Sweet Sixteen Birthday Cricut Card Idea

Hello My Fellow Crafters,

Today I want to share with you a birthday card that I made for our niece Riley.  When you live in Florida you get your drivers license when you are sixteen.  So I wanted to make a super cute card that had 16 candles plus some kind of car to celebrate this special birthday.


I wasn’t sure on the color theme so decided to just make it really colorful since we are celebrating a sweet sixteen birthday 🙂

I used the Cricut Expression to cut the image of a zebra driving a car from the Paisley Cricut Cartridge. Then using the new Sizzix Big Shot Plus machine and a thin metal die of a candle,  I cut out 16 candles on white cardstock and then stamped the outline of the candle in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored each one with all different colors of Copic markers.  (the stamp set and metal dies are from The Stamps of Life)

Now for the fun part.  Putting all these pieces together using all different size pot dots to layer the candles and the car onto the base of the card for a really “pop off the card” look.  I think I accomplished what I wanted to do 🙂

~ Happy Birthday Riley ~

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Love You A Bunch Handstamped Birthday Card

Hello My Fellow Crafters,

Have you ever had so much fun making a card that you totally get lost in your own little world?  Well I have and I just did 🙂

I took a piece of cardstock and stamped the same flower image in it until it filled up the page. then just started coloring with every Copic marker that I have.  When I was done I punched  each one out with the paper punch.


So now I had this pile of flowers and needed to create some kind of card so put these beautiful flowers on.  I remember seeing a card that was cut on an angle and then folded into thirds.  I cut a piece of cardstock 12″ x 5 1/2″.  Then I marked the cardstock on the right side at 2 1/2″  and from that point to the point at the top of the card at 5 1/2″ I cut the cardstock on that angle.  Then scored at 4″ 8″ and folded with peaks and valley fold.

Once I put the flowers onto the card, I noticed once it was open that that backs of the flowers were just plain white cardstock and really didn’t like the way it looked.  So, I  colored more flowers and used adhesive to make a double sided flower.  Now it looks great from all angles.

2014 love you a bunch green

2014 green back

I also had a paper punch of leaves and just added some randomly around the card for the final special touch and dimension.

This was a great card to make when you just feel like coloring.  You can use Copic markers like I did, or colored pencils, watercolors, anything that you like to color with will work great!  Remember it’s you artwork and you can do anything that makes you happy when you create.

2014 purple love you a bunch

2014 back purple love you a bunch

I really had fun so decided to make another card but just changed the base of the cardstock.  Also I added my circle handmade stamp and made it the center of the flower.

~ Sending Happy Birthday Wishes to my niece Nicole and also to my Mother-In-Law ~

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Climbing A Fence To Say Hello

Hello My Fellow Crafters,

Today I want to share with you the cutest birthday card that just makes me smile, because I can see my cat looking like this if he was an outdoor cat 🙂

I was going through my stamps and came across this stamp (which was the paw) and I had no idea what it was.  So, as I continued looking the most adorable cat face rubber stamp jumped out and then I remembered this set from a rubber stamp convention that  I went to years ago.

The stamp set is from Biblical Impressions (not sure if they still make this stamp). I started with white cardstock and tuxedo black memento ink.  Then using copic markers I started coloring, and the entire time I couldn’t stop smiling at this face.  That’s why I really think that crafting is the best, because it puts you in such a happy place, watching yourself create your own original works of art.


Then I found a stamp of a fence that is from Art Impressions.  I stamped it twice onto brown cardstock and using a scissor I cut the tops of the fence so it looked rigid and for a straight bottom I used a Fiskars paper cutter.

Once I put it all together it looked a little too white so I took a sponge dabber and using memento Bahama Blue ink I added some color for a background and decided to use the same color cardstock to mat onto a larger white card base.

For the inside I wanted to keep the theme of the fence, so I used the same brown cardstock, fence stamp and black memento ink.  I thought it would be so fun to make a sign that could be hanging on the fence.  So,  I made a little sign with plain white cardstock, added some antique mini brads and so there were no sharp edges I layered the back onto the same colored cardstock I used on the front of the card. Then using some brass wire I made the happy birthday sign and attached it to the fence with another mini antique brad.  The part that I really like is that the sign moves from side to side since I didn’t permanently attach it to the fence. (I had to take a close up picture because I forgot to take the picture before I added all my handwritten message to the card)


I would suggest that you go thru some of your stamps and see what new/old ones you can dig up and create something fantastic.  I hope this card made you smile 🙂

~ Happy Birthday Poppa ~

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A Handstamped Happy Birthday Card Sure To Make You Smile

Hello My Fellow Crafters,

Today I want to share with you a handmade and handstamped birthday card that I made for our niece who is turning 13 this week. Looking through some of my birthday rubber stamps, this one jumped out and made me smile, so I thought it would be the perfect stamp to make her smile too 🙂


Using a rubber stamp from De Nami Designs, some fun ribbon from American Craft, Copic Markers, circle and scalloped paper punches  and can’t forget some colored cardstock to put this birthday card all together.

Making handmade birthday cards are so much fun to make and I know the person who is receiving the card enjoys knowing that it was make especially for them.

~ Happy 13th Birthday Nicole ~

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Merry Christmas Everyone

12 Days of Christmas with Joans Craft World

On the twelfth day of Christmas…

Twas the Night before Christmas and all though the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.  The stockings were hung by the chimney with care….

I hope that Santa brings you everything that is on your list.  Maybe a Cricut Expression machine, or a Cuttlebug.  How about a Cricut Imagine or Gypsy, a camera so that you can take alot of pictures and then scrapbook all of those memories.  Or how about a stocking filled with glue dots, tape runner adhesives, copic markers, rubber stamps, and some ink pads.

It doesn’t matter what the weather is like where you live, Santa will find his way through a blizzard or the clearest of skies.  Just last week I thought that I was going to have a white Christmas, but the New Mexico sun came out and melted it all away.  If I really want snow, all I have to do is drive 30 minutes to the east and I can see all the snow that I want on the Sandia Mountains.

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Everyone celebrates Christmas differently. There are so many old traditions that are being followed down through generation and there are also new traditions being made.  Today I have been listening to Polish Christmas Carols and singing around my house as I get ready for some friends to come over.  My husband is not Polish he is Swiss/Italian, but after being with me and my family for 30 years  he even knows some of the words.

My family in New Jersey are going to the Christmas mass at 4 o’clock to worship and listen to my niece sing in the choir and my nephew/Godson is going to be an alter server at the same mass.   Then my husbands family is going  to mass together to worship and Celebrate Jesus birth.  I wish we were there to celebrate, but we are so there in spirit.  No amount of miles will keep us apart, we are always in each others heart and even more during the holidays.  Paul and I will be watching midnight mass of television tonight from the Vatican in Italy.  Since I just had my last chemo treatment in the beginning of the month, I still cant be around alot of people so we will be celebrating Christmas mass at home.

After church my family will go back to my sister house for dinner and then opening of presents.  Paul’s family is going to his sisters, to eat lots of Italian appetizers (fresh mozzarella cheese with soprasata) my mouth is watering just thinking of that platter. Oh can’t forget the black olives.  These are the traditions that memories are made from.

However you choose to enjoy this holiday season, just be kind to your fellow man.  Just a simple smile can really make someones day.

Wishing You and Your Family a Very Merry Christmas!

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