C4C – 410 Layer It Up!

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This weeks challenge is to make a card with lots of layers.  I had a request to make a sympathy card.  I wanted to make a feminine card.

The Steps

Step 1:  Cut a piece of white cardstock that measures 5 x 7″.  Emboss this rectangle using the Spellbinders 3D folder below:

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With Black PanPastel and a dauber, rub the embossed area but not the flat oval.

Step 2:  Cut the lacy oval frame using the below die set from white cardstock:

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Use the outside (largest) die, the lacy oval and the largest of the plain ovals.  Line them up and tape (with removable tape)  to white cardstock and run through cutting machine.  Adhere this lacy pc. to the oval on the embossed layer.

Step 3:  Stamp the sentiment in the center of the lacy oval as shown using this stamp set by KaiserCraft:

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Step 4:  Using the below die set, cut all the pieces out of white cardstock twice.  Shape all the pieces and assemble the rose directly to the left of the oval as shown on the card.


Step 5:  Cut two of this Butterfly Border from Cheapo Dies.

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Using Wink of Stella Clear,  add glitter to the “butterfly” only of one pc.  Now glue the non glittered one over the glittered one offsetting just a tiny bit.  Glue the two layer butterfly pc. to the bottom of the oval as shown on the card.  Add a white ribbon bow.  The three little butterflies on the right are a Silhouette file.  Use the same Wink of Stella around the edges of the 3 little butterflies.

Step 6:  With 10mm Double Sided Adhesive from Elizabeth Craft Designs, adhere the completed embossed and decorated pc. to a black base card the measures 7.5 x 5.5″ finished.

Step 7:  Outline the embossed pc. with silver Peel Off Stickers below:








C4C – 409 An inspirational card

For the last challenge in October we were challenged to create a card that honors Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  This challenge is close to my heart because one of my sister’s won her battle with Breast Cancer with a double mastectomy when she was way too young to be fighting anything!  This project is for her!

The Steps:

Step 1:  First cut and color enough pieces for 3 daisies from this die set by Elizabeth Craft Designs:

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Step 2:  Create a base card by scoring an 8.5″ x 11″ pc. of pink cardstock at 5.5″ on the long side and fold in half on the score line.

Step 3:  Using the below die set, cut out of black cardstock with the largest die.  Using the second largest die from the same set cut  the next layer from designer paper.

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Step 4:  Using the below die set cut 3 of the jar pc. as follows: 2 white and 1of Transparency Film.  Using the jar die pc. as a guide, place of one of the white jar pcs. and trace the inside of the die with a pencil.  Cut the inside of this traced pc. along the penciled line.  Glue this cut out piece over the film pc.  Color the other white jar with Copic BG000 Pale Aqua at the bottom to look like water.

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Step 5:  Assembly of the card:  Insert the stems of the daisies into the mouth of the jar pc. that is two layers (white outline and film).  Next glue in place on the rim of this pc. only.  On the underside of this now apply glue to the bottom of the stems and the edges of the jar and adhere to the uncolored white jar.

Center your black mat to the front of the pink base pc. then the designer paper mat over the black.  Glue the jar to the left side of the above base sandwich.  Now glue the flowers and leaves to the front as pictured.

Step 6:  Create the sentiment (Survivor)  on your computer and print out on white cardstock and cut it out with the little tag die from this set:

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Glue this “Survivor” tag along with a pc. of gross grain pink ribbon as shown to complete this project!

Other products used:

Copic Markers

Beacons Kids Choice glue

C4C408 Sketch Week!


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I LOVE SKETCH WEEK!  Yes, I am shouting because the layout has already been decided for you.  For me, the sketch itself inspires me because I immediately think of the products I have that would be cute with this layout.

Two of my favorite die sets are these two from Joset’s Designs for Elizabeth Craft Designs:



Plus, I had this paper pad from Martha Stewart that was screaming for this die set!  I had also just got the pad on the right:


The Steps:

Step 1:  Die cut all the pieces from both of the above sets.  The little “ginger bread boy” in the apron pocket was fussy cut from the designer paper.  I added a little Copic E23 to the mixing bowl, spatula, and rolling pin. The wire whisk was colored with Panpastel 921.5 Pewter.

Step 2:  Cut an Oval from white cardstock using this die set:

Step 3:  Adhere all the pieces you cut in step 1 to the oval piece.

Step 4:  Create the base card by scoring an 8.5 x 11″ sheet of white cardstock at 5.5″ on the long side.  Fold and trim to 5.5″ x 7″.

Step 5:  Cut 4 rectangles 2 x 3 1/8″.  Two of both designer papers.  Adhere the 4 rectangles as pictured in the sketch. Add Peel Off stickers “Lines” by Elizabeth Craft Designs in silver that I colored red with Copic R29.  Outline the “rectangles” as shown.  Adhere the oval decorated pc. centered over the rectangle pcs.

Step 6:  Cut the “Season’s greetings” sentiment from the below die from white cardstock and then added “A Wink of Stella” Clear to give the sentiment a sugary look.

That’s it!

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Clear Double Sided Adhesive 10mm,  Soft Finish Cardstock White

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Beacons Kid Choice Glue

Thank you so much for taking a look.  Please let me know if you were here by leaving a comment.  I love to read each and every one

A Texas Thank you!

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I have a dream to move to Texas someday and get the heck out of crazy California where the price of everything is outrageous compared to most other states.  My oldest daughter bought me, for my 70th birthday, a 5 day trip to visit my dream!  I bought 2 die sets from Joset Designs for Elizabeth Craft Designs last November and still hadn’t used them.  And, I recently bought the cowgirl hat and boots that were on sale from Spellbinders Inspire line.  The ladder is 1271 – Rustic Ladder,  the feathers are 1272 – Feathers.  The Boots are #IN-053 Cowgirl Stomp and the Hat is #IN-Cowgirl Style.

Step 1:  I used a piece of 6×6″ Designer paper by Ken Oliver for Studio below:

I trimmed each side down a 1/4″ so the base card would show a border which measure 6″ x 6″ folded.

Step 2:  Cut all 3 feathers from white cardstock so you can color them what ever color you want or to match some paper then cut the ladder from off white or cream cardstock and color with Copics: 

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Cut the Cowgirl had from white cardstock.  Leave the paper in the die and run through your cutting machine again in your embossing mode.  (You’ll really want to do this if you want to color the flower pattern easily with a different color as I did.

Step 3:  Create the base card by cutting a 12 x 12″ piece of in half.  Score one of them at 6″ on the long side and fold.  I used “Dove Grey” Soft Finish Cardstock.  Then stamp your sentiment inside:

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I used one of the stamps in the below stamp set from Elizabeth Craft Designs “General Sentiments”:

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Step 4:  Adhere your trimmed designer paper to the base card.  Then adhere the ladder, feathers, boots and hat to the front of your card as shown.

That’s it!  Thanks for taking a look.


C4C407 – It’s National Dessert Day!

Hey Friends, who knew we even had a national dessert day?  Well, we do!  So this weeks challenge is to make a card with Dessert of any kind on your project.  It’s a busy week for me this week so my card is a very simple one.

I love this Art Impressions stamp.  I’ve used it many times.  It was meant for Valentines but can actually be used for a lot of occasions.

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The Steps:

Step 1:  First stamp the image on white cardstock and color with Copic Markers.

Step 2:  Using Elizabeth Craft Designs Nested Die set 1120 below cut out your stamped and colored layer with the third largest die.  Out of pink cardstock cut a layer with ECD 1174 the second largest die.  And cut another rectangle from lavender cardstock with the the largest die.

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Step 3:  Make the base card by scoring an 8.5″ x 11″ pc. of white cardstock on the long side at 5.5″.  Fold and trim to 5.5 x 7″.  Now adhere your layers as shown.

Step 4:  I created this sentiment on my computer then cut it out with this set:

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I have to admit this is not an original sentiment I created.  I just remember seeing it somewhere and thought it appropriate here.  I would love to know whom to give credit for it.  Ink the edges of this tag with purple ink.  Adhere this tag to the front.  I added an ECD Glitter dot to each purple corner and that’s it!

Thanks so much for taking a look and I recommend that you hop on over to the other designers blogs to have a closer look at their project too!

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs – Clear Double Sided Adhesive,  Glitter Dots Silver/clear, Soft Finish Cardstock white 12 x 12″.

Copic:  Markers and Paper


Birthday Pop up for a Golfer!

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I was asked by one of my salon friends to create a birthday card for a retired man who lives for golf!  And, she wanted a pop up.  They all do!  But they know I love to make them.

The Steps:

The Pop Up Inside:

Step 1:  Create the pop up mechanism by using this die set from Elizabeth Craft Designs 788 – Lots of Pops.  There is an assembly video from Karen Burniston on YouTube.

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Step 2:  Create the background for the pop up scene by first using Susan Teirney Cockburn’s Clouds and Grass stencil for Elizabeth Craft Designs to make the sky/grass:

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Step 2:  Cut all the elements for the scene:

The golfer silhouette and the golf “hole” are Silhouette digital files.

The Tree was cut from this die set:2016-01-18 17.33.27The “bucket” is from this die set:

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The birds are cut from this die set:

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The bunny is from this set:

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 For the grass dies on the different “pops” are from these two die sets:

Here’s a side view of the pops:

The sentiment inside was created on my computer and then cut out with ECD 1113 – Stitched Ovals.  And, the last thing, the Duck family were cut from this little die set:



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C4C 404 A Baby Interactive Card


C4C 404 – An interactive card challenge

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This weeks challenge was to make an interactive card.  There are so many options for cards in this category.  Just search Pinterest and other social sharing sites and you’ll see how many there are!

The Steps:

Step 1:  I was asked by one of my salon customers to make a card for the new baby in her family.  I made a card similar to this one for my niece when we all found out she was pregnant and so decided to use this same Silhouette file for the inside of my card.  It’s called “Baby Crib Pop Up Card”.  I cut the blue Gingham wallpaper, the crib, shelf, and blocks from this file.

Step 2:  From Silhouette file “a2 Step Card Baby Dresser”  I cut the dresser, and hanging onezy.   I cut the teddy bear from Silhouette file “Just hanging (teddy bear)”.

Step 3:  Make the window with this die from Spellbinders:  Cut the top part off:

Then color with Copic markers.  Cut a 2×2″ square from white cardstock and sponge with PanPastel AquaMarine Blue and Susan Tierney Cockburn’s stencil “Clouds and Grass”.  I used a branch I trimmed off of  this die from Susan Tierney Cockburn’s 1006 – Susan’s Garden – Cherry Blossom.  The bird is from her 1012 – CountryScapes – Critters 2 and the tiny ivy is from her 1036 – CountryScapes Mini Botanicals – Clematis, Ivy.  Attach to the sponged clouds 2×2″ square as pictured.

Cut a 2×2″ square of “Film Transparency”.  Glue to the back of the cut and colored window and adhere this pc. to the pc. above.

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Stamp the curtain valance onto the same blue gingham cardstock used to cut the wallpaper.  Then cut with the valance die.  This set includes the stamps and dies.


Adhere this valance to the top of the completed window piece.

Step 4:  Make a base card by cutting a 12 x 12″ piece of Elizabeth Craft Designs White Soft Finish Cardstock in half and score at 6″ on one half along the 12″ side.  Fold the card at the score line and begin to assemble the inside.

With Elizabeth Craft Designs Blossom Layering Stencil and baby blue ink stencil the top half of the inside of the card.

With 10mm clear double sided adhesive attach the wallpaper to the bottom of the insides of the card.  Adhere the crib piece to the card.  Then add all the other decorator items as pictured above.

Step 5:  To create the front of the card, first using the largest die in Elizabeth Craft Designs 1118 – Stitched Squares, cut out of white ECD Soft Finish Cardstock 85lbStencil clouds using the same PanPastel AquaMarine Blue and the “Clouds and Grass” stencil.  Cover the entire card as shown.

Step 6:  In word, I spelled out the baby’s name with enough space between the letters to cut them out with the 2 banner dies in Elizabeth Craft Designs  – 778 -Lots of Pops.  Print this word file onto 65lb. cardstock and cut the banners by placing these little banner dies over each letter.  Fold each cut banner over a piece of white bakers twine and glue the two lower pointy ends together.  (Don’t glue the top of the banner where it folds over the twine yet so that you can still slide them on the twine).  Leave an extra 2″ of the twine on each end, of each name.


Step 7:  Cut the Hot Air Balloon Pieces from white cardstock using this die set:

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Color with Copic Markers as shown using B21, 23,24 and Y08.

Using the die set below cut all the pieces from white cardstock and color with Copic Markers:

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Glue the “little bunny” (with the hang tag cut off) in the Hot Air Balloon as shown after you cut off the two inside (what looks like the ropes that attach the basket to the balloon) pieces.

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Stamp the sentiment on a piece of white scrap cardstock from this stamp set:

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Cut out the stamped sentiment with the smallest of labels in this set:


Sponge the edges with the same AquaMarine Blue PanPastel.

Cut out 1 large and 2 small clouds out of white scrap cardstock from this die set:

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Sponge the edges like the label above.

Step 8:  Drape the Baby’s first name banner over the top left corner of the stenciled cloud square.  Put a dimensional dot behind the top of each banner making an arc.  Glue the points of the banner down with a dot of glue.  Tape the ends of the twine behind this cloud layer.  Do the same for the baby’s middle name but tape the twine at the start of these banners under where the sentiment label will be.  Adhere the sentiment over the end as pictured with dimensional squares.

Step 9:  Adhere the assembled “balloon/bunny and clouds” piece as shown and tape the other end of the twine under the above pc.

Step 10:  Adhere the above completed scene to the front of the pop up card being careful to have the card open like a book.

Step 11:  I was initially going to add a scalloped edge around the above step but in the end used the negative around the edge because it looked more boyish and also went with the pointy ends of the banners:

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Optional:  I wanted the new mother to know how much I enjoyed making this card so created a message and adhered it to the back of a piece of Elizabeth Craft Designs “Through the Lens” 6×6″ cardstock “Stone”.  This pc. becomes the floor when the card is displayed open.:

That’s it!  For you that is!  Since I made this card the same customer of mine ordered another one just like this one!!  Yikes!  Here it is:

Thanks so much for taking a look. I  love reading your comments!

C4C 403 Sketch Challenge

It’s the 3rd week of September which means it’s time for a sketch over at Crazy4Challenges!


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As soon as I saw this month’s sketch I thought of something with a window.  But, it had to be a small window to fit within the sketch.  I chose this one from Spellbinders:

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The Steps

Step 1:  I cut one first out of a pc. of scrap yellow paper see how it would look and where I could cut it to make it a square.  Then I used it to determine where I needed to cut the window hole in the card.

Step 2:  I cut a rectangle the measures 4.25 x 5.75.  After determining where the square hole should be using the yellow scrap window pc. as a guide I taped the 2nd smallest die in ECD 1118 – Stitched Squares to cut a square hole.

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Step 3:  Run the step 2 piece through your cutting machine sandwiched into this Brick Embossing folder by Darice:

2017-08-29 12.00.15Step 4:  Cut the window from the same blue cardstock as the base card.  Trim the top off.  Now glue the “window pc.”  over the square hole as shown.

Step 5:  I just love this little happy Kitten from Frantic Stamper Inc.  Cut and color one of these Kittens.

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Step 6:  Choose a scrap pc. of floral paper similar to the one pictured below that I used and cut a 2 x2″ square from this paper.  Cut a piece of Transparency Film (2 x 2″ sq.).  Glue the transparency film square behind the window and then glue the finished “Kitten” behind the transparency, then the 2×2″ square floral paper behind the kitten.

Step 7:  With the 5th largest or 4th smallest die depending on how you count, cut a yellow circle with 1116 – Stitched Circles.  Glue this circle as the last pc. behind the Floral pc.  Glue the window stack so that the upper two corners meet the upper edge of the circle!  This leaves a little more room at the bottom for the branch of birds. (The stack from top to bottom:  window, film, kitten, floral, yellow circle.)

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Step 8:  Glue the window sandwich onto the left side of the Brick embossed pc. as shown. You want the left window edge to be even with the left side of the Brick embossed pc.  Trim off the excess yellow circle.

Step 9:  With white cardstock, cut just the branch pc. from the below die set by Susan Tierney Cockburn for Elizabeth Craft Designs.  Color with Copic markers then trim off the two top branches and glue under the window.  Trim off where needed.

2017-03-15 14.27.24Step 10:  Using white cardstock, cut 3 of both of the birds from this die set By Susan and color with Copic markers:

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Step 11:  Cut the tiny ivy from another set by Susan below out of green cardstock.  I veined the ivy with Susan’s Flower shaping tool kit.  Now glue the 6 finished birds and some ivy leaves onto the branch as shown.

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The Ivy Leaves were cut from this ECD die set by Susan:

2017-08-29 13.43.23Step 12:  Make a base card by scoring a piece of blue cardstock at 5.5″ on the long side.  Fold at the score and trim to a finished size of 5.5 x 7″.  Adhere the Brick and window piece to the base card.

Step 13:  Cut 4 of the straight ropes from this die set out of white cardstock:

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The ropes are almost the same size as the long sides of the “Brick” wall pc. so start with the top and bottom and glue a rope to the edges.  Trim as needed.  Now glue “ropes” to the two sides.  Because I chose to use the branch for the banner and the “birds” for the 6 x’s, I didn’t really have a place for a sentiment, but this card needed one badly.  So I used this die from Lawn Fawn:

hello-by-lawn-fawnI cut it once from white cardstock and once from blue cardstock.  This gave it dimension as well as a shadow so you could see it better but it wasn’t in your face so to spea k.  Glue the two together with the white on top but slightly offset as shown.  Then glue the pc. to the front of the card.

The inside was made by creating a sentiment on my computer, printing it out and cutting it out of ECD’s 1174 – Dotted Scallop Rectangles.  Then I added a sun and the little bird that were honestly left overs from another project.

That’s It!

I know this seems like a lot of steps but they’re all easy, quick steps.  Thanks so much for taking a look.

Other products used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs: Clear Double Sided adhesive 10m

Beacon Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus





C4C – 402 Make it with Glitter!


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This week over at Crazy4Challenges the theme is “Use lots of glitter”.  The very first time I went to the big Craft Expo I took a workshop that was called “Make your own Glitter Paper”.  I was fascinated with that title.  Actually, it turned out to be the class where I first heard about Elizabeth Craft Designs.  Below is what we made in this workshop.

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I didn’t love the finished project but I did love learning about ECD Peel off Stickers with this glitter technique.  The kit for the project included: the scalloped red oval, the white oval, the metallic red rose embossed but not yet sanded, a little packet of glitter, a coffee filter, a 3 x 3″ square of white cardstock and two rose stickers still attached to the backing paper.

The Steps

Step 1:  Adhere a piece of white cardstock large enough for 3 of the hat stickers to ECD Double Sided Adhesive.  Peel off the adhesive backing to half of this piece.  Sprinkle ECD  Silk Microfine Glitter Cool Diamond.  Now peel off the other half of the backing paper and sprinkle this half with the same glitter.  With a soft brush, brush the excess off and polish the glittered cardstock with your finger in circular motion.  This pushes this ULTRA fine glitter into the tiny little places you can’t see and it will amaze you how much shinier the glitter gets.

Step 2:  Peel off 3 of these stickers with a pair of reverse tweezers and lay them over the above prepared glitter paper.  Take something with a smooth surface and press over the stickers while moving in a slow circular motion to maker sure the stickers are well glued down.


Color with Copic Markers: N0, 2, 4 R22, 24, 27, G02, 05.  Fussy cut the hats out.

Step 3:  What looks like a red glitter mat is made by cutting a rectangle that          measures 5 x 6.5″ from white cardstock.  Next, apply ECD 10mm Double sided Adhesive to all four edges.  Over a coffee filter peel off backing paper one side at a time and sprinkle with ECD Microfine Glitter True Red.  Again as before, brush off the excess glitter and polish with your finger.  Repeat on all four sides.

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Step 4:  Make a base card by creating the sentiment on your computer in the “Landscape” layout centering all of the text.  Then print on 8.5 x 11″ white cardstock.  Score this at 5.5″ and fold over.  Trim this folded card to 5.5 x 7″.  Adhere the step 3 pc. to the front of this base card.

Step 5:  Cut a rectangle out of Designer paper that measures 4.75 x 6.25″ and adhere to the red glittered pc.   I chose this dark gray and white pinstripe paper because it reminded me of a blazer I wore for a  “Head Shot” photo session when I was only 45 and had just been hired as a Marketing Manager.

Step 6:  Make another piece of white cardstock 1 x 4″and cover with  ECD Clear Double Sided Adhesive and leaved the backing on.  Using ECD 783 – Happy Birthday cut the front card sentiment by placing the cutting side of the die on the side of this pc. of without adhesive.  Now pull off the backing of this sentiment and sprinkle with the same Cool Diamond glitter as above.

Step 7:  Adhere the “hats” and “Happy Birthday” as shown to the front of the card.

That’s It!

Thanks for taking a look and I hope you’ll try one of your own.  I love to read your comments and/or questions.

Other products used:

Beacons Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Tweezers from Susan Tierney Cockburn’s Flower Shaping Tool Kit