125 posts categorized "Birthday"


Fri 23

Floral Butterfly Birthday
by Sharon Harnist

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Happy Saturday, crafty friends!  Today I'm sharing a birthday card made for my dear, sweet husband's aunt who turned 94 years young this week!  It came together quickly and easily, by using these fabulous dies:  Fresh Picked Flowers, Primavera Butterfly, Adora Butterfly, Sentimental Happy Birthday.

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I started by die cutting the solid Primavera Butterfly from white cardstock, then the Adora Butterfly die cut from gold metallic cardstock and placed on top.  I love that this gives the look of gold metallic embossing, but a lot easier and less mess!  The butterfly was mounted to a kraft card base with foam tape on the top right wing, to give it some dimension.  The beautiful Fresh Picked Flowers die was cut from white cardstock and then colored with Copic markers G20, G21, and R20.  It was also mounted to the card using foam tape behind the leaves and glue dots behind the flower centers, to create more dimension.  The flower that was originally behind the butterfly was cut off the stem and added with foam tape to the top of the lower right flower.

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Finally, the pretty Sentimental Happy Birthday was die cut from gold metallic and white cardstocks then layered together, offset, to create a shadow effect.  To finish the card, clear sequins were scattered on the background and white Nuvo drops added to the flower centers.

Thanks for checking in today . . . I hope you enjoy your weekend!




Fri 23

Painted Flower Stems
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Friday! It has been so gloomy and rainy here all week that I needed some bright sunshine. I decided to make it myself with the colors on my card today. I don't know about you but I am ready for Spring!


 started with my pretty yellow card and some of the plaid paper from Lawn Fawn in a bright blue. Then I die cut the Painted Flower Stems in white and glued all of the layers to the card.



Then I die cut the Sentimental Happy Birthday in a navy paper and glued it to a piece of vellum before adding it to my card. I finished it off with some gems in the center of the flowers. This card is sure to brighten anyones day!






Wed 21

Happy Birthday
by Donna Sledzik

Good morning everyone!

Today I have another spring birthday card for you.  We had 6" of snow over the weekend, but today is a beautiful sunny day with temperatures in the high 60s!  I am happy to say the snow is gone!  So today's card was inspired by spring colors and flowers.


I started this card by sponging the white cardstock layer with Broken China Distress Oxide ink.  I misted it lightly with plain water and dried it with a heat tool.  Then I used Heidi Swapp's gold ink to spatter the background.

Next I die cut the Jumbo Peony and Fine Cut Leaves twice from watercolor paper which had double sided tape applied to the back of the paper.  I did this to keep all the tiny parts of the flowers and leaves inside the die cut, since I wanted them to be a solid image.


To color the flowers and the leaves I used Distress Oxide inks and Claritystamp brushes to apply the ink.  I like using the brushes to achieve a nice soft color.  Once I was done coloring the die cuts I glued them to the card front.  

I die cut the Happy Birthday from watercolor paper and adhered it to the card front.


To finish the card, I glued the card front to a white cardstock layer which was then adhered to a Peony notecard using foam tape.  I glued on a few epoxy embellishments to complete the card.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!






Fri 09

Floral Bloom Card
by Donna Sledzik

Hi everyone!

 It has been a rough week with all this winter weather, so I'd like to inspire you with a spring themed birthday card.


To create this card I die cut the Floral Bloom Oval Frame three times, once from watercolor paper and twice from gold metallic paper.  I kept the inside pieces from the watercolor die cut and taped them in the back to keep the pieces in place.  I sponged the die cut with Picked Raspberry and Peeled Paint Distress inks.  

For the card front I applied Antique Linen, Peeled Paint and a little Picked Raspberry distress ink to the paper and misted it with water to blend the inks. I spattered the card front with gold ink.  Once the paper was dry I glued the watercolor die cut to the card front.  I only glued the oval frame and not the flowers so that I could tuck some of the gold die cuts behind the flowers.


I took one of the gold die cuts and glued it on top of the watercolor one, and the second one I cut the flowers and leaves apart and tucked them behind the other flowers.  Once the flowers were in place,  I glued all the other flowers down.  

I stamped and embossed the sentiment on a strip of cardstock and sponged the edges with Peeled Paint distress ink.  Using foam tape I adhered this to the card front.

To finish the card I glued the card front to a green cardstock layer and adhered this to a white card base.  I added some pink Nuvo dots to add a little texture.

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great weekend!






Tue 21

Birthday Wishes with Feathered Friends, Wrapped Circles and Swooping Branches and Leaves by Jean Okimoto


Send birthday wishes to someone a year older - but wiser - with the happy owl from the new Deep Edge Feathered Friends and Deep Edge Swooping Branches and Leaves.  This big, bright owl is framed by the new Wrapped Circles diecuts.  So many dies, so many ways to use them!

Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with another matchup of innovative Memory Box dies and beautiful printed and embossed papers from Shizen Design.  Deep Edge dies are specially-designed for heavier, thicker materials and multiple layers of diecutting.  They're great for quilters, fabric artists and teachers who need to cut duplicates for their students.  The heavy artpapers are made from cotton fabric scraps from the t-shirt industry - but the dies cut right through with clean smooth edges, without leftover bits of threads and fibers.  


Cut two Wrapped Circles from white cardstock.  

Cut two Swooping Branches from cardboard and layer them for dimension.

Attach adhesive label paper or sticker sheets to black, peach, light orange and dark orange felt.  Diecut the owl's face, eyes, beak and rosy cheeks.  (I borrowed the smaller rosy cheeks die from the birds.)   The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from soaking through.  Assemble that sweet face - it'll make anyone smile, even on their birthday!

Cut the wing from dark orange felt and black cardstock - it's easy to cut both layers with the Deep Edge Dies.

Cut the rest of the owl from the floral print and black cardstock - again, both layers at once.

Attach the black diecuts  - slightly offset for a shadow effect - behind the wing and owl.

Cut the leaves from embossed paper.

Stamp the greeting - from the Open Studio Garden Sketches Clear Stamp Set - on turquoise cardstock with Onyx Black VersaFine.  Dry the ink, then diecut the strip with the coordinating Garden Sketches die.

Attach the diecuts to a white A-6 (4-5/8" x 6-1/4") card - use foamdots for the center and top of the owl.  Add gold gem stickers.  The card's thickness will probably require extra postage - but it celebrates a special day!


Big thanks to everyone from Sunday's Asian Holiday Greetings class!  It was great to meet so many new students - and Memory Box fans - and to see my friends again.  Special thanks to Ann and Becca - for keeping us well-stocked with artpapers, washi tape and Memory Box and Poppystamps dies!

Happy Thanksgiving to those celebrating on Thursday!  If you're in the Seattle area - save Saturday the 25th  for two holiday classes at Impress.  It's MERRY AND QUICK at 10:30 - 7 quick and easy Christmas cards that don't look quick and easy.

The GIFT TAG PORTFOLIO class starts at 1:30.  We're making a fold-out portfolio and filling it with 8 colorful tags.  It's a great little gift - and it can be mailed in an A-6 envelope too.   As a bonus, I've added a candy card to the class - perfect for  delivering a holiday treat to the special people on your list. Of course we'll have to sample a bit of that chocolate too!

Thanks for stopping by - see you again on Friday!










Mon 23

An October Birthday Card
by Anne Thompson

I needed just one more birthday card for October, so I combined some of my favorite stamps and dies on this one.


I used a Sweet Corn notecard as the base and began by embossing LEAF COLLAGE die 99800 onto the left front of the top-folded notecard.  (Clicking on the titles in blue will take you to the Memory Box catalog website.)  Then I went to work assembling the other pieces I needed.


  • I die cut the STITCHED FARM PUMPKINS 99882 twice from Mango Distressed Dots paper and layered them together.
  • I die cut PERKY HAPPY BIRTHDAY 99761 twice from white cardstock and layered them together.
  • I die cut the PINPOINT DOUBLE FRAME 99765 twice, once from Squash Distressed Dots paper and once from white cardstock and trimmed the white frame down a bit.  I placed the white frame in the lower righthand corner of the notecard and glued the squash dot piece in the center opening.
  • I stamped some of the leaves and flowers from the GARDEN SKETCHES CLEAR STAMPS SET CL5204 on white cardstock using Archival Jet Black ink.  I colored the leaves with a Prismacolor bright green pencil.  I overstamped the flowers using stamps from the Garden Sketches set, one flower in Hero Arts Butter Bar ink and the other in Spiced Marmalade Distress ink.  I then die cut the images using the coordinating GARDEN SKETCHES DIE SET 32204.
  • Next I added "Happy Birthday" onto the dot rectangle inside the Pinpoint Double Frame.
  • Then I adhered the Stitched Farm Pumpkins to the left of the rectangle using foam dots.
  • I used a glue pen to secure the leaves to the card in the top center of the frame.  I used more foam dots to place the flowers clustered in the upper right and overlapping the frame a bit.   
  • As I finished typing this up I looked back at the first picture in the post and the card again, and I added a tiny white pearl to dot the "i" and some yellowy ones in the flower centers.  Now it is really done.


Even with what looks like a lot of work, this card came together quickly.  I really love the dimension that is added by embossing the die onto the card front and the use of foam dots to raise images.

With November approaching and two craft fairs to participate in I have really got to get to work on more Christmas cards, tags, packaging ideas, and ornaments.  I'll be sharing some of those with you next month.

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature





Thu 14

Neighborly Narwhal, Slider Grooves and Seaweed Stalks by Jean Okimoto


The Neighborly Narwhal swims along with one of the new Slider Grooves on a birthday card today.  September is a popular month for birthdays - I think this slider would help celebrate that special day for anyone you know!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a versatile design that would also work on a thank you, hello or thinking-of-you card.


Cut Neighborly Narwhal from dark gray and white cardstock.  Attach a scrap of black cardstock behind the eye hole.  Assemble the narwhal.

Cut the 3-1/2" x 4-3/4" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from a Pool Notecard half.  Cut the Slider Groove.  Stamp the greeting - from the Watching the World Bloom Clear Stamp Set - with Distress Oxide Peacock Feathers.  Heat-emboss it with detail clear powder.   The words are actually straight - curve the flexible stamp to match the path of the groove.

Use two 5mm pompoms on a strip of cardstock to attach the slider  - like we did in  my previous slider card.  Push the pompoms through the groove and attach them to the back of the narwhal.  

Attach the rectangle to a Pool Notecard with narrow strips of foam tape.  

Cut Seaweed Stalks from green and coral cardstock.  Cut a second short green stalk and trim the bottom a bit before attaching it to the background.  Add blue gem stickers.

Sliders usually require extra postage and special handling...but your thoughtfulness and creativity will be appreciated!


If you're in the Seattle area - join us for a calendar class at Impress on September 16th.  Dies, stamps and art papers will accent a sweet little desk or countertop calendar to inspire you throughout 2018.  Enjoy a 10% class discount on everything you buy that day - including our just-released Fall 2017 Collection!

Thanks for stopping by - enjoy making slider cards to brighten someone's day!




Wed 30

Goldfish Collage, Wrapped Stitch Rectangles and Fish Tales
by Jean Okimoto


The Goldfish Collage makes a great birthday card for your favorite guy - and he'll never guess how quick and easy it was!   Hi - Jean Okimoto here with a simple summer design.


Cut the 2-3/4" x 4" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from dark blue cardstock. The wonky stitches are hard to see here - but they add a bit of a frame and some texture.    Cut it with Goldfish Collage.  Save the fish for another project - we're using the negative  portion on today's card.

Cut a piece of laminate using the 2-1/2" x 3-3/4" Rectangle Basics die.  Attach it behind the Goldfish Collage - save the liner.  Flip the diecut over to the front and use the slippery side of the liner to press the diecut firmly onto the laminate.  Brush extra-fine light gold glitter onto the exposed adhesive in the fish cutouts.  Tap off the excess glitter, then press the glittered fish with the liner to secure the glitter and smooth it out.

Cut a scrap of light gray cardstock with the 2-1/2" x 3-3/4" Rectangle Basics die.  Attach it the laminate to keep the printed paper and card front from showing through.  A backing layer of gray, white or black cardstock makes the glitter stand out and  keeps any background patterns or colors  from showing through.  

Diecut a 2-3/4" x 4"  piece of silkscreened paper.  This crisp, beachy print is from Shizen Design.

Stamp the greeting - from the Fish Tales Clear Stamp Set - on white cardstock with Majestic Blue VersaFine.  Dry the ink, then cut it with the 1-1/4" Circle Basics die.

Cut Dibble Dot Border from gold mirror cardstock - save the circles.

Attach the diecuts to dark kraft A-6 (4-5/8" x 6-1/4") card - use foam dots for the greeting.


Glittered diecuts are a great way to dress a card up for any occasion or holiday.  It's quick - no drying required - and makes a great impression.  

Thanks for stopping by - see you again this evening!





Fri 11

Holy Mackerel
by Donna Sledzik

Happy Friday everyone!

Today I have one last summer card for you before we really get into my favorite times of the year, autumn and winter.  

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I have so many summer birthdays, and I found myself needing on more card, and those cute fish stamps were calling my name!

To make this card I stamped, colored and die cut the fish.  I used Faded Jeans and Broken China Distress Oxide inks to create the background layer for my card.  While the inks were still wet, I wrinkled a piece of plastic and layed it over the inked paper and let it dry. Once it was dry I pulled the plastic wrap off and if left a nice texture on the background.

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I trimmed the paper and glued it to a white cardstock layer.  Next I stamped my sentiment with black ink, in the bottom right hand corner of the card.  Using orange cardstock I die cut the rings and glued them on top of the background.  I used foam tape to adhere the fish to the card.  

I adhered the card front to a orange cardstock layer which I then glued to a white card base.  I added some clear epoxy dots to finish off the card.

Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!




Fri 23

Happiest of Birthdays!
by Sherry Hester

Happy Friday, everyone!

Today’s card is a new version of an older post using Adelaide Stem and Airin Bird Background dies. The layout is close to the same, but I changed the color scheme and the background.

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I created a stencil using the Zimmer Oval Background, and on a piece of white card stock cut to 3.25” x 4.5”, I randomly sponged Dusty Concord Distress Ink through the openings, leaving some areas very light and others a little darker. I splattered the same color ink onto the background.

I cut the Airin Bird from a light blue card stock, and shaded the top and right sides with Faded Jeans, added a dot for the eye, and colored in the beak with an orange colored pencil. I cut two of the Adelaide Stem from white card stock, sponged Peeled Paint onto the stems and lightly sponged Dusty Concord on the flower portions. Purple glitter added some sparkle to the flowers.

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I arranged one of the stems behind the bird and adhered them to its back. Before adding the bird to the background, I strung a length of white twine with some lavender beads, then wrapped it around the piece three times. The bird was adhered with foam tape, and I inserted its tail in between two strands of the twine. Once that was in place, I snipped off one of the flowers from the second Adelaide Stem and glued it down to the left of the bird. I added foam tape to the assembled piece and adhered it to a white A2 card base. The sentiment is from the Watching the World Bloom clear stamp set.

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Thanks as always for stopping by, and have a wonderful weekend!