Firstly I’d like to thank the team at CAS Colours & Sketches for selecting my card as one of the weekly winners. It’s an honour to be chosen.

The title of the post isn’t actually wishing everyone a Happy Birthday (although if you’re reading this on your birthday, Happy Birthday to you), rather it’s the name of the stamp set. Happy Birthday, Everyone is one of the hostess sets in this year’s annual catalogue; I really like the typeface.

Stampin' Up! Happy Birthday, Everyone and Bountiful Border

It took a few tries to get the Happy Birthday in the right place with the blooms not too close and not too far away – and since it’s a two step process where I stamped the stems first, I had an iteration where the blooms were encroaching on the sentiment. But paper isn’t expensive – and it has two sides so I kept trying until it was right. The sentiment is stamped in wisteria wonder and the stems in pear pizzazz on very vanilla cardstock Then I stamped the flowers also in wisteria wonder using the stamp-a-ma-jig for placement. I then matted this with some wisteria wonder card and glued that to a pear pizzazz card base. Isn’t the envelope liner awesome? It’s the new subtles DSP stack in pear pizzazz which I cut out with the largest of the envelope liners framelits dies.

Now if I could just manage to make a card that I’m happy with for the latest CAS Colours & Sketches challenge – it’s a sketch this week and I find these tricky. But it’s good to stretch yourself. Apparently.

See you tomorrow,

Liz

When I was looking at the English Garden DSP, one of the patterns really jumped out at me. I decided to make a card with it as a background so trimmed a piece to create a background. But then I really didn’t want to cover it up at all!

Stampin' Up! English Garden DSP

So I didn’t! I cut a piece of mossy meadow to make a skinny mat for the DSP and then mounted that onto a hello honey card base. And nothing that I tried made sense covering the paper. In the end I decided to let it stand on its own. I did line the envelope with the same DSP though to link them together. I’m happy with how this turned out.

See you tomorrow,

Liz

Moon Lake is a retired stamp set but one that I can’t see me removing from my personal stash. It’s a really useful set for a masculine card. This card came about after watching my friend Julia make a card with this set using black and white and I wondered about  adding just a little colour.

Stampin' Up! Moon Lake and Cottage Greetings

So I stamped the image in Jet black memento ink (since this was before I had my new favourite, the Stampin’ Up! archival basic black ink) onto whisper white card. Using an aquapainter with very little water, I added some garden green to the boat. To keep the card from being too stark, I stamped the image, from the not retired Stampin’ Up! Cottage Greetings set in garden green. A small basic black mat behind the white gives the image a good frame and then I decided to have a good amount of the card base visible to pull all the green together.

I like how this card came out, I’ll have to look at my current sets to see other options for adding just a touch of colour.

See you tomorrow,

Liz

Here’s a card I made back in July at the crop weekend. Moving your craft stuff around definitely brings different things to your attention and I’d ended up with the English Garden DSP right in front of me. I also had my new (at the time) triple banner punch on the table so I decided to combine the two.

Stampin' Up! Greetings Thinlits and English Garden DSP

The paper has quite a lot going on so I didn’t want to add much more, but rather to let the paper shine. I matted the paper in mossy meadow and then glued that to a blushing bride card base – obviously pulling the colours from the DSP.  Then I cut out my sentiment using the Greetings Thinlits dies also in mossy meadow. Making the banner was easy, I just inserted a strip of blushing bride card into the smallest slot of the banner punch. In retrospect, I think that I should’ve made a mossy meadow banner just a tiny bit bigger to mat the banner, but two months ago, I didn’t think of that!

I used more of the DSP to line the outside flap of the envelope. I do not like the envelope to be plain.

See you tomorrow,

Liz

I’m finally sharing the card that I made for my brother’s birthday – which was back on August 12th. That was the night of the sushi knife and foot incident hence the delay in posting this card. I CASEd the idea for this one from the catalogue. There are three scenes in the sleigh ride edgelits set, a santa and sleigh pulled by a horse (hence the name), buildings and the trees. I started off working on my card using the buildings but for some reason changed my mind and pulled out greens and the trees. I cut out the trees in pear pizzazz and then did the same again in old olive. By flipping the old olive over I could have the trees on the other side of the card. Then I cut them out again in mossy meadow. This is when I realised that the card looked a bit off with the mossy meadow trees directly above the pear pizzazz ones. So  I cut them out again but didn’t have the framelit at the edge of the card. After I removed the excess from die cutting the trees, I hand cut the slope to the right of the trees so that they were no longer directly above the pear pizzazz trees. Much better!

Stampin' Up! Sleigh Ride Edgelits Framelits and Endless Birthday Wishes

I was quite pleased that I remembered to stamp the greeting – from Endless Birthday Wishes – before I assembled the card. The mossy meadow layer is glued to the very vanilla piece. The old olive is popped up on stampin’ dimensionals. The pear pizzazz is popped up as well – with the trees that are overlapping the mossy meadow piece popped up with double dimensionals. Here’s a peek at the side view:

Stampin' Up! Sleigh Ride Edgelits side view

This was a fun card to make. I’ve already made a card using the sleigh – one of my friends has already declared that one the design for her Christmas cards!

 

See you tomorrow,

Liz