Cheery and Bright Birthday

Hi everyone.  I’m back to share a couple more birthday cards to cap off my participation in Winnie and Walter’s 4th Birthday Bash challenges.



This was easier than it looks.  To start, distress inks in rainbow colours were blended with a Clarity brush through a Diagonal Grid stencil on a Mixed Media stitched panel.  A balloon was then die cut from it and vellum was adhered on the back to cover the opening.



Happy’ was die cut from a scrap of DIY black glitter cardstock.  ‘Birthday’ was die cut once from white cardstock and then four times from black cardstock to be stacked.  The string was die cut from white cardstock.



The assembled panel was mounted with foam adhesive to a white top fording card base.  Clear shimmer on the birthday die cut and clear sequins finished off the card.



I didn’t want the balloon cut out to go to waste, so I made a CAS birthday card.  Inlaid the balloon and used the hidden die cut technique for the ‘celebrate’ sentiment.




Too funny.  I actually had something different in mind, but I guess that’s the way it goes sometimes.  Thank you for visiting.  Have a great day!







Linking to the following challenges:
Winnie and Walter 4th Birthday BashUse Your Scraps Challenge with Kelly
Winnie and Walter 4th Birthday BashGrid Challenge with Keren
Winnie and Walter 4th Birthday Bash — Die Challenge with Lydia
Fairy TaleBlack/White Rainbow
AAA Cards#109 Die Cuts Only








Hogs, I Mean Hugs

Happy Sunday, everyone.  I am finally participating in the Mojo Monday Contest.  I’ve been meaning to play along for quite a while.  I flipped the Mojo Sketch 459 sideways to create today’s card.


I decided to do a black and white monochromatic card with color blocking for my background.  To do this, I first cut a piece of regular copy paper to A2 size.  I then cut scraps of Basic Black, Basic Gray and Smoky Slate cardstock into strips and adhered them to the copy paper.  I took that piece and die cut it with a Stitched Rectangle die.  Color blocking is a great way to use up those scraps of cardstock


I used a smaller stitched rectangle die to die cut an opening for the sentiment.  I was going to just die cut a black sentiment and adhere it to the white openung, but it looked too plain.  So I did color blocking for the opening as well and inlaid it.  To make it stand out, I added a white stitched rectangle frame.  I die cut the hugs sentiment from a scrap piece of Dazzling Diamond glitter paper.


I stamped the hog with black Memento ink onto white cardstock.  In keeping with the black and white monochromatic color theme, I colored the hog with light gray Copic markers.  For a little bit of interest, I colored the heart red.  The hog was die cut out with the matching die and popped up with foam adhesive.  Clear Wink of Stella was added to the heart to finish.



I am playing in the following challenges:
Stamping Smiles Designs – Tic Tac Toe Challenge 15 (middle row across: word dies, sparkle, color blocking)
Mojo Monday – MOJO Sketch 459 Contest
Glitter N Sparkle – Challenge 200 Black and White
AAA Cards – Game #70 Stitching
Pixie’s Snippets Playground – Week 241




Enjoy Summer

Hello everyone.  It’s raining and cold out here in Vancouver.  I don’t know what happened to our beautiful summer weather lately, but it just means more time to play  in My Crafting Closet.  I made this card thinking about how great it would be to lounge on a hammock and watch the sunset.

Summer card for challenges Mod Squad Lazy Days of Summer, Time Out #61 Inspired by words), CAS Mix Up July 2016, HLS Case the Designer July 2016.

I started with a 4″x5-1/4″ stitched rectangle die cut from hot press watercolor paper.  I stamped the image in black Archival ink 3 times using my MISTI to get a crisp impression.  Then I die cut a circle from the image where I want the sun to be. Next I used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and a watercolor brush, and watercolored the circle with the orange and bright yellow markers to create the sun.

Summer card for challenges Mod Squad Lazy Days of Summer, Time Out #61 Inspired by words), CAS Mix Up July 2016, HLS Case the Designer July 2016.

I inlaid the circle back into the stitched rectangle panel.  The image is not completely solid, so I used the Zig black marker to fill in as needed.  For the sentiment, I first watercolored a scrap piece of hot press watercolor paper to match the sun.  Once dry, I die cut the sentiment from it.  For dimension, I mounted it onto black fun foam.

Summer card for challenges Mod Squad Lazy Days of Summer, Time Out #61 Inspired by words), CAS Mix Up July 2016, HLS Case the Designer July 2016.

I adhered the stitched panel onto a white card base with foam adhesive and finished off with some enamel dots.



I am playing in the following challenges:

Mod Squad Challenge – Lazy Days of Summer
Time Out Challenge – Challenge #61 Inspired by Words
CAS Mix Up July Challenge – Stamping + Markers + Your Choice (stamping, Zig markers, die cutting, watercoloring)
HLS July Challenge – CASE the Designer Carol Steedman (CASE’d layout and design)
STAMPlorations Challenge – CAS Challenge with optional color orange




Non-Floral Mother’s Day Card

I have only been playing along with up to 2 challenges at a time, but this time I am submitting to 5 different challenges: MarkerPop Mother’s Day challenge 94, Brown Sugar Mother’s Day Challenge 197, Freshly Made Sketches challenge 235, Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies and Little Tangles Anything Goes challenge 68.

Yesterday was Mother’s Day and I wanted to post this card yesterday after spending a great day with my mother-in-law, but I was tired and still had not finished it.

I die cut a stitched rectangle in the centre of a white A2 size panel.  I set the frame aside then took the die cut rectangle piece and stamped the boy image from Better Together with black Memento ink.  I masked him off before stamping the two girl images because I wanted them to appear behind him.  I removed the mask and proceeded to color them with Copic Sketch markers.  I don’t use my Copic markers very often, but I do love seeing all the amazing creations colored with them. All I know is I need a lot of practice in using them.

After I finished coloring, I added shading to the edges of the rectangle with a blending tool and Antique Linen distress ink.  I did the camouflage die cut technique for the word “MOM” and stacked it up on 2 cut layers.

I thought the sentiment from Many Mini Messages was perfect for any mom and stamped it in black at the bottom. To put the card together, I attached the frame to a white card base and then inlaid the rectangle piece.  The rectangle piece was also stacked up on 2 cut layers as well.