Monday, January 26, 2009

Birthday Cards

I head up our church's birthday card ministry and once a quarter we get together and make cards. We send them out to all the women at church to let them know they are being thought of and prayed for. The group of ladies that come over are great! Today they made a total of 40 cards in about 2 hours. They are such fun and they all do such an amazing job! Since most of the ladies aren’t stampers, or should I say they’re not addicted to stamping like me, I come up with the designs and pre-cut everything. Then I just give them a quick run down and they jump right in. We usually have four designs and make 10 of each. This gives everybody a part to do. I love to watch these ladies, who have never or hardly ever stamped before, start embossing, paper piercing, and all kinds things. I don’t know why I get such a kick out of it.

All that said….Here are the four designs we did today (all items used are from Stampin’ Up! unless otherwise noted).

It’s hard to see, but I scored 2 lines at the bottom of the card and pierced down the middle. The bottom half of the card seemed empty so I just had to do something. :0) Dimensionals were used to pop up the flowers.

Birthday comp

Birthday inside comp

Stamps: Petal Pizzazz, On Your Birthday

Ink: Riding Hood Red, Old Olive, More Mustard

Paper: Whisper White, Riding Hood Red, Haiku DSP

Accessories: 5/8 Chocolate Chip grosgrain & silver brads, dimensionals

Tools: Scor-Pal, paper piercing tool, scallop punch & scallop edge punch

I love, love, love the Inspired By Nature stamp set. Why it’s on the dormant list I do not know. I also love, love, love Watercolor Crayons. I stamped the background first. I colored directly on the stamp and then sprayed with water. I didn’t spray quite enough on this one, but I still like how it turned out. The more water you use, the more it looks like watercolor. I also used the crayons on the sentiment inside to give it the same soft look.

Inspired Birthday comp

Insp Birthday inside comp

Stamps: Inspired By Nature, French Script (retired)

Paper: Very Vanilla

Ink: Sahara Sand, Watercolor Crayons

This is one I “CASED” from a couple of cards on Splitcoast last year. The petals were stamped and punched out, trimmed a little, then adhered to the card. The seed head is the solid petal stamped and embossed in black, then the bottom is cut off. The stem is hand done.

Petal birthday comp

Stamps: Pick A Petal, On Your Birthday, Garden Whimsy

Ink: Cameo Coral, Old Olive, Black Classic & Craft ink

Paper: Kiwi Kiss, Cameo Coral, Whisper White

Accessories: Large oval punch, black embossing powder

I can’t get enough of the Top Note die cut!

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Stamps: Upsy Daisy

Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Kiwi Kiss

Paper: Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant, Kiwi Kiss, Bella Rose DSP

Accessories: Kiwi Kiss/Very Vanilla satin ribbon, White gel pen

Tools: Scallop Edge punch, Sizzix Top Note Die Cut

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