A Special Birthday Card For My BFF

Yesterday was my best friend’s birthday. I don’t want to tell you how many years we’ve known one another but it all started on the first day of high school. Enough said. I have been wanting to try the peek-a-boo shutter card and thought I could make something nice with that special fold and the Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper. Here’s my best effort.

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I do love the color combination of Fresh Fig and Sweet Sugarplum. But, the best part of the card is on the inside.


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Isn’t that cool? I saw a video and card samples on Dawn Griffith’s blog a few weeks ago. This seemed just the right occasion to try this special card.

I think my favorite part, aside from the opening and closing of the shutter inside, is the gold frame around the sentiment.

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Stylized Happy Birthday for my Quilting Friends

One of my neighbors, Sue, is a wonderful quilter. The other day, she showed me a quilt she had recently finished for her son. So beautiful!  I was immediately inspired to make a card using the same quilt pattern and Stylized Happy Birthday stamp. I’m not sure I captured ‘quilt’ idea in the background, but I thought it turned out o.k.

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And here is Sue’s quilt. well the top, at least/

Sue's quilt top


Design Notes for Stylized Happy Birthday Card:

Since Sue’s quilt had a masculine look to it (though it would be perfectly lovely anywhere!) I decided to use the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Pack. I fashioned a trapezoid from card stock, then traced and cut shapes from the Designer Series paper. Don’t look at my card too closely, the shapes are not perfectly aligned. I think my career as a quilter would be short lived. Sue had a lovely border fabric all around the edges. I decided to use two layers of ribbon to form an interesting border,  Crumb Cake Classic Weave Ribbon and Copper Trim. Pretty much any excuse to use Copper Trim works for me.

In this picture, you can see the copper heat embossed “Happy Birthday”. I did some fussy cutting and then used Dimensionals, both regular and Mini, on the back.See where I used the Mini Dimensional on the top of the H?


Stylized Happy birthday stamp, mini Dimensionals,

So, while I was at it, I became inspired, again, to make a more feminine card. Here’s how that one turned out.

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For this one I used Petal Garden Designer Series Paper, Powder Pink Finely Woven Ribbon and Silver Natural Trim. Again, don’t look at my ‘quilting’ too closely!

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Happy Celebrations for Any Guy!

Are you always in a quandary when it comes to creating cards for guys? Me too. However, I think the Happy Celebrations stamp set is the answer to your problem. I know it helped me! Combine this stamp set with some Wood Textures Designer Series Paper and you’ve got it made, well, almost.

Happy Celebrations birthday card, masculine, Wood Textures Designer Paper, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

And here is a peek at the inside. I love this particular stamp. I can see using it for other celebrations as well.

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Design Notes for Happy Celebrations  Card:

This is really a clean and simple card. The only stamping was the sentiment on the front. It is actually two stamps and I carefully placed them on one block (E). I like to use grid paper when I am lining up stamps on the clear blocks. That way I know that everything is straight.

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So, first stamp on the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper. I choose one of the lighter pieces so that the sentiment would stand out. Next I adhered to the Very Vanilla piece and then added the Copper Trim. That’s really about it. Oh, and finally, I added the sentiment inside. Really, that’s it! Easy, right?

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Notice, I used both the Thick card stock and regular. Thick is great for the card base.



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Rose Wonder for a Special Birthday

My dear friend, Ann, lives in Maine. I don’t get to see her nearly often enough. So, when her birthday came around earlier in July, I wanted to make a special birthday card. I knew she would love something stamped with the Rose Wonder stamp set. It’s so beautiful. You really can’t miss when you use it with the Rose Garden Thinlits.

Rose Wonder stamp set, Rose Garden Thinlits dies, Wink of Stella, Aqua Painters, Watercolor Paper,

I was pretty happy with how it turned out.

Design Notes for Rose Wonder Birthday Card:

Since I knew I wanted to use my Aqua Painters, I stamped the rose and leaves with Basic Gray Archival ink. I like to use gray when I’m painting as it doesn’t seem to overwhelm the colors. Also, since I was going to be using Aqua Painters, I used Watercolor Paper. That way, I knew that I would not have problems with the paper pilling or getting warped. I used the ink refills to color in the flower and leaves. If you are just doing a small area with the Blender Pens or Aqua Painters, you can just squeeze some ink from the pad onto the lid. When it’s a larger area, it’s just easier to use a few drops of ink refill. After the ink was dry, I added a few layers of Wink of Stella. I think you can even see it in the picture. It’s usually hard to see in a photo. But, I used three or four layers of Wink

I did use the thinlits for the sentiment. I stamped the sentiment in Old Olive then trimmed around the edge of the stamped image. Next I cut a piece of Gold Foil paper with the die and adhered the Happy Birthday to it.


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Washi Birthday Wishes

I’ve been a bit behind the trend with using Washi Tape. My goal for the next few weeks is to create some cards and projects using Washi in different way. When I saw the Global Design Project challenge for this week, I decided to use it for the background. Here’s what I came up with.

Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set, Bloomin' Love stamp set, Washi Tape heat embossing

Here’s the logo and link for the Global Design Challenge page.

Global Desing challenge 094

So, it’s a pretty basic card, don’t you think. And, really suitable for just about anyone.

Design Notes for Washi Birthday Wishes Card:

There are four Washi Tape packages in our new catalog. I used a strip of each one of the  Basics Pack 3 Washi Tape. It features the colors Bermuda Bay, Dapper Denim, Island Indigo, Night of Navy and Pool Party. All colors I love! Nonetheless, I used Marina Mist for the layer and for the banner. Go figure. I just liked the way it looked! The challenge sketch had a little accent next to the banner. I played around with some tiny flowers from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set but just couldn’t find the right place or color. When that happens, I go with, “leave it alone”. I had stamped the banner (from Bloomin’ Love stamp set) in Tranquil Tide to add another color and then added some Tranquil Tide Ribbon at the bottom. One, two, three, done.


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The Bloomin’ Love stamp set is actually a stamp set I ordinarily put aside for Valentine’s, but it was a day for stepping on the wild side.




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