Picture Perfect Birthday Cards

Do you ever panic because you don’t have a birthday card ready to get in the mail?  And, you REALLY need to send the card?  I’ve been in that situation far too many times.  One of my New Year’s resolutions is to keep a stash of finished birthday cards and make sure I mail the cards early!

I have really enjoyed experimenting with the Picture Perfect Party Suite from the new Occasions Catalog.  My birthday card stash is already growing!  Pictured below are two of the cards that I made using products from this suite.

The Picture Perfect Party Designer Series Paper (DSP) is fabulous.  There are twelve double-sized designs in the pack.  One side of each design is a photograph that feature products and colors in the suite.  They are incredible.  The other side of each design is a great pattern that includes great coordinating colors.

The two cards pictured above were made with one piece of the 6″ x 6″ Picture Perfect Party DSP.  One card is a traditional A2 card (4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″).  The other card was made with one of the new Whisper White Narrow Note Cards.  I love being frugal with Designer Series Paper.

Here are the instructions for the cards:

  • The larger card has a Thick Whisper White cardstock base cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ on the longer side.
  • The frame is a piece of Pumpkin Pie cardstock cut to 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″.
  • When you cut the DSP, you’re going to cut the DSP for both cards.  The larger card has a DSP piece measuring 4″ x 5 1/4″.  The smaller card has a DSP piece measuring 2″ x 4″.  For these cards, I cut the lit candle piece so that the left side of the paper (cut initially at 4″ x 6″) was for the larger card.  The remaining 2″ x 6″ piece was for the smaller card.  Then, I trimmed the pieces to the heights I needed.
  • Adhere the DSP to the Pumpkin Pie frame piece.
  • Cut a piece of Pumpkin Pie cardstock to 1″ x 4 1/8″.  Adhere this piece on top of the DSP, as pictured.
  • Use dimensionals to adhere the layered Pumpkin Pie piece to the front of the card.
  • Stamp “happiest of birthdays to you” from the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock using Bermuda Bay ink.  Die cut the sentiment with the second smallest oval die from the Stitched Shapes Framelits dies.
  • Finish the die cut piece by adding faux stitching to the edge.  The faux stitching is made with a Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Write marker.
  • Use dimensionals to adhere the sentiment piece to the front of the card, as pictured.
  • To finish the card, stamp “today we celebrate wonderful brilliant fabulous you!” inside the card using Bermuda Bay ink.

The smaller card is made with a new Whisper White Narrow Note Card.  All steps for the larger card are the same except for those listed below:

  • The Pumpkin Pie cardstock frame is cut to 2 1/8″ x 4 1/8″.
  • The Pumpkin Pie cardstock piece put over the DSP is cut to 1/2″ x 2 1/8″.
  • For the sentiment, stamp “happy birthday” from the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock using Bermuda Bay ink.  Die cut the sentiment with the smallest oval from the Stitched Shapes Framelits dies.

I’ll be sharing more ideas for great cards using products from the Picture Perfect Party Suite.  Please check back to see them.

Below are the main products that I used to make the cards from this post.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping,


Colorful Seasons – Happy Birthday Card

Recently while I have been driving around town, I have caught myself smiling at the beautiful autumn colors.  This year, the colors seem more intense and vivid than in past years.  Perhaps, I’m just appreciating the beauty more.  Either way, the foliage is just gorgeous!

Last week, I shared a card that I made for an NC Demos Blog Hop.  You can see that card here.  Using a similar layout, I also created a birthday card for our older daughter, Corie.  The birthday card captures the beauty of the season and shows the simple elegance of the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper (DSP) Stack.  It features the wonderful fall color, Cherry Cobbler.

Below are steps and hints for you to follow to make this card.

  • The card base is made from Thick Whisper White card stock, cut to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.  I like to use Thick Whisper White card stock as the base for cards when there are multiple layers to add to the card front.
  • The card front is a piece of Cherry Cobbler card stock, cut to 4″ x 5 1/4″.  To give the card front a beautiful dimension, the piece was embossed with the Layered Leaves Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.
  • The sentiment is stamped with the Stylized Birthday Stamp onto a piece of the Wood Textures DSP which is cut to 3″ x 3″.  I used my Stamp-a-Ma-Jig to stamp Happy Birthday and stamped the sentiment twice.  The first time, I used Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.  The second time, I shifted the Stamp-a-Ma-Jig just a tad to the left and stamped with Cherry Cobbler ink.  The result is a shadow effect on the lettering.
  • The DSP is then cut into three strips.  Each is 1″ x 3″, as pictured.  To add a little depth to the wood “planks”, I sponged the edges of each piece with Early Espresso ink.  Two scrap pieces of the DSP are used as the base to glue on the “planks”.  You can see those scrap pieces on either side of the “planks” in the picture.
  • At this point, I recommend that you start putting your card together.  Adhere the card front to your card base.  Then, use dimensionals to adhere the sentiment piece to the card front.
  • Now, it’s time to make the leaves.  Grab a few scrap pieces of your Wood Textures DSP and the Colorful Seasons stamp set.  Use Tuxedo Black Memento Ink to stamp the large, veined leaf stamp onto the DSP.  Watercolor the leaves with your choice of color from your Watercolor Pencils.  Blend the colors with your Aqua Painter, using the absolute least amount possible of water on the Aqua Painter brush.  You can add more color to the leaves when they are still wet.  You’re going to love this technique!  Use the corresponding leaf die from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Die set to cut out your colored leaves.
  • You can also use the smaller leaf die in Seasonal Layers Thinlits Die set to cut leaves from the scrap Wood Textures DSP.
  • The final leaves are made from the detailed leaf die and gold paper.  [You can also cheat if you have leftover gold leaf stickers from the October Paper Pumpkin kit!]
  • Assemble the leaves as you would like and adhere them to your card.
  • And, there you have it!  A really pretty autumn birthday card that helps capture the beauty of the season.

Below are the main products that I used to make this card.  Click on any picture and you’ll go to my on-line store.

Here the two recent posts with a similar design side-by-side.  Which one do you prefer?

Happy stamping!


NC Demos Blog Hop – Thankful for Autumn Colors

Welcome to the NC Demos October Blog Hop!!!  If you were just visiting Tracie Evans Langley’s site, I’m sure you were as impressed with her project as I was.  She is a very talented stamper.  Thanks for taking time to stop by to see my card for this month.

Our theme for October is to be Thank-Fall!  You’re going to see many amazing projects that have seasonal themes.  I am very Thank-Fall for autumn colors!  They are so vibrant and inviting.  Fall is definitely my favorite season.  Sweatshirts, jeans, football, light sweaters, and beautiful leaves just make me smile.  I am also thankful for friends and family who have Fall birthdays!!  If you get a card that looks like the one pictured below, just pretend to be surprised!

This card has a lot of layers, textures, autumn colors, and leaves.  It was a lot of fun to make.  Here are the main steps and directions.

  • The base is Cherry Cobbler cardstock, cut to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.
  • There is a card front piece from the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper (DSP) Stack cut to 4″ x 5 1/4″.  I LOVE this DSP stack.  The wood patterns are absolutely amazing.  If you act by tomorrow, you can get four packs for the price of three.  Check here for more details.
  • Adhere the card front piece to the card base.
  • The main sentiment is the Stylized Birthday stamp.  It is stamped in Cajun Craze onto another piece from the Wood Textures DSP Stack.  This piece is cut to 3″ x 3 3/4″.  You can also stamp a shadow image of “Happy Birthday” in Memento Black Ink.  After you stamp “Happy Birthday”, cut the piece into 1″ x 3 3/4″ pieces, as shown.  The result should look like planks of wood.  Adhere the “planks” to scrap pieces of Wood Texture DSP.  If you look closely in the picture, you’ll see vertical DSP pieces behind the planks.
  • Use the Colorful Seasons stamp set and Memento Black Ink to stamp the large veined leaf onto different pieces of Wood Textures DSP.  Color the leaves with your Watercolor Pencils.  If you want, you can use your Aqua Painter to spread the watercolors.  Be sure to use the absolute least amount of water possible in the Aqua Painter.  Die cut the leaves with the corresponding thinlit from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits.
  • Use some of the scrap Wood Textures DSP to die cut smaller leaves.  The die for the smaller leaf is also from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits.
  • Adhere the leaves to the card front.  Glue dots work very well for this.   Occasionally, put your “plank” piece on top of the leaves that you have adhered to make sure you like the design.
  • When you’re happy with the design, use dimensionals to add the “plank” piece to the front of the card.
  • You can add a few leaves on top of the “plank” piece if you want.
  • Confession – I used leftover gold leaf stickers from a recent Paper Pumpkin kit to add a little bling.  You could just as easily die cut the same filigree leaf shape with a die from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits.  The card would be gorgeous with multiple metal colored leaves!
  • There you have it!  A great birthday card that highlights the season.  I hope you enjoy making the card.

Please continue on to Sue Stapp’s project.  A full list of this month’s NC Demos Blog Hoppers is listed at the end of this post.

The main products I used to make this card are shown below.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!

NC Demos October Blog Hoppers:

Tamra Davis

Jo Anne Hewins

Tracie Evans Langley

Laurie Meier <— YOU ARE HERE

Sue Stapp

Frances Wagner


Number of Years – Sweet Sixteen Card

Our oldest granddaughter, Aileen, recently turned sixteen!  I wanted to make her a special card for her Sweet Sixteen and turned to the Number of Years stamp set and coordinating Large Numbers Framelits diesThere are endless possibilities with these sets!

Below are three pictures of the card – the front, the inside, and the whole card showing how it opens –

The color palette includes the amazing inks shown below –

If you don’t have the Number of Years stamp set and Large Numbers Framelits dies, you need to add them to your collection!  Click on any picture shown below, and you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!

Number Of Years Photopolymer Bundle

Number Of Years Photopolymer Bundle



Embossing Paste – Two Stamp Club Cards

[In one of my last posts, I said I would be posting a video to show how I made the background for this card.  Well – I’m working on the video!!  Should be posted shortly!] 

As I have confessed, I am truly addicted to embossing paste! There is something magical about the process. It is just plain fun, and the results are spectacular.  Many stampers agree with me since the embossing paste, masks, and palette knives have been incredibly popular items!

At a recent stamp club, two of the projects featured embossing paste.  They were so much fun to make!  Pictures of the cards and tips/tricks for making them are below.

Happy Birthday Card:

Tips for the birthday card:

  • The daisies, from the Daisy Delight stamp set, were stamped in Daffodil Delight and then punched out with the Daisy Punch.  I wanted to add a little Peekaboo Peach to the flower petals to match the color of the “happy birthday, from the Birthday Blossoms stamp set.  To add the color to the flower petals, I used a the side of the larger end of the Peekaboo Peach Stampin’ Write Marker and randomly added color.
  • The middle of the daisy is made with embossing paste that has been colored in Daffodil Delight ink.  A toothpick was my tool of choice to add the colored embossing paste.
  • Stamp “happy birthday” on your card front before adding the colored embossing paste.  Use a Post-It note to mask the “happy birthday”.  I didn’t want a straight line mask and tore the Post-It note to get a jagged edge.
  • Rounding the opposite corners on the card base and additional layers adds fun interest to the card.

Dragonfly Card:

Tips for the dragonfly card:

  • Use complementary colors to make a multi-color embossing paste card base.  For this card, the three ink colors that were used are:  Berry Burst, Fresh Fig, and Powder Pink.
  • The framed colors on the front of the card are Berry Burst and Powder Pink cardstock.  Stamp the dragon fly stamp, from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set, with Berry Burst ink onto the Powder Pink cardstock used for one of the framed layers.  Stamp the dragonfly in the middle of the Powder Pink cardstock and die cut the dragonfly with the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits set.  Die cut the second dragonfly piece from the center of the Berry Burst cardstock piece.  When you layer the pieces together for the card front, no-one will ever know the Powder Pink and Berry Burst pieces have open holes in the center!  This is a great trick to conserve on paper!
  • To add a little shimmer to the dragonfly wings, add some bling with the Wink of Stella Glitter Brush.
  • Rhinestone Basic Jewels add a perfect finishing touch!

Happy stamping!