Saturday, January 24, 2015

It’s a Good Day for a Birthday

Hello friends. January continues as I press on creating more birthday cards for my stash. Next to Christmas cards, I make more birthday cards than for any other type of occasion, so you can see why January is MY month to get busy with birthday greetings.

Todays card uses Chalkboard Greetings from My Favorite Things. I used a combination of papers from Basic Grey, My Mind’s Eye and Core’dinations to create this card.


I adorned my card with a little tag I made using the Core’dinations cardstock and sanded down the edges a bit to reveal the green inner core, which coordinated with my color theme. I topped the tag off with a Prima flower and an old glazed brad from Basic Grey.


My sentiment is a combination of a “happy” sticker from my stash along with the “birthday” stamped with Unicorn White ink from the Birthday Messages set from Simon Says Stamp onto more Core’dinations cardstock.


I’m happy that I could add one more card into my birthday stash. Do you know someone celebrating a birthday soon? Well don’t let the day go by without sending them some of your own crafty goodness, with a card especially for them.

I’m happy you stopped by today. Until next time...


Thursday, January 15, 2015

Happy Birthday to Me and ALL January Birthdays


Yep, that’s right. Today is my birthday and I’m happy to say that I’m celebrating another year of this wonderful life. I’m not saying my life perfect -far from it. Some days I even question the “wonderful” part, but I strive to see the good in all things – to celebrate the “happy”. I’m not even bothered by the fact that I’m a year older (not much, at least). Every year that morphs into decades brings new experiences, new learning, and a growing appreciate for each day of life I have, whether triumph or turmoil.

It’s especially pleasing that today, on my special day, I’m posting this card for the Dreamweaver Stencils January Challenge, which just happens to be...what else...birthday wishes!

The entire Dreamweaver Stencils design team would love for you to play along with us, and link your creations to the Inlinkz tool at the bottom of this post, or on the Dream It Up! blog, for a chance to win the stencil of your choice...and remember, using Dreamweaver products gets you bonus points towards an extra stencil!

Here's my birthday wish for this week:

I love turquoise and I had great fun coloring the stenciling I did using white embossing paste and the Daisy Background stencil. Once the paste was dry, I colored the various daisies using colors of Smooches.


For the top sentiment, I used the Birthday Words stencil on blue Core’dinations paper using white embossing paste, and nestled it behind a border punch and a layer of May Arts ribbon. I love this Birthday Words stencil because it contains many different ways to wish someone a happy birthday.


  The birthday greetings was embossed using Glossy Blue embossing paste.


That’s it for me today...I’m off to make the best of this birthday, and I hope you will make the best of your day as well. How about some more birthday inspiration:

Dream It Up!

Leadonna Kimmel

Louise Healy

Laura Drahozal

Lynn Mercurio (that’ me, the birthday girl)

Pam Hornschu

Jamie Martin

Thanks for stopping by! Until next time...



Friday, January 09, 2015

More Birthdays are Popping Up

Hello friends. As I mentioned in my last post, January is my month to create a new batch of birthday cards for the new year. I’ve been looking around the internet for creative inspiration and I found the CAS-ual Fridays CFC135: Felt & Sequins challenge to inspire me.


With so many birthdays popping up, I thought it would be fun to create a pop-up card to surprise the birthday girl. Here’s what I came up with.

I began by created the front of the card using CAS-ual Friday’s Frankly Set and stamped using Versamark to create a tone on tone image on the card base. I then stamped my main words using Brilliance Graphite Black ink and added a trio of ric rak accented by a few sequins.



When you open the card, you are greeted by three free-floating felt balloons, die cut using the Balloons Die. I attached the balloons to my pop up parts with fine gauge wire. The wire wiggles just the right about to hold them in place, but add a little motion to them.


The bottom part of the card contains a sentiment from the CAS-ual Friday RAD stamp set.


I’m pretty sure this card will surprise the birthday girl for her special day.

Thanks for looking in today! Until next time...