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October 25th, 2011

birthday card with stamped vase and Flower Soft flowers This hand made birthday card has stamped, heat embossed vase filled with flowers made with wires and Flower Soft.

The vase is cut from card stock and attached with dimensional tape.

Happy Birthday is stamped on a small, hand made tag and attached with a hat pin with a pearl on the end.

The white, tag-like shape is cut with a die and the Big Shot.

The purple ribbon is a product from my stash called Twistel. It resembles a twisted up cord. You dip it quickly in water and it opens up as shown. When dry, you can die bows or use as desired.


Now back to the flowers.  Flower Soft is a wonderful product. Available in many colors, you attach it to your project via the strategic use of glue.  Most typically, I would stamp an image of perhaps a flower or a tree, then add some clear drying glue to specific areas. You sprinkle the Flower Soft over the glue and shake off the excess. Voila! A beautiful image.

In this case, I did something a little different. I cut decorative wires to the length I wanted, then dipped the end of the wires in clear drying glue. I then rolled the gluey wire ends in Flower Soft. When dry, I arranged in the vase as shown.

If Flower Soft is not available locally, you can order it from Amazon at this link: Flower Soft

October 19th, 2011

single layer birthday card with French theme This single layer birthday card has a theme of French and Paris.  I’ve entered it in the Playing in Paradise Challenge Number 37.

The card is stamped and heat embossed using the stamp called Diffusion by Hampton Art Stamps.

I colored two squares red, using a masking technique.

The small tag contains computer generated text reading Joyeux Anniversaire, which is Happy Birthday in the French language.

I have tied a narrow black ribbon around the embossed squares.

Inside, I will attempt to write a sentiment in French.




May 6th, 2011

birthday card with sewing theme This card can do double duty as an entry in the Playing in Paradise Challenge Number 22 and a card for a friend who is celebrating a big birthday.

My friend is having a birthday. She’s a pro with a needle — whether its sewing, knitting, crochet, needlepoint or most anything else, if it uses some form of needle, she can do it.

I liked the sewing theme in the artist trading card, so I decided to adapt that theme for a birthday card.

The card is made of creamy white card stock, with a layer of mint green underneath.

The artist trading card is the main element, with a row of lace attached to the bottom of the dress form. I added a hatpin with a green pearl bead on the end.

The sentiment reads, “Sew what if its your birthday.”

Inside, I pasted a piece of vintage sewing pattern, and the sentiment which continues, “You SEAM young.”

Hope she likes it.


May 2nd, 2011

photo birthday card for three year old boy This is the third birthday card I’ve been able to make for this little guy. I can’t believe he’s three already.

Birthday boy is a huge hockey fan. I had purchased some hockey stickers and a hockey medallion especially for this card — and put them away in a safe place. You know what happened, right?  Those hockey things will show up some day when I’m looking for the egg beaters or the bank statement or some such thing, I’m sure.

So, lacking the hockey stuff, I used a photograph which I edited in Photoshop Elements 9, printed and blocked on red card stock and then set on a Sizzix Tim Holtz Movers & Shapers Die Ornamental By The Each

The background white card stock is embossed using  the Cuttlebug Happy Birthday embossing folder.

The blue “3” and the blue”B” are stickers. The B is stuck to a large, red brad.

The Happy Birthday sentiment is cut with a Sizzlet die and the little red heart is a punch.


November 13th, 2010

birthday card make with fleur de lis pendants I had some scrap pieces cut and left over from when I was learning to make the fleur de lis snowflake ornament, using the Spellbinders Shapeabilities Pendants Dies, Fleur De Lis.

For the sake of experimentation, and also because I hate to waste anything, I decided to see what kind of card I could come up with. The scraps of blue and orange didn’t lend themselves to any particular color theme and I had no scrapbook paper that matched.

I decided to make a birthday card, although with the snowflake resemblance, this would probably be okay for a holiday card as well.

I found a piece of glossy white paper and stamped it with orange and blue flourishes, using a dye ink.  This worked reasonably well, so I used it as the background, blocking it on an orange card stock that was a shade darker than the orange pendants.
I assembled the orange and blue pendants using mounting tape for dimension, and affixed four small topaz colored rhinestones in the corners.

I used black ink to stamp Happy Birthday at the bottom, and I trimmed the inside of the card with leftover stamped white paper.
It’s not a bad card and was kind of fun to make.

November 5th, 2010

birthday card with stamped mouse This birthday card features a rubber stamped image. The stamp is Birthday Cupcake from House Mouse Designs.

I’ve blocked the card using scraps of scrapbook paper and card stock.
The Happy Birthday sentiment is a gold sticker.

The interesting thing, for me at least, about this card is that I used three different products to do the coloring. I started out using COPIC Markers. However, I have only a few colors of Copics just yet, so I needed to augment. To get the pastel colors that I wanted, I used some watercolor pencils and some pastel pencils.

Undoubtedly using three products like this is not recommended by the pros, but it worked quite well for this card.

I like House Mouse designs, but I can never decide whether these are cards for kids or cards for adults. I like them personally, but then I tend to like kid-like images anyway.

I’m wondering about my readers. Do you think House Mouse suitable for adults or not?

August 9th, 2010

birthday card made with sizzix dies I’ve made another birthday card decorated with Sizzix  dies that cut party hats and the word Party. The dies used are
Sizzlits Shape Sets Die – Birthday Set #2.

The concentric pink circles are cut using the Spellbinders S4-124 Nestabilities 6-Piece Concentric Die Template, Classic Scalloped Circles, Large

As always, I cut the paper with my favorite tool of all time, the Sizzix Big Shot .

To make the party hats, I cut a hat in brown, a hat in rose and a hat in pink. I then layered them as shown, and decorated with a bit of Snow Writer. The hats are attached with 3D tape to add dimension.

The hat die could be adapted for a New Years theme, or for any other theme where a party hat may be apropos.

March 23rd, 2010

birthday card with rose die cut. I made this birthday card using a die cut rose. I made the die cut with the Cricut 29-0001 Personal Electronic Cutting Machine and the Cricut 29-0223 Walk in My Garden Shape Cartridge

The background behind the rose is done with double sided tape and Sparkly Fluff, a product that is similar to Fun Flock, but with sparkles in it.

The background is embossed using the Big Shot and the flower folder from the Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folders 2/Pkg, Dots And Flowers

The Happy Birthday stamp is from The Old Island Stamp Company and the checkered design is scrapbook paper.

February 4th, 2010

birthday card made with stamped image and punched shape I made this birthday card using a combination of stamping and a punched shape.

The pink card stock and the paler pink scrapbook paper is stamped Hero Art’s Leaf With Stitching Stamp. I used a pink die ink for a subtle background effect.

The flower is a punched shape, and I have placed a rhinestone in the center.

The Happy Birthday Sentiment is also a stamp.

It’s a simple enough little birthday card and looks better in real life than it appears on screen.

January 12th, 2010

simple stamped birthday card I made this simple, stamped birthday card at a make and take at Making Memories last week. Making Memories is a scrapbook and stamp store in Burnaby, BC.

Because of issues with my cursed scanner, some parts of this card show as blue. That is incorrect. The blue parts should be cream and the ribbon should be orange.

The card is simple, fast and attractive. It could easily be modified for a Valentine or any other theme.

The two stamped images are done on vellum with StazOn Ink Pad: Timber Brown StazOn is one of the few inks that will dry on vellum without smearing.

The vellum is matted on yellow Bazzill Bling card stock, which is attached to a card of orange of Bazzill Bling orange card stock.

Quite a nice little card, I think.