185 posts categorized "Birthday"


Thu 23

Build a Birthday Cake with Snowglobe Bases by Jean Okimoto




One of my favorite classes to teach at Impress is BEYOND THE BOX.  We take ideas from my blog posts then tweak them, using Memory Box products in unexpected and unintended ways.  For example, build a 4-layer birthday cake with the popular Snowglobe Bases and Sunset Blush Wide Washi Tape.

Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a card that could have two reactions -  #1-OK, maybe it's a birthday cake - or #2-what was she thinking?    It all begins with Snowglobe Bases


Attach Sunset Blush Wide Washi Tape to pink cardstock and cut various sections of it with Snowglobe Bases.


Stack the layers and tape them together.  Cut three of the Tall Birthday Candles from the pink Delicate Pastels 6x6 glitter cardstock.  Color the flame sections with a Sharpie, Zebra Mildliner or Copic Marker.  Attach the candles behind the top layer.  Trim the left edge of the two bottom layers.

Attach peachy-pink cardstock to adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet and cut Birthday Cursive Script Circle.  Leave the tiny dot over the "i" in the die until you're ready to attach it.  Attach the diecut to a side-folded white A2 card.  Add the tiny dot.

Stamp "wishes" - from the Cherry Blossom Wreath Clear Stamp and Die Set - on the same cardstock with Shady Lane VersaFine Clair.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.  Trim it and attach it to the card with foam tape.

Cut three butterflies from the Birch Press Design Butterfly Cluster set from the pale pink Delicate Pastel glitter cardstock.  Color them with a peach marker, dry the ink, and attach them to the card.

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Enjoy experimenting and creating different looks with dies, stamps and papers from your Memory Box stash.  I think you'll be surprised and happy to discover so many ways to use Dave's great designs!

Thanks for visiting - see you again this weekend...






Sun 19

Using Your Scraps- Glitter Edition
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  I wanted to use up some of my Memory Box glitter paper scraps, so I thought what better way than to make a birthday card.  After all, everyone needs a little sparkle on their special day.

To make the card, I chose the Cascadia Background Strip because it reminds me of pennants hanging for a party.  When I cut out the die, I first cut it out of a 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" piece of white cardstock.  That was the front of my card.  For all the individual sections, I placed my die onto my Big Shot and taped all of piece on top so that I could cut them all at the same time:


Once I cut out all my pieces, I glued them in each of the various sections on the white card.  To finish the card, I cut out the "celebrate" from a piece of purple glitter cardstock and added some glitter dots for decoration:


Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.







Sun 05

Distressed Watercolored Embossing by Jean Okimoto


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Here are some techniques to add color and sparkle to 3-D embossed images. Let's add some distressed watercolors - and a lot of glitter - to the Butterfly Gathering design for a summer birthday card.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a card that evolved during the process.

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Spritz a light mist of water onto the smoother side of Open Studio Watercolor Paper.  Sponge it with overlapping layers of shaded lilac, peacock feathers and cracked pistachio Distress Oxides.  Air-dry it. Cut it with the largest die from the Geodesic Oval Trio.

Spritz the reverse side lightly and pressure-emboss it using the plate(s) required for your machine.  Here's the sequence I used on my Spellbinders Platinum - base platform, embossing folder, two layers of cardstock.  No embossing plate or rubber mat.  Machines differ - please don't force the materials through your machine.

Carefully distress the three butterflies with sandpaper or the tip of a medium-grade sanding block. Use light, short sanding strokes instead of heavy pressure or a circular motion.  Brush the residue off.  Attach the diecut to a white A6 card (4-½" x 6-¼").  Attach the delicate geodesic frame.  Use a skewer to spread Open Studio Dragonfly Glitter Glue within the distressed outlines.  

We usually add accents to the diecut before attaching it to the card - but we all know what happens to the damp glitter glue when we flip the diecut over to add the adhesive, then press it onto the card.  

Cut the turquoise glitter sheet from the 6x6 Twinkling Jewel Glitter Pack with Honeycomb Square to create pretty little glitter hexagons.

Stamp the birthday wishes - from the Poppystamps Greeting Basics Clear Stamp Set - with Warm Breeze VersaFine Clair.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.


Trim the greeting with a die from the Rectangle Basics set for nice finished edges.  If the dies don't match the shape of the greeting - cut it with a larger die, then just trim the bottom edge.  Attach it with foam tape.

Hope you know someone celebrating a summer birthday - and try these techniques with our other 3D Embossing Folders too.   

Thanks for visiting...see you again on Thursday -






Sat 04

July Birthdays
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  On America's birthday, I'm inspired to make a card for not only the day but for July birthdays in general.  Am I the only one that often uses a red/white/blue theme for cards other than the 4th?

For this card, I went to town using the Diagonal Stripe Collage die.  I started with a kraft piece of cardstock and then cut the die three times out of the kraft paper.  I then added a piece of kraft cardstock behind all of the openings so that I had a tone on tone effect with a lot of dimension to it.

Next, I took a piece of white cardstock and cut out the stripes before putting red cardstock behind it.  I layered my red/white stripe piece on top of some blue cardstock, added my sentiment and finished with some red, white and blue starts.  Here is a close up:


Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. 







Mon 29

Leafy Tree Frame Best Wishes
by Anne Thompson

It's Sunday night as I write up this post and almost everything that could go wrong in this process has gone wrong.  Ever have one of those days?!  The computer has been acting up and the camera died after three photos.  So I'm just going to have to work with what I have because this goes live at 3:01 AM.

I've spent the month of June making birthday cards to replenish my dwindling supply.  Today's card with the sentiment "best wishes" could be used for a birthday card or for any occasion when you want to send best wishes.  I used watercolor paper, two dies, and two pieces of the same dot/stripe paper on a white notecard.

I started with a piece of Memory Box WATERCOLOR PAPER WP101 and green paints from my Kuretake watercolors.  I wet the paper first with a wide brush and clear water and then dabbed on various shades of green paint with a smaller brush and let the water move the colors to blend them. 


After the painted paper was dry I cut it using the LEAFY TREE FRAME 94420 and the BEST WISHES BANNER SCRIPT 94394.


I cut two pieces of the same double-sided dot/stripe paper 5 1/4 X 4, placing the dots on the front of the notecard and the stripes on the inside.  This paper is from the SPRINGTIME BOUQUET STRIPES AND DOTS PAPER PAD PP1007I used very narrow Scor-Tape and a glue pen to add the die cut pieces to the dotted paper on the card front.  I found a sticky-back green gem to dot the i.

I like the way the Leafy Tree Frame embosses the leaves on the tree and lines on the frame, giving it a lovely texture.  Perhaps I could have gotten even more dimension if I had die cut the image while it was still damp.  I find that even lightly misted paper often gives a better impression than really dry paper.

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That's it!


I'm really ready for a new challenge, a new theme.  I wonder what July will bring...

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature


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Mon 22

Tulip Trio Frame Birthday Card
by Anne Thompson

I'm still making birthday cards this month to replenish my supply.  I like to have a variety on hand to choose from when I need one.   Here's a bright, sparkly new one to add to my stash.


From the front you could imagine this card could be for any occasion.  But when you look inside...


...there's the birthday message!

This was a very simple card to make.  I chose two coordinating prints from the GARDEN FOLLY 6X6 paper pad PP1005 and some white cardstock to make the paper layers on the white notecard.  I added pieces from the TULIP TRIO FRAME 94440 cut using a piece of bright red glitter paper from the TWINKLING JEWEL 6X6 glitter paper pad GP1003 as the focal image for the card front.  There is plenty of room on the white cardstock to add a name or other stamped or handwritten message once I know where this card is going.


On the inside of the card I layered more of the red plaid paper and white cardstock as a backdrop for the BIRTHDAY CURSIVE SCRIPT CIRCLE 94396 and two solid candles from TALL BIRTHDAY CANDLES 94395, both cut from more of the same red glitter paper.


That's it!  Easy peasy.


Want to submit your birthday card in this month's challenge?  Check out how to here.  We would love to see what you've been making!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature





Wed 17

Another Garden Party Birthday
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  Have you joined in this month’s Birthday Cards challenge yet?  Today I‘m sharing another birthday card created with products from the Garden Party release.

This was pretty simple.  The part that took the longest was the coloring, so I started with the background first.  The largest die from Rectangle Basics was used to die cut an A2 sized rectangle from Bristol paper.  A DIY cover plate was then created next using the Diagonal Stripes Collage die.  The two perimeter strips were die cut first...


Followed by the two middle strips and... done!  Too funny... I just realized I have a discontinued stencil exactly like this. 😂


Next, light gray dye ink was blended directly onto a white card base with a blender brush. Adhered the DIY cover plate on top then splattered using Black Soot distress ink. 


For some reason, no-line colouring intimidates me.  So naturally, that was what I chose to do. 😂  I keep trying.  Anyway, the images from Peony Garden Corner stamp set were stamped with Fadeout no line coloring detail ink by Ink on 3 on alcohol-friendly cardstock.  They were no-line colored with Copic markers and final shading details were done with Polychromos pencils.


The images were die cut out with the coordinating dies.  My alignment was a bit off and I also wanted a thinner white border, so I fussy cut to clean up the edges.  The Celebrate Cursive Script sentiment was die cut twice from Bristol paper and once from black mirror cardstock and stacked for dimension.  Clear shimmer added to the flowers for some sparkle completed the card. 


And that is all.  Thank you for stopping by.  Enjoy your day.






Thu 11

Emboss the Leafy Jumble Background by Jean Okimoto

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Let's make another card using one of the three Leafy Jumble Stencil backgrounds we created in my previous post.  It's the original Distress Oxide-inked sheet of Open Studio Watercolor Paper.  Hi there, Jean Okimoto here with the second of three cards we're making using a variation of a great Jennifer McGuire technique.  

Use the Leafy Jumble Stencil and a water-spritzed sheet of Open Studio Watercolor Paper to lift the inks from a heavily-inked sheet of watercolor paper. Repeat the lifting  with a second sheet of watercolor paper for another background.

Stencil VersaMark onto the original inked paper and heat-emboss it with detail clear powder to create the background for today's card. Cut it with the 3" x 4-¼" Rectangle Basics die.

Cut white cardstock with the large Poppystamps Flora Blooms die.  Attach a scrap of the yellow glittered cardstock from the 6"x6" Twinkling Jewel Glitter Pack behind the flower.

Cut Birthday Cursive Script Circle from yellow cardstock - leave the teeny dot over the "i" in the die until you're ready to attach it to the background.  

Stamp "greetings" - from the Cherry Blossom Wreath Clear Stamps and Die Set - on yellow cardstock with Shady Lane VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink, then trim the cardstock with the smallest Rectangle Basics die.  Cut the excess off the short end with the side of a larger rectangle die for a nice trimmed edge.

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Attach everything to a top-folded white A-2 card - position the Birthday Cursive Script Circle so the dot over the "i" can be securely attached to an area that's not embossed and glossy.  Add ¼" punched circles of the yellow Twinkling Jewel glittered cardstock.

Looking for more fresh floral designs?  Both Impress Cards and Crafts - and Stamps and Memories-Hawaii are now selling my GARDEN PARTY GREETINGS card kits.   Here's a link to the Impress online store to place your order.  Call or text Stamps and Memories  at 808 484.9107.  Thank you!

We'll use the third background from this process on another card this weekend.  Thanks for visiting - see you again on Sunday.






Mon 08

"happy birthday to you" with Garden Folly papers on an embossed Chrysanthemum Field
by Anne Thompson

Today I have a birthday card with lots of pretty layers using coordinating papers from the Garden Folly 6 X 6 paper pad, the Chrysanthemum Field embossing folder, and several dies from the Garden Party Collection.


I started with choosing papers from the GARDEN FOLLY PAPER PAD PP1005.  I selected a narrow stripe to use with the Spring 2020 CHRYSANTHEMUM FIELD EMBOSSING FOLDER EF 1001.


I used a sanding block over the raised images to add even more distress and expose more of the white under layer.


I trimmed that piece to 5 X 4 1/4 and adhered it to a white notecard.  I then cut some coordinating papers into flags--1 1/2 X 5 and 1 X 4 with vees snipped on the bottom edges--to use with a piece of white paper doily on the card front.


Next I made the layered square card piece with a white 2 1/2" square on the bottom and the successive squares each smaller by 1/4".  I stamped "happy birthday to you" from the BEST LIFE TYPEWRITER SENTIMENTS clear stamp set CL5237 in VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink on the center white square after cutting the words apart to fit on a small square acrylic block.  I added the smallest of the BUBBLE CIRCLES 94439 (cut from a scrap of the striped paper) around the sentiment and also included a white cardstock GIULIA BORDE R 94411  on the left edge.


On the inside, I added a piece of Garden Folly paper 5 1/4 X 4 and a white rectangle 4 3/4 X 3 1/2.  I cut two candles from more of the striped paper using the TALL BIRTHDAY CANDLES die 94395 and added those on the bottom left.


Another look at the finished card...


Have you come up with an idea for this month's birthday card challenge?  There are so many products in the Garden Party Collection that are perfect for sending birthday wishes.  You can enter the challenge here.

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

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Tue 02

Big Birthday Celebration by Jean Okimoto


Celebrate a special birthday with Tall Birthday Candles and Poppystamps' Flora Blooms Solid Set.  Balance the bold diecuts with the delicate Celebrate Cursive Script and a pretty floral print from the Garden Folly 6x6 prints.

Hello, Jean Okimoto here sharing a design idea for the June Birthdays Challenge.  Everyone deserves a special birthday card and now - more than ever - your handcrafted card will brighten their day.  


The 5-piece Poppystamps Flora Bloom Solids Set nests together and cuts bold blossoms for spring and summer greetings.  It's a great set for stenciling, pressure-embossing and cutting inlaid designs too.  Tape the dies (excluding the largest die) together and cut Flamingo cardstock.  Leave the pieces in the die and tape the nesting diecuts in two or three spots to keep them intact.  Attach foam tape to four of the five outer petals.

Cut two Scribble Leafy Branch Backgrounds from green cardstock.  Cut a 1-½" x 3-½" strip of the striped floral print from the new 6x6 Garden Folly Paper Pack.  Cut Celebrate Cursive Script from Flamingo cardstock. 


Cut three of the Tall Birthday Candles from one of the white glittered cardstock from the Delicate Pastel Glitter Pad.  They're actually 2-¾" tall and but trimmed to various heights here.  Color them with Zebra MildLiner, Copic or Sharpie Markers and set them aside to dry.

Attach everything to a 3-½" x 8-½" white slimline card - place the petal without foam tape where it'll be under the tip of the "C."  Slimline cards fit into #9 and #10 business envelopes.  The Garden Folly print strip extends beyond the top of the card to add a point of interest.


The Tall Birthday Candles and Celebrate Cursive Script are classic designs for anyone and everyone.  Add design elements from Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press Design and create unique cards for everyone on your list.

Thanks for visiting - see you again on Thursday!