I have a few cards to share today. It’s been a hectic couple of weeks, so yesterday I took a day off from work and spent the afternoon and evening with my good friend Denise, who just happened to be celebrating a birthday.
So first up is a birthday card that I made for her using the Baker’s Dozen stamps and dies from Papertrey Ink.
I adore this cupcake set and thought the delicateness of it paired perfectly with the papers from the May 2015 card kit from Simon Says Stamp. I used the April cupcake instead of the May one because butterflies and colored it in with Copics (E71 and E93). I die cut the cupcake and popped it in with some foam tape. I used the stitched rectangle dies from My Favorite Things (the cupcake panel) and Lawn Fawn (the background panel) and affixed it all onto slate gray cardstock from the May card kit.
I made another card for Denise, but I forgot to get a photo of it. Ahem. Imagine a gnome, mushrooms, and some flowers. It was pretty cute, too. UPDATE: Denise was kind enough to send me a photo.
The first one is just a simple card using a stamp from Penny Black’s Woodland Friends set, colored with Copics (B12 and B14 for the birdies, YG06 and YG09 for the bird house and leaves, E15 and E18 for the wood trim, Y17 and YR15 for all the yellow bits, and various RV shades for the flowers and hearts. Must write these things down so I don’t forget.), and mounted on patterned paper from Lawn Fawn and cotton candy card stock from Simon Says Stamp. The “bonjour” stamp comes from Lawn Fawn’s Gleeful Gardens set.
I mostly just used up pieces leftover from a card she made, like the clouds and flowers. That’s the nice thing about these sets – you run the dies through multiple times on different colored papers, leaving you with enough to make several cards. Even with most of the pieces already cut, assembling the scene took some time. I highly recommend having a QuickStick-like tool. This is a great set to use with all those scrap pieces of paper you’ve been collecting.
The last card uses the Make it Market Mini Wee Folk Kit from Papertrey Ink (I kinda love that shop).
This kit is pretty much the sweetest, n’est pas?. My intention was to make a card for a new baby in my husband’s family, but between not having just the right shade of aqua ink handy and a mishap with a yellow ink pad grazing the bunny, I think I will try again later. This card initiated the great debate of “which comes first: stamp or die-cut?” with both being relatively equal in trickiness. But I do think it’s a little easier to line up a clear stamp onto the cut shape.
All in all, a pretty successful week for card making. We are continuing Denise’s birthday celebration today more friends, dinner, and cake. All birthdays should be celebrated over multiple days.