Category Archives: Birthday

Beary happy birthday card–Lawn Fawn

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I love my Love you S’more Lawn Fawn Set and wanted to use it again, so while I was brushing my teeth I came up with the idea of putting the bears, some trees, and sequins in a shaker card and use a play on words for “Beary”.

20140914_160728This card is pretty simple and didn’t really require much. I used my washi tape from We R Memory Keepers and Paper Studio Bakers Twine.

I used a computer font, and some white gel pen accents.

I was thinking I could also use the “Beary” theme and create a similar card for “Beary” excited for you or You are “beary” cool, or some other similar greeting.

It was a pretty quick card, but I love that set and wanted to find “S’more” uses for it!  Haha!  I Know. .. I Know…I just couldn’t resist.

Thanks for stopping by! I would love to hear from you!

–Lisa

Sparkly doggie birthday card

8.2014doggiebdayI wanted to practice some watercolor techniques so I stamped this cute doggie a bunch of times on Strathmore watercolor paper. I colored them in with distress markers. I used a ruler and a pencil to make equal lines and then just erased the lines after I stamped the dogs. I didn’t want them to be perfectly straight but I just wanted them to be in a general line.

 

I cut out the stars with my Sizzix dies from sparkly Recollections paper.  I stamped the sentiment with an Avery elle stamp set. I embossed it with Wow! metallic platinum sparkle powder.

You can’t help but smile at these party-ready pooches!

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Thanks for stopping by!

Lisa

 

Heart Die Cut Birthday Card–Avery Elle Challenge

8.2014everyellebdaycloseupI’m back!  Whew. It has been a busy couple of weeks. We went to the OBX with my in-laws and then as soon as we got home it was our son’s 17th birthday and then my mother came to visit for a week.  It has been a whirlwind of plans, celebrations, and visiting.  It has been wonderful, but it has kept me away from my crafting!  I have enjoyed seeing all the creations on Instagram, but I was itching to create my own things!

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I am getting back into the groove with an Avery Elle Challenge. I love the Cake and Candles stamp set I have and wanted to use it with their die cut challenge.

I had the idea of the hearts as a design on my notecard at first.  I am in love with all things chevron right now and had this paper from a sale pack of Recollections paper from Michael’s. I had not plan where I was going and once I put the hearts on the notecard I was stuck.  I decided to keep it simple, but sparkly!  I embossed the sentiment with Hero Arts Silver Embossing powder and took a Elmer’s Silver Paint Marker to make the silver dots on the front of the card.

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I had some leftover peach Bazzill cardstock that I layered behind my sentiment (also on Bazzill cardstock) and popped it up with foam dots for added dimension. It is a simple card but incorporates a few different techniques.

Hope you enjoyed!  As always I love to hear your comments.

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Thanks for stopping by!

–Lisa

 

Embossed birthday card


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Today I created a card for theSimon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, and the Color Throwdown Challenge.

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I started with a piece of white cardstock and embossed Happy Birthday using my Cricut Cuttlebug Happy Birthday Embossing Folder. I trimmed it down a bit to fit my A2 notecard.  I then used Hero Arts Shadow Inks Raspberry Jam, Butter Bar, and Tide Pool to create the right color combination I needed for the Color Throwdown Challenge. I rubbed the inks onto white cardstock and then used a small round circle punch to make the confetti.  I glued the confetti onto the card using Ranger Multi Matte Medium.

I used ink colored white cardstock for the stars too. I die cute the stars using the Sizzix Framelits star die. I used the second smallest star.  I had two of each color. I added Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents to each of the stars. At first I was only going to use one set of stars, but the color changed a bit on my Tide Pool star after I applied the wink of stella/glossy accents. It actually was a happy accident, because I ended up using those initial stars as a background for the other set of starts.

I then stamped each sentiment (Michael’s brand stamp = Eat Cake, Penny Black Big Wish set = Wish Big, and Paper Smooches Chit Chat Set = God Bless) with black Versamark ink and then used White Tinsel embossing powder from Recollections.  I got this idea from Jennifer McGuire! She is always coming up with great ideas.  For the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge I used dry embossing with the happy birthday embossing folder, and I used embossing powder for the sentiment!

I am on the look out for a good clear glittery embossing powder, since I am almost out of this one. Any suggestions?

I actually made another mistake when I got a smudge of black ink on the corner of one of the stars. I actually ended up doing that TWICE!!  I was getting frustrated, but then I realized I could just add a little bling and I had another element to my card!

I wrapped some Paper Studio black baker’s twin around the embossed section before I adhered it to my card base. I used foam dots to pop up the embossed part on the notecard, and used more foam dots to pop up the stars on the embossed section. I used Tombow Mono Multi Glue to attach the one set of stars to the other ones.

Thanks for stopping by!  Check out the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and Color Throwdown Challenge. There are some great projects, and I would love to see yours there too!

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–Lisa

 

 

Birthday fishes

7.2014fishesbdayI have been really inspired by the cute summer cards that I have seen on Instagram lately. Since my family just spent a week in the OBX, summer and beach is  definitely on my mind.

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge fit in perfectly with a summer theme.  I have this adorable stamp set from Recollections that features lots of sea creatures. I stamped a whole bunch of them on Strathmore Watercolor Paper, and got to coloring!  I used Derwent Inktense Pencils to create these vibrant fish. I practiced a lot of different color combinations and  finally settled on a rainbow scheme with charcoal grey. I liked the cohesiveness of the fish using that color combination.  I have a bunch of other fish that I colored in other combinations that I can use on other cards.

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QUICK TIP: To keep the fish looking neat and the color staying in the lines, I drew in the colored sections of the fish first, and then let them dry before I colored in the grey parts. Since this stamp is pretty small, I was finding that the color was bleeding into the other areas of the fish if I tried coloring the whole fish at one time. I know the point of watercolor is a soft flowing look, but I just found the effect too messy for this project.

After I colored in the fish, I added glossy accents to make them look wet and shiny. I forgot to add the Wink of Stella to the fish, and that bums me out since I think that would have looked really cute.

I made the background with Strathmore watercolor paper and all the Distress Ink blues that I own. I layered the color so that the lightest blue would be at the “top” of the ocean with progressively darker colors of blue as you would go deeper down.

I cut waves out of vellum, and attached them to the background with Multi Medium Matte. I put a navy piece of cardstock behind the water scene to give it a little more dimension. I added sequins for a bit more shine and sparkle. I stamped the bubbles and colored them in with a distress marker and added glossy accents to make them look like water.

For the sentiment,  I printed it out on my computer using the font Wacky Action BTN 22pt. I used grays, going from lighter to darker to mimic the gradually descent into the deep parts of the ocean. I used foam dots for the sentiment and the fish. I was inspired by Nichol Magouirk, who made up her own sentiments. Since I didn’t have any ocean related sentiment stamps, this was a good solution. Inside the card, I have another fish, and the sentiment says “…and hoping you have oceans of fun on your birthday!”

I love this card, and I am going to make a few more like this, since the little fish is so cute! This is a 5X7 notecard, but I think I will make a few A2 size.

Check out the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!  It is full of great inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by! I would love to hear any comments or questions you may have.

–Lisa

 

 

Glittery Star Birthday card….make your own STICKER!

7.2014glitterstarI had started this card last week, but once I had the glittery stars I wasn’t sure where to take it.  I wanted to highlight them, but the card just looked too plain.  I definitely am on the side of  more clean and simple designs naturally, but even my simple eye knew it needed something.

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Let’s start with the stars though!  I decided to make my own stickers with double-sided sticky sheets from Jo-Ann Fabrics. You could use any double-sided sticky sheets you  have. Those were just what I could find easily. I die cut the stars using my Sizzix Framelitsr Die Cuts. ( I forgot to include those in my supply picture!).  I positioned them on sticky sheet so that I could also find a use for the negative space created by the star cut outs.  I  haven’t decided what I want to do with this negative space yet though. Once I stuck my stars down on my card base, I added some Martha Stewart fine glitter to the shapes. I only took off the release paper on one of the stars at a time so that the colors would not get trapped into the other stars, although that could be a cute look too! I used the release paper and a bone folder to press the glitter into the star shapes. That way the glitter does not keep flaking off the card. I had seen Jennifer  McGuire do this and I can attest it works great!

20140708_151625I liked the dark navy cardstock ( I used a piece from the Recollections cardstock packs that go on sale for like $3.33 for a pack). I embossed some small dots on the bottom with my Lifestyle Crafts Polka Dot Embossing Folder.  I added some flourishes and stars with the Colorbox Frost White Pigment Ink and someWow Metallic Platinum Sparkle Embossing Powder .  The star and flourishes are part of the Avery Elle Cake And Wishes Stamp Set that I used for the sentiment inside.

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I had various bling from my Recollections collection and embossed the sentiment from the same Avery Elle stamp set with Recollections White sparkle embossing powder.

The metal tag I had lying in my stash for years!  I found some stickers that I got free in the mail from a scrapbook club that sent them out and added blue swiss dot ribbon, and some bakers twine to jazz it up.

I am entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge—Start from Scratch!

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If you have any questions or comments I would love to hear them!

Thanks for stopping by,

Lisa