Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Clean and Simple Inspired

This weekend I had a family function to attend that consisted of several birthdays and a going away celebration.  I spent most of Saturday making cards to give to the special guests.

This card was made for my niece who was celebrating her 23rd birthday.   I really like the way this card turned out.  It’s simple and, in my humble opinion, it’s pretty.  She liked it, too.




I embossed the rose cardstock on the top and bottom with two different embossing folders.  I also used my sponger to lightly sponge some rose Tim Holtz distressed ink over the top of the embossed words on the bottom portion of the card.



I added some ribbon to cover the seam between the embossing on the top and the bottom.  I colored the cupcake with my copics (R81, R83, E35, E37) and used dimensionals to pop it up.  I used Recollections Snow White embossing powder to emboss the word birthday on a rectangular piece of brown cardstock and cut triangles out of the ends to make a flag.  I curved the flag with a pencil to give it some dimension and adhered it to the card.


  • Inkadinkado Cupcake Stamps
  • Cupcake Ribbon from Michaels
  • Cuttlebug Folders (Happy Birthday Words … not sure the name of the other one but if you know, please tell me so I can credit it.
  • Michael’s Recollections Solid Cardstock – brown and rose.

This card is based on the following sketch found at the Clean & Simple Stamping blog…

CleanandSimple-Jan 21-FTL224

I’m entering this card into the following challenges:

Clean & Simple – Sketch Challenge (see above sketch)

Card Makin’ Mamas – Clean & Simple, no bells, no whistles

Daring Cardmakers – Embossability challenge

Joyful Stamper – Anything Goes

Simply Create Too – Anything Goes, digi only

Totally Papercrafts – Embossing Time

Copic Marker Europe – Anything Goes with copics

Paper Crafting Journey – Anything Goes

Simply Create – Anything Goes Linky Party


  1. Well Sharon, I like it too! The idea to use the two different embossing folders is perfect. I think I have that folder and have never used it....going to have to CASE this one if you don't mind. :)

  2. Beautiful card Sharon, thank you for entering our challenge at Totally Papercrafts this week.
    Chris x

  3. This is fabulous Sharon. I love the way you used embossed card for the background and the cupcake finishes it off brilliantly. Thanks for joining in with the PCJ challenge xx

  4. Love it!! Very smart to use 2 different EFs on the front panel, and then sponging the bottom one to bring out the words! That ribbon is perfect with the image too! Great card, Sharon!

    1. Hi Darlene, Thanks for stopping by. Your comments are appreciated.

  5. Really pretty, I love the design and the colours. Thanks for joining in with the Daring Cardmakers this week x

  6. What a pretty card for your niece! Love the delicate rose colour.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Card Makin' Mamas hugs Susan x


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