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A Simple Birthday Card

Nancy's Birthday Card HeaderHi, one and all!


I know it’s been over a month since I’ve posted, but lots of things going on in our lives at the moment.  I’ve been battling one of the worst colds ever and still I’m not 100%. In the interim we celebrated my Grandson Jack’s second birthday and on Monday our rebuild is FINALLY happening.  Again I would like to thank all of my followers, many who I have never met for all your words of encouragement and concern over the past 2-1/2 years. I never know how much of my personal life to share with all of you, but many of you seem interested. And I feel after not posting for a month I owe you a little explanation,  THANK YOU to all of you who read my blog and follow Lakeside Stamper on FaceBook!


Today’s share is a simple birthday card I made. I chose to use Perfect Plum, because my friend Nancy was the recipient and Nancy loves any color resembling  purple!!! The card is pretty straight forward so I’m not going into too much detail.

Nancy's Birthday CardThe Perfect Plum card base was cut at the usual A-2 size at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ and scored at 4-1/4″ The Old Olive layer was cut a 5″ x 3-3/4″ and the Whisper White layer was cut at 4-2/4″ x 3-1/2″ The stamp set I used was Watercolor Trio (retired).

Nancy's Birthday Card Detail


The leaves were stamped in Old Olive Ink. After inking up the leaves I stamped off some of the ink to get the variation in the green leaves. I used the same, Stamp Off Technique on the Perfect Plum flowers. This technique works well for variations and if you’re looking for a watercolor look without the fuss.


I layered and adhered the card as shown. I stamped the, “Birthday Wishes” in Perfect Plum Ink and punched it out with the Large Oval Punch. Behind it I placed a Scallop Oval punched out of Perfect Plum. For the finishing touch I took a piece of Perfect Plum ribbon, knotted it and cut the tails at a diagonal.


Thanks for stopping by and I promise to post as frequently as I can, especially during the month of December. I have so much I want to share with you.


Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


Elements of Style Step-Card…

This is the fifth and final card from my Garden Class. These step cards are intriguing. They are quite simple to make and so much fun to decorate. The trick is to have something on each layer or step that doesn’t compete with any other image on another step. Rather you should try to have images that compliment or work well together. For this card I choose the Elements of Style Stamp Set because I really wanted to use it in a different way than just on a card front. I also knew I wanted to place it in the Scallop Oval Frame.   



Okay this is what I did. I started with a 10-1/2″ x 5″ piece of Very Vanilla Card Stock. Then I scored it at 1-1/4″, 2-1/2″, 4-1/4, 6″, and 8-1/4″. 



I folded it with my Bone Folder in mountain and valley folds like you would fold a fan. The first fold is a mountain fold. You should have two valleys and three mountains when done.


On the front step I cut a 5″ x 1-1/2″ strip of Old Olive Designer Series Paper and scalloped the top. I adhered it and tied a piece of Always Artichoke Grosgrain Ribbon around it. On a piece of Very Vanilla Card Stock I stamped the “Birthday Wishes” from the Watercolor Trio Stamp Set in Always Artichoke, punched it out with the Oval Punch and layered it on a piece of Always Artichoke punched out with the Scallop Oval Punch. I cut a small butterfly with the Beautiful Wings Embosslit out of So Saffron.

For the second or middle step I stamped part of the flower bouquet from the
Elements of Style Stamp Set in Chocolate Chip Ink and  stamped the hummingbird from the same stamp set in Perfect Plum Ink.  I stamped a few flowers from the bouquet on a piece scrap piece of Very Vanilla, colored it and cut it out. I glued it onto the middle step as shown and had one leaf extend upwards for some depth. I cut out the hummingbird and place it  so it looks as though it’s  getting nectar from a flower. On each top corner, with a Dauber. I sponged  Always Artichoke; again for depth.

The last step was decorated with the Big Shot and the Scallop Oval Frame out of Very Vanilla. I then stamped the bouquet of flowers in Chocolate Chip Ink on the middle part of the frame.  For the coloring I used a combination of Markers and Watercolor Pencils. I cut another frame out of Old Olive Designer Series Paper and adhered the outer part of the frame over the Very Vanilla frame. I placed the stamped middle back by using a little tape on the back and secured the oval frame to the last step with two brads.

And that’s how you make a step card. It’s not as complicated as it looks but you will certainly “Wow” any one you send it to-if you can to part with it.

Thanks for looking!

Stampin’ Hugs,






STAMP SET: Elements of Style (118611), Watercolor Trio (117050) DSC_0524

INK:  Chocolate Chip (100908), Perfect Plum (101437), Always Artichoke (105219)

PAPER: So Saffron-butterfly (105213), Old Olive DSP (112160), Always Artichoke (105119)

FINISHING FRILLS: Always Artichoke Grosgrain Ribbon (109035)

TOOLS: Markers (105541), Beautiful Wings Embosslit (118138), Big Shot (113439), Oval Scallop Frame Die (114521), Large Oval Punch (107305), Scallop Oval Punch (114889)


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