Happy Birthday

My post for today is 2 for 1.  I needed a birthday card for my cousin and wanted to do something a little different.  I usually give her a gift card.  That is great, but boring!  So after watching my fellow SU Demonstrator Julie DiMatteo’s awesome video for a money envelope, I got to work.  You can see Julie’s great video HERE.  Julie is The Paper Pixie.  She is the best at videos.

Once I had Julie’s idea in my head, I had the idea…..gift cards are great, but so is Chocolate!!!  I adapted the money envelope to fit a full size Hershey candy bar.  Now my cousin gets money and chocolate.  I do believe that is a win/win!

Here are my pair of ideas.

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You may recognize the boots from a previous post I did that was a 4X4 card.  You can see it HERE.  The card is very similar.  But she loves cowboy boots and horses, and all things country.  I just knew that’s the card I had to do for her.

The card and the Money/Candy holder are Sahara Sand and Basic Black card stock.  The Designer Series Paper is from Pick A Pattern DSP pack.  And yes, I know I have used it in almost every card for the last week!  But look back and see how different the paper is.  This is probably my most favorite DSP ever, and originally I thought it was more for children…..Silly, Silly, Me !!!

For the card, I tore the Very Vanilla card stock and sponged the edges with Soft Suede ink.  The boots are colored with ink pads and the aqua painter.  The lasso is made from Linen Thread and attached with a rolled up glue dot.

The Happy Birthday is a Must Have die cut!  It is so simple and easy but really packs a Wallop!  Alway remember to attach the Multi-purpose Adhesive Sheet to the card stock before you cut it with the Big Shot though.  That way there is no messy glue.  You just peel off the back and stick it down.  For the Chocolate Envelope I used Julie’s directions and then stamped it with the splatter from Touches of Texture stamp set.  The only difference from Julie’s envelope is the belly band.  I added 1/2″ to the length of the band due to the thickness of the candy bar versus a check or dollar bill.  The bow is from Julie’s video as well.

Remember that we alway say CASE !  That means Copy And Share Everything!  You can copy something exactly or use it as the basis for an idea.  It is always nice to give credit to the person you got the idea from too.

Thank You for stopping by today.  Please do not forget to watch Julie’s video (click above or go to thepaperpixie.com to see exactly how to create this cute envelope and bow!

The supplies I used are listed below.  You can click on any item and be directed to my OnLine Store.



Country Living Birthday

My wonderful Stampin’ Up! friend Julie DiMatteo asked her friends to make a card for her Dad’s birthday.  Hopefully he will have a mailbox full of birthday wishes this month.  I am sharing the card I made for him today.


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My color combination for this card is


My beginning for this card was this lovely old truck from Country Livin’ stamp set.  Then I asked myself how I could showcase it since it was for a special person.  Of course it had to be red!  It seems all the old trucks you see seem to be a faded red color.  From there I quickly came up with a base of Crumb Cake , Real Red, and Old Olive.  A great “Go To” color combination.

I have not used this layout in some time and I wonder why?  It is so simple and really shows off with any stamp set.  All you do is start with a panel that can be easily divided into thirds.  That is all it takes.

The banner is from Banners For You and the “Happy Birthday” is from Happy Birthday Gorgeous.  I fussy cut the banner.  The truck is colored with Watercolor Pencils and an Aqua Painter.

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  I love to read your comments.

The supplies I used today are listed below:


This Little Piggy

I have been waiting since OnStage for This Little Piggy set.  I have had it for a couple of days and have  made probably a card a day with it!  These little guys are just so cute  🙂



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My Color for today are:


I know the Pink Tourette doesn’t quite look right with Basic Black and Crushed Curry, but what choice did I have for a cute little pig ?  HaHa!!!

Doesn’t that cute face on the piggy bring a smile to you?  All of the pigs in the set are this cute!  The Pick a Pattern DSP helps the young and happy feeling of the card I do believe.  It is so eclectic that it is a perfect background for the cute little focal point.  This DSP is a sleeper in a way.  At first glance it has more child-like designs but when you look at the other side of the paper, at least for me, it was a “WOW” .

There are extra layers to this card, but that could be narrowed down if you didn’t want it to me as heavy. I wanted this to be a really nice card and added the extra background layers to help make it pop.

  • I started with a base of Thick Whisper White
  • The Basic Black layer is 5 3/8 X 4 1/8
  • The Whisper White layer is 5 1/4 X 4
  • The DSP layer equals between the two pieces a width of 3 7/8 X 5 1/8
  • The piglet is stamped on Whisper White with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and colored with Pink Pirouette marker
  • The grass is done with the Old Olive marker
  • The balloon is stamped in Crushed Curry ink on Whisper White and punched with the Balloon Bouquet punch
  • The edge of the balloon is shaded (it doesn’t show well in the picture) by dragging the Basic Black marker around the outside of the ballon.  It sort of mimics the circles in the DSP.
  • The bow on the balloon is Black and White Baker’s Twine.


I will definitely be posting more Little Piggy cards in the coming weeks. Thank you for stopping by today.  I very much appreciate your comments.

The supplies I used are listed below:  You can click on any item and be taken directly to my On Line Store.


Truly Artistic

Today’s card is made partly with the first stamp set I fell in love with when it was debuted at OnStage.  Brian King presented it and showed such beautiful cards that I knew it would be coming to me as soon as I could order it.  Since we are all about crafting, who could not love this set.  And for today’s card I went a little more neutral with it to show it’s versatility.  Of course the sentiment, even though from another stamp set, fits perfectly with the theme.


Crafting Forever, Truly Artistic


What do you think of the more neutral look?  The Fresh Florals DSP is almost as much a star as the Crafting Forever and Just Add Text stamp sets.  I do believe these two stamp sets compliment each other.

I only used Tranquil Tide and Very Vanilla on this card, With the exception of Memento Black ink for the pens and then I colored them with the Bermuda Bay Watercolor Pencils.  I think it blends well enough with the Tranquil Tide.  Those pencils and the colors provided in them tend to work with most of our colors.

Thank you for visiting today!  I truly appreciate your comments.  And if there are any questions, or you need assistance with a purchase, please let me know.

The products I used are listed below:


Country Livin’

I see 4 X 4 cards quite often and think to myself that I should try that, and of course I never do!  Well today I did it!!  And then I do the imaginary eye roll and ask “why did I wait so long to do this”?  Duh…..  Of course the 4 X 4 cards can be every bit as elaborate as a regular A2 card or just a simple note.  I went with the simple.

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My plan was for a cute little card that could be used for a variety of reasons.  And as most of my cards are, it was very quickly put together. The stamp sets are Country Livin’ and Endless Birthday Wishes.

  • The base of the card is done in Soft Suede card stock = 8 X 4 and folded in half
  • The next layer is Sahara Sand card stock = 3 3/4 X 3 3/4
  • The top layer is Very Vanilla card stock = 3 1/2 X 3 1/2
  • The boots are stamped in Early Espresso Ink and colored with a Blender Pen and the Ink pads .
  • The boots are colored with Sahara Sand ink, the darker areas are Crumb Cake Ink and the sole and straps are Soft Suede ink
  • The Yippee is stamped in Early Espresso
  • The shading around the boots is Soft Sky ink and a blender pen.  This idea comes from Susan Itell.
  • The ends of the top layer are torn and sponged with Soft Suede
  • The “lasso” is Linen Thread looped around and secured with a Glue Dot.

And that is the building of my card.  I hope you enjoyed it.  I love reading your comments and very much appreciate them.  If you have any questions, please contact me.

There is still 3 weeks of the Retiring List…

The supplies I used are:


Build A Birthday

Today’s card is from the retiring list and is such a sweet stamp set.  It is the Birthday Wishes set.  It is a cake builder, candle builder bunch of fun stamps.  The set is very versatile and just FUN!!  Here is the card:

Birthday Wishes, Stampin' Up!, Jackie Beers, Independent Demonstrator

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This is just a HAPPY , Happy Birthday card!  Or for me, it is a SMILE card.  Who would not smile when they opened the envelope to reveal this card?

The stamp set is photopolymer, so it is very easy to just “eyeball” the layers to line then up.  I know some of you are Red Rubber Fans.  And I have to admit that I was leary of the photopolymer initially.  But it is times like this that have helped to convert me.  Also I love being able to see through the stamp for ease of placement of my sentiments.

Almost all of the items on today’s card are on the Retiring List.  Please don’t forget to check it if there is something you have been waiting on.  They will not last very long.  You can click the link below to get to the list.

The supplies I used today are here: