Archive for the ‘Birthday Cards’ Category

Just Add Ink has a new challenge this week.  They are asking for a card with a bit of grunge.  For this challenge I started with base card made from soft suede cardstock. I then cut another panel of soft suede that was 5mm smaller than the base card.  This panel, I embossed with the wood grain folder. I then cut two panels of very vanilla cardstock. The first panel I stamped all over with an extreme elements stamp using soft suede ink.  Then using the simply scored scoring tool, I scored a line 5mm inside from the edge all the way around.  Using a craft knife I cut 3 sides and folded the panel down and then score it and then folded the panel in half so that the stamped image was showing and adhered.  On the other panel I stamped a star with versamark and used early espresso embossing powder.  I adhered the star panel to the base card and then adhered the grunge frame over the top.  On a scrap piece of Very Vanilla I stamped another star using versamark and embossed using gold embossing powder.  I trimmed the star and adhered it to the star in the frame. Off setting it so that you could see all the points.  Inside the frame I added 4 circles punch out using the owl punch.  I then stamped the birthday wishes sentiment using early espresso embossing powder.  Using a scrap piece of soft suede I adhered a line under the sentiment and added early espresso circles created using the owl punch.  I highlighted the edges of the frame and the sentiment with scraps of Early Espresso cardstock.  I then stamped the edge of a very vanilla envelope with the extreme elements stamp and highlighted it with a strip of early espresso cardstock.

20131026-223255.jpgStamps: Extreme Elements (retired), So Happy for you (retired), Simply Stars
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Soft Suede
Ink: Soft Suede
Accessories:  VersaMark, Early Espresso embossing powder, Gold embossing Powder, heat gun, embossing buddy, Owl Punch, craft knife, dimensionals, Wood Grain embossing folder, simply scored scoring tool


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At Sunny Challenges & Creations they are asking for shaped card entries. I thought I would use this challenge to give me some inspiration for my daughter’s birthday card. I used the largest 3 frames from the Label Collection framelits. The largest was used on a Whisper White base card and on a piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock. The second largest frame was used on some Print Poetry DSP. The inner frame was the third largest and I embossed this frame with the Cloudy Day embossing folder. I then created the minion using the owl punch and one of the flowers from the Itty Bitty Punch set. I got the idea for the minion and balloons from Diana Gibbs. I improvised a little by changing the minion’s outfit colour, using a white gel pen to add stitching and giving him a mono eye and with the balloons, I used the retired Blossom Petal Builder punch to make the balloons.  Inside the card I made a pocket for a gift card we are giving her and used the sentiment from the Tag It stamp set.  To make it pop a bit.  I added a Cherry Cobbler scallop trim and some small coloured dots from the owl punch.  I think it makes it look very celebratory.


20130825-182552.jpgStamps: For the Birds, Tag It
Paper: Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Print Poetry DSP Stack
Ink: Basic Black, Old Olive, Blushing Bride, Daffodil Delight, Raspberry Ripple
Accessories:  Labels Collection Framelit Die,  Blossom Petal Builder punch, Scallop Border Punch, Owl Punch, White Gel pen, Big Shot


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Just Add Ink have a Theme Challenge this week.  I decided to make a Christmas card using some of Stampin Up’s  new stamps Dies, DSP and embossing powders.

Stamps: Heart of Christmas, Scentsational Seasonal Season
Paper:   Whisper White, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Festival of Prints DSP Stack
Ink: Close to Cocoa (retired), Early Espresso
Accessories:  Holiday Collection Framelit Die,  Versa Mark, Early espresso Embossing Powder, Sugar and Spice Scented Embossing Powder, Rhinestone, Owl Punch (for small dots), dimensional, Heat Gun, Big Shot

I started with a base card made from Early Espresso cardstock.  I then added a piece of Festival of Prints DSP that was slightly smaller than the base card.  Next I stamped a piece of Whisper White cardstock with Versa Mark using the Heart of Christmas stamp.  With some Early Espresso embossing powder and a heat gun,  I embossed the sentiment on to the Whisper White cardstock.  I then stamped and embossed the steam image from the Scentsational Season stampset using Close to Cocoa, Versa Mark, Sugar and Spice embossing powder and a heat gun.  On a scrap piece of Whisper White, I stamped the mug image from the Scentsational Season stamp set and cut out the image with the framelit die.  I adhered the cup to the Whisper White cardstock with dimensionals and then adhered the Whisper White cardstock to the base card.  I finished off by adding a strip of Festival Prints DSP, a rhinestone and 4 Cherry Cobbler dots, which I punched out with the Owl punch. 

Sorry the picture isn’t better, I need to learn to take photos of embossed cards 🙂

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Just Add Ink have a Colour Challenge this week.  I decided to make a card and little gift bag and I thought I would play with some of my retired stamps, inks and DSP.

Stamps: Happy Moments (retired)
Paper:   Whisper White, Basic Black, Pattern Pack II DSP
Ink: Going Gray (retired), Brocade Blue (retired) Regal Rose, Apricot Appeal (retired)
Accessories:  Beautiful Wings Embosslit Die, Label Collection Die, Rhinestones, Scorepal, Ribbon, Cropadile

I started with a base card made from Basic Black cardstock.  I then added a piece of Whisper White cardstock that was slight smaller than the base card.  Next I added a piece of Patterns Pack II DSP (retired).  With the DSP I used the colours Brocade Blue, Regal Rose, Apricot Appeal and Basic Grey as I decide to play with the colours.  I then used a scrap strip of Whisper White cardstock to which I stamped happy birthday multiple times.  I decided not to use the stampamajig as I wanted the words to be a little uneven.  Adds a bit a character, I think.  I then used the Beautiful Wings Embosslit die to cut out multiple butterflies in various colours.  I cut the Black butterflies in half and used them as highlights behind the White Butterflies.  I added the Butterflies to the card going from largest to smallest.  To make the gift bag I used a 21cm x 27 cm Basic Black cardstock which I scored using the scorepal.  I adhered the box together using sticky strip and added Patterns Pack II DSP (retired) to the flap.  I trimmed the flap using a template I made with the Labels Collection framelit die.  I punched two holes using the cropadile and added matching ribbon.  To finish off, I added Happy Birthday stamped on the smallest of the labels created using the Labels Collection framelit die.  I distressed the label by sponging and added some butterflies and a rhinestone.

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Just Add Ink have a Sketch Challenge this week.  When I first looked at the sketch I was a bit stumped about how I was going to approach this sketch and then I decided to look through my stash of scrap papers and here is what I came up with.

Stamps: Apothecary
Paper:   Old Olive,  Jolly Holiday DSP (retired), Whisper White, Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Gray
Ink: Cherry Cobbler
Accessories:  Owl Punch 1 ” Circle Punch, Paper Piercer, Glue Pen, Swiss Dot embossing folder, black marker

I started with some scrap Old Olive cardstock that was 9.5 cm x 30.5 cm.  I then trimmed and embossed some Whisper White cardstock to be slightly smaller than the base card and adhered it to the base card.  I then added the 1″ Cherry Cobbler circle, a piece of Jolly holiday DSP and a piece of Basic Gray cardstock.  I stamped the Birthday Greeting from the apothecary stamp set on to some scrap Whisper White cardstock and then added a slightly bigger piece of Old Olive as backing to the sentiment.  I added the sentiment to the base card.  I felt that the card seemed a bit simple, so I decided to tweak the card by piercing the corner of the grey cardstock.  It is better to think of these things before adhering to cardstock :).  As a result, the piercing did not look so clean so I used a black marker to define the holes better.  I then punched out what seemed like a million little black eyes using the Owl Punch.  I adhered the black dots over every second pierced hole.  I think the effect looks good.  I wouldn’t have thought of it, if I had pierced the paper before adhering it to cardstock.

 There you have my take on this week’s challenge. 

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A CASEd card

Stamps: Well Scripted  Paper: Whisper White, Blushing Bride, Old Olive Ink: Blushing Bride, Old Olive, Early Espresso Accessories:  Victoria Embossing folder, Framed Tulip embossing folder, Antique Brad , Blossom Petal Builder


I was looking on you tube the other day and came across a really beautiful card and I decided to case it.  I did take the liberty of using different colours, sentiment stamp and embossing folder.  This card is fairly simple to make and I think it has a real wow factor to it.  I started with a whisper white base card which was trimmed to be in proportion with the embossed piece of whisper white cardstock.  Just remember you should stamp your sentiment before adhering your flower.  I got a little carried away with making my flower and did it afterwards and it was a bit fiddly to stamp.  I then embossed 2 pieces of blushing bride cardstock which I then punched out 8 Petals using the Blossom Petal builder.  Using a piece of sponge, I then went over the embossed image with some blushing bride ink.  It really adds some depth, however you could follow the instructions on youtube and brayer the card.  I believe that both are affective.  I then adhered 4 petals to the base card and then curled 4 petals using my bone folder before adding them to the flower.  I then punched out 2 old olive leaves and sponged the edges to add some depth.  I tucked the leaves a little under the flower.  I finished off the flower using an antique brad.

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Clean and Simple have a new sketch this week.  I decided to vary the sketch slightly as the flower I wanted to use was a little bit too big to leave the square in the middle.


Stamps: Happy Moments (retired)

Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Bella Rose DSP(retired
Ink: Black
Accessories: Blossom Punch, Owl Punch (for small dots and circles in the centre of the flower), Devine Swirl embossing folder, Swiss Dot embossing folder

I started with a base card made from Basic Black cardstock and added a layer of Swiss Dot embossed Whisper White cardstock.  I then punched out series of small dots using the Owl Punch.  I adhered the dots around the edge of the embossed cardstock.  With a square piece of Bella Rose DSP, I adhered a piece of Basic Black cardstock  behind it and then adhered it to the base card.  Next, I punched two flowers with the Blossom Punch and two circle using the Owl Punch.  With the black blossom I cut out all the petals so that I could adhere them behind the white blossom.  I embossed the flower using the Devine Swirl Embossing folder.  I added the two circles to the centre of the card and then I cut the petal down to the centre circles.  I then used the Bone Folder to shape the petals.  I adhered the flower to the base card using two dimensional to give it a little extra height.   To finish off the card i added the birthday sentiment from the Happy Moments stampset.

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This week the Play Date Cafe have a colour challenge that I couldnt resist.  I have been waiting to use my new Wisteria Wonder cardstock that I bought the other week.

Stamps: Happy Moments (retired), Tilda with Kitten
 Paper: Whisper White , Wisteria Wonder, Very Vanilla
Ink: Wisteria Wonder, Basic Grey, Blush Blossom,  More Mustard, Barely Banana
Accessories:  Boho Blossoms, Butterfly Punch, Victoria embossing folder, Spellbinder Fleur de Lis die, Little Leaves die, Itty Bitty flower punch, I heart hearts punch, Owl Punch (for small heart), light purple satin ribbon

I started with a base card made from Wisteria Wonder cardstock.  I added an embossed layer of Very Vanilla cardstock, to which I adhered a purple ribbon. I then added the Fleur De Lis circle, punched flowers and butterflies.  For the centre of the butterflies I used the small punched out ovals from the Fleur De Lis circle.  I then adhered the Little Leaves to the Fleur De Lis circle and the Tilda with Kitten, which I had coloured using ink and a blender pen.  At the bottom of the circle I added four Itty Bitty flower and seven small circles to the outer edge that I had punched out with the cropadile.  I finished off the card by adding the Birthday sentiment from the Happy Moments stamp set and mounting Whisper White hearts with Very Vanilla hearts in the centre to either side of the sentiment.

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Clean and Simple have a new sketch this week. 

Stamps: Well Scripted

Paper: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Nature’s Walk DSP
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Itty Bitty Punches, Spellbinder Fleur De Lis, Square Embossing folder, butterfly punch, basic pearls, Owl Punch

I started with a base card of crumb cake that is 13cm x 13cm. I then added a layer of Very Vanilla cardstock.  With the Fleur De Lis Die I cut out a Fleur De Lis circle and 3 small Fleur De Lis squares.  I embossed the Fleur De Lis circle and squares with the Lattice Square embossing folder.  I adhered the Fleur De Lis embossed circle to the base card.  I then added a layer of Old Olive and Nature’s Walk DSP.  Next, I adhered the three Fleur De Lis squares and then added 3 Old Olive butterflies.  I stamped the birthday sentiment from Well Scripted and then added 4 circles that I had punched out using the Owl Punch.  To finish off the card, I added small pearls and two flowers that I had punched out with the Itty Bitty Punch.  The centre of the flowers are the small circles from the Owl Punch. 

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Clean and Simple have a new sketch this week.  I decided to make two cards for this Challenge, one light and one dark.

Stamps: Seeing Spots, Well Scripted

Paper: Concorde Crush, Blushing Bride, Whisper White, Hostess In Colour DSP
Ink: Concorde Crush, Blushing Bride
Accessories: Itty Bitty Punches, Owl Punch, Devine Swirl embossing folder

For the first, I started with a base card made from Blushing Bride cardstock and added a layer of Blushing Bride DSP.  I then added a strip of embossed Whisper White cardstock, a piece of Blushing Bride DSP, Blushing Bride cardstock and finally a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  I then stamped images from the Seeing Spots stamp set.  I added flowers and a circle punched out with the itty bitty punches.  I also used circles from the Owl Punch and finished off the card with the birthday sentiment from the Well Scripted stamp set.  For the second card I used Concorde Crush as my contrast colour.  I think I like the Concorde Crush card the best.

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