Jul 11 2020

A Simple (but fancy) Happy Birthday – by Sharon Johnson

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Good morning! I am here today sharing a birthday card I made. I like to keep things simple, and this card certainly was. But I also like things pretty and a bit fancy at times, and this is that, too! Using just a few really beautiful things on your project allows you to keep it simple, but make it pretty, too!

The simple: the layout, straight cuts, simple oval die cut shapes.

The fancy/pretty: the paper, the font/sentiment, the floral/silk ribbon bow cluster.

The beautiful paper is Watercolored Memories by Ken Oliver. I used a 6×6 sheet but, sadly, they are no longer available. I do have these beautiful sheets in stock in 12 x 12 – and they are ON SALE!

The 12 x 12 sheets are beautiful enough to frame, if one were so inclined!

Here’s a closer look at the focal image.

The sentiment is one of many offered in our Birthday Sentiments stamp set.

The 1/4″ Silk Ribbon bow was made on the original Bow Easy (5 loops around).

Dainty flowers were glued in the ribbon center with a die cut leaf sprig inserted beneath.

When presenting cards with this much bulk, I do like to put them into a Clear Box. Although this card was a bit smaller than a 5 x 7″, I did gift this card in a 5 x 7″ Clear Box (A7).

And here’s the simple card inside with plenty of room to write a personal message.

The sentiments are both included in our Birthday Sentiments stamp set.

This card was made for a special lady for a very special birthday. I hope she enjoyed it!


I used:

Stamps: Birthday Sentiments by Stamp Simply Clear Stamps

Dies: Spellbinders Classic Ovals – Large, Small

Spellbinders Foliage

Paper: Watercolored Memories by Ken Oliver

(6×6 used, but no longer available – 12 x 12 is in stock and ON SALE!)

Ink: VersaFine – Onyx Black

Ribbon: May Arts 1/4″ Silk – Pink

 Bow made on the Original Bow Easy

Embellishments: Kaisercraft Mini Paper Blooms – Fairy Floss

Adhesives: EZ Runner3D FoamLiquid Glue

Packaging: Clear Box (A7) - 5 x7″ Size

Birthday Sentiments  (right) is a companion set to our original Birthday Blessings (left).

I wanted to post them here side by side to show you how well they do coordinate and how you can mix and match sentiments from each set allowing you to create an even wider variety of messages.

Available individually or bundled.

Watercolored Memories by Ken Oliver – 12 x 12″ shown, in stock and ON SALE!

(I used a sheet from the 6×6″ pad on my card today, which is no longer available.)

These sheets are a heavier weight, somewhat glossy paper – true quality.

Each double sided sheet has 2 creative options – one side is brilliantly colored for vibrant effects, the reverse side is designed in a muted color palette for more subtle projects. I used the side with the muted colors for my card.

Find more of the beautiful paper in stock by Ken Oliver here.

May Arts 1/4″ Silk – pink shown and used today

Our silk ribbon is available in a vast array of colors,  3 widths, in cut yardage, by the full spool, or in sampler packages.

Find all silk ribbon here.

 Kaisercraft Mini Paper Blooms – Fairy Floss shown and used today

These lovely smaller flowers by Kaisercraft are available in a variety of colors.

Find all flowers in stock here.

All items available at The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store, as linked.



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Our current release – FAITH, HOPE & LOVE.

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This is surely a favorite of customers and our Design Team alike!


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One Response to “A Simple (but fancy) Happy Birthday – by Sharon Johnson”

  1. Esther says:

    What a gorgeous card, Sharon! I love the soft pinks, the pretty bow, the roses, and well EVERYTHING!

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