Today I decided to make a birthday card for a family member who is very much a fan of the great outdoors. I knew The Wilderness Awaits. I started with my color choice, Night of Navy. I created the cardbase, a layer of Whisper White at just an 1/8" shorter, a layer of Night of Navy at a 1/8" smaller than the Whisper White and another layer of Whisper White at again 1/8" shorter. I assembled everything except the smallest layer of Whisper White.
Punched a 2" circle out of a post-it note, making sure some of the adhesive is part of the punched area. I put the circle on the cardstock and sponged around the entire piece, starting off darker and gradually get lighter. I removed the post-it note and I have a perfect white circle for the moon. Masking technique is so easy.
I took the moose image and stamped in Basic Black. At first, the plan was to black out the whole image to make it appear as a shadow. I think the moose looks great, but I didn't like coloring the mountain/hill part. So I lightly sponged that area so you could still see the detail. I stamped the Happy Birthday from the Butterfly Basics stamp set. Seemed a little big for the card. Just didn't do it for me.
So on the second card, I did the same masking technique, colored the moose in black but left the mountain. I inked just the mountain part and stamped it over to extended the detail to the bottom of the card.
I tied a bow around the layer with equal lengths of Thick Whisper White Baker's Twine and Night of Navy Baker's Twine.
I debated on adding a sentiment. But I eventually decided on the sentiment from the Best Birds stamp set. Finished it off with 3 Basic Rhinestones for a little feminine touch.
I love how it came out! If you are interested in any of the products used in the cards, please feel free to contact me.
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We had loads of fun at my My Day Stamp Camp. We started out with a yummy meal. Something I like to make from time to time. A tasty chicken and broccoli ring recipe I have had for years from Pampered Chef.
Everyone took their time and worked at their own pace and completed the projects in under 3 hours. We also took a quick break to eat some yummy red velvet cupcakes one of guests brought. It was hard to just eat one.
Below are pictures of my setup and my guests working hard. I also, worked along side of them, prepping. "to-go" orders.
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Happy Spring and Happy Stamoin
Back in January, Shannon West, Demonstrator Training Manager at Stampin Up, was kicking herself that she did not send Christmas cards out. She felt that there was more people posted a photo card on social media than mailing. I read her post, obviously awhile back, put this on my list and well out of sight out of mind. Story of my life lately. But as the old saying goes BETTER LATE THAN NEVER!!!
Here is a quote from Shannon " For years I’ve complained about Facebook ruining birthday cards and now it would seem the same was happening to Christmas cards. A handmade, handwritten card in the mailbox seemed to be nearly extinct—and I was contributing to the problem!"
I too must admit, here is the card making business, I put together cards to make at my card clubs or even cards from Paper Pumpkin, where do they go??? In my file drawer in their appropriate categories, where else?? But, I rarely remember to send cards anymore. The hustle and bustle of life and well the ease of simply saying "Happy Birthday" to a friend via Facebook or text has well, made it almost to easy to not have to mail a card.
Thinking about this....I do, even at 42 years old, get excited to see a handwritten envelope in my mailbox from a friend or family member. I do mail Christmas Cards and have to say I really enjoy seeing everyone's cards in the mail. AND...well those handful of friends that did make handmade cards really made my holidays.
Something as simple as, a personal piece of mail, can really make someones day. Sometimes it's truly the little things.
So event though I am a little late jumping on this bandwagon....I challenge you to mail birthday cards out to those that you know the dates on. AND...comment on my blog with the #imbringingbirthdaysback and I will mail you a birthday card, handmade from me.
After commenting, I will need to ask that you email me your full name and address so I can mail you the card. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Below is a few cards I made in preparation to getting cards out. But I assure, I have many, many birthday cards sitting in my drawer. So although, I will be continuing to make new ones as needed...I do promise I have alot to send.
You can click HERE to read the full article Shannon West wrote.
I really excited that Sara reached out to Shannon to find out what she could do to involve Stampin' Up and well...they decided to market the #imbringbirthdaysback stamp that Shannon had made. So the stamp is available as a wood block stamp only for $12. It's really cool and I can't wait to get may hands on it.
I've included a picture below so you can see how the image will stamp. If you click on the picture it will direct you to my Stampin Up store where you can order your very own. How COOL!!!
NOW PLEASE REMEMBER TO COMMENT ON MY BLOG WITH #imbringingbirthdaysback and email me at email@example.com with your name and address and I will send you a birthday card you can use for someone.
I really hope your up to this challenge with me, there's no purchase need...well maybe a stamp to mail your card to someone else!!!