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September 3rd, 2013

easel birthday card, closed
easel birthday card, upright

This easy birthday card was made for a swap at Art for the Creative Mind. We were told to use lace in some way.

The top picture shows the card opened up to its fullest extent.

The lower picture shows the card standing upright, on its “easel”.

Since we were to use lace, I decided to do something a little different. I used a piece of lace to create glitter masking.

  1. Create the shape you want from cardstock, then cover it with double sided sticky tape.
  2.  Put a piece of lace over the entire surface.
  3.  Sprinkle one colour of microfine glitter over the project. Shake off excess.
  4. Remove lace and sprinkle project with second colour glitter. Shake off excess.

I made the card from dark blue card stock, then used a lighter blue to add a second layer. I dry embossed the light blue layer using a Cuttlebug Birthday Folder and the Big Shot.

I decided to let the glove extend over the end of the card, just to be different.

The sentiment is computer generated. The text box reads, “You and birthday cake fit together like a hand in a glove.” The words on the end of the glove read, “Happy Birthday.”

I gave the glove a rhinestone meant to represent a ring.

June 11th, 2013

child's birthday card This birthday card was made for a five year old boy named Brendan.

I used a Z-fold for the card and decorated with child-themed scrapbook paper.

I also used some number and alphabet stickers and a couple of two-dimensional stickers to decorate.

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January 15th, 2013

child's birthday card I made this birthday card for a child — for my friend’s granddaughter.

It is a pretty simple card to make. The polka dot scrapbook paper is blocked on plain white card stock. The little girl is cut from double sided scrapbook paper. The green stripes are the back of this paper.

I found the happy face in my stash and stuck it on.

Happy Birthday is stamped on the inside of the card.

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November 1st, 2012

birthday card with Dutch triple fold After making several Double Dutch Cards, I decided to see what a Triple Fold card would be like. This is the result.

I used some old scrapbook papers and stickers and embellishments from my stash. This card is probably going to go to a young girl. I hope she will like the attempt.

The rose sticker on the top is three dimensional. The others are two dimensional.

October 29th, 2012

double dutch fold birthday card with vintage style I was on a roll making Double Dutch Fold cards. I made this birthday card for a friend. It is vintage in style.

The background is yellow card stock.  On top of that, I layered two types of vintage scrapbook paper, and in the middle, I centered a birthday floral design from purchased clip art images.

Instructions for making Double Dutch fold cards are found at




June 5th, 2012

birthday card with stamped images that are colored with water color pencils I made this birthday card with its seaside theme at a class at Scrqap Arts. Scrap Arts is our local scrapbook and paper crafting store in North Vancouver.

The card utilizes an array of techniques.

Some of the background is dry embossed using an embossing folder.

The images and the text are stamped with acrylic stamps and colored with watercolor pencils.

Some of the images are on circular die cuts done on the Sizzix Big Shot, and some are torn paper. The edges of everything has been inked and sponged.

The poem reads:

“May the waves
Kiss your feet,
The sand be your seat
and your friends outnumber the stars.”

It is quite a delightful example of how acrylic stamps can be used with imagination and creativity to form a scene.


May 3rd, 2012

child's birthday card with photos and horse stickers I made this birthday card for a little boy who is turning four.

The young guy is a big fan of horses and loves his visits to the farm.

I used a couple of photographs as the basic elements in this simple collage.

To this, I added some scraps of Western themed scrapbook paper that I found in my stash, and some stickers.

The large sticker “4” was a perfect colour match for the t-shirt, and the row of horses made a good border. I added a final sticker that read, “in riding a horse, we borrow freedom”.

The card opens to display more western scrapbook paper and birthday greetings.

It is entered in Playing in Paradise Challenge #67.

April 28th, 2012

front of custom birthday card with front opening
inside of custom birthday card with front opening

This is the front and inside of a custom made birthday card. I was asked to make a card that was “very large”, “beautiful”, and “had space for a lot of people to sign and leave messages.”

This is what I came up with.

It doesn’t show in the picture, but both sides of the card are bound with O rings using the Zutter Bind-It-All, Version 2.0.

The front cover opens in the middle to reveal several blank pages that are intended for people to write on and leave messages.  At the top of each blank page, I attached an oval die cut on which I had printed the word Messages.

The front covers are decorated with clip art, alphabet stickers, pearls, ribbon, a hat pin and three small paper rosettes.

On the inside, after open all the blank pages, we come to the inside back. It contains another collage image, a photograph of the birthday gal, and a message spelled out with alphabet stickers.

Is this a card?  Or is it a small mini-book?

Whatever it is, I hope the recipient in pleased.


February 18th, 2012

birthday card with dessert scene I made this birthday card at a class at Scrap Arts in North Vancouver. The instructor and designer was the hugely talented Dee Filmore. The card is suitable for masculine tastes, but I think many women would like it as well.

The background is card stock that has been scored at half inch intervals then colored with Distress Ink.

The desert image is stamped and colored with water colour pencils.

The Happy Birthday Text is also a stamp.

I am falling in love with water color pencils. You can get such a lovely, muted pastel effect with beautiful blending.   I have 36.  You can get them at Amazon: water color pencils

February 7th, 2012

masculine birthday card with 3D car I made this masculine birthday card at a workshop at Scrap Arts, our local scrapbook store here in North Vancouver. The designer and instructor was Dee Filmore.

The card itself is made from black card stock. The silver background is a silver metallic paper that has been dry embossed using an embossing folder.

We created the collage during the class, using an assortment of acrylic stamps.

The car is a stamped image, which we colored with water color pencils and a black marker. It has been cut out and attached with a pop dot.

The Happy Birthday sentiment is stamped and mounted on black card stock. It also is attached with a pop dot.

It’s a nice card for a guy, and very timely. I have to send a card to a young guy for his 11th birthday and this will work nicely.

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