I don’t know about you, but I definitely make more Birthday cards that any other kind, and so I love stamp sets that work well for this occasion. Forever Fern ticks that box for me, with some handy (non-birthday) sentiments, and a collection of pretty leaf-y images it is one of those Stamp Sets that has multiple uses.
Last week I needed a card for a neighbours birthday, and I wanted something classic, but fun, and so I pulled out Forever Fern and a collection of bright coloured inks and had a play!
Using Coastal Cabana, Magenta Madness, Pretty Peacock, and Seaside Spray, I stamped a collection of leaves, which were then die cut with the coordinating Forever Flourishing dies. This card was really simple to put together, but because of the embossed panel and die cut layers it looks really complicated.
The sentiment is stamped using the Itty Bitty Birthdays Stamp Set, and the die cut using the Rectangle Stitched Dies.
For a finishing touch I added one of the Gold Hoop Embellishments and a trio of Gilded Gems
So, today I thought I would share my final Sale-a-bration make of 2019… and James’ birthday card!
Home to Roost is available for FREE when you spend £45 before Sunday night! I cannot believe that Sale-a-bration is so nearly over… however, that does mean that we are closer to the start of the new Annual Catalogue and something very exciting that launches on Monday!
My top tip for guys cards is to keep things fairly simple. Here I stamped the Rooster onto Watercolour paper using Staz-on. I did use my Stamparatus for this to ensure a really deep, crisp, black image onto the bumpy paper.
Then, to add some texture I added some dots of Fine Tip Glue and let it dry really really well before watercolouring the piece in Crushed Curry, Blueberry Bushel and Real Red inks.
The other texture on the card is the embossed front using the hexagons Dynamic Embossing Folder, and then adding the watercoloured panel with dimentionals to a piece of Crushed Curry Card stock.
I couldn’t not decorate the inside of this card (James always requests something special on the inside when I’m making a card for him to send!) and so I added some stamping and a strip of Crushed Curry card stock to finish.
I needed a manly birthday card this week for my Brother. He is a nightmare when it comes to birthdays (or any other present buying occasion!) and often asks for things like socks! So this year, he got socks… because my brain does not have the energy or the space to think of something else! Nor does it have the time to design a fabulous card for him… I know it’s bad, but really when it comes to guys cards, I’m of the opinion that simple is better anyway.
Sam is really into music, so using the Sheet Music background stamp is always a pretty safe jumping off point for his card. However, I apparently didn’t clean it very well they last time I used it, because my Crumb Cake image has patches of red! However, I really quite like the look… so I rolled with it!
I try to make a big thing of the sentiment on guys birthday cards, particularly when they are simple like this one. One of my favourite sentiment stamp sets at the moment is Itty Bitty Birthdays; it has a selection of great sentiments for Birthdays and celebrations, and I particularly like this bold Happy Birthday. Here it’s stamped in Early Espresso and punched using the Classic Label Punch.
To add a little something to the sentiment I also added Classic Labels in Pacific Point and Call Me Clover to finish the card.
I have been LOVING the Needlepoint Nook suite this month… and I have even more inspiration to share with you later in the month as my Monthly Card Class features this pretty suite too!
This card uses just about every one of my favourite elements of this suite… that super pretty swirly stitched stamp, the sentiment font, those lovely faux stitched stamped flowers… and don’t get me started on how GORGEOUS the Designer Series paper is!
Booking for my Needlepoint Nook Card Class closes on Monday! Places are still available for both In Person and Online options… Book today!
This Man’s Birthday Card has been sat in my pile of cards to blog about for about 2 months. In fact this card was received by the birthday boy before Christmas, and I’ve only just got around to sharing it with you.
I like to keep men’s cards simple, and I love using the Rooted in Nature stamp set for that too. Here I stamped that fabulous wood piece in Gray Granite before layering over the ribbons and sentiment.
Speaking of the sentiment, this one is from the new Itty Bitty Birthday’s stamp set, and its perfect for a simple Happy Birthday! Here I’ve heat embossed it in white onto a scrap of Basic Black card stock
This card was then finished with a couple of lengths of ribbon; Burlap and Grosgrain in Call Me Clover, and one of the lovely True Gentlemen Buttons.
StampinByHannah Inspire.Create.Challenges 032 Anything goes with Rooted in Nature
As you may know, I set the challenges for Inspire.Create, and this time I thought I would be really mean and set a completely blank challenge! I cannot WAIT to see what you guys make for this one too… don’t forget to check out the Inspire.Create blog to see the fabulous Design Team’s work and enter your own creations.
I had a fun day a few weekends ago (before my craft room was packed up ready for the Big Move!) making a bunch of birthday cards, and this just sort of happened! Stampin’ Up! have started a demonstrator campaign for Simple Stamping this month, and I am attempting to embrace this (because I am rubbish at it!). So, this card uses minimal products, and so is super easy for you to replicate!
In actual fact it uses 2 stamp sets; but only because the Rooted in Nature stamp set doesn’t have a birthday sentiment. So I grabbed one of the Hostess Exclusive stamp sets, Hand Delivered, for the sentiment. But other than that its one ink, 2 colours of card stock and 1 ribbon.
This card would work for a girl birthday or a boy one! Although I suppose that I’ve girl-ed this one up by adding a heap of Shimmer Paint on those leaves and a pretty Frosted Epoxy Droplets
StampinByHannah Dad’s Birthday Card using Best Route from Stampin’ Up!
Oh yes, today is my Dad’s birthday…. and because I gave him his card last night, I thought I would be really timely and share his card with you today. Men’s cards are always a little tricky, but I think we have the perfect Designer Series Paper Assistance this year; Best Route!
I recently used the same paper on a card for my Brother-in-Law, isn’t it fun that we can create multiple difficult cards with the same products and they look totally different?! I love the colour combination in this paper; Blueberry Bushel, Mango Melody and Gray Granite…. and I’ve used the same colours in the card stock and stamping.
The sentiment is taken from Picture Perfect Birthday; I LOVE this set, it’s perfect for simple birthday cards, and therefore great for guys too!
As usual with family cards I HAD to pimp the inside with some more layers of Designer Series Paper and a hint of stamping too
Today is my youngest Brother-in-Law’s birthday, he’s 17, and so cards aren’t really his thing… however, they are mine, and so he gets one anyway!
Cards for guys are always a little tricky, however, Stampin’ Up! have made it a whole lot easier with this Designer Series Paper. Best Route is a fun mix of bold colours and generic patterns, all with the hint of a travel theme…. perfect for your Road Trip Scrapbook Album, or some fun cards!
I thought I would have some fun with colour on this one… the entire front is Gray Granite Designer Series Paper while the card base itself is Mango Melody. Usually I made tent fold cards, but they don’t stand very well on my Mother-in-laws slippy furniture, so I went for a more traditional book fold style for this card.
The secret to a good guy card is simple details… Here I’ve created layers using different pieces of the Best Route Designer Series Paper, added a length of ribbon, the sentiment on a Stitched Circle die cut, a trio of sequins and a cute mini paperclip from the Share What You Love Embellishment kit to finish.
The stamping is taken from the Picture Perfect Birthday Stamp Set; a fun mix of birthday images and sentiments that work really well for guys birthdays.
I couldn’t not add something to the inside… so I mirrored the Designer Series Paper layers and added a second birthday sentiment in Blueberry Bushel.
StampinByHannah Lift Me Up Birthday Card using Embossing Paste
I LOVE a bit of embossing paste as much as the next person, but I do have to admit that my pot has been a little (by this I mean a LOT) neglected over recent months…. to the point where when I opened it I thought it has completely dried out… and after I made this card I decided that it had got to the end of it’s life and that it needed to go! However… I will be re-purchasing because the effects you can create with it are fabulous!
So, using my rather dry Stampin’ Up! Embossing Paste, and the cloud mask from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks, did allow me to create some extra texture as the dry paste holds a shape better than when it’s really wet. It also dried a LOT quicker… not that I would recommend using dry embossing paste of course! It’s MUCH easier to spread when it’s fresh… it’s also much easier to clean off your mask and palette knife!
Because the background is so busy, I’ve kept the rest of the card simple, with a die cut balloon and sentiment from Lift Me Up! die cut using the coordinating Up and Away Thinlits.