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April 2019

April Card Class "Birthday Cheer"

This month’s class is all about birthdays.  We used a variety of stamp sets, designer series papers and other embellishments from both the Occasions and Annual Catalogs.  There are also a few items that have just been announced as retiring—so they are only available until June 3rd or while supplies last.  Recipes are included with each project and the supply details are listed at the end of this post.  Thanks for stopping by!

20190427 April class cards


Card 1: Birthday Topiaries

I’ve been wanting to use the Vertical Greetings stamp set in class for a while now, and it’s a good thing we did because it is retiring!  So is the Petal Burst embossing folder and velvet ribbon.  I cut each of the topiary stamps to separate the pot from the plant.  Then I could easily stamp the images using different color inks and position it with no problem using my Stamparatus.

20190427 Topiary card

Here is the recipe:

      • Stamp Set: Vertical Greetings (retiring)
      • Pear Pizazz cardstock 8 1/2 x 5 1/2"
      • Old Olive cardstock 2 1/8 x 5 1/2"
      • Very Vanilla 2 1/4 x 4”
      • Blackberry Bliss 2 1/2 x 4 1/4"
      • Rich Razzleberry cardstock for the small heart
      • Rich Razzleberry velvet ribbon (retiring)
      • Cookie Cutter Builder punch for the small heart (retiring)
      • Petal Burst textured embossing folder (retiring)
      • Old Olive and Early Espresso Classic Ink
      • Wink of Stella clear
      • Big Shot
      • Stamparatus


Card 2: Rabbit Birthday Flip

I realize that Easter has passed, but I couldn’t pass up using the retiring Cookie Cutter Builder Punch to make the cute Peeps inspired bunny one more time!  To make the bunny, punch the gingerbread cookie shape out of Pineapple Punch cardstock.  Trim the ears deeper in the center.  Then trim off the “arms” to round out the bunny’s face.  I used an espresso marker to draw in the face then edged the bunny with Wink of Stella clear to give it that sparkly look.

20190427 Peeps bunny flip card 20190427 Flip card open

The front of the card with the bunny on it flips out.  I learned this from stamping and quilting pal, Norine Oyasato, who learned it from a utube video by another demonstrator, Beth Rush.  To make the flipped portion you can follow the steps below or watch her video (Flip Flap Card by Beth’s Paper Cuts).

      1. Cut a piece of whisper white cardstock to 2” x 6 1/2". This will be used to cause the flipping action.
      2. Punch one end of the whisper white cardstock with the scalloped tag topper punch. On the opposite end, score at 2” and 2 1/2" from the edge.  Fold on the score marks so that the label side is on the bottom.
      3. On the 2” square section of the whisper white cardstock, stamp the message and image that will be inside the flip card.
      4. Using a piece of DSP cut at 5 1/4 x 4”, use the classic label punch to create a slit parallel to the 5 1/4” edge. Push the punch in as far as it will go, then punch.
      5. Thread the whisper white cardstock from step #3 through the slit so that the scallop top is the bottom layer and on the right. Arrange the whisper white cardstock so that the stamped image is showing on top along with the ½” scored section and the scalloped edge is sticking out from under the DSP enough to be a handle.
      6. Attach a strip of tear and tape to the whisper white cardstock in the ½” scored section. Peel away the top layer of the tape.  Make sure it’s still aligned as described in #5.
      7. Lay the early espresso 2 3/4" square on top of the whisper white so that the espresso square is centered on the DSP. The espresso square will stick to the whisper white cardstock because of the tear and tape.
      8. Attach the straight edge of the whisper white to the DSP layer Attach the DSP to the Coastal Cabana card base--be careful to only put adhesive on the back of the DSP and not on the whisper white cardstock.
      9. Now pull the scalloped edge and it flips open!

Here is the recipe:

      • Stamp Sets: Well Said, Bella and Friends (retiring)
      • Coastal Cabana cardstock 8 1/2 x 5 1/2" and 2 1/2 x 2 1/2"
      • Early Espresso cardstock 2 3/4 x 2 3/4"
      • Whisper White cardstock 2 x 6 1/2"
      • Granny Apple Green cardstock 3/4 x 2 1/2"
      • Pineapple Punch cardstock
      • How Sweet It Is designer series paper 5 1/4 x 4”
      • Early Espresso Classic Ink
      • Pineapple Punch, Granny Apple Green, Flirty Flamingo and Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blends
      • Pumpkin Pie and Early Espresso Stampin’ Write markers
      • Cookie Cutter Builder Punch (retiring)
      • Wink of Stella clear
      • Tear and tape


Card 3: Floral with Pocket

This card features the Needle & Thread suite—stamp set, designer paper and framelits, plus the bitty blooms punch pack.  This card also has a pocket on the inside front that is made by folding over the card front at 2”.  It is easier to do if you score at 2” so that you have a nice crisp fold.  You can also create a notch for the pocket by punching a ½ circle on the edge of the pocket using the 1 ¼" circle punch.  I recommend using tear and tape to attach pocket so that it is more secure.

20190427 Floral Pocket card

Here is the recipe:

      • Stamp Sets: Needle & Thread (retiring), Picture Perfect Birthday (retiring)
      • Crumb Cake cardstock 4 1/4 x 11", scored at 2” and 5 1/2"
      • Poppy Parade cardstock 3 1/4 x 4” and scraps for flower
      • Night of Navy cardstock 2 3/4 x 2”
      • Whisper White cardstock 2 1/2 x 1 3/4”
      • Blushing Bride cardstock 2 1/2 x 4” and scraps for flower
      • Balmy blue scraps for flower
      • Needlepoint Nook DSP 3 x 3 3/4” (retiring)
      • Needlepoint Elements framelits dies (retiring)
      • Big Shot
      • Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, Pear Pizazz Classic Ink
      • Bitty Blooms Punch Pack (retiring)
      • 1 ¼" Circle Punch (retiring)
      • Basic jewels rhinestones
      • Wink of Stella clear
      • Tear and Tape


Card 4: Needlepoint Birthday

Here is another card using the Needle & Thread Suite.  This time we used the Frosted Flower embellishments with it.  We colored the clear flowers with Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Blends so you can create flowers in any color of your choice.

20190427 Needlepoint flowers card

Here is the recipe:

      • Stamp Set: Needle & Thread (retiring)
      • Balmy Blue cardstock 8 1/2 x 5 1/2"
      • Berry Burst cardstock 5 1/4 x 2” (retiring)
      • Basic Black cardstock 1 1/2 x 3 1/2”
      • Whisper White cardstock for stitched rectangle measuring 1 1/4 x 3 1/4”
      • Needlepoint Nook DSP 5 1/4 x 2” (retiring)
      • Frosted Flower embellishments
      • Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Blends
      • Rectangle Stitched framelits dies
      • Big Shot
      • Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, Balmy Blue Classic Ink, Highland Heather Classic Ink
      • Wink of Stella clear



Below are the supplies used for all the projects.  If you'd like to order any of the products, click on the pictured item to jump immediately to my website and shop or from the top menu, click on SHOP NOW.

Topiary Birthday Card:


Rabbit Flip Card:


Floral Pocket Card:


Needlepoint Birthday Card:



April Card Class "Birthday Cheer" Sneak Peek!

Hope you can join me for class this month where we'll be using new products from the Occasions Catalog.  There will be a cute Peeps inspired marshmallow bunny, topiaries and needlework cards to send birthday wishes to your special someones.   Here is a sneak peek of the cards that we will be making in April's class.  

20190427 April sneak peek 2


Here are some of the products that will be featured in class:


We will be making 3 each of the 4 designs for a total of 12 cards.  The class fee of $20 includes all supplies to make the projects including envelopes.  There are spaces available on Saturday, April 27th at 9 am and on Sunday, April 28th at 1 pm.  Please contact me to reserve your spot ( or 808.384.5122). 

Hope to see you soon!