Birthday Card – Variation On A Flower Theme

Well, not only did I immediately ink up my new Hero Arts Tall Flower stamp for yesterday’s card, I actually inked it up…. TWICE**gasp**

I’m awesome.

I know.



I love this cute little image!  I really do.  This time, I stamped it in Stampin’ Up’s new Smoky Slate ink, which made it a bit trickier for me to color, with my fickle eyesight.  But I like how the overall product turned out.

Those two strips of glitter in the background are some new glitter tape I found at Michael’s this week.  I absolutely LOVE this stuff!  At first, I thought it was just glitter tape, and that I would have to adhere it myself somehow.  Imagine how delighted I was, then, to learn that it was self-adhesive tape and all I had to do was just peel off the backing and stick those babies onto my card and be done with it!  Glitter and I don’t have that great a relationship, so this new glitter tape made me all giddy inside, I confess. 😉

I also used a sentiment from Papertrey Ink’s Stylish Sentiments – Birthday set which has been patiently waiting for me to use since its purchase back in February.  I considered adding some rhinestones, but just couldn’t do it.  I rather liked the ‘plain and simple’ quality to the card without them.

I’ll be adding this to the Seize the Birthday gallery.


So, there you have it.  Thanks so much for stopping by today. 😉

Challenge Photo:
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Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Tall Flower (Hero Arts); Stylish Sentiments – Birthday (Papertrey Ink)
Paper/Cardstock:  White Cardstock (Xpedx)
Inks:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Smoky Slate (SU); Aqua Mist (PTI); Copic Markers
Embellishments:  Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Marker; Glitter Tape (from Michael’s)
Tools:  Linen/Canvas Impression Plate


Paper Players Tall Flower

I picked up this cute Hero Arts flower stamp on eBay last week, and – unlike my usual self, which likes to let my new supplies go unused for a bit while I admire them, wonder how to use them, and then obsessively organize them first before getting any use out of them – I immediately put this one to ink.

After coloring the image with Copic markers, I added the panel to a card, which came about with help from The Paper Players’ #165 Tic-Tac-Toe challenge.  I chose to work with the top row of elements:  A ‘thank you’ card with ribbon and a button.


Isn’t that image a cutie??  So easy to color, and easy to make a great card.  I’m pretty hesitant and careful about the wood-mounted stamps I purchase, because they really aren’t my style, overall, and I don’t want to take up my precious space with them unless I know I will love them.  But sometimes, I have no choice but to make an exception, and this was one of those times.

Try as I might, I could not capture a photograph of the glitter shimmer spritzing I added to the focal panel.


Thanks for stopping by today. 😉

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Supplies Used
Stamps:  Tall Flower (Hero Arts); Think Big Favorites #4 (Papertrey Ink)
Paper/Cardstock:  White Cardstock (Xpedx); Classic Kraft and Dark Chocolate Cardstocks (PTI)
Inks:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Dark Chocolate (PTI); Tea Dye Distress Ink (Ranger); Copic Markers
Embellishments:  Sparkle Shimmer Mist (Tsukineko); Sweet Blush Ribbon (PTI); Misc Button and Embroidery Floss
Tools:  Linen/Canvas Impression Plate (PTI)


Feeling a little bit bold and bright, I grabbed a few bold and bright Copic markers to color a few Hero Arts butterfly images, and then I created a few simple cards with them.





The above two cards feature sentiments from the Fanciful Flowers stamp set by Annabelle Stamps.



This sentiment is from My Favorite Things’ On The Line stamp set.  I added a bit of Wink of Stella glitter marker to the little circle spots on all the wings.

I think I will add the first card to this week’s Seize the Birthday gallery, as well, and also to the Muse Challenge #36.

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Thanks for stopping by today. 😉

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Butterfly (Hero Arts); On The Line (MFT Stamps); Fanciful Flowers (Annabelle Stamps)
Paper/Cardstock:  White Cardstock (Xpedx); Melon Mambo Cardstock (SU); Blueberry Sky and Winter Wisteria Cardstocks, Soft Stone Designer Paper (PTI)
Inks:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Copic Markers
Embellishments:  Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Marker; Rhinestones (Recollections, Kaisercraft)

Monday Muse 31

Well, I had some supplies out on the table after creating a card for Marybeth’s birthday blog hop, so I went ahead and made one more card before begrudgingly putting everything away.  This was inspired by the Monday Muse #31 challenge by Marion Vagg.

I love the beautiful, colorful, and bold simplicity of Marion’s creations, so I gravitate towards pretty much wanting to CASE them down to the last detail!  For today’s card, though, I was taken with the lovely colors, the simple layout, and the row of flowers.


Though I haven’t been creating much this past month, I certainly haven’t stopped myself from purchasing new supplies!  From amongst my shipment of new stamp sets, I wanted to try this Stamp A Garden set from Hero Arts.  I stamped the row and colored them with Copic markers.  Then I made the mistake of adding some touches of glitter pen to the flowers.  All that did was make them look dingy and poorly colored, I think.

I had a good time creating the card, though.


I’m happy I had the opportunity to create a couple of cards this week.  Definitely a bright spot!  We ended up in the hospital ER Thursday night where Hubby was apparently passing a kidney stone or two, or however many.  Our boy was very frightened by the whole ordeal, and I tend to freak out about things like that as well, so it was a challenge to stay calm to comfort him while getting DH to the hospital.

Hospital trips are never fun!  But I am grateful that it wasn’t something more life threatening.  We have some big plans for the next week, and I think we’re all relieved that they won’t have to be cancelled.  All that aside, though, I just really love my guy and I’m glad he’s okay!  I would be a complete MESS without him in my life!!!  I could use a little extra sleep, though, to recover from the insane adrenaline rush…

We’ll be busy again in the next few weeks, so I suppose this is a bit of a hit-and-run post.  But thank you for stopping by today.  I miss you all and my blogging fun!  😉

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Stamp A Garden (Hero Arts); Rose Collage (Sweet & Sassy Stamps)
Paper/Cardstock:  White Cardstock (Xpedx); Basic Gray Cardstock (SU); Autumn Rose Cardstock and Hawaiian Shores Designer Paper (PTI)
Inks:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Copic Markers
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Recollections); Glitter Pen

Dynamic Duos #48

Today’s Dynamic Duos challenge is for the colors Bashful Blue and Pumpkin Pie.


Not a combo I would normally choose, as you know!  So I immediately went all fetal position with my usual response to situations like this – minimize that stinkin’ color as much as humanly possible.  LOL!


I bought this cute little Hero Arts rubber stamp at Michael’s a month or so ago, and I thought it might be a fun element to use for these colors.  I colored it with my Copic markers, added a few touches of glitter pen to the orange spots for a little sparkle, and then fussy cut it to adhere it with foam adhesive.  My blue is a bit darker than Bashful Blue is, but I tried to pick from my limited supply of Copic markers those that were relatively close.

Since I am COMPLETELY DAFT when it comes to orange, I just played it safe and used an all-white card to highlight the image in the center of a negative-die-cut opening.  I used Tuxedo Black ink for the sentiment, stamping off once to lighten it up just a smidgen.

I’m so sorry not to be more spectacular with these colors (as if I ever AM spectacular! haha), but it’s tough to get a decent card out of me with orange, let alone a spectacular card with orange!


Make sure you stop in to see what the rest of the Design Team have created and to check out the details for this challenge.  I hope you’ll participate with us!

Allyson Andersen (me) | Christina Barnes | Vicki Burdick | Karen Day | Deanna Dean
Jenny Engelke | Anne Marie Hile | Erna Logtenberg | Bobbie Trost | Amy White

Thanks for stopping by today, and Happy Weekend! 😉

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Butterfly Stamp (Hero Arts); Framed Greetings (MFT Stamps)
Paper/Cardstock:  White Cardstock (Xpedx)
Inks:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Copic Markers
Embellishments:  Glitter Pen
Tools:  Standard Circles Die (Spellbinders)

Dynamic Duos #30

Happy Saturday! 😉  I hope you are all having a good weekend.  We are going to spend the day decorating for Christmas (Yay!!) and hopefully relaxing a bit after a busy week.  There is also the possibility that I might even get a card created today!

But first, I am here with my creation for Dynamic Duos challenge #30, which is to use Midnight Muse and Silver on your project.

I used PTI’s Enchanted Evening cardstock as a Midnight Muse substitute, because I wanted to use some coordinating patterned paper for my card (the gingham in the background).

Also in use here is the Branch & Flourish Tree image by Hero Arts which I picked up at Michael’s a few months ago.  I stamped it in Versamark and heat embossed with a silver powder and then adorned it with some rhinestones.

Though it’s not really noticeable in all the photos, there is a layer of glittered silver cardstock as the very bottom layer and also behind the sentiment panel.  Looks kinda cool in person.  Also barely noticeable is a bit of machine stitching around the perimeter of the gingham DP.

Make sure you stop in to see what the rest of the Dynamos have created and to check out the details for this challenge.  And I hope you will participate with us!

Allyson Andersen (me) |  Christina Barnes |  Vicki Burdick | Karen Day | Deanna Dean
Jenny Engelke | Anne Marie Hile | Erna Logtenberg | Bobbie Trost |  Amy White

Thanks so much for stopping by today. 😉

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Branch & Flourish Tree (Hero Arts); Think Big Favorites (PTI)
Paper/Cardstock:  White Cardstock (Xpedx); Enchanted Evening Cardstock and Designer Paper (PTI); Silver Glitter Cardstock (DCWV)
Inks:  Enchanted Evening (PTI); Versamark
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Kaisercraft; Recollections); Silver Embossing Powder; Machine Stitching
Tools:  Sewing Machine

Fab Friday Flowers

It feels like I’ve been doing a lot of flowery cards lately.  I’ve been having such a good time with my Copic markers, though, I can hardly help it – I guess I generally reach for flowers to color!

I picked up a new Hero Arts rubber stamp this past Saturday while we were birthday shopping a bit for the twins.  (Yes!  We spend so much time in crafts stores that my children pick their birthday gifts from there!  Should I be embarrassed…?)  While Hubby spent Saturday at work, I spent a little bit of time crafting.

This creation is for the Fab Friday #5 sketch:

The colors are not from a challenge.  I happened to pick up my purple markers to play around with the image, so I went with some coordinating purple and neutrals.

The purple scallop circle has a negative circle cut into the center, and the piece is raised on dimensional adhesive over the hydrangea image.  I also spritzed it with some sparkle shimmer mist.

For the white background, I used my Quatrefoil Cover Plate as an impression plate.

I tried to keep it simple, since I also accomplished some housekeeping and shopping that day, which didn’t quite leave an abundance of free time.

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉

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Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Hero Arts Hydrangea (K5376); Blooming Button Bits (PTI)
Paper/Cardstock:  White Cardstock (Xpedx); Kraft, Plum Pudding Cardstocks (PTI); Dark Chocolate DP (PTI)
Inks:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Plum Pudding (PTI); Copic Markers
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Recollections); Sparkle Shimmer Mist (Tsukineko)
Tools:  Quatrefoil Cover Plate (PTI); Banner Trio Die (Wplus9); Standard and Scalloped Circle Dies (Spellbinders); Fishtail Flag Stax Die (MFT)