July 7, 2014


Good morning! We had a really fun and creative weekend - fireworks at the park, a BBQ at Grandma's house, my 11-year-old made little American flag treats from white chocolates, sprinkles, and pretzels, and my 2 youngest were breaking out their Crayola airbrush system, making all sorts of things with stencils.  That, right there, made me want to get in the craft room and get messy with my stencils!

I saw the latest sketch from Freshly Made Sketches, and really loved it - but I changed the layout from vertical to horizontal so I could fit my sentiment on the banner.  I'm a cheater.  Yep. I made the background using white embossing paste with the Graduated Dots stencil from My Favorite Things. Once that was dry, I added all the shape elements along with the birthday sentiment on the white fishtail banner.  I cut out the "happy" from the Happy Birthday Die-namics in Red Hot card stock and then used my Versamark ink pad to add some clear embossing powder to the whole die cut.  I heat embossed it and then while it was still hot, added another layer of powder, then heat set it again.  It is really glossy!  I added some green sequins around all the elements for a little something extra too.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

recipe -
stamps: journal it pocket calendar (mft)
paper: smooth white (mft), kraft (mft), red hot (mft), sour apple (mft), sno cone (mft), blu raspberry (mft)
ink: black licorice (mft), versamark
accessories: happy birthday die-namics (mft), stitched circle die-namics (mft), fishtail flags layers stax die-namics (mft), graduated dots stencil (mft), white embossing paste (studio 490), clear embossing powder (hero arts), lucky blend sequins (avery elle), foam tape


  1. Lovin' that bright happy against the wonderful dotted background! Thanks for joining us at FMS!

  2. I love the texture of the embossing paste and the gorgeous gloss on the word Happy. Beautiful!

  3. Love that glossy shiny "happy" - keep seeing people do that and I keep forgetting to try it!

  4. That cheery, red "happy" looks so darn cute there on the blue circle. Such a fun card! Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches!

  5. Very pretty. Love the gloss "happy". The sequins are a great touch.

  6. Completely awesome!!!! I love that glossy red. POW! Hope all is well with you! :-)

  7. Wonderful card with that glossy happy, really pops on your design. Thanks for sharing.

  8. I ADORE the color combo and layout, and the glossy "happy" is AMAZING!