January 28, 2010

Sweet Sunday Birthday

Finally got a chance to play around with more of Karen's sketches.  I decided to go with a masculine card to add to my stockpile.  I also took the opportunity to use the Mixed Messages (PTI) set that Maureen gave me because she uses her Mega Mixed Messages more often.  I tried ordering it in our last order but they didn't have it in stock so she was willing to part with hers.  Isn't she a sweetie? I used my new (to me) stamp set as a background stamp (see tutorial below).  I had a tough time coordinating paper and had to rework it a couple of times.  It's still not one of my favourites (don't like the stripes) and it's not my best work but I wanted to show you the mixed messages background.  I also like the Birthday wishes panel with the buttons.

Paper: Really Rust, Mellow Moss, MME dp, Very Vanilla, Soft Sky
Ink: Mellow Moss, Dusty Durango
Accessories:  Star punches, vanilla hodgepodge, corner rounder punch, circle scissors, buttons
Stamps:  Mixed Messages, Sincere Salutations (SU!)

Mixed Messages Background Tutorial

It's really easy and most of you probably know how to do it already but for any of you who have this set and aren't sure what to do with such tiny sentiments or want a different way to apply it here's the secret:

1) Arrange multiple sentiments in a diamond/circle pattern on your clear block.  I chose something for a Graduate.  The key is the diamond shape arrangement.  Square would work as well but it doesn't end up as whimsical.

2) Stamp it on scrap first to make sure it's all straight and that the pattern will fit together. Adjust as needed.

3) Heres what you should be able to come up with after stamping your image multiple times.

Anyhow, I do how you found this helpful and inspiring, even if my card leaves something to be desired LOL!  Happy Crafting Friends!


  1. Beautiful card, and great tutorial!

  2. Great card Laural-Lee... I have that set... great tip using them like that. I just made a card using the same sketch. :o)

  3. fabulous!! What a great idea!! Don't worry, I won't ask for it back now that I see another use for it!! LOL...It was still in stock, I just thought that since you wanted one and mine needed a loving home...it would be a match made in stamp heaven...and it would let you spend more on ribbon and buttons!! LOL :) So glad you used it so quickly...YAY!!

  4. Ahh Maureen....I'm so glad God brought us together in such a wonderful way. You understand my addiction :P

  5. Very cute! I love doing backgrounds like that and yours looks fab!

  6. Nice, clean design. Great idea for the BG with the sentiment stamps!

  7. This is such a fantastic idea! Great work on the card as well =)

  8. Awwww - she is a gem! You really did a fabulous job with that...great to see stamps getting used in a wonderful, non-traditional way!

    Your card is lovely, Laural!

  9. Darling sketch card :D Love how you created the BG for the circle. I really do need to get those star punches.

  10. Laurel-Lee, thanks so much for such a nice comment on my blog...of course I had to come see yours ;) Love this card and how you clustered the stamps together! I will have to give that a try on my blocks. Great idea...TFS!