Simply Gorgeous

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New technique for me here–“smacking acetate”.  Wonderfully messy and fun, and I enjoyed working with different color combinations to see what would happen. None of my efforts turned out anything like I thought they would, or had envisioned, but I like the effect nonetheless….gorgeous.

So it’s entirely appropriate to use with this perfectly gorgeous stamp set.  Who of us doesn’t need to hear words like that as the calendar rolls around another year?


HBD Gorgeous2Here’s what I used (all Stampin’ UP!):

  • Stamps:  Beautiful You
  • Ink:  Island Indigo for the image (stamped off, it looks a lot like Pool Party, doesn’t it?); Blackberry Bliss (retired) for the sentiment; and a plethora of colors for that background: Blackberry Bliss, Rich Razzleberry, Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral
  • Paper: Island Indigo and Whisper White Cardstocks
  • Tools: Stitched Shapes Framelits; Layering Ovals Framelits
  • Embellishments: Silver 1/8″ Ribbon; Sweet Sugarplum Ruched Ribbon; Whisper White Satin Ribbon (retired); some silver sequins from my stash of Paper Pumpkin leftover goodies.

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Suite Sayings celebration

K Bday 2017-2I’m on a birthday-cards-made-with-vintage-yumminess kick, so here’s another one along that line.  Lots of pretty bows and banners happening here. This one is a belated card for a great-niece who is officially a teen this year. (How is this possible??)  We DID “celebrate her” on her special day–I just didn’t get a card made in time! EEK!  That’s okay–she said this one was worth waiting for (gotta love that!)


Here’s what I used (all Stampin’ UP!):K Bday 2017-3

  • Stamps: Suite Sayings
  • Ink: Bermuda Bay
  • Paper: Cupcakes & Carousels DSP Stack; Bermuda Bay, So Saffron, Peekaboo Peach, Calypso Coral, and Whisper White Cardstocks
  • Tools: Stitched Shapes Framelits; Layering Ovals Framelits
  • Embellishments: Bermuda Bay Thick Baker’s Twine, twisted with some So Saffron and Pool Party Baker’s Twines from the Cupcakes & Carousels Embellishments Kit (and the little Pool Party bows are from that kit, too); Metallic Enamel Shapes

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Vintage Gold Birthday Greetings

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Some vintage and some shine for this simple but fun birthday card today. The most fun with this one was trying to clean my fingers off after I finished with all those colors!


Gold birthday greetings3Here’s what I used (all Stampin’ UP!):

  • Stamps: Wetlands; Gorgeous Grunge
  • Ink: Early Espresso, Calypso Coral, So Saffron, Peekaboo Peach, Bermuda Bay, Pool Party
  • Paper:  Cupcakes & Carousels DSP Stack; Bermuda Bay, Crumb Cake, So Saffron, Whisper White Cardstocks
  • Tools: Stitched Shapes Framelits; Layering Ovals Framelits
  • Embellishments: Gold Sequin Trim; Metallic Enamel Shapes; Bermuda Bay Thick Baker’s Twine; So Saffron Grosgrain Ribbon (retired)

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They say it’s your birthday, Sis…

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I went full-on vintage-vibe for my sister’s birthday card this year. I figure “vintage” describes us well, but don’t tell HER I said that!  This paper encouraged me to use some grunged-up stamping on the sentiment panel, too, and the ombre ribbon was a perfect finishing touch.


Mick 2017 Bday2Here’s what I used (all Stampin’ UP!):

  • Stamps: Gorgeous Grunge, Suite Sayings
  • Ink: Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Peekaboo Peach
  • Paper: Cupcakes & Carousels DSP Stack; Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake, Peekaboo Peach, and Whisper White Cardstocks
  • Tools: Stitched Shapes Framelits; Layering Ovals Framelits
  • Embellishments: Metallic Enamel Shapes: Metallic Gold Thread; Calypso Coral Ombre Ribbon and Sequins from the Cupcakes & Carousels Embellishments Kit

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A really special birthday

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Ninety.  90 years.
–that’s how many years Annie Ruth has been making the world a better place.

Finally got to celebrate the big day for my friend’s mom. All the literal weeks and months of preparation were well worth it as the birthday girl was feted by friends and family to an afternoon of lots of food, fun, and laughter.  And a lot of memories were shared.

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Simple but elegant table arrangements, a happy birthday banner, lovingly made and set up with a photo memory display of the birthday girl through the years — these were the things I created to contribute to the festivities. We set up in an event room at my friend’s church, so we had a lot of room to work with. Good thing, coz once everyone got there, the place was packed.  And the guests enjoyed reminiscing with the honoree over the photos–many of which her grandsons couldn’t remember ever seeing before!ar-pl-album-2016 They spent a good bit of time poring over the Project Life scrapbook-photo album I put together of the original family photos to provide a permanent keepsake. It totally made my many weeks of efforts with the uploading and editing of old family photos absolutely worth it, knowing how much joy it gave both the birthday girl and her guests getting to share these memories.

Of course there was good food–and what celebratory party would be complete without a delicious birthday cake?

A simple, but completely melt-in-your-mouth fabulous, sheet cake from a local baker was the order of the day.  I can’t bake, but I definitely could add some flowers and some bling to tie the cake in with the rest of the decorations for the room.  (Um, and then I may have eaten more than my fair share of this thing!)
And we had some equally delicious very pink punch, made by my friend especially to acknowledge her mom’s love of all things pink–especially very hot pink!–and some labelled-for-the-occasion water bottles, created by my sister.  My favorite label was the “1926” one, which included the names of well-known people born the same year as our honoree–definitely a conversation starter!

This was definitely a very special birthday party for a very special lady. Happy 90th, AR!


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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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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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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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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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