Category Archives: Birthday

Jump for Joy Birthday


  • Stamps and Dies – Lawn Fawn “Jump for Joy” sets
  • Embossing powder – Stampendous “Lettuce”
  • Sequins – 28 Lilac Lane “Neutrals”
  • Cardstock – Paper Accents
  • Copic markers

I couldn’t resist these creatures playing in the Fall leaves! I stamped and die-cut the various elements to create a clean and simple birthday card for my son. The images are colored with Copic markers. I’m thinking this card is perfect for the Paper Players Challenge #313 “Taste of Fall.” Thanks for stopping by.


Cupcakes for you


  • Stamps –
    • Impression Obsession MC181 “Cupcake”
    • Avery Elle “Oh Happy Day”
  • Die – Spellbinders Nestabilities “Standard Circles Large”
  • Patterned paper – BoBunny Secret Garden Collection: Roses (both sides)
  • Markers – KaiserCraft metallic gel pens
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

I’m doing a little catching up on cardmaking while I have a few days off. I’ve had this stamp set for a long time and it is always fun to pull something out of my stash. I decided to pick up on the roses on some of the cupcakes and repeat roses with the patterned paper. I colored the cupcakes with KaiserCraft gel pens that really work well with their 0.6mm tips for fine lines.

I created this card using a sketch from Freshly Made Sketches #250. Unfortunately, I forgot to link it over there until the deadline had passed! Oh well! I will be linking to The Paper Players current challenge, which is #309: Something Sweet. A group of stamping friends and I have been virtually getting together for two years, so we decided to make cupcake cards for the occasion and this is mine. Thanks for stopping by.

Hydrangea with tag


  • Stamp and stencil set – Stampers Anonymous Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 “Hydrangea”
  • Die (Tag) – Simon Says Stamp “Medium Tags”
  • Stamp (Sentiment) – Simon Says Stamp “Happy & Smile” set
  • Patterned paper – BoBunny “Enchanted Garden”
  • Ranger Distress inks – Shaded Lilac, Victorian Velvet, Seedless Preserves, Peeled Paint, and Crushed Olive
  • Embossing paste – translucent – Wendy Vecchi Studio 490
  • Sequins – Simon Says Stamp – Assorted Moonshine
  • Cardstock – Paper Accents “Lavender Twilight”

I created this card for my sister’s birthday. I had created a number of images with the hydrangea stamp and stencil set when I was demonstrating with them at Runaway Art and Craft Studio in Salem, Oregon. After I stamped and colored this image with Distress inks, I added some translucent embossing paste over the flowers to add some texture. I put the image together with a birthday tag colored with matching Distress ink and added some sequin sparkle. This Anything Goes card fits the Simon Says Stamp Blog Wednesday Challenge this week and the Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge, too. Thanks for visiting.

Strike up the band!


  • Stamps – My Favorite Things “Strike up the Band” set
  • Die – My Favorite Things “Strike up the Band”
  • Patterned papers – BoBunny “Enchanted Garden” 6″ X 6″ paper pad
  • Simon Says Stamp Cardstock – Fog
  • Copic markers
  • Stampendous embossing powder – Detail White
  • Hero Arts spray ink – Unicorn

There are so many cute bunnies in this stamp set from My Favorite Things! I’ve had these stamps and dies for a while, but hadn’t gotten a chance to use them on a card until now. I’m also entering this card in two challenges on the My Favorite Things blog: The Sketch #291 challenge and MFT Color Challenge #50. After I stamped and die cut the bunny, I colored it with Copics to match the MFT color challenge. I popped it up with dimensional adhesive on the patterned paper background that I spattered with white spray ink. I heat embossed the sentiment in white and added the musical notes from the stamp set. Thanks for visiting.

Look, Mom! Raccoons for your birthday!

raccoons-front raccoons-inside

  • Stamps – Art Impressions Any Cake and Kodomo Happy Birthday
  • Dies – Art Impressions Window Die
  • Patterned paper – Echo Park Scoot: Little Helicopters
  • Cardstock – Bazzill Bling Crystal Blue and Simon Says Stamp Fog

I must say before I go into any explanation of this card–this card required me to think much too hard! There was a front and back to the raccoons and window, things needed to line up, etc. The design on the card front fits The Paper Players Sketch Challenge #296. The overall card is 4-3/4″ square. I colored the raccoons with Copic markers and cut them out. I die cut the windows, added the raccoons and layered the patterned paper and cardstock so that everything lined up and then stamped the sentiments. I made this card for my mom’s 86th birthday. She has a raccoon (sometimes more) who comes visit her sometimes, so when I saw this stamp, I knew I needed to use it for her birthday card! Happy Birthday, Mom! Thanks for stopping by.



Crazy Bird Birthday


  • Stamps –
    • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz “Bird Crazy”
    • Simon Says Stamp – “Happy and Smile” set
  • Dies –
    • Sizzix – Tim Holtz Framelits “Bird Crazy”
    • Lawn Fawn Lawn Cuts “Stitched Circle Frames”
  • Corner punch – Fiskars “Spiral”
  • Patterned paper – Lawn Fawn “Beachside: Deep Sea”
  • Gelatos
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

I think this is a pretty wild bird, so it fits perfectly for The Paper Players Wild Thing Challenge. The background was made with Gelatos and water. Some of the Gelatos were metallic, so there is a subtle sheen. I colored the bird with Zig Clean Color markers and a water-brush. I popped him up inside the circle frame and that dimension almost makes him look like he’s swinging on it. Thanks for visiting today.

Mixed Media Butterfly Birthday Card


  • Dies – Sizzix Thinlets – Tim Holtz “Detailed Butterflies”
  • Stamp – Simon Says Stamp “Square Sayings”
  • Patterned paper – Basic Grey Lemonade Collection: “Pretty Petals”
  • Ranger – Dina Wakley Clear Gesso
  • Ranger – Tim Holtz Distress Crayons
  • Ranger Texture Paste
  • Stencil – The Crafter’s Workshop “Tiny Circles” 6 X 6″ stencil
  • Sequins – Simon Says Stamp – Assorted Moonshine
  • Inks Sprays – Dylusions White Linen, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist assorted colors
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

This was such a fun project! I made it over a period of time, since I created the background while playing with patterned papers, texture paste and stencils, and ink sprays with some friends. I made a lot of different backgrounds with many layers of ink and texture. Then I got my hands on the Distress Crayons and butterfly dies and put together some different butterflies to use on something someday, coloring the butterfly base with the crayons and cutting the details from a contrasting cardstock. I stared at my backgrounds and the butterflies and finally put the pieces together in this birthday card!  The final card fits perfectly for the current challenge at Simon Says Stamp for the Monday Challenge Blog Butterfly Beauty Challenge. Thanks for stopping by!