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Twila's Birthday Card and the Fab Friday Challenge

I haven't participated in a challenge in a long time.  Life gets so busy.  I've decided to enter the Fab Friday challenge this week.

As you can see this is a color challenge using Tangerine Tango, Tranquil Tide, Lemon Lime Twist, and Peekaboo Peach.  I'll just say right now that orange colors are not my favorite.  I decided this would be a great challenge.

I also made this card for Twila.  Twila and I share the same birthday, September 11th. For some reason I think there is a real bond for those of us with that birthday. 

Fab Friday birthday card

I tend to stick more to the Regals or Subtles.  I have to say that I enjoyed making this card.  Maybe sometimes the intended recipient of a card makes you enjoy making it more.  Is that true for you?

The card base is Tangerine Tango measuring 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored and folded at 4 1/4.

The Peekaboo Peach layer is 4 x 5 1/4.

The Whisper White layer is 3 7/8 x 5 1/8.

The flowers and leaves come from the Garden in Bloom stamp set.  I just recently got this set although it's been in the catalog for a while.  It is 2 step stamping, but it's pretty easy.  The flower stamps have a little area that juts out.  Use that to help you line up the stamps.  The outline of the flowers is Tangerine Tango and the inside is Peekaboo Peach.  The outline of the leaves is Tranquil Tide and the inside is Lemon Lime Twist.  My personal choice is that it is easier to stamp the outline first and then the inside.  Put Lemon Lime Twist for the center of the flowers as well.

For the center panel, the Tangerine Tango layer measures 2 3/4 x 3 1/8 and the Whisper White layer is 2 5/8 x 3.  The stamp set used for the words is Big on Birthdays.  For the sentiment, I used both the Peekaboo Peach and the Tangerine Tango stamp pads to ink the stamp.  Start with the lighter color.  I laid the stamp flat on the table (Yes, it was adhered to the clear block.) with the stamp facing up and inked the top half of the stamp.  Then ink the bottom of the stamp with the darker color.  Be sure you overlap the ink just a tad for complete coverage.  The center panel has dimensionals on the back.

Add some of the Tranquil Tide woven ribbon across the corner of the card.  I also added one of the tassels from the Mini Tassels Assortment.

  Fab Friday birthday inside

For the inside of the card, the greeting is from the Special Celebration stamp set.  I inked the stamp just the same as the outside sentiment so that both oranges were used.  Add another flower and leaves.

Fab Friday Garden in Bloom

I should use brights more often.  I must say that I saw a card on Facebook by Windy Ellard that used these colors and saw that she had entered this challenge.  Her card used the Paisleys & Posies stamp set.  That's one of my favorites.  I thought these colors look so well together!

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Card Front Builder Thinlits for an Alaska Birthday Card

Some people are just worth a little extra effort.  My husband, John, just celebrated a birthday.  Of course I had to make a special card just for him.  We recently went on a vacation to Alaska so I made him a card remembering our trip.  We had so much fun! Here is John's card.

Carols of Christmas Alaska card

This was a view from the balcony of the cruise ship.

The card base is Basic Gray card stock cut at 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored and folded at 4 1/4.

The Whisper White layer is 4 x 5 1/4.  The next layer is Pool Party measuring 3 3/4 x 5. This layer becomes the sky and the ocean.  

For this card, start at the top and work down.  The mountains are Basic Gray.  They started out as a 45 degree angle (corner of paper) and rounded off.  Sponge around the mountains with Basic Gray ink to make them stand out a little more from the sky. Add Embossing Paste to make the snow on the mountains.  

The trees are made using the Card Front Builder Thinlit Dies that coordinate with the Carols of Christmas.  Just as for the mountains, start at the left and work toward the right of the card.  Cut bunches of the double trees and the single trees from Garden Green card stock.  Sponge around these in Garden Green, too.  We want the trees to stand out a little from each other.  Place these where you please making sure to make a nice shore line with the trees and making sure that the mountains are covered along their unsightly bottoms.  A few trees were trimmed to fit an area.  I'll even tell you that I used some scraps from cutting out the trees that looked tree like.  I don't know if you can see that there are a few white dots here and there in the trees.  Those are eagles!  John kept looking for white dots and using binoculars said they were eagles.  I had to include them!

Use a gel pen to make some white spots on the ocean.  Do you see the whale tail? That's actually a little branch from the Tree Builder Punch in Basic Gray with some white markings.

The birthday sentiment is from the is from the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set.  Use the Layering Ovals Framelits to cut it out.

Carols of Christmas birthday inside

Here's the inside of the card decorated with more trees and a deer.  The sentiment here is from Guy Greetings.

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This is John on his birthday.  Now I will tell you that there were several years that I just gave him the same birthday card for a couple years straight.  He never really noticed.  Now he is wise to me and a special card is expected.  I don't mind.  I love making special cards for special people.

Carols of Christmas John birthday

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Butterfly Basics CASE the Catalog

On Monday, I started a little series of cards I have CASEd from the catalog.  CASE means Copy and Share Everything or some say Copy and Selectively Edit.  Either works.  We made these cards in my recent class.  We all look for ideas whether it be from friends, Facebook, or Pinterest.  The annual catalog is also a great resource.  It's full of ideas!

Today I'm CASEing a card on page 149 of the catalog.  Here's the picture from the catalog.

Butterfly Basics catalog

I adapted the tall card to our regular size card, but I didn't really change a lot.  Here's my card.

Butterfly Basics catalog CASE

Let me say that I did reink my white craft pad before we had class.  I do love white pigment ink on Crumb Cake.  One bit of warning.  This ink does take a little time to dry.  Just give it a little time or hit it with the Heat Tool for a few seconds.  My second warning is cleaning this ink.  Don't use the Stampin' Scrub for this!  It makes a mess.  I recommend a wet wipe.

This card base is Crumb Cake cut at 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and scored at 4 1/4.

Stamp the flowers in White Craft Stampin' Ink.  See notes above!  We are using the Butterfly Basics stamp set.

Add the black stripe at the bottom.  We used the Tuxedo Black Memento ink, but the Basic Black Archival ink would also be great.

Make sure that the white ink is dry before you stamp the fern in Versamark.  I suggest using the Embossing Buddy.  We used Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder.  Melt with the Heat Tool.  

Stamp the sentiment on a piece of Whisper White card stock cut at 1 1/4 x 4 with Versamark.  Don't forget to use the Embossing Buddy first.  Emboss the sentiment in copper also.  Notch the ends.  You can use the Triple Layer Punch to do this.

Cut the butterfly using the Butterfly Thinlits from Basic Black card stock.  I did use the Precision Plate and I did run it through several times to get a good cut.  Put glue dots down the body of the butterfly and adhere.

Add a bow using the 1/4 inch Copper Trim.

Butterfly Basics inside

Here's the inside of the card.  The sentiment is from Beautiful You.  Add a butterfly from the Butterfly Basics stamp set in black.

Butterfly Basic CASE

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This Little Piggy Had a Birthday!

Umple Jim had a birthday this week.  Even though my children are adults, we still say Umple Jim.  That's just who he is.  At one time Jim had a Harley and some how got the nickname Pigdog.  Don't ask me why?  I know Harley's are also nicknamed Hogs so I get that part.  Umple Jim also likes little pink drinks with umbrellas.  This is the card I made him.

This Little Piggy

I wanted to use the drink from Mixed Drinks for the pig, but it was just too big.  A friend reminded me that Colorful Seasons has a cup the perfect size.  Thanks, Tina!

  • The card base is Basic Gray measuring 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and scored at 4 1/4.
  • The next layer is Blushing Bride sized at 3 1/2 x 4 3/4.  
  • The last layer is Smoky Slate cut at 3 3/8 x 4 5/8.  Run it through the Big Shot with the Polka Dot Basics Embossing Folder.  The stamp on each of the raised dots is in Daisy Delight.  It has three flowers, but just ink up one of them.
  • Stamp the pig in Basic Black Archival ink on Blushing Bride Card stock.  Fussy cut. I did add a few highlights using my Aqua Painter and ink from the lid of the Blushing Bride pad.
  • Stamp the drink with Blushing Bride ink on Whisper White.  There is a framelit to use from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits to cut out the glass.  Adhere the pig and glass with dimensionals.
  • The Basic Gray banners are 1/2 x 3 1/4 and notch on the ends.  Stamp in gray the little flowers again from Daisy Delight.
  • Make a Wish and Happy Birthday come from Happy Birthday, Gorgeous.

This Little Piggy inside of card

Here's the inside of the card.  The Happy Birthday Thinlits were used for the words. Of course I had to add the pink drink with an umbrella.  I did have to fussy cut it.

This Little Piggy birthday for Jim

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Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge #468

We have a great sketch to share with you at the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge.


When I saw those frames, I immediately thought of the little pigs from This Little Piggy.  I also wanted to use the Embossing paste with them.

CCMC #468  This Little Piggy

This is one of those break out in a big smile cards.  I just love how it looks.  Here are the details.

  • The card base is Blushing Bride cut at 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and scored at 4 1/4.
  • The Early Espresso layer is 3 5/8 x 4 7/8.  
  • The next layer comes from the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack.  The size is 3 1/2 x 4 3/4.
  • Stamp the pigs in Basic Black Archival Ink on Blushing Bride card stock.  You'll need to stamp the three pigs.  We will use one of them on the inside of the card. You do have to fussy cut these.
  • The frames were also cut from patterned paper from the Wood Textures stack. Use the layering squares for the squares.  They are the same size.  The square to the back is glued down and the other square is adhered using the Foam Adhesive Strips.  I did cut away part of the bottom square that would show inside the other square.
  • Before attaching the squares, it's time to get muddy!  Use the new Embossing Paste.  Put a little on the silicone square and add a drop of Crumb Cake Ink Refill.  Mix it up.  Figure out where the squares will go and then add the mud. You'll also need to muddy up the pigs a little.  Make sure you look at the inside of the card.  There's more mud and you might as well do it all at one time. Remember to clean the silicone mat and tools as quickly as you can before they dry.
  • When the paste is dry go ahead and adhere the frames and pigs.  The bottom pig is glued down. The top one is on dimensionals.
  • Party Time is stamped in Early Espresso on a piece of Whisper White repeatedly, cut to size and added with Foam Adhesive Strip to make it the same height as the frame.  Mine is 3/4 x 5.  This sentiment is from the Happy Birthday, Gorgeous stamp set.

This Little Piggy card inside CCMC#468

You know, this inside would make a great outside for a card, too.  The words are from Happy Birthday, Gorgeous.

This Little Piggy birthday

You'll go hog wild over this card!  Sorry, but I just had to say that.  I am loving the This Little Piggy set.  In fact, I'll have another pig card tomorrow so come back, please.


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