Monday, February 22, 2010

Feb SOM "Piece of Cake" Birthday Card Trio

This is the project we made in my Stamp Clubs this month.  We used the cute February stamp of the month set "Piece of Cake" and made three birthday cards.  I also used the Topstitched paper pack.  I know you may be getting tired of seeing this same paper, but I just love it!
Here are the cards and the instructions to make them:
This first one looks familiar?  Yes, it is the same as the one I posted before, but I used a clear button instead of the flower.
Card #1
Paper Cutting list:

Colonial White standard A4 card base
4” x 5 ¼” Heavenly Blue B&T
1 ½” x 4 ½” Diagonal Stripe B&T
2 ½” x 3” Chocolate CS
1 ¾” x 1 ¾” Baby Pink CS
1 ½” x 1 ½” Colonial White CS


1. -Ink distress edges of Heavenly Blue B&T with Heavenly Blue ink. –Adhere to card base, centering.

2. –Ink distress edges of diagonal stripe B&T with chocolate ink. –Adhere to left edge of card approx. ½” from top.

3. –With Versamark ink, stamp “You’re the sweetest thing” on the bottom of chocolate CS. – Use white embossing powder and heat to set. – Ink distress edges using chocolate ink. – Glue to card front approx. ½” down and ½” over the edge of the diagonal stripe paper (see picture).

4. – Stamp cupcake image on colonial white CS using chocolate ink. – Color image using watercolor pencils. – Apply liquid glass to the three front cupcakes and sprinkle with Prisma Glitter. – Apply liquid glass to the cherries. – Ink distress edges using Baby Pink Ink. – Glue to baby pink CS. – Use 3-D Foam Tape to attach to card front.

5. Attach ribbon and button using Fabri-Tac glue at lower left corner of square.

Card #2
Paper Cutting list:

Colonial White standard A4 card base
3 ¾” x 5” Diagonal Stripe B&T
2 ½” x 4” Heavenly Blue B&T
½” x 4 ¼” Chocolate CS
1” x 2” Pink B&T glued onto a piece of CS
½” x 2 ¼” Blue CS
1 ¼” Circle Colonial White CS


1. Ink distress all edges of paper except card base using chocolate ink.

2. Glue diagonal stripe B&T on card base front a little towards the right edge of card.

3. – Stamp cake image using chocolate ink directly on the Heavenly Blue B&T (Candles should be almost to the top of the paper). – Color in the flames using yellow marker and the candles using chocolate marker. – Glue to card front approx. ½” from top and ½” from the right side of diagonal stripe paper.

4. Stamp cake image on Pink B&T using Chocolate ink. – Cut out and adhere to the card front using 3-D foam tape.

5. Stamp cake image (platter only) on Heavenly Blue CS. – Cut out and adhere to card front using 3-D foam tape.

6. – Stamp scallop image on chocolate CS, flip image over and stamp again using chocolate ink (see sample). – Adhere to card front just below the bottom of the cake stand.

7. – Stamp “Make a wish” on colonial white circle using chocolate ink. – Use 3-D Foam tape to adhere to card front.

8. Apply liquid glass to “make a wish”, polka dots on cake and candle flames. Apply Prisma Glitter to candle flames.

Card #3
Paper Cutting list:

Colonial White standard A4 card base
1” x 1 ½” Blue flower B&T
2 ½” x 1 ½” Diagonal Stripe B&T
2” x 1 ½” Chocolate CS
2 x 4 ¼” Pink or Blue Textured CS
2” x 3 ¼” Colonial White CS
1 7/8” x 3” Chocolate CS


1. Use corner rounder to round the 2 right edges of card base, all edges of colonial white CS, and all edges of chocolate CS.

2. Ink distress all edges of papers including the card base front using chocolate ink.

3. Use glimmer mist spray on textured CS piece. Set aside to dry.

4. Glue blue flower B&T to upper left corner of card base.

5. Glue diagonal stripe B&T to lower left corner of card base.

6. – Bend back upper right corner of textured CS approx. ¾”. – Punch hole and insert Chocolate bigger brad. – Adhere brown B&T behind textured CS and adhere to card front (see picture).

7. Stamp “Happy Birthday” using chocolate ink on lower left corner of card base.

8. Stamp cake image using Versamark ink on Chocolate CS. – Apply white embossing powder to image and heat set.

9. – Use edge distresser tool or scissors to distress the edge of the chocolate CS. – Glue to colonial white CS. – Use 3-D foam tape to adhere to card front.

10. Use a glue dot or Fabric-Tac glue to adhere ribbon to card front.

Monday, February 8, 2010

CKC Portland Fun

Hi - What did you do this weekend beside watch the "Big Game"?  I hope that you had as much fun as I did.  I was able to attend the CKC Portland convention.  I took classes and did some shopping at the vendor fair and it was a day full of fun creative projects!  I was very excited that my friends Amanda and Cari were there too!

Here is a small sample of some of the classes that I took.  In all of my classes we recieved so much product, but ran out of time to complete everything.  Hopefully I will get a little time this week to finish some things up.

This is the first class that I took.  It was by Technique Tuesday.  We recieved product and instructions to complete 6 very cute cards.  We only made it through 2 of them in class, but I'm looking forward to finishing the rest.  Look at the cute stamp set that we all got to take home.  The ribbon on the first card we dyed with brown ink on one side and blue on the other.  Then when you twist it you get to see both colors.

Another class that I took was how to create your own embelishments.   We made flowers and butterflies.  I can see how this technique would be really fun to add embelishements to cards or layouts that match your papers you are working with.

Here is a close-up of the flower.  We used a circle of paper, cut slits with our scissors and added glitter polka-dots.  Glued dimensional elements and a button on top.

On this layout we made our own butterflies.  I just need to add some pictures to this.

This was my last class of the day.  We were to make 12 cards, but we only made it through 4 of them.  So I will be working on completing the rest of these.  I kind of changed some of the original designs a little, but I like how they turned out and that they are more funky than I would usually make myself.
I aslo took a summer vacation album class.  We recieved an adorable album, matching paper pack, and tote bag too.  We made 5 of the 10 pages, so when I get that one finished I will post some pictures of that too.  It was a great day and I'm looking forward to attending again next year.  Thanks CKC!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

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