Category Archives: birthday cards

For Papa


Balloons by Avery Elle

During Black Friday, I got an amazing deal on all of the Avery Elle pigment inks from These are the first two cards I made using the inks. The MISTI stamping tool was critical to ensuring such deep and even coverage – I inked and stamped the balloons multiple times and it worked out great!

I also learned that I will need to heat emboss with a clear powder when using pigment inks in the future. Even after 3 days, I still had smudging. All in all though, gorgeous colors and coverage.



Scrapping My Stash – The Inlaid, Metal Die Cut, Amazingly Happy Edition

My mom asked me a few months ago if I would make her some birthday cards. Looking through my scrap box recently, I found so many lovely papers — unfortunately, they were mostly scraps smaller than 3×4. I started grouping matching pieces and started getting an idea. Using the Mama Elephant metal dies, I created a new background paper by adhering all the pieces on a scrap piece of printer paper and running them through the Evolution Advanced. After that, I ran the new piece through the die cut machine again using the Happy die from Studio Calico. It was so easy and fast. I made all three cards below in one quick session.


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I really like the slight deboss left by the Happy die. I used the Avery Elle Sending You stamp set for the birthday sentiment. IMG_0061