Card Making Fun Raising Event

Card Making Fun Raising Event for A Scarlet Cord

All you need is love…so sing the Beatles. And so says the Bible (Matthew 22:37-39):

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind…Love your neighbor as yourself.

We all long to be loved. And life is enriched when we love others. I’m blessed to be part of a great family of Christians at Joyland Church who have accepted God’s love for themselves and who want to express that love to others. So it was a great honor to work along side my friend Vickie McKnight to create a special fun raising event for A Scarlet Cord – a ministry dedicated to letting prostitutes in Colorado Springs know that they are loved.

card making fun raiserHere’s the room all setup for the fun raiser. Yes, I realise it should be spelled “fund raiser” but we had so much fun…so it was a fun raiser. Let me point out a few things we did fo setup…

  1. Each table has an handmade tool caddy. The caddy has all the community supplies such as tape, scissors, gems, etc. I also have the card that will be made at this station clipped to the caddy.
  2. There is a handmade trash box that matches the tool caddy. I love a clean work station. Everyone cleans up after themselves before they move to the next station.
  3. There is a folder that contains all the material everyone needs for every station. All the materials are pre-cut. This includes, paper, ribbon, envelopes, etc. They will carry this with them to every table.
  4. Under each folder is scratch paper. The scratch paper stays at the station. So everyone has something to work on.

place card and decorated water bottleVickie and I created place cards for everyone. The name plates are double-sided. The reason for this was so that everyone could find their seat and learn the names of everyone around them.

To make these, I got my craft mat wet with water and pink ink refill. Then I laid white paper on that. When that was dry, we used a blending tool to fill in the white areas with pink distress ink. We stamped some hearts in red. Then hand wrote the names with a black sharpie.

I say we…but Vickie did most of this! They measure 1.5″ tall x 4″ wide.

I created water bottles with three different words. The one in the picture says “loved”. But we also had bottles that said “cherished” and “precious”.

I used the same technique to create the paper to cover the label on the water bottle. Then I cut out a QuicKutz heart on my Cuttlebug and tied it to the bottle. So each bottle had a dangling heart.

The labels for the water measured 1.5″ tall x 8.5″ wide.

Card Making Fun Raising Event – What We Made

four stamped cards and folderSo what did everyone make at the event? We made four stamped cards and a folder to put them in. The tall card on the right with the orange flowers is the folder. It has pockets inside to hold the four cards and envelopes.

Most of the stamps I purchased from the “value” section of the store. So they were a $1 each! All four cards were made with these. This included stamps from Studio G and Inkadinkado. The one exception is the big flower stamp and the definition which are Stampin’ Up sets.

I used distress ink for most of the cards. The black was VersaFine Onyx Black. Love both of these inks!

Each card has ribbon and gems. I just can’t help myself. That does bring the cost of each project up a bit…but everyone seemed to love those elements. So definitely a keeper.

Card Making Fun Raising Event – Card Close Ups

Ok, want you to see some of the details on the cards. Here goes.

homemade folderThis folder is 4.5″ wide by 5.5″ tall when all folded closed. The cards inside all measured 3.5″ x 4.25. That allowed me to use slightly smaller envelopes – 4 bar (3 5/8 x 5 1/8.

This card is super simple…but it can be easy to miss a step or two on it. This turned out to be one of the longer stations.

First, stamp the definition in black. Then you’ll know where to stamp the flowers. Leave enough space so you can tie a ribbon below the definition.

Second, ink up your background flower in orange. Then stamp it on a piece of scratch paper before stamping it on the white cardstock. Then stamp the flower outline on top of the background. Repeat this process for two more flowers (or more if you have a bigger space or want more flowers).

Repeat the process with green ink and leaves. Stamp as many leaves as you want.

Then frame with kraft colored cardstock. Add gems and ribbon. Tape to the brown folder.

It’s not pictured here, but the back also has a single orange flower. We stamped some text on top of the flower in the back that says “Hand Stamped By:” or “That’s All She Stamped”.

The stamps are all Stampin’ Up. Ink is Distress Ink and VersaFine. Paper was all purchased at Xpedx.

wish big boy birthday cardBelieve it or not, this “Wish Big” stamp gave me the most grief. I struggled because I didn’t know how many people were going to come….so I didn’t want to use any decorative paper. The stamps I had on hand had to pull double duty and create the background and foreground.

I decided to create a simple boy birthday card. So I selected the teal/blue ribbon and cardstock.

The teal is cut into the shape of a tag to give it some interest. I also stamped the greeting in black on the brown cardstock. Note that the image is stamped near the edges and the image runs off the page. A very common technique in stamping.

Of course, I added gems. I really couldn’t help myself. And everyone else used them, too. So they must have agreed that the gems give flare.

The teal ribbon is tied in a bow. Since this is a boy card…maybe I should have tied it in a knot instead???

so sweet butterfly cardHere we come to the most challenging card of the event. This is also one of my personal favorites.

First,we stamped the flower in black ink on the brown cardstock. Again to create a look of background paper.

Next, punched out a large circle in the center right. The stamp that shows through is a bit larger than the circle. So we had to stamp the image on white cardstock then center it in the circle. We couldn’t stamp through the circle.

The butter fly and verse “so sweet of you” is one stamp. On this card I stamped it all in brown. Then on a scratch paper stamped the butterfly in pink. Cut it out and glued it to the white paper.

Then, the final touch is to put pink gems over the body of the butterfly.

We attached a petite pink bow to the front using a Zot. Perhaps one of the greatest glue inventions ever. Ok, I exaggerate but I’m a big fan of glue dots.

This card could have been a lot easier had the stamp fit inside the circle. But alas, I did not have a bigger punch or a smaller stamp.

The other element that gave people grief was the bow. People struggle to make bows in the first place. Having to use a tiny ribbon on top of that was even more challenging. So, I tied several bows and was happy to do so.

love ya cardThe event was one day before Valentine’s day. So we created a “love ya” card. This was another stamp that gave me grief. I’ve seen lots of cute cards that use note type stamps. But…what background do you give this image since you can’t use decorative paper?

I opted to go with “white space”. Meaning not to add much to the background. That means the stamp must carry most of the interest. Ok, I confess, my sister actually designed this card. I simply added the little green heart.

She stamped the image in green. Framed it with a kraft paper (set at an angle). Then tied a piece of green ribbon around it. Here it’s a knot instead of a bow.

The green heart is simply punched out with a heart punch. Three gems in a row leading up to the heart give the card some “movement”.

My sister originally had a button adhered to the center of the flower. I removed it because I thought it would slow down the station. And because I didn’t have 30 of the same button. I didn’t want to people to get hung up on the idea that all the buttons were different. (That’s something I would get hung up on).

happy birthday flowerThe last card was a geometric card. Again, one of my favorites…probably because it’s got some tone on tone elements!

The squares are cut to 1.5×1.5. The flower stamp is a bit too large for the square. I love that!

The happy birthday greeting is actually part of a stamp that has a little cupcake above it. So people had to learn to ink just the words. Everyone accomplished this very well.

Gems add sparkle. The bow adds interest.

Aain, it proved challenging for some people to tie a bow. These were attached with Zots.

The ink was red distress ink.

The inside has a stamped flower as well. Some people added a gem to that one as well. For hand delivered cards…I think gems inside are great. For mailed cards…I would limit 3D elements to just the outside.

For a card with square elements like this, I encourage people to lay the parts and pieces out before taping. Do a “dry run”. That way you can move the pieces around to see what grouping you like best.

Card Making Fun Raising Event – The People!

No fun raising event would be complete without people! Here are some photos of people that came. Notice…the event was open to men and childen 12+.


I really want to thank everyone that came. It was fun to share my love of stamping with so many of you.

Here’s what one of the guys said, “I was reluctant to attend this event because I thought it was kind of a girlie thing, but thank God I went because I discovered a creative side of myself that I did not yet know existed.”

A special thank you to Vickie for driving to my house twice to stamp name plates and prepare for the event. And for her help with setup and tear down. A big thank you to my sweet husband who stayed up late to help me cut paper and prep for the event! I love you! SWAK. Oh, and Happy Valentine’s Day!


Copics With and Without Distress

Copics Work on Cards that are Both Distressed and Not Distressed

I made two very different cards recently. I utilized a couple different techniques for stamping and for the copics. Let’s take a look at them.

Simple Blending with Copics and Ribbon

Coloring with copics on paper and ribbon

Take a close look at the skin tones. Do you see the darker shading on the left? What about on the shirt and pants? Of course, there’s a bit of grey to cast shadows of the girls. This is traditional coloring with copics. Meaning the image is given depth with shading.

Now, what do you think about the blue ribbon? Can you tell that it started out as a piece of cream silk ribbon? I colored the ribbon (Creative Impressions) with the chisel tip of my copic marker. Pretty sweet!

Distressing has become quite popular these days. Let’s see how copics look with that.

Copics with Distressing

Copics accent distress art

Distress takes many forms. There’s torn edges, inked edges and uneven stamping. I think that makes a great backdrop for some vivid Copic colored images.

The poppy flowers are traditional copics coloring. Lots of blending from red to light orange. I opted to do a similar technique on the butterfly. Meaning I didn’t want the pattern on the wings to dictate where the colors should start and stop. Instead, I opted to blend the yellows throughout the wings. I later added some orange to give some shadows. Let’s take a closer look.

copics close up

Do you see the strong accents of orange on the butterfly? That was not blended, but added after the butterfly was colored. The close up shows the glitter quite well, too.

What fun and how versitile!

Mother Daugher Stamping

My mother and I got together to do a bit of stamping. We wanted some birthday cards, anniversary cards and get well soon cards. A tall order for one afternoon!

First – My Creations

I’ve seen a lot of large scalloped circle cards. Below you’ll see quite a few variations on that theme.

You’ll notice I have two very different styles here. The Get Well card (for my 98 year old grandmother) is a simple design. Solid papers and clean line images. I love the tone on tone of the greens. The birdcage card (a happy birthday card) is one of those “more is better” type cards. I distressed the edges of everything with Tim Holtz distress ink. Of course, bling finishes off both cards!

I’m sure you’re going to think I’m crazy. But I couldn’t resist creating a bright birthday card for a niece or nephew. This is definitely not my traditional style, but sometimes you want something that appeals to someone elses style.

Do young children have style other than a love for bright and colorful? I’m hoping not…cause the only thing going for this card is the color! =)

Believe it or not, I did color the image with Copics. This is a Stampin’ Up Stamp. Most likely it’s retired…but it’s a new stamp for me.

I was also playing around with my “simple” style. Here I used some shiney brown paper and added a simple horizontal line and flower.

I love how “white space” can really add strength to the focal point. Not sure if I successfully accomplished that here. But I thought it was fun.

I think this also may be the first time I’ve adde 3D flowers to my cards. I mail all my cards…so they have to be fairly flat.

My Mom’s Creations

Here’s a peek at what my mom created. She made her own version of the large scallop circle card. She opted for the more simple version…with lots of gems.

She created two other card following a layout she saw in an old issue of Paper Crafts Magazine. That’s a great way to get inspiration.

We had a nice time creating cards. I hope you enjoy creating some, too!

Stampin Up Under the Stars Birthday

Stampin’ Up Under the Stars Birthday Series

The Stampin’ Up “Under the Stars” stamp set has been out a long time…but I recently bought the set and am just now getting around to making some homemade masculine birthay cards with them! I’m not sure how masculine they are since the stamps are soooo cute. But here’s my interpretation of guy cards!

Birthday Cards using Stampin Up Under the Stars Stamp Set

When I sat down to stamp these birthday greeting cards, my goal was to create simple cards that have a rectangular scene. I didn’t want busy background paper. I wanted simple yet well thought out designs. Something where every element added value.

As I stamped, I found that I was using colors that popped off the brown base card. This really surprised me since I tend to gravitate to tone on tone designs. I’m thrilled that these turned out so colorful.

All the cards are stamped with Black Memento ink so that I could color them with Copics. I also used Tim Holtz Distress Ink to distress the edges. I primarily used Stampin’ Up stamps but did add a few others that I had on hand.

Stampin’ Up Under the Stars – Bear Birthday

The first card I created was a birthday card with the bear. I love this guy. The layout reminds me of a poloraid picture – do you remember those?

Birthday Card with Bear Inside the Bear Birthday Card

The grass on this card is actually a pine branch. I didn’t have a grass stamp…so I improvised! With the addition of distressing, this looks like an outdoor scene. The red sleeping bag really pops due to the color and the 3D dimensional tape.

Inside I added the mesquito and skeeter spray stamps. It definitely adds a bit of whimsy to the inside.

Stampin’ Up Under the Stars Racoon Birthday

The next masculine birthday card I created was the racoon. He’s also dang cute. Racoon Birthday Card

Inside the Racoon CardThough I love the bear, I decided to try to use the other stamps in the set. What do the racoon and mesquito have in common? They are both pests? That’s true, but I combined them because I could…no other real reason! =)

I pulled the same stamps inside the card. The flowers are some old Stampin’ Up stamps.

Don’t you think distressing the card makes it look more fun? And more like nature? That appeals to some men, my husband especially.

Stampin Up Under the Stars – Racoon and Beans Birthday

Ok, so beans aren’t the most appropriate Birthday food, but they would be for a racoon, I suspect. For my third card I couldn’t resist having the racoon heating up some beans.

Racoon toasting beans birthday card Inside the Racoon Bean Card

To give the illusion of a fire, I simply distressed the bottom left corner with yellow and orange ink. I don’t have a fire stamp and was too lazy to pull out my die cut fire.

A special thank you to my husband for suggesting that I add a moon and a couple more stars. I forgot that I had the moon stamp. I agree with him that they help create an evening setting.

Stampin Up Under the Stars – Mesquito Birthday

The last card I created with the mesquito and skeeter spray. They are definitely appropriate for a summer birthday card. Though Colorado doesn’t have too many bugs…the mesquitos are always attracted to my husband. He must be especially sweet.

Birthday Card with Mesquito and Bug Spray

Racoon InsideFor a touch of whimsy I decided to color the mesquito like a lady bug! I was tired of coloring him with grey’s and opted for something bright!

I really wanted some sort of crazy saying to go with it…but I guess Iwasn’t feeling too zany. So I opted to just stamp the birthday greeting.

I accidently created a white card that was vertical instead of horizontal for the inside. So I had to trim that down and then it seemed ackward to have a small squarish interior. So I opted to throw in a splash of red cardstock to make up for my mistake.

There you are. A set of 4 masculine birthday cards using primarily one set – the Stampin’ Up “Under the Stars” set. The only thing that would make this better would be to create a box to hold them. Then it could be a gift set. Hmmm…maybe I should create a box in the shape of a tent!

Birthday Card for Grandma

Birthday Card for Grandma – the Big 95!

My grandmother is turning 95 in a couple of weeks. My mom and sister came over to make cards for her. She has lost most of her eyesight…so not sure how much of the detail she will be able to see with her magnifying machine. We enjoyed making cards for her. I’ve posted them all here for you to see. It’s amazing how diverse our cards are!

I opted for a sunflower theme. I made a giant sized card. This is 8.5 x 5.5. I made a custom envelope for her card, as well. I colored in the large sunflower stamp with copics. I opted not to blend…but to leave the three different shades of yellow be more chunky looking. The Happy Birthday greeting is a stamp from My Sentiments Exactly. The Swirl Die is from Sizzix. The 95 are QuicKutz letters. Not sure who makes the paper.

Here you can see a close up of some of the details of the card. I added gems and used a bit of puffy tape (dimensionals) to give the sunflower some depth.

Inside I left a very large open space so I can write a large handwritten note.

I also brought a few pieces of paper from the front of the card to the inside. I just adore this wood fence paper. I think I originally bought it for a masculine card…so it’s kind of funny to me that I used it on a card for my grandmother! I think the sunflowers help off set the masculine feel of the wood.

Maybe I thought the weathered wood would be appropriate for someone turning 95. The wood illustrates the passage of time. What do you think? Good touch or no?

One thing I failed to add to the card is ribbon. Hmm…does it need that little extra touch of fabric to take it to the next level? Too bad I already sealed the envelope!

Birthday Card for Grandma – My Mom’s Card

My mom selected a beautiful green paper with pink flowers for her card. She said the paper just seemed appropriate for someone older. Regardless of age, I agree it is beautiful.

We hand made the flower. It is four scallop circle punches folded in quarters with the centers all being covered up with the button.

Inside my mom’s birthday card to her mother-in-law she stamped a birthday greeting. Same stamp I used, which is from My Sentiments Exactly. She also used a very old stamp from an old stampin’ up set. I am shocked and pleasantly surprised to see this stamped dusted off and put to good use. I’m thrilled that it coordinates so well! Who knew! =)

No coloring of the stamp, though. I think my mom was afraid she might not stay in the lines or something. Or maybe she likes the look of the black ink on the pale blue paper. It does look nice just as it is.

Birthday Card for Grandma – Deborah’s Card

My twin sister was the first to complete her project. That said, she did spend a good chunk of time on it.

The leafs and butterfly part of the card is cute enough to be an ATC. But, we aren’t into making those. This one was specifically created for this birthday greeting. I love all the distressing that she did with various Tim Holtz Distress Inks.

Inside, Deborah put as much thought and care into distressing and stamping. The green flowers that offset the red are a nice touch. I’m going to have to try to remember that technique for a future card.

When it was all said and done, we made a fine mess of the dining room table…and had a nice time being creative.

Thanks for looking.

Birthday Card and Gift Box

Homemade Birthday Card and Matching Gift Box

homemade birthday card and coordinating gift boxThey say it’s your birthday….it’s my birthday, too! Yep, today is my birthday and my sisters. We’re twins. I waited until the very last minute to make her card, buy a gift and make a coordinating gift box! I finished it and was only 5 minutes late in picking her up for our birthday lunch with our parents. We have been known to be a couple minutes late to family get togethers…so I’m sure it was no surprise. My parents are always early so they had probably been waiting for 15 minutes!

Here’s my attempt at creating a simple and fun birthday card. I came across this absolutely scrumptious ribbon, new from Creative Impressions. So the entire card is inspired from a piece of one inch green ultra thin and ultra poofy ribbon.

Homemade Birthday Card – Simple and Fun

homemade birthday card simple and funIt dawned on me first thing this morning that I hadn’t made a card for my sister. Oops. And I was going to be seeing her for lunch….so I figured a card was in order.

I pulled out some simple stamps and simple colored paper. I wanted to use the green ribbon and I also wanted the card to be bright and fun. So I opted for green and pink as my main inspiration.

I colored the cupcake with some copic markers. And I couldn’t resist adding a couple little gems. At the last minute I added the little yellow tag that says, “love”.

Lately I’ve been seeing a lot of cards with a couple of rounded corners. Not all four corners…but just a couple.

Inside the homemade birthday cardInside the card I brought in the green and pink. I needed a surface to write a birthday greeting. So I have a very large chunk of white paper. I accented that with a little birthday package from the Stampin’ Up set. 

Lately I have found that adding interest to the inside really finishes the card. Again, I colored the image with copic markers.

The happy birthday greeting is from My Sentiments Exactly.

After I created the card I decided that I had time to run to the store and pick up a quick gift. My sister has started to stamp a bit more now that she’s back in the States. So I couldn’t resist getting her some stamping gear.

Homemade Gift Box

Homemade gift box close upI picked up a Sizzix alphabet set for my sister since she recently purchased a Cuttlebug. I could have wrapped it in traditional gift wrap, but I decided that it would be way cuter in a homemade gift box. So…I set out to make a coordinating box.

I measured the die cut plate and just created a box to fit. The die cut is longer than a single piece of paper so I decided to make a two part box. The top green portion is 1/8″ bigger then the bottom box.

Again I went with a clean and simple design. I finished it off with some gems….then a few more gems! The pink scallop border is attached to the top green lid. A word of warning: the scallops are very fragile! So, this box is really only good for one time use!

My sister was very pleasantly surprised. She oooh’d and aaah’d over it. Which made it all worth it.

Homemade Birthday Card and Gift Box

  • Present and Cupcake stamp – Stampin’ Up (probably retired)
  • Happy Birthday Greeting stamp – My Sentiments Exactly
  • Paper – The Paper Company
  • Gems
  • Scallop Punch – Stampin’ Up
  • Ribbon – Creative Impressions
  • Tag greeting and punch – Stampin’ Up
  • Corner Rounder
  • Black Memento Inkpad
  • Copic markers
  • Circle and Scallop Circle – Punches
  • Zots to attach ribbon to card

Stamping Workshop

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Stamping Workshop – Four Cards – Four Techniques

I was invited to lead a stamping workshop for 48 ladies at a women’s retreat this past weekend. I had no information about whether the ladies had any stamping experience. So I needed to keep things simple, yet inspiring. What a great time….and a lot of prep work!

Four cards at workshop

Four distinct cards using four different techniques

The theme of the weekend was “The Sweet Life”. The images that were used to represent that theme included coffee, candy and feminine (such as lipstick, jewelry, etc). So, I taylored some of my cards to incorporate those images. The trick was to create cards that would keep the ladies at their tables (no stations) and that would be economical. Wow, that’s tough for a gal that likes her copic markers and lots of layers.

Stamping Workshop – Card #1 – Regular Stamping

coffee card in brown and daisy's

One of the favorites - coffee!

One of the favorites was this coffee card. It involves staight stamping and assembling.

I did add a bow using ribbon from Creative Impressions. It’s attached with a glue dot.

The gems really finish the card.

I went a bit untraditional with the greeting. Instead of framing the entire greeting with the gold paper, I just used small pieces to accent the left and right. It almost makes the greeting look like it’s enclosed in brackets!

Coffee Card – Supplies

  • Coffee stamps: TPC Studio
  • Paper: The Best of Kay & Company
  • Gold: The Paper Company
  • Brown: Reem from Xpedx
  • Ribbon: Creative Impressions
  • Gems & glue dots

Stamping Workshop – Card #2 – Embossing & Alternate Use of Punch

So sweet card in blue and pink and brown

So Sweet - baby or thank you card

I have seen quite a few cards lately using candy. Since the theme of the retreat is “the sweet life” I couldnt’ resist having the ladies make a sweet card.

I did not have a stamp with a candy verse, so I printed the words “so sweet” on my printer. I actually pre embossed everything because I only have one embossing machine (cuttlebug). I taught the ladies how to create rounded corners using a circle punch.

So Sweet Card – Supplies

  • Stamp: Studio G
  • Embossing: Cuttlebug
  • Pink Paper: The Paper Company
  • Brown and Blue: Reems from Xpedx
  • Ribbon: Creative Impressions

Stamping Workshop – Card #3 – Distressing

You're a Doll pink dress on white

You're a Doll - thinking of you or thank you card

Here is the card that’s the most feminine of them all. I created something similar to this for my sisters princess bridal shower. The ladies seemed to enjoy this one.

Again, I did not have a stamp that said “You’re a Doll” so I just printed it out on my printer.

My husband thought it too pink. And I really was beginning to question whether to bring it to the retreat. But it was one of the top picks of favorites.

To distress the edges we simply used sponges dabbed in distress ink.

You’re a Doll Card – Supplies

  • Stamp: My Sentiments Exactly
  • Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink
  • Gems and Sponge

Stamping Workshop – Card #4 – Paper Piecing

Simple Happy Birthday

Simple Happy Birthday - Could modify for feminine or masculine

Ok, I must confess, I got this card layout from the Paper Crafts Magazine March/April 2010 issue. I love the simple design.

We used a bit of pink decorative paper on the bottom of the white strip and on the frosting.

A few of the ladies asked why we didn’t just use markers on the cupcake. Great question. My answer – to bring the pink from the bottom up to the top.

Yes, I suppose markers could work. Guess I just like to make things a bit more complicated!

Simply Happy Birthday Card – Supplies

  • Stamp: Studio G
  • Paper: The Best of Kay & Company
  • Rafia
  • Ink: Black Versafine, markers
  • Paper: Craft and White – reems from Xpedx

Pink Birthday Cards Labels 8

Round 2 of Birthday Cards using Labels 8 Dies

I had a vision for pink and white birthday cards using the Spellbinders Labels 8 die cut shapes. My vision did not include the final look and feel of the card, just that it would be combination of pink and white in the die shape.

I was a bit nervous to create the card since I wasn’t sure of the final result. But I’m very glad I attempted it because I love these cards!

Flower cards using labels 8 dies

Loving these pink flower cards using labels 8 dies

These cards use a total of two stamps! The cupcake stamp is from Stampin’ Up and the swirl stamp is new from Hero Arts. The label shape is from Spellbinders. Love it!

Close-up of Pink Flower Birthday Card using Labels 8

The first card I created was my following my vision more purely. Meaning, I just used the solid pink and white. After I created the cirlcle shape with scallop background I decided that it would be adorable as a flower. So I added the ribbon (Creative Impressions).

I colored the cupcake using Copics – though you can’t really tell. I added some gems to the sides, to accent the label shape. I love the simplicty of this card.

Close-up of Pink Flower Birthday Card using Labels 8 Die

I must give credit to my sister, Deborah, for offering some suggestions for enhancing the look of the pink flower card on labels 8 die. Believe it or not I was quite skeptical of her suggestions. Low and behold, I like her version better than my own!

The major difference between this version and the first is the addition of the swirl stamp (Hero Arts). I wasn’t sure I wanted to see all the color and embellishments on the top pink portion, but after I put it all together, I thought it quite adorable.

Homemade Birthday Cards Labels 8

Homemade Birthday Cards using Labels 8 Die

The Spellbinders label die cuts are amazing! I’ve had my eye on Labels 8 for a long time. I think it looks very similar to a Stampin’ Up die. I’ve seen sooo many cute projects that were made using the label shape that I put it on my Christmas list and woo hoo – I got it! (Thank you DC and Mary – that’s my brother and his wife).

I recently held a stamping retreat. Invited all my friends and family to attend. The night before the last day of the stamping retreat I got a vision for using my new labels 8 dies. I could hardly wait to rush over to my sisters house to start creating!

labels 8 birthday cards

Here are the first two cards I created using my new Spellbinders Labels 8 die cut shapes. My vision the night before I made these was to use pink and white paper. Hmmm….red is close to pink. Though not like I envisioned, I’m still happy with these cards.

Close-up of Poppy Birthday Card 1

My new goal in stamping is to create simple cards. Time is becoming more valuable, but more importantly, I love simple elegance.

In this first card, I decided to stamp the poppy (Stampin’ Up, I believe) right on top of the white and red. What’s funny is that I couldn’t figure out what type of flower this was until after I colored it. It looks just like the poppy’s I had in my garden last year….which I love!

I colored the flower using my Copic markers. I added the birthday wishes stamp (My Sentiments Exactly), some ribbon and gems. Not sure if it shows up, but I also used a glitter pen on the yellow of the flower.

Close-up of Poppy Birthday Card 2

I decided to use the left over scraps of white and red and try another variation of the poppy card. Here ya go.

This card did not meet my goal of simplicity! It’s not too complex, but still took more time than the first card. First of all, I sewed on the card. My second card ever to sew on (as you can tell by looking at the top right corner!). Secondly, I colored the flowers then cut them out and used puffy tape to adhere to the card. I created a tag, which makes for extra step number three.

All in all it’s still a fairly simple card and I like it.

Masculine Birthday Double Slider Card

A Masculine and Feminine Double Slider Birthday Card

A while back my neighbor stopped by to do some stamping while her husband watched football. She and I collaberated on the following two double slider cards, also known as grocery bag slider cards. She selected the paper and I gave suggestions on how to lay them out.


Masculine and feminine double slider birthday cards

I must confess that I never would have selected these papers…but I love them! I think they are fun…and dare I say cute. Here are some close ups.

Handmade Masculine Birthday Card

Here is a close-up of the stamped boy birthday card. I say boy, but really I think it’s appropriate for a man, as well. My mom’s comment, “it’s too modern”. Maybe that’s what appeals to me about it.

 Masculine birthday double slider card

Homemade Feminine Birthday Card

Here is a close-up of the stamped girl card. Which again could be used for an adult. No extra comments from the peanut gallery on this card.

feminine birthday card in reds and brown

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