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Monthly archives for June, 2014

Perfect Birthday Wishes

Perfect Birthday Wishes



This card was made for another niece of mine who has a birthday coming up in August!  I used the Freshly Made Sketches challenge this week as inspiration for the layout.



  • Base of the card is A2 in Basic Gray
  • Matte is also Basic Gray cut to 5″ x 3 3/4″

The Matte was run through the Big Shot using the Woodgrain Textured Impressions embossing folder and then I ran a brayer over the embossesd paper with Basic Gray ink.


The Owl was cut out using the Builder Owl Punch which made this card super easy!  I used Smoky Slate for the Owl and Perfect Plum to cut extra hearts that I made into a bow.  The paper for the chest of the owl was the reverse side of one of the papers from the June Paper Pumpkin Kit!

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The tag was cut using the Apothecary Accents Framelits and Smoky Slate card stock.  I stamped the sentiment, once again using the Endless Birthday Wishes stamp set.  Added some “Bling” and WOW! This card looks excellent!!

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s post!  Have a great day.

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Baby We’ve Got a 4th Birthday!

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My youngest niece is turning 4!  This week’s Paper Pals challenge had the perfect layout for a birthday card.

Here is the layout I’m following for today’s card:

Card Recipe:

  • Card Base: 5 1/2″ X 4 1/4″ in Blushing Bride
  • Matte: 5″ X 3 3/4″ in Whisper White

I didn’t like having a plain white background, so I made a custom matte for this card. YAY! I love getting my fingers inked up.

The first Matte was stamped using the number 4 from the Morning Post Stamp set.  I alternated stamping in Blushing Bride and Smoky Slate.  To get a faded look, I stamped on a scrap piece of paper each time I inked up, before I stamped my matte.  This toned down the look of each color.

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The Apothecary Accents Framelits were the stars of the show today!  Using the largest die, I cut out this wonderful shape in Smoky Slate and Blushing Bride card stock.  I also cut a small window in the Blushing Bride shape.

I used the Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack to add some dimension to the Blushing Bride die cut!

I just love the Baby We’ve Grown stamp set and this was a perfect occasion to use the adorable bunny that comes in the set!  I cut a small square to fit behind the cut out section of the Blushing Bride die cut and sponged the edges in Smoky Slate.

I stamped the cute little bunny, also in Smokey Slate, and then water colored the bunny using Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, and Blushing Bride using my Aqua Painters!  Wow, it turned out so cute!

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Next I stamped the frame and number 4 using the Morning Post Numbers stamp set.  The frame was stamped in Smoky Slate and the 4 was stamped using Blushing Bride, then covered in glitter for a little dazzle!  I “fuzzy cut” the frame and sponged the edges using Smoky Slate to tie in with the rest of the card.


The sentiment was stamped in Blushing Bride using the Endless Birthday Wishes stamp set.  This is a fabulous stamp set that I use all the time.  Stampin’ Up! has currently taken this set of their website due to high demand.  They are working on creating enough of these sets to make them available again soon.  As soon as they are “re-released” I will let you know, this is definitely a must have set for your collection!  Now back to the card….

For the finishing touch I added Smoky Slate Ribbon, Blushing Bride brads to the number 4 label and some “Bling” to the Blushing Bride Apothecary die!  This card turned out FABULOUS!!!

I added a Whisper White Matte (5 1/4″ X 4″) to the inside along with another water colored bunny!

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Once again, I made my own envelope liner.  I used the bunny stamp again and alternated stamping in Smoky Slate and Blushing Bride.

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Didn’t this card turn out ADORABLE!!  I have linked all the products I used below.  Don’t forget, you can shop online 24×7!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post.  Have a great day!


Endless Birthday Wishes x2

Endless Birthday Wishes1You’ve gotta love procrastinators!  I found out at work today that we have 2 men in the office with birthdays this week, and I was asked to make the cards.  So today’s post is how to make a quick and simple card that can be used for men, women, adults, children, baby showers, weddings, the possibilities are endless!  This is definitely on of my go to designs in a pinch!

Another nice thing about this design is that it is great to use up some of that scrap paper you have lying around!  These cards were made using Night of Navy and Soft Sky with coordinating DSP scraps for the “blue” card and Always Artichoke and Brushed Gold with coordinating DSP for the “green” card.

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Card Dimensions:

  • Base: 5 1/2″ X 4 1/4″
  • Matte 1: 5 1/4″ X 4″
  • Matte 2: 5″ X 3 3/4″
  • Large Package: 2 1/4″ x 1 1/4″
  • Medium Package: 2″ X 1″
  • Small Package: 1 1/4″ X 1 1/4″

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Ribbon was added to the packages along with a button for a finishing touch.

The sentiment was stamped with the Endless Birthday Wishes stamp set which is a MUST HAVE!  This stamp set is in such high demand that it has currently been made unavailable until the supply is replenished.  I will notify you as soon as this stamp set is available again, I highly recommend adding this to your collection!

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Voilà!  2 simple birthday cards done in 20 minutes!  I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s post!



A Spin on Paper Pumpkin!


Today I want to show you a different way to use your June Paper Pumpkin Kit!

First I want to say how much I enjoy my Paper Pumpkin subscription.  I love getting that little red package in the mail with everything I need for a quick project.  The quality of the products in the Paper Pumpkin kit are just as good as what you order online (they don’t scrimp)!

The June Paper Pumpkin kit includes:

  • Pinwheel Party Photopolymer Stamp
  • Night of Navy Classic Stampin’ Spot
  • 24 pre-cut Designer pinwheel forms (8ea. of 3 different patterns)
  • 24 paper straws
  • 20 Whisper White banners
  • 24 cellophane bags
  • Basic Gray Baker’s Twine
  • 24 Silver brads
  • 24 Silver clips
  • 96 Mini Glue Dots

You can watch a video on how to assemble the June Paper Pumpkin kit at

Although I think the pinwheels are really cute, I don’t have a need for them this month.  I’m sure that’s the case from time to time so I wanted to do a post on what else you can do with the items from your Paper Pumpkin kit.  The possibilities are ENDLESS, so don’t let yourself be bound to the directions in the box!

So on to the card!


The paper in the kit is pre-cut for pinwheels, this means all of the squares are also cut down each side for folding.  I didn’t let this deter me!


I embraced the pre-cut squares and thought “What can I do with triangles?”.  With the colors provided I thought a cute little sailboat was the perfect fit!

First I finished cutting several of the squares (in the pattern of paper that I wanted to use) into individual triangles.  This acted as the sails and the bottom of the boat.  I then proceeded to cut the triangle for the bottom of the boat into a half circle.  I did this using my Sizzix Circle Dies and the Big Shot.


For the mast, I cut a paper straw to the desired length and then flattened it.  That pretty much completes the sailboat!

For the card, I used the following:

  • Card Base: Cherry Cobbler, 5 1/2″ X 4 1/4″
  • Matte 1: Night of Navy, 5 1/4″ X 4″
  • Matte 2: Smokey Slate, 5″ X 3 3/4″

I loved the large silver brads that came in the kit, so I used them and the Basic Gray Bakers Twine to string up my sentiments.  Using the stamps that were provided with the kit, I stamped “Celebrate” in Night of Navy onto one of the banners.


To bring it all together, I stamped a border in Cherry Cobbler along the bottom using the stars stamp that came in the kit.  I LOVE those little stars!



I used the same matting on the interior of the card and stamped the little star border along the bottom.  The Party sentiment really finishes this card off!


Now for the Envelope Liner.  I stamped a plain sheet of paper using the stamps provided in alternating colors (Cherry Cobbler, Smokey Slate, and Night of Navy).

This card came together beautifully and so easy too! This will be the perfect card for my nephew’s birthday.

I hope this post inspires you to “Think Outside the Paper Pumpkin Box”!!  Get your subscription today!





Lovely Masculine Birthday

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Today’s card was inspired by the wonderful sketch posted by Freshly Made Sketches.  I thought this layout was perfect for a masculine card, and this one turned out FABULOUS!!!

This card is 5 1/2″ X 5 1/2″, and uses Always Artichoke, Pear Pizzazz, Brushed Gold, and Coordinating DSP.

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Using Memento Tuxedo Black ink, I stamped this wonderful tree from the Lovely as a Tree stamp set.

I love my Aqua Painters, I use them more than I expected I would.  They make is so easy to color in stamped images like this tree.  I used several shades of green (Always Artichoke, Garden Green, Pear Pizzazz, and Pistachio Pudding) to color in the leaves.  I painted the trunk of the tree with Sahara Sand, and a little Crumb Cake for depth.  I “fuzzy cut” the tree out for the center of this card.

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The squares and rectangles for this card were cut using DSP and Brushed Gold which gives this card the perfect shimmer.

In the corners I stamped the single leaf and embossed using Gold embossing powder.

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The Endless Birthday Wishes stamp set had the perfect sentiment for this card.  I gold embossed this sentiment and WOW this card really came together!

As you know, a card is never complete without a matte on the inside.  Here I used Very Vanilla which gave me the perfect simple matte look.  I had extra gold paper, so I punched out a few branches using my Builder Bird Punch.

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I made the envelope for this card using my handy dandy Envelope Punch Board with 8 1/2″ X 8 1/2″ paper and scoring at 3 1/8″ on each side.  The inside of the envelope was cut to fit.

Wow, the finished card and envelope came out better than I imagined!!

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Over at Freshly Made Sketches, the design team had a fabulous sketch for us to play with this week, and such great inspiration too.  Check out the other great posts on their website, there are some beautiful works of art!


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