Happy Birthday and Many More

Rowhouse Greetings | Birthday | Zoo CrewI’ve colored a lot of cards recently (emphasis on A LOT) with my Copic markers so it was fun to make a card composed entirely of stamped images and die cuts. This stamp set from Paper Smooches called Zoo Crew caught my eye and the zebra is just adorable.

I decided that I wanted to use a black and white print for the card, but not a zebra print. So I used one of the Back To Basics papers from Kaisercraft. One side is a black and white stripe while the other is black and white polka dot. The paper, along with a loopy leaf die cut and sentiments from the Paper Smooches Birthday Sampler stamp set, matched the whimsy of the zebra.

Rowhouse Greetings | Birthday | Zoo Crew by Paper Smooches Rowhouse Greetings | Birthday | Birthday Sampler by Paper Smooches


Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Neenah Index in White; Black Stripe from the Back to Basics Collection by Kaisercraft; Bazzill Basics in Arroyo and Lagoon
Stamps: Zoo Crew by Paper Smooches; Birthday Sampler by Paper Smooches
Inks: Tsukineko Memento in Tudexedo Black; Tsukineko Versafine in Onyx Black
Dies: Loopy Leaf by Paper Smooches

Chickadee in Barberry

Chickadee in Barberry by Power Poppy
Chickadee in Barberry by Power Poppy

It’s the 15th of the month so that means another new digital stamp release from Power Poppy. This release – Chickadee in Barberry – kicks off the holiday season, revealing the first of the upcoming digital and clear stamp sets that will make your winter cards shine.

When I saw this image, I knew that I wanted to overlay it on top of a patterned cardstock to make it stand out and to give the card dimension. However, I’m notoriously bad at fussy cutting an image so I use my Silhouette to trace and detach the image from the background. A small cheat that saved my sanity, but then this versatility is the advantage of using digital stamp sets.

It seems like no matter how much patterned card stock you have on hand, you never seem to have the perfect paper for your card design. I rummaged through what seemed like reams of scrapbook paper in my personal stash to no avail. Luckily, my local scrapbook store – Photo Scraps – carries a wide variety of brands that you don’t see in those big box craft stores (who will remain nameless). When I saw this gold foiled paper by Kaisercraft, I knew had to use it with this card. It provides a neutral background with subtle texture and shine but doesn’t steal the show from Marcella’s beautiful image.

Here are a couple more views of my finished card.

Rowhouse Greetings| Christmas | Chickadee in Barberry by Power Poppy Rowhouse Greetings| Christmas | Chickadee in Barberry by Power Poppy

Be sure you stop by the Power Poppy blog and visit the rest of the Instant Gardeners for some holiday spirit and inspiration!

Cheryl Scrivens
Debbie Olson
Barbara Walker
Broni Holcombe

And my finished card is available in my Etsy shop. Stop by and take a look.


Paper: Bazzill Basics in Avalanche; X-Press Blending Card by Copic; The Cardstock Stack 6×6 foiled pad by DCWC; Glittering from the Glisten Collection by Kaisercraft
Stamps: Chickadee in Barberry (digital) and Botantical Tree (clear – sentiment) by Power Poppy
Copics: YG21, YG03, YG17, YG67 (leaves); R17, R29, R46, R59, YR07 (berries); E21, E37, E39 (branches); B0000, B000, B00, BG10, BV000 (snow); C0, C2, C3, C5, C7, E20, E31, E33, D09 (chickadee)