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Nature Walk & Vermillion: Happy Birthday Shelli…

Stampin’ Up! asked all us demonstrators to make a Birthday Card for Shelli, the founder and owner of Stampin’ Up! I know Shelli likes the Shabby-Chic look and after many  drafts this is what I came up with.

Nature Walk Shelli's Birthday Card
This card base id made form Early Espresso card stock cut to 10″ x 7″ and scored at 5″. The next Tangerine Tango layer is 4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″. The 4-1/4″ x 5-1/4″ layer of Very Vanilla was stamped with the bee from the Nature walk stamp set in Crumb Cake Ink and the edges were distressed with a sponge and the same color ink.

Nature Walk:Vermillion Oval Detail
On a scrap piece of Very Vanilla I stamped randomly the bird from the Nature Walk stamp set and the Young Vermillion stamp. Then colored the birds in with Watercolor Pencils and tore the edges into a some-what oval shape. I colored the sky in with a Sponge Dauber and Baja Breeze Ink. Along the edge I spnged some Crumb Cake Ink. I layered the oval on to a piece of Early Espresso and then tore that edge as well.

Vermillion Detail

Once everything in the oval was colored and adhered I proceeded to add amber beads to the branch under the Vermillion.


Vermilion’s are really bright orange and black. I used purple for the wings, so the detail of the stamped wings wasn’t lost. Here’s a picture of a real Vermillion. Truly exquisite!




I added three Antique Brads to the upper right hand corner, stamped Happy Birthday in Early Espresso on Tangerine Tango and distressed and curled it.



Across the bottom, I took 9″ piece of Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon and rouched or ruched it. For extra added detail I added beadwork to the top. For how to rouch or ruch ribbon CLICK HERE.

Ribbon Rouching and Beading Detail
A very Special Happy Birthday Shelli… 

Breast Cancer Ribbon ButtonSiggy 2


Birthday Card for Megan…



Today our daughter Megan, known as Meg to many, turned 27. Hard to believe we have a 27 year old daughter, but we do now! It’s always hard for me to create a card for those I love. I think we want the project or card to be as perfect as we can make it, not only in execution, but also to reflect the person we have come to know and love.

Meg is of course what we think a good balance of girl at times represented by the pink and at the same time she possesses a woman’s quality with a touch of sophistication; therefore the gold embossing powder. Like me, Megan loves birds, and a touch of bling. This one’s for you Megan. 

Nature Walk Birthday Card for Megan

Breast Cancer Ribbon ButtonHAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY MEGAN!


Ruching Ribbon, the Real Way…

Hi and welcome once again.


I have to tell you I saved the best for last from my Friday Night class. Any one who knows me, knows I LOVE BIRDS!  The moment I see anything with a bird on it, I have to  have it. I think that’s why I feel in love with the Nature Walk Stamp Set from Stampin’ Up! The bird image is magnificent! Stampin’ Up! has the best stamps ever. The lines on their images are so clear and crisp and shows every detail right down to the tinest speck.


Now, while I love birds, I didn’t want the bird to be the main focus here, However, I did want a balance between it and the Ruched Ribbon. Here’s what I came up with: Finished Nature Walk Ruching CardWe started by ruching our ribbon. There is a faster technique to ruching, but, I think the sewing method can’t be beat. The end result is gorgeous!


You begin by measuring the amount of ribbon needed and multiple it by about three.  For instance, if you need a 3″ piece of ribbon, you’ll need to cut a 9″ strip. Along the top edge of the ribbon mark off every inch. Don’t worry about seeing the marks, because once the ribbon is gathered you won’t see them. On the bottom edge of the ribbon mark every half-inch. You need to start your measuring at the beginning edge of the ribbon for both measurements, because, you want the half -inch marks staggered between the one-inch marks. You’re really stitching every inch, but, this is an accurate way to get your marks exactly staggered and in the middle. Understand???? For  this card I used the 5/8″ Certainly Celery Satin Ribbon.

Ribbon Ruching Detail 1Thread your needle with a single thread and a good knot on the end. Then, you simply stitch with a running stitch as shown. the trick is to begin you stitching from the bottom and end the last stich on the top so you can loop around the ribbon’s edge to begin your new row of stitching from the bottom. You stitch your rows from one top edge mark to the other one inch bottom mark. Get it?


Your stitches don’t have to be perfect, nor does the color of thread have to match the ribbon. I used a quilting thread, because it’s a bit stronger and doesn’t break when you gather the ribbon.

Ribbon Ruching Detail 2When you’re done stitching, you simply pull the thread and pull the ribbon away from the thread until the gathering looks appealing to you. The more you pull, the tighter the gather. If the gathering twists, just flatten it out with your hands. Isn’t it beautiful?

Pulled Ribbon Ruching Detail

Once the ruching was done, we moved on to making the card. For this:

Cut a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ of Early Espresso Card Stock and score it at 4-1/4″.

Cut two Very Vanilla Card Stock pieces, one at 4-3/4″ x 3-1/2″ and the other at 4-1/4″ x 3″.

Cut a 5-1/4″ x 4″ piece of Crumb Cake Card Stock.

Cut a 4-1/2″ x 3-1/4″ piece of Certainly Celery Card Stock.

Ribbon Ruching Detail 3

On the smaller 4-1/4″ x 3″ piece of Very Vanilla Card Stock,  stamp the egg image in Baja Breeze, leaf image in Certainly Celery and the bird image in Early Espresso Ink in a random collage pattern. Keep the images more to the left of the Very Vanilla Card Stock.


With Watercolor Pencils color in the bird image and distress the edges of card stock with  the Tea Stain from the Distressing Kit and a Sponge Dauber.


On the right hand side of the card stock, lay a piece of Sticky Strip vertically and carefully layer your Ruched Ribbon on the Sticky Strip. Pull both ends of the ruching to make sure it extends from top to bottom, making sure you have enough of the ribbon to wrap around the card stock.

Finished Nature Walk Ruching Card 2


Layer the pieces of card stock as shown. For the stamped piece of Very Vanilla layer it using Stampon’ Up! Dimensionals. Sit back and admire your creation. This one you won’t want to give away, so you’ll have to make two!





Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you soon.


Stampin’ Hugs,

Siggy 2







Stampin Up! Product Used in this Project: (Just click on product name to order)

STAMP SET:    Nature Walk

INK:    Baja Breeze, Early Espresso, Certainly Celery

CARD-STOCK:     Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Certainly Celery, Crumb Cake

FRILLS:    5/8″ Certainly Celery Satin Ribbon, Distressing Kit, Sponge Daubers, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Watercolor Pencils, Sticky Strip

NON-STAMPIN’ UP!:     Sewing Needle, Quilting or Button Thread



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