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Happy Birthday

Hi, all! I have a super girly birthday card to share today! I’m on a tear again to use up my scraps (the scraps bin is ridiculous) so you’ll see a few cards coming up with lots of pattern and color mixes.

I made this birthday card for a co-worker, and since I knew I’d be hand-delivering it, I didn’t worry about making it envelope-friendly, and my flowers are bursting off the card!

Happy Birthday floral card |

The white flowers with the pink rhinestones are pre-fab from my stash, and the little pink ones are as well.  The rest were created with scraps and punches.

Happy Birthday floral close up |

The sentiment is from a retired Technique Tuesday set.


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Out of This World!

I wanted a break from all the Christmas card-ing so I decided to make a card for my OWH box.  They always need cards for kids so I created this cute little birthday card for a deployed serviceperson to send back home to a little one.

I was inspired by this week’s OWH sketch, #203.  I used some ribbon for the vertical element, and moved the sentiment slightly but I think you can see the inspiration.


The stamps come from two different stamp sets.  I liked the space ship and planet from one set because the style of stamp allows me to paper piece, but I liked the sentiment from another.  I think it worked out well!


I love paper piecing as an easy way to add color and use up scrap papers.  All of the papers on this card came out of my scraps bin.  I had originally planned to add a third small image to the card as well, but it made it too crowded. Since I had already stamped and cut it out, I decided to put it on the inside – rare for me to do anything to the inside of a card!


The ribbon and papers are all from my scraps bin, but everything else is linked below.

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Thanks a Million

Happy Monday, all!  I finished up all of my Christmas cards over the weekend and I’m almost (but not quite!) burned out on Christmas stamps and paper for this year.  Sooo… my card share today is an all-season thank you card!

Thanks a Million |

The background is some thin foil paper – I believe it was meant for origami – that has been in my stash forever and a day.  I dry embossed it and was thrilled with how it came out, so I think I know what I’ll be doing with the rest of that stash!

To make the “Million” yellow, I colored it with a yellow Sharpie after heat embossing the sentiment in white.  Love that trick!  I used the same yellow Sharpie to color my white crochet thread yellow, too!

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The sentiment was stamped with the now-retired Stampin’ Up! Word Play stamp set.  Everything else is linked below!

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Jingle Bells

Are you finished with your Christmas shopping yet? I’m ALMOST done. I’m also almost done with my Christmas cards. Today’s card share is not my “official” card for this year but I do love it. We made this last night at my card class at The Haughton House. It’s always fun to teach my ladies some inking techniques. My fingers are still a little blue today and not just because it’s cold!

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells |

This is a variation on a card I made a few months ago for OWH. Since this one isn’t going to OWH, I added shimmer spray and lumpy rhinestones :) You can’t see it in the picture but the stamped panel is sprayed with a shimmery blue spray in addition to the inked blue background. To make the background we smeared some Distress Inks onto my craft mat, misted the ink with water, then smeared white cardstock around in the puddle.   We dried it with a heat gun then stamped on the image, the sprayed with the shimmer spray.  It’s so pretty in person!

Jingle Bells card close up |

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Lord Have Mercy, It’s Your Birthday!

Hello, friends! I am back! My major huge work project is finally over, yay! I have a few things that I’ve worked on here and there that I now have time to share with you, so look for regular posts from me again!

Today’s card is one that I made last month for my sister’s birthday.  She loves all things glittery and sparkly and she has a modern style so that’s what I tried to do for her card.  And she’s getting old so I thought the sentiment was appropriate, lol!

Lord Have Mercy |

Obviously, with all the glitter going on here, this card would never be okay for OWH!

Lord Have Mercy close up |

The sentiment is actually from three different stamp sets combined.  Crazy how that worked out okay, isn’t it?  The “Lord Have Mercy” is from Amuse (link below) and the “It’s Your” and “Birthday” are from two different Technique Tuesday Greenhouse Society sets (both no longer available).   I heat embossed them with glitter embossing powder, added some bling from my random stash, and layered on some glittery papers/ribbon.  The glitter papers are both DCWV and kinda old – couldn’t find a link for the polka dot source.  The glittery ribbon is called ‘white’ but it definitely has touches of pink to it.

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One of my coworkers/friends is turning 50 today so I made her a special birthday card to celebrate this milestone.

(And now I have glitter all over the place.  I think even my cat is glittery.)  (Obviously this card is not for OWH!)

50! Glitter & Sequins Birthday Card |

I cut the numbers on my Silhouette using a font already on my PC.  I cut several out of regular cardstock then adhered them together to make them dimensional and sturdy.   I glued on the glitter – I love the color of this White Gold from Martha Stewart.  It’s a bit less bold than outright silver and it has a lovely sparkle.

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OWH Birthday Bash Blog Skip with Perfect Paper Crafting!

Hello there! This is our fourth and final Birthday Bash Blog Skip to celebrate OWH’s birthday month of September! Today we’re skipping with the folks from Perfect Paper Crafting.  If you arrived here from Eva’s blog, then you’re in the right place! If not, be sure and go back to the start at OWH Stars & Stamps.

I have had a set of Perfect Layers tools for years now and I love them for helping make easy layers for cards.  If you aren’t familiar with them, they basically act as spacers allowing you to create mats without having to measure each layer.  I find them helpful for some of my stamped images that stamp an odd size.

For example, this beautiful stamp from Crafty Individuals stamps an odd size, but it was easy to make both the black mat and the patterned paper mat without measuring anything by using my Perfect Layers.

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells |

This is a tweaked version of OWH sketch #71.  I used water and ink to make a mottled background and then stamped the image on it with archival black ink.  Some layers and ribbon and here comes Santa!  Here’s a picture of the tool in action, giving me a 1/8 mat around the stamped image which I easily cut with a craft knife:


How about one more card? This one also has lots of layers!

Birthday Wishes |

This is a Technique Tuesday stamp that I watercolored with inks and an aqua brush.   Again, some bold layering and a bit of ribbon and it’s ready for my OWH box!  This one uses OWH sketch #113.

That’s all I have for you today but you do have one last stop to complete the skip – Sandy over at OWHtv! She’s gonna make a card from start to finish!

The patterned paper on both of these cards was donated to me for OWH cardmaking so I don’t have source information on it. The blue inks used on both cards are retired Stampin’ Up! Bashful Blue and Brocade Blue. Everything else is linked up below!

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Home Is Where the Heart Is

Last week on the OWH Hero Arts blog skip I saw this adorable card by Tammy for Hero Arts and I just knew I had to create my own version of it.  It’s perfect for OWH and is a great card to kit up for my upcoming OWH cardmaking event.

I tweaked it a bit, of course, but I kept the chalkboard style on the sentiment because I thought that was a genius use for that cute stamp!

Home Is Where the Heart Is |

The patterned papers and the ribbon are retired Stampin’ Up! products that were donated to me by a demonstrator to use for OWH projects.  Everything else is linked up below!

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Dreaming of You…

Happy Friday, all! I am so looking forward to the weekend – I’ll be spending it at a weekend-long crop with my wonderful friends.  So far I have packed cheese, grapes, carrots, coffee, creamer, pajamas, and a ton of cardmaking stuff.  That should do it, right?

I have another Hero Arts card to share today that wasn’t quite done in time for the blog skip on Wednesday.  This one uses the HA OWH fundraiser set Right at Home and it will be perfect for my next OWH box.

Dreaming of You... |

I stamped the kite and cloud onto some retired Stampin’ Up! First Edition collection paper that I’ve been hoarding.  I watercolored with Distress Inks and an aqua pen.  I just picked bright colors at random, and the clouds are Weathered Wood and Picket Fence.  For the Picket Fence I just colored directly on the paper with the marker instead of using the aqua pen.

I love the look of watercolor on text.  I have an old worn out paperback book that I sometimes use for stamping on, but the papers from it are too fragile to hold up to watercoloring.  This SU! paper is plenty hardy though!  The rest of the paper is from my scraps bin.
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Happy Birthday!

This weekend we celebrated the sixth birthday of my nephew Jacob! I always do a special card for him that my mom saves to put in a scrapbook. If you want to see the previous three they are: Legos, Monsters, and Robots!

This year I had an idea for an Angry Birds inspired card, and even though I knew it would be a lot of work, that little stinker of a nephew is totally worth it. (If you aren’t familiar with Angry Birds, what planet are you from? Just kidding – click here for info on Angry Birds.)

Angry Bird Spinner Card |

And yes, the bird “flies!” I have seen several tutorials for spinner cards, including a great one at OWH, but I had never actually tried making one until now.  It was so fun! I see more of these in my future!

I made a short little video so you could see it spinner, but I’m having problems getting it to embed here on my blog.  If you don’t see it below, you can click over to YouTube and see it there.

Wasn’t that fun? I made the bird with punches after looking at a bunch of examples on Pinterest.  The cardstocks are all from Stampin’ Up! and some are retired, I think.  The sentiment is from Technique Tuesday.

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