Cards, Techniques

Senior Years

Hello and welcome! Today I have a pair of His and Hers retirement cards to share with you using the Senior Years stamp set.

Senior Years Retirement cards

The Senior Years stamp set is filled with funny age-reference sentiments and these two adorable images. Using just this stamp set you can make some fantastic birthday and retirement cards. Just add in some other sayings and the possibilities with these images will be endless!

Senior Years stamp set

His & Hers Senior Years Retirement Cards

Starting with a card I had seen on Pinterest I created this fun masculine retirement card. I used the inked embossing folder technique to get make the brick background. To do this you simply ink the raised side of your embossing folder before running it through your embossing machine. I love how it gives that distress look to the brick and it is super easy to clean … just rinse folder under water and dry!!

With the Stitched Rectangles dies I cut out three rectangles in different sizes and layered them together. Using the stitched banner die included with the Tasteful Labels dies I cut out the retirement sentiment on Just Jade.

I “bumped” up the sweet little banner with dimensionals and then pulled out my Stampin’ Blends to colour! I just love how it turned out 🙂

Next I created this pretty feminine retirement card in much the same manner.

I used a softer colour scheme of Petal Pink, Seaside Spray, Misty Moonlight and Calypso Coral. This is one of my go-to colour combinations at the moment!

To add a little humour and to complete the card I have stamped the inside of both cards.

Thank you so much for popping in today! I will include a full list of the products I used to make both of these cards at the end of my post.

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Happy stamping!!

~ Dee

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Cards, My Creations

Summer Lovin’ with Seaside Notions

Hello and welcome! Today I want to share a little Summer Lovin’ with Seaside Notions stamp set. This returning stamp set is one of my all time favourites!!

Especially at this time of the year we would all love to be hanging out by the seaside. With the Seaside Notions stamp set, you can create the seaside from your craft room with shells, coral, sand, and seahorses galore!  I adore this set with it’s sketch style lines and fabulous sea images.

Mirror Image Stamping Technique

I was able to create the reverse stamp of the seahorse by using the mirror image stamping technique. If you haven’t tried this technique before check out the video I created showing just how simple it is!

Using my much loved Stampin’ Blends I coloured the beautiful seahorses and shells. The colour combo that I have chosen is Seaside Spray, Petal Pink and Crumb Cake,

To add some extra interest I popped in a new Square Vellum Doily in behind the images. I love how this adds a soft, subtle touch to my card. Fussy cutting the stamped shells out was a breeze and they are so pretty!

Can you see that amazing embossed crumb cake layer? I have used the Seabed 3D embossing folder from the Whale Of A Time product suite. It pairs beautifully with the Seaside Notions stamp set.

To finish the card off I brought in a few additional products. I punched the tiny little hearts out using the Dog punch and the sentiment is from the Forever Blossoms stamp set.

I am delighted with the way that this card has turned out, all of the elements came together so well.

Thank you for stopping by today, I am so happy that you did. I hope that you enjoyed this Summer Lovin’ with Seaside Notions post and that my creation has inspired you for a little crafting time of your own.

Products Used

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Until next time … take care and be creative!!

~ Dee

Cards, My Creations

Let’s Celebrate Sunflowers!

Hello and welcome! Yesterday was an excellent day, my product pre-order arrived!! Let’s Celebrate with Sunflowers as I show you a a few of my new goodies 🙂

Aren’t they fantastic!? I’m telling you the box I received yesterday was so full of awesomeness I can hardly contain my excitement! I’ve told you before how much I love the new in-colours but now that I have them in my hands I actually like them even more!

Included in this box was one of the products that is at the top of my MUST HAVE list!! The Celebrate Sunflowers bundle is absolutely gorgeous.

My favourite flowers of all time are sunflowers and daisies. This new upcoming catalogue has both and I am super excited to create with them all year long!

Here is my first project made with this bundle.

Aren’t those sunflowers beautiful? Here’s a closer look then scroll down a little further to see the video I made creating this simple card!

So what do you think? Has this lovely product bundle made it on to your wish list? The new 2020-2021 Annual Stampin’ UP! Catalogue will be live starting on June 3rd. If you want to be one of the first to get your hands on the Celebrate Sunflowers bundle you can place your order then. You could also join my Stampin’ UP! team and include these fun new products as part of your starter kit 😉 Contact me for more information!!

Let’s Create!

If you love this bundle and the card I’ve designed please check out this short video.. Subscribe to my YouTube channel Create with Birdsnest – Denise Cox and you’ll be notified whenever I post something new!!

Thank you so much for stopping in, I hope you have a wonderful day!

Take care, stay safe and be creative!

~ Dee

Cards, My Creations, Techniques

A Fun Marble Background Technique

Hello and welcome to my blog! Today I want to share with you a simple and fun marble background technique. With just a few basic supplies you can make fabulous backgrounds for your next project!

For this technique you just need the following supplies; marbles, cardstock, ink refills and a container with a lid. That’s it!!

The first card that I created using the Marble technique features the Crafting Forever stamp set. This stamp set is being retired and will not be in the new catalogue being released in June.

For this card I chose a primary colour scheme … Crushed Curry, Pacific Point and Calypso Coral. I love the way the colours all came together!

Next I decided to go with a softer feel using the Daisy Lane stamp set.

This is one of my favourite stamp sets from the current catalogue … I love daisies! There are coordinating punches for both of the daisy images which makes creating with this set super easy!

For this background I chose to use Seaside Spray, Flirty Flamingo and Rococo Rose. Together they made the perfect background for the card I was creating.

This inking technique is so much fun, I could have kept creating all day!!

You’ll be creating beautiful backgrounds in a multiple of colours in no time at all!

Let Me Show You How

I have done up a video tutorial on this fun marble background technique and posted it to my YouTube channel. Click on the link below to check it out! I will post a complete list of the products that I used for both cards below the YouTube link.

Supply List for Card #1


Supply List for Card #2


Thank you so much for popping in today. I hope that you enjoyed the post and feel inspired to give this fun technique a try!

If you want to try another fun background techniques check out this prior post Leave a Little Sparkle

Happy Stamping!

~ Dee