DIY, Handmade cards, stamping, Tutorial, Video

Dino Birthday Card

Hello my crafty friends!!

I am excited to share this card with you all. It is a Dino themed birthday card that I created for my son’s 5th birthday. There is a coordinating process video on YouTube.

The card base I used is 6 x 6 inches and the inner frame measures 5 3/4 x 5 3/4 inches. The window was cut out with a rectangular die measuring 4 1/2 x 3 1/4 inches.

To create this card I used the following supplies:

  • White 6 x 6 inch precut and folded card base with envelope: My stash
  • Green cardstock: My stash
  • Rectangle die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Card creator dies Matting basics
  • Kraft cardstock: COLORBÖK Neutral
  • Green textured foam sheet: My stash
  • Cloud dies: WhiteLotus
  • Grass border die: Anna Griffin Paisley pattern folders and dies
  • Birthday sentiment stamps: Letterit Clear stamps by Ranger
  • Jolee’s Boutique 3d dinosaur stickers
  • Washi tape: My stash
  • ScorTape: My stash
  • Non-stick scissors: Westcott
  • Fiskars paper trimmer
  • 2″ hole punch: My stash
  • Foam tape: My stash
  • Tape runner: Xyron
  • Walnut Stain Distress ink
  • Ink blending tool and foam pad
  • Pencil: My stash
  • Aleene’s Tacky glue
  • JudiKin’s embossable acetate
  • Stamp Perfect tool by Hampton Art

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To create the window background, I used a piece of pattern paper large enough to cover the window frame and adhered it to the card base. For the small trees I cut a piece of scrap corrugated cardboard and topped it with some of the plant stickers in the sticker set. For the large trees I hand cut trunks and used a 2″ hole punch to cut out the leaves. I used wet glue to hold the leaves in place at the top of the tree trunk. Using the border dies, I made grass from the textured foam sheet. Then I added a 3D dino sticker. Finally, I used the cloud dies to add clouds to my sky using tape and foam tape for dimension.

For my window frame I used a rectangle die to cut out the window and a sheet of acetate to cover the opening. I used foam tape to adhere my window to the base over the background below. I then added a strip of grass cut out with the grass border die and finally I added more 3D dino and plant stickers.

As the sentiment, I stamped “Happy Birthday” onto green cardstock and trimmed it then cut out a fishtail and adhered it to the top of the card above my window scene.

To finish off the card I added another sentiment on the inside of the card onto a piece of green cardstock. I initially tried to stamp directly onto the card base but as y ou can see in the video, that did not work out so well! I also added a couple of 3D Dino stickers on the inside and a 3D plant.

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I hope you like this card and tutorial. Please visit my YouTube process video for more details on making this card.

Until next time!!! XoXo

 

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What’up Wednesday – Floral Birthday Card

Hello crafty friends!

On this feature video of What’up Wednesdays I am creating an inspired card. My son recently told me in the sweetest way that he was buying me imaginary flowers. He is 3.5 years old and I found this to be so adorably sweet I had to incorporate it in a project and share it with you all.

I went into my stash and found a beautiful bold floral cardstock by Anna Griffin and used it as the main background for this project. The sequins give it some sparkle and the gold embossed paper adds texture without overpowering the card. The full creative process for this project is available on YouTube!

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**CARD AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE IN THE CityGal Papeterie ETSY SHOP.

SUPPLIES:

Paper:

Fuchsia precut blank card by Recollections (A2 size – 4 1/4 x 5 1/2″)

Gold Cardstock – Old stash (3 x 3 3/4″)

Word cardstock by Anna Griffin (3 1/4 x 3 3/4″)

Floral Cardstock by Anna Griffin (4 1/2 x 3 3/4″)

White Cardstock by Recollections (2 3/8 x 5/8″) (5 1/4 x 3 3/4″)

Black Cardstock by Recollections (51/4 x 3 3/4″)

Color:

Versafine Archival Ink pad in Onyx Black

SPECTRUM NOIR Sparkle brush in Black

Marvy White Gel Pen 1.0

Accents:

Darice Dream Sequins

Pink & Gold Twine from Target

Tools:

AveryElle Ellements Dotted Borders Dies

Anna Griffin Embossing Folder in Foundry

HeroArts Happy Stamp & Cut Set

Fiskars Paper Trimmer

Cuttlebug Diecut machine

Westcott nonstick KleenEarth Scissors

ScorTape

Elmer’s Craft Bond

Glue Dots

This card was fun to make especially because my son also decided to help with the process and he was such a good assistant! I’ll consider those flowers bought and delivered ❤

I hope this post inspired some creativity!

Until next time XoXo

DIY, Handmade cards, Tutorial

Watercolor Birthday card set

Hello there crafty friends!

I wanted to share this special set with all of you. I had in my stash a blank watercolor paper card set that I KNEW I needed to paint but could not figure out what with.

My awesome creative husband suggested birthday cards. And I thought “Ok I can totally do that.”

Thinking of coordinating images I created this set which I really adore.

From the top left image you can see an arrow card, a birthday candles card, a dripping rainbow card, a large flower with vines card and finally a feather card.

To give them a cohesive look I used similar colors and they are all accented with sequins and spritzes. To hold all the cards and coordinating envelopes I created a card box, seen in the last image above.

SUPPLIES:

  • Watercolor card set with envelopes: my stash
  • Darice sequins: Dream sequins
  • LuminArt watercolor paints
  • Sentiment stamp: Fiskars Simple Expressions
  • Patterned cardstock by Recollections
  • Card-Tainers template: Papers by Catherine #TP-3

This card set was so much fun to create and I look forward to using more original artwork on future cards. I believe it makes the card that much more meaningful and special.

This card set is available at the etsy shop!

Thank you for stopping by and I hope this post sparked some creativity!

Until next time XoXo

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Getting over a block

Greetings from CityGal Papeterie!

I am so happy you are here!

I know I have been AWOL for a few weeks. Any fellow crafters out there ever go through a creative BLOCK?!?

Basically I have been gone for a bit because I have been trying to get over a lengthy creative block. Anytime I sat at my workstation, nothin… NOT FUN!!

Finally I thought, you know I watch a lot of card and craft videos and many folks use card kits or crafting kits. So I went through pretty much my ENTIRE stash and created my own card kit!

Please stay with me as I go through the 5 of the 10 cards created and the inspiration behind them. This may be a long post but I seem to need to make up for a long break! And please stay tuned for the remaining 5 cards in the next post.

Using a $1 card and envelope kit I had from a previous Target haul, I created 10 card mats which I later adhered to A2 size card bases. All supplies were from my stash, both inherited and purchased. I will list info on supplies that I actually used (I did not use some of the items in the “kit”) and are not older anonymous items without labels.


 

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CARD 1: Inspired by a badge I came across while rummaging through my stash. I used one of the tags in my “kit” (blue enamel dot covers the hole) I created this Party Badge card.

SUPPLIES:

  • Craft card: Target
  • Tag: my stash
  • Patterned paper: Faber Castell
  • Washi: Recollections bohemian design
  • Blue pearlescent photo corners: my stash
  • Gold marker: Krylon 18K Gold leafing pen
  • It’s my party and I’ll dance if I want to cling stamp: Hampton Art; Happy Birthday stamp set
  • Fuchsia ink pad: Craft smart
  • Enamel dot: my stash
  • ScorTape
  • Recollections cardstock in crème

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CARD 2: Inspired by the geometric patterned paper in the “kit”

SUPPLIES:

  • Craft card: Target
  • Patterned paper: Faber Castell
  • Gold Sequins: my stash
  • Gold glitter adhesive letters: Recollections
  • ScorTape
  • Foam Tape: my stash
  • Recollections Cardstock in creme
  • Repurposed acetate

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CARD 3: Inspired by sequins used in CARD 2. When going through my sequins I came across these other sequins that I had which have a opaque flat look to them, almost like bubbles. Felt the would be perfect on a birthday card.

SUPPLIES:

  • Craft card: Target
  • Patterned paper: Faber Castell
  • Multi colored Sequins: Darice Dream Sequins
  • Make a wish and Cake cling stamps: Hampton Art; Happy Birthday stampset
  • Versamark ink pad
  • Snow embossing powder: Recollections
  • ScorTape
  • Mini GlueDots
  • Recollections Cardstock in creme
  • Jute Ribbon: Celebrate It 360

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CARD 4: Inspired by flowers by Bazzill Flowers in the “kit” and Faber Castell patterned paper. These flowers went perfectly with the striped paper and “Bloom” tab from the sticker sheet in the “kit”.

SUPPLIES:

  • Craft card: Target
  • Patterned paper: Faber Castell
  • Enamel dots: my stash
  • Blue Ribbon: my stash
  • ScorTape
  • Flowers : Bazzill Wings of Imagination; Bitty Blossoms
  • Floral Brad: my stash
  • Recollections Cardstock in creme
  • Sticker tab: my stash

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CARD 5: Inspired by doilies. I have so many doilies, I knew I wanted to incorporate them somehow in this set of cards and this was the result.

SUPPLIES:

  • Black Doily: Recollections;Gift it Christmas
  • Pink Doily: Recollections; ColorSplash collection
  • Sticker tab: my stash
  • Bloom sticker: my stash
  • Tag: my stash
  • 3mm l ribbon: Ribbons House
  • Word Sticker: my stash
  • Paper Flowers: my stash
  • Floral brad: my stash
  • ScorTape
  • Recollections Cardstock in creme and beige

It seems that my creative block has ended. It took a trip down memory lane through lots of old supplies and gathering coordinating items rather than trying to rack my brain in card designs. I think it’s safe to say that homemade “kits” will be my go to for creative blocks although I recently started an art journal and I think that has helped as well.

For anyone out there who has gone through anything similar, I would love to hear your story and how you were able to get past it. Tips, questions and comments always welcome!

Thank you for stopping by my page and I truly hope this post has sparked some creative inspiration! Until next time XoXo


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Birthday Card

I wanted to share a quick post on a card I made for coworker’s niece. It is her 16th birthday and I tried to create a card in a style she could appreciate. I did not take photos of my supplies, SORRY! But I will still list them all below. I hope this card inspires you!

SUPPLY LIST:

  • Precut and folded card base in pink from my stash
  • Watercolor cardstock from my stash
  • Recollections 6×6 Christmas Pastel paper pack with treatments
  • Recollections Boho Shimmer mist in pink, blue and purple
  • Van Gogh watercolor palette with brush
  • Tombow MonoMulti glue
  • White Marvy gel pen
  • Papermate Flair Tropical Vacation pen in Surf’s up
  • Wink of Stella clear glitter brush
  • Purple and fuchsia sticker gems from my stash
  • Foam squares
  • Tsukineko VersaFine Pigment ink in Onyx Black
  • Happy Birthday to You Sizzix Stamp and Framelits Die Set

TOOLS:

  • Large non-stick Westcotts scissors
  • Small Martha Stewart Detail scissors
  • Hampton Art Stamp perfect
  • Craft tweezers

I knew that I wanted to use the stamps from the Sizzix birthday set but I will be honest, it took me a while to put this card together. I had what I can only call card-makers block. I could not decide how I would layout this card.

I began by spritzing watercolor paint and shimmer mists onto watercolor cardstock. After reaching a pretty background I laid on my cardstock and using me new Stamp Perfect (I LOVE THIS THING!) stamped all the images I planned to use right on the painted background. Using my detail scissors, I fussy-cut the images out. Once I FINALLY chose my mat paper I played around with the layout until I found something I was happy with. The final touches were dots on the hat and banner, accents with the white gel pen and gem stickers scattered about the mat and images.

Although it took me a long time to get my final draft complete with this project, I am very happy with the results. Let me know what ya think!

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Hope this sparked some CARDspiration. and thank you for visiting!

 

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Masculine Birthday

I have never realized how many birthdays can occur in an office setting until I started working at my current full-time job. Every month we have one to two birthdays to acknowledge and they all require a card. The card is passed around and everyone can add a nice sentiment. It is quite touching. For this month’s birthday, I created a neutral card for a masculine birthday. I delayed posting it since the birthday is tomorrow and I did not want to have ruined the surprise, just in case!

SUPPLY LIST:

  • Cream cardstock from my stash
  • Black cardstock from my stash
  • Fiskars birthday bash stamp set
  • Kraft paper bows by Recollections
  • Repurposed ribbon
  • Anna Griffin sentiment stamps (not sure the name of the set)
  • Studio G Blue ink pad
  • Marvy Matchables ink pads
  • Micron Marker #05
  • ScorTape
  • Glue dots

This was a very quick and simple card to make. After stamping and cutting out the banner and marking where I wanted the ribbon and sentiment banner to be, I was able to stamp the balloons without the string (I wanted to draw these in) and add all of the embellishments.

I have to admit I am not crazy about the quality of the stamping inks but I do need to always use what I have available. This may have been improved using a different textured paper as the cardstock I used was very absorbent and porous, or perhaps a stamp position tool which I do not have.

Either way I am happy with the results and will be using this card for my co-worker’s birthday tomorrow.

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Hope this brought you CARDspiration and thank you for visiting!