cardstock and adhered to the shadow with liquid glue. Foam tape was added to the back for dimension, but it still was getting lost on the background, so I decided to use a band of vellum behind the sentiment. I wrapped it around the background panel and secured it with Scotch Tape. This work great.

As I said earlier, there was a large opening in the upper right of the sentiment that really needed a focal element. I stamped the medium spray from the Waffle Flower Poinsettia stamp and colored it with Copic Markers, then stamped it again with VersaMark and heat set it gold. I was glued directly to the vellum.

The entire rectangle was adhered to a top folding cardbase and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Hero Arts Christmas Rose Background
  • Waffle Flower Poinsettia
  • Penny Black Peace
  • Copic Markers: R89, R56, R37; R89, R69, R56; YR24, YG61, YG63; YG67, YG17, YG03; YG97, YG93; G24, G21, G20
  • Faber-Castell Polychromos 226 Alizarin Crimson, 217 Cadmium Red, 225 Dark Red Colored Pencils
  • Copic Markers: R89, R56, R37
  • Gina K. Designs Cherry Tart Base Weight Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Paper Studio Silver Metallic Vellum
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen

Blossoms in Bloom So Sorry Sympathy

I love the double dies that create this beautiful floral image. I saw a lovely card made by Kayla McCreadie where she used vellum for the back layer and white for the top outline. She placed her die cuts on a beautiful blue cardstock. I used the same design, but used purple cardstock for the card front.

I cut down the purple cardstock with Penny Black’s Swirly Stitched Rectangle die. It think it goes well with a floral image. It was adhered to a top folding white cardbase with dotliner adhesive.

The back layer of the flowers was cut from some patterned vellum and the top layer was cut from white cardstock and adhered using spray adhesive. The purple rectangle was ink blended with Distress Oxide Seedless Preserves and Wilted Violet, but it is really hard to see. The flower arrangement was laid on the purple background to determine where to stamp the sentiment with VersaMark Ink and heat emboss white. A secondary sentiment was stamped on a scrap of the purple cardstock and cut with a Pink & Main Sentiment Strip and adhered just below main sentiment with a thin strip of foam tape.

Silver Stickles was added to the center of the flowers and once it was dry small pieces of foam tape was added to each flower center to add a little dimension when placed on the card front.

This was a pretty quick and easy easy card to create, but it is really striking with the dark purple background to the love flower die cut.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Stampin’ Up Blossoms in Bloom
  • Penny Black Sympathy Sentiments
  • Avery Elle With Sympathy
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • Penny Black Swirly Stitched Rectangle
  • Distress Oxide Inks Seedless Preserves and Wilted Violet
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Purple Cardstock from Scraps
  • Paper Studio Pebbled Vellum
  • Ranger Silver Stickles
  • Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Darice Thin Strip Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive