169 posts categorized "Birthday"


Tue 24

Front Flap Birthday
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  I need birthday cards and wanted to get some colouring therapy in, so today I have a cheery floral birthday card made with the beautiful Birthday Rose Corner stamp set from the Spring collection.

Jennifer McGuire recently shared some Front Flap cards, and her balloon card inspired mine.  I streamlined the process by starting with a top folding card base created from no bleed through alcohol friendly cardstock.  The image was stamped with alcohol friendly black ink and coloured in with Copic markers and Polychromos pencils.


It was then die cut out with the matching die.


The background is a single A2 size Bristol panel.  Blended light gray dye ink through a Bold Stripes stencil from Birch Press and stamped the sentiment from Poppy Stamps Birthday Blowout with Archival black ink.  


Because the alcohol friendly cardstock I used does not bleed through, it saved me from having to die cut a white piece to cover up the back.

 To finish, clear shimmer was added to the roses. 


As you can see, the only part of the card that opens is that small corner piece.  Thank you for spending time with me.  Stay home and craft on!





Sun 23

Birthday Wishes
by Michelle Bala



Hello there! Michelle here, continuing the 202 Memory Box Blog Blitz!!! I used the Gilia Flower Frame Die and Birthday Rose Corner Stamp Set.  I also used the new water color paper.  


I added a few brush strokes of water to the paper and allowed it to sit for a minute before I added the ink. I used distress oxide ink in victorian velvet and added some water to create a water wash. Than I added some splatters of the same wash. Allow to dry.


I die cut the Gilia Flower Frame from white cardstock and adhered them to the water colored base. I added some of the new Fairy Sugar glitter glue in berry mist all over the die cuts for some beautiful shimmer! Lastly, I stamped the birthday sentiment onto some extra watercolored paper and adhered it to the base.

Want to win the new Gilia Flower Frame Die?  Leave a comment to this post before 11:59 pm EST on Sunday, February 23rd.  One comment will be chosen at random to win the die.  Winners will be announced on the blog on Monday, February 24th at 6pm EST.  Good luck! 

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Fri 21

Memory Box Spring 2020 Release
by Vicki Finger

Hello everyone and welcome back to the Memory Box Blog Blitz!  I took a short vacation at the beginning of the month but now I'm back and have several new projects to share with you today.  Memory Box has just released its Spring 2020 Catalog and there are lots of fun new things in this collection of products, including Patterned Paper, Glitter Cardstock, Stencils, Washi Tapes, Glitter Glue (called Fairy Sugar), and some new 3D Embossing Folders.

I was having a hard time deciding what to feature first so I have a few projects for you today!  I also have a chance to win a giveaway for you as thanks for stopping by and seeing my projects over at my blog, Twinkling Paper Studio.  One commenter will receive a free Arched Happy Easter Die # 94446 from Memory Box!  

We also have Glitter Cardstock 6 x 6 Pads in Pastels and Brights!  The paler colors are called Delicate Pastels and the brights are called Twinkling Jewel Glitter Pad.  I'm sure you know I had to have the one with the word "Twinkling" in the name.  

There are also some new Washi Tapes in wide and narrow widths.  The one I'm featuring here is the Watercolor Forest Greenery Wide Washi Tape.  It's similar in style to the Watercolor Woodland Washi Tape from our 2019 Winter Collection.  I thought it would be fun to combine with some little bunnies, Spring florals, and Fairy Sugar Glitter Glue.  

I added the wide Washi Tape to a piece of white cardstock and then die cut it with the Matinee Rectangle Layers in the largest size.  Then using a little finger dauber, I added some color to the Magnolia Circle Frame and the Pretty Blossom Stem.  Next, I added some Fairy Sugar to the leaves and blooms.  

Once that was dry, I added some pearls to the center of the blooms and some inking to the outside edges of the Little Bunny Trio.  I added a black dot with a tiny white highlight for the eye on each little bunny.  Once I attached the Matinee Rectangle, I added some additional Fairy Sugar in Iris and Strawberry Ice to the berries in the washi tape for texture and bling.  

My next card also uses the Matinee Rectangle Layers.  I die cut the 2nd from largest one from white cardstock covered with the Washi Tape and the largest was cut from some pale pink cardstock.  This helps the soft colors in the washi tape to really pop and accent my die cuts.  I used Fairy Sugar in Strawberry Ice, Iris and Berry Mist.  I also used the "Hello" Banner Script die from last month's release to make a simple spring card.  

For my next card,  I used one of the Cottage Meadow Patterned Papers.  Each of these designs has a full floral pattern on one side of the paper and a corner design on the other side of the paper.  These designs remind me very much of something Annie Rifle might create for Rifle Paper Company. I really love having a choice of using the full sheet of print or the corner design.  

For my card, I chose to use a corner design that I thought would fit well with my die choices.  I chose the Cherry Blossom Frame along with the Arched Happy Easter, and the Flitter Side Butterfly.   

This card is sweet and simple, and to me, it instantly evokes the feeling of spring.  The top layer of all the die cuts are made from the new Watercolor Paper and I colored it with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers in Sugared Almond Pink and Green Shadow.  

I added Fairy Sugar Glitter Glue in Iris to the flower centers on the patterned paper and added some gems to the center of the flowers on the die-cut.  

I used Rectangle Basics Die in the largest size to cut the green glittered background.  I added some of the Birchpress Design Shimmer Burst Washi Tape to colored cardstock.  I also cut 1 each of the Genoese, Emmaline and Lacework Eggs from Gold Foiled Cardstock that had Couture Creations Double Sided Adhesive on the backside. 

This card features several new Easter Egg dies with some of the new Glittered Cardstock.   Aren't Filagree Easter Eggs just so pretty and elegant?  They remind me of Fabergé Eggs. If you don't know what those are, here's a search on Pinterest to see some fabulous examples.  If you're interested in more of the history of the House of Fabergé, you can find information here on Wikipedia.  

Next, I ran the colored, washi-taped cardstock through with my die cutting machine with an embossing sandwich to get the impression of the egg which makes fussy cutting around it very easy.  You could also do Die Cut In-lay if you like that style.  That would have taken a lot more time than what I felt I had available today so that I can show you as many of the new products as I can.  

The Gilded Washi Tape, the Gold Foiled Cardstock and the glitter cardstock all work together to make a fun and sparkly card for Easter.  

By dry embossing the eggs onto the cardstock, it gives the look of inlay without the time it would take to do that and also provides the outline for the egg shape for quick and easy fussy cutting of a simple shape.  

I had to sneak one more card in here at the very end that features one of the new stencils, Leafy Jumble.  I was planning to foil it, but I couldn't find my jar of Deco Foil Transfer Gel (until the card was finished, of course), so I ended up using Ink Blending to add the pattern to the cardstock in Turquoise Sea and Tranquil Teal.   

I first added some Pixie Spray to the back of the stencil and let that dry for a few minutes.  This allows the repositionable adhesive to "set" so that you can use it over and over without having to add more. It also holds your stencil in place without moving so that your pattern stays clean and crisp.  

Once that was done, I used the Basic Rectangles to cut a mat layer, a glitter layer and then a top layer for my card from the ink blended piece.  I die cut the Side Butterfly Circle from white cardstock 3 times and glued the layers together. I cut the interior part of the butterfly from cardstock scraps and the outlines of the butterflies from Gold Foiled Cardstock. I also cut the Flitter Side Butterfly using the same papers so that I could have two butterflies facing each other.  Once I had those adhered, I added Spectrum Noir Shimmer Pen to the insides of the wings for that touch of sparkle that I love.

There are many more new products available at Memory Box and it's other companies, Poppy Stamps and Birch Press Design.   Be sure to stop over at the Memory Box Blog, Outside the Box, and take a look at all of the new items that were just released.  I'll have a couple more projects for you next week.  Don't forget to leave a comment here on my blog for your chance to win the Arched Happy Easter Die.  





Thu 20

Splendid Poppy Stems with Embossed Double Stitch Rectangle Cut Outs by Jean Okimoto

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Frame glittered Splendid Poppy Stems with embossed Double Stitch Rectangle Cut Outs for a quick spring card.  The Cottage Meadow 6x6 background creates a fresh garden backdrop for the poppies and scattered Cherry Blossom Elements.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here - welcome to Day 4 of our 2020 Spring Collection blog blitz!

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Cut the Cottage Meadow 6x6 print with the largest Double Stitch Rectangle Cut Out die.  Emboss the rectangle with the next three dies (evenly spread apart and taped together) to form a  frame for the poppies.

Cut Splendid Poppy Stems from green cardstock.  Cut the flower tops from the pink Delicate Pastel Glitter Pack. Attach it to the green diecuts - slightly offset for dimension.  Cut the double-layered flower tops off, then re-attach them slightly lower, creating shorter stems to fit our background.

Cut Cherry Blossom Elements with the light pink 6x6 glitter sheet.  Attach three little blossoms to the border.

Stamp the greeting - from the Cherry Blosssom Wreath Clear Stamps Set - on white cardstock with black ink.

Attach the background and diecuts to a white A-2 card.  Add ¼" dots punched from the lime green Twinkling Jewel Glitter Pad.  Attach the greeting with foam tape. Add dots of Lemon Drop Open Studio Fairy Sugar to the flowers.

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Want a chance to win the new Splendid Poppy Stems die?  Leave a comment on this post before 11:59 pm EST on Sunday, February 23rd.  One comment will be chosen at random to win the die.  Winners will be announced on the blog on Monday, February 24th EST.  Good Luck!

If you're in the Seattle area - join us for another BRIGHTER DAYS AHEAD class at Impress on February 23rd. We're making 6 cards using the latest release - and Poppystamps' famous Whittles, Memory Box Scribble Dies and Birch Press Design stacking does.  

Thanks for visiting...add your comments to all of this week's blog posts for a chance to win great new products from our latest collection!





Wed 19

Springtime Birthday Wishes with Cherry Blossom Frame and Cherry Blossom Branches
by Anne Thompson

It's Day Three of the 2020 Spring Release Blog Blitz!  All week, through Sunday February 23rd, we on the Design Team will be featuring some of the newest products and offering some up as prizes.  Just comment on each post to be eligible to win that day's give-away.

When I think of spring I remember the cherry blossoms one year long ago in Washington, DC.  Once they begin to bloom each year  I know that spring in Maine can't be far behind.  I was happy to see so many cherry blossom dies in the 2020 Spring Release--Cherry Blossom Frame, Cherry Blossom Wreath, Cherry Blossom Elements, Cherry Blossom Bracket, and Cherry Blossom Branches.  There's even a Cherry Blossom Wreath clear stamps and coordinating dies set!  You can see them all here.

For today's Birthday Wishes card I chose to combine the Cherry Blossom Frame and the Cherry Blossom Branches with some pale pink glitter paper and Bubblegum Dots paper.



  • CHERRY BLOSSOM FRAME 94427  the separate large frame cut from pale pink glitter paper--I used only the center rectangle and saved the narrow frame for another project.


  • DELICATE PASTEL GLITTER PAD GP1001, one sheet of pale pink glitter paper
  • I used Scor-Tape 1/8" to adhere the frame to the glitter paper and a tape runner to secure the panel to the papered notecard.
  • You can see in the photo below on the left where I tucked in one of the Cherry Blossom Branches behind the one in the frame, held in place with a Glue Dot.


  • stamped with VersaFine Clair Nocturne black ink on white cardstock, added to the papered inside of the notecard with the other Cherry Blossom branch; added some pearls to the blossom centers 


Then I went to the front of the card and added pearls on those blossoms as well.  You can really see the shimmer of the glitter paper in this next photo.


This is a card design that can be used for many occasions just by changing up the sentiment inside or on the front panel.

This second card uses "greetings" from the same stamp/die set, stamped in black ink on white cardstock, mounted on a scrap of Bubblegum Dots paper, and placed inside the Cherry Blossom Frame.  I used Scor-Tape to secure it to the glitter paper.  I raised up the frame panel with dimensional foam tape and secured the Cherry Blossom Branches behind it using Glue Dots.  Again I papered the inside of the card with more of the Bubblegum Dots paper and added a white cardstock panel 3 X 4.25 where I will write my message.


Want your own CHERRY BLOSSOM FRAME die?  Leave a comment for me about this post before 11:59 pm EST on Sunday, February 23rd.  One comment will be chosen at random to win the die.  Winners will be announced on the blog on Monday, February 24th at 6pm EST.  Good luck! 

Happy crafting!

Anne Signature


Delicate Pastel Glitter Pad GP1001


Cherry Blossom Frame 94427


Cherry Blossom Wreath Clear Stamps and Dies Set CL 5256-D


Bubblegum Dots Paper 77890


Cherry Blossom Branches 94434


Wed 22

Stylish Rose Birthday
by Trina Pham


Hello there.  I’m taking a detour from hearts today to share a floral birthday card made with new and previous released products.  I have a bunch of birthdays coming up and needed to build up my stash. 

Bristol and silver foil paper were used for my card.  The silver hexagon Stylish Frame from the previous Holiday release was die cut from the center of the silver panel matte behind the Pinpoint Leaf piece.  I didn’t see any point in using more silver foil paper when most of it was not being used and getting covered up.  Another hexagon frame was then die cut from white pearlescent paper to be inlaid with the silver one.


The Scribble Rose Trio was die cut twice next and stacked.  Blue ink was added to its shadow then covered with VersaMark and heat embossed with clear glitter embossing powder for some sparkle.  Heat embossed the sentiment from Birthday Blowout stamp set with silver embossing powder.  Before assembling the card, blue splatters were added.



I apologize if this seemed short.  It’s been a rough week dealing with a plumbing leak and today is the first day out of our home for about month while restoration occurs.  Keeping my fingers crossed there are no delays.  And that does it for me today.  Thank you for dropping by.  






Wed 21

Roses in a Mug
by Trina Pham

Hi everyone.  I have not received the new Holiday goodies yet, so I have a birthday card to share today.  I decided to use the smaller images in the Rose Bouquet stamp set and one of my favourite techniques to create this.


Most of my cards I make are clean and simple (CAS), and one of my favorite techniques to help preserve white space is masking.  Created my masks by stamping the images onto masking paper and fussy cutting them out.  The mug from Cozy Mugs was die cut from Copic friendly paper.  


Arranged those pieces to create the bouquet and use it as a guide.  Stamped the foremost image first then masked it.  Repeated these steps, working from front to back.  Once completed, it looked like a  hot mess, but here comes my favorite part... remove the masks to reveal the image!


Colored the image in with Copics then fussy cut it out. Adhered it to the mug then added shading with cool grey Copic markers.  Next, masked the bottom of a Bristol panel and blended Spiced Marmalade and Scattered Straw distress inks for the background.


Attached the flowering mug onto the panel and added shading under the cup to ground it.  Perky Happy Birthday was then die cut twice from thick white cardstock and stacked for dimension.  


Mounted the panel to a white top folding card base with fun foam.  Added clear shimmer to the roses and Crystal Glaze on the sentiment to finish (sorry, couldn’t quite capture the sparkle and shine in the photos).  As you may have noticed, the colors were inspired by this month’s warm colors challenge.  There is still time to play along.  Thank you for dropping by.  Enjoy your day.





Fri 16

Happy Birthday
by Donna Sledzik

Good morning everyone!

Today I have a birthday card for for the guys. It's not very often I make a card that men would appreciate.


To create this card I took a piece of glossy paper and used Archival Ink to stamp the dot border across my paper.  I used a heat tool to completely dry the ink.


Once the ink was dry, I used blue distress inks to fill in the background.  The Archival Ink resists the dye based ink.  


Once I was done inking the cardstock, I trimmed it and matted it on white and black cardstock.  Using foam tape I adhered this to a white card base.

I die cut the word happy from white cardstock and white heat embossed the word birthday on a black cardstock strip, then glued these to the card front.


To finish the card I added some Red Nuvo drops. Pretty simple card, right?  Think of all the color combinations that you can create! 


Have a great day!





Fri 09

Happy Birthday
by Donna Sledzik

Happy Friday everyone!

Today I have a fun birthday card for you which features an easy stamped resist background.


To make the background for this card I placed many rectangle stamps inside my Misti Stamping Tool.  I inked the stamps with Versa Ink and stamped onto white cardstock.  Then I covered the images with white embossing powder and heat set it.  


I used Carved Pumpkin Distress ink and sponged over the embossed images. The embossing resists the ink and the images are revealed.  I misted the paper with plain water and dried it.  Once it was dry I spattered it with black ink.


I trimmed the background and adhered it to a piece of patterned paper and used foam adhesive to glue it to a white card.  

Next I stamped, watercolored and die cut the whale.  Using foam tape I adhered it to my card front.

I stamped and white embossed my sentiment on a strip of black cardstock and glued that to my card under the whale.


To finish the card I just added a few epoxy dots!

I hope you enjoyed today's post and have a great weekend!









Wed 17

Big Butterfly Wing Birthday Wishes by Jean Okimoto


Personalize a summer birthday design with a Big Butterfly Wing in the recipient's favorite colors.  Add a quick greeting from the Poppystamps Birthday  Blowout Clear Stamps Set - then top it off with glitter and gem stickers.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a classic,  favorite butterfly die set from my Memory Box stash.


Cut white cardstock with the 3-¾" x 5" Rectangle Basics die.  Cut it with Big Butterfly Wing.  

Cut watercolor paper with the 3-½" x 4-¾" Rectangle Basics die.  Paint it - in an area larger than the butterfly diecut - with diluted Kaleidacolor dye ink.  Air-dry the inks, then spritz it lightly with water.  Heat-set it.  Splatter it with some of the dye inks and heat-set it again.

Attach the butterfly outline over the watercolor paper.  Insert and attach the detailed diecut.  

Cut the center/antennae section from turquoise glittered cardstock.  

Stamp the greetings - from the Poppystamps Birthday Blowout Clear Stamps Set - on light turquoise cardstock with Purple Delight VersaFine Clair.

Attach everything to a 5-½" square lavender card.  Add turquoise gem stickers.  


Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's BUTTERFLY WISHES and SUMMER DESIGNS FROM BIRCH PRESS + POPPYSTAMPS classes at Impress!  I appreciate how so many of you took both classes.   Thanks too - Jenny for  bringing snacks and munchies for everyone again.  Thanks to Thalia - for lending me your brand-new Floating Butterfly because senior moments made me forget my diecuts at home.  Thank you also to Erin and Lynne for helping everyone fill their shopping baskets.

Happy 32nd Birthday to Impress!  Celebrate this great event and enjoy a 25% shopping discount on Saturday July 20th.  Bring your wishlist of Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press Designs products and take advantage of this special savings.  Online shoppers - happy 32 is the code for this special sale.

Thanks for visiting - see you again tomorrow!