Sunday, March 6, 2011

Very Simple Birthdays

For our church cardmaking gathering last week, I needed to put together some very simple cards for our group to make.  I had a number of cards for our advanced cardmakers, but really did not have anything for the beginners.  Here are two very simple birthday cards:

I have seen a number of people do the drop down butterfly shadow.  They had done it all in white with the shadow in black or purple.  I tried changing it up a little.  I like my colors, but the many colored gems just don't stand out as well as they did on the other cards that I had seen.

The second card is a CASE from the Paper Crafts special magazine, Color Inspiration for Card Makers.  Their card was just two colors - a warm tan and a hot pink - and was gorgeous in just those two colors.  But I had to change it up and went with patterned paper.  Although I like the way the pattern in the paper matches the rounded edge of the die, the tan and pink original is really unique.

Birthday Butterflies:
  • Stamps: Stampin' Up Full of Life
  • Ink: Stampin' Up Blue Bayou
  • Paper: Stampin' Up Soft Sky, Baja Breeze
  • Accessories: Cuttlebug dot embossing folder, Martha Stewart butterfly border punch, misc gems
Simple Present:
  • Stamps: Papertrey Ink Wishing You, Circles
  • Ink: Stampin' Up Old Olive
  • Paper: Stampin' Up Ice Cream Parlor (from Sale-a-Bration), Melon Mambo, Old Olive
  • Accessories: Martha Stewart bow punch, Papertrey Mat Stack die


  1. Love the butterfly card! I haven't seen that drop down effect. It's simple but so effective. I will be CASEing this one!
    Your cardmaking gatherings must be a blast - you always have such great cards for them to work on. :)
    BTW, I apologise for taking so long to acknowledge my Leibster award. I was tickled to receive it and I'm working on my post for it. Trying to find newbie blogs is trickier than I thought! :)

  2. Kim, I LOVE that butterfly card! The drop shadow effect is a fab idea, and I especially like the way you did it with a subtle, tone-on-tone effect. The gems are a gorgeous addition!

  3. Both are gorgeous Kim and I'm sure all your friends enjoyed making them whether beginners or more experienced. Zx

  4. I haven't seen the drop down butterfly shadow either yet. Love the simplicity of it and the resulting look! I love getting ideas from stamping magazines, especially when I'm having a lack of mojo! :) Sometimes it's the kick start I need to get me rolling!


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