AAA Birthday – Game #22 – A Large Sentiment

Well it’s February already and time for shouting out Happy Birthday in a large format.

Congratulations to our guest designer this month – Helen. Pop over to the AAA Birthday blog to see what Helen has designed for her guest spot for this months challenge and be inspired by the rest of the Design Team cards.

One of my favourite stamp companies is Avery Elle and I recently purchased this yummy “Cake for All Seasons” stamp and die set.

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Totally Tropical

I made this card to enter into the current Seize the Birthday challenge – Totally Tropical . This Avery Elle stamp set is my go to when I want a tropical theme.

products used

  • Avery Elle Tweet Tweet
  • My Favorite ThingsStitched Heart Stax
  • Lia Griffiths – Frosted Tissue
  • Distress Oxides – Salty Ocean, Tumble Glass, Abandoned Coral, Twisted Citron
  • Copics (see colours below)


  • Stamp images on your preferred alcohol marker cardstock, colour and cut out. I used my Brother Scan N Cut. Colours used as follows:
imageCopic colours
ToucanY35/YR02, G14/BG15, BG02/05/07
Orange BirdY35, YR02, BV04
UmbrellaE11/E23, G02/G14/G16


  • Top Layer
    • Cut out hearts using die (this die set puts stitched lines around hearts but that wasn’t the part I used on this card – I’ll put those aside for another card)
    • Ink blend with Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean
  • Card Base
    • Ink blend distress oxide inks Abandoned Coral and Twisted Citron over background.
    • Adhere three colours of fringed frosted tissue to base to fill large heart shape.
  • Adhere top layer to card base.
  • Sentiments
    • Line up sentiments in cut out of two smaller hearts and stamp with black ink.


  • Adhere all images using dimensional adhesive foam tape.
  • Adhere crystal embellishments.

Thanks for stopping by and have a good day.

Handmade by Pip


YAY…I’m HAPPY in LOVE with this one layer card. This is my second card I’ll be entering in the current AAA Birthday Card Challenge. I decided to leave “BIRTHDAY” off the front of the card so this could be used for celebrations other than birthdays. Just add the occasion sentiment on the inside of the card.

Images and Background

  • The stamp set is Party Pals from Avery Elle. I stamped them on Copic friendly cardstock as I knew I particularly wanted to colour a background.
  • The words are coloured using 2-3 colours but I left the stars just one colour.
  • I ruled the lines with a copic friendly thin black marker and used the Warm Greys from the copic range to add depth to the background panelling.
  • I also used the Neutral greys to add drop shadows behind the words and the stars.

Other items

  • I used some brads to imitate the banner being attached to the wall. I’ve had them for ages and they happened to match my colour scheme perfectly.
  • To finish off I added Glossy Accents to the words to give an extra bit of dimension (see photos below).

Thanks for stopping by and have a good day.

Handmade by Pip

Aloha…ready for a party?

Box cards are a great way to use up patterened paper, expecially those gorgeous double sided paper pads. I’ll be entering this card in the current AAA Birthday Card Challenge.


  • All the images are from Avery Elle stamp sets – Tropics, Tweet Tweet and Market Stand.
  • The leaves and flowers are stamped with Altenew Inks, a little bit of copic colouring and Nuvo Crystal Drops in White for the centres of the flowers. All the other images are copic coloured.
  • The overlay for the front of the Tiki Bar is a Kaisercraft Texture Woven die, coloured with copics and cut down to fit.

Other items

  • Patterned paper is from DCWV Tropicana.
  • Box Card template is Lawn Fawn Scalloped Box Card Pop Up.
  • Tag for writing message on (see very last photo) made with the Mama Elephant Tags Alot and Lawn Fawn Stitched Gift Card Pocket.
  • Highlights to images drawn with Signo Gel Pen in White.


  • Die cut tags out of patterned paper and translucent vellum with Sizzix Triplits Banner dies, stamp sentiment in Versafine Claire Nocturne, layered and stapled to font.

Thanks for stopping by and have a good day.

Handmade by Pip

New technique – window card

Hi there

I tried out a new technique today that was inspired by a card I saw on Instagram made by Cards by Christine.  I decided on an ocean theme and I wanted to use some Create a Smile stamps and a new set of Ocean wave dies from My Favorite Things.



It came together reasonably quickly apart from a couple of false starts with the image colouring.  I also applied Wink of Stella clear shimmer to the two narwhols (haven’t worked out how to photograph shimmer yet).  The two back layers of the waves and the mama (or papa) narwhol are behind the clear window with the baby and front panel adhered to the front.


The senitment is from Avery Elle “Bubbles”  and I heat embossed it 3 times in Zing Embossing Powder colour “Wave” (appropriately named aye!) to give a bit of extra dimension.

The clouds from My Favorite Things are ink blended on the inside of the card in Tim Holtz Distress Ink “Salty Ocean” (again.. appropriate colour name!).

This card could be used for a overseas trip, new baby or birthday.

Thanks for stopping by.

Handmade by Pip


Stamps: Create a Smile, Avery Elle

Dies: My Favorite Things

Colouring: Derwent Inktense Pencils

Stencil: My Favorite Things

Inks:  Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Danube Blue, District Ink Salty Ocean

Other Multi Media: Zing Embossing Powder, Wink of Stella Clear

Cardstock:  Base Cardstock Advance A4 300gsm Long Grain Laser, Fabriano Artistico EW 300gsm, American Crafts textured card, GBC 250gm Clear Binding Cover

Other: MISTI Stamping Tool, ATG Gun, Heat Gun