The musings and offerings of a burgeoning greetings master

Monday, October 24, 2011

Mr. Cardmaker Has More Birthday Stuff to Share

SO, the fall birthdays continue!  I shared George's card with you last time, and today I want to show you Jan's and Sue's cards.  (This is your SECOND SPOILER ALERT, Sue and Jan!!  Go watch some puppy videos or something!)

For Jan, I made this--

This is the first time I've printed out my own sentiments.  I found some fun, FREE fonts at, and I have a feeling I will be using my downloaded fonts frequently!!

I stamped some leaves with lots of color onto the sentiment, and then trimmed and rounded three corners.  I also used my glitter pen to highlight "hey girl" and "two".  The inside has some personal stuff, but ends up saying "Happy Birthday".  Duh.

I layered a strip of teal card stock onto my swiss dot embossed baseto highlight the sentiment a bit, and then added a small piece of striped dp, also with rounded edges to the back of the sentiment.  I added a leaf punched with my leaf punch, and then adhered the whole thing with foam tape to give it some lift.

I cut a small slit in the fold of the card to allow the ribbon to slide through, then added a dry embossed circle on top.  I lined up some leaves and adhered them with foam tape.  Orange rhinestones finish it all up.

For Sue, I did this--

I dry embossed a piece of cream cardstock with my cuttlebug and a sizzix folder, then highlighted the embosing with a direct to paper techinque, using orange ink.  Then I adhered the ribbons and rick-rack.  There was a reall fun, happy accident with this big, chunky rick-rack.  It doesn't CREASE so well, so it pops itself off of the card front in a really charming way.  I could've glued it down flat, but I really like this effect.

I punched some leaves from scraps of DP, creased them down the middle to make them have more movement, and tucked them under the rick-rack, lifting them off the surface with some foam tape.

The sentiment is also popped off the surface, and highlighted with a white brad and some orange rhinestones. 

The pumpkins are in blue ink on some orange dp, and I did my usual cutting thing where I leave some space around the image, rather than "fussy cutting" it. 

Pop the whole thing onto an orange card base, and you're set!
This one is really pretty easy, but the effect is something much more busy and detailed.

So, these are my fall birthday cards.  Hope you found some inspiration!
Thanks so much for stopping by!!
All Best--

Jan's card-
Paper--DCWV (base and teal strip), SU dsp(leaves), M&MBI (leaves and stiped piece)
Ink- Colorbox
Embellishments- AC Moore (my old pal, the Dollar Bin) 
Tools--Scor-Pal, Fiskars punches, CutterBee snips, Cuttlebug, Sizzix embossing folders
Sue's card
Paper--SU (base, pumpkin pie, leaves, dsp), M&MBI(leaves), The Paper Co.(card front and sentiment strip)
Ink-Studio G, Colorbox
Embellishments-AC Moore (of course)
Tools--Scor-Pal, Fiskars punches, CutterBee snips, Cuttlebug, Sizzix embossing folders, SU piercing tool and Mat pack.


  1. Very nice cards! I'm sure they will love them!

  2. These are both just way too much fun! Am loving the font on that first card, and the color combo's on both cards is making me happy - lovet he bright and cheerful look you have here today! Thanks for sharing - have a good week!

  3. Both of these are super cute. Love the leaves and mixture of pattern papers! I almost never use computer fonts on my cards, but it really is nice to say EXACTLY what you need to! Have a great Monday!

  4. Hi Richard! I love the leaves and pumpkins on the design paper - they look AWESOME!!! This is something I need to try (outside the box, as they say!). Great cards! I was actually hoping the inside of the card would say "Eat Cake!" ;-)


  5. Hi Mister Cardmaker (Richard), These cards are fantastic. I'm so glad I stopped by your blog today because it's not often that I find a person (of your masculine persuasion) who is also a creative crafter. I'll definitely be back to check out what awesome goodness you have to share. Love your color combinations in these projects and your expertise in combining various patterns. GREAT job.

  6. My eyes don't know where to go...there's so much goodness all over these! Love the pumpkins and really love that you inked the dotted/circle embossed paper background. Nice touch! :D
    Keep 'em coming...I'm always inspired.

  7. Lovely bright and vibrant cards, so much fun. Loving all your die cuts and great techniques.



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