Crafty Secrets Design Team Debut – Wishing You a Happy Birthday

CS Happy Birthday 4

Crafty Secrets Design Team Debut – Wishing You a Happy Birthday

Hello, everyone!  I’m very excited about today’s post because it is my first post as a new member of the Crafty Secrets Design Team!  I’m so happy to be working with the talented ladies on the team an am looking forward to sharing the fabulous Crafty Secrets products with you.  I hope you get as much enjoyment out of this experience as I do!  My first ‘official’ post will be the first Monday of August, for the monthly linky party.  Now, you might be thinking, “The first Monday…but isn’t that Free Printable of the Month Day?”  Don’t worry!  I’ll be moving my Free Printable posts to the 1st of each month.  As for the months when the 1st is also the first Monday…I’ll just have to figure that one out 🙂

I wanted to make something new for my sample project, and I also wanted to make a birthday card for my Grandma, one of the sweetest ladies in all the world.  She loves pastel blues and purples (hey, me too!) and birds (we’re so obviously related).  I went searching through my Crafty Secrets stuff and found exactly what I was looking for!  Here’s the card I came up with:

CS Happy Birthday 1


I started by choosing some digital papers: Iris from the Garden collection, Blue from the Radiant collection, and embossed green diamonds.   I sized and cropped the digital images in Microsoft Word, then printed them out and cut them to size.  I decided the blue paper needed just a little something extra, so I chose a couple digital stamps.  Very lightly in the background is the music stamp from the Altered Art set; it adds such a nice, subtle interest, don’t you think?  And it goes so nicely with the “singing birds” stamp from Bird Notes.  What I absolutely love about the digital stamps is that you can re-size them, re-color them, and really make them work for your project.  In the close-up below, you can see the digital stamps a bit better:

CS Happy Birthday 3

The sentiment came from page 3 of the Birds and Blossoms Digital Printable.  I printed it, fussy cut it, added some glitter glue, and popped it onto foam squares for dimension.  Then, I added some tiny handmade flowers here and there to give it even more dimension.  I’m pretty tickled with those flowers!  Some crushed velvet ribbon, twine, and a cream button from my stash finished it off nicely.

For the inside, I digitally layered the iris and blue papers before printing (save on paper and ink, and also make the inside a little less bulky so the card is sure to close nicely!).  Then, I found the frame in the Card Sentiments digital stamps, sized it exactly, printed it, fussy cut it, et voila!  A nice area to write a note.  Several handmade flowers later, the card was complete:

CS Happy Birthday 2

There you have it!  I had so much fun making this card, and I hope you enjoyed seeing it and learning how I made it!  I have to admit, I didn’t expect to be quite so giddy about using digital stamps and paper, but there’s no denying it.  I was giddy.  First of all, they’re gorgeous images.  And then, you can make them whatever size and color you want them to be!  So many times my inspiration is thwarted because the stamp I want to use is too small, or I don’t have enough of one type of paper.  Not this time!  Mwahahaha!

Have a lovely day!

8 thoughts on “Crafty Secrets Design Team Debut – Wishing You a Happy Birthday

  1. kathycnc says:

    Wow, Melody! What a great way to get things rolling! I knew you would be a rock star with the digital stamps and papers, and you proved it here with this amazing card! I love the way you altered the digital papers and added your own custom touch. The colors are just gorgeous together, and I love those handmade flowers. So glad to have you on board! We’re going to have so much fun!

  2. Elizabeth Lincoln says:

    Huge difference between your generation and mine! You were “giddy with excitement” at the prospect of using digital stamps and paper and I was terrified to the core. I am so looking forward to working with you, your style reminds me of my daughter’s. It will be fun times to be on the CS design team with so many different styles. One thing I can promise you is you will never get more encouragement or help from a bunch of ladies than you do on this team. Welcome aboard!

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