Category Archives: Birthday

OWH – Our Daily Bread February Challenge


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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!


  • 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


  • 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!


  • 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!

Birthday Cupcake


  • Stamp – from Penny Black “Loads of Love” set
  • Patterned papers – from My Mind’s Eye “Hootenanny” 6 X 6″ paper pad
  • Cardstock – BoBunny Back to Backs (Brilliant Blue Dot)
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen – ClearStar
  • (Inside) Action Wobble Spring

This is a fun card for my niece’s birthday. Although it is difficult to see (I refrained from including a little video showing the boing action of the spring-y sentiment inside!), the sentiment on the interior of the card wobbles on a little spring. Since I’ve just taken a quick Online Card Classes Insider class, I’m trying to pay more attention to the innards of my cards. I’ve had these little springs, so I wanted to use one for this. Below is a photo of the inside sentiment. I used Sketch 105 at Freshly Made Sketches for my design inspiration, and added a little sparkle with the Gelly Roll pen on the main image and the dotted line border around it. Thanks for visiting today!

fm105-insideInside Sentiment

Clean & Simple – Sketch #258 – Steampunk Birthday


  • Paper – Steampunk image – Graphic45 “Steampunk Spells Collection”
  • Paper – Hat, Black Lace and Chevron patterns – Bazzill “Arsenic & Lace” collection
  • Paper – Orange – Basic Grey “Archaic: Rusty”
  • Game Spinners – Tim Holtz Idea-ology
  • Stamp – Hero Arts – Operation Write Home “Year Round Sentiments”
  • Embossing powder – Stampendous Detail Silversteampunk-close-up

I made this card for my brother-in-law’s birthday. I used the Sketch #258 from Clean and Simple Stamping for inspiration. It was fun to use the image from the Graphic45 Steampunk paper as the focal point and then repeat some of the elements for an embellishment (you can see the embellishment more clearly in the close-up shot on the right). I embossed the sentiment so it was clearly visible on the darker patterned paper. Thanks for stopping by.



Clean & Simple Sketch #243 – Ducky Birthday


  • Duck sticker and bubbles – Jolee’s Boutique
  • Stamp – Hero Arts “Whimsical Happy Birthday”
  • Die cuts – Spellbinders Nestabilities “Labels Nine”
  • Patterned papers – Doodlebug Design Inc. “Take Note”
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Border punch – Fiskars “Upper Crest”

I made this card for a rubber ducky lover. I saw these stickers some time ago and knew I had to use them for Olivia! The stickers are vellum, so the duck looks translucent which makes it look pretty realistic. I used Sketch #243 at Clean & Simple Stamping for inspiration. Hope your day is just ducky and thanks for stopping by.



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