Coming up Roses – birthday card!

Alright, so you always need birthday cards because quite frankly there’s always a birthday right around the corner. I made this card, using a stamp set I’ve been DYING to use and thought it was perfect for a family member’s birthday. After seeing the finished product I’ll definitely be revisiting this for Mother’s Day and potentially making a lovely card set out of this as well. 

I started off by prepping an A2 sized panel of Neenah Solar White Cardstock as I was planning to heat emboss on this card. 

I grabbed My Favorite Thing’s All Roses Background Stamp and I used a MISTI for this card as I wanted to make sure I could get a great impression of this stamp as it’s quite large. Make sure to remove the sponge insert out of your MISTI when using Red Rubber stamps as they usually already have foam attached. I placed my panel in the MISTI using a bit of removable tape runner on the back to keep it from shifting, then lined up my background stamp and close the door to pick it up.

I inked up the stamp using Versamark Ink (any watermark ink will work for this). 

Then I used Brutus Monroe’s Gilded embosssing powder and my WOW Dual speed Heat tool to heat emboss the panel. BOOM….A panel of gold embossed roses….LOVE!

Then I used my Pickett Fences Life Changing Blender brushes and Altenew’s Crisp Dye Ink in Soft Lilac, Lavender Fields and Deep Iris to create a blended panel. I started off with Soft Lilac on the bottom, then moved to Lavender Fields in the middle and then Deep Iris on the top portion of the panel. I made sure to go back down in reverse order to help the colours blend smoothly.

Then I grabbed a large circle punch and punched out a circle of Vellum, then head embossed “Happy Birthday” from, Altenew’s Birthday Builder stamp set, and Brutus Monroe’s Gilded Embossing Powder on the vellum. Then I used a bit of clear adhesive behind the embossed words and adhered it down to the blended panel.

I trimmed down the panel to approximately 5.25×4 inches and adhered it to an A2 sized card base of Neenah Solar White cardstock.

Then I inked up the All Roses background stamp again, but this time I used Altenew’s Enchanted Gold Pigment ink and stamped it down on the flap of a coordinating envelope. I used the gold ink of the envelope to better match the gold heat embossing on the card. 

I really love the way the gold pigment ink turned out and maybe i’ll try that on a card soon for a slightly different look. Either way, this card is complete!


My Favorite Things’ Roses All Over Stamp set

– Altenew’s Birthday Builder Stamp Set


– Altenew Crisp Dye Inks – Soft Lilac, Lavender Fields, Deep Iris

– Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

Altenew Enchanted Gold Pigment Ink

Other Supplies:

– Neenah Solar White cardstock

– Brutus Monroe’s Gilded Embossing Powder

— Simon Says Stamp’s Vellum

– Ranger’s Glossy Accents

– Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue

– Ranger Multi Medium Matte

– Craft Foam


– Krystal Katana Jewel Picker

– My Sweet Petunia’s MISTI Stamping Tool

– Tim Holtz Mini Comfort Trimmer

– Simon Says Stamp’s Acrylic Blocks- Simon Says Stamp’s Grid Transparency

– The Stamp Market Blending Brushes

– Picket Fences Life Changing Blender Brushes

– Anti Static Bag


Tag! You’re It! – Papercraft Challenge #23 (New DT)

So I’ve been accepted by an awesome design team at Papercraft Business Challenge. It’s a great monthly challenge for paper crafters and definitely a way for me to think outside my usual box. I’m beyond excited! One way to help keep track of dates for this as well as other challenges grab a Challenge Planner! They’re handy and stylish.

The October challenge #23 is Tags! Check out the blog at Papercraft Business Challenge for all the details and to submit your entry!

My entry for this month is a Halloween inspired card using a tag.

It’s a pretty simple card but I thought it was really cute. I started off with Simon Says Stamp’s ‘Jack O Lanterns’ stencil, Spectrum Noir Midus Pigment ink in Silver and Pickett Fence’s Life Changing Blender Brushes and stencilled faces on the black cardstock tag.

I repeated that several times using different faces from the stencil until the tag was filled. Then I used Clearly Besotted’s ‘Spooky Spirits’ stamp and die set to stamp and cut out several ghosts.

I cut a sheet of zig zag patterned paper measuring approximately 4.25×5.5 inches from Tim Holtz’s Ideology Halloween Kraft Stock Paper Pad. I adhered the tag using a 3M neon orange washi tape and stamped a sentiment across the bottom using Gina K Amalgam Ink.

I added the ghosts using some foam squares around the tag.

Then to add a smidge of dimension I used Nuvo Drops in ebony black on the eyes of each of the ghosts.

I then added the panel to a card base measuring approximately 4.25×5.5 inches and my Challenge card is complete!


– Clearly Besotted ‘Spooky Spirits’ stamp set

– Simon Says Stamp’s ‘Jack O’ Lanterns ‘ Stencil


– Gina K Designs Amalgam Ink – Black

– Spectrum Noir Silver Midas Metallic Pigment Ink

Other Supplies:

– Neenah Solar White cardstock

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock – Fog

– Tim Holtz Ideology Halloween Kraft Stock Paper Pad

– Tonic Nuvo Drops – Ebony Black

– Tonic Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen – Glitter

– Scotch 3M Xpressions Washi Tape

– Tonic Deluxe Adhesive Nuvo Glue

– Scrapbook Adhesive 3D Foam Squares


– My Sweet Petunia’s MISTI Stamping Tool

– Tim Holtz Mini Comfort Trimmer

– Simon Says Stamp’s Acrylic Blocks

– Spellbinders Platinum 6 Die Cutting Machine

– Pickett Fence’s Life Changing Blender Brushes

Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP) – All About Layering 2

I’ve had Altenew’s Handpicked Bouquet stamp set for a while and I absolutely love it. It’s a really great Layering stamp that is a large floral piece. This makes it easier to Stamp without taking away the beauty of the stamp.

As sad as it is there will always be a need for a Sympathy card. So why not use a beautiful stamp set like this one to provide a bouquet that won’t fade and hopefully will provide a touch of comfort.

I started off stamping Altenew’s Handpicked Bouquet on a panel. Of Neenah Solar White cardstock using Altenew’s Crisp Dye Inks in Jet Black.

I opted for a yellow theme. For the flowers and stamped all od thr flower layers using Citrus Burst, Maple Yellow and Honey Drizzle. I completed the Stamp’s greenery layers using ‘Firefly’ and ‘Grass Field’.

I used the coordinating die to cut out the Handpicked Bouquet so I could use it as a riased element on the final card. I love Thermoweb’s purple tape to hold my dies in place when running through my die cutting machine for security.

I wanted an other element on my card but wanted something subtle. I used Altenew’s Wavy Grid Stencil, Morning Frost Dye Ink and Pickett Fence’s Blender Brushes to create a diagonal ‘glow’ that will be behind the floral bouquet on the final card.

I added a sentiment using Altenew’s Build A Flower: Sakura Blossom stamp set.

To add a raised element I added bits of Simon Says Stamp’s Big Momma Foam Adhesive Roll to the back of the die cut Bouquet and strategically placed it diagonally across the main panel measuring approximately 3.75×4.75 inches.

I adhered this to a panel of iridescent cardstock measuring approximately 4×5 inches. Finally I popped the panel up using some craft foam and adhered it to a card base measuring approximately 5.25×4.5 inches. Hopefully this card will bring some peace to a family in mourning.


Altenew Stamp Sets/Stencil:

– Build-A-Flower: Sakura Blossom

– Handpicked Bouquet

– Wavy Grid Stencil

Altenew Crisp Dye Inks:

– Jet Black

– Citrus Burst

– Maple Yellow

– Honey Drizzle

– Firefly

– Grass Field

– Morning Frost

Other Supplies:

-Thermo Web 0.5 inch Purple Tape

– Neenah Solar White cardstock

– Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue

– Ranger’s Multi Media Matte

– Craft Foam

– Simon Says Stamp’s Big Momma roll Foam Tape


– My Sweet Petunia’s MISTI Stamping Tool

– Tim Holtz Mini Comfort Trimmer

– Simon Says Stamp’s Acrylic Block

– Pickett Fence’s Life Changing Blender Brushes