Monday, July 24, 2017

Colorful Seasons

Today's card is using the chair from the Colorful Seasons stamp set (pg. 147 AC). I saw a similar card on Pinterest, but don't recall the individual that made it. I see the example in the Stampin' Up catalog is somewhat like this card idea.
The background paper is from the Color Theory DSP stack (pg. 147 AC). The ribbon is from my supplies that is no longer available, but there are a lot of options that Stampin' Up has to offer on pgs. 198-199 of the annual catalog. The front panel of white card stock has the chair stamped from the Colorful Seasons stamp set (used memento ink and crushed curry ink). The ground image is using Archival Basic Gray ink and the stamp is from the Sheltering Tree stamp set (pg. 151 AC). The sun is a stamp from the Swirly Bird stamp set (pg. 171 AC), and I used Crushed Curry ink for that. I decided to wait on a sentiment, but thought the card would work perfectly for a thinking of you card idea.
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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Mixed Drinks Wedding Card

Another wedding card, since I have so many weddings I will be attending within the next 4-5 months.

I used the Gorgeous Grunge (retired) stamp in the background using Crushed Curry ink stamped off once and then stamped several times on the front of the card. The Kinda Eclectic stamp set (retired) was used for the sun burst. I used silver embossing for the sun burst stamp. The wine glasses are from the Mixed Drinks stamp set (pg. 60 AC), stamped using Memento black and Crushed Curry for the wine. I fussy cut the glasses out and attached using mini glue dots. The sentiment is from Better Together stamp set (pg. 51 AC). I used Memento black ink for that. Added some Baker's twine around the front of the base card.
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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Gerbera Daisies

Had to experiment with the daisy punch (pg. 206 AC) on these gerbera daisies.
I've attached these paper flowers to wire so now I'm not sure what to do with them. For each flower, I stamped the daisy four times from the Daisy Delight stamp set (pg. 127 AC) with the same ink as the card stock paper color. I used real red, rich razzleberry, and pumpkin pie (?). The flower centers are made from four of the old Sizzix Flower Daisies #2 die (the smallest daisy) and then trimmed down to about a 1" circle. They are made from so saffron card stock and sweet sugarplum card stock. The very centers are stamped using the center stamp from the Daisy Delight stamp set and punched out using the 1/2" circle punch. I used early espresso and more mustard card stock. If you have any questions on the assembling of the flower, just let me know. Need to find a place for these paper flowers. I was pleased with the way they turned out.
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Friday, July 21, 2017

Simple Wedding Card

Today's card was very simple and easy to make. Don't you need one of those kinds of cards once-in-a-while? This card was CASEd from Connie Stewart. She actually has a four part series of these simple cards, each made a little differently, but with the same idea.
If you have any of the Falling in Love designer series paper (retired) left, that is what I used for the background. A good substitute might be the Bundle of Love Specialty DSP (pg. 189 AC) in the current catalog. I wrapped lace (retired) around the DSP, a good substitute would be the Very Vanilla 1/2" lace trim (pg. 199 AC). Added a strip of Berry Burst, 1/2" Finely Woven Ribbon (pg 198 AC) next to the lace and slightly overlapping. Stamped the sentiment in Archival Black ink, from Better Together stamp set (pg. 51 AC) on the DSP and that is it. The paper does it all.
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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Movable Little Piggy

I made a card with the flying piggy awhile ago using the embossing paste for the clouds. This little piggy can move around the card because of a magnet that is attached to the back of the pig and another magnet on the inside, front piece of card stock.
I CASEd this card from another Stampin' Up demonstrator and just sized it down to an A2 card. For those of you that like interactive cards, you might want to give this one a try. I used the old style cloud making by taking a stencil and sponging Pacific Point ink over the stencil. Stamped the pig on watercolor paper and colored it using Pink Pirouette ink and an aqua painter. The ribbon is retired, but any ribbon would work by gathering one side to form the tutu. The front panel card stock is raised by Foam Adhesive Strips (pg 203 AC) so the magnet can move freely between this panel and the base card.
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Coffee Cafe Thanks a Latte

This card was CASEd from Connie Stewart. It is part of her simply simple flash card idea. Her Youtube videos are wonderful. I really like the Coffee Cafe stamp set (pg. 31 AC) and it comes in a bundle with coordinating dies.
I used Crumb cake card stock for the base of the card (5 1/2 x 8 1/2 in.) It is scored at 1 1/2 and 4 1/4". The 1 1/2 inch part is folded back creating a Z fold type card. The coffee beans are stamped down the sides using early espresso ink. I stamped the cup lid and the stirring stick with elegant envy ink, stamped the Thanks a Latte using early espresso, and then die cut all the pieces. You might see that the cup sleeve is corrugated. The die cuts the sleeve and embosses the lines.
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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

A Little Wild Thinking of You

Getting good use out of the back side of the bear in the A Little Wild stamp set (pg. 108 AC). Stamped the bear image in Archival Black ink on crumb cake card stock.
I did glue the front of the bear to the back so his face can be seen when the card is open. I gave the bear a little shadowing using the soft suede watercolor pencil (pg. 201 AC). I used the coordinating dies to cut out the bear (Bundle offer saves you 10%), but cut off the string hole that is cut with the die. Used a circle die to cut the front of the base card and added watercolor paper to the inside of the card. Ink up a small clear block with Pacific Point ink, wet the watercolor paper, and smoosh the inked block onto the wet watercolor paper. I intended for it to create a sky effect. Using a white gel pen, I drew in some stars and added a little wink-of-stella (pg. 200 AC). The sentiment is from the Sheltering Tree stamp set (pg. 151 AC). I wrapped some ribbon (retired) around the top, front of the base card and just tied a knot.
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Monday, July 17, 2017

Something for Baby Thank you

Since becoming a new grandma, I received wonderful gifts from individuals. I also want to thank everyone for your prayers. I designed this thank you to show my appreciation.
Even though the card uses the Something for Baby stamp set (retired) and the thanks die, also retired, I need to use some of my stamps and dies that I purchased. I do appreciate all of you for thinking of our family. Samuel is God's miracle and we are truly blessed to have him in our lives. I have to share a few photos. Hope you don't mind. I'm so proud of my son for being such a great daddy to Samuel. The matching outfits are perfect, except my son, Tyler, mentioned that his blue shirt doesn't have a dinosaur on it.😉

Couldn't resist sharing this picture too! Someday we will get a picture with them both wearing the shoes.
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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Prayer Journal

What a wonderful day I had yesterday! I was able to spend some time with a great group of ladies as we all shared ideas while making a Prayer Journal.

Thanks Marilou for having us to your house and for preparing a scrumptious lunch. The talents of these ladies are amazing! Everyone's journal looks different as we all shared ideas, handouts, stamps, envelope pockets, etc. We only broke the surface in making our Prayer Journal, but now each of us can go home and work on our pieces of art. I can't wait to see how they turn out.

Here are a few pictures of my Prayer Journal. I used some watercolor paper to create a background for the front cover and wrote my words on with black marker. I was able to use stamps that the other ladies had, that I will cut apart and include in my journal.
Pockets were made and attached to the inside of the front cover and I also made pockets for the back cover too. I will be including family photos and other inspirational quotes and prayers that were found on the Internet, printed, and shared. Thank you for a great day ladies! God has truly blessed me with fantastic friends!

I'm excited to get my Prayer Journal finished up and look forward to using it in my prayer life!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

This Little Piggy

With my daughter being so active in agriculture, the pig set was top on my list to purchase. Today's card uses the embossing paste (pg. 201 AC), with the cloud mask (pg. 201 AC).
This Little Piggy stamp set (pg. 48 AC) has such cute images of this adorable little pig. I added a drop of Soft Sky ink to the white embossing paste before making the clouds. I stamped the pig image using memento ink on a gradient piece of Berry Burst DSP from the Color Theory DS Paper Stack (pg. 187 AC). I had to fussy cut around the image and I did swap out the pink wings for card stock vellum wings. Just stamped the wings on vellum and cut them out. Added the image using mini glue dots (pg. 202 AC). Used memento ink to stamp the sentiment, "She Believed She Could . . ."
On the inside of the card, I added a few cloud images (also included in the stamp set), used an aqua painter to add a little blue around the clouds, and added the ". . . So She Did."
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Friday, July 14, 2017

Coffee Cafe

When making cards, I usually make at least two and sometimes four of the same card. I figure I have the stamps all inked up, I might as well make more than one card. When you cut a piece of card stock for the base card, you will have two pieces so why not just make two cards. Anyway, today's card is using the same coffee cup and DSP as yesterday's post, but switched the background.
The background was inspired by Lisa Curcio. All you do is take an edge of your ink pad and swipe it back and forth on the white card stock base. I did practice a time or two on scratch paper first, but I do like the outcome. I used the Soft Suede ink pad. I thought it gave the illusion of hot coffee steaming up in the background. You might want to give this background technique a try. It is super easy!
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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Coffee Cafe Bundle

For all you coffee or latte drinkers, the Coffee Cafe bundle (pg. 31 AC) is something you might be interested in.

This card is going to my mother-in-law for her birthday. Not your ordinary birthday card, but I found it appropriate because she doesn't really enjoy getting older or having birthdays, but she does enjoy her coffee. Therefore, Life Happens, Coffee Helps! The base of the card is white and I added 1/2 inch strips of early espresso along the sides. I had made the embossed white center piece (3 1/2 x 5 1/2 in) earlier so decided to use it as the background. The embossing paste (pg. 201 AC) is fun to use and when you are at it, make several backgrounds at a time. It does take a little prep time when using the embossing paste because you want to have water ready to clean the masks and tools after use because of the fast drying time. I mixed a drop of Garden green ink with the white paste (used the silicon craft sheet (pg. 203 AC) before applying using the diamond mask. The colors are endless because of the many re-inkers available. Having several pieces of card stock ready, enabled me to keep making backgrounds to use up the paste I had mixed. The embossing paste goes a long way so start with a small amount. The Coffee Break DSP strips (1/2 x 4") were added at the bottom of the card. I stamped the coffee cup (early espresso), the lid (garden green), and the cup sleeve sentiment (garden green) and then ran them all through the Big Shot at one time with the coordinating dies. Looking forward to working more with this set!
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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

A Little Wild

Here is another card idea using the A Little Wild stamp set and coordinating Little Loves Framelit dies (Bundle on pg. 108 AC).
The base card is made from white card stock with a layer of Garden Green on top. The coordinating die behind the lion was cut five times from Garden Green card stock and attached directly to the Garden Green layer. It looks like dry embossing, but isn't. I didn't want to cover up the background so decided to cut a frame from the square Stitched Shaped Framelits (pg. 214 AC) rather than a solid square that the lion would attach to. When making the frame, you just lay two of the square framelits, one inside the other, and run through the Big Shot and it cuts a perfect little frame in one run. I tied some Linen Thread around the frame for a little embellishment. I stamped the lion from A Little Wild stamp set, cut with the coordinating die, trimmed the back image off, colored the lion using watercolor pencils (pg. 201 AC), and attached in the center of the frame.  A sentiment could be added later, depending on the occasion. The stamp set has "wild about you!" or "a great big welcome for a sweet little someone." It could also be for a birthday or thank you. So many options!
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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

A Little Wild gift tags

Yesterday I mentioned the possibility of making gift tags using A Little Wild stamp set (pg. 108 AC). These little guys will look so cute hanging from a gift bag.

I stamped the lion and elephant on watercolor paper and used the watercolor pencils (pg. 201 AC) to color the images. The bear was cut from crumb cake card stock and added just a little coloring on the front using the Soft Suede watercolor pencil. I added linen thread and string (could use Baker's Twine) through the hole that is cut from the Little Loves Framelits Dies that coordinate with this stamp set. The little characters are approximately 1 3/4 inch square. 
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Monday, July 10, 2017

A Little Wild

Since becoming a new grandma, I've noticed my stamp wish list has new items on it that are more child related. I decided to purchase A Little Wild stamp set (pg. 108 AC) because I saw great potential for some easy gift cards, baby cards, scrapbook embellishments, and much more.

Today's card was inspired by Carolyn Bennie's suspended spinner card. I used the Coffee Break DSP (pg. 31 AC) for the elephant image and the front cover of the card. The base card and the framed circle front are using soft sky card stock. I used the Stitched Shaped Framelits (pg. 214 AC) on the frame. I used silver metallic thread (pg. 198 AC) for the suspended spinner part. The coordinating dies, Little Loves Framelits, make it easy to stamp, die, and fold for a perfect front and back image. If you can tell, I used the gray pencil (pg. 201 AC) to do a little shading on the elephant. Added some white seam binding ribbon (retired) around the front panel of the card. There are lots of other options for white ribbon on pgs. 198-199 of the annual catalog. A sentiment can be added on the front or the inside of the card when ready to send.

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Daisy Delight Stamp set

I promise I will move on from the Daisy Delight stamp set (pg. 127 AC) after today's card. It is an easy set to work with and the punch makes it even faster.
The card has a white base and attached to the front are two 1/2 inch strips of early espresso card stock on both sides, the old olive piece (3 1/4 x 5 1/2) fits in the middle. The white layered piece on top measures (2 3/4 x 5 1/2) and is wrapped with Baker's twine (not available in the early espresso anymore). The Thank You sentiment (stamped in Early Espresso ink) and the flower stems (stamped in Always Artichoke--couldn't find my Old Olive ink pad??) are stamps in the Daisy Delight stamp set. The daisies are stamped with Crushed Curry ink on Daffodil Delight card stock. I cut a daisy down the middle so each piece has four petals. I cut one petal off of one piece so the three petals would layer behind the piece with four petals. Curved the petals a little with the bone folder and used early espresso ink on early espresso card stock for the centers. This card was CASEd from Lisa Flemming.
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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Daisy stamp set with embossing paste

If the embossing paste hasn't caught your eye in the Stampin' Up annual catalog, you might want to take another look. You can find the supplies on page 201 of the catalog. You need the Pattern Party Decorative Masks (basically stencils), embossing paste, and the palette knives. A good example of the process can be found on page 176.
The background diamond shape was made using the embossing paste. I did color the white paste with a drop of garden green ink. It doesn't take much of the paste and it dries really quickly. I had seen on other demonstrator's videos to drop the stencil immediately in water after use because it does dry so fast. They are absolutely right! Once again I used the daisy delight stamp set and used smoky slate ink, stamped off once, for the very light color of gray on the daisy. The center is stamped using Crushed Curry and punched out with the 1/2 inch circle punch. The outside leaf image was stamped with garden green and the inside is wild wasabi. I did find it was easier to stamp the outside line and then fill in with the solid stamp. I fussy cut the leaves out. I added some linen thread (pg. 199 AC) behind the flower and bermuda bay 3/8" Mini Chevron Ribbon is attached in a Z fold to give it a pop of color. I used the bermuda bay ink pad and just rubbed the outside edges of the top layer, white card stock because the card just seemed too white. The Thank You sentiment is from the Rose Wonder stamp set (pg. 162 AC). It was stamped with bermuda bay ink on a piece of Crumb Cake card stock. The card base is white with a bermuda bay and another white piece of card stock stacked on top.

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Daisy Stamp Set and Punch

Today's inspiration was taken from Dorte Kebling. I am really enjoying the daisy punch and stamp set. So easy to make a classy card.
The base of the card is white card stock folded to the standard A2 card (5 1/2 x 4 1/4) with a layer of Wild Wasabi card stock (4 x 5 1/4) and watercolor paper on top (3 3/4 x 5). I've been seeing a lot of the watercolor backgrounds on Internet so after searching and watching some Youtube videos, I finally found a technique that is quick and easy. I'm sorry I can't give credit, since I don't remember exactly whose video I watched. I watched a bunch of them.

Watercolor Technique
Spritz the watercolor paper generously with water.
Take a clear block (I used the D block) and tap it on whatever ink pad color you want. I used Wild Wasabi and Garden Green.
Rub the clear block with ink on it, over the wet watercolor paper. It blends nicely if you have enough water on the paper.
I take a paper towel and dab off any excess water and it leaves a nice pastel watercolor background.
I spritz the paper again, if I decide to add more color and basically repeat the process.
I like to lay something heavy on the watercolor paper until it dries so the paper will lay flat when gluing to the other background papers.

I used the Timeless Textures stamp set (pg. 154 AC) to make the speckles on the card. I repeated the stamping to have dark images that turn to lighter images. I stamped the daisy image using Daffodil Delight ink, from the Daisy Delight Stamp set (pg. 127 AC) on white card stock and used the coordinating punch to punch it out. I used two of the stamped daisies to make the flower. I used the bone folder to give the petals a little curve. The leaves are a two step process. The solid image is using Wild Wasabi ink and the outline of the leaves is using Garden Green. I fussy cut the leaves out. The metallic gold thread (pg. 198 AC) is attached using glue dots on the back of the daisy flower. I didn't add any sentiment so when I need a specific card, I will add it to the card. This has a lot of potential for a birthday card, thinking of you, wedding card, etc.

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Colorful Seasons Thinking of You

Inspiration for today's card came from Cindee Wilkinson, but I made a few changes along the way.
The base card is white with a layer of Color Theory Designer Series Paper (DSP pg. 147 AC) in the gradient Berry Burst color. I used a circle die to cut a stencil out of a window sheet and using a sponge created the gradient color on the front panel. The branches (Early Espresso), flowers (Blushing Bride), and the Thinking of You sentiment (Early Espresso) are from the Colorful Seasons stamp set (pg. 147 AC). The chair was cut from the Wood Textures DSP (pg 187 AC) using the coordinating die set, Seasonal Layers Thinlits (pg 216 AC). The Berry Burst ribbon is 1/2" finely woven ribbon (pg 198 AC) that I attached to the back of the front panel and then used a separate piece of ribbon and tied around that strip to create the knot.

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Dexter sign

Didn't get to spend any time in the craft room yesterday so this is a project I made for a bridal shower for a nephew and his bride to be. The Dexter family will have four weddings, two in September, one in October, and my son's in December of this year. I need to get busy and make a few more signs.
I put together three 1 x 4 boards that were 4 ft. tall. I used a font on my computer to get an idea of how I wanted to write the letters on the board. I used black marker for the lettering. I did seal the wooden sign with some polyurethane so they can set the sign out on a porch of some kind. Now that I have everything planned out, it won't take long to make three more.
Will get back to some stamping tomorrow. Hope everyone was able to enjoy the 4th of July!
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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Celebrate with the Jar of Love

Happy 4th of July to all of you! 
God Bless American! 

Hope you can celebrate the holiday with family and friends! 

The background of the card is using watercolor paper and Dapper Denim ink in an attempt to create a night sky. The jars are grounded on a 1 1/4" piece of Wood Textures Designer Series Paper (pg. 187 AC). The three jars from the Jar of Love stamp set (pg. 29 AC) were stamped on a piece of whisper white, Dapper Denim, and Real Red card stock and cut from the coordinating dies, Everyday Jars Framelits (pg. 213 AC). I punched a star from a piece of window sheet and used it as a stencil to add the white (pg 200 Whisper White pigment ink AC) stars on the red and blue jars. The lightning bugs were stamped on the white jar and the card background and with a dauber of Daffodil Delight added to represent the light. The wire on the white jar was stamped and cut using the coordinating die. I sponged a little Dapper Denim ink on the white jar so it would look like the background was coming through it, but also left some white area because of the glow from the lightning bugs. I used white embossing (pg. 201 AC) on the sprigs coming out of the jars and the Celebrate (retired Hostess set Something to Celebrate) sentiment.
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Monday, July 3, 2017

Mini Scrapbook for Finley Kay

I took an ordinary Dollar General brag book (I believe cost $1.) and turned it into a mini scrapbook for a young couple that just had their first baby.

I cut the covers off and separated each of the pages. The album is attached using 1" bind-it-all wires. Here are a few of the pages. Most of the pages were made using the Simple Stories Hello Baby paper pad (got from Hobby Lobby). I wrote the title on the front cover and the flowers are from the Colorful Seasons stamp set (pg. 147 Stampin' Up's AC). Retired Stampin' Up ribbon is tied on the wire binding.
The paper pack made the pages happen pretty easily, since they are printed to tell exactly what you want them to say.

 Each month has a design similar to the one below that they can easily fill in the information and add a photo below the information.
 I had extra pages besides the 12 months to include some holidays where I thought the couple might be dressing Finley up and could capture a photo moment. Halloween is below. Adding a little journaling spot at the top and a 4 x 6 photo would go below.
 The last pages are for the 1st year birthday photos.
 I used Stampin' Up's Balloon Celebration stamp set (pg. 84 AC) and coordinating punch to decorate the 1st birthday page.
This album went together pretty quickly so will plan to make more of them for other new babies in the area.
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Sunday, July 2, 2017

Stampin' Up's July/August Promotion

Bonus Days are back! For every $50 USD/$60 CAD you spend during July 1–31 (before shipping and tax), you’ll get a $5 USD/$6 CAD Bonus Days coupon that you can use August 1–31. 
Last year was the first year doing this kind of promotion and it was wildly successful! 
If you would like to order during the month of July, here is July's Hostess Code, 6XKXEYUK
  • There is no limit to the number of coupons you can receive per order or throughout the duration of the promotion.
  • An email address is required to participate; Bonus Days coupon codes can only be delivered via email.
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Daisy Punch

The Daisy Delight Bundle (pg 127 in the AC, annual Stampin' Up catalog) makes a really quick and easy card. In this card I used the coordinating daisy punch to make a sunflower. I have three punched daisy layers stacked on top of each other, off setting the petals. I sponged the center of each of the daisy punched layers and then finished the center with a stamp from the Daisy Delight stamp set. I used a 1/2 inch circle punch to punch out the stamped center image. I curved the petals using a bone folder to give a little dimension. The flower is covered with Wink a stella (pg 200 AC) for a nice little sparkle. Behind the sunflower, I used the linen thread (pg 199 AC) and a 1 1/4 x 4 1/4 inch piece of the Color Theory Designer Series Paper stack (pg. 147 AC), Dapper denim going across the white card base. I used Dapper Denim ink to add the sentiment which is from the Colorful Seasons stamp set (pg. 147 AC). The Glitter Enamel Dots (pg 196 AC) are added as extra embellishment.
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Saturday, July 1, 2017

Happy Birthday Gorgeous

It seems like I do a lot of searching on Internet for card ideas and when I find something I like, I save the image to a folder. This month I'm going to share some of the cards that I have found. In a nice way I CASE (Copy and Share Everything) cards and will do my best to give credit to where I found the card/project/idea. The following card idea was from Lisa Curcio.

This Happy Birthday Gorgeous card is a very simple card to make. Cut the Happy Birthday thinlit die four times in white. Before cutting the fifth time, I used daubers to color a piece of white card stock with whatever colors you would like. I used Emerald Envy, Peekabook Peach, Sweet Sugarplum, and Dapper Denim. Cut the colorful piece with the thinlit too. Cut the two words apart on all pieces. The rest is just glueing the pieces on the white card stock base. After making the first card, I didn't want the other pieces to go to waste so I used them too.

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