make a wish card

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Here’s a birthday card that I made last week for one of my son’s friends.   I used Valentine’s Day (Kissing Booth) pattern paper for this card.  At first glance you wouldn’t normally think Birthday when you see the paper line because there are a lot of hearts.  However, birthday girl really LOVES all shades of  pink and so these papers were perfect to make a few party items.  

I made some cupcake toppers & cupcake sleeves for the party so I used the three patterns you see here on the balloons.    The only requirement I got from her mother was that I had to have pink in whatever I used.

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The sentiment seen here is a sticker placed on ivory cardstock.  I wanted to have more options than my rubber stamps for messages so I got some sticker sheets with sentiments that can be used on layouts or cards. 

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I used my circle punch to cut the balloons and then added a triangle at the bottom for the ends of the balloon.   I popped the balloons and sentiment out with pop dots for added dimension.   This also helped make the balloon strings hang nicely with the balloons being raised.  Then I used my new pink twine for the balloon strings.

Next I’ll share the photos of the cupcake sleeves  (first time making some) and the cupcake toppers.   

Supplies:  Pattern paper-Kissing Booth Collection (Better Half, You + Me, Cupid, Oh Darling), Ivory Cardstock, Pink Twine, Pop dots, Circle punch, Sticker-SRM Press Inc. Birthday Sentiments


party invitations

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This week I’ve been figuring out design for the invites for Gavin’s birthday party in April.    After looking through a lot of options I settled on a design with a die cut shape as the main element.

I used this great card sketch (#72) from Scrapbook Steals.   Each week on Monday they post new card designs and there are some great ideas over there.

It was a lot of fun to create these cards because I have just about everything in Life of the Party (Basic Gray) line.  Normally I don’t have this many supplies to select from so it was a treat.    It really made it so much easier to have so many options for brads, buttons, stickers, etc. that could be added to each card.

I didn’t plan to do more than one design but I am excited to have three cards that compliment each other and gave me the option to use more of the supplies.

Design #1:

  • Initially I planned to put the pennant banner on this first card but after using the paper with the gifts it was too much.
  • This pattern is very busy it it didn’t look good with anything else added to the card.

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  • I definitely learned that less is more with all of these patterns.  As I searched to find the right background for the banner, I realized I had to find one that’s very subtle for this design to work.
  • Hand cut out the triangles for the pennant.   Tried a few sizes to get the right fit for the card.
  • Added the brown strip to the top so they would look strung up but then I couldn’t put them at the angles.    So I added the yellow brads in order to pivot them, they really help make them look more realistic.

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Design #3:

  • Used a pinwheel “pop” sticker for the embellishment.
  • I think it compliments the circles on the paper well.
  • Because the pinwheel was round an oval shape for “party” worked best.

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For the inside I am using a stamp that says “let’s celebrate” in the middle, the kids holding hands at the top and then the party details at the bottom.

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In taking these photos I practiced a few tips that I got from Lynn Ghahary’s photo tutorial posted on her blog.    Lynn thanks for the advice, I really appreciate you emailing me!    I think these photos are better than what I was getting before but I’ll continue to work on it as I take more.

Tips I’ve applied:

  • take photos during the day in natural light (my office floor works well if it’s the first half of the day)
  • use foam core for background
  • always straighten (I have a great program for this that’s super easy) and sharpen (didn’t do this before)
  • turn off my top firing flash

Inside of invitation:

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Which design is your favorite?