Happy Birthday To You!

Hey, all! Back tonight with a card. Love this new *FREE* Sale-A-Bration Happy Birthday To You set! Perfect fit for my mission of making and mailing birthday cards!! Colors were inspired by the Birthday Celebration challenge over at Just Add Ink! Birthdays are always a celebration!! 

Simple stamping really! Card base is Flirty Flamingo, accent layer of Basic Black and a Shimmery White background. Cake is also on Shimmery White with a Basic Black accent layer. The cake was stamped with Black Memento ink and colored with Stampin' Blends in Flirty Flamingo, Pool Party, Granny Apple Green and Crumb Cake (light). I haven't colored for a while so it took a few tries to get it right! The cake layer is attached with Stampin' Dimensionals and I added some small pearls for accent. I will be trying this again with other color combos :)

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Fall Colorful Birthday

So, this one has been awhile in the works! Last Fall, somewhere around November I gave something away via Facebook and asked for a Fall Stampin' Up Color Combo. The winner chose Pretty Peacock, Terracotta Tile and Crumb Cake. I was very intrigued and decided to give it a try! Fast forward to this week, and the parts were still sitting on my desk. I decided it was time to finish it! Here it is

Love the way it came out! It's no longer Fall, but I have two birthday cards that will be awesome to send next Fall!

Card base is Pretty Peacock with an accent layer of Terracotta Tile behind the Crumb Cake background. On the background, I stamped the Crackle Paint background in Crumb Cake, large leaves in Pretty Peacock, small leaves in Terracotta Tile and open leaves in Crumb Cake. That is where I stopped in November and I wasn't real sure where it was headed or how I was finishing. Picked it up this week and decided the new tag die would be perfect. From the Painted Labels die set, page 26 in the Mini Catalog. I've used this several times already - it is perfect for adding sayings to cards! So I cut the label from Crumb Cake, stamped the Happy Birthday from Peaceful Moments on the right side and cut a Terracotta Tile leaf for the left side. That is attached with Stampin' Dimensionals over Pretty Peacock 1/2" Scalloped Ribbon which was knotted around the background/base layers.

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Thinking Merlot

That sounds a bit like wine doesn't it :) Imagine that coming from me!!

Here is a card I'm sending this week to someone who's been a bit down. I was hoping for cheerful and I think I got that. Not bright, but happy I hope!

Painted Harvest is back! I literally flipped my ink storage around looking for inspiration on this one, and settled on Merry Merlot. I wanted to do this layout like the previous "Sorry" ones I did. Thinking of You is from Rooted in Nature and the largest I could find. Still have some wood background DSP sitting by the desk so grabbed one of the lightest. I am running out of options for this type card, the ones left are mostly dark! The stamping is done directly on the wood DSP. Background of the flowers is Crumb Cake, inside petal in Merry Merlot. Center is Early Espresso, leaves Mossy Meadow. Random dots and center flower dots in Merry Merlot. Card base is Merlot, accent layer of Early Espresso behind the DSP. Linen thread accent on the side. Fairly easy and very soft and pretty! I should have made two, may not want to mail this one!!

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Something for Everything!

Paper Pumpkin December 2019!! It has been awhile since I shared one of these kits. Probably because I haven't fully completed one for awhile but here is this one!! And BONUS!! Read all the way through, then pop over to my Facebook page if you'd like to try THIS kit!!

OK, a walk through of the kit and creating process! At the bottom, check the story for your chance to win a kit to try!

We start with the arrival of the box! Love the color of these. Happy Mail at it's BEST!!

Occasionally they vary these, but this is the basic!!

Next, open and see what is inside! First glimpse is always light blue tissue and the stamp and ink spot.

Under the tissue is the "kit". Shrink wrapped supplies, instructions, generally with a card board base.

What you see there on top is the instruction sheet. Always a color picture on top, product details on the back and step by step instructions inside.

Open the kit and see all the pieces!!

This one had 12 card bases, 12 envelopes, die cut tags for the sayings, adhesive die cuts for card details, rhinestones, dimensionals and gold die cuts!!

A closer look at the stamp set. Two pics follow because the words are placed several different ways. If you need more details, please ask and I'll list them all. Something for everyone is the name, and the sayings to cover most all the bases!! *click to enlarge. I put dark cardstock behind hoping you could see better!

Stamped sayings I chose. I opted for sayings I knew I would send the cards with. Just Because. Happy Birthday. Congratulations. Hey, Friend.

I have many extra of these to use on other cards!! And finally, the completed cards!

Lots of fun! I kept them pretty basic, and like the samples and instructions indicated. Not a have too - every month there are variations out there! Creativity at it's best!!

OK, now for the rest of the story! These kits normally ship around the 12th. They delayed them just a bit in December. And then, Holiday mail issues. Mine didn't come, and didn't come. Tracking showed it was "stuck" in Omaha. I finally contacted Demo Services and they sent another. Guess what! About 3 days later the original showed up. So, I have a FULL, untouched second kit. Free to someone!  Pop over to my Facebook page and find the post mentioning this. Comment why I should give this kit to you and maybe it will be yours! Wow me with your answer and I'll pick you. Otherwise I'll do a random pick :)


Many Poppies!

Hey all! More Poppy cards! I saw something similar on Pinterest and had to give it a go! There are several versions here, all basically the same so I'm going to put them all in one post. Here is the first one. 

Colors are Basic Black, Whisper White and Poppy Parade. Concept here is like the Triple Time stamping we've done here several times, but this is only two layers. So I cut all the layers, then lightly attached the two sheets of Whisper White together and stamped the Poppy flower in two steps. Background blot in Poppy Parade, over with the Poppy in Memento Black. Turns out this is one of my slight OCD triggers -lining up that image made me crazy! I ended up grabbing my Stamp-a-ma-jig for the flower and testing on scratch paper the best way to go together. I'm happy now, they are all similar! When you initially stamp these you will get some ugly edges. But when you put the layers together, they disappear. Try it :)

The card base is Basic Black, with a Whisper White background layer. The top two layers are cut with the Stitched Rectangles dies. See that stitched edge?? I added some sequins (Pearl from the Basic set) for an accent. Oh, and the saying is from Peaceful Moments.

Similar but different flower and sequin placement, more white edge.

This last one I decided to try something different, and I don't hate it. After stamping the flowers I picked up the large splatter image and went between most of them with Poppy Parade ink. What do you think?? Building up my stash of birthday cards. Hoping to get lots mailed this year! Four went today, including two of these.

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