Another birthday card – must be June!

Welcome back!

Hope you had a good weekend. Mine was way too short. (how does that happen?)

Today’s card is another birthday card! However, it could easily be used for other things by changing the sentiment. For example, you could add a “you’re so sweet” or “Hey Cupcake!” or maybe “Hi Sweetie” or even “Everything is better with a cupcake!” or “life is sweet” or “how sweet it is” or just plain “celebrate”  ….. you get the idea. BUT, in this case, it is another birthday card!!

I got to use one of my favorite techniques again – emboss resist. I never get tired of this! (I hope you don’t either!) I stamped the cupcakes with a couple of cupcake stamps from Inkadinkado’s  set “Birthday Cupcakes” on white card stock with VersaMark ink. I embossed some with clear embossing powder and some with pink (clear is from Stampin’ Up – I really like their clear ep and the pink is Blushing Pink from Stampendous).  Using an ink blending tool, I covered the card stock with Worn Lipstick Distress ink. I use an almost dry baby wipe to remove any excess in from the embossed areas. I find if the baby wipe is too damp, it makes the card stock curl. I then let it dry completely before stamping a few more cupcakes with VersaMark and embossed with All Night Media’s blue embossing powder. You have to let it dry really well or when you sprinkle the blue powder, it will stick to anything that is wet…. trust me…..  🙂

I attached a blue polka dot ribbon to the front of the card stock with my tape gun  – wrapping the edges around the back about 1/2 in on each side…. no need to waste ribbon where it won’t be seen!

I attached the embossed stock to the red card base. I stamped the sentiment “Sweet birthday wishes” also from the Birthday Cupcakes set on the same red card stock with VersaMark and embossed with white embossing powder. I mounted it over the ribbon with foam dimensionals. I added the heart from “Lovely Hearts” a fun set of hearts by EK Success and the jewels that are from a big container in my stash!! I really don’t know who makes them …. but they sure are cute and come in really handy!  The icing on the cake (so to speak!) is Stickles from Ranger in Cotton Candy.

That’s the card! Hope you like it and that it inspire you to create.  Please subscribe if you’re having fun so you can get updates as I get to them.




Just a note…


On a different note… (tee hee, couldn’t resist!)

This card was lots of fun to make. It also was a lesson in salvage!

Do you ever look at a project and find you are afraid to do something or add something in fear of messing it up? Or do you do something or add something and find that you did indeed “mess it up”? Well this was one of those days!

This card was supposed to be 4¼” x 5½” but when I was scoring it, I scored it at 5″ not 5.5″ (done that a few times!) so I end up with a card that is 4¼” x 6″ with the top being only 5″. So I decided I would take advantage of that and put the sentiment on the bottom where it would also be on the inside. THEN, I messed up when I was writing the sentiment so I decided to cover the original with a piece of black card stock and write it again in white. Geez, what else was going to go wrong? Thankfully, that was all…. for this card! Moral of the story, don’t be afraid – its only paper and you can fix it. It may not be exactly what you had in mind but I know I’ve found many times it is better. I also have a stack of “works in progress” that I just get stumped while making it and put it aside and come back to it another day. I think that is my biggest challenge – pushing past the fear of screwing up!

Anyway, on with the card….

The base is white card stock. I took another piece of white card stock and stamped the trumpets (Trumpet stamp from Art Gone Wild) with Versamark ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. I then ran it through my Sizzix Texture (the cute little guy that looks like a purse – – I love it. I also have a Big Shot but for embossing, I always go back to my “purse”!!). I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder “allegro” – a very cool sheet of music and then inked over it with black Distress ink. I really loved the effect of both of the types of embossing together.

I took a piece of red card stock and covered the edges with Versamark ink and embossed with clear embossing powder (just for a bit of shimmer) and adhered it to the base. I cut the embossed piece down to 3¾” x 4½” (1/4″ less than the red piece) and adhered it to the red one. As I mentioned, I messed up the sentiment at the bottom, so I took black card stock cut to 4″ x 5¾” and adhered it to the inside of the card and wrote my sentiment “just a note” with a white pen so it shows on the front of the card as well as on the inside. I finished it off with a black and white polka dot ribbon and added a red button from a stash of old buttons.

Wow, I think it took longer to explain making the card than it did to actually make it! Really have to look into videos…..




Still on a birthday cloud!


I had such a great birthday yesterday! Since I’m still on a birthday high, I thought I’d post another birthday card.

I started with Kraft card stock  and decided I wanted the fold at the top. I love combining polka dots and stripes – so much fun! I used paper from the Brights and Basics pad (from Michael’s) in happy pinks. The stamps are from 2 different stamp sets: the cupcake is from Birthday Cupcakes from Inkadinkado and the candles are from Fifteen Candles by Stampendous. Love, love, love the candles – you can just keep adding them! I punched a circle from Kraft card stock with a 2″ circle punch and stamped the cupcake with Versamark ink and embossed with white embossing powder. I then punched circles with my 1″ circle punch from the different papers and positioned them behind the 2″ circle to form petals. I stamped the candles across the page with Versamark and embossed with white embossing powder. I colored the flames with a light touch of a yellow marker. I finished off by rounding the bottom corners, adding some faux stitching and used cotton candy Stickles as the icing on the cupcake!

Thanks so much for visiting and I hope it inspires you,


It MY birthday!


It’s my birthday!

I love birthdays, I just don’t love adding on another year! Since its my birthday, I thought what makes more sense than posting a birthday card.

This is such a simple card – for one of those times when someones birthday sneaks up on you and you don’t have anything in your stash that is right.

Started with white card stock cut to 4.25″ x 11″ and folded to 4.25″ x 5.5″. Stamped with Party Hats from Stamp Attack using charcoal chalk ink from Color box. It’s an old stamp that is just too cute – makes me smile! I did what I call spit and polish water-color – using water-color pencils and a spritz of water. (I think it s the lazy woman’s water-color!) I free-handed the border around the card with a black fine point marker and Bob’s your uncle – a really simple bday card.

It must have taken all of 5 min to make which was perfect since I have a busy day ahead! 🙂

Thanks so much for visiting and I hope it inspires you,