Oct 262015

birthday cardTall & Skinny Happy Birthday card is designed for a card sketch.  This tall & skinny card fits into a 6 3/4 envelope.

I love this color combination.  The more I use the Mint Macaron color, the more I like it.  The addition of Pacific Point makes it pop and picks up the Pacific Point butterflies.

A bit of texture is added with the background diagonal embossed strips.  This coordinates with the printed diagonal lines on the Designer Series Paper.  It almost looks like both the card stock and the Designer Series Paper were both embossed.  You could, but no it is not on this card.

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Aug 172015

Happy Birthday StarsToday’s Happy Birthday Stars card is designed for a card sketch using all Stampin’ Up! supplies.

The paper is from the Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack.  The Designer Series Paper allows you to coordinate the whole card and pick your color scheme.  I added a diagonal strip of the Bermuda Bay 1 1/4″ Striped Grosgrain Ribbon.

You always need a bit of bling and the glimmer paper stars and the glitter on the candles is just the right touch.

The card is colored using ink pads and a blender pen.  I cut out the cake and then re-drew the candles.  This makes it look better and is so much easier than trying to fussy cut around the stamped candles.

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Apr 132015

Happy Birthday Card Today’s Happy Birthday card is designed for a sketch challenge.  It is also for my husband’s birthday this week.

I think the circle softens the geometric aspect to the card.  The colors could be either masculine or feminine.

It is difficult to tell in the picture, but I used Shimmery White card stock to create a custom background.  The circle and one layered square is cut from the same custom background paper.  The custom background paper is made using an old technique by apply ink onto sheet protectors and transferring it to the card stock.

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Jan 192015

mojo381medThis Happy Birthday Balloon card is quick and easy.  I love the Celebrate Today stamp set because I can quickly and easily put together a card for different occasions.  It has a generic “celebrate” as well as wedding, baby, birthday, and graduation messages and decorations to modify the balloon.  It is especially easy when you combine the stamp set with the Balloon framelits, you can quickly stamp, cut and assemble a card.  (Celebrate Today Photopolymer Bundle – 138869)

Start with a Whisper White card base and add a layer of Sweet Taffy Designer Series Paper and then a smaller layer of Real Red card stock.

Wrap a piece of Daffodil Delight ribbon around the two layers.  Add colors to the flags with Stampin’ Write markers and cut out the flags with the framelit.  Attach the flags over the ribbon.

Stamp the balloon with Tempting Turquoise ink and the “birthday” with Real Red ink.  Cut the balloon with the framelit.

Tie a knot bow and attach to the bottom of the balloon.  Add a couple of tails of ribbon behind the balloon.  Attach the balloon to the front of the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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Dec 152014

Blooming BirthdayHere is my last Blooming Birthday Card for December.  Finally an opportunity to make something a little more feminine for the last family birthday this month.

This is designed based on today’s sketch over at Mojo Monday.  Following a pre-designed sketch can make decision easier when you sit done to complete a card.  On Wednesdays I use the sketches at i Love Card Sketches.

The Flower Patch Photopolymer Bundle is such a wonderful set from Stampin’ Up!  It includes the stamp set and coordinating framelits.  You can stamp different pieces of flowers and cut each one out with the framelits so you can layer the flower.  That is what I did on the Hello Honey flower and most of the components on this card.  You can also 2-step stamp the images the components right onto your card base for a simpler card.

Once the components are stamped and cut out, you assemble in layers as desired with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  Don’t forget to use your Bone Folder to give the flowers and leaves a bit of lift and dimension.



There are a few sprigs of Linen Thread around the bouquet and a few rhinestones added here and there.

You can see that the colors for the bouquet are based on the Moonlight Designer Series Paper.  Another quick trick for making creative decisions.  Just choose your background paper and that will often pick the colors for you.

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Nov 172014

Happy Birthday CardToday’s card is a Handmade Birthday Card for my granddaughter.  She will enjoy the main colors that are nice and bright colors:  Crushed Curry and Bermuda Bay.

The main image is from Apothecary Art stamp set.  After stamping the image with Memento ink pad, the flowers and leaves are colored with Stampin’ Write Markers and an Aqua Painter.

The Bermuda Bay frame is cut with two of the Labels Collection framelits and then outlined with piercing using the Festive Paper-Piercing Pack as a guide.  This is layered over the image popping it up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  The sentiment is also from Apothecary Art and stamped in Bermuda Bay onto Pistachio Pudding card stock.

The Crushed Curry background paper is toned down just a bit with a strip of Confetti Celebration Designer Series Paper.  A small strip of Bermuda Bay card stock is layered behind the Whisper White Cotton ribbon bow.  Then everything is attached to a Whisper White card base turned to the landscape position.

This Handmade Birthday Card is perfect for almost any birthday occasion.

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Oct 132014

Birthday Wishes Masculine Card

Fall Colors Sample

Fall Colors are everywhere now.  I need a masculine birthday card for my father and I think the Fall Colors Handmade Birthday Wishes Card will be perfect.

The card is designed based on a sketch challenge.  The slashes of fall colors are achieved by stamping the colors off a bit and then using the Stamp-a-ma-Jig to position the colors.  The little “picket fence” border is made using one of the Little Labels punches over Mossy Meadow ribbon.  For a bit of sparkle a few rhinestones are added. The inside of the card is finished with a similar “picket fence”.  I think Dad will love this card.

Here’s another sample for a masculine card with colors that can be used for fall.  Notice I also used the Stamp-a-ma-Jig for this card, too.

Birthday Wishes inside of card The complete supply list for today’s card is below.

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Apr 242014

Masculine Birthday Card A quick post today of this Masculine Birthday Card.

This simple layout with minimum layering can be used for many occasions.  Change up the color scheme and you will get a completely different card.

Notice the bright spots on the photos of the card.  I took the pictures outdoors in wonderful, sunny California on our recent trip out of rain country.

Masculine Birthday Card

Very Vanilla card stock (101650) 5 1/2″ X 8 1/2″, 2” square
Crushed Curry card stock (131199) 1” X 4”
Bermuda Bay card stock (131197) 1 ¼” X 4 ½”
Cajun Craze card stock (119684) 1 ½” X 5”, 2” square
Stamp Sets:
Label Love (130622)
Bring on the Cake (121958)
Field Flowers (128583)
Bermuda Bay Classic Stampin’ Pad (131171)
Cajun Craze Classic Stampin’ Pad (126965)
Crushed Curry Classic Stampin’ Pad (131173)
Crushed Curry Stampin’ Write Marker (131262)*
Bermuda Bay Stampin’ Write Marker (131259)**
Cajun Craze Stampin’ Write Marker (131262)*
*Regals Collection
**Brights Collection
Artisan Label punch (130920)
1 3/4″ Circle Punch (119850)
Clear Block B (1 5/8″ X 1 5/16″) (117147)
Stamp-a-ma-jig (101049)
Square Lattice TIEF (119976)
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439)
Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)
Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755)


  1. Score and fold Very Vanilla card stock to form card base.
  2. Notch one end of the Cajun Craze, Bermuda Bay, and Crushed Curry strips of card stock
  3. Use Multipurpose Liquid Glue to adhere the three strips together.
  4. Insert the three layers into the Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and run through the Big Shot.
  5. Adhere the embossed layers to the left side of the card base.
  6. Use the Clear Block (B) to place three blocks of color along the right side of the card base.  I stamped off some of the color especially with the Cajun Craze.  Experiment on scrap paper until you get the amount of color you want.
  7. Use the Stamp-a-ma-jig to place and stamp the flower from Field Flowers over the stamped blocks using Cajun Craze ink.
  8. Stamp “Happy Birthday to you!” from Label Love onto Very Vanilla card stock with Cajun Craze ink.
  9. Punch out with the Artisan Label punch.
  10. Punch a circle out of Cajun Craze card stock with the 1 ¾” Circle Punch.
  11. Adhere the sentiment onto the Cajun Craze circle and mount on the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I used the Markers to color the cake image and message and used the Cajun Craze ink pad to stamp “wish BIG” hand on the left inside of the card.

Thank you for stopping by my blog.  If you are inspired, please leave a comment about the Masculine Birthday Card.

Mar 262014

50th Birthday Card This bright and cheery 50th Birthday Card is easy to put together.
The card has several layers, but all of them are just a matter of cutting the card stock.  The layers are repeated on the inside so everything coordinates.  Add a couple of strips to your envelope and you have a complete look.

This card could be used for either male or female.

The Stampin’ Trimmer is excellent for cutting the card stock for this card.  It is easy to get straight, accurate, narrow cuts with the Stampin’ Trimmer.  On the inside I used a little trick I learned years ago.  Rather than waste extra card stock for the layers, I cut a frame from the Pacific Point card stock and used the inside of the frame to punch out the circle for the front of the card.  Here is a video demonstrating how to make the frame.

Very Vanilla card stock (101650) 5 1/2″ X 8 1/2″, 3″ x 3 ½”, 3” X 3”, 3 ¾” X 5” (inside)
Pacific Point card stock (111350) 4″ X 5 1/4″ (2 pieces), 3″ X 3″
Rich Razzleberry card stock (115316) 3/4″ X 4″, ½” X 4” (inside)
Daffodil Delight card stock (119683) ¾” X 4”, ½” X 4” (inside)

Stamp Sets:  Label Love (130622), Bring on the Cake (121958)

Ink:  Pacific Point classic ink pad (126950), Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Write Marker (120970)

Accessories:  Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), Argyle Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (127750),
2 3/8” Scallop Circle Punch (118874), 2 ½” Circle Punch (120906), Stampin’ Trimmer (126889)

50th Birthday Card insideTry this sketch with different colors or use Designer Series Paper for the background or the strips.  Of course the card can be used for any age – just color in the appropriate numbers.sketch

Comment on the colors, sketch or overall design.  Your comments are welcome!