Cards - Birthday

Birthday Pirates! a CASE

A friend commissioned me to make a birthday card for her grandson.  He loves pirates!  This is the card.

Pirate birthday

Didn't it turn out great!  I started by searching Pinterest and there is was.

This card was posted in May of 2014.  You can see the original post here.  It's by Melissa Cochran.

I love punch art!  We are starting to get away from punches it seems with all of the framelits and thinlits.  I love punches!  So here's how I made this updated version.

  • The card base is Dapper Denim 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and scored at 4 1/4.
  • By the Shore is the designer paper of choice.  I cut three different pieces measuring 1 3/4 x 4 and adhered them to the base.  The diagonal piece is cut 1 x 4 3/4.  I glued it to a piece of white scrap paper to give it more substance.  Lay it at an angle and trim to fit the card base.  Adhere with dimensionals, but first wrap the piece 3 times with Linen Thread.  Tie a double piece around and knot.
  • The flags are glued to trimmed off coffee stir sticks.  They measure 1 x 1 1/2 and notch the ends.
  • The pirate heads are punched from an old card stock called Blush Blossom.  I keep it and use it just for skin.  I'm about to run out of it!  Help!  Use the 2" circle punch.  The same punch was used to make the scarf.  Just cut it in half.  The bow for the scarf is made from the Blossom Builder punch.  The ears are from the 1/2" circle punch.  Add a little rhinestone at one ear.  He has to have bling! Right? The patch uses the 1/2" circle punch.  The white of the eye is the same size.  The pupil uses a circle punch that is retired.  I think it was part of a punch pack at the time.  Add a little white to the pupil.  The mouth is stamped using a stamp from the Cool Treats stamp set.  The faces are adhered with dimensionals.
  • The sentiment is from Big on Birthdays stamped in Calypso Coral on Very Vanilla.

Pirate Birthday inside

Here's the inside of the card.  The sentiment is from the Window Shopping stamp set. I also added another pirate.  I hope Finley enjoys his card and has a wonderful birthday!

Pirate 1

I'm so glad you stopped by today.  Come back!  Let me know what you think about my update of the pirate card.

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Robby's Birthday Card

Every year I make a special birthday card for my son in law Robby.  First, here is a picture of my daughter Jessie, Robby, my husband John, and Robby's dad Mike at a Carolina Hurricanes game.

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This was the basis for my card.  As I began to make the card, I only had room for three people.  Robby's birthday, so Robby's dad was included.  OK, here it is.

Robby's Birthday Card (2)

I absolutely love how this card turned out.  I'm not so sure about the people who are pictured in the card.  Let's hope they give me a little artistic license.  I can only do so much.  I'm limited.  Here's a little closer look.

Robby close up of card

I'm not even going to attempt to tell you how to make this card.  Just be prepared to spend a while.  For the Carolina Hurricane images, go to Google images.  I just printed out the ones I wanted and cut them out.

Before you say anything, yes, I now realize they have no arms.  Just pretend that their arms are down by their sides, OK?  There just isn't any room for arms.  I take that back.  I did add in the arms.  Here is how it looked without them.  The new and improved card is above.  I am much happier with arms!

Rob 4

Rob 2

Here's the inside of the card.  The stamp set is Happy Celebrations from the Occasions catalog.

Robby's Birthday Card (2)

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CCMC#453 Red, White, and Blue

It's Thursday again and that means it's the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge.  This week we have a sketch.

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Here is the card I made.


Now that the Retiring List is out, I see that most everything will be retiring.  Here are the details for the card.

  • Start with a card base of Thick Whisper White card stock.  It's cut 4 1/4 x 11 and scored at 5 1/2.
  • The Night of Navy and Whisper White patterned paper is from the Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper.  It's cut at 4 1/4 x 4.  This paper is on the Retiring List.
  • The Real Red and Whisper White paper is the Sending Love Designer Series Paper Stack from the Occasions catalog.  It's also retiring.  This strip along the bottom measures 1/2 x 5 1/2.
  • Use the Stars Framelit Dies to cut the stars.  The smaller stars are on dimensionals.  Can you believe that the Stars dies are retiring?  They are!
  • The sentiment comes from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits cut in Real Red card stock.  These thinlits will be in the new catalog!  Yea!
  • Garnish with the rhinestones.  I used all three sizes.  Yes, these are on the Retiring List, but they'll be back in a different form.

Here's the inside of the card.

Red 2

The outside of the card had no stamping.  Inside, use the Happy Celebration stamp set.  It's in the Occasions catalog and will be carried over to the new 2017-2018 annual catalog!  Another yea!  Stamp in Real Red and Night of Navy ink.  Additional stars are added with the patterned paper.

I love how this turned out and I think it could be used as a patriotic card as well.

Red 4

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Tasty Treats Specialty Paper Gets Cut: Part 2

In a former post, I was talking about how hard it is to cut the designer series paper. It's even harder to cut the specialty designer series paper.  The specialty paper is usually printed on one side.  It has metallic or shiny parts to the paper.  Two of the papers for Tasty Treats have a cool shiny aspect to it.  I used the shiny strawberries and cherries paper here.  Today I'm going to use the piece of paper with the shiny ice cream.

Tasty Treats Specialty DSP

Not only am I using the other specialty paper from Tasty Treats, I'm using the same sketch.  I want you to see how different the two cards can look.  Most of the directions are the same for this card.

  • The base of the card is Peekaboo Peach measuring 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, score at 4 1/4.
  • The Chocolate Chip layer is 3 3/4 x 5.
  • The patterned paper is cut 3 5/8 x 4 7/8.
  • The strip of patterned paper is 1/2 x 3 3/4.
  • Use the Stitched Shapes Framelits dies to cut a circle from Whisper White.
  • The dots on the circle are from the Cool Treats stamp set.  They are stamped in Crumb Cake.
  • The cone is cut using the Frozen Treats Framelits Dies.  Sponge it in Crumb Cake.
  • Cut the ice cream from Watermelon Wonder and stamp the swirls in the same color ink.
  • Attach the cone and ice cream using dimensionals.
  • The circle is also attached with dimensionals.
  • The sentiment is from the set Tasty Trucks and is stamped in Chocolate Chip. Notch the end.  Put half dimensionals on each end and attach over the ice cream.
  • Add a Linen Thread bow.

Ice cream inside

The inside of the card has a sentiment from Cool Treats.  The ice cream cone is cut just as the front and glued on.  Add the dots in Crumb Cake.

Ice cream 2

Now, here are the two cards again side by side.  They both use the Tasty Treats Specialty Designer Series Paper and the same sketch.  They really do look very different.

Two cards

Now that I have cut into the specialty paper, I can tell you that every piece of the patterned paper in Tasty Treats is wonderful.  I don't often use every bit of a pack of paper.  This pack is almost gone!  I just love it!

Today is the last day of Sale-a-Bration.  Did you know that you can get the Tasty Treats Specialty Designer Series Paper for FREE with a qualifying purchase?  Enter code # 147364.

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Hop into Spring with the NC Demo Blog Hop

Welcome to the NC Blog Hop.  We are so happy to share our spring projects!  Yea! for Spring!

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It's always fun to think about our theme and figure out a stamp set to use.  But this time, I started thinking about all the designer series paper I still have.  To me, the dots say spring.  So I pulled out my paper and went to work (or play).  Here is the result.

NC Blog Hop with Designer Series Paper Stacks

This card is fun and pretty easy to make with the Sunburst Thinlits and your Big Shot.

  • The card base is make of Thick Whisper White card stock.  It measures 4 1/4 x 11 and scored at 5 1/2.
  • The card front is covered in Marina Mist dotted patterned paper from the Subtles Designer Series Paper Stack.  Cut it 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.
  • Cut the center from a 2 1/2 square piece of Crushed Curry dotted paper from the Regals Designer Series Paper Stack.  Use the Sunburst Thinlits for all of the layers and center the middle of the circle part over the middle of your paper square.
  • The next layer is Flirty Flamingo from the 2016-2018 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack cut from a 3 inch square.
  • Calypso Coral is the next layer from the Subtles Designer Series Paper Stack cut from a 3 3/4 inch square.
  • This is followed by a layer of Watermelon Wonder cut from a 4 inch square.  This color is in the 2015-2017 In Color Designer Series Paper.
  • Finally cut a sunburst from a Wild Wasabi 4 inch square.  Cut a couple double sections for leaves.
  • Trim each layer into a circle but be a little crazy with your cuts.  Each layer is a little bigger.
  • Attach the layers to each other with dimensionals.  Yes, you are right.  This card will not mail well.  Place each layer off center of the layer below.
  • Glue the flower just a little off center of the card.  Turn the card over and trim any parts that are hanging off flush with the card.

Flowers hop 1

  • Now you must fluff each layer up at the ends.  This helps the layers pop.
  • The sentiment on the front is from Sunshine Sayings.  The words are stamped in Basic Black Archival ink on Whisper White scraps and cut apart.  Place them on half dimensionals.
  • I felt the card needed a little something else, so I added the dots from Bunch of Blossoms randomly.

Flowers hop 3

The sentiment on the inside comes from Big on Birthdays.  It's stamped in Watermelon Wonder.  Stamp some more of the little dots in black (Bunch of Blossoms).

Flowers hop inside

This card would be great to boost someone up with different words.  It's so bright and cheery.  

Do you have lots of scraps of designer paper?  Use them up on beautiful flowers.  It's spring!  Celebrate!

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