Dots, Daubers and Birthday Wishes

As if there wasn’t lots to love with the Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper, I found something else. The various flowered ones are just so beautiful. But one day recently I noticed a sheet that has drops of color on it, Lemon Lime Twist, Emerald Envy and Soft Sky. It reminded me of dots made with Daubers. So, there you have it, inspiration for this card.

Daubers, birthday, Vertical Greetings, Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!,

Design Notes for Daubers Birthday Card:

Well, the color combination was so easy to come up. I just looked at the paper and there they were.


The sentiment is from Vertical Greetings stamp set which, as you know, is one of my favorite stamp sets.  If you make a card like this, be sure to stamp the sentiment first and use the darkest color ink. After that add as many dots with the daubers as you like! The final touch was to add some Emerald Envy Crinkled Seam Binding. I added a little piece of Linen Thread just to add a little interest. If this card looks familiar, I CASED the layout from one of my own cards. Check it out here. If you want to know more about CASEing cards (Copy And Share Everywhere) check out my YouTube channel here. I have 4 videos that demonstrate various ways to get some inspiration for card making.

Daubers, birthday, Vertical Greetings, Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!,

Here’s a look at the inside of the card and the envelope. I like how the daubered dots echo the design on the front of the card. I took the inside sentiment from the Better Together stamp set.

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Cool Treats for GDP Challenge

When you look at this card you will wonder, “Where are the Cool Treats?” I can understand that. I used just the sentiment from Cool Treats stamp set to make this birthday card for my good friend, Lee. Seems like a pretty nice birthday card for a guy, don’t you think.

Cool Treats stamp set, #GDP98, masculine card

I kind of like the contrast between the rustic Burlap Ribbon and the more spohisticated Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers.

Design Notes for Cool Treats Card:

I started out with the sketch for this week’s Global Design Challenge. I thought the sketch was very cool and called out masculine card to me. #GDP098Once I picked out the sentiment, I thought I would turn the design on it’s side. The colors were easy to pick once I decided on the first layer as Tranquil Tide. The Polka Dot Basics Embossing Folder added just the right amount of texture along with the Burlap Ribbon. Once I’d added the Gold Foil flag. I thought the little circle designs from Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers would pull it all together.

Here’s a little close up of the Vinyl Stickers. I placed them right on the dots created by the Embossing Folder.

Cool Treats stamp set, Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers, Stampin' Up! ,

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Trying Out Birthday Delivery

Back in April, I attended a Stampin’ Up! event in Richmond Virginia. Lots of fun, saw lots of samples, got to play with some new products. One of the stamp sets we got to use was Birthday Delivery. It’s part of a great suite of products that includes stamps, Thinlits, Designer Series Paper, matching ribbons and little Honeycomb Balloons. I had to have it. I ordered it. Then, I sort of forgot I had it. Last night it must have been calling because I finally pulled it down from the shelf and put ink to stamp.

Birthday Delivery stamp set, Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper,Watercolor Pencils,

Since I love to bake, I just love the chef! Do you think he looks a little reckless with the cake decorating tool?


Design Notes for Birthday Delivery Card:

I admit, I fussed with this card a bit. I just couldn’t seem to quickly get the papers to work. The chef and the cake were the fun part. When I’m going to color something in, I generally stamp it in Basic Gray Archival ink, which I did here. The did some coloring with the Watercolor Pencils. Ran to my Big Shot and cut out the chef and cake. I did add some wink of Stella to the cake. It looks pretty cool.

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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.

Dragonfly Dreams stamp set, Naturally Eclectic DSP, Stampin' Up!,, peek-a-boo card

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


Dragonfly Dreams stamp set, Naturally Eclectic DSP, Stampin' Up!,, peek-a-boo card

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.

Dragonfly Dreams stamp set, Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!,, peek-a-boo card

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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.

Stylized Happy Birthday stamp Stampin' Up, ,

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.

Stylized Happy Birthday stamp, quilt card, Stampin' Up!,

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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