4/23/14

The Last Birthday Cards

My birthday card stash is nice and full now. These are the last of them, at least for a while.

I used the Memory Box Merry Christmas die for quite a few of my Christmas cards and was delighted to see they had come out with a Happy Birthday die in the same format. They also have a Thank You die in this format, but I don’t have that one.

The butterfly is punched using an EK Success punch and the circle die at the bottom is a Simon Says Stamp die. I had to cut the paper apart because I had put the dies too close together on the paper, so I used some ribbon to cover up the seam. If you leave enough space between the dies they can be cut at the same time, making a really quick and easy card to make.

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The only difference with these 2 cards, aside form the color, is that the die on the bottom is the Piestra Tile die from Memory Box and I used some glitter tape instead of ribbon across the center.

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That’s it for birthday cards for a while. I bought some more Perler beads and pony beads and will be melting them soon. Have any of you tried that yet? I’d love to see how yours turned out and if you were able to find some different colors.

4/21/14

Thinking of You

One of my pen friends was feeling a little down so I made this for her, hoping it would cheer her up a little.

The landscape and kite dies are from Memory Box, the sun in the background is from Impression Obsession, and although it doesn’t show up in the photo, I used some cloud pattern text weight paper inside the card.

I think they should have made the kite and the little bows all one die, because attaching those tiny bows to the kite tail was not fun. I suppose you could use the kite without the bows, but I think it looks better with them.

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This landscape die is one of the prettiest ones Memory Box has come out with in a while. It makes a one layer card really easy and very pretty. If you wanted more room to write inside the card, you could always attach a patterned paper or plain card stock on the back of the card front, but I like it this way.

Thanks for stopping by - see you again soon :-)

4/19/14

Birthday Triangles

Yep, it’s another triangle die. This time it’s  a Cover Up die from My Favorite Things and the triangles are a bit larger.

The colors on the first card were added by layering strips of card stock behind the die - that’s the easiest way to do it. Pay no attention to that tiny bit of turquoise covering up a bit of the purple. I didn’t notice it until I took the photo, and there’s no way to fix it now. So, let’s just pretend I meant to do that :-)

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The colors on this card were made by cutting the die from different colors and adding the individual triangles back into the die. Still pretty easy, but a little more time consuming. I love the effect, though, and since all of the triangles are the same size I have more left for another card or four.

The sentiment is from a Hero Arts clear set and I colored the letters using a Copic marker that matches the yellow card stock.

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I don’t remember if I mentioned it before, but one thing I love about the MFT Cover Up dies is the fact that they are 4” x 5-1/4” instead of 4-1/4” x 5-1/2”. They are easier to add to a card front and leave a little border around the outside of the die. Sometimes I have trouble putting a full size die cut on a card front without getting it crooked and they don’t all have enough solid area around the edges to allow trimming. I know, I could make the card larger, but I prefer the A2 card size.

4/17/14

Hello, Hi, Hey You, Howdy, Hi There, What’s Up?

I though I’d take a little break from the birthday card posts and show you a couple of other sponged pieces. These were actually done before the birthday cards that I posted previously. These turned out so well, it made me want to do more, which is where the birthday cards came in.

I love this Hero Arts stamp and thought the square-ish format (ok, so it’s actually a rectangle) would be perfect for using Distress Inks with the new Mini Ink Blending Tool. Those little round spongy things are SO much easier to use than the old rectangle ones - they made it so easy to get the ink exactly where I wanted it on these cards.

I embossed the design with white embossing powder and just used 3 colors for sponging - Picked Raspberry, Wild Honey, and Salty Ocean. Add a few sequins or gems, layer them up on some card stock and they’re done.

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It’s back to the birthday cards soon :-)