Thursday 28 February 2019

Boy Birthday Card Trio with Stars

Hello my crafty friends

I'm back with my second post today, because I wanted to play along with the latest challenge at Your Next Stamp. 
'Your Next Stamp Fun Friday Challenge #108' is 'Seeing Stars'. You can find all the information & details  HERE.

I love to make Z-fold cards so pulled out this Birthday Boy patterned paper and the fun alligator stamp, both from Your Next Stamp. I also grabbed my stitched star dies to work with the theme. It never takes twice as long to make two cards so I decided to make two almost identical A-fold cards to donate to my Mom's nursing home. I like that the papers in the Birthday Boy paper pad all coordinate so nicely.

This alligator stamp is just too fun - his expression cracks me up.

I stamped a greeting from a different YNS set on the inside star, which is hidden until the card opens.

 I punched a balloon from the paper and wrapped the bakers twine around his outstretched arm.

While I had everything out anyhow and I needed a boy's Birthday card, I pulled out the Photo Booth Die by Your Next Stamp and used some of the paper scraps from the YNS Birthday Boy papers to make a third card. The Photo Booth die set comes with a group of 3 star dies which were also perfect for the 'Seeing Stars' challenge.

Two of the patterned paper squares were raised up with foam tape for some dimension.

Here is a look at the inside:

This last card is on its way to Sri Lanka to a young fellow we sponsor through World Vision.

Photo Booth Panel Die - Your Next Stamp
Patterned paper - Birthday Boy, Your Next Stamp
White, yellow and orange card stocks
Stitched rectangle dies - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Stitched Fishtail banner dies - MFT Stamps
Happy Birthday stamp - MFT Stamps
Fine point markers
Water brush
Words inside - MFT STamps

Z-fold cards:
Patterned paper - Birthday Boy, Your Next Stamp
Stitched Star dies - the Stamps of Life
So Happy For You stamps and dies - MFT Stamps
Distress Oxide Inks
Happy Birthday - Little Darlings Mermaid stamp set, Your Next Stamp
Balloon Punch - Stampin' Up
White sakura gel pen
Bakers Twine

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Balloon Shaker Birthday Card Duo

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This is my first post today, I'll be back later this morning with a couple of cards for a challenge at Your Next Stamp. First though,  I'm sharing the birthday card I made for my Mom to give our youngest Granddaughter, Alma. I used this nice big balloon die from Divinity Designs and made them into shaker cards.

I added the letters to spell her name and the number two, then used a white marker to add highlights on the acetate around the number.

Alma is really into shaker cards, so she loved this one!

The second card is similar but I added Karen Burniston's large Celebrate! die across the centre of the balloon.

Here is a peek at the inside:

This second balloon birthday shaker card is for my stash.

Large Balloon die - Our Daily Bread Designs
Patterned paper - Cloud 9 (Old!)
White card stock
Bakers Twine
Alpha - Lawn Fawn
1031 Numbers - Karen Burniston
1067 Celebrate - Karen Burniston
Stamps inside - Stampin' Up

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Wednesday 27 February 2019

Donut Fold-a-Long Birthday Card

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One of my Black Friday purchases was this fun Donut Fold-a-Long die set. For my first card using it, I used the included donut accessory dies and added some sequins for the sprinkles. I've had this card finished since November, but am just getting to post it now.

I punched two banners from the donut printed paper and adhered them over the notches to hold the inside circle in place. The 'Sweet' die is another one that comes with the die set. I wrote 'birthday wishes' on a fishtail banner to complete the sentiment and added some more sequins.

This one went into my stash. I have some other ideas for this die as well, which is the main reason I purchased it.

Donut Fold-a-Long - Jen Long, Sizzix
Patterned paper - Doodlebug
Stitched circle - MFT Stamps
Pink and white card stocks
Banner punch - Stampin' Up
Pink fine point marker
Stitched Fishtail Banner die -  MFT Stamps

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Tuesday 26 February 2019

Birthday Explosion Pop-Up Card with a Llama

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Today I'm sharing the birthday card I made for a special friend. I kept the front nice and simple, with just some fun patterned paper and a pair of Fishtail banners where I wrote "Another Birthday?".

Look at all the fun going on inside!! I used Karen Burniston's Explosion Pop-Up for the inside, and the Llama stamps and dies are from the Stamps of Life. So the full greeting reads "Another Birthday? No Prob Llama".  Ahahaha, love a good pun.

This llama is wearing a snip from a red die cut border and a party hat. Then I decided she needed a bow as well so I pulled this one from the stash.

The Border Blends Party were fun to use for additional pops of colour and I wrote our message on the white rectangle.

Here is a side view so you can see the Pop-Up a little better.

1069 Explosion Pop-Up - Karen Burniston
Turquoise, white, red and yellow card stocks
Patterned paper - Echo Park
1091 Border Blends Party - Karen Burniston
Llama stamp and die set - Stephanie Barnard the Stamps of Life
Zig Clean Color Markers
Water brush
Sakura black glaze pen
Sakura white gel pen
Felt bow - Stampin' Up
Stitched fishtail banners - MFT Stamps and Elizabeth Craft Designs
1054 Rectangles Crosshatch - Karen Burniston
Black marker

Card size - 5 - 5-1/2"

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Monday 25 February 2019

Two Birthday Cactus Challenge Cards

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It's Masculine Card Monday here on my blog and today I'm playing along with The Male Room Challenge #105. It's an 'Anything Goes' challenge, with the optional twist of NOT using patterned paper. Gasp. You know how much I like my patterned paper!!  I chose to play with this fun cactus stamp set from Stampin' Up and decided to make two identical birthday cards to donate to my Mom's nursing home.

This is my second post of the day, but I really wanted to play along with the challenge and I have all my posts ready for the coming week. A second post seemed the best way to get the card in for the challenge, since the Wolf Flip Card I posted earlier this morning used patterned paper which doesn't really qualify for the challenge.

I added the cute face with a Taylored Expressions stamp, and the words are from the same stamp set.

This was the last of my brown Bakers Twine!

Inside I penned the words, sponged the ground and added a few more cactus stamps.

These cards are 4 x 6", which is a bit of an unusual size. But a couple of years ago I ordered a whole box of envelopes for 4 x 6 cards BY MISTAKE. Since I have the envelopes, I have been using them for some of the donation cards. This size works well for 12 x 12" patterned paper, as I can get 6 card fronts from a single 12 x 12" sheet.

White and Kraft card stocks
Stitched rectangle dies - Honeybeee
"Flowering Desert" stamp set - Stampin' Up
Fun foam
Bakers Twine
face and word stamps - "Can't Touch This" - Taylored Expressions
Brown Marker
Nuvo Crystal Drops

Card Size - 4 x 6"

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Wolf Flip Fold Card

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For Masculine Card Monday here on my blog, I have a Flip-Fold card. Actually, this is the first card I made when I got this die set from Divinity Designs even though I have posted other cards using it before this one. I hardly ever post cards in the same order that I make them! This is also my first post of the morning. Check back in a few hours for my second card share, which is also a masculine one.

I have had these stickers for many years, and I'm finally getting them onto cards. First, I adhered them to white card stock then they were fussy cut. I added a tree border cut from Kraft card stock and we can sign our name on the white labels.

This card went into one of the bags of cards I donate each month to my Mom's Nursing Home.

Vintage Label Flip Fold with Layers - Divinity Designs
Kraft and white card stocks
Patterned paper - Recollections
Stickers - PSX
1045 Outdoor Scene - Karen Burniston
Banner punch - Stampin' Up
Double Pierced Vintage Label dies - Divinity Designs
Words - Papertrey ink
Fishtail banner die - MFT STamps
Chalks - CraftT
Scrap of woodgrain patterned paper (from my desk)

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Sunday 24 February 2019

Christmas Bird Lever Card

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Since Valentine's Day is behind us, and Easter is in the distance I decided to post a holiday card!

Once again I pulled out my Lever Card and Lever Card Layering dies by Divinity Designs. This is a paper stack I have had for several years and I never seem to make a dent in it. It has lovely gold foiled bits and I added gold peel off snowflake stickers for additional holiday shine.

Love the stitched snowflakes, which were a new addition to my collection last November.

Into the holiday card stash with this one!

Patterned paper - DCWV
Lever Card and Lever Card Layer dies - Divinity Designs
White card stock
Bird dies - Marianne Designs
Sakura white gel pen
Black Sharpie
Alcohol markers
Stitched Snowflake  dies- Lawn Fawn
Nuvo Crystal Drops
Stitched circles - MFT Stamps
Holiday Cheer Stamp - Your Next Stamp
Merry Christmas - Simon Says Stamp
Gold Snowflake Peel-Off's - Elizabeth Craft Designs

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Saturday 23 February 2019

C4C472 Aquarium Birthday Card

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It's Saturday and that means a new challenge at the Crazy4Challenges Blog. Our February hostess is Kathleen Adams. Kristine Reynolds joins us as our Guest Designer this month  and you can find her blog at:  Stamping and Scrapping in California.  

This is Kathleen's challenge:  "Today is National Dog Biscuit Day so put a pet on your card. It doesn’t have to be a dog."

Usually I put a dog on any card that has a pet theme, but I'm having so much fun playing with this stamp set by Your Next Stamp that I decided to use it instead. Since two of our grandkids have fish as pets, it counts! This will be our grandson Zachary's birthday card.

I stuck with 'boy' colours but did add a touch of shimmer to the fish and turtle shell. These fish would be super cute with tiny wiggly eyes added, but I figured Zachary would try to pop them off right away so these ones got their shine from a black glaze pen. 

I think this card would be fun to make again for the grandkids to take to birthday parties, so that is also on my list of things to do. I also want to make a different variation for our grandson Ilai as they have a large aquarium at home and he has his own little one in his bedroom.

Check out the C4C blog to see how the Crazies have been inspired by the challenge. We'd  love to see your take on it, so be sure to stop by the Crazy 4 Challenges blog and link up your creations. If you are uploading to an online gallery, please use the keyword C4C472.

White, blue card stocks
Aquarium Antics stamp set - Your Next Stamp
Copic markers
Patterned paper - Moda Scrap
Horizontal panel background die - MFT Stamps
Sakura black glaze pen
Nuvo glitter pen
Sakura white gel pen
Stitched panel (on my stamping table)
Word stamp inside - Stampendous

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Friday 22 February 2019

Minion Birthday Bridge Card

Good morning friends

Welcome to  Fun Fold Friday here on my blog. I haven't made a Bridge Card in awhile, and had both this patterned paper and Minion stamp sitting on my stamping table. So I combined them to make birthday card for one of the grands to take to a Birthday Party.

I just love the 'dipped' look with KB's larger font dies, so did it again here by inking just the bottom edge. Oh My Goodness, I love those Minions. They just make me smile. This one is attached to the centre of the card with an Action Wobble so he bobs and wobbles around. Those Action Wobbles are so fun for kids cards.

I stamped a greeting on the back side, and there is room for the kid(s) to sign their names too.

The card folds flat and fits easily in an A2 envelope.

Yay - last of this DSP
White and yellow card stocks
Patterned paper - Stampin' Up
1067 Celebrate die - Karen Burniston
Minion Stamp - Crackerbox Palace
Copic markers
Sakura gel pens
Glossy accents
Action Wobble
MISTI - My Sweet Petunia
Enamel Accents

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Thursday 21 February 2019

Pretty Pony Birthday Card

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Today I'm sharing a birthday card I made to give our daughter for the grands to take to a birthday party. It was quick and easy to make, using the Photo Booth Die Set from Your Next Stamp. I had a leftover piece of this patterned paper that I had been hanging onto and it worked out so well with the little squares.

I picked up this YNS Magical Ponies stamp set last year. They bring back memories of playing 'My Little Pony' with our daughters when they were little. In fact, I still have them and get them out for Olivia to play with when she comes to visit.

I decorated the inside with the final scrap of patterned paper and the fun wonky circle die, also from Your Next Stamp.

Pink, white and turquoise card stocks
Photo Booth Panel die set - Your Next Stamp
Patterned paper - American Crafts
Magical Pony stamp - Your Next Stamp
Stampin' Up Blends and Copic markers
You are Awesome (from Magical Unicorn stamp set) - Your Next Stamp
Fishtail banner die - MFT Stamps
Nuvo Glitter Pen
Stitched Fishtail banner dies - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Stitched Wavy Circle die set - Your Next Stamp
Words inside - Papertrey Ink

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Wednesday 20 February 2019

Eight 'Happy Birthday' Cards

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Today I'm sharing Birthday Cards that I made to donate to my Mom's Nursing Home. I picked up this die set last year so pulled it out again and worked on these cards off and on for several days. Since they are similar, I'm posting them all together.

The first group have a black card base, and the red checked paper is embossed and sparkly. I added a kraft panel in behind the words - I love kraft and red together.

The greeting was stamped on a crosshatch circle so it would pop from the background.

Then I pulled out an older 6 x 6" paper pad and made a good dent in it with these next five cards.

I added a stamped and fussy cut party hat to some of the card fronts, and outlined the letters with a black marker on some as well.

I usually have several large lunch bags on the go for my donation cards, so I added two of these into each of the bags. That way the residents don't open a bunch of similar cards at the same birthday party.

Black, Kraft, White and grey card stocks
Patterned paper - Recollections and My Minds Eye
Happy Birthday Drop-Ins - Stephanie Barnard, Sizzix and the Stamps of Life
1057 Circles Crosshatch - Karen Burniston
Word stamps - unsure, lost my notes!
Party hat stamp - Lawn Fawn
MISTI - My Sweet Petunia

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