Birthday Card, Paper Play

Paper 11 Play

Good afternoon. What’s for lunch today? I had a quarter of some eggplant parmesan that I had picked up at Costco. Do you shop at Costco or at a place similar to it? Usually when I make the run I’m too tired to cook after loading and unloading + composting old food. So before I hit the aisles, I looked at the freshly made section and spotted chicken pot pies. OMGoodness they are huge but I grabbed one and baked it yesterday. Our crew ate half and it was pretty good – big chunks of chicken and chopped carrots along with good, ol’ peas. I really liked how the pie curst top got brown and crispy.

The Card

This card was mailed off to my aunt yesterday; she should get it by tomorrow or Friday. She doesn’t read the blog so it’s safe to post here. You’re getting to see it before IG & FB.

Before I go into the deets of its creation and what I had used, I need to start with the Saturday of fails.

The Saturday Fails

Original Idea

  • Use a new stamp set of daisies.
  • After coloring them I felt they were too bright for winter and more for cards in the spring.

Next Idea

  • To myself, hey, what about the tropical cocktail blueprint stamp? I had success with that set in the past.
  • Started digging out my tropical stamps.
  • The locomotive steam died out – too summery and goin in a different direction than I had wanted to.

Third Idea

  • My brain says, I loved the hydrangea stamp a lot; let’s use that.
  • Colored, stamped, and fussy-cut out three of them. A lot of work.
  • Wasn’t happy with the background. Took a break from paper.


So I was looking around on my Pinterest boards and was inspired by this card. I thought I would use the blueprint cocktail stamp in that way and make a charm out of shrink plastic, hanging it around the stem of the glass like when you go to a party and have a charm on your glass so you’d know which one is yours.


The Stamp

  • Stamper’s Anonymous Tim Holtz Cocktails Blueprint set, margarita
  • stamped in StazOn 3x: 1. to make a mask, 2. for the first 3-D layer, & 3. to use for only certain parts – margarita sign + lime wedge
  • Scholar Prismacolor color pencils used – White, Grass Green, Yellow Chartreuse, Silver, Pale Green, Crimson Red, Crimson Lake, & Scarlet Red
  • foam tape used to 3-D elements

The Background

  • 3.75″ x 3.25″
  • Recollections Cream Cardstock
  • Distress Inks – Antique Linen & Tea Dye – used to color cardstock (blended, water-spritzed, dried)
  • background stamping done in Rusty Hinge + Antique Linen: Stamper’s Anonymous Tim Holtz Reflections, Darice’s Heart & Home Music Sheet, Stampendous Fran Seiford Rubber Stamp – Marble Cube
  • edge distressing done in Vintage Photo


  • 4″ x 3.5″
  • Recollections Cardstock, Feathered Greens
  • Scored vertically every 1/8″


  • Recollections brads
  • Darice Baker’s Twine, black & white

Main Card

  • 4 & 7/8″ x 3.75″
  • Recollections Cardstock, Shades of Red

Stuck to Unstuck

The Issues
  1. The shrink plastic charm was too bright of a white, so what was I going to do with that bottom space as I needed a sentiment?
  2. My belated birthday stamp would come out more as a vertical rectangle.
  3. My attempt at writing “A Belated Cheers” didn’t flow with the blueprint writing.
The Solutions
  1. Wound twine in that empty, bottom space.
  2. I used the A B Seas Alphabet Stamps by Authentic Models to stamp out CHEERS on a strip of cardstock colored like the background. I then separated the letters into individual pieces and distressed the sides. Foam tape was cut to fit each letter so they’d mount on top of the twine.

I was pretty happy with the way the card came out in the end. I did kind of wish the twine showed more but oh well, I wasn’t going to do a do-over. After all of this, I have not touched paper and have moved onto yarn for the time being.

Well, it’s getting near my bedtime (been working on this post here and there throughout the day). I have a slight bug that I’ve been dealing with since the holiday so I’ve been trying to sleep earlier after taking some meds. Thank you for sharing what books you are reading and whether or not you’ve read Ove. Also, thank you for your fun comments on my other card post. Nite, nite and TTYS.

8 thoughts on “Paper 11 Play”

  1. Shopping at Costco, Sam’s Club and Winco is one of our bi-monthly routines. Love those stores. The card is great. You always amaze me with your card creations.


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