Happy Birthday!

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It’s a Birthday Card bonanza!!  I made six different birthday cards for this month and I’m going to share them with you in this post. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

           

     

Some designs were original and others were borrowed with modifications for my taste and needs but I made them ALL with my LOVE for their intended recipient in mind.  I hope you like them.  As always I added BLING which can’t really be seen in the pictures but below are 2 or 3 of them enlarged with hopes that you can get a better idea of their BLING.

 

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Until Next Time,

 

  God Bless &Happy Stamping!   


Birthday Cards

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Hello Again!!  It’s been a while but I’m back.

A FEW EXCITING THINGS HAVE HAPPENED SINCE MY LAST POST: 

FIRST: 

One of my cards was published in the Autumn 2016 CardMaker Magazine.  My card is called Hello Fall and it appears on page 74.  I was thrilled to have one of my cards published and the fact that it is in my favorite card-making magazine is just icing on the cake.  A true honor. Check it out if you can.

 

SECOND:

I finally went to the STAMPAWAY USA convention in Sharonville, Ohio.  For those who may not know, STAMPAWAY is the largest rubber stamping convention in the country held every year in Ohio.  A lot of people attended the convention this year but not so many that it was too cumbersome to shop.  I thoroughly ENJOYED myself.  I met some wonderful new friends and I will hopefully meet up with them at STAMPAWAY again next year.

 

THIRD:   I made this Birthday card for my Dad:

Making cards for men is always challenging for me because I’m naturally drawn to flowers, I get that from my mother.  So I decided to make my Dad another Stampscapes card for his Birthday this year using a few different stamps to build a new scene.  I love Stampscapes stamps because you can make a variety of different cards just by rearranging the stamps into an endless number of scenes.  That’s him (above) in the row-boat headed to his cabin.  For his Birthday last year I made a more complicated tri-fold Stampscapes card shown below :

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FOURTH:  

I made this Birthday card for my Great Aunt who just turned 85 years old.  

Even though she is 85yo she bowls on a bowling league team and has loved bowling as long as I can remember.  Kudos to her for staying active and not using her age as an excuse to sit at home.  She also swims at the YMCA two days a week.   Go Aunt Ruth!!

 

If you’d like to know the materials used to make these cards leave me a comment or email and I’d be more than happy to post them.

 

      That’s it for now but below is an EXCITING read from my FAVORITE author!  You can get his book at Amazon e-Books.  You can go right to it by clicking HERE.

  

 God Bless and Happy Stamping!  

 

 


Stampscapes Tri-fold Shutter Card

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It wasn’t easy but I’m pleased with how it turned out.  Okay, so I’ve never been accused of doing anything because it was the easy thing to do.  And I know why.  I , like my mother before me, creatively visualize what I want in my mind and then find a way to bring it to fruition. 

Most of my cards are feminine: flowers, butterflies, glitter, ribbon, etc.  Even my people stamps are of women.  However, some of  the most important persons in my life are male:  my husband, dad, brothers, uncles, etc.  And I decided that they had suffered long enough with flowers and ribbons, on card after card, so I set out to find masculine card designs.  

When I went searching I happened upon the Stampscapes stamp line created by Kevin Nakagawa.  When I first saw them I thought I had struck gold and couldn’t wait to tell my stamping partner in crime (Sandi) like I did when I thought I had discovered Dreamweaver Stencils.  And just like with the Dreamweaver Stencils, she not only already knew about them, she owned a ton of the stamps.    Sandi apparently has done it all when it comes to card-making.

I’ve seen beautiful images and cards made using the Stampscapes stamps. When searching on Pinterest  one lady posted her gorgeous card and said it was her first attempt at using the stamps.  A few others wrote how easy it is to make good-looking cards using these stamps.  So seeing all of this gave me the incentive I needed to give these stamps a try.  First thing you need to know is, “They lied!”   Just joking of course, but while it’s easy enough to create a scene with the stamps, finding the right coloring technique and ink to make the scene look good is challenging.  Once this is achieved, “It’s all down hill after that.”, as they say.

So while I was trying to work out the right coloring technique and inks I saw a “Tri-fold Shutter Card” online and thought it was so cute that I decided to marry the two card types (Stampscapes Cards + Tri-fold Shutter Cards) to make a Birthday Card for my Dad.   “Of all my bright ideas, Why!”    Lol.  Let’s just say there is a reason you don’t see many Stampscapes Tri-fold Shutter cards. 

Never turning down a challenge or taking the easy way out I stuck to my vision and persevered.  It was tedious and trying and took forever (all night), and I even questioned my intelligence more than a couple of times but I finally came up with the card below.  It wasn’t easy but I think it was worth the trouble and I hope my Dad likes it.  He’s definitely worth the extra effort!

 

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Until Next Time —–

God Bless and Happy Stamping! 

 

MATERIALS USED :

Cardstock:  Glossy White;  Glossy Black;  Stampin Up– Night of Navy.

Inks:  Memento– Summer Sky, Rich Cocoa;  Marvy– Salvia Blue #60, Blue #3, Prussian Blue #29; Stampin Up– Mossy Meadow; Stazon- Jet Black

Stamps:  Stampscapes– Lakeside Cove -Lg 049G, Rocks & Grass 323C, Gulls 302A

 

 

 


Birthday Easel Card – 90th Birthday Blessing

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I’m Back!!  I made my first post three weeks ago and every free moment since then I’ve been busy working on my granny’s 90th birthday party.  I made centerpieces and bookmarks and it was exhausting.  Part of the centerpieces had ribbon with her most popular quotes on them in vinyl which I cut out using my Silhouette.  I think they turned out well and more importantly she said they were beautiful.  She seemed to enjoy herself.  What a blessing to still have her in my life at this seasoned age.

So for this week’s post I decided to share with you the card I made for Grandma’s 90th Birthday as well as pictures of the centerpieces.  I decided to make an easel card for granny and I wanted it to be elegant so I used white shimmer paper and gold metallic paper.  I love bling so I used ‘Iridescent Glitter Dust’ on the white shimmer paper (but it’s hard to see the paper’s sparkle in the pictures).  I used my silhouette to cut out the number 90 (using the Curlz MT font), the Spellbinder Nestabilities Dies – Lacey Squares for the center background layer, the Spellbinder Nestablities Dies – Curved Rectangles  for the verse on the card base and layered it as well, and I used the Stampin Up – Beautifully Baroque embossing folder for the main card background layer.  Overall, I’m pleased with how it turned out and she liked it so that’s all that matters.Smile

Full View Bday Card        Card Verse

Below are pictures of the birthday party centerpieces.  Granny’s favorite color is green.  On one side of the glass centerpiece block was a collage of pictures of her through the years and on the opposite side was a hydrangea.  Each centerpiece had a different Grannyism (a favorite saying of hers: “Don’t Have To Rush” (said to anyone who came to visit her when they tried to leave), “Be Sweet”, “Thank The Lord”, and “We’re Blessed”.  I cut the “Grannyisms” out of vinyl and attached them to the ribbon.  I set the centerpieces on green glitter paper to extend the arrangement on the table and add more color because of the white tablecloths.

centerpiece collage

Until next time, God Bless and Happy Stamping!