Birthday Balloons Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Brightly stamped balloons and wishes for a happy birthday make this card the perfect greeting for that someone special.


  • Cardstock: pear green, pink
  • Paper: light green, light pink, pale blue
  • Dark pink ribbon, 1/8”


  • Stamps: “Happy Birthday” stamp of choice, Paper Salon Simply Ribbons Tailored Tin
  • Ink Pads: pear green, pink, sky blue
  • Sewing machine & pink thread
  • McGill Oval Paper Punch, 1-5/16”x1-13/16”
  • AdTech Permanent Glue Runner

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, ruler



Make 4-1/4”x5-1/2” pear green side-fold card.


Cut 4”x5-1/4” piece from pink cardstock; adhere to card front. Machine stitch around edges.


Stamp sky blue dotted ribbon on pale blue paper; stamp pear green rickrack on light green paper; stamp pink striped ribbon on light pink paper. Punch oval from each color, making sure stamped ribbon runs vertically. Overlap and adhere balloons to card front as shown.


Machine zigzag stitch from bottom of each balloon so they cross as shown. Tie ribbon bow; adhere below balloons where stitching crosses.


Stamp pear green “happy birthday” to card top.


  • Instead of stamping design, use coordinating patterned papers to create balloons.

by Melanie Douthit

Brand New Birthday Collection Giveaway!

Hi there! Alice Golden back with you today to share a project created for the Karen Foster Design booth at the Craft & Hobby Association trade show that took place in California last month. Karen Foster Design is known for their wide variety of themed crafting products and this project features papers, stickers, and embellishments from their fun, new Birthday Collection. In addition, they have donated a fabulous assortment of these products for one lucky reader to win!

All you need to do to be entered in the drawing is answer the following question in the comments section of this post by Tuesday, March 5, 2013. Winners will be announced here on March 6th.

“What is your all-time favorite birthday treat?”

(Mine is my great-grandmother’s chocolate cake).

Now, onto crafting! The base of this project is one of Karen Foster Design’s popular 3-D Countdown Calendars, which is a set of 25 mini drawers that can be used in lots of different ways, in addition to counting down to a special occasion. I thought it would make a fun party decoration – the drawers could hold favors for the guests to take home, or be used as part of a game or scavenger hunt to hold clues – lots of possibilities!

I started by covering the front of each drawer and sides of the box with papers from the Birthday Collection.

Then came the fun part – adding assorted decorations to each drawer.

I really like using things that add texture, such as these colorful brads,

as well as adding dimension with stickers or foam adhesive.

I might have gone a bit overboard with the glitter glue, but couldn’t help myself.

My favorite embellishment would have to be these new Party Bubble Brads – I especially liked the balloons, which I tied with Scrapper’s Spool Floss.


  • Karen Foster Design: 3-D Countdown Calendar, Birthday Collection Papers, Cardstock Stickers, Birthday Lil’ Stack Sticker, Party Time Stacked Statement, Crazy Coil Brads, Scrapper’s Spool Floss, and Party Bubble Brads
  • Ranger Stickles Glitter Glue in assorted colors

Don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered into the giveaway.

So glad you stopped by today. Until next time – Happy Crafting!

Alice Golden from Golden Moments (

Stamped Garden Gift Set

Stampendous introduced their Winter CHA release just a few weeks ago, and I was lucky enough to create a few projects using the new Cling Flowers stamps. How about a giveaway of one of the new Stampendous stamps?  All you have to do is leave a comment on this post by February 14th and I will randomly select one person to receive one of the new Cling Flowers stamps from Stampendous.

The flowers are gorgeous, and they inspired this gardening set which is perfect as a Mother’s Day or birthday gift.

Here is a side view of the box:

1. I started with a leftover box from clementines. It was easy to cover with a coat of white acrylic paint.

2. Stamp Stampendous flower images (Morning Glory, Nasturtium, Carnation, Violets, Sweet Peas, Seed Catalog) onto white cardstock using Jet Black water-resistant ink. Stamp Violets twice.

3. Color flowers using STAEDTLER Karat Aquarell watercolor pencils and a water brush. Let dry.

4. Tear cardstock around flowers. Sponge edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

5. Cut tissue paper to fit sides of box. Stamp Seed Background onto tissue paper repeatedly using Jet Black water-resistant ink. Adhere tissue paper to sides of box using Zip Dry Paper Glue. Sponge edges of box using Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

6. Follow manufacturer’s directions to apply Fast Finish Decoupage over surface of tissue paper; let dry.

7. Adhere colored flowers onto sides of box with Zip Dry Paper Glue.

The clay pots close-up:

1. I bought two clay pots from the store and, since it was off-season, I actually got a good deal on them.

2. Paint fronts of clay pots with white acrylic paint. Let dry.

3. Stamp flowers of choice, one each, onto tissue paper using Jet Black water-resistant ink. Color images in same way as flowers for box. Let dry. Tear tissue around images.

4. Adhere stamped, colored flowers onto fronts of clay pots using Zip Dry Paper Glue. Follow manufacturer’s directions to apply Fast Finish Decoupage over each surface to seal image.

5. Apply VersaMark embossing ink around edges of tissue paper and along top of rim on first clay pot. Sprinkle wet ink with Stampendous Fran-tage Chunky White Embossing Enamel; heat emboss enamel. Quickly, while enamel is still hot, sprinkle same areas with Fran-tage Lavender Glass Glitter.

6. Repeat Step 5 with second pot.

Here are the plant markers close-up:

1. Die cut three Labels Twenty-Two shapes from white cardstock.

2. Stamp flowers (Nasturtium, Carnation, Sweet Pea) onto labels using Jet Black water-resistant ink.

3. Color images in same way as flowers for box. Let dry.

4. Sponge label edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

5. Apply brown Tim Holtz Distress Stain to three wooden plant stakes. Let dry.

6. Adhere labels to tops of stakes. Tie green fiber around stakes beneath labels.

7. To finish gift set, stamp Botanical Blooms Background using lavender ink onto full sheet of tissue paper. Assemble gift set as shown.


  • Stampendous Stamps – Botanical Blooms Background CRR162, Seed Background CRW088, Seed Catalog CRR161, Morning Glory CRP185, Carnation CRP186, Nasturtium CRP187, Sweet Pea CRP189
  • White tissue paper
  • STAEDTLER Karat Aquarell Watercolor Pencils
  • Water brush
  • Ink pads: Ranger Archival Ink – Jet Black, Lavender; Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Vintage Photo Ink; Tsukineko VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Vintage Photo Stain
  • White acrylic paint
  • Beacon Adhesives – Zip Dry Paper Glue, Fast Finish
  • Die-cutting system and label die of choice
  • White cardstock
  • Green fiber
  • Wooden plant stakes, three
  • Stampendous FREG021 Chunky White Embossing Enamel
  • Stampendous FRG05C – Lavender Glass Glitter
  • Recycled wooden fruit box

Don’t forget, leave a comment to win your own Stampendous Cling Flowers stamp. Happy Stamping and Good Luck,

Suzanne Czosek from Suzz’s Stamping Spot (

Big Wishes

We have a few January birthdays to celebrate and I am always in need of birthday cards for this time of the year. I took a look at my Christmas stamps to see what could be used for a wintery birthday card.  This sweet holiday fairy is perfect for a girl card.

1. Stamp image onto white cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink.

2. Color image using Copic markers. Start with lightest color and leave a slight gap before lines. Add layers of shading using the next two shades of the color and blend with the lightest pen.

3. Add additional shading to image using gold watercolor pencil. Add highlights with white gel pen. Add a touch of Stickles glitter glue to the berries; let dry.

4. Cut image out using detail scissors.

5. Cut white cardstock panel slightly larger than image; mat on blue cardstock. Adhere image with foam dots as shown.

6. Make blue top-fold card. Cut and layer white cardstock and blue/white paper onto card front. Adhere image panel to card.

7. Stamp sentiment using black ink on white cardstock; matte on blue cardstock. Adhere to card as shown.

8. Punch series of snowflakes from white cardstock. Adhere to card along right side of cardstock panel.


  • Penny Black Stamps: Wish Big, Fairy Holly
  • My Mind’s Eye Patterned Paper
  • Signo Uni-Ball White Gel Pen
  • .too Marker Corp. Copic Markers: E00, E02, E21, E33, E35, B00, B02, B05,Y28, Y00, Y11, YG03, YG05, YG07
  • STAEDTLER Karat Aquarell Watercolor Pencils
  • Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
  • Cardstock: white, blue
  • Detail scissors
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Snowflake Border Punch

I hope this inspires you to look at your holiday stamps in a different way!

Suzanne Czosek from Suzz’s Stamping Spot (

Sprinkled With Fun Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Add dimension and a new texture to your cards. Premo! Sculpey-embellished cards are safe for mailing and they’re quite a conversation piece.


  • Polyform Premo! Sculpey Oven-Bake Clay: Orange, White, Bright Green Pearl
  • White cardstock
  • Doodlebug Design Sugar and Spice Collection 6”x6” Paper Pad


  • Polyform Sculpey Clay Conditioning Machine
  • Oven
  • Ceramic tile
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Embroidery Deep Edge Punch
  • Stamps: Penny Black Sweet Thing; Hero Arts Cupcakes Clear Set, Birthday Clear Set
  • Large acrylic block
  • Tsukineko Ink Pads: StazOn Jet Black; Brilliance Dew Drop Pearlescent Rust, Pearlescent Ivy
  • Watercolor pencils
  • Adhesives: paper adhesive, 3M Scotch Brand Quick-Dry Adhesive

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, detail scissors, ruler, pencil, craft knife, small paintbrush, toothpick





(Note: Start with clean hands and work surface. Good work surfaces include waxed paper, metal baking sheet, or disposable foil. Knead clay until soft and smooth. For best results, clean hands between colors. Shape clay, pressing pieces together firmly. Bake on oven-proof glass or metal surface at 275 °F for 30 minutes per 1/4” of thickness. For best baking results, use an oven thermometer. Do not use microwave oven. Do not exceed above temperature or recommended baking time. Wash hands after use.)

1. Begin by preheating oven to 275 °F. Test temperature with oven thermometer for perfectly cured clay.

2. For best results, condition all clay by running it through Clay Conditioning Machine several passes on widest setting. Fold clay in half after each pass and insert folded side into rollers first.

3. Mix large pinch of White clay with half of Orange clay to create marbled color. With Clay Conditioning Machine on #2 setting, roll marbled clay into long sheet. Place sheet on ceramic tile.

4. Stamp black cupcake row image onto clay sheet. Using craft knife, trim around top of cupcakes. Trim strip to 4-1/4” long; leave clay on tile and set aside.

5. Roll ball of marbled orange clay same size as cherry on top of Sweet Thing stamp cupcake. Place on tile with stamped cupcake border; be sure pieces do not touch. Roll six tiny Orange balls and six tiny Bright Green Pearl balls same size as trim on cupcake border. Place tiny balls on tile; be sure pieces do not touch. Use toothpick to indent center of each tiny ball. Bake as directed above. Allow to cool and set aside.

6. Stamp black Sweet Thing image onto white cardstock; let dry. Color image with watercolor pencils; paint over colors with water to create blended effect. Let dry. Detail cut image.

7. Make 4-1/4”x5-1/2” white side-fold card. Cut 4-1/4”x5-1/2” green paper panel; ink edges Ivy and adhere to card front.

8. Stamp black sentiment onto orange paper; ink edges Rust. Mat sentiment on larger orange paper piece; ink edges Rust and adhere to card as shown.

9. Border punch orange paper strip; trim to 4-1/4” long and adhere to top of card. Adhere girl image to card as shown.

10. Adhere clay pieces to card with Quick-Dry Adhesive; let dry.


Coat stamped cupcake with adhesive and sprinkle with ultra-fine glitter for a sugary look.

by Iris Weiss for Polyform Products (