Category Archives: Birthday

Clean & Simple Sketch #300 – Happy Birthday

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  • Stamp – Penny Black “bold b’day”
  • Patterned paper – from Basic Grey “Porcelain” 6 X 6″ paper pad
  • Mini pearls – Doodlebug Designs
  • Ribbon – May Arts
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

I made this card using Sketch #300 on Clean & Simple Stamping.  That’s a lot of sketches–congrats to Clean & Simple on reaching this milestone! The sketch calls for a very large sentiment, so I chose a bold Happy Birthday to fit the bill. Thanks for visiting today.


Violets for Mom

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  • Stamp – Flourishes “Botanical Bookplates Volume 1″
  • Patterned paper – K & Company “Jubilee Purple Burst”
  • Die – Spellbinders Nestabilities “Labels Fifteen”
  • Ribbon – May Arts
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

This is a birthday card I made this past weekend. It is for my mom. Happy Birthday, Mom!

I love a good botanical stamp! This Flourishes stamp is really lovely. I’ve been taking and really enoying the Watercolor for Cardmakers class at Online Card Classes and this was inspired by some of the lessons there. I used watercolor pencils and a water brush to color the image. If you’d like to see a close-up of the violets, see the photo below. Thanks for stopping by.

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Happy Birthday, Rebel Style

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  • Stamp – Hero Arts – “Year Round Sentiments”
  • Patterned papers – Heidi Swapp “Favorite Things” 6 X 6″ paper pad
  • Stickers – Heidi Swapp
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Embossing powder – Stampendous Detail White

So it is yet another National Scrapbook Weekend. I have a great interest in making lovely scrapbook pages; I take many photos that fill up my computer hard drive, Dropbox, Snapfish, etc. But there is always something especially daunting to me about creating scrapbooks. I want a really large block of time to do it, and I just don’t have that in my life right now! So cardmaking is really for me! I like the small format of a card, I like the fact that I can give them to friends and family, and I really like to donate as many cards as I can to Operation Write Home.

There are a few of us who make cards for Operation Write Home who call ourselves “Rebels with a Cause” during National Scrapbooking Day. We rebel and make cards instead of scrapbook pages. Yep, that’s pretty serious stuff! So this year, my rebel card is this birthday card. I absolutely love the simplicity of this sketch: Sketch 291 from Clean & Simple Stamping. I’d like to use this one some more! I embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder so that it stood out a bit more.  Thanks for visiting today and observing my rebellious side!


OWH – Our Daily Bread February Challenge

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  • Stamp – Hero Arts “A Very Special Birthday”
  • Die – Spellbinders Nestabilities “Deckled Rectangles Large”
  • Patterned papers – Canvas Corp. “Chocolate & Kraft Diamonds” and “Chocolate and Kraft Mini Dot”
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

This is an Operation Write Home card for the Our Daily Bread February Challenge. The challenge was to make a masculine card featuring the color brown. This is a very clean and simple card with some distress ink on the sentiment. Thanks for visiting.


Happy Birthday – More Stenciling

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  • Stencil – The Crafter’s Workshop “Echoes”
  • Stamps – Penny Black “Flourish Birthday” and Impression Obsession “C-A-C Gradation”
  • Pearls – KaiserCraft – Chino and White pearls
  • Distress Inks – Ranger – Brushed Corduroy and Tattered Rose
  • Embossing Powder – Stampendous – Detail White

Another stenciled card, using a white embossed greeting as a sort of resist. I’ve applied Distress Inks with a foam applicator through the stencil and then stamped over it with a subtle background image. This is a very simple, one layer card with a few pearls to dress it up. I was inspired by Day Two of the Stenciled class over at Online Card Classes. I have more stenciling experiments in the works! Thanks for stopping by.

 


Freshly Made Sketches #119: Birthday

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  • Die cuts – made from Spellbinders Nestabilities “Floral Doily Motifs” set
  • Stamp – from Flourishes “Botanical Bookplates Volume 1″ set
  • Patterned papers – My Mind’s Eye: Collectable collection – “Notable ‘Cute’ Muse Paper” (both sides) and “Notable ‘Silly’ Cheery Paper”
  • Embellishment – Jolee’s Boutique “Mini Flower Gems Pearl”
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

I used this fantastic sketch from Freshly Made Sketches for today’s card – Sketch #119. It is a pretty unusual, asymmetrical design and is really good for showing off patterned papers.This card is all about shapes and patterns. Thanks for visiting today.


Best Fishes – OWH Our Daily Bread Challenge: Stripes

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  • Stamps – The Cat’s Pajamas “Best Fishes” and “Smells Like Cake” (for the birthday sentiment)
  • Patterned papers – Scenic Route “Appleton 5th Street” (both sides)
  • Die – Spellbinders Nestabilities “Labels Fifteen”
  • Embellishments – Stampendous Class A Peel Stickers “Geo Shapes Sparklers-Blue”
  • Punch – Creative Memories corner punch
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

Yes, another penguin card! I have just a few penguin stamps in my collection! I am taking Operation Penguin just a bit further than Sandy probably would like! But who doesn’t like a good penguin in their life? This is another from The Cat’s Pajamas. I colored the stamped image with Copic Markers and layered it up. I wanted to use this striped paper with all of the bright colors to bring out some of the colors in the image. We were challenged to make a card with stripes in the current Our Daily Bread Challenge for January at Operation Write Home Stars and Stamps. Thanks for stopping by.


Freshly Made Sketches #118 – Penguin with cupcake for you!

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  • Stamps – Inky Antics “Baking Penguins” and Northwoods “Capital For You”
  • Patterned papers – from Echo Park “For the Record 2” 6 X 6” paper pad
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

I used Freshly Made Sketches #118 for this card. It is another penguin card for Operation Penguin at Operation Write Home. I have a lot of penguin stamps, as you may have guessed, so I am taking advantage of this event to use some of my penguins for the greater good! I colored this little guy with Copics and fussy cut him and popped him up. Enjoy! And thanks for visiting.


Penguin Birthday – Unscripted Sketches #238

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  • Stamp – The Cat’s Pajamas “Smells Like Cake”
  • Patterned papers – Echo Park “For the Record” 6 X 6″ pad
  • Corner punch – Fiskars 4-1 Embossing Corner Punch – “Spiral”
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

Today’s card is a clean and simple one. I used Sketch #238 from Unscripted Sketches. It features a lively group of penguins, courtesy of The Cat’s Pajamas, which I colored with Copics. Many of us are making penguin cards for Operation Write Home for a special card drive for a penguin-loving unit overseas! I’m all over it! Thanks for visiting today.

 


Freshly Made Sketches #117 – Celebrate!

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  • Stamps – Penny Black “Sweet Wishes”
  • Patterned papers – BoBunny “Key Lime Collection”
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

Here is my first card for 2014! I used the current sketch at Freshly Made Sketches: Sketch #117 and kept it very clean and simple. I will have it be the first card in my Operation Write Home box, since I shipped off all of my cards at the end of 2013. Thanks for visiting today!


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