Spellbinders’ Birthday Celebration Collection

Spellbinders is excited to celebrate their 20th Birthday with this Birthday Celebration Collection release.

Hello everyone!

Today I am sharing a few cards I created using some of the dies and stamps from the Birthday Celebration Collection.

Topsy Turvy Cake birthday cards


Here’s my first one:

First of all I took some pattern appears that coordinated each other very well. I love this rich color palette of pinks, beiges and dark blues with rose glitter gold card-stock.

I started by die cutting all the pieces of the cakes in all these different pattern papers. The cake pieces have stars, diamond, stripes and circles cutouts in them. I added rose gold glitter card-stock pieces behind them .

Then I arranged the pieces of all the cakes starting from the largest in the bottom. All five cakes fit onto a slimline card front.

I decided to create another card in a regular A2 size.

For this one I used only three cakes.


I stamped and embossed these sentiments with rose gold glitter embossing powder to match my rose gold glitter card-stock.

Here are the two cards together:

Baloon Animal Cards

I created two balloon animal cards. These cards feature the BALLOON PARTY ANIMAL ETCHED DIES FROM THE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS COLLECTION

Here’s my first one in a girly color palette.

This die was my favorite of this release. Because of the cuteness of it and also the ease of being able to create beautiful card with just one impactful focal image in the front.

Like always, I started by die cutting the pieces of this animal balloon with dark pink card-stock. This die has holes in them so you can stencil the highlights through the dies to create dimension to these balloons.

For the background I took a beautiful floral pattern paper and covered the card front with it. After that, I took a white piece of card-stock and embossed it using the PARTY SPOTS EMBOSSING FOLDER FROM THE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS COLLECTION.

Before I embossed the white panel I had stamped a Happy Birthday sentiment on it with black ink.


Here’s another one in a slightly more gender neutral color.

I die cut the ballon parts in teal color card-stock. Instead of adding the stenciled highlights on this one, I added a little white gel pen lines to suggest highlights.

The background is pattern paper with gold foiled stars. I popped up a panel of embossed piece of white card-stock leaving a quarter inch border.

For the sentiment of this card I stamped and embossed the sentiment on a piece of the same teal cardstock with white embossing powder.

Here are two cards side by side:

Which one is your favorite?

Slider Greetings Card

I had so much fun creating this one. It is an interactive card. I used PICK YOUR GREETING SLIDER ETCHED DIES FROM THE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS COLLECTION for this one.

There is the pull tab on the left side of this card which can be moved so the arrow that says UR slides up and down pointing to each words on the right.

You could guess this one is in more masculine color theme.

I die-cut all the pieces with three different pattern papers that go with each other very well.

I glued an opposite color piece of paper behind the cutout words to create contrast.

There is other dies available which have the additional elements that you could add on this card. SLIDER BAR ACCENTS ETCHED DIES FROM THE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS COLLECTION. I didn’t use that one here today.

If you’re interested in buying the whole THE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS BUNDLE FROM THE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS COLLECTION, here is the link:

Hope this inspired you. Thank you for visiting.


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50th Birthday Card / The Flower Challenge #68 Reminder

Hello everyone!

Today I am here with a 50th birthday card as a reminder for The Flower Challenge #68. Our theme this month is “Use A Number “

Here’s my take on it.


I started my background with the Radiant Burst embossing folder from Spellbinders. Centering the burst towards the top left side is intentional as I was planning to have my focal image there. A little splatter of pearlescent metallic watercolor adds a touch of artistic look.

50th birthday card with altenew mini flower cluster die


This time my focus isn’t just one element. As The Flower Challenge requires flower as the main focus, I have used the Altenew Mini Flower die to create this flower cluster and leaves around it. I also have the pattern paper square cut with one of the Hemstitch Squares die from Spellbinders behind the flower. And of course to fit in the theme, I used a die cut number which says 50.

Most of the time I have a color palette already decided. But sometimes I just pick a pattern paper I want to use and then think of what other colors look good with it. This is what I did for this particular project.


The sentiment is the number itself. 50 could be a birthday or anniversary.


Spellbinders Hemstitch Square

Altenew Mini Flower Cluster

Random Number Die

Spellbinders Radiant Burst Embossing Folder


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Gel Printing / Creating Masculine Cards

Is it just me or all card-makers struggle when you have to create masculine cards? I love flowers and love adding flowers on cards but when it comes to creating cards for men, it is always a challenge. Today I am sharing three masculine cards I created using one sheet of gel print. I have so many birthdays in April and most of them are men/ boys. So I needed a bunch of masculine birthday cards.

The other day my I had a fun crafty time with my friend Natasha Vacca. I made a bunch of gel prints.

I loved how the one with black white and silver acrylic paint turned out . It also picked a little specks of leftover gold paint from the previous gel prints.

Even though I didn’t add layers of prints or use any stencils on this one, this print was perfect as a background for masculine cards.

First Card

For my first card I cut out a 4 inches by 5 and a quarter inches piece. Matted this piece with a black card-stock slightly bigger still leaving a white border around the card front.


Even though my main focus was the gel print background, I wanted to make this card more interesting. I used Tim Holtz Uppercase Alphabet dies to cut the word HAPPY in light gray, dark gray and black. Arranged these starting with the lightest happy on top and and darkest in the bottom in ombré gradient manner.

I then added it on a strip of vellum because adding it directly on the gel print wouldn’t make these letters show as much. I then wrapped the vellum around the gel print piece and secured it with scotch tape at the back.


The word HAPPY already started the sentiment. I stamped the word birthday with Versalark ink on a dark grey card-stock piece and embossed it with silver embossing powder. This was Mega Label Love stamp from Altenew. Carefully cut around the stamped and embossed sentiment with the help of scissors leaving a slim border.

Then added the word Birthday on the lower left side of my card front to complete my sentiment. I sent this card to my son whose birthday was on the 10th of April.

Second card

For my second card I cut out a piece that measures 3 and 3 quarter by 4 and a half . Matted this piece with black card-stock leaving a slim border.


For this card my focus is the big bold sentiment die cut. This one is called Chunky Birthday from Simon Says Stamp. This die cuts the birthday word, the outline and also a shadow layer . I cut the shadow and the word from the gel print and the outline with a black card-stock.


I needed something to complete my birthday sentiment so I stamped and embossed a sentiment from The Ton Stamps that says wishing you a happy birthday but I masked off the birthday as I already had the die cut birthday.

I added the die cut word in the middle of the card a little towards the bottom so I could fit my sentiment strip above it. And this completed my second card.

I sent this card to my brother whose birthday was on the 15 th.

Third Card

After I made 2 cards and die cut the birthday word out of the gel print I had made I still had a strip left that was enough to make another card .

For this card I just had a strip which was not enough to cover the whole card front like my first two cards. So I added a white embossed piece behind it. The 3 and 3 quarter inches by 4 and a half inches white cardstock piece is embossed using Altenew. Embossing folder. I matted this piece with slightly larger black cardstock leaving a small border like I usually do.


I had leftover outline layer of the birthday die cut which I used in black on my previous card. I die-cut the word again from black cardstock and used up the leftover outline piece.

Then I had this happy already stamped and embossed in my sentiment strip collection.

I added the matted embossed piece with liquid glue but the gel print piece with foam tape and added the sentiment with liquid glue on top of the gel print.

This completed my card. I was so glad to be able to create a bunch of masculine cards with just one print.

Hope this inspired you to create these simple gel prints and create backgrounds on masculine cards.



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Fun Floral Card / The Flower Challenge #65

Fun floral cards are always my favorite. This month’s theme for our challenge at The Flower Challenge #65 is ”Occasions”

Hello everyone!

Every month at The Flower challenge our designers create inspirations for the month’s challenge. This month our theme is “Occasions”. I have chosen Birthday as the occasion for my card, since Birthday Cards are the most I send out. And who doesn’t love a fun floral card?

Here’s my take on today’s inspiration project.

Fun floral card 1


For the main focus of my card today I created a fun cluster of flowers with the help of Spellbinders Be Bold Blooms. I used the colors mustard yellow ,light brown ,black and white for my flowers and green for the leaves.

One of the Rifle Paper Co. prints I had seen on Pinterest inspired the color scheme for todays card and these floral dies also looked like them.


For the background of my card, I picked a dry embossed panel with a black mat and a white border around it. This embossing folder is by spellbinders and this is one of the Embossing Folder of the month subscription. This embossing folder is large so you can even create a slimline panel with it.


For the sentiment, I picked this beautiful word die from Spellbinders which is called Yana’s Layered Script Sentiment. As the occasion I chose was Birthday, this die was perfect. I just love the font of these intricate dies. The strip on top that says it’s your is a part one of an old Simon Says Stamp sentiment stamp.

At last, I finished my card. So, if you are inspired by this card come and join us at The Flower Challenge and post your link.



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Faux Foiled Butterflies/Alex Syberia Cut Files

Today, I am sharing a bunch of faux foiled butterflies. Foiling requires a specific machine or a particular printer, but you can simply create a look of foiling by just using a foil card stock instead.

Hello everyone!

My project today contains a lot of fluttering faux foiled butterflies. Don’t forget to catch them all. 🙂

I was super excited when Alex sent me a message saying that she is creating some digital cut files for this month’s release. As I have been loving creating die cut cards more than stamps these days, I jumped with joy when I found out the new release had cut files.

I own a Silhouette Cameo digital die cutting machine. It is well loved for past 8 or 9 years. It was my first ever bought die cutting machine, but I am ashamed to say that I had only been using the basic version so far. These digital files work with the designer version as they are .svg files. It was perfect excuse for me to purchase the Designer Edition which has endless possibilities.

First Set

For my first set of cards, I used the butterfly cut file which is one half of a butterfly. The beauty of using a digital file is that you can resize it, flip it to get the mirror image, or stretch it taller or wider. By flipping the half, I was able to create whole butterflies very easily. I created some large butterflies and some small ones. The idea was to make a slimline card with a row of butterflies for my first card, which you can see here.

I used a gold foil card stock I bought from Michael’s to cut all these butterflies. One sheet was enough for 5 butterflies, or 5 pairs of wings. I’ve noticed that the intricate design cuts beautifully if the card stock is thin.

I created an offset layer for the backing for each of the wings and cut that with a rainbow foil card stock that I had received with one of my Simon Says Stamp card kit. This was perfect for creating all these gradient rainbow colored butterflies.

Then, I wanted to add an extra layer of the gold backing piece which was slightly bigger than the rainbow piece. This way, when you look at these butterflies from the top, you see all three layers.

To give the butterfly depth, I adhered the center side or the body of the butterfly with glue and the wings with foam tape. This gives the illusion that the butterfly wings are in flight.

These cards have so much dimension and layers to them.

For my first card I wanted to create a slimline card with three butterflies, each gradating in color from purple to green.

Second and Third cards

For the two cards with the large butterflies I created gate fold cards that unfold from the middle each flap having a half butterfly. These cards close to reveal a full butterfly, but can be opened to read a handwritten message. I created two cards; one with a pink to purple gradient and one with a blue to green gradient.

Second Set

The leftover negative pieces of these butterflies still stuck on my silhouette cutting mat gave me the idea.
They were just too pretty to be thrown away. I thought of picking them up with low-tack tape and adding them on a dark card stock to create the look of foiled butterflies. It was so easy and too much fun. Then, I die cut the body and the antenna for these butterflies using one of my Spellbinders die and the same gold foil card stock.

I made one card with the negative pieces of one large butterfly and one card with the negative pieces of two small butterflies. I loved how these turned out.

The sentiment of these cards are prestamped and precut sentiment strips from my stash which I had made a while ago using Taylored Expressions stamp and die. I used all birthday theme sentiments for my cards today.

It was a lot of fun creating these faux foiled butterfly cards. I was so happy with the result I couldn’t wait to share it with all of you. I really hope you will give this idea a try.

You can visit Alex’s Etsy Shop if you are interested in purchasing these digital cut files:

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