Scripty Balloon Birthday Card

Scripty Balloon Birthday Card


(inside:  Happy Birthday May today be the start of a wonderful year)

This CAS birthday card features some partial embossing, a scripty greeting stamp, and a balloon die cut for a pop of color.

I saw this card on Etsy and thought a scripty greeting would also make a great string for a birthday balloon.  The stamp I used is from the “Wonderful Words I” set from Stampin’ Up (retired?) and was heat embossed with versamark ink and Gina K Designs fine detail black embossing powder.

The balloon (and background mat) was cut from a piece of  Pebbles “Garden Walk” card stock from the Happy Day Collection (#732692).  The die used was from the “Balloons” die set from Paper Smooches (#FBD119).

The left side of the card was embossed with an embossing folder called “Happy Birthday” (unknown manufacturer) I ordered on ebay.  I used my Scor-Buddy scoring board to create the embossed lines separating the balloon from the embossed section.

The sentiment on the inside is from the “Birthday Sentiments” stamp set from Honey Doo Crafts.

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Sketched Birthday Cake

Sketched Birthday Cake


(inside: happy birthday)

I wanted to make an artist-themed birthday card for my niece, and when I saw the easel in the  “Painter’s Palette” stamp set from Stampin’ Up, I thought it would be perfect.  I ordered two other stamp sets that had images that appeared to be water-colored (to stamp on the easel) and waited not-so-patiently for the sets to arrive.  Unfortunately, the easel was much smaller than I imagined, and the images I thought I’d use on it did not fit.  I ended up putting the “Happy Birthday” image from the SU “Watercolor Words” set on the inside of the card (photo below) and set out to find a smaller image from my stash that looked hand-drawn, painted, etc.  I ended up using the cake from the SU “Sketch A Party” set (retired?) which allowed me to skip the greeting on the front while still making it obvious that it was a birthday card.  (I won’t tell you how many things I tried before finding this image that worked, and I was running out of time to get this card done before her birthday!!)

I used paper from the “Painted with Love” designer series paper pack (Stampin’ Up) along with Gina K Edible Eggplant and heavy base weight white card stock.  The ink was SU Blackberry Bliss and Calypso Coral.  (I “stamped off” the shaded part of the cake and “painted” the candle with a water brush to create two shades of the same color.)

I used the “trace and cut” feature with my Silhouette to cut out the easel.

Here are two more samples with other patterns from the same paper pack:

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And here is the inside image (which I originally envisioned on the easel):


Before trying the sketched cake image, I had tried using the floral stamp from the Stampin’ Up “Heartfelt Blooms” stamp set which was a sale-a-bration incentive stamp set that was free for spending $50 (ends March 31, 2018).  I actually really liked how that came out, but with no greeting, it did not seem birthday-ish enough.  I can’t wait to play with this set again!

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On the first one, I used Gina K Warm Cocoa ink for the easel and GK Charcoal Brown card stock for the background mat.  For the second one, I heat embossed the easel with versamark ink and Gina K gold embossing powder and used Edible Eggplant card stock.  The designer paper for both was still from the “Painted with Love” pack.

The cards are 4 1/4″ squares, but they fit into a regular A2 sized envelope (with extra room on the side) so they do not require a trip to the post office for mailing.

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Masculine Birthday Magic Window Card

Masculine Birthday Magic Window Card


This gatefold card has a cool “magic window” mechanism on the inside that reveals a hidden message or image when the card is opened.


The hidden message or image disappears as the card is closed again.


The sentiment in the window is from the “Framed Greetings” set by Gina K Designs, stamped with GK Charcoal Brown ink.  The sentiment below the window is computer generated.  The patterned paper is “Kraft Small Dot” and “Kraft Stripe” by Core’dinations.  I also used Stampin’ Up Tip Top Taupe card stock and Recollections heavy weight ivory.

I created a belly band which slides on the card when closed.


The image on the belly band is from the “Sketch a Party” set by Stampin’ Up and was also stamped with GK Charcoal Brown ink.  The circle panels were cut with dies from the Spellbinders Large and Small Standard Circles dies.

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Football Slider Birthday Card

Football Slider Birthday Card

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In a recent post, I shared an interactive card that I had made for my husband for our anniversary.   The card had an element that slid from left to right when the card was opened.  (HERE is a tutorial on how I made it.)  This type of card can be made with a variety of sliding elements, and here is another sample I created with an image of a football player.

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For this one, I created a cut out window on the front.  When the card is closed, you can see a portion of the inside scene.  I made the border/frame kind of wide so there is room inside to put a sentiment and signature panel that does not show through the window when the card is closed.  A piece of acetate covers the opening.


The football player was a google clipart image that I traced and cut with my Silhouette.  I needed him to “run” to the right so I flipped the image which I thought was quite clever until I realized that the numbers on his jersey flipped also and were backwards.  Of course I didn’t notice this until the card was done and I was ready to post!

flipped image with numbers

I needed to go back and doctor the original image with my Silhouette software to remove the numbers, create a new die cut, and layer it over the old one.  Ugh!!!  Note to self… avoid images with letters and numbers when using mirror images.

The football field was also a google image.  There were many field choices; I chose one that put my player close to his end zone.

The printed paper on the front is from a digital scrapbook kit called, “Touchdown Football” by JssScrapBoutique which I purchased on Etsy.  I imported the football pattern into my Silhouette software and “filled” in the frame I created.  I added the black border and had the machine cut it out.  (The kit contains a frame with this pattern, but it is square, and I needed a rectangle to fit on my card front.)

The greeting and inside sentiment were stamped with Momento Tuxedo Black ink and were both from custom stamps I had made at   I’ve had stamps made there before, but this time, I realized that you don’t need to order individual stamps for each greeting or short sentiment.  You can put several greetings/sentiments (as different lines of text) on the same stamp and cut them apart when they arrive.  A big money saver!

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Baseball Birthday Shutter Card

Baseball Birthday Shutter Card


My son has a fall birthday, and he’s really into baseball (he will be working for the Milwaukee Brewers’ after he graduates in May), so I made this card for him.  The Modsquad Challenge this week is “Fall Fest” where we are to create whatever comes to our minds when we think of fall.  I loved the rich, fall colors of these papers, and in my house, playoff baseball is definitely a fall thing!

This shutter card features paper called “Baseball/Softball Diamond” from a kit called “Rookie of the Year” by Karen Foster.

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I matted each of the printed pieces with some open stock card stock called “Merlot” that I purchased at AC Moore.  (There is no brand name on the label.)  The card base is Recollections Kraft.

The circle pieces were cut with dies from the “Standard Circles Large and Small” sets from Spellbinders.  The stamps are from Crackerbox Palace (here and here) stamped with Tim Holtz Walnut Stain distress ink.  I inked the edges of the greeting and sentiment panels with this ink as well.

I left a little space under the “have a ball” stamp for a signature.  The space on the back panel that does not show when the card is closed is big enough to hide a gift card or monetary gift (attached with removable adhesive) if desired.

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This card is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches when folded.

Here is the template for making the card base:

Shutter Card Template

(HERE is a video tutorial on how to make this type of shutter card.)

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