Wow! I almost passed the Cake Crazy stamp set over but the more I looked at it the more I liked it. I decided it's a set that's good to make birthday cards suitable for anyone so I ordered it. It came in the mail yesterday afternoon and I just...


Super Spectacular Stacked Cake and more...

Super Spectacular Stacked Cake

Wow! I almost passed the Cake Crazy stamp set over but the more I looked at it the more I liked it. I decided it's a set that's good to make birthday cards suitable for anyone so I ordered it. It came in the mail yesterday afternoon and I just had to try it out.


Do you have to tilt your head a little bit when viewing this card? I do! I will say this set requires a little practice and I've not gotten it completely down yet but it is fun!! Little cakes layers that work together and they can be stacked with those words, and there are more of both, cute sentiments, what else could you ask for from a stamp set? That cute piece of Designer Series Paper is from Party Animal. There is a lot of confetti falling on it which worked perfectly as a place to put that colorful cake. The colors in the cake all came from the Brights color family and tied up with a Bermuda Bay Baker's Twine bow. I'm finally building up my birthday card stash again!

Inside this card I added another tiny (crooked) cake with a sentiment from Better Together, another of my favorite sets this year!


I'm making progress in my new craft space. All the walls are now glue free. My husband is set to do some sanding and then I can begin painting. It's lots of work but it will sure be worth it. I've got some things on my calendar that will prevent me from working in there today. :(  Maybe over the weekend I'll get back to and maybe the sanding will be done! Have a great day! - Dawn


The Tale of 6 Dolphins

Yes, you read my title correctly! Our grandson, Will, is turning 6 next week. I'm going up to visit later this week and wanted to take his gift along with me so I'm sure he has it on his birthday. Naturally, that meant I needed to get his card made too. I told you in another post not too long ago about a card I sent him last fall. I think it had a raccoon on it and he wasn't thrilled with it. His brothers told me that he even tried to give it to a friend! Well, I had to make something I knew he'd like for his 6th birthday, didn't I? Last summer we took him and one of his cousins to the Atlanta Aquarium and it was at the dolphin show that he decided (and whispered in my ear not to tell anyone) that he wanted to be a dolphin trainer when he grows up. He's since told people about his aspiration now so I think I can tell you too. Will's birthday card is full of dolphins!


My Silhouette came in really handy for this card. I used it to cut out six dolphins. It's so easy to resize the files to make two different size dolphins. To cut the circle slider I used the Sliding Star Framelits and that worked perfectly to make a circle for the dolphins to jump over that big "6" cut out with the Large Numbers Framelits. Next I had to come up with water in which those dolphins could swim. The perfect piece of Designer Series Paper was found in the pack of By the Shore DSP. I love all the color variation in this piece. Lots of Dimensionals were used to pop the DSP up off the Soft Sky card stock base so the pennies, on which the dolphins are mounted, would easily slide around the circle. Labeler Alphabet is really getting workout in my craft room and it's used again for this sentiment.

Inside the card are four more dolphins (6 total, I hope Will notices.) They're jumping through the hoop left when cutting the circle slider for the front. I stamped "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" (a little crooked) from Birthday Banners across the top of the circle in Dapper Denim.


I hope Will doesn't want to give this card away!

That's it from me today. I've been working hard on my new craft space and it's taking lots of my time. I'm heading over there now to wash walls from wallpaper removal, which is more painful than the removal itself. :(  We scraped ceilings over the weekend and sanding is the next step. Thankfully, my husband bought some attachment from his shop van last year when we were doing another project that will save on some dust! Have a great day! - Dawn


The Stamp Review Crew: Rose Wonder Edition


The Stamp Review Crew is hopping this week to bring you lots of ideas for using the stamp set Rose Wonder, found in the Annual Catalog. I hope you've hopped with us before but if not I'll tell you a little bit about us. We a group of international Satmpin' Up! Demonstrators who hop on the first and third Monday of each month. We all use the same stamp set each hop to bring you lots of inspiration for using it yourself. If you get lost along the way or want more information about us click the link above or the banner and you'll find everything you need to know.

If you didn't start with me you may have come from Betty Traciak's blog, Kitty Stamp. You've already been inspired by Betty, I'm sure!

I have a card to share with you today. I've said before that I love a stamp set with images and sentiments to create an entire card using one set and that's what I've done today. It's also fun to know that can mix either images or sentiments with other stamp sets too!


I chose Crumb Cake card stock and Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper as the setting for this card. Crumb Cake is one of my favorite card stocks and stamping the sentiment repeatedly in Versa Mark ink is a fun effect. I could have left it like that for a monotone look but kicked it up a bit by adding Clear Embossing Powder and heat setting it. Now it has a touch of shine. The flowers add the color and enhance the full panel of sentiments. The coordinating Rose Garden Dies were used to cut the leaves from Cucumber Crush card stock. Originally, I was going to cut the flowers from the dies too but decided I wanted solid images. The flowers were stamped and trimmed out with Paper Snips. They were stamped in Basic Black ink and the new Watercolor Pencils were used to color them before doing the cutting. Some little Enamel Dots were used as the centers of the flowers. Stampin' Dimensionals were used to attach them to vine of leaves. This was super fun to create. 

Inside this card I used the die to cut out flowers with a solid stem of leaves. The leaves were stamped in Cucumber Crush ink and the Cucumber Crush Stampin' Write Marker was used to color them in for solid leaves. I need some sympathy cards in my stash and I'm happy with the way this turned out, both outside and inside!


Now you're ready to hop along to see what wonders Mickey Roberts has created to share with us this week at her blog Paper Creations. I hope you have a rosy day! - Dawn





Timeless Textures

I honestly don't remember if I have used this set yet or not but it was fun to pull out to make a pretty sympathy card. If you have to make a sympathy card it needs to be pretty. I used my friend LeAnne's sketch over at The Paper Players this week. It was perfect as I love sets of three.


Here is the card I created using the sketch. I made this card for a friend of my daughter's who I have gotten to know. She lost her father quite suddenly this week and I want her to know she's in my thoughts and prayers.


Timeless Textures was perfect for this card. I combined the stamped images with a sentiment from Heartfelt Sympathy, using it on one of the circles. Blushing Bride and Wild Wasabi Stampin' Write Markers were used to color the flowers on the top image. The bee was stamped with Memento Black Ink and then colored with a Daffodil Delight Stampin' Write Marker. Paper Snips were used to trim him out before attaching him with a Stampin' Dimensional. The wings are quite sparkly with a layer of Clear Wink of Stella. Finally, since I used a circle for the sentiment, Blushing Bride Baker's Twine was wrapped around the card and "bunchy" bow was added. I think this sketch is going in my "sketch file" to be used again!

Inside the card I kept it simple and combined a sentiment from Heartfelt Sympathy and another from an Occasions Catalog set, Sending Thoughts.


Well, I've got another busy day ahead of me but first I want to get this card in the mail! I hope your day is fantastic! - Dawn



A Birthday Bouquet

Oops! I totally forgot to get my post done for yesterday! I would say I don't know what I was thinking but obviously, I wasn't thinking! In the meantime, a very good friend of mine had birthday over the weekend. I had her card made for awhile but I wanted to wait until after her birthday to share it. I know she received it now so I'm safe sharing it.


Since it feels like springtime around here this jar of blossoms seemed appropriate for a birthday wish. The Jar of Love stamp set is so sweet and bouquets are so much fun to put together using it. There are quite a few options for making bouquets too. Most images in the set have a coordinating framelit die in the Everyday Jars Framelit Dies which makes it very easy to trim out all the pieces you need. The bouquet looks great in the jar and on the Hardwood tabletop too. The background in Pool Party card stock was just too plain for me, so some large embossed Polka Dots were the perfect addition, they're my favorite! Since real canning jars have gold lids this one was embossed in gold!

Inside the card I used the Stylized Birthday. This is one of my very favorite stamps in this year's Annual Catalog. I surrounded it with more blossoms. 


I'll leave it at that! I've got lots to do today, paperwork is at the top of the list. I have more wallpaper to remove and some cards to get done. Do you see a paper trail in these chores? :) I hope you have a great day! - Dawn





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