2020 Birthday & Anniversary Cards for Friends…..Finally!

Well Hi There!  Bet you thought I fell off the face of the earth.  Some days it feels like it.  It has been a crazy, crazy year for all of us.  But time marches on and birthdays and anniversaries come around each year whether we are ready or not.  Between my surgery last October and all the COVID-19 craziness I am so very glad that I took the time over the Christmas holidays to make my birthday and anniversary cards for 2020.  I make a design for all the guys and one for all the girls, and this year they are bright and cheerful.  And also an anniversary card….including a very special one for a 50th.  Hopefully they put a smile on the face of everyone who receives them.

First is the birthday card for the guys.  Gnomes are a huge thing this year and I just fell in love with these guys.  Although I’m not normally a gnome fan, Simon Says Stamp came out with a Christmas kit with gnomes that were adorable.

 

I took their Large Gnome Cheer & Joy and their Li’l Gnome and adapted them for a birthday party!  The dies are great for paper piecing and that allowed me to take some scrap Lawn Fawn patterned papers and make party hats for them.  I cut out the backing piece out of black cardstock, the clothes out of Photoplay paper and the beard and nose out of Neenah Solar White cardstock.  I highlighted the beard by flicking Copic Neutral Gray markers upwards, and colored the nose with a Copic marker.  I glued all the pieces except the nose onto the black backing.  The nose was put on with foam tape to make it stick out a bit and then coated with Nuvo Crystal Glaze.  Then I added sequins to the hats to make them more festive.  The background sky was cut from Lawn Fawn blue watercolor patterned paper, and the grass from another Lawn Fawn paper using the Simple Grassy Hillsides die.  This was backed with black cardstock for a small border.  The sentiment was white heat embossed into black cardstock, cut with Lawn Fawn Everyday Sentiment Banners and attached with black foam tape.  For the inside sentiment I used a mixture of stamps from Lawn Fawn Simply Sentiments and Simon Says Stamp Gnome For The Holidays  and colored in the “GNOMIES” with Copic markers in rainbow order.

The birthday card for the gals came together thanks to the very creative Karen Burniston and her dies.  I had some patterned paper left over from another project and thought it would be great backgrounds for this card.  Used dark turquoise cardstock for the coordinating solid color and a bright apricot for accent.  First, here is the card:

The outside is fairly simple but wait until you see the inside!  I layered the patterned paper on the dark turquoise layer and put it on a white heavy cardstock card.  I cut the Karen Burniston Happy Birthday out of the apricot cardstock and glue it to the front.  I glued pink, purple and green gems to finish that off.  And now for the surprise inside……….

TA-DA!!!!  Thanks to the Karen Burniston Gift Pivot Panels die the inside is a pop-up party.  First I layered the patterned paper to both sides and then cut out the pop-up die from the same dark turquoise cardstock.  Following the video instruction at the above link I installed it into the card and then decorated it with presents cut from scraps of paper and cardstock, balloons from a discontinued set, and banners from Karen Burniston Border Blends Party using silver glitter cardstock and then cut into pieces.  I live in a 55+ community so I thought the sentiment was appropriate and it came from Riley & Company Funny Bones Drop Down Menu. I cut one of the dies from My Favorite Things Fold-Up Tags and stamped the top part of the sentiment on it.  I edged the tag with a matching dark turquoise Copic marker.  I cut an oval from a Nellie Snellen Narrow ovals set, edged it with the same dark turquoise Copic marker, and stamped the Happy Birthday from Clearly Besotted Tiny Type for the signature area.

And finally…………The 2020 Anniversary card.  This entire card is made from all die cutting and embossing with a touch of gold and some pearls!

First I took a piece of ivory cardstock and embossed it with the Cuttlebug Anna Griffin Poppy embossing folder.  I believe this item has been discontinued, but you can maybe check for it on an auction or resale site.  But I loved the flowers.  Anyway, once I embossed it I took some Creative Expressions Enchanted Gold Gilding Polish and using the applicator I lightly rubbed it over the raised area of the design.  Be careful to do this gently or you will end up with too much pushed into the design.  Sue Wilson has You Tube videos showing how to use it.  Here is an angled view showing the polish better:

Next I used Creative Expression Sue Wilson Penelope Layering Die to cut the front.  Bottom layer is a kraft cardstock, middle layer is a peach Bazzill cardstock and the top layer is Stardream Crystal cardstock.  I cut the letters L-O-V-E out of the peach cardstock using My Favorite Things Little Letters.  This has been discontinued but any small letter dies will work.  I glued the layers together and then placed the letters on the top.  Using a ruler as a guide works well here.  The last touch was some pearls glued onto the Stardream layer.

You will see that this design is very adaptable to other celebrations.  I used a jazzed up version for a 50th Anniversary card.  I just added some gold mirror cardstock as a layer and instead of the peach, some extra pearls, and a vellum strip with gold flecks with the Creative Expressions Sue Wilson Shadowed Happy Anniversary using the gold mirror as the shadow and Stardream Crystal as the word and layered it on top of the vellum.

This would also work great with silver mirror for 25th, red mirror for 40th and blue mirror for 45th.  (BTW….the pink you see is my cell phone cover.  Oops….but you can see how reflective that cardstock is!)

I know this is long, but I hope you enjoyed my adaptations of various dies.  I will be back soon with more of my projects.  I have a whole wedding series and a baby series coming up.  Take care, stay safe, and I’ll see you next time!  Make sure to follow me so you get a notification when I add something new.  I know you will want to see the new ideas that I came up with while at home for such a long time!

My Favorite Things Makes My Yearly Cards Easy-Peasy!

Every January I take on the project of making all my birthday cards and anniversary cards that I give to my friends for the year.  I choose several designs and have a couple cardmaking sessions.  Coincidentally, I ended up choosing My Favorite Things for all my designs.  I love the versatility of their stamps and dies.  So come on into my blog and see what I made.  Pssst………if you are one of my friends who get cards from me, you can stop here or keep reading but just make sure you are surprised when you get yours!

First, I decided to make Anniversary cards.  I wanted to use one of MFT’s new Valentine dies, but wanted to make it more “un” Valentine’s.  Here is what I decided to make:

With a base of an ivory A2 sized card, I cut dark rose Bazzill cardstock for the bottom layer.  I then cut some ivory cardstock a bit smaller than the rose layer and used the Hearts Entwined die to cut an opening in it.  I backed the opening with some patterned cardstock from my stash that had hints of the dark rose in it.  NOTE:  I found it easier to run the ivory cardstock through my Xyron before cutting it.  Then I just attached the patterned paper to the back of it so you could see the design through the front opening and quickly ran some 3M tape runner on the back and attached that to the rose layer.  Along with the hearts outline from the original cut, I then cut the heart die out of one more piece of ivory cardstock and once again out of the MFT Gold Sparkle cardstock keeping the thin heart outlines part making a total of 3 layers.  I tucked the ivory cardstock hearts with the Xyron back into the opening first making sure it was correctly lined up.  Then I used Elmer’s Craft Bond Extra Strength Spray Adhesive on the other two heart cut outs and stacked them on the first one with the gold sparkle on top.  This made a nice raised effect on the hearts.  I ran my Teflon bone folder over all the heart inserts to make sure they were well adhered.  I stamped only the word “Celebrate” from Let’s Celebrate You in More Essential Sentiments with Tsukineko VersaMark ink onto black cardstock and embossed it with WOW white embossing powder and cut into a banner shape.  I attached it with some thin 3D squares in strategic spots so it would not sag.  Last I added some clear Pretty Pink Posh gems.  I used Essential Sentiments to stamp on the envelope using Tsukineko black VersaFine ink.

   

Next came the birthday cards for the gals.  My gal pals are wine lovers, so guess what……MFT came out with some wonderful wine themed items and I used several of them!

I cut some black cardstock to fit on the front of an ivory A2 cardbase, but didn’t attach it yet.  I then cut a 1″ strip of some red GinaK patterned paper and a thin strip of black cardstock.  I cut some ivory cardstock to layer on the black.  I marked 1″ from the edge of the ivory layer and used a swirl embossing folder to dry emboss up to the mark.  Then I adhered the patterned paper and black strip to the embossed piece and attached that to the black layer.  I used the Good Time To Wine stamp set to gold emboss a sentiment on a strip of vellum using Tsukinko Encore metallic gold ink and Judikins Ultra Fine Gold embossing powder and then wrapped it around the 2 layers and attached on the back.  Then I adhered this to the cardbase.  Using the Wine Glass Shaker Window & Frame die I cut the frame from shiny gold cardstock.  I attached the Wine Shaker Pouch to the frame with 1/8″ Scor Tape and filled the pouch with a red/gold/silver bead mixture and attached it to the front of the card.  I then stamped a sentiment from Sassy Pants Birthday on the envelope.

  

Lastly came the cards for the guys.  Like most other card makers, cards for guys can be difficult for me.  But with some creative use of MFT items I came up with a great design.

I first cut black cardstock the full size of the front of the ivory A2 cardbase, but did not attach.  I then cut some GinaK patterned paper to a size that was the same width but not quite as high as the black cardstock.  NOTE:  Only cut 1/2 the number of sheets that you need of the patterned paper as each sheet will make 2 cards.  I ran the patterned paper sheets through the Xyron to put adhesive on the back.  This helps with the layering of the panel.  I used the Happy Birthday Block die to cut the letters out keeping it towards the top of the paper.  Since the paper is backed with the Xyron, make sure to run it through the die cutter a couple of times.  Pop out the letters making sure to keep all the pieces.  I then attached the main piece to one of the black cardstock pieces.  Since I kept the letters in order of how I took them out I was able to pop out the smaller inside pieces and attach them to the proper letters.  Putting that aside, I took the cut out letters, peeled off the Xyron backing and attached them to a second piece of the black cardstock.  HINT:  Using the die I cut a template out of a heavy piece of cardstock and used that for proper placement of the letters.  I attached a piece of the patterned paper to the bottom of the black cardstock to fill in the empty space.  Next, using Tsukineko black VersaFine ink and clear embossing powder I heat embossed a sentiment from the More Essential Sentiments stamp set onto ivory cardstock and cut into a banner shape.  I attached this to the card with foam tape.  I then took some black and silver ribbon and put in across the bottoms of each card and glued on a few matching sequins.  And………I made them in two different colors!  I also stamped a sentiment from Big Birthday Sentiments onto the envelope using Tsukineko VersaFine black ink.

  

I hope you enjoyed my big project!  I love that I now have all my cards made for my friends for the year……all 25 of them!  Except for a few family cards I can take a break, do some other crafting and be fresh and ready for holiday card season.  Stay warm and be safe and come back again.  I love reading your comments and hearing what you think.  Hugs to all!