Birthday Cards

Birthday Wishes for You

Today I want to share some cards I’ve made recently.

The first features Birthday Wishes for You set.  I have a hard time coming up with masculine birthday cards and this set is perfect for male or female, young or old.

Supplies Used: Basic Black, Real Red, Daffodil Delight, and Coastal Cabana Ink Pads, Fresh Prints Paper Stack (retired), Birthday Wishes for You stamp set, Balloon Punch, Birthday Surprise Stamp Set (retired), Real Red, Daffodil Delight, and Coastal Cabana Markers.Birthday Wishes for You

Craft Room Organization

Stampin Ink Spot and Reinker Organization

Since I’ve been unmounting my wood mount stamps I have a bunch of the old clam shell cases.  Turns out they make great organization containers.  I’ve repurposed some of them to organize my ink spots as well as my reinkers.  I organized the current colors by color family.  The retired colors are organized in alphabetical order.  No more digging through multiple inkers to find the correct one.  I tried the trick earlier of putting a small circle of the cardstock on the top of the lid but even that took some time to find the right one with some of the colors so close to others.  Plus with them in alphabetical order and or color family, I can easily see which ones I am missing.

Here’s a visual for you of a couple of them.  For the reinkers, I created a divider so they wouldn’t shuffle around.  The inkspots are stored upside down so I added a 1″ square of the cardstock and wrote the name for identification.


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Craft Room Organization

Unmounting Wood Block Stamps

Earlier this year I began unmounting my Stampin’ Up wood block stamps.  With the Stamparatus coming out I knew my wood mounted stamps would go unused.  Busy times came late spring through summer so I still need to finish.  The process although simple is time consuming.  Most stamps you can just carefully pull off the wood block.  You can microwave a set for about 20 to help loosen the glue.  I then created an image sheet to go into the Avery Elle envelopes.  Here is my process:

  1.  Gently remove stamp from wood block
  2. Gently remove sticker with image off wood block.
  3. Apply a thin coat of glue on the stamp (I am currently using a glue stick – so much easier)
  4. Apply sticker to stamp, and then trim sticker once dried.
  5. Create Image Sheet for Avery Elle Envelopes
  6. Put in alphabetical order in fridge bins. (This is also how I store my Paper Pumpkin Stamps).

Here are a few pictures of what I’ve done.  I will post a finished picture of my shelves when I’m done.  I am currently at 6 bins.  I do store the small and large envelopes in separate bins. To keep track of what is where I use Evernote.  What a time saver this is.  If you want information on how I keep an inventory of my Stamps, Dies, Embossing Folders, etc in Evernote, leave me a comment.

So if you don’t hear from me again until the September Paper Pumpkin, you know what I’ll be doing.

2017 December Flora & Flutter, Paper Pumpkin, Uncategorized

2017 December Flora & Flutter Paper Pumpkin

As I mentioned yesterday, my goal is to go back and complete all my paper pumpkin kits.  Here are some additional cards I made with the December 2017 Flora & Flutter Cards.  I cased these cards from one’s I have seen either on Pinterest or Facebook.  I made most of the Sahara Sand cards per kit directions and used the “oops” leaves like these.  I changed all the Calypso Coral cards to A2 cards. I saved one of the detailed cut Calypso Coral cards to use for masking.

2018 August Paper Pumpkin - Blissful Blooms, Uncategorized

Paper Pumpkin 2018 August Blissful Blooms – More Alternates

We had a lot of fun last Friday making the beautiful cards from the August Blissful Blooms Paper Pumpkin Kit.  Here are some others we created.  I loved adding the Stitched Labels Thinlits.  These have to be my favorite Thinlits in the 2018-2019 Catalog.  For the Happy Birthday card I stacked 3 on top of each other and then dabbed them with Frost White Shimmer Paint.  The picture doesn’t show the “bling” that the shimmer paint added – makes it looked like pearl.

2018 August Paper Pumpkin -22018 August Paper Pumpkin -1 Now that I completely finished this kit – I’m going to make it a goal to go back and finish all the others.  Today I’m going to go to December 2017.  I only have a few more supplies left so should take me long to check that one off.

Here’s a great tip for your paper pumpkin boxes.  Turn them inside out and decorate if you want to.  A2 cards and envelopes fit perfectly in 2 rows.  So you can use the boxes to either store cards or gifting cards.  I make Christmas cards throughout the year and these boxes keep them safe and secure until time to mail.

2018 July Paper Pumpkin, Cards, Paper Pumpkin

August 2018 Paper Pumpkin – Blissful Blooms

Today I am preparing for my Paper Pumpkin class that is Friday. The kit is very easy to put together as is. I wanted to jazz up the card with the flowers in the middle and break up all the flower with them on the outside. I made the envelopes for the stamp set and have the 1″ square for each of my subscribers (as shown in the July paper pumpkin post).

Here are my alternates.

I used the wonderful Stitched Seasons Framelits and cut the center of the card front. I then attached a 4 1/8 x 5 3/8 panel of Blackberry Bliss to the back of the card front. I then cut 3 Happy Birthday Thinits and stacked them. I used the new upcoming (in the Holiday catalog) Frost white shimmer paint to give some sparkle to the sentiment. I added a few Flirty Flamingo swirls (also from the Stitched Seasons Framelits) and then rhinestones for added interest.

Next I made a separate card base. Cut a BlackBerry Bliss to 5 3/8 by 4 1/8. Ran it through my big shot with the Climbing Vines embossing folder and adhered it to the card front. I used the cut out card front from the card above. Added the sentiment from the paper pumpkin kit with some Silver Metallic Thread behind.

For the other card (with the flowers in the center), I added a butterfly from the Springtime Impressions Thinlets, once with vellum then with Blackberry Bliss. I used the new upcoming (in the Holiday catalog) Champaign Mist shimmer paint to give some sparkle to the butterfly.

That’s it. Contact me if you have any questions.

Here’s the list of added supplies:

  • Blackberry Bliss Cardstock
  • Thick Whisper White Cardstock
  • Flirty Flamingo Cardstock
  • Stitched Seasons Framelits Dies (only available in August while supplies last)
  • Frost White and Champaign Mist Shimmer Paint (available September 5th)
  • Climbing Vine Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
  • Springtime Impressions Thinlits Dies
  • Silver Metallic Thread
  • Rhinestone Basic Jewels

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2018 July Paper Pumpkin, Paper Pumpkin

July 2018 Paper Pumpkin

Friday I had my local paper subscribers over to assemble our kits and or make alternates. We usually meet towards the end of the current month but had to postpone due to vacation travel. As a thank you for my subscribers I provide an Avery Elle envelope with an insert for storing their stamps and also include a 1″ square cardstock of the ink spot to adhere on the bottom of the spot. (That way when stored upside down we can tell what color since we write the color name on it as well.)

Most of my subscribers like full size A2 cards. Although you can make them as is and mail them in a normal envelope. Attached are some alternates we made using the basket liners as “DSP” instead and/or opening up the envelopes and using is as dsp. It works best to adhere the tissue paper to white cardstock. I also had my basket weave dynamic embossing folder out to add even more interest to the card.

For the full size card we cut the card bases in half. You can either double what you make (although you might run out if fruit) or use the other half for cutting up to mat the sentiment. For the strawberries we adhered scrap black paper to the back so the seeds would be black.

If you do not have a demonstrator and want to sign up for paper pumpkin as me for your demonstrator you will also receive the thank you items above quarterly or semi annually by mail. I will also share by email the instructions for alternates we make.
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