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!

A Happy 100th Birthday Card!

Our son-in-law’s grandmother is celebrating her 100th birthday this year.  What a great milestone!  When we found this out, we told our daughter that we would make a special effort to attend the party they are planning.  And, of course, a very special card is required.  She lives in an assisted living home, so I wanted something that she could display but not take up too much room or be easily knocked to the floor.  Karen Burniston Designs to the rescue!  What could be more perfect than a basket of flowers that never wilts.

I was so excited when I saw the Woven Basket Pop-Up die that I knew it would be perfect for what I am planning.  Add the Happy Birthday die, the Flowers & Bee dies and the Numbers dies, all also from Karen Burniston Designs, and I had the perfect basics for the perfect card.  Plus this gave me the chance to use up a lot of scraps that I had in my stash.

I started by making the basket.  I was going to do a double wide one, but again I wanted to keep it to a size that could be displayed and not take up too much room.  I used a woodgrain cardstock that I found at a local craft store for the base and then used Doodlebug Petite Prints in aqua dots for the weaving pieces.  Bazzill Bling green cardstock scraps made the perfect grass.  I cut four of the grass, cutting the tabs off 2 of them for against the front and back, so I had four lines of grass.  I used a scrap of cardstock the color of rope to make the handles.  Make sure you watch Karen’s videos for the assembly of the basket, as well as the double wide basket.  They are very helpful.  I usually watch them once when they come out and then watch again to refresh it in my mind when I am ready to do my project.  I must say that Karen does an excellent job on her assembly videos.  Here is what my basket looked like when done.

 

Next comes all the flowers and accents for the basket………..

First I made nine of the larger flowers in the die set.  The largest part of the flowers was cut from My Favorite Things Party Patterns paper in the multi colored dots.  I shaped them using a ball stylus and a foam pad from the McGill Flower Shaping set.  The second floral layers were cut from pink, purple and blue scraps of Bazzill cardstock.  They were also shaped with the ball stylus.  I cut the center dots from a scrap of yellow Bazzill cardstock and made a depression in the center so they would fit inside the shaped flowers.  Using liquid glue I assembled the flowers together.  Later on I use a Spectrum Noir Glitter Pen to add some shine to the centers.  Next came the tiny flowers that I cut out of Bazzill Bling white cardstock.  I shaped them a bit and used Nuvo gold glitter drops for centers.  I cut the Happy Birthday out of Bazzill Bling white cardstock and out of dark aqua cardstock and layered them slightly off for the shadowed look.  I added an iridescent jewel to the dot over the “i” later.

Using the same Bazzill Bling green cardstock I cut out several “folded” stems and several single stems.  Again, make sure to check out Karen’s video on this.  The “folded” stems are attached at the top so that you can put the bottom of the stems on either side of the grass to make them stronger.  I also cut a Bee from the Flowers & Bee die set from yellow cardstock and used a Copic black marker to make the stripes on the bee.  I cut 2 of them to put back to back so it was the same from both sides.  Lastly, using some red scraps of paper, I cut the 100 twice, reversing the number 1 so that I could also put them back to back.  Here are all the “pieces parts” on my desk ready for assembly.

I started by attaching the “folded” stems, three to each of the middle 2 grass strips.  I found it easier to glue together the top parts so that I could control them better.  Just make sure to leave the stems not glued until ready to attach to the basket.  I then took 3 of the single stems and, following Karen’s instructions, I attached them together overlapping a dot on each one.  I attached that group of 3 to the back grass strip, and 3 others to the front strip.  I trimmed a few sprigs from the front ones and added them between the back ones to fill in the spaces.  I let all that dry well before attempting the rest.

After everything was dry, I attached the 100 to the stems, back and front, on the 3rd grass strip.  I then attached the large flowers and then the small ones to fill in, and finally the bee.  I attached the Happy Birthday to the front of the basket to finish it off.  I also cut out a panel out of white cardstock and edged it with a green Copic marker.  This was attached to the back to write a wish and sign our names.  I also covered the red numbers with Spectrum Noir glitter pen.  And finally………..

Oh……..and did I mention……..This wonderful baskets fold up to fit in an envelope for a 5″x7″ card!  It would take some extra postage, but imagine their eyes when the recipient opens the envelope and takes out a wonderful pop-up 3D basket of flowers!  SURPRISE!!!!

This would also be a wonderful card for Mother’s Day. I hope you enjoyed my flower basket.  Be sure to check out my other posts, and also the wonderful products that I used.  Leave me a message to let me know what you thought.  And make sure to sign up to follow my blog.

Have a wonderful day!