Birthday Card with Sweet Cupcake

I seem to always need birthday cards. You too? The other day I realized that one of my favorite stamp sets, Sweet Cupcake had been just the tiniest bit neglected lately. So I pulled it off of the shelf and went to town.

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i was inspired by the FabFriday challenge this week. Don’t you love this sketch for the layout?

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I think my favorite part of this card is the color combination.


Design Notes For Sweet Cupcake Card:

The thing that is the most fun about this stamp set is that you can add dimension by layering the stamps two or even three times. The plastic that the stamps are on has numbers so you know where to begin and how to build up the layers. Both the cupcake base and the frosting are layered, the candle too!

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Here’s a close up look at the cupcake. First, I used three brown shades for the bottom (a chocolate cupcake, of course). Next, the frosting was made with Powder Pink and Sweet Sugarplum inks. I opted to just use two layers. I used the Cupcake Cutouts Thinlits to cut out the “sweet” both in Powder Pink and Sweet Sugarplum. And can you see how I used a Spong Dauber with Smoky Slate ink to add some interest to the Smoky Slate side of the card? Such an easy way to add interest and dimension.

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Tip for Today

When stamping in layers, usually you want to start with the lightest color and move to a darker color.


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Valentine with Bloomin’ Love

Bloomin' Love stamp set, Valentine card, #GDP121, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.comI’ll admit it, I love making Valentine cards. There’s not nearly so much pressure on Valentine’s Day as some of the other card making holidays. A card, maybe a little candy, hugs, kisses. Everyone is happy. No special meal, no wrapped gifts. Really, it’s an easy holiday. But, I digress. I do love making Valentine cards. So the other day, I pulled out the Bloomin’ Love stamp set and thought about the Global Design Project challenge for this week. I do love a color challenge and this one was challenging. Not colors I would ordinarily put together but I think I made them work.

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Here’s the challenge logo and link to the site. You should definitely go there to see the other amazing projects using this color combination.


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Design Notes for Bloomin’ Love Valentine Card:

As you can see, this is really a pretty simple card. First I used Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder to emboss the three hearts. Next, I used a Sponge Dauber and Sweet Sugarplum ink to color the hearts. Finally, I used a few Peekaboo Peach flowers cut from the Bloomin’ Hearts Thinlits dies. The Peekaboo Peach stamped sentiment completed the card.


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Tip For Today:

Think about the design rule of three when you are designing your cards. Three colors is often just the right amount. Three objects (hearts, circles, etc.) is generally satisfying.

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Lots of Lavender for FMS

Sale-A-Bration. My favorite time of the year. One of the stamp sets in the Sale-A-Bration brochure is called Lots of Lavender. It’s just beautiful. I’ve been so anxious to try it out and when I saw the sketch for Freshly Made Sketches, I knew i had a match.

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Design Notes for Lots of Lavender Card:

Don’t you love the color combination? The lavender/Wisteria Wonder was obvious and the other colors just followed.


I love this particular set of stamps. It’s a set of stamp meant to be layered. I first stamped with Basic Gray ink for the outline of the flowers, stems and bow. Next, I stamped the leaves and stems and finally the bow. It was so easy with the new Stamparatus! If you haven’t already reserved yours, you will be able to order in March. It’s so much fun!
I’m not sure if cutting the image in four is a technique that has a name but it just seemed right to me. When I went to put the card all together, I had not done any stamping on the Pool Party piece and it seemed a little flat. I used one of the Pattern Party Decorative Masks, a Sponge Dauber and some Pool party ink. I think it gave it just the right amount of texture. A few pearls were a nice last touch.
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Copper Fest with Daisy Delight

I pulled out just about everything I have that is copper for this card – Copper Foil, Copper Trim, Copper Heat Embossing Powder. There is one other copper item that I did not use. Do you know what it is? I paired all of this copper loveliness with the Daisy Delight stamp set.

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I’m making many of this card as a thank you for my customers who ordered in September.

I was inspired by this week’s Global Design Project sketch. Doesn’t it look like fun? Click on the logo and go over to the blog to see some other great cards using this layout.


Design Notes for Daisy Delight Thank You Card:

The daisy is clearly the focal point of this card. I just love that stamp set and the Daisy Punch. For this card, I first stamped the daisy twice using Pumpkin Pie ink. Next I used a Dauber and added some color to the leaves. For the center, I used Soft Suede ink applied with a Dauber. Finally, I punched out the daisy with the Daisy Punch. Oh, I used my Bone Folder to curl the petals just a bit. After than, it was all just adding the layers – Early Espresso circle, Copper Foil Scalloped Circle. The Thank You sentiment was heat embossed with Copper Powder. I like the decidedly fall look to this card.


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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.

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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.

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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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