Saturday, November 12, 2011

Babies and Birthdays!

Hello Everyone!

Happy Saturday to you.  Sweet Hubby is playing golf so I'm making cards.  I know, what a shocker!!

I had a baby shower to go to today and a friend's birthday coming up on Monday so while I am taking a break from making Christmas cards, I am still using inspiration from Holiday Card Boot Camp.  The first card to show today is made with a technique I learned from guest designer, Shari Carroll on Day #3.  On my card, I used Fired Brick and Spiced Marmalade Distress Inks to color the white card stock that had been stamped with this HUGE Hero Arts flower in Versamark and embossed in white powder.  The next step was the fun part.  I mixed some gold Perfect Pearls with water and misted the flower until the colors began to move.  This was set aside to dry, but in my impatience, I gave it a shot with my heat gun to speed up the process.  I also lightly misted the card base of Melon Berry card stock.  I attached the white layer to a gold shimmer layer, and mounted these on the card base with foam dimensional tape.  I seem to want everything to sparkle these days, so the  The "Happy Birthday" sentiment, from Big Birthday Wishes, is embossed in Detail Gold.


Now, this birthday girl has been on a mission to lose some serious pounds and she is going to announce exactly how many on her birthday.  So, I thought it fitting to offer a non-traditional message inside the card:


And she really does!

Next up, is the happy baby card for my friend Meagan.  It's her first and this little bundle will be named for her great-grandmother.  This is the girly version of a baby boy card from a post on October, 22.  Instead of stamping the background, I found this wonderfully soft and shiny paper by SEI in my stash.  Which prompted the unusual color combination of Sweet Blush and Melon Berry.  Melon Berry is probably my least used PTI color and now I have used it twice in one day.  Go figure...


The sentiment from Hanging Out, and "Naomi" are stamped with Smokey Shadow Ink and the Outline Alphabet letters are colored in with Copic markers.  The giraffe is die cut from the Sweet Baby dies. The tiny glittered heart on the giraffe's rump is a Martha Stewart graffiti punch. 

Just in case you didn't know, all of the products are from Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted. 

Thanks for stopping by, 


  1. Hi Suzanne - I love how you took the techniques from Boot Camp and used them for your 'every day' cards.

    The birthday card is stunning and I love the idea of using Gold Perefect Pearls. I'll be in person this card is even MORE stunning!!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and hope you have a nice weekend!!

    See you back at camp on Monday!


  2. These are so cute!! I absolutely love the glimmery look of the pearls. CAN'T WAIT to get mine and start playing with the Distress Inks!
    Love that flower!
    You might enjoy joining in the fun at Crafting By Designs..great group of gals there! (Lisa from other comment hangs out there, too!)

  3. thank you so much for your nice comments on my blog - both your cards are beautiful - I love how crisp and clean they are, and simple yet complete - nothing is missing, they're perfect :)

  4. Suzanne that flower is amazing so beautiful! The pearls in the center are the perfect accent. Having a challenge at my blog this week would love for you to link up on of your wonderful projects. Karen

  5. Suzanne, both of these cards are fabulous. LOVE the stunning flower on your first one and don't you just think giraffes are perfect on baby cards?!