Cards, DIY

A Birthday Shaker Card & An Envelope to Match

A few weeks ago, a cute little girl I know turned 1. It’s amazing how time flies.

Birthday Shaker Card & Envelope

To go along with Sadie’s gift, I made a cute shaker card (in the hopes that she’d have fun shaking it), and a watercolored envelope to match.

Cupcake Birthday Shaker Card

For the card, I cut a panel using a stitched rectangle die and then used a stitched circle die to cut the shaker window. I stamped a cute little cupcake on another panel, to sit right in the window.  To fill the shaker, I used an assortment of sequins, seed beads and die-cut stars. I then added the “HOORAY!” sentiment on a strip of slate cardstock that I cut to fit across the bottom of the window. The sentiment is heat embossed and the strip is popped off of the window using some foam tape.

Hooray Birthday CardBefore adding the shaker panel to the card base, I decided to put some of pink vellum polka dot paper on the card base to give it a little more interest.

Watercolor Envelope

For the envelope, I used some Canson watercolor paper and my We R Memory Keepers envelope punch board. I found a scripty font that I liked (check out my post about free calligraphy fonts here), and replicated it on the envelope front using a versa mark pen. Then I added some gold embossing powder over the versa mark ink and heat embossed it. Then, I added a water color wash over the top (the heat embossing resists the watercolor). After the first watercolor wash dried, I added another wash, just to give it a little more depth and interest.

Sadie's Gift Bag

I had so much fun putting this gift bag together. Pink, pink and more pink!



Wishing You Joy // A Bridal Shower Card

Wishing You JoyWedding season is fast approaching, so today I’m sharing a recent bridal shower card.

SSS Wishing You Joy CardSince I don’t yet have any wedding- or bridal shower-specific stamps in my stash, I used all kinds of items that I already had to create something delicate and pretty – appropriate for a bridal shower. The card’s got a lot going on – dry embossed roses on the paper (using an embossing folder), a strip of black ribbon, enamel dots, a die cut sentiment, washi tape, vellum, a wood veneer heart, sequins. All kinds of stuff.




Thinking of You

Thinking of You Card

This girl is just so cute with her polka dot dress and little bunny!

Thinking of You Tilda Stamp

I got this stamp as a gift with a purchase (similar stamps here), and I wasn’t sure I’d like it at first. It just didn’t seem my style. But then I stamped her and colored her, and fell in love. I used Copic markers for the coloring, added polka dots to her dress using a white gel pen and then cut her out with scissors.

Magnolia Tilda Cards

I colored a background on a card panel using an assortment of Copic markers, and stuck her onto the panel using foam tape to give her a little dimension. Then I stamped the Thinking of You sentiment and added a little heart that I made glossy using a bit of glossy accents glue. Perfect for Easter!

Thinking of You



Hey There Sweetie // More Cupcakes on Cards

Hey There Sweetie Card

I guess this is more of an ice cream sundae and less of a cupcake. Either way, I am having a lot of fun with the Sweets & Treats stamp set from Wplus9. I used the clear cut stackers circle dies to cut several circles in the cards, and also used to dies to make frames. I colored the circle frames and the ice cream sundae with copic markers.

Wplus9 Sweets & Treats card

I used some glossy accents glue on the ice cream to give the fudge a shiny look. Hopefully you can see a bit of that shine in the above photo.

Hey There Sweetie




A Simple (and Pink) Birthday Card

Wishing You The Happiest Birthday CardIt’s official. I can’t stop making cards.

Happiest Birthday CardThis one is one of my favorites, and I let a piece of patterned paper do most of the work! I used my Wishing die once again and layered several of the die cuts to make that part of the sentiment really stand out (I also added a small piece of vellum behind the word to give it some extra pop. For the panel, I cut down a 6×6 piece of patterned paper (I love those irregular pink ombre dots) to the size of my card, but then chopped it apart toward the bottom to create some blank space inside of which I stamped my sentiment. I mounted everything on an A2 size card base, and added a little enamel dot to the left of the sentiment to finish it off.

Birthday Card



CASe-ing Cards // Sending You Smiles

Sending You Smiles Card

I recently learned that in the card making world, “CASe-ing” a card is what you do when you copy and share someone else’s card design. I’m finding that I like to do a lot of CASe (Copy And Share everything) card making, because it’s a great way to try out new techniques and improve my design skills. And sometimes I see something I like so much that I just have to make my own copy of it. So, this group of cards was heavily inspired by THIS card made by Laura Bassen at Doublestick Heaven. I should add that I absolutely LOVE just about every card she makes. She’s a big source of inspiration for me.

Sending You Smiles CASed card

Of course, I used what I had in my stash – the tiny dots stencil for the background, a limited number of distress inks to color my embossing paste, and stamps from my sending and wishing stamp set (links to all of these will be listed below). I stamped some of the envelopes on vellum and embossed the ink, and I also stamped some on white cardstock and colored them with copics to match the rest of the card design.


I included one of each of these cards with the handmade card sets that I sent off to some far away friends a month or so ago.



Handmade Card Sets

Handmade Card SetsHandmade sets of anything always make a really nice gift. In all my cardmarking, I decided that sets of cards would be a really easy and thoughtful gift to send off to some of my friends who live far away. I decided on an easily reproduce-able design and used a very simple technique of embossing a sentiment on watercolor paper, and doing a watercolor wash in various colors for the different cards. I then mounted the watercolor panel onto a 4bar-size card base.

Watercolor Card SetsFor some of the cards, I embossed the Hello sentiments with platinum embossing powder, for others I used white or clear embossing powder. Some cards I mounted on off-white cards, others I mounted on kraft cardstock cards. I like to mix it up. I also used a variety of smaller sentiments to go with the “hello” to give a variety of card choices to the recipients of the card sets.

Handmade Card SetsI included 4 cards in every card set, along with 4 envelopes, postage and a pen. I put everything in a nice clear box (that I ordered from, and made a little label for each set on my computer. I had so much fun making these and shipping them off.

Handmade Card Set Box