Blue Birthday Flowers

Blue Birthday Flowers


This CAS card features stamps from the “Spring Flowers” set from Simon Says Stamp.

I stamped the images with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored them with Copic Markers (B91, B95, B97, G82, G94, and G99).

The greeting was heat embossed in white and was cut with the “Word Window Label” punch from Stampin’ Up (retired).

Over at The Paper Players, they are celebrating their 500th challenge! It is CAS, and it’s theme week – CELEBRATE where we are encouraged to celebrate any occasion or anyone (birthday, Christmas, anniversary, wedding, bar/bat mitzvah, friendship….).

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Eucalyptus Wreath Joy Fold Card

Eucalyptus Wreath Joy Fold Card


(inside: wishing you all the best today and throughout the coming year)

This gorgeous wreath stamp is from the “Greenery Invites” set from Art Impressions.  The die set used to make this Joy Fold card base is the “Angel Side Circle Card Die” from Creek Bank Creations (D1952).

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Creek Bank Creations also makes a “Card Stand Die” for cards that either do not stand up on their own or look kind of funky when displayed.  The die cut stand folds flat and fits in the envelope with the card – how cute is that?!

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I stamped and water colored the image with Tombow Duel Brush Pens (Hunter Green #249, Dark Jade #177, and True Blue #526).  I used these same markers to “smoosh: my side strip panel.

The greeting is from the “Tiny Words” set from Simon Says Stamp and was stamped with Gina K Designs In the Navy ink.  It was then cut out with the Stampin’ Up “Word Window” punch (retired).

I did not properly center my wreath image on the stitched circle that is included with the Angel Side Circle set, so I re-cut it out with a die from the Spellbinders Standard Circles (sm) set and mounted that panel on another stitched circle die cut.  I like the extra layer so it was a happy mistake!

The sentiment on the inside is from the “Happy Birthday to You” set from Gina K Designs.  The stitched panel on the left side of the card and on the inside is also included with the card base set.  Everything else was cut with my paper trimmer.

A quick note – the card base die is 9 1/2 inches long; the sizzix extended platform and cutting plates are recommended.

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Arbor Scene – Birthday Challenge #2

Arbor Scene – Birthday Challenge #2


You may recall that my birthday gift this year from my children was the gift of inspiration where they “assigned me” 12 card challenges based on some childhood memory or other significant connection we’ve shared.  Kelly came up with challenge #2.

While the COVID-19 pandemic had forced us to “stay at home” this past spring, taking walks outside was permitted, and we walked around our neighborhood (while keeping our distance from our neighbors) every day.  Kelly and I often admired and talked about all the beautiful flowers and trees that were starting to bloom or house and car colors that we saw and liked, etc.  Kelly’s challenge was inspired by these walks.  Her challenge was a two-parter; she challenged me to create an outdoor scene and to include a few of the colors that we saw on our walks around the neighborhood.

I decided to do water color stamping to create my scene.  (Can you tell I’m loving this new-to-me technique!?)

My color choices (purple, pink, green, white, blue, orange, and browns) can be seen in these photos we took while walking:

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I have to admit that I cheated a bit with the color part of the challenge in that I took photos of every color imaginable and then selected the photos that matched my finished project.  (So many pretty flowers!!)  However, as you will see below, just adding color at all was the challenge for me – lol!


I did this (earlier) version with no flowers because I actually forgot to leave space for them as I was stamping the leaves and vines on the arbor!  I liked the way the greenery looked so I decided to do the whole card that way.  It didn’t work for the color part of the challenge though, so I came up with the additional sample at the top of this post.

I was excited when I found the Art Impression arbor stamp (retired?) to use for my scene since there was actually an arbor (with purple blooms) in our neighborhood.


Besides the arbor stamp (and the vines and leaves that came with it), I used stamps from several other Art Impressions sets:  Watercolor Starter Bundle (which includes the WC Decorative Jar Set – 5123, Foliage Set – 4051, and Flower Set – 4052), WC Foliage Set 4 (#5126), WC Mini Flower Set (#5009), and a floral image from the Watering Can (#4761) set.

The sign stamp on the first card was from the “Day at the Beach” set by Kittie Kits/Rubbernecker (retired?).

I used water color paper, Spectrum Aqua markers (from various sets) along with Gina K Designs Sandy Beach and Stormy Sky ink as my paint , a no. 4 paint brush, and water.

This image proved to be more challenging to work with than I imagined!  I trashed quite a few of my early attempts while trying to figuring out how to add the foliage and blooms without it looking like an unruly mess; it’s easy to get carried away once you start stamping!  I discovered that less is definitely better with this image.  (The upper right portion is meant to be fuller as there is a big gap on the arbor design.)

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I also starting masking portions of the arbor while I added the vines, leaves, and flowers which really helped.

I’m still getting used to how much water to use with the ink, and getting the backgrounds to look like they did in my head was much harder than I expected as well!  I did enjoy the process though and will keep practicing!

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Great for Adhering Intricate Die Cuts…

Great for Adhering Intricate Die Cuts…


Do you struggle with making panels straight or positioning die cuts on your projects?  Do you find it challenging to stack multiple die cuts to create thicker elements for your cards?  Check this out…

Un-du is a non-greasy sticker, tape & label remover that works great for positioning die cuts (with non-liquid adhesive) to your projects.  When applied, it temporarily neutralizes the adhesive allowing you to move the die cut around until you have it positioned to your liking.

First, you apply adhesive to the back of your die cut or panel by either backing the card stock with sticker paper before cutting (great for intricate die cuts) or by applying two sided tape/adhesive to the back of the die cut/panel after it was cut.  (Un-du will not work with liquid glue.)  Then, apply the un-du to the surface on which you will be adhering your die cut/panel.  Place the die cut/panel on the treated surface and position as desired.  The un-du makes the adhesive temporarily “un-sticky” so it is easy to move the die cut/panel around.  When first applied, your surface will appear wet, but in about 30 seconds, the un-du will evaporate and completely disappear from view, and your die cut/panel will now be stuck in place.  You can also use it to move or remove something that you already stuck down, and it’s great for getting the sticky residue off of your scissors, punches, etc.

Check out this video (at the 10:25 minute mark) to see it being used.  Here is another one (at the 10:25 mark).  (Creek Bank Creations now sells un-du on their site as well.)

According to the product label and the information in the above videos, this product is acid free, photo safe, and is safe on most surfaces (including surfaces that have been inked, stamped, etc.), but I think it’s always a good idea to test the product on the material on which you plan to use it to be sure.  (So far, I’ve only used it on plain card stock, and it works great!)

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