Happy Henna

Happy Henna


This card features the “Henna” embossing folder by Darice, a pretty folder I have had for a long time but hadn’t used before.  I love the detail of the design and am really glad I “discovered” it in my drawer today – lol!

I embossed a piece of white card stock, and then I lightly sponged Tim Holtz Seedless Preserves Distress Ink over the entire surface with a blending tool.  I cut the purple “happy” from the center of the inked, embossed panel using the “In a Word: Happy Cutaway” die by Winnie & Walter (no longer in business).  The hole was eventually covered with the greeting panel.

I cut a second “happy” from black and offset the two die cuts for a shadow effect.  I created a mask to stamp just the “birthday” part of a “happy birthday” stamp and paired that with my layered die cuts on a white panel.

Thin, black mats and a white card base, and this card was done…

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Wishing You a Wonderful Day – Speed Stamping!

Wishing You a Wonderful Day – Speed Stamping!


This card took just under 5 minutes to complete; sometimes a stamp set is just that good – lol!!  This “Layered Vase” stamp set from Stamplorations has 8 stamps (the large outline image, the greeting, and the 6 solid stamps to add the color), and since the stamps are not meant to layer/line up perfectly, they are really easy to position.  I originally saw (and loved) this set used by Verna; thanks for the inspiration!

Over at the As You See It Challenge, we are encouraged to create a flower themed card in 10 minutes or less (AYSI224 – Fleet Florals).

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After my card design was planned and all my stamps, blocks, inks, and tools were placed on my desk, I started the timer.  All the paper cutting, stamping, spritzing, and assembly took exactly 4 minutes 53 seconds.  (Thanks, Gayle, for introducing me to this challenge site!)

I used my MISTI stamp positioner and Gina K Designs Black Amalgam ink for the outline image and the greeting.   For the layers, I used acrylic blocks and Stampin’ Up Blackberry Bliss and GKD Fresh Asparagus and Powder Blue inks which were all “stamped off” first to keep the colors soft/light.

To finish off the card, I added black speckles with a black Spectrum Aqua marker and my Tim Holtz Marker Spritzer tool.


I originally used acrylic blocks for the layers, but after I finished the first card, I placed the stamps my on MISTI and created a few more cards:


For this one, I added some Nuvo Ebony Black drops that I “flattened” to look like enamel dots (a tip I learned from Julie Ebersole (day 17) in the online Spring Card Camp I – 2020).  I also cut 2 pieces from the stamped panel using dies from the “Basic A2 Panels Nesting Dies” set from Stamplorations and matted them in black.



Here, I used Gina K Designs Sweet Mango, Tangerine Twist, and Tomato Soup Inks for the tulips, Fresh Asparagus and a touch of Sweet Mango for the leaves, and Powder Blue and Soft Stone for the vase (stamped off and layered).

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Blue and White Birthday Wishes

Blue and White Birthday Wishes


I really like this “Floral Stem Collage” die by Poppystamps, but it was not at all what I was expecting when I ordered it!  I thought it cut a rectangular “framed” flower.  However, this die only cuts a negative image or “window” from wherever it is placed on a panel. On the sample above, I started with a 5 x 3 3/4 inch white panel and placed the die closer to the left side which left more white space for my greeting.  The blue mat panel can be seen through the “window” while also forming the border around the white.

I needed a rectangular die cut for a class I was teaching (we were working on creating mats/layers for card elements) and had purchased this die without realizing how it actually cut.  To fix this, I had to center the die on pre-cut 2 3/4″ x 4 1/4″ panels to create the “free-standing” rectangles.  A few more prep steps, but they worked out fine for the class….

The students were encouraged to add as many layers as desired.  These were some basic matting samples I used for the lesson:


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The students were encouraged to change up their layouts and/or to add greetings and additional embellishments if they were feeling adventurous!  (The only “requirement” was that they matted the floral die in some way and created an A2 size card.)

Not cutting the outer border makes this die very flexible!  You just need to pay attention to the size of the panel from which you are cutting and the careful placement of the die on that panel.

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Happy Birthday Shaker Card

Happy Birthday Shaker Card


I enjoy making (and shaking!) interactive shaker cards.  For this one, I glued a birthday greeting die cut and a stitched frame die cut to a piece of acetate and adhered this panel to two (layered) pieces of fun foam cut with the same frame die.  This panel was placed over loose sequins and adhered to the card front.  A pretty basic design, but fun to play with!

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Pop-up Flower Pot Birthday Card

Pop-up Flower Pot Birthday Card

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I used Karen Burniston’s “Flowerpot Pop-up” die set (#1010) to create this pot with flowers that pops up when the card is opened.  The die set comes with the dies to create the pop-up element, the pot, the flowers, the leaves, and a bee (which I did not use on this card).  These dies can be used to create either a flat flower pot design or the pop up design.  Theme, colors and size are up to you. (The bigger the card, the bigger/taller you can go with the bouquet.  My card is 5″ x 7″,  but an A2 size card will work if you are careful with how position your flowers and leaves.)

You can see Karen’s assembly tutorial HERE.  This card is not hard to make; there is just a lot of die cutting if you want a full pot – lol!

Pop-up Flower Pot Card Gif

Here is the inside of the card:


Here is the front of the card:


This card folds flat for mailing.

The water color patterned paper (#PPR3507) is by love nicole.  I also used Gina K Designs Grass Green, Warm Glow, Edible Eggplant, and Powder Blue card stock.

The Round Happy Birthday die used on the front is unbranded, and the stitched Nesting Square Parentheses inside can be found at Printable Heaven.  The sentiment is called “Special Day Wishes” (#573F) by DRS Designs and was stamped with GKD Edible Eggplant ink.


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