Hippo Birthday

Hippo Birthday

Hello, all!  As promised, here is another card post, this one using a Stampendous stamp I think I have used only once before since I bought it.  I don’t regret the purchase, though, as 1) I didn’t pay full price for it and 2) it makes me laugh every time I look at it.  I’m hoping it made the friend I sent it to laugh, too!

I tried looking up the Hippo Cycle and the Stampin’ Up Banner Boutique stamp set I dug out for this card and, sadly, both are retired. The sentiment stamp came from this Inkadinkado Humorous Birthday set and the dashed line around sentiment is part of the Avery Elle Sending You set.

I used a black cardbase (Recollections) layered with an aqua linen textured panel (DCWV mat stack) layered with a piece of pretty patterned paper.  This had been lying on my scrap pile for a long time, so I don’t remember where the full sheet came from 🙁 The hippo is colored on Copic-friendly paper I got back when I took a beginner’s Copic class at one of our local scrapbook stores, but is similar to this sold by Ellen Hutson. The banner she is pulling is a scrap of some cheaper white cardstock.

handmade birthday card hippo cycle

For the other banners, I colored the bottom one with my Copics (I got a really nice set for Christmas one year from my DH 🙂 and actually paper-pieced the other, a technique I hardly ever take the time to do.  I like the effect here as I found some scraps of American Crafts paper on my pile that matched very well with the color scheme of the card.

handmade birthday card hippo cycle

When I assembled all the parts I adhered the colored banner directly to the card but added Scotch foam tape to the second banner and the hippo & her banner. I tied the hippo banner on with some Baker’s twine (Recollections) and the little flower I circle punched from some floral paper to cover up the spot where I messed up the dashed line stamping 🙂 Thankfully no actual card surgery was required for this particular card and no actual hippos were harmed during the making 🙂

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A Special Mr. & Mrs. Anniversary Card

A Special Mr. & Mrs. Anniversary Card

Hi, there! Hope everyone had a relaxing Labor Day weekend! I was inspired by some paper from my stash to make a really detailed anniversary card for one of my very special nieces. I started out with a cardbase of gold metallic cardstock from a Recollections value pack then added a panel from the Heidi Grace “Forever Love” collection (unfortunately now discontinued). The second panel is matted with the reverse of one of the patterned sheets.

I stamped the focal sentiment in Versamark ink onto a sort of orchid color cardstock (stash) and embossed it with the no name brand gold embossing powder I’ve been trying to use up so I can start on the “good stuff” I bought recently 🙂 The sentiment stamp is from the Fiskars “All Year Greetings” clear stamp set and I cut out the panel with the Spellbinders Labels Eighteen nesting dies. It’s matted with the reverse of the other HG patterned paper.

The smaller “Mr. & Mrs.” sentiment is from a discontinued Fiskars set called “The Big Day” and was also stamped and embossed then trimmed out around the shape of the sentiment. I backed it with the same brown as the label and trimmed that as well.

Handmade anniversary card special mr & mrs detail right

I tucked a few of the Jolee’s By You—Gold Hearts embellishments (a nice package, it’s been very useful) under the label on the right side and also added one to the embellishment cluster on the left along with a trimmed down white Prima flower, which came in a canister like this, and a gold foil capital ‘R’, source unknown as back in the day I didn’t bother to save any packaging 🙁

Handmade anniversary card special mr & mrs detail left

I don’t usually get this elaborate with a card, but I decided to go all out and further embellish the cluster by adding some of these pearls– DCWV gem stickers and tying a bow around part of the ‘R’ with some Offray Ivory organdy ribbon I’ve had in my stash forever. I added a few more of the pearls at the bottom of the sentiment panel and called it done! Not only does my niece get a handmade card, I also used quite a few items from my stash!! Mission accomplished 🙂 Let me know if you’re making progress using up your stash as well! Have a great week! Karen

Just Wanted To Say Hi

Just Wanted To Say Hi

The starting point for this card was the intent to use some of my stash paper.  I browsed till I found this gorgeous foiled paper from the 2012 DCWV “White Ginger” stack. (I did mention I was a paper hoarder—I have even older paper than that!)

I layered the foil with a brown paper with a tiny check pattern from the same stack and added a strip of pearlescent green cardstock.  It came from a mat stack, but I can’t say which one as I got so tired of looking through ten or twelve mat stacks for the exact  color I needed that I just tore all the papers out and put them in color order in a mesh bin.  It took a long time, but was totally worth it!  I do know they were all DCWV mat stacks, though 🙂

The sentiment is the Penny Black “to say hi” stamped in Versamark ink and embossed with WOW white embossing powder.

Handmade hello card say hi close up WM

For this cluster on the top left I cut some strips from the brown check and green cardstock as well as an additional pattern from the White Ginger stack, cut flag ends, inked the edges with Colorbox pigment  ink stacks, probably Rain Forest and Surf’s Up.  These stacks are my “go to” for inking edges because they are small, easy to handle, and with just three or four carefully chosen stacks you have almost any color you could possibly need. Of course I may have a few more than four, but they have served me well over the years!

To finish off the card I wrapped it several times with some very hairy 🙁 twine salvaged from a package, tied (with great difficulty) a bow and glue dotted the bow & button (source unknown) to the card.  It kind of looks like it’s threaded through the button, but believe me with that twine I would not even have attempted it!  Anyway, I usually do just cheat and pretend I threaded the button 🙂 Does that make me a bad person?  Let me know if there are any kindred spirits out there who can’t be bothered trying to thread twine through buttons!! Happy crafting!  Karen