balloon bunny birthday

Birthday card - bunny with balloons - bashfulcat.comHello cardmakers!  Today’s birthday card has a colorful balloon bunny, with a spattering of matching inks on the background.  I am still having fun with my Simon Says Stamp September Card Kit.  It has sold out, but everything I used to make today’s card is available separately (and linked below).

The card base is Neenah Solar White 110 lb – a nice, thick cardstock that’s perfect for standing up to lots of embellishing.  I used a die to give one edge a nice zig-zag pattern, and then cut a piece of light blue paper with the same die, to give the edge a finished look.  I’m not quite sure why, but the wavy design just seems to fit my sort of whimsical birthday card theme.  Using the stamps that came with the card kit, I stamped the balloons and the big Happy Birthday! and then masked them off, along with my rickrack trim.  Then I scribbled some matching ink on an acrylic block, and using a wet paintbrush, I just sort of flicked some random splotches onto the background.  I love this technique, but I think I need to work at it more, to get the right size splotches.

The bunny was stamped separately, colored with Prismacolors, fussy-cut, and stuck onto the card with Glue Dots.  I added some dots from a Nuvo Crystal Drops bottle for a bit of dimension.  Because of the zig-zag border, you can see the edge of the inside of the card, so I put a strip of matching patterned paper along that edge.  It’s hard to see when the card is displayed, so here’s a picture with it clipped shut:

Birthday card - bunny with balloons - bashfulcat.com

 

The background is truly white, but I’m having trouble capturing that with my phone’s camera.  KitEndSig2(Can you “white balance” a phone?)  Not a difficult card, but how can you go wrong with a cute bunny and balloons?   Hopefully, the birthday girl will think so, anyway.   🙂

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a magical day!

Supplies (some affiliate links used – see here for full disclosure. If you make a purchase from these links, it won’t cost you any extra, but I will get a small commission, which will help keep this blog going.  Thank you so much!  SSS=Simon Says Stamp and AMZ=Amazon.com):


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never-ending birthday wishes

Never-ending birthday card using Simon Says Stamp's September 2016 Card KitSimon Says Stamp’s September Card Kit is definitely one on my favorites – especially this adorable Doodlebug Kitten Smitten paper!  (Even the name is cute!) I knew it was going to take a special occasion to get me to cut into it – and a very good friend’s birthday was just such an occasion.  In order to really showcase this fun paper, I decided to make a never-ending card.  My last post for one of these (see here), includes a video tutorial, so I won’t rehash all of the details here.  I’ll just say that these really aren’t nearly as difficult as they look.  It just takes a little time to cut out all of the paper pieces, especially if you want to mat everything (which I did here).

I made the base from some gray cardstock, then cut out all of the various little pieces from the oh-so-cute patterned paper.  Then I used pink cardstock to mat all of those pieces. The front of the card includes the die-cut “happy birthday”, along with a bunch of die-cut flowers & leaves, and some tiny butterflies.  When you fold it once, you see this:  Never-ending birthday card, made with Simon Says Stamp's September 2016 Card Kit.

There’s more of that patterned paper along the sides, but I did some stamping on white cardstock for the two middle squares.  That bottom piece with the birthday wishes actually lifts up.  There’s a personal, hand-written message on the inside – but that’s just between me and the recipient.  Fold it again and you see: Never-ending birthday card, made with Simon Says Stamp's September 2016 Card Kit.

This time, I cut out my stamped images and adhered them on top of the patterned paper.  I could have added more images, but I really didn’t want to cover up the paper, LOL.  One more fold, and you see the back of the card: Never-ending birthday card, made with Simon Says Stamp's September 2016 Card Kit.

For this, I just added a bunch of bows.  They seemed appropriate for a birthday.  Fold it again, and it brings you back to the beginning:  Never-ending birthday card using Simon Says Stamp's September 2016 Card Kit

I love making these never-ending cards!  They just seem to be more than “just a card”, somehow.  What do you think?  Do you like cards with unusual folds?  Is there one I should try next?  Is there one you’d like to see a video tutorial for?  I would be happy to be the guinea pig… try it out and mess it up first, so you don’t have to.  🙂KitEndSig2

Thank you so much for visiting, and have a stupendous day!

Supplies (some affiliate links used – see here for full disclosure. If you make a purchase from these links, it won’t cost you any extra, but I will get a small commission, which will help keep this blog going.  Thank you so much!  SSS=Simon Says Stamp and AMZ=Amazon.com):


 

 

 

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filling station birthday card

Birthday card, made with Papertrey Ink's Petite Places, City StationHi!  I’m afraid I haven’t been posting too much lately, but boy have I been making cards!  Been bouncing back and forth between “quick & easy cards, using up old supplies”, and special request or special occasion cards.   It seems that my cards are either 20 minutes, or 20 hours, LOL.  I’m having some trouble finding a happy medium.  This card took a bit longer than 20 minutes, but the birthday guy is someone special, and I thought he might get a kick out of this tiny filling station.

And boy is it tiny!  This is the first time I’ve used one of Papertrey Ink’s Petite Places stamp and die sets.  Even with a MISTI, getting proper stamp placement was very tricky.  While absolutely adorable, I’d have to say that I can’t recommend these for anyone with “old people eyes”, or “old people hands”, of which I seem to have a bit of both, LOL.

Because these are so small, I thought that the best way to showcase it was to create a little scene, as seen through a “window”.  I first cut a piece of white cardstock with a Simon Says Stamp stitched rectangle die.  Then I took a set of nesting square dies and cut out a window, and a dark blue frame for the window.  The scene I created separately, but by making the window first, I was able to map out the size I needed for my scene.

For the scene, I inked up a piece of white cardstock with some soft blue ink, to create a bit of sky.  I used a strip of dark grey cardstock with white gel pen dash lines for the road, with a hand-cut “grass” hill above it.  The little service station, gas pumps, and sign are from the Petite Places set, as is the sentiment, which I stamped on a die-cut cloud.  The car and truck are actually from a Memory Box die set, but they are just the right size to go with the Petite Places set.  I adhered the scene to a dark blue card base, and then adhered the white frame piece over it, using foam adhesive.  I thought about turning this into a shaker card, but the card is really all about that scene, so I didn’t want to cover any of it up.  The “Happy Birthday” is just another die-cut.

Here’s a close-up of the card: Birthday card make with Papertrey Ink's Petite Places City Station

It’s hard to tell in a photo, but that garage door actually opens.  I would have loved to create a little scene inside of it, but it is just WAY too tiny for these old eyes.  Sometimes… okay, a lot of the time… my ideas exceed my skills.  😉

But all in all, I’m happy with this one.  It’s not as elaborate as I intended (I had delusions of “personalizing” this more, using a particular oil company’s old logo, but again, “old people eyes”).  But hopefully it brought a smile to the recipient.  🙂

So, has anyone else used these itty-bitty Petite Places stamps and dies?  Any tips for us “more mature” card-makers?KitEndSig2

Thank you so much for stopping by, and I hope your day is filled with good things, too!

Supplies (some affiliate links used – see here for full disclosure. If you make a purchase from these links, it won’t cost you any extra, but I will get a small commission, which will help keep this blog going.  Thank you so much!  SSS=Simon Says Stamp and AMZ=Amazon.com):


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requested new baby cards

New Baby Princess Card, by KittyPlanes, trains & automobiles - a cute card for a little boy.

A friend recently asked me if I could make a couple of baby cards for her, as she wanted something special and unique.  Since I would just be lost without this good friend of mine, I didn’t hesitate to say yes, not to mention that I was flattered that she would want to actually give my cards to someone.  🙂

With my friend’s blessing, I thought I’d share them with y’all.  I’m not going to go into great detail here – this is just a quick post today, mostly to share the pix, and to announce the winner of the Flexi-Clip giveaway (see below).  But as always, don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions – I love talking cards.  🙂

The first one is for the baby’s mother, and has the baby’s name on it – but I have fuzzed it out as a courtesy to the new mom.  New Baby Princess Card, by Kitty

It’s mostly just a whole bunch of die-cuts, some Enamel Accents for the flower centers, some rhinestones and a bow.  This is a slightly over-sized card – 6-1/2″ x 4-1/4″, I believe, to accommodate the large die.  Sadly, I can’t seem to find this particular die (made by Cottage Cutz), but I found a similar one, which I will link to below.

The second card is for the little boy, who just suddenly became a big brother.  I’m sure there will be some big changes for him, so I’m glad my friend thought to remember him, too. Planes, trains & automobiles - a cute card for a little boy.

I had the best time putting this one together!  I just love these itty-bitty train and car dies.  The bridge for the train took a little thought.  It’s made from Kraft cardstock that has been stamped in brown with a wood-grain background stamp.  I used the Martha Stewart Garden Trellis border punch to create the pattern, and just trimmed off the edge.  This has been a wonderful little punch, though I don’t think I’ve actually used it yet as it was actually intended, LOL.

And now, as promised… the winner of the Flexi Clip hair accessory, as generously donated by Elizabeth Chang, a Lilla Rose Independent Consultant, is:  Terrie!  Congratulations Terrie!  I have sent you an e-mail about receiving your prize.  (You can still check out the original post, and the new customer discount is still valid.)KitEndSig2

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a wonderful day!

Today, I’m just listing some of the more unusual items that I used or suggested, for this quick mini-post.  But please don’t hesitate to ask, if you have any questions.  (Some affiliate links used – see here for full disclosure. If you make a purchase from these links, it won’t cost you any extra, but I will get a small commission, which will help keep this blog going. Thank you so much! SSS=Simon Says Stamp and AMZ=Amazon.com):


 

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