Lyla’s First Birthday

Hi, Everyone!!!

My daughter Lyla’s birthday party was two weeks ago and I honestly cannot believe I have not thought to share the event with you!  I even took a week off after this party to relax and get things done around the house! Oxymoron! I definitely got a lot done around the house but there was not a single day of rest or relaxation!

Let’s talk about this party, shall we? I’m a DIY person to the core. I seriously did everything I could possibly do myself for this party. The hardest part was deciding to do the party at all. My family works a lot. Most of them work 7 days a week and after 10 years of kids’ birthdays, I’ve learned not to try to work around their schedule. We knew that a few of my husband’s family members would come but only have a few close friends. So it was between a small intimate group or a large group-including all our neighbors who have grown to be both friends and family to us. My only daughter only turns one once right?!  Go big or go home, they say!

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First things, first. The invitation. I’ve been wanting to learn handlettering for a while now. My wonderful husband got me and iPad Pro for Christmas and I decided to play with it to create an invitation for her. I went with a boho theme. My lettering is not too great here and I did this way before I started my lettering journey with ipadlettering.com and thehappyevercrafters.com. If you want to see my work/progress, I have a separate instagram account for lettering named Calygraphy 😜. I got 50 invitations printed at Costco (they only sell them in sets of 25).

 

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Next, I saved Starbucks frappe jars that my husband brings home from work, cleaned, and dried them. I gave them a coat if white spray paint and then blasted them with gold glitter paint. The brand I used was Krylon. Save yourself 40% at a local major craft store. I don’t buy anything without a coupon! I also got some large white feathers and spray-painted the ends with gold glitter as well. I got some silk flowers to arrange these. So many options here!

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I used my Brother Scan N Cut 2 to cut out the word “one” here and you’ll see some more things similar in later photos. I love my electronic cutting machine fire things like this.

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Let’s go ahead and talk about these balloons. Balloons are a huge waste of money, aren’t they?!? But you have to have them to add to the esthetics!  I wanted clear so I got a huge bag of clear latex balloons from Amazon. I cut strips of teal, white, and pink tissue paper to give them tassels.  You see the confetti in there? Yep…I punched circles using the same tissue paper and hand-stuffed 12 balloons before taking them to a local floral shop to have them blown up. 😱  I know…I’m either hardcore or somewhat over the top crazy about this decor.

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My apologies if this is a bad picture. It’s a direct screenshot from a photo I posted on Instagram.  That’s my handwriting on those teeny tshirts!!! I made two for a neighbor who turned one in March and the gold one for Lyla to wear on her birthday.

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I learned a few things practicing handlettering since I created the invitation! 😜  This chalkboard is done using Chalkola markers. These markers are amazingly vibrant. So I’m going to have to say this…the company reached out to me and sent me these markers for free. First time that’s ever happened to me!  If you want some…click HERE. Enter the following code to get a 15% discount: 15OFFSTAR. It comes with a pack of metallic chalk markers that are amazing too!

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This is another quick project. I usually make a banner to display monthly baby photos but decided after walking down the aisles at Michaels that I wanted a frame. I had one sitting at home all busted up without glass on it-so I spray-painted it white and hot glued twine on them. I made a bunch of Pom Poms and tied them in randomness spots to the twine. Numbers cut using my electronic cutter and got photos printed at Walmart. The backing is just posterboard. Nothing too fancy. I actually have something hanging behind it that I didn’t want to take down…got lazy…hence the posterboard. 😬🙄

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My first day off work was supposed to be a shopping day. I waited…and waited…and waited for my husband to get home. If you know anything about residents-when they say they should be off by 1pm….don’t expect them to walk through the door until at least 5:30pm. This is at least true for my husband. Nevermind the numerous times I’ve been disappointed…I’m learning slowly not to believe him when he gives me a time. So while I waited…I decided I would make a wall arrangement of paper flowers. I used card stock and cut out petals. I tend to always tweak things I see – but the tutorial I watched can be found HERE. It turned out amazing-way better than I had envisioned!

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Maybe you’ll believe me…maybe you won’t…but I spent 2 days on those cookies. If you ever wonder why decorated sugar cookies cost so much-its because it takes a lot of time and detail. Ok…so a few hours to bake them on one night…and at least another 5 to decorate them on another. Making royal icing and coloring them to your liking takes at least another hour. It’s no joke. It’s a definite labor of love.

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I spent another day baking just cakes, cupcakes, and cake pops. I made a cake just like this the week before in teal for Lyla’s smash cake photos. You can see it in the photo above below the paper flowers on the wall. So for the party-I thought I would make a pink one instead. I also baked vanilla and chocolate cupcakes with frosting in the same colors.

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These were simple and took little time compared to everything else I did. Gold cupcake liners for the win!

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Don’t look too closely-they are far from perfect. The stand is a Deflecto brand that is versatile. I found it on Amazon-there are lots of different options!  These cake pops were a huge hit with the kids and disappeared first!

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I also had a spread of savory appetizers which were only touched by adults and is nothing too amazing to share. But that’s a wrap, Ya’ll!  It was a full-house!  Hardly any room to walk at all and I was so happy with the outcome!  It’s also a relief that it’s over! Phew!

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I can’t leave you without a tease of Lyla and her cake. I hate to post a personal photo so I’ve tried to put a big watermark over the image (for the unwelcome who might try to save the photo regardless…you are trespassing and violating my wishes). I hope everyone else enjoys viewing my post and can get some wonderful ideas for their next party!

XOXO,

Caly sig

Week 4 of the 30 day Coloring Challenge

My final week was very colorful!  I’m sad the challenge is over but the pressure is off! Lots of floral images – my favorite!  Let’s dive right in:

Day 22:  A Beautiful Adventure

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This new Lawn Fawn set is called Bicycle Built for You – it’s so sweet!  I love bicycle images and there are a lot available!  I don’t have them all because I can’t justify spending money on stamp sets just because I like bicycles – but I LOVE these images.  You can find the set here.  Lawn Fawn has lots of coordinating products too!  How fun would it be to make this card interactive?

Day 23:  Adore You

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So I’m going to have to tell you…that white gel pens are a must-have for accenting your cards!  I’ve learned through this challenge that without them…your image can’t go to the next level.  Seriously…Gelly Roll pens are a dollar…go get yourself one.  I know that Signo Uniballs are better quality as far as opacity…but I have had no trouble with the less expensive Sakura Gelly Roll pens!  This Altenew Adore You stamp set can be found here. I splattered the black using black soot distress ink – I think a real paint would’ve looked better but I was being lazy…

Day 24:  Canopy Hello

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This Avery Elle Set is a full panel (4.25″ x 5.5″) – so pretty!  You can find the stamp set here.  I colored all the images using Copics (always my coloring of choice when I have time).  Accented with a white gel pen and highlight the entire canopy using the lightest blue.

Day 25:  Mondo Hydrangea

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I googled a blue hydrangea to see if I could imitate it.  WHAT A CHALLENGE!  You can find this Mondo Hydrangea stamp set here.  Seriously so pretty! I used a Copic Multiliner to add veins to the petals and a white gelly roll pen to highlight the outer edges of the petal.

Day 26:  Friends and Coffee

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This card is so simple and fun for a friend.  You can find the stamp set here. Lots of fun coffee/latte images.  The red rim on this image reminds of small business diners.. 🙂

Day 27:  Hello Lovely

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This image – it speaks for itself, doesn’t it! Concord and 9th really created something magical with this stamp set.  You can find it here.  I stamped and embossed this image and watercolored this image using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers with an aqua pen.

Day 28:   Fintastic

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This Lawn Fawn stamp set is adorable! I have wanted it for a long time but had resisted until recently.  I’ve been on a kick to get more kid-friendly stamp sets lately since my kids have so many birthday parties to go to.  You can find this stamp set here.  It looks like a lot of masking but I actually fussy cut all the images.  NEITHER is fun.  lol

Day 29:  Birthday Flyby

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This dragon stamp set by My Favorite Things can be found here. I layered the clouds for some added dimension and also added foam to the dragon and puff of fire also.  The background is lightly sponged in blue although you can’t really tell here as it blends in with the cardbase.

Day 30:  Floral Hello

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This Mama Elephant stamp set is so pretty! This Botanical Hello stamp set can be found here.  I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers to color this again. Embossing an image always helps to prevent bleeding.  You can’t see the shimmer but I added Wink of Stella Clear shimmer over the flowers and Glossy Accent over the word “Hello.”

I’ve had so much fun making these cards for this challenge.  I hope you enjoyed it!

XOXO,

caly-sig

 

Week 3 of the 30 Day Coloring Challenge

Hi Everyone!

I honestly cannot believe I’ve kept it up with this coloring challenge.  How amazing that you can really do what you love if you make it a priority! I’m sure that after this challenge is over, I’ll find it less motivating to make the time to craft.  It has been amazing.  I’ve created cards doing things I haven’t done in a long time.  Some cards are more challenging than others but I’m finding that no matter how the card turns out – there are so many wonderful people encouraging and supportive of my work.  THANK YOU, everyone!  I’ve gained so many followers on Instagram as a result and I feel so honored and blessed!

Lets go ahead and dive right into week 3’s cards!

Day 15:  Monstrous Birthday

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This stamp set came highly recommended by Jennifer McGuire and I had to have it (imagine that).  😛  It really is a fun set.  I recently did a shaker card using some solid stamps but these ones are fun when you have time to color.  If you’re interested in purchasing – you can check it out here.  Oh…just FYI – I don’t have any affiliate links – I’m not too sophisticated with all that!  The googly eyes really make this card fun!

Day 16: I’ll Stand By You

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This Flamingo Together stamp set is one of Lawn Fawn’s mini stamp sets. I really love these mini stamp sets – and I think they fill a 4-bar sized card just perfect.  I did some masking and ink blending to create this card using distress ink.  The fussy cutting isn’t so bad when you cut off their legs and stamp it back in ;).

Day 17:  Octopi My Heart

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Another mini set by Lawn Fawn!  When I prepared for this challenge – I pulled out a lot of images and Lawn Fawn just has the cutest little outlined stamps.  If you’re interested in this set – you can see it here.  This card is really simple – I couldn’t decide what I wanted to do with it – so I went with a dry-embossed panel.  Simple and cute!

Day 18:  Hang In There

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Okay…you guessed it! Another Lawn Fawn set.  LOL – I have so many that are sitting there and silently calling my name.  I’m honestly so excited that I got to use all of these stamp sets!  This one can be viewed here.  Very similar to the card above, I did a simple window with a dry-embossed panel on top.  This time, lightly brushing some ink to add more interest the woodgrain.

Day 19:  Glad We’re Friends

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This Snuggle Bunnies set by MFT can be found here.  It’s an adorable set with several bunnies and teddies.  I did some ink sponging on the white panel and softened it with some vellum.  The black and white strip of washi tape on the left helps fill up some white space and ties the black sentiment banner together.

Day 20:  Out of This World

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This is a full stamp set by Lawn Fawn and can be found here.  There are so many little images to color but I limited myself.  The background is created using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and I used Copics to color the stamped images.  It’s so stink adorable and so easy to create!

Day 21:  Chunky Monkey

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I was browsing SSS one day and came across this monkey stamp set.  I’ve never purchased Sugar Pea Designs stamps before but this one was too cute to pass up. If you’re interested, you can view the item here.  I limited myself on the number of images for the coloring challenge – but this stamp set comes with lots of different monkeys and they are all super fun!

There are only 4 more days to this challenge!  I’ll be back to share the last 9 cards next weekend.  Have a wonderful week, everyone!

XOXO,

caly-sig

 

 

Week 2 of the 30 Day Coloring Challenge

Hello!

I’m back to share the next 7 cards for week 2 of Kathy Racoosin’s 30 day coloring challenge!  I have been dedicating myself to coloring a little bit everyday. I’ll admit I don’t have the time to color every day, but when I do, I try to double up so that I can account for missed days.  It’s so nice to have something to look forward to every day – if I’ve colored, I can at least put a card together a feel the joy of completion.  Let’s dive right in to the cards and images I’ve colored:

Day 8:  So Much Cake, So Little Room

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I love this Beary Special Birthday stamp set by My Favorite Things.  These bears are adorable.  I used my favorite color on this card and I may be selfish and never give it away! I added some dots to the cake using a Copic 0 marker – gives it some detail and it’s so pretty!

Day 9:  Sending Hedgehugs

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I made a very similar card to this for Splitcoaststampers last spring. Since I’m coloring smaller images, I’m finding that 4 bar-sized cards are perfect!  This Hedgehugs stamp set by Lawn Fawn is very affordable and I think everyone should have it!

Day 10: Just a Little Note

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So coloring little chicks aren’t too exciting – but putting this card together was really fun!  I’ve seen projects with this same chick colored in several different colors and they’re all cute! This Birdie Notes stamp set by Pretty Pink Posh is also a smaller set at a great price point!

Day 11:  Birthday Dogs

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My friend, Bonnie’s birthday was last week.  I asked her what her favorite color was and what animals/critters she liked.  She said hunter green and dog.  Boy……I had no idea what I wanted to do to put these two elements together!  The gate that you see is a stamp from Hog Heaven by My Favorite things and the dog is from Lunar Animals by Mama Elephant.  I stamped and colored the same dog 3 times and colored them different ways.  I’m no artist when it comes to dogs so forgive me if you don’t think those dogs look good.  I wanted to scrap it several times!  I think it turned out pretty cute though.

Day 12:  Mondo Magnolia

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I colored these magnolias using distress ink using watercoloring as my technique.  This Mondo Magnolia stamp set from Ellen Hutson is just STUNNING.  It stamps simple but the wow factor incredible with any coloring medium you choose!

Day 13:  It’s Always More Fun When We’re Together

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When I pre-stamped all these images prior to starting the challenge – my intention was to color ONE image – but I couldn’t just make a card with one farm animal!  This is a new stamp set by My Favorite Things called Farm Friends.  I’ve seen several farm animal sets and this one made me cave – I finally purchased one I really love!

Day 14:  Have a Ball!

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This Sweet Smiles stamp set by Lawn Fawn is another great value!  It stamps simple but you can do so many fun things with it!  My 4 year old LOVES gumball machines and when he saw this card, it disappeared from my craftroom.  It’s all bent up and well loved in his bedroom now.

I hope you enjoyed this post!  See you next week for another update!

XOXO,

caly-sig

Suspended Monster Shaker Card

Hi Everyone!!

Happy Monday!  This is the tease I mentioned in my previous post.  I’m a guest on LiveLoveCards today!  I can’t share the details of my card here since LiveLoveCards is a private community.  If you’re a member – head on over there and enjoy the post.  If you’re not a member – you should seriously consider joining!  It’s a small monthly fee (you can also pay for an annual membership).  Darlene Devries leads this amazing community and it is loaded with support and content for everyone!  If you want to see more – please click on the image below and it will take you to the post or you can click HERE!

Monster Love Sneak Peek

Sorry to cut this short!  I’ll try to do a similar card in the future to share ;).  Have a wonderful week!

XOXO,

caly-sig

This Land is Your Land – Splitcoaststampers Month 6

It’s about time I shared my last month’s work as a Splitcoaststamper dirty dozen design team member right?! I cannot believe that was 7 months ago!!!  I’m such a slacker for not posting these sooner.  This will be a longer one so I will dive into sharing the photos – the supply list will be at the end for these.  The theme was “This Land is Your Land” and we could do anything that represents our culture/heritage, where we live, etc.

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This first card is made using a Cherry Blossom set from Fiskars. I got this stamp set on Amazon when I first got into stamping and had never used it before so I decided to use it on this card to create a full background. I colored these blossoms with Copics, then added white dots at the center of the flowers to highlight.  It was beautiful!  It reminds me of the Lunar New Year – which is very much a part of my Vietnamese background.

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I did a simple prayers sentiment and propped it up with some foam and added some glossy accent to make the word pop a little.

This second card is patriotic.  You can’t do this theme without a card with Red, White & Blue!  I used a stencil and brushed on color using Clarity Stencil brushes.  You can do this with foam applicators too!  The brushes allowed me to control the intensity of the color.

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This card represents my hometown – Kansas City, Missouri.  Did you know that next to Rome, Kansas City has the most fountains?  It’s known as the city of fountains in the United States!

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This mermaid card was so fun to make! I stamped and colored all the images, cut them out and then layered them over blue cardstock and velum.  Actually – it’s the reason why I’m making myself post this today.  I want to give this card to a friend for her birthday!  hehe

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How does this card apply to the theme?  For me – it was a part of growing up to watch Disney movies and believe in magic! We all have, right?  These mermaids remind me of my youth and my younger sister- this movie was her favorite!

This orchid in a pot was so easy to stamp – Hero Arts kind of makes it fool-proof with their layering sets. I made this card a 4-bar sized card, which frames this orchid perfectly and makes the perfect note card.

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Last but not least…I wanted to make a card to display the beauty of our mountains!  I have not been to Colorado – but I’ve seen amazing photos from friends who travel all over and I just dream of standing in their shoes! This card is simple stamping of the trees and layering of die cut pieces.

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I hope you enjoyed these cards!

XOXO,

caly-sig

SUPPLIES:

*Disclaimer: I am not being paid by any company to promote their products. I make cards using stamp sets and materials which I love and I love to share. To view where these items can be purchased, click on the linked abbreviations below (SU for Stampin’ Up!, SSS for Simon Says Stamp, EH for Ellen Hutson, AMZN for Amazon, LF for Lawn Fawn, MFT for My Favorite Things, etc.).

CHERRY BLOSSOM CARD:

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Fiskars Asian Inspired

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SU Heat Tool
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HA White Embossing Powder

SSS | EH

WOW Clear Gloss Superfine
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ATG Gun
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Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board
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Mini MISTI - Laser Etched
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Absorber

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Pacific Point Cardstock

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Brother Scan N Cut 2
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Pink Pirouette Cardstock
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Mini MISTI - Laser Etched
Mini MISTI – Laser Etched

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Recollections 110 lb
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MFT Because You
MFT Because You

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EH | SSS | MFT

ME Snow Capped Mountains
ME Snow Capped Mountains

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White/Gray Big Shot
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Big Shot Magnetic Platform

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Standard Cutting Pads

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Garden Green Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

EH | SSS | AMZN


Chocolate Chip Cardstock
Chocolate Chip Cardstock

Basic Black Cardstock
Basic Black Cardstock

Wild Wasabi Cardstock
Wild Wasabi Cardstock
Neenah Solar White 80 lb
Neenah Solar White 80 lb

EH | SSS


Recollections 110 lb
Recollections 110 lb
Copic Sketch Markers
Copic Sketch Markers

EH | SSS | MERRIARTIST

Copic Multiliner SP 10 pc Set
Copic Multiliner SP 10 pc Set

MERRIARTIST | SSS

ATG Gun
ATG Gun

EH | SSS | AMZN

Tombow Liquid Multi Mono Glue
Tombow Liquid Multi Mono Glue

EH | SSS | SU

Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board

EH | SSS


Mini MISTI - Laser Etched

Mini MISTI – Laser Etched

Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder

EH | SSS


Absorber
Absorber

Your Day to Sparkle

Even though many don’t like the thought of getting older, there’s still something to be celebrated about a birthday. You celebrate your previous year’s accomplishments and look forward to the next year’s challenges. And truly for me…there’s something to be said about taking the time to make birthday cards.  The gesture either fosters growth and strength in current relationships, or it will rekindle ones that we have not been able to care for. I’m definitely reminded of that this week with 3 birthdays for 3 very different women in my life.

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I made lots of birthday cards on my week off last week when the boys took their winter break.  This one took the most time, but I also enjoyed watercoloring it so much. I embossed the cake image and sentiment using Versafine Onyx black ink and clear powder. Then the stars using WOW Silver Pearl powder.

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I used Distress Ink to watercolor this image and I love how vibrant the flowers are.

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I matted this watercolor panel on top of some Stampin’ Up Perfect Plum and that’s it! Hope you all enjoyed!

Until next time,

caly-sig

SUPPLIES:

*Disclaimer: I am not being paid by any company to promote their products. I make cards using stamp sets and materials which I love and I love to share. To view where these items can be purchased, click on the linked abbreviations below (SU for Stampin’ Up!, SSS for Simon Says Stamp, EH for Ellen Hutson, AMZN for Amazon, LF for Lawn Fawn, MFT for My Favorite Things, etc.).

Distress Inks:  Festive Berries, Wilted Violet, Cracked Pistachio, Antique Linen, Mermaid Lagoon

C&9 Happy Day
C&9 Happy Day

EH | SSS | C&9


SU Heat Tool
SU Heat Tool
Embossing Powder Bag
Embossing Powder Bag

EH | SSS | SU

Versafine Onyx Black
Versafine Onyx Black

EH | SSS

WOW Clear Gloss Superfine
WOW Clear Gloss Superfine

SSS | AMZN

WOW Silver Pearl
WOW Silver Pearl

SSS | EH

Versamark Ink
Versamark Ink

EH | SSS | AMZN

Ranger Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks
Ranger Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks

EH | SSS


Perfect Plum Cardstock
Perfect Plum Cardstock
Canson XL WaterColor Paper Pad
Canson XL WaterColor Paper Pad

EH | SSS | JOANN


Recollections 110 lb
Recollections 110 lb

Simply Simmons Round Brush
Simply Simmons Round Brush
ATG Gun
ATG Gun

EH | SSS | AMZN


2.5

Mini MISTI - Laser Etched

Mini MISTI – Laser Etched

Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder

EH | SSS

Wink of Stella Clear
Wink of Stella Clear

EH | SSS | AMZN