Single Layer Birthday Card

I haven't been crafting as much as I would like lately, and I've definitely been neglecting the blog. But I do have a fun and easy birthday card to share today.

This card is a single layer, made with stamping and a little bit of sparkle. I used three different stamp sets - Simon Says Stamp's Big Birthday Wishes, Avery Elle's Cake & Candles, and balloons2cut from The Stamps of Life.

I used a bunch of Hero Arts Shadow Ink cubes for my stamping - Soft Granite, Butter Bar, Pale Tomato, Soft Pool, Pool, and Soft Cantaloupe. I just thought the colors went well together and made for a bright, fun card. The cubes are perfect to try out a bunch of colors without spending a lot of money. You can find a few of them here.

For the strings on the balloons I just added them with a grey Staedtler fine liner pen. I've had these pens for years and they're perfect for coloring in tiny places or outlining. I also use them in my planner.

I used a clear Wink of Stella brush pen to add a little shimmer to the outlined stars and the 'Yay' on the front of the card. Its very subtle, so hard to see but if you look close in the photo above you can see a bit of sparkle. 

Inside the card I stamped another sentiment from the Big Birthday Wishes stamp set in Soft Granite Shadow Ink. And then to finish off the card I rounded the corners using the yellow WRMK Corner Chomper. I have both the teal and yellow but I like the size of the corner on the yellow one.

I enjoyed challenging myself to use only stamps on a card and not have it feel like something was missing.

And as usual, I hope I can get back to crafting and sharing here more often. Have a great and creative week everyone!

Stamp Storage Update-Clear & Cling Stamps

Just wanted to share with you an update to how I'm storing my clear and cling stamps, along with a tip.

After I received a stamp set from Studiol2e in a clear stamp pocket, I gave in to the trend and got the Avery Elle Stamp Storage Pockets. I got mine from Amazon, where I found them to be the cheapest with free Prime shipping.

For smaller stamp sets, I used these Memorex CD sleeves, which I've had around for quite awhile.  I had been storing some stamps in them, and then some dies in them, but I wasn't really consistent, and not all stamps and dies fit, of course.

I cut some inexpensive white card stock down to just slightly smaller than the pockets (I get mine at Kmart, the Georgia Pacific 110# weight). And I added labels with my label maker, then slid the stamp set into the pocket. Super easy.

I even put my Stampin' Up! cling stamps in them, and just trimmed the cover insert to fit the pocket:

Next I needed dividers to separate types of stamps. I had looked into plastic file folders, but I'm picky and wanted white and couldn't find them on Amazon. Then I saw these DVD dividers, but they're a bit pricey. And then I had an "a-ha!" moment. My mom uses comic book backers in some of her doll outfit packaging. I found a pack of 100 of these comic book backers on Amazon, for less than $9 (actually $7.99 right now), with free Prime shipping.

I have a heavy duty trimmer, which I've had for years and appears to never need sharpening, no matter how much thick card stock, plastic, wood, and other heavy materials I've chopped through. I actually was lucky enough to find a brand new one of these for $8 at the flea market that I am keeping as a backup, but I have yet to need it. With this trimmer I easily cut down the comic backers to 8" x 5.5" to use as dividers. This leaves them taller than the Avery Elle pockets so I could add a label. I just rounded the corners with the WRMK Yellow Corner Chomper and added a label:

For my larger stamp sets, which are taller than the Avery Elle sleeves, I ended up using 6"x13" ziplock bags which I added card stock to, and trimmed down to 8.5" tall. I only have a handful of sets this tall so for now that works for me. They're not as nice as the AE sleeves but it does the job of allowing everything to look uniform.

Happy 4th Birthday Austin!

My guy is four today!

He's really into learning how to spell words. His favorite things to do are either to watch Minecraft videos on YouTube or to play with his various letter things. (Bath letters, letter magnets, letter puzzles).

He knows all of his states thanks to a puzzle my sister got him for Christmas, and about half of the capitals of each state. He will even argue state geography with me (and sometimes he wins).

He's loving and happy. His hugs and kisses are the very best thing in the entire world.

I still watch him sleep at night. Wondering why time has to go by so fast. I miss that little baby boy that came from my belly four years ago today. He's growing so fast I can't stand it.

Happy Birthday, bud!

Austin's 4 Year Old Photos!

My little guy is turning FOUR this weekend, and I wanted to take a few photos to mark the new year.  The unfortunate part about having a March birthday in New England is the weather (and scenery) in March isn't at all appropriate for an outdoor photo shoot. So photos must be taken indoors! I set about making my own photo shoot backdrop.

First - super inexpensive peel & stick flooring (98 cents per 4"x3' section at Lowes), adhered to one of those large 4' x 3' poster boards).

Second - a backdrop frame made from PVC pipe.

Third - hand punched circle garlands. This took forever (and I punched way too many circles) but since I already had all the supplies, it didn't cost me anything. The white paper behind it came on a giant roll I got with a coupon at Hobby Lobby, in the art section.

I'm pleased with how the photos turned out:

 This idea was found on Pinterest. I totally can't take credit for how awesome an idea this is!

Can't believe how fast time has flown. It feels like just yesterday that we took him home from the hospital. Time needs to slow down!

My Eddy Photo Book

Sharing my Eddy photo book, which was free from Shutterfly (you pay for shipping). The promotion runs through Monday, March 23. Just use the code 1FREEBOOK to get your own 8x8 photo book. I had wanted to make a book with most of my photos of Eddy taken throughout the years, and this promotion came at the perfect time.

Life Is Beautiful

Wanted to share a layout with you that I made using the newest release from Amber LaBau Designs, Life Is Beautiful.

I adore how bright and cheerful this kit is! And the pocket cards (three of them are used on this layout) are so fun.

These are on sale for just a little bit longer today at The Lilypad, so go and check them out!

Lucky Us

Wanted to share with you a fun layout I made using the newest release from Bee Tree Studios.

Template from Down This Road Designs.

Four Leaf Clover is not only great for documenting St. Patrick's Day, but for other fun layouts, as you can see with mine above. I love the sparkly gold alpha in this collection most of all!

The bundle which includes the elements, papers, the alpha and glitter papers is 40% off, so go grab it!

Between The Pages - March Featured Kit from Amber LaBau

Today I wanted to share a page I made documenting my current obsession with reading. I made this using the March featured kit from Amber LaBau Designs, Between The Pages:

Between The Pages is full of bright, fun colors, and is perfect for scrapping about yours (or anyone's) love of reading.

As this is the March featured kit, it is 30% off all month long at The Lilypad. If you create a page with this kit and upload it to any public gallery, you can enter to win a $10 coupon to Amber's store. Happy scrapping!

Freebie: March Digital Template

I'm so excited to share that I designed the March template freebie, available at!

I wanted a template that was perfect for pocket cards, but also had a little bit of a traditional scrapbook page feel. This is sure to be a template I use many times. In fact, I've already used it twice!

The above page was made with the template and Amber's O Captain Bundle, the perfect kit for documenting part of our Disney cruise.

And I've also used this template with Amber's new kit, My Wish For You (papers, elements, and pocket cards), over at The Digital Press, where she is guest designing for the month:

As usual, if you grab this free template from Amber's blog and use it and any of her products to create a page and post it in any public gallery by March 31, you can enter to win a $10 coupon to Amber's store. Now, get scrapping, and show me what you make with this template!

Birthday Card

My mom's birthday is coming up next week, so I went about making a card for her.

I'd been digging through my stash of dies, and found the Stampin' Up! Large Paper Doily Sizzlit die. This die is retired but you can check it out here, and I've seen a few on eBay. It is a bit tough to work with though - I had to follow some tips I found to make it work properly. I finally got it to work by covering the surface of the die with packing tape, and using a shim, along with an additional smaller shim under 1/2 of the die. All of those tricks helped to even the surface so I could die cut a doily. Even so, I don't plan to use this die too often - it's very detailed and takes awhile to punch out all of the little spots.

Anyway, once I got the die working I used some brown patterned paper I had in my scraps bin and made a doily for the front of the card.

I used one of my My Favorite Things Stitched Circle dies to cut a circle to fit the center, and then I lay both over the card (the card base is Stampin' Up! Pool Party, which you may have figured out by now is my favorite color of card stock), trimming at just about half, the rest to be saved for a future card.

I used a Zig glue marker pen to attach the doily to the card, and then over it I layered some paper flowers (these were picked up a year or two ago in the Michaels' dollar bin section) with some glue dots. I used Tombow Mono Multi Glue to attach pearls from Simon Says Stamp to the center of each flower.

For the sentiment, I used the WPlus9 Strictly Sentiments 5 stamp set and some Memento Rich Cocoa ink, and stamped right onto the card base. I then added more pearls and rounded the corners of the card with the yellow WRMK Corner Chomper.

My mom really appreciates receiving handmade cards, so I know she's going to love this one too.