happy Birthday wishes

Hello, my crafty friends! Hope you’ve had a great week! This month’s Anything Goes with Dies Challenge is live over at Happy Little Stampers and I’m thrilled to share my DT inspiration project with you today!

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I used the Crafter’s Companion Die’sire ‘Ruth’ Create-A-Card die set along with a Sizzix Dotted Ovals die for my project this month. I looked at my dwindling stash of birthday cards and decided that a pretty birthday card was in order. I cut the card base from Whisper White cardstock and the layer from Rich Razzleberry cardstock.


I have a huge stash of digital images I’ve never used and have vowed to use some of them in this new year. I chose the purple version of Fred She Said’s Lenten Roses for the focal image and cut it with the dotted ovals die. I added some Spectrum Noir Crystal Clear Sparkle overlay marker to the leaves of the flowers for a little shimmer and they look gorgeous! I’m so smitten!


For the inside, I cut a Rich Razzleberry layer and then a white layer, and stamped a simple sentiment.


And here’s another look… I’m in love with this one! Very happy with the result!


Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Stampin’ Up Whisper White and Rich Razzleberry cardstock
Stamps: Fred She Said Lenten Roses (purple version), Stampin’ Up Petite Pairs and Birthday Blossoms stamp sets
Ink: Stampin’ Up Rich Razzleberry ink, Spectrum Noir Crystal Clear Sparkle Overlay Marker
Dies/Punches: Crafter’s Companion Die’sire ‘Ruth’ Create-A-Card die set, Sizzix Dotted Ovals die
Accessories:  Tim Holtz Stamp Platform

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s card and will link up a project with us this month using dies! We’d love to see what you create! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,

Happy Birthday Wishes

Hi everyone! Welcome to the middle of March… can you believe it?! I’m telling ya… it’ll be Christmas before we know it, lol! A new challenge went live on March 1st over at Your Scrapbook Place (yep, I’m still a guestie!) and I’m stoked to share my mid-month GD inspiration project for our March Challenge with The Paper Nest Dolls! Come on over and play!


I chose the adorable Flower Cart Avery digi to create my double flap fancy fold birthday card! OMG, I’m so smitten… I L-O-V-E this image! Isn’t she just the cutest?!


I colored the image with Spectrum Noir markers to coordinate as best I could with the colors in the paper and adhered it to the front flap, and stamped a birthday sentiment in black ink.


I stamped another sentiment inside the front flap…


…and then a flower image and another sentiment on the inside flap. Even though there is a ribbon closure, I added a velcro circle to keep the front flap closed. I love how this turned out and see a few more in my future, lol!


Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Stampin’ Up Night of Navy and Crumb Cake cardstock, Stampin’ Up Affectionately Yours DSP
Stamps: The Paper Nest Dolls Flower Cart Avery digital image, Stampin’ Up Avant garden stamp set
Ink: Spectrum Noir- CR9, CR10, FS3, FS6, CT4, LG5, BT4, TB4, IG5; Memento Tuxedo Black marker, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Ranger Picked Raspberry Distress Ink
Accessories:  Cream organza/satin ribbon scrap

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and will link up with us this month! Be sure to check out all the fun digital images at The Paper Nest Dolls online store – I know you’ll fall in love! Thanks so much for stopping by today and we’ll see you soon! ;)

Scrappy hugs,

Happy Birthday Wishes

Hello, my crafty friends! A new challenge is live over at Mix It Up Challenge Blog and I’m happy to share my DT inspiration project for MIUCB #10 – Anything Goes + Clean and Simple! Remember, our challenges are always ‘anything goes’ and the technique twist is optional and not required to play!

I created a pretty birthday card stamped on chalkboard cardstock. I’ve had this chalkboard cardstock in my stash for a while and decided it was time to break it out and use it. And I ask you this – have you ever TRIED to leave a ‘dusting’ of white embossing powder over your background?! Bwahahaha, this was not an easy task! If I didn’t actually WANT any extra embossing powder on the background, there would be plenty of it there and I’d have to use my little brush to sweep it away!


I embossed the stamped image and sentiment in white and colored the flowers with a purple chalkboard marker. It took several tries of huffing on the cardstock, lightly scattering embossing powder and then using the heat tool, but I finally achieved the look I was after.


I used a punch on the corners of the focal image and layer on the front as well as the stamped inside panel for a little interest.


Here’s one final shot.


Supplies used:
Cardstock/Paper: Darice Chalkboard cardstock, GKD Black Onyx and White cardstock
Stamps: Stampin’ Up Avant Garden and Awesomely Artistic stamp sets
Ink: Marvy Uchida Purple Bistro Chalk Marker, Spectrum Noir LG5, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Versamark
Dies/Punches: Stampin’ Up Curvy Corner Trio Punch
Accessories: Hero Arts White Embossing Powder, Nuvo Bottle Green Crystal Drops

I hope you’ve enjoyed this project and will link up an anything goes project this month! We’d love to see you play the optional CAS twist but it’s not necessary to play! Thanks so much for stopping by and we’ll see you again soon! ;)

Scrappy hugs,

Happy Birthday Wishes

** 2/15/17 Special Mention at World Wide Open Design Team Monthly Challenge! **

Hi everyone! Happy Hump Day! It’s unbelievable how quickly January passed by us. It’s time for another fun challenge over at Love To Craft Challenge Blog and I’m stoked to share my DT inspiration project for February Anything Goes! I hope you will join us this month. Remember, we welcome all kinds of handmade projects – from cards, tags, ATCs and scrapbook layouts to 3-D projects, mixed media canvases and altered projects – and even knitting, crocheting and jewelry! We want to see whatever you’re working on!

Today I’m showcasing a 4″ square shutter card that I made using Stampin’ Up! products. I made my first one in shades of blue a while back and really loved it… so much so that I made another one, this time in warm tones of yellow and brown. Instead of my signature big bow on the front, I stamped and die cut a large layered flower with leaves. The closure is a tiny magnet under the sentiment tag. If you’re interested in the first one I made, you can see it HERE.


Here are a few progressive shots of the card opening up – check out the shutter opening to reveal the inside sentiment. So fun! :D




And finally, here’s a shot of the entire inside. Love the construction of this! I see another one of these in my near future – and it will be a different size! I do not recall exactly where I found the tutorial for this fold originally but I’ve searched and came up with one on YouTube that looks pretty similar HERE. Enjoy!


I’m happy to enter this shutter card into the following challenges:
A Bit More Time To Craft: #37 – Anything Goes
A Perfect Time To Craft: #2 – Anything Goes
Allsorts Challenge Blog: Week 400 – Let’s Celebrate
artbymiran Challenge: #76 – Anything Goes
Brown Sugar Challenge Blog: #235 – Anything Goes
Classic Design Team Open Challenge Blog: #11 – Anything Goes
Come and Get It Challenges: 3 or More Layers
Crafting by Designs: February Anything Goes
Crafting When We Can: #136 – Spots and/or Stripes
Crafts Encore Galore Challenge Blog: February Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenges: Anything Goes
Crafty Friends: #50 – Girly
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge Blog: #18 – Anything Goes

Cardstock/Paper: Stampin’ Up! Soft Suede, Hello Honey and Old Olive cardstock; Stampin’ Up! English Garden DSP
Stamps: Stampin’ Up! Petite Pairs and Birthday Blossoms stamps
Ink: Stampin’ Up! Sahara Sand, Delightful Dijon and Mossy Meadow ink
Dies/Punches: Stampin’ Up! 2-1/2″ and 2″ Circle punches, Stampin’ Up! Pansy Punch, Spellbinders A2 Curved Matting Basics B die
Accessories: Yellow gemstones, Candi Mini, small round magnet

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and will consider linking up with us this month! We’d love to see what you’re working on! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you soon! ;)

Scrappy hugs,