The musings and offerings of a burgeoning greetings master

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Mr Cardmaker here, Reporting (and making stuff, too).

I have been asked about how this chipmunk card I made went over from Valentine's Day, and I finally have my report. 
Well, it was a BIG hit!  They BOTH loved it, and apparently, it is now living on an easel on a shelf at the lovely recipients home.  I would never boast about the payment, but I will say that the generosity was MIND BOGGLING. I am humbled, and I am shopping.

My friend, the very sweet Ms. B from Venice, FL, noticed that the background paper I used coordinated perfectly with some stamps she had, so she gifted me some wonderful stamped diecuts from her PTI Pretty Peonies stamp set.  This was a set that you were able to buy with customer points, and I can no longer find it on the website, so I assume it's gone.  You can still buy the dies, however, and there are some nice label shapes, and a great "happy" die.  I am currently LOVING diecut words.  I may have to buy these dies one day.

Anyway, using some of her handiwork, I made this--

The paper goes SO well, right??  This paper was from a Sale-a-Bration at Stampin'Up!. from two years ago, I believe.  I understand you can still get it, but I will have to check on that.  I love the diecuts with this! 
I layered up the "happy" diecuts, creating a shadow effect, and popped the brown one up with pieces of dimensionals; I did the same with the frame (This was NOT done with the PTI dies, btw.  Spellbinders Labels four). 
I also popped up the leaves and popped up the peony on top of those.  I added some Stickles to the frame, because I do like my sparkles, don'tcha know.

I am glad I did not designate exactly "what" we were being happy about.  It can be a birthday card, a congratulatory card, or even a happy-you-finally-booted-the sucker-out divorce card.  If I change my mind, I can always make a tiny banner strip with some sentiment and insert it into the frame under the "happy".  I doubt I will, though.  I like it as is.

Thanks, B., for the treats!  I love them!!  Isn't is NICE to have such wonderful friends out there?!

Thanks for stopping by!
All Best-


  1. So glad to hear the card was a hit! This one is really beautiful!

  2. Lovely card!
    And yes, the peeps in blogland never fail to amaze me!
    They're awesome!

  3. This card is, indeed, very happy. Thanks for sharing, Richard.

  4. This is such a great card! You did me proud : ) So happy to hear the chipmunk was loved and is continuing to be appreciated.

  5. Now there's a card you can never find at Hallmark! I can see your cards on the shelf now. There's the traditional Happy Birthday, Anniversary, Valentine and THEN...Kick 'em to the curb section cozied up next to Close Call DNA Results (Congrats) and Ohhh Bankruptcy..Bummer! Somehow I think only you could cause these to fly off the shelf!
    So happy to hear the recipients of your chipmunk card were elated. That was definitely a one of a kind masterpiece and your Happy card is GORGEOUS!!!
    Have a great week :)

  6. This card makes me happy! :-)
    Love it!!

  7. This is fantastic, Richard. I love the idea of making a card that can be used for many're ready when the need arises, and this card is a prize for any happy event!

    Thanks for your comment on my blog about my Dirty Dozen appointment as well as my soon-to-be-here granddaughter. I pray everything goes smoothly for my daughter tomorrow and that little "Evie" is perfect in every way!


  8. Just clicked over to see your chipmunk valentine ... what a labor of love! I can't believe you actually tackled that commission. I think most would have thrown their hands in the air. It turned out really well though! And yes, love the background paper here with the red and blue accents.


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