Birthday Cake

I created a one layer card today. The Seize the Birthday challenge is all about a clean and simple card. I added splatter, but I think it will still fit the CAS category.

http://seizethebirthday.blogspot.com/2022/09/seize-birthday-248-clean-and-simple.html

I used two Stampin Up sets for this card: Happy Birthday to You and Go To Greetings. I stamped the images in Memento Rich Cocoa ink. The color palette I used is from Splitcoast Stampers CC915 Soft Suede, Pear Pizazz and Pale Papaya. I added a little Mango Melody on the berries and floral centers. I used a water brush to color the image, which give it a much softer tone for the cake.

I haven’t made a CAS card in quite a while. I keep wanting to add more to the card front, cut things out and pop them up, and just turn it into a card that is not CAS. It will mail easily this way.

Fruit Wreath

I was inspired to create today, so this is my second card. This card will be entered in three challenges.

https://doubletroublechallenge.blogspot.com/2022/09/challenge-121-punch-it-out-partnering.html http://useyourstuff.blogspot.com/2022/09/uys-467-woodgrain-double-trouble.html
http://powerpoppy.blogspot.com/2022/09/the-blossom-challenge-eat-your-fruit.html

The Double Trouble challenge is to use a die cut or punch and then you meet Thing 2’s challenge to add woodgrain. They are collaborating with Use Your Stuff which is about woodgrain. Power Poppy challenge is to use fruit or vegetables on your card.

I used the Sizzix/Tim Holtz 3-D Lumber embossing folder on my background. I used a natural colored cardstock from My Favorite Things for the embossing then inked it with Gina K Designs Warm Cocoa ink. I decided a wreath would be a good addition for the die cutting. These dies are from Stampin’Up, called Arrange a Wreath. I placed my fruit image in the middle of the wreath for the Power Poppy challenge. My image is from the set called Feeling Fall. I colored it with alcohol markers a week ago and then left it sit till I was inspired to use it. The greeting came from Gina K Designs Star Flower, which I inked with Slate ink.

I really like how this card turned out. I enjoyed piecing so many products together, which is something I struggle with.

Plaid Birthday

I thought a while on the Navy and Lime Green colors for the Color Hues challenge, knowing I needed to turn it into a birthday card for the Seize the Birthday challenge. These are not colors I generally mix, but I finally found a way to mix them.

https://colorhuesthecolorchallenge.blogspot.com/2022/09/color-hues-48-and-our-2nd-birthday.html http://seizethebirthday.blogspot.com/2022/09/seize-birthday-246-collaboration-with.html

The plaid background was created with a plaid stencil from Newton’s Nook. I inked it with GKD Key Lime ink, then flipped the stencil and inked it again with GKD In the Navy ink. It made an interesting background. Next I die cut the Big Happy Birthday die from Lawn Fawn three times with this very bright green cardstock from Hobby Lobby. It is close to the Key Lime color I used for the ink. I paired this green with a navy cardstock also from Hobby Lobby. I think this will make a nice masculine card to add to my stash, however, if a women loves green, this would work her as well.

Bubble Wrap Birthday Card

I made a card using a video idea from Gina K Designs with bubble wrap.

https://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-anything-goes-94/

I used a Lawn Fawn set called Flutter By for the butterflies. The greeting came from a Unity set illustrated by Gracielle Designs. The background is bubble wrap stamped in Polished Pink.

This card was originally created for the Challenge Your Stash challenge at Splitcoast Stampers. We always upload our cards on the 28th of the month. The challenge was to make something for Earth Day thinking of things that make our Earth beautiful. I love butterflies and Gina K had the perfect video for inspiration. I redeemed my bubble wrap from heading to the trash and using it.

It will be going to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge as it is an Anything Goes challenge.

MSC Birthday Tulips

Today I used a stamp set I just received for my birthday. I love the Gina K Designs Spring Tulips mini set, so I chose that set for a gift.

https://modsquadchallenge.com/anything-goes-2/
https://thefourseasonschallenge.blogspot.com/2022/04/april-spring-challenge.html http://seizethebirthday.blogspot.com/2022/04/seize-birthday-236-signs-of-spring.html

I saw this idea on Pinterest where the originator places the tulip set above and below the greeting, so I wanted to try her method. I love the outcome. I colored the tulips and leaves with Spectrum Noir markers. After coloring, I placed the colored layer back in my MISTI and stamped with Versafine Black Onyx ink embossing with clear powder. It brought the lines back and gave it a bit of shine. I used Spellbinders dies to cut the image and black layer, then mounted on a white card base.

I am adding this to the fourseasons: April Spring Challenge. Tulips are Spring Flowers so it fits that challenge. I am adding this to Seize the Birthday, Signs of Spring.

Party balloons

Off to a new year with Party Balloons!

https://daranddiane.blogspot.com/2022/01/party-balloons-challenge.html
http://seizethebirthday.blogspot.com/2022/01/seize-birthday-229-blue-and-gray.html

A celebration is not complete without party balloons. These balloons were die cut using Lawn Fawn Party Balloons dies and an assortment of cardstock scraps. The greeting is from Lawn Fawn Wavy Sayings along with a matching die. I made a frame using The Stamps of Life Stitched Rectangles. I added a bit of twine to each balloon from my twine stash from SU Paper Pumpkin kits. A bit of sparkle was added to each balloon. The star background is from a retired MFT birthday paper pack. I know whoever receives this card will love the sparkle and enjoy the party atmosphere.

Wreath stamping

This month the MISTI challenge at Split coast Stampers is to add a wreath to your card. I pulled out my Wreath Builder Template and stamps from Gina K Designs and began stamping. I created a total of 3 cards.

Thanksgiving Blessings

The above card was using the Autumn Wreath set. I began with Kraft ink going all the way around the circle, then moved the leaf a little bit and stamped with Warm Cocoa, then moved the leaf and stamped in Charcoal Brown. I trimmed the square with a stitched square die, mounted on Dark Chocolate and on a card base of SU Crumb Cake. This was entered in the Double D Challenge for leaves.

Butterfly Wreath

The above card with butterflies was created with the Sending Love stamp set. I used many colors and do not have them written down. The center of each butterfly is a Nuvo Glitter drop. I used a set called Incentive Set for the greeting and found a circle to stamp in one of the wreath builder sets. This card was entered in the Mod Squad Challenge for butterflies.

Thinking of You

This wreath using stamps and ink other than Gina K Designs with the wreath builder template. I used a Maymay Made It set called Garden Party for the flowers and leaf. I used SU colors of Pale Papaya, Polished Pink, and Sage Shadow for my stamping. The center greeting is from SU Happy Thoughts. I used gems for the center of the large flower. I added stitching to the center by embossing with the die and a rubber mat. I enjoyed creating this card as I didn’t look at Pinterest for inspiration. I have no special challenge for this one other than the MISTI one at SCS.

The first two were created with inspiration from Pinterest and cards by Sherri Gilson. Both were uploaded to the challenges from SCS. Now I will move onto something other than wreaths for a time. Thanks for looking.

August Birthdays

For the buddies who remember, August is birthday month in my world. This means I generally try to create cards specific for the person receiving it and that it looks different than last years cards. Here are the ones for this year.

Birdy card front
Bird card inside

This particular daughter is not really a bird lover, but these birds are colorful and fun. I hope she likes the color and enjoys the quirkiness of the birds.

Sparkly Unicorn

This daughter loved her card. She is all into sparkly, pink, and unicorns. I saw the idea on Pinterest then found there was video. It took a while to make as there are clouds, blended with Bonnie cloud die, and lot of sparkle on those clouds that had to dry. It was fun to create.

Thanks for sharing the birthday congratulations and allowing me to share my cards.

Panda Birthday card

It is challenge time at Splitcoast Stampers for those that are Fan Club Members. This means you pay a small fee so you can post anytime with no moderation and it allows the site to remain operational. I am a Fan Club Member and am participating in a few challenges.

Panda Birthday
Panda Birthday Pop-up

I am proud of this card and spent a lot of today creating it, so I thought I would share. The front is fairly straight forward in how it is made. The inside pop-up feature is the part that took a lot of work. I used a Sizzix die that I have owned for a few years, but can’t remember using it. I know I have cut it out before, but mounting it on the card was a learning process. I realized the panda needed something else with it as there were two other places to pop-up something. I chose balloons and found they needed stability. I used acetate to hold those balloons up, then placed a small piece of white cardstock over the acetate to hide the adhesive (glue dots) and give plenty of stability. Now I have to send this to a special person. I have young nieces and birthdays are approaching, so it will go to one of them.