Freshly Made Vintage Birthday

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Freshly Made Sketches provided the starting point for today’s clean-lined, but still vintage-vibed birthday card. FMS 233-001The sketch has a lot of room for interpretation and PROBABLY is intended to feature a lot of white space; mine is just filled with some lovely designer series paper instead.  This English Garden pack has some very soft and kind of dreamy patterns in it–very definitely evocative of a well-loved floral paradise, and very much in keeping with the tastes of the recipient of my card.

I also took liberties with the round shape in the layout. I substituted a signature bow (it’s Kris Bday2in a rounded shape, right?), made with both the seam binding ribbon and some retired Crumb Cake grosgrain-type ribbon that turned out to be the exact match for the color in the dsp that is  either a muted version of Hello Honey or Soft Suede (not sure which!). I had fun with the dsp, creating my horizontal stripe piece by simply cutting the diagonally-striped pattern in the pack to be the size and “direction” I wanted it to go. Kris Bday3


Here’s what I used (all SU):

  • Stamps: Perfect Pairings (SAB)
  • Ink: Night of Navy
  • Paper: Night of Navy and Whisper White Cardstocks; English Garden DSP
  • Tools: Curvy Corner Trio Punch
  • Embellishments: Night of Navy Seam Binding Ribbon; Kraft (Crumb Cake) grosgrain (retired many moons ago); Thick Whisper White Bakers’ Twine (to tie up the bow with–leftover from a Paper Pumpkin); and a Night of Navy button from my stash

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Springy Floral Frame

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Here in my neck of the woods, we had a February that felt like Spring, and now that Spring is actually here per the calendar, it’s gotten much more like the weather we usually have in February.  Cold, damp, and kinda yucky (especially today).  I decided I’d try to tempt Spring back here by adding a bit of it to my room decor.

This little frame and the matching easel are in a style that is very much “me”–vintage, shabby-chic, and providing a starting point for seasonal changes. So far, I’ve changed it out to decorate for Autumn and Christmas–with simple inserts behind the glass–but this time I went all-out with some fru-fru on the outside of the frame, too.

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For a change, even though it’s topped with a signature bow, I’ve made the flowers more the focal point, punching out several shapes and sizes and adding in some shaped and scored leaves to give it more dimension. An old (and favorite) embossing folder, cut out along the embossed shape, provided some textural interest behind the glass, over a piece of some retired–but still well-loved–dsp.  The colors blend well with my room decor… and I’m REALLY hoping this will help summon Spring back my way!


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Here’s what I used (all Stampin’ Up!):

  • Paper: Pacific Point, Pool Party, Night of Navy,  and Wild Wasabi Cardstocks; Painted Blooms DSP.
  • Embellishments: Night of Navy and Pool Party Seam Binding Ribbon; Silver Brads 
  • Tools: Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Petite Petals and Pansy Punches; Flower Garden Embossing Folder; and a whole lot of glue dots to put all those flowers and leaves on the frame!

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Hippo Bird-day, Sis

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I was so excited when I got my February Stamps of Life Die Hard set, because it reminded me so much of a very memorable birthday card my sister got for me years ago that we’ve quoted back and forth to each other through the years since. So, it was obvious what she was getting on HER birthday card this year.

The stamp set, hippo2stamp, has such cute sentiments and sweet little images, and I was able to quickly cut out Ms. Hippo with the matching die set.  I added some celebratory paper from Stampin’ Up! and some of the luscious SU! Watermelon Wonder ribbon to make it a tad more “girly”. But it’s still definitely fun and happy….er, “hippo”, for sure.  A super simple and fast card.


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March’s Mirror-Reflecting Joy

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The subject for March’s “monthly mirror project”–wherein I’m creating a new decorative insert appropriate to each month–was easily chosen, since Easter falls March Mirror 6in March this year.  I also wanted to continue for a bit longer with the beautiful paper that I’d used last month (see it here).  So, since I’d attached February’s focal point very simply, because I’m lazy brilliant and believe in recycling, it was removed easily.  I will now forward this heart banner to my niece to use in her room for awhile–her favorite color is blue, too.

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So, March’s project was put together with a lot more of the blues from the dsp (and a tad of the pink), one of my favorite Easter stamps (sadly retired), some minimal embellishments, and a lush bow from (the also sadly retired) most gorgeous ribbon SU ever created.  This project was a joy to make and feels like a genuine gift for my room, especially as I contemplate the great joy and indescribable Gift of which it testifies.


Here’s what I used (all Stampin’ Up!):

  • Stamps: Indescribable Gift; Flower Shop; Petite Petals
  • Ink: Watermelon Wonder, Mint Macaron, Pool Party, Mossy Meadow; Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Paper: Birthday Bouquet DSP; Blushing Bride, Mint Macaron, Pool Party, and Whisper White Card Stocks
  • Embellishments:  Antique Brads (retired); Pearl Basics Jewels; Pool Party Seam Binding Ribbon
  • Tools: Pansy and Petite Petals Punches

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Another Bloomin’ Birthday

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Amongst the seemingly-endless need for birthday cards this merry-month-of-March, I wanted to make one especially sweet and feminine, but I didn’t want it too frilly or fru-fru-ish for the down-to-earth 20-something recipient.  So, SU’s Birthday Bouquet DSP provided the perfect starting point, and a couple of card challenges helped me get from start-to-finish fairly quickly.  I ended up with a soft and slightly-vintage feel that I’m happy with, in colors that are both soft and spring-fresh-bright.

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Global Design Project‘s
challenge this time was to CASE Jess Williams’ card.  The elements I was inspired to include in my own creation include her ribbon, the floral aspect, and I echoed her wreath shape with my circles in this layout. I also reflected a bit of her design’s “softness with a bold pop of color” and the vertical line element present from her use of cardstock placement translated into my use of the striped dsp.


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The Paper Players‘ inspiration challenge this week was to “Celebrate Spring”, so I definitely got my Spring on with this one, with the soft colors and happy blooms provided by the fabulous paper. And there’s something about those glitter enamel dots (even in a pink-y color) that put me in the mind of raindrops.

Who doesn’t love a “birthday bouquet,” especially when there’s no mess or actual watering or sudden Spring showers involved?


I managed to miss the entry deadline to add my card to the site, but Pals Paper Arts provided the sketch basis (here) for my card and the original inspiration for the use of the three different dsp designs and all the yummy cardstock to anchor it.  Having these three challenges to work with together helped move me quickly through my design process, which is a big deal in this celebration-filled month.   I’m definitely working on bringing birthdays back!!


Here’s what I used (all Stampin’ Up!):Mar Bday 2-4-1

  • Stamps: Kinda Eclectic; Sky is the Limit
  • Ink:  Mint Macaron
  • Paper: Birthday Bouquet DSP; Whisper White, Mint Macaron, Blushing Bride, and Watermelon Wonder Card Stocks
  • Embellishments: Watermelon Wonder 1″ Stitched Satin Ribbon, and the lovely Blushing Bride Enamel Glitter Dots from the Love Blossoms Embellishment Kit
  • Tools:  Circles Collection Framelits

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March Birthday Mojo

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I’ve got a lot of birthdays to help celebrate in March (four of them fall on the same day!) so I needed some mojo to get through the Mojo440card-making crush this year, because I never seem to have enough time or energy, since this also happens to be the beginning of the vicious allergy-season for me.  Leaning over to do anything–even something I love as much as cardmaking– with a sinus headache is NOT fun, nor does it make the creative process move very quickly!  Enter Mojo Monday‘s sketch this week to help me out, both with design inspiration and a “wow, that was quick” boost, too.  I wanted to showcase some very bright and happy birthday paper and this sketch provided a great way to go.

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This card practically made itself (quick and easy is NOT my normal style, so it was a nice change of pace for me).  And that designer series paper with that “seize the cake” sentiment really, um…..took the cake! (with zero calories!)  Carpe Crustum, y’all!  ♥


Here’s what I used (all Stampin’ Up!):

  • Stamps: Something to Say; Celebrate Today
  • Ink: Watermelon Wonder; Soft Suede
  • Paper: Whisper White, Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, and Island Indigo Card Stocks; Cherry On Top Designer Series Paper Stack
  • Embellishments: Bermuda Bay Baker’s Twine
  • Tools: Balloon Framelits; Circles Collection Framelits

 


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Crazy 4 Congrats

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And some heartfelt congratulations, they are!  I pulledC4C328Sketch together bits and pieces from lots of places to create this one, and used the great sketch at Crazy 4 Challenges as my starting point. The sketch was a perfect fit for all the tidbits and pretty dsp I wanted to use.  The shapes in the sketch also allowed me to feature a whole bunch of diecut pieces. layered atop the background’s basic rectangles ….and to use my currently favorite tool, the Curvy Corner Trio Punch, on the borders. (I’ve never actually worn out a punch before, but I may discover it’s possible with this guy!)

PKAnniversary 16-6My card is actually a “milestone” anniversary card for the recipient couple, so I added a bit more die-cutting and the appropriate sentiment inside.  The leaves and flowers from the Rose Garden bundle were the perfect light and airy touch here. And the “kindred spirits” sentiment I added — when I first saw it, I felt like it was created with these two in mind, so I’ve been waiting impatiently to get it on a card for them!


Lots of layers and lots of love went into this one.

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Here’s what I used (all Stampin’ Up!):

  • Stamps: First Sight; Sky is the Limit (limited time Sale-a-bration); Layered Labels and Express Yourself (retired)
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Crisp Cantaloupe (retired)
  • Paper: Rose Red, Blushing Bride, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz, Garden Green Cardstock; Love Blossoms Designer Series Paper Stack; Gold Metallic Foil Doily; and banner pieces at the front sentiment are from the January 2015 Paper Pumpkin.
  • Accents: Love Blossoms Embellishment Kit.
  • Tools: Curvy Corner Trio Punch; Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack; Rose Garden Thinlits; Ovals Collection Framelits; and the retired Apothecary Accents and Secret Garden Framelits.

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Paper Players Balloon-apalooza

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The Paper Players email with this week’s sketch arrived at the perfect time for inspiration for a birthday card I needed today.  pp284I hadn’t meant to wait til the last minute to make this one, but last week completely got away with me, and I was down to the wire, knowing I had to jump outta bed and get something started ASAP.  Since I already knew the papers and stamp set I wanted to use, the sketch “clicked” immediately when I saw it, and I happily managed to make a card in a very short time (very unusual for me), and it did end up CAS, per The Players specs (even more unusual for me). I think it was the multiple layers of the sketch that did the trick, because everything fit together perfectly for this explosion of balloon-ness.

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This card is all about the balloons, and ultimately all about the paper–lots of layers of card and designer series paper, with the only embellishment being a braided line of thick baker’s twine atop a base of simple white ribbon. I think this will be well-received by the tween-ager it’s intended for.


Here’s what I used (all Stampin’ Up!):

  • Stamps: Balloon CelebrationKylee Bday 2016-2
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Bermuda Bay
  • Paper: Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, and Whisper White Cardstock; Cherry on Top DSP
  • Embellishments: Thick Baker’s Twine in Whisper White, Pool Party, and Strawberry Slush (retired); Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon (retired)
  • Tools: Balloon Bouquet; 2″ Circle Punches

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Sweetheart Blues

Kylee Valentine 16-6Today’s card is a combo-greeting–a late Valentine, an early birthday, and a “just because I love you” for my great-niece who’ll be hitting her last year of tweenager-dom in a couple of weeks.  As I take her out for a shop-til-we-drop day this weekend, I’ll start our visit with this card, made with her favorite color. Lots of shades of blue going on here.

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All these blues and other “b’s”  mean I qualify for The ABC Challenge this week, and here, “B” is definitely busy.ABC Challenge

B is for Blue, just because I adore my beautiful soon to be birthday girl”.  And I can’t believe she’s going to be 12!Kylee birthday 2012

I think I won’t get in trouble for this one, since the pic is from her birthday four years ago and we’re both kind of “incognito” in our huge birthday specs. We’re very much “in the pink” here….and it seems like only yesterday!  I can’t believe she’s about to be 12 (and I’m pretty sure she wouldn’t wanna be seen in these glasses NOW!).


Here’s what I used for these happy blues (all SU, unless stated otherwise):

  • Stamps: Good Greetings for the sentiment; the little heart stamped a zillion times is from the January My Paper PumpkinKylee Valentine 16-5
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Pool Party, Encore Gold (used to emphasize the embossed hearts and highlight the card edges)
  • Paper: Whisper White Cardstock; Gold Foil Sheet. Blue Glitter paper from The Paper Studio was used to cut out that gorgeous heart and back the sentiment frame. It was hard to photograph, but it’s a deep, bright, rich sapphire blue.
  • Tools: Happy Heart Textured Impressions Embossing Folder; Bloomin’ Heart Thinlits Die; Large Oval and Scallop Oval Punches

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Stockpiling Some Good Thoughts

Amazingly Amazing-3My goal the rest of this month and the next two is to stockpile a bunch of cards with “good thoughts” in them, for various fundraising and charitable efforts scheduled for late Spring.  Good thoughts = anything positive, upbeat, encouraging, uplifting, or that will generally just help someone SMILE.

This means I’ll finally get to play with a bunch of stamp sets that haven’t seen ink in a long time–or EVER–because I’ve been so busy with other, more specific projects. This Amazingly Amazing-4first card features a sentiment that will reappear a LOT.  Who doesn’t want to hear that someone thinks they’re amazing?!–especially if they’re going through a tough time!

It’s been a long time since I’ve sat down to see where my card making-thoughts take me, and there are a lot of techniques, pinterest-inspired goodies, and “stuff” I want to experiment with as I strive to put together cards that will brighten someone’s day. I’m going to concentrate on making things that I know I would like to receive when I’m needing a little sunshine in my own days.Amazingly Amazing-2-2

I used the embossing folder as the springboard for the whole card, and then played with some sponging to create the background and used up some more dsp on my grungey flower. It ended up being a quick card to do, even with all the steps involved.


Here’s what I used (all SU, unless noted otherwise):

  • Stamps: Painted Petals (retired)
  • Paper: Whisper White Card and Pear Pizzazz Card Stock; Gingham Garden DSP (retired)
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Suede
  • Tools: 1-1/4″ Scallop Circle Punch (to cut out flower pieces); Rose Garden Thinlits Die; Sizzix Elegant Wreath Embossing Folder

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