Coordinated Birthday Gift & Card!

Side by Side

Side by Side

This is too pickin’ cute and was so easy to make. I started with a white card base, distressed the edges then adhered the patterned paper with the cute roasted marshmallow print and embellished with camping themed embellishments like the adorable tent with raccoon peeking out of. Next, I stamped the birthday sentiment on a diecut from my stash. Then lined the inside with a muted but patterned paper also in a camping theme, stamped the inside with a couple sentiments and the card was done! Next, I grabbed a box I had saved a few of that I knew would come in handy (don’t ya just love when you make use of things like that)? Next, I cut the paper to match all 6 sides of the box then disressed those pieces and adhered them to the sides. Out of my diecut stash, I grabbed a shape in a size I knew would wrap around the box perfectly and used my Crop-o-dial to add grommets then stamped with a great quote and I was done after stuffing a Starbucks gift card inside.

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Inside of Card

Inside of Card

Box Before Covered in Paper

Box Before Covered in Paper

Supplies:

 

Paper(s) – Marshmallow print is from GCD Studios and is called The Great Outdoors

 

The paper used inside the card is from PTI and is called Summer Camp

 

The Embellishments are Recollections and can be found at your local craft store

 

The Stamps on the inside top and bottom of the card is from Hedi Swapp’s “Best Day Ever” collection

 

The Birthday Stamp is from PTI’s Back Pocket Basics

 

The Sentiment on the little gift card box is from PTI’s Inside & Out: Birthday II Stamp Set

 

and that’s all folks! As always, feel free to message me with any questions🙂

Three Birthday Cards to share!

Hi folks! Back here again to share a few birthday cards I made with Graphic 45’s Couture collection, PTI’s Shakers + Sprinkles Kit and DCWV’s Gilded Paper Stack.

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This first card, I used a mountain and valley stand-up base in black of course… I then began paper piecing panels of coordinating colors onto the card so it was completely covered and stable. Next I chose what focal points I wanted on the front. The G45 Couture collection has card shaped squares in the 12×12 stack that I chose the front piece from. This square piece is layered and popped up and I angled it after I had adorned the art deco piece with twine and taped it to the back to adhere it. Additionally, I attached a glue dot to the back so it wouldn’t slide around. Next I chose coordinating pieces as focal points for the zig-zag smaller panels to the right then adhered them.

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For this next card, I used PTI’s Shakers + Sprinkles Kit with a bright white card base and all the elements included with the kit including the confetti elements, dies in the shape of hearts and the colorful and cheerful background paper. Everything coordinated so nicely with the color palette! First, I laid down the patterned paper with sequin background, then the sunbeam pattern on top in bright fuchsia. I then layered heart silhouette die-cuts in a tired fashion on the front of the card and the last heart that is solid, I popped up on a heart shaped foam cut-out for added dimension. I topped it off with a banner stamped with a Happy Birthday sentiment in archival ink by Ranger and added a toothpick and topped it with teal twine. I’m really happy with the result and so was sweet Alice, the birthday girl. Inside, I placed two of the heart die cuts, one as a pocket and the other as a coupon for a neck & shoulder massage. I know, I know, I’m outdoing some of you here but settle down…😉

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This final card was so full of pizzazz and attitude, I loved making it because of the flair. The black and gold added to the class factor too I think. The sentiment is from PTI and couldn’t have suited the recipient better if I had handwritten it! I started with a black base, cut the paper to size from DCWV’s Gilded Paper Stack. I bought it at Michaels but it’s on sale now at Joanne Fabrics. A snazzy Birthday Card for a snazzy lady. 

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New Years Morning 2015

A beach walk, a patio breakfast by the harbor and a visit to the most expensive piece of real estate in Santa Barbara… The Cemetery. Just little ol’ me starting the New Year right.
photo 17:30am Beach Walk along Cabrillo Blvd.

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Eggs Benedict at Breakwater cafe on the patio (outdoor heater engaged).

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Realization that condos in Carp ARE affordable after all…

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Santa Barbara Cemetery shots – gorgeous place to RIP and a good reminder as I walked the grounds that life is short, wonderful and more often than not, what you make it. I wondered how many of those people who moved on took risks in life to be happy, to find peace, to seek purpose, to find God or let God find them. I pray 2015 is a year of change and reflection.

 

A Tribute to a Father who served

This Shadowbox was such an honor to put together. I was asked to work my magic on the existing elements in the shadow box and make it nice and memorable. I spent one day putting this together and am really happy with the result. I used BoBunny’s Anthem paper collection and really loved the layering to bulk up the framing of the photos and pieces. I had some clear star stick pins from one of my trips out to Valencia’s Remember When (no longer in business)😦 and they worked great to anchor the medals to the back of the box. I used the alpha letters from the collection sticker sheet to spell “dad” as well. I used some red, white & blue ribbon with stars wrap around the side of one of the photographs. I also used some red and white striped washi tape. I think I got the ribbon at Michaels in the $1 bin! What a lovely tribute piece to a beloved family member to display and enjoy. God Bless America! We need it…photo 4 photo 3_3 photo 3_2 photo 2_3 photo 2_2 photo 2 photo 1_3 photo 1_2 photo 1_1

Card with Tag Feature

Well hello!

You may be asking “Is that a card with a removable tag that has a hidden vellum pocket with tiny stamped tags stuffed inside?” Yes!

I began with cutting some of the new Wplus9 dies and decided to make a special card for a “special someone”. I started with a card base in bright white, layered some 6×6 card stock I had laying around in the colors I wanted, affixed the die cut frame from Wplus9 with dimensional foam tape,

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here, I chose a tag and some hand dyed seam binding, and planned the arrangement of the card.

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I’m not sure why this pic reflects the card stock so orange… It’s a subtle coral as shown in pic #12 3

In these next three steps I chose the vellum pocket, rounded the edges with my new corner rounder (that I absolutely love) and adhered it to the backside of the tag with my ATG.

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Then it was time to punch out some card stock with my assorted sized tag punch and choose which stamp set I wanted to use.

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Ya, I’m liking it🙂

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Oh, the tags look so cute in that little pocket! Yay!!7

In these next steps I stamped my sentiments in Rich Cocoa by Memento and then stuffed the little tags into the vellum pocket on the back of my big tag then situated the finished tag into the card’s leaves.

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And finally, I adhered the word Imagine (from a die cut set I do not know the maker of, I’m sorry, if you know, please tell me!), they were purchased from eBay. Then I lined the inside of my card with heavy weight card stock by Paper Trey Ink then proceeded to stamp the coral colored, small, hand-cut, banner with the words Top Priority from Heidi Swapp, signed the card and embellished the envelope closure with a gem.

Voila!

30 for Her 30th

“30 Cards for her 30th Birthday” he said. I received an order from a friend for his girlfriend Jill. I never thought that making that many cards in a two week period would have been possible! It was such a great challenge. I had a list of things she likes and enjoys then went for it.  I honestly think I  do my best work when I am given specific requests, especially thematic ones.

I used a mix of collections, embellishments, stamp sets and trim for the cards. I hope you enjoy!

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