Monday, May 23, 2016


Good evening, everyone!  I'll be the first to admit that since our first child was born, I've been slipping a bit on getting birthday cards out to people.  I either forget until it's too late, or I'm just tired and busy and have no crafting time.  I'm trying to be better about that!  I guess we will see how long that lasts once baby number two arrives.  Good intentions, at least!

This first card features Stampin' Up's Birthday Celebration stamp set.  I CASEd (Copy And Share Everything) the idea from a similar card on Pinterest, only I didn't have enough gold glitter paper, so I used silver and silver embossing powder as well.  The balloons were stamped on watercolor paper, and then colored with Stampin' Write markers.  I quickly applied water with my Aqua Painters.  This was pretty tricky for me.  I felt without a doubt that I had ruined all of the balloons, as you could see marker lines and it just looked pretty awful.  But the watercolor paper came through and saved the day.  As they dried, the balloons became much more beautiful, and I was very happy that I didn't have to throw out all that precious paper.  Next time I think I will just try the ink pads/refills and paint in the watercolor style, I just really wanted to use Melon Mambo and Daffodil Delight and I own neither of those ink pads.  The other colors used here are Pool Party and Rich Razzleberry.

This next card is another Pinterest CASE with a modified sentiment.  I'm ashamed to say that although I love the Lighthearted Leaves set from Stampin' Up, this was the first time I'd actually opened the package.  Something else I need to work on, I suppose!  Anyway, the leaves were stamped with Memento Black ink, and then colored in with Stampin' Write Markers.  I used Calypso Coral, Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay, and the very retired Lucky Limeade.  I will always be sad every time I use that color, as I have the ink pad, but lost the reinker somewhere in the shuffle of moving a few years ago.  I'll probably cry when it dries up for good.  Anyway, the sentiment featured is from the That Thing You Did stamp set that I believe is retiring at the end of May.  

Hope you enjoyed these cards - I'm off to bed! <3 JEM

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