Belated Birthday with Bird Banter !

Really, I should make a dozen or so of these cards. It’s embarrassing how often I need a belated birthday card. I figure if it’s cute enough, like this one with Bird Banter, maybe people will overlook the fact that it is late.

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How cute is that bird!

Design Notes for Bird Banter Belated Card:

To tell you the truth, I do love the birds in this set, but the touch of sarcasm in the sentiment really appears to me. Now you know.

The card went together pretty easily. I stamped the bird and then used some of my Stampin’ Blends to color him in. No real blending, just coloring. After I stamped the first part of the sentiment, I realized I didn’t have lots of room for the second part. Yes, I could easily have put that part of the sentiment on the inside but wanted it on the front. I stamped it onto a scrap, punched it out with the 2″ Circle Punch then just cut it in half and added it under the Lemon-Lime Twist card stock layer. but, really the scene stealer on this card is the layer of Picture Perfect Designer Paper. You have to see this paper. Order it, you will love it. Trust me.  One side of each page is a photographic image!

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Hope my friend like s the card.

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Happy Belated Birthday Gorgeous!

Well, I missed a birthday, again. One of my neighbor’s birthday was last week and I missed it. So, I used the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set to make her a special card. It has such a nice Happy Birthday sentiment and, in the same font, a “belated” sentiment. So here are two versions of my Happy Belated Birthday card:

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I couldn’t decide about orientation or which sheet of the beautiful Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Paper I wanted to use, so I made two cards. The likelihood of my forgetting a birthday again is pretty high. It will get used.

Design Notes for Happy Belated Birthday Card:

There are so many great choices when you are working with the Eastern Medallions Thinlits. You can see that I used a few on these cards.

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I combined a Circle Thinlit and a flower shaped Thinlit (top right) from this set for the piece that has the sentiment. Then I added some smaller circles (inside top right) and each item was backed with Gold Foil paper. A few Metallic Enamel Shapes added a little glitz to the circles. The Gold Natural Trim was my third touch of gold.

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I loved the circles so much that I even used one of the extra circle designs on the inside.

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Sunday CASE Belated Birthday

It’s Sunday! That means another video, this one in the CASE series (Copy and Share Everywhere). And, as an added bonus, for this one, I created a belated birthday card. But, perhaps you are one of those people who never need that kind of card. Well, you might want to watch the video anyway, just to get some hints on Caseing a card.

Here’s a picture of just the card. Isn’t it cute? I think this is a color combination worth holding on to.

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Here are the colors.



And here is a close up so that you can see the cute Glitter Enamel Dots.

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Two Choices for Belated Birthday Blast

You might recall that yesterday I showed a belated birthday card that I made. After the labor intensive application of the Sprinkles Embellishments, that card became one of a kind. (See card here.) However, I still needed some belated birthday cards. Today’s card has just the right amount of detail and cute factor! I used one of the big stamps from Birthday Blast.

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Can you tell that I couldn’t decide which color I liked best? Which card to you like best, Dapper Denim Ruched Ribbon or Flirty Flamingo Ruched Ribbon?


Design Details for Belated Birthday Blast Cards:

After I stamped the center image and selected my card stock mats, I knew it needed something to make it pop. I used the Star Blast Edgelit Die to cut out just the right sized stars. Gold Foil scrips to the rescue.

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The coordinating Ruched Ribbon was in the plans, but wasn’t sure how to get the sentiment to fit. I tried a star from Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies but the fit wasn’t quite right. Duh. There is a great shape in the Star Blast set! Worked perfectly. Then I used some of the color card stock and cut out a frame for the sentiment. Adhering was a challenge since I wanted the sentiment to pop a bit. Finally, I figured out that I could use some Foam Adhesive Strips on the back that would hold the frame and the sentiment. I made sure that the strip was partly on the frame and that I had some strip to place the sentiment.

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Hope you survived any snow that may have come your way. We just got some rain and lots of wind, both typical for March in southern Delaware.

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Sweet Cupcake Teaches a Lesson

Each day, when I write my blog post, I try to think of something I can teach you. Maybe some hint about a technique or some way to make your card design work. Today I’m going to tell you some thing NOT to do! I made this belated birthday card with the Sweet Cupcake stamp set. Wink of Stella would have been a good embellishment. But no, I decided to try using the Sprinkles Embellishments on the cupcake. It says sprinkles in the name, right? Take a look. Oh, this was also a card I made for Global Design Project Challenge.

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Design Notes for Sweet Cupcake Card:

The Sprinkles Embellishments  look cute right? But how to get them on the card? They are very tiny! I ended up adding the sprinkles just about one by one. I put a tiny dot of glue on the card and then sprinkles some sprinkles. Each time I shook off the excess. It was pretty time consuming. My professional advice – use the Sprinkles Embellishments  to make Shaker cards!

I actually needed three belated birthday cards but this is one of a kind. Not sure who will end up with this card!

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The stamp set, Sweet Cupcake is really terrific It’s designed so that the top and the bottom of the cupcake are stamped in three steps. The photopolymer stamps are numbered to make this really easy. Because you are using photopolymer stamps you can easily see what you are stamping. I always like to use a Pierce Mat when I am stamping with photopolymer stamps. It gives another layer of cushion and you get a nice, clear stamped image.


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We are expecting lots of rain here today in lower Delaware but I know many of my friends are being bombarded with snow. Hope you remembered to get all you stamping projects lined up. Just don’t try to glue down any Sprinkles Embellishments.