Posts Tagged "birthday"



I’m taking a break from the embroidery floss flowers…nope, not tired of them yet,  just needed to play with the Paper Players but didn’t have a good substitute for Claire’s Color Challenge. So, I dipped into my stash of designer papers, and really, that’s like going down a rabbit hole! I spent more time trying to choose which wonderful paper I’d use than making the card itself, because, you know, there are papers that I just like to look at and can’t bear the thought of cutting them (anybody relate?). It’s like my stash of fabrics also…but then, I digress.

Claire chose bright, happy colors: Tempting  Turquoise, Real Red, Tangerine Tango and Pear Pizzazz, and although it reminds me of blue skies and flowers (or blue seas, a sunset, with red crabs tangled on seaweeds, LOL), I opted to focus on just the sentiment this time, and cut letters from the designer papers using a Silhouette. I also cut a white “shadow” using the offset function. Next, I cut strips of the papers, and adhered them side by side until the entire card front was covered (yes, these are strips, so I didn’t use that much paper – except for the orange polka dot one, which I had plenty of).  The word “Happy” was repeated four times (that means really happy, yes?)  and printed on vellum.

Now, I like the effect of vellum, but I really am always stumped when it comes to attaching vellum to the card. I’m so glad that Sabrina challenged us to use Hardware and Metal accents today over at SplitCoastStampers, which made me dig out my stash of brads and eyelets. Woohoo! I actually have some eyelets with the challenge colors, yesss! Okay, so vellum is attached, and one last thing: I also dug out a scallop border punch to add a little bit more “frill” to the card. This birthday card now looks more feminine…but, I also made a masculine version:


The  designer papers I used are: Bazzill Basics “Navajo” & “Ruby Slipper”, Colorbok (plain green), Jillybean Soup (orange salt, stewed tomatoes, garlic flakes – and this is making me crave spaghetti, lol), American Girl (Green with stars). Thank you for coming over to visit!

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Yoda Birthday Card

Posted by: Gemin General, Projects in General, Projects



I’m taking a break from my floral cards to post this masculine birthday card – because the wonderful teacher of my son is having his birthday today! He is the kind of teacher who inspires his students to learn, and to be excited about learning,  the kind of teacher who cares about his students, is patient and understanding… well, needless to say, my son thought that we (which means I) should come up with an awesome card to show how much his teacher is appreciated.

We went for a Star Wars theme since his teacher is a fan – I chose Yoda because of the way he speaks (my son remarks, “I wonder if Language Arts teachers go crazy when they hear him.” LOL). This card is a shameless CASE of Carlene’s card. Thank you, Carlene, for the layout and elements on your card which were just perfect! Since I do not have a Yoda stamp, I paper-pieced him instead (I made my own templates), and used googly eyes. Green paper is from Colorbok, tan paper is Bazzill, and the coffee brown tunic is Recollections. The edges  were sponged with distress inks (peeled paint, tea dye). The “belt” is twine that I dyed with the distress ink. A close-up of Yoda:



For the “starry” background, I used a black cardstock spattered with white acryclic paint. I made some spots big, so that they look like faraway planets or moons. The “moon” was cut on the Silhouette using light yellow cardstock (Colorbok), matted on another mustard yellow circle, and the edges were sponged with tea dye distress ink. The “sand dune” was also cut on the Silhouette using a scrap of Bazzill cardstock. The sentiment was printed using Freshbot font, and matted using the leftovers from the “starry” background.

This card is actually 8.5″ x 10.5″ – yup, it’s big, because my son’s entire class will be signing it! Inside, the sentiment goes, “Yoda best, Mr. Rossen! Happy Birthday we wish you!” (Yes, some kids groaned about the pun, LOL!)

Did I mention that this card is also for The Paper Players‘ challenge this week? No? Well then, I just did, right? (Sorry, conversing with 12-year olds makes me like this.) This is for the fun Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge by Jaydee – I did the top row:  Circle, Green and Twine. This is also for Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes Wednesday Challenge.

Thank you for coming by to take a look!

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Trust me, this version of a slider card is really easy, thanks to this idea of Alice Golden! For this card I started by printing a hot air balloon digi image (you can grab it at the end of this post) on water color paper. Continue reading »

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Bread Tab Humor

Posted by: Gemin General, Projects in General, Projects


Ever since I saw the bread tab card by Terri Davenport on PaperCrafts, I’ve been saving bread tabs. For the middle tab, I think I bought a bag of bread at Costco because of it, LOL! It’s so worth it with that expression, don’t you agree? Continue reading »

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Several kids we know are having birthdays this month so I’m busy creating cards for them. This one is for my godson. Originally, I planned to use a plane sticker, but it turned out that I don’t have one (go figure, LOL!); next, I thought I’d use a plane button, but it was too small; so I ended up paper-piecing a plane instead. Continue reading »

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Pinwheel Pirate

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This project was a fun one! Sabrina’s challenge is to “Put A Spin on It”, meaning to make a pinwheel and include it in your project. I wanted to make the pinwheel that spins (isn’t Sabrina’s card so cool?), so off I went to look for a brad that would fit the bill – ummm… no luck, even though I have boxes and boxes of crafty and office stuff, couldn’t find one – either the prongs are short, or, if the prongs are long enough, they are too big for the pinwheel. Continue reading »

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This card was inspired by this planter from Leif Shop, the wonderful inspiration site chosen by Audrie this week. I was trying to copy the cable knit design by using score lines, and when done, it looked more like basket weave – which I liked even more! I made other “baskets” and here they are (click on image to make it larger): Continue reading »

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Dried Florals Card

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I’m keeping this post short again because I’m not even supposed to be here, LOL! I’m supposed to be catching up with housework – like doing some weeding…and I did go out to our backyard with that intent. But with the severe drought Southern California has been experiencing, our yard does not really have plenty of weeds – it’s plenty of dried weeds that it has lots of. I started uprooting some, then I noticed how graceful the stems are and how soft the tufts of dried burrs looked. Oh, these would look nice on a card, I thought!
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This card is for Tuesday’s Color Challenge – Becky chose soft suede (brown), soft sky (blue), pear pizzazz (green) and crisp cantaloupe (orange). The first time I saw these colors, I had a hard time envisioning them together, until I saw Becky’s card –  simply stunning, right? This card is also a case of a case, LOL – Dockside’s card, which is a case of Sandie’s card – I love the layout and flowers of both cards!
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***Update*** Oh my goodness, Jaydee chose this card to be the Headliner this week over at The Paper Players! Thank you, Jaydee – it’s an honor to be chosen among so many awesome cards! ***

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