Saturday, August 28, 2021

Birthday Wishes

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with The Charmed Life this last Saturday in August. 

Wow can you believe we are entering into September next week. This year seems to have flown by. I feel as though I haven't accomplished a lot of the goals that I set for myself this year. But, I still have 4 months to go and I do intend to meet those goals. 

I had a busy week with the harvests from my hubby's gardens. I canned 20lbs of tomatoes which resulted in 7 - 16 oz jars of a tomato sauce for winter enjoyment. I use it as a base for a marinara sauce as well as in my Chili recipe. I have approx another 8lbs waiting for me to do something with. I may roast these ones and then freeze them. I also have about 20 banana peppers that I want to stuff and freeze. Again that will be a meal in the middle of winter.

Now let's move onto my card for today so I can get into my kitchen. This card I created for my weekly DT post on the CottageCutz Blog. I am featuring the new Lil' Bluebird Designs Happy Birthday Stamps & Dies + the Kitty Love Stamps and Dies. I used the sets to create a birthday card. I like to have birthday cards on hand to send out to my family and friends. I have a large extended family so I am always in need of cards. So let's get started with some details on how I created my card.

Design Steps:
Having a layout in mind at the card start is always a big boost for me. That way I can just choose the card colors, and I am good to go. I liked this week's sketch #868 from Splitcoaststampers. I thought it was a great layout to use several of the stamps.
After many attempts to use designer paper for my image panel, I finally gave up and decided to keep the background white. It just seemed to busy with any of the patterns I tried to use in addition to the circles.
Light Purple Card Base: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
White image panel: 4 1/8" x 5 3/8"
Light Purple Circles: 1 5/8" (I used the 4th largest Circle Set die)

Next, I stamped, colored and die cut the birthday images. I used both Copic and Stampin' Blends  markers to color the images.
Photo of the alcohol marker colors I used for coloring.
Now I am ready to start card assembly. I attached my images to the circles with dimensional adhesive. Then the circles are attached to the white image panel with double sided tape.
The birthday swag banner & the happy birthday phrase are both attached with dimensional adhesive.
I added some sequins to the card. I just didn't like the empty white space. I am not a clean and simple stamper (lol)!!! The image panel is attached to the card base with double sided tape to finish off my card.
Well, that's it for me for this post. So until next time........God Bless

Stamps & Dies I used to create card:

I am also entering:
1.  Gem of a Challenge has an anything goes. 
2.  Sweet Stampin' has a lots of layers challenge. 
3.  Creative Fingers has an anything goes challenge.
4.  Cut It Up has a sketch challenge of your choice + include a die cut.
5.  Simon Says Stamp has an anything goes challenge.  



  1. Your card came together so beautifully, Mary. I love its happy feel and the colorful banner you added.

    Thanks for sharing your Sketch project with us at Cut it Up!


  2. Gorgeous card Mary thanks for joining us at Sweet Stampin' hugs Sue x

  3. Super cute Mary. Thanks for joining the fun with us at Sweet Stampin' this week. LOVE what you've done. Hugs, Wends xoxo

  4. Such a fun card - a great sketch to work with too - thanks for joining in with us at Sweet Stampin this week.



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