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Steampunk Happy Birthday

This post is all about dads! Well, the birthday cards I made for my dad and my father-in-law. I am lucky in that their birthdays are within a few days so that means that I get to hit two birds with one stone this year and make similar cards. Last year, I made my father-in-law a very special Cubs card. I am not going to say that was why they won, but I can’t say that it didn’t help.

Created by Jennifer Miner

Well, on to our Steampunk Birthday Cards. These were so much fun and involved lots of supplies. All of the paper I used in these cards started as either white or black cardstock and they ended up at 5″x7″. I just loved how they turned out. As you may have noticed, I haven’t done a ton of cards this summer but it was great to get back into the swing of things.

Happy Birthday Card by Jennifer Miner

I was really channeling the pickers on these, I was imagining vintage signs with rust and peeling paint. I felt like I had half of my drawers on my workspace when I finished.

Channeling the “Pickers”

When I was creating the cards, I tried to keep to that vintage feel and there is no better product line than Tim Holtz for that. I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the gears and the sentiment frame.

Grungy Birthday

I will have a complete list of the products I used to create these birthday cards below.

Tim Holtz Inspired manly card.


Distress Ink: Rusty Hinge, Evergreen Boughs, Stormy Sky, Ground Espresso, Black Soot, Embossing Ink, Scattered Straw, Tea Dye, Old Paper, Walnut Stain & Vintage Photo

Ink: Colorbox Pigment – Frost White

Mists/Sprays: Key Lime, Dragonfly, Sugar Maple, Moneybags & Bahama Blue – Tattered Angles

Distress Stain: Evergreen Boughs, Iced Spruce, Rusty Hinge, Stormy Sky

Distress Paint: Pewter, Walnut Stain, Rusty Hinge, Tarnished Brass & Black

Distress Embossing Powder: Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain

Stencil: Rays

Stamps: Crackle – Prima, Industrial – Stampendous, French Script(Retired) – Stampin’ Up

Other: White Eyelets – Stampin’ Up. Twine – Stampin’ Up, Brown Eyelets – Memory Keepers, Gears & Brads –  Tim Holtz for Ideology, Foam Adhesive Circles – Recollections, Crackle Paint in Rock Candy, Molding Paste – Golden

Goodness, I think that is it! Thank you for stopping by.

Faux Enamel Letters


Winter Moose Birthday Card

Today’s card is a Winter Birthday card featuring a moose. This card is for my brother whose birthday is fast approaching. It was fun to make something that is “man friendly.” I will be sharing this card with this week’s Simon Says Stamp Challenges, Winter Birthday and Be  Square. I also have a video for you.


Birthday Card by Jennifer Miner

I started with a piece of 5 in.  x 5 in. white cardstock, and using a scrap of paper with a circle punched out I inked the moon with Scattered Straw and Worn Lipstick Distress Ink. I then used the negative to cover my moon so I could ink the rest of the card.

Next, I stamped the moose using VersaMark and Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. I then heat embossed the moose with clear embossing powder. The embossing powder protects the moose from smudging or getting any additional ink on him.

Winter Birthday Card

I then stamped the trees using Memento Ink, then using a scrap of copy paper I created a mask for the snow mounds. I randomly tore the paper and then using the stamps as a guide inked the mounds of snow using Shaded Lilac Distress Ink. Next, I  covered the snow with the copy paper so that I would be able to ink the sky.

Moonlit Moose

Then I created the sky using Shaded Lilac, Tumbled Glass, Broken China, and Faded Jeans Distress Inks. Once I was happy with my sky, I removed the masks and added a little snow with a white Gel Pen.  I also added a shadow under my moose with by drawing with Weathered Wood Distress Marker and then softening the ink with an Aqua Pen. Since I wasn’t using watercolor paper I quickly removed the excess water with a paper towel and then heat gun.

Created by Jennifer Miner

I trimmed my stamped panel to 4 in. x 4 in. and stamped the sentiments. Then I  added the gold and navy cardstock background. I thought I was done but it was just missing something. You guessed it, glitter! I added Crystal Stickles on the moon and the mounds of snow. Then I also added a little White Pearl Liquid Pearl on my snowflakes. That was just what this card needed and made it feel more like night. I can almost see my breath by the moonlight. Well, maybe not but the glitter really completed it.

Distress Ink Background

I think that my brother will really like this card – thank you for stopping by to check it out.


Stamps: Lovely as a Tree & Pines (Retired) – Stampin’ Up & Saying Stuff – Tim Holtz for Stampers Annonymous

Paper: Neenah Solar White, Marigold Morning – Stampin’ Up, Navy – Unknown

Ink: Scattered Straw, Worn Lipstick, Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Faded Jeans, Black Soot, & Shaded Lilac Distress Ink – Ranger, Tuxedo Black Memento & VersaMark – Tsukineko

Other: Crystal Stickles – Ranger, White Pearl Liquid Pearls – Ranger, 1 1/4 in. Circle Punch – Stampin’ Up, White Gelly Roll Pen – Sakura



Unicorn Happy Birthday Card


We are getting ready for the beginning of birthday season, our first birthday party is officially set for the 11th of December and for a change I actually have the card ready. This time I won’t be frantically coloring, gluing, or stamping just minutes before the card is whisked out the door. I make no promises about the other celebrations.

Glitter Birthday Card featuring The Greeting Farm Stamps
Glitter Birthday Card featuring The Greeting Farm Stamps

I went with a shaker card, I’ve done a kiddo birthday that featured a shaker before. This time I went with a unicorn from The Greeting Farm.

I started by stamping the single unicorn on a scrap of white cardstock using Memento Ink in Jet Black. Then I colored her in using Copic Markers. I will list all of the colors I used below. Once the coloring was complete I fussy cut her out and applied a coat of Wink of Stella in Clear on her body. She also received a heavy dose of glitter in the form of Crystal Stickles on her main and tail and then Blue Stickles for her horn.


Now, I started on the shaker. I used my Spellbinders Circle Dies to create one solid circle, a ring, and a solid circle of clear acetate. I inked the ring with Salty Ocean and Tumbled Glass Distress Inks. The ring was a little too plain so I also added a few butterflies from the same stamp set.  At this time, I assembled my shaker portion by gluing my ring to the acetate and the adding a ring of foam adhesive under the solid portion. I then added blue and clear micro beads and a touch of glitter and allied the solid cardstock background.

Created by Jennifer Miner
Created by Jennifer Miner

Next came the background, I used Salty Ocean to stamp the unicorn and butterflies. I did second generation stamping to achieve the lighter color stamping. Once I had everything how I wanted it, I added a little Tumbled Glass ink over my stamping. At this point, I adhered all me pieces together using ATG and foam tape.

The very last element was the sentiment, I cut a thin piece of cardstock and used a corner rounder punch to create the edges. I then stamped the sentiment in Salty Ocean Ink . Next, I then applied a layer of VersaMark Ink and heat embossed using Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder. I used Glossy Accents to adhere the sentiment to the shaker.  This card makes me feel like I need to buy more of The Greeting Farms “Ponies” set.


Stamps: Magical Friends – The Greeting Farm & Saying Stuff – Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous

Ink: Salty Ocean & Tumbled Glass Distress Ink – Ranger, Memento in Tuxedo Black – Tsukineko

Paper: Neenah Solar White

Copic Markers: B000, B00, B02, B04, B32, B34, C00, C01, C03, C05

Other: Wink of Stella – Clear, Crystal & Blue Stickles – Ranger, VersaMark, Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder – Stampin’ Up



Chicago Cubs Birthday Card

Chicago Cubs Birthday Card

Party Like it’s 1908


My husband asked me if I would make a very special birthday card for his dad this year. You see my father-in-law is from Chicago and is a diehard Cubs fan. If you follow baseball, you know that the Cubs fans are probably the most loyal fans in all of sport. This type of request was a little out of my normal style so I looked around the internet for awhile and didn’t find too much out there so a little fiddling and experimentation produced this card.

Special Birthday Card - for a Cubs fan
Special Birthday Card – for a Cubs fan

I relied heavily on my Silhouette Cameo for this project. Each element started as white cardstock and I used Distress Inks to add the color.

Created by Jennifer Miner
Created by Jennifer Miner

My internet research led me to a fantastic map of Chicago which I printed onto white cardstock. I added Old Paper and Tea Dye Distress Ink. The ink from my printer smudged when I did this but I think that it added to the overall look.

Created by Jennifer Miner
Created by Jennifer Miner

I then created the additional elements. I purchase the baseball shape from the Silhouette Online Store. I colored the ball with Tea Dye and Antique Linen and the stitching was colored with Festive Berries. The red is actually a full circle and the ball pieces were applied on top. I found the baseball bat and base online. I stamped the bat with Stampin’ Up’s Hardwood background stamp in Walnut Stain and then applied Vintage Photo. The base was colored with Pumice Stone and Weathered Wood. I was trying to give each white item a different look.

The background is a vintage amp of Chicago
The background is a vintage map of Chicago

I used the font Ball Park to create the sentiment on the front. The offset feature in the Silhouette Software is great for adding a shadow to your wording or shapes.  I used Festive Berries and Antique Linen for the sentiment.

My last element on the front was the Cubs logo. Once cut, I colored with Candied Apple and Festive Berries for the red, Blueprint Sketch, Broken Chine and Mermaid Lagoon for the blue and then Antique Linen and Vintage Photo for the background.

All this was adhered together and it was time to start the inner panel. The last time the Cubs won the World Series was in 1908, which as you know is some years ago. The Chicago fans are ever hopeful that “this year” might be the year they break the streak. I saw this quote on the web and knew that it was just right!

Inner panel of the card
Inner panel of the card

I created the two mats first by applying more Distress Ink to white cardstock. The red was the same as the front, Candied Apple and Festive Berries and the blue was created using Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Mermaid Lagoon and Blueprint Sketch.

I used my Silhouette software to create the wording and printed that out. This is the Ball Park font again.  I aged this panel with Antique Linen, Tea Dye and Vintage Photo. I place an oval of paper over the wording to keep from smudging it too much with my ink blending tool and to give the panel a pop. Lastly, I added the blue pin striping with a ruler and Blueprint Sketch Distress Marker. Everything was adhered and added to a large card base.

Close-up of Cubs card
Close-up of Cubs card

This card is 5″x7″ so it fit in a large envelope. I even managed to get this to the recipient on time! I hope that you enjoyed our journey today!


Ink: Weathered Wood, Vintage Photo, Antique Linen, Candied Apple, Walnut Stain, Old Paper, Pumice Stone, Festive Berries, Tea Dye, Blueprint Sketch, Mermaid Lagoon, Broken China & Tumbled Glass Distress Ink – Ranger

Paper: Nennah Solar White

Other: Blueprint Sketch Distress Marker – Ranger




Belated Birthday Card

It happens to us all, you get just so wrapped up in the day to day of the day to day that you let something slip. Yep, my normally “on it” routine got thrown for a loop when I forgot a birthday. I needed a  birthday card quickly  and thus today’s card was born. This belated birthday card is for a very special person who’s special day just zipped past me.

Quick and easy card for a late birthday.
Quick and easy card for a late birthday.

I grabbed  sheets of teal and Gable Green paper and got to work. I started by die cutting the largest shape from the Spellbinders Elegant Labels 4 Card Creator Dies in the teal and then I cut the next die in Gable Green. I then cut the smallest shape in white. I added a little Peacock Feathers ink to the two smaller shapes.

Late B-Day-1

I then adhered the two largest shapes to another piece of Gable Green and trimmed it down to the size of the largest die. Next, I added the stamped box and sentiment; these are both from the Fancy Phrases Stamp Set by Waltzing Mouse Stamps.

Late B-Day-4

Next, I created the little zebra accent. I stamped the zebra pattern from the Simply Safari Stamp Set from Stampendous on white cardstock using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and then trimmed the paper to fit in the “slots” of my small tag. Next I added Peacock Feathers ink over the strip so I could have a teal zebra banner.

Lime & Teal Belated Birthday Wishes.
Lime & Teal Belated Birthday Wishes.

I added my zebra band to the card and then I went a little crazy with the Prima flowers.  I usually make my own flowers but I was in a hurry and I wanted to get this baby out the door!

I glued my flowers down and added the gems for accent. This all went on a 5″X7″ card base and it  was complete. That was really all there was for this little late birthday card.

Thanks for visiting!


Stamps: Simply Safari – Stampendous & Fancy Phrases – Waltzing Mouse Stamps

Paper: Teal – Bazzill, Gable Green – Stampin’ Up & Neenah Solar White

Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento – Tsukineko, Peacock Feathers & Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink – Ranger

Other: 5×7 Elegant Labels 4 Dies – Spellbinders, Gems – Little Yellow Bicycle & Mark Richards

Panda Birthday Card


Today’s card is a little birthday card featuring the darling panda stamps from Mama Elephant. I made this card for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Happy Birthday. I feel like I am always in need of birthday cards so this was the perfect opportunity to create one.

Pandamonium Birthday Card
Pandamonium Birthday Card

I started by stamping the panda from mama Elephant in the center and then I made a mask with a post-it note.

Happy Birthday Card - by Jennifer Miner
Happy Birthday Card – by Jennifer Miner

I then used an oval mask around the panda and inked Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry, Carved Pumpkin and Wild Honey Distress Inks.


I stamped the party hat on a scrap of paper and added that on my darling little panda. I also added Fruit Punch Stickles after it was added to my card. so, a little confession, I totally stole this pom-pom from my daughter’s craft supplies. I was a little too big so I trimmed it down a little. I glued that baby onto my hot pink party hat.

Pandamonium from Mam Elephant
Pandamonium from Mam Elephant

I tried another sentiment right on the card but it just didn’t work so I stamped another and used a punch to create the shape and added that to my card using pop-dots. I mounted my happy party panda to a piece of Rose Red cardstock and that was it. I love how the pinks and oranges work together.

Party Panda in a Pink Pointy Party Hat
Party Panda in a Pink Pointy Party Hat


Stamps: Pandamonium – Mam Elephant, Prehistoric Party (sentiment) – Stampendous & Birthday Circles (hat) – My Sentiments Exactly

Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento – Tsukineko, Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry, Wild Honey & Carved Pumpkin Distress Ink – Ranger

Other: Fruit Punch Stickles- Ranger, 3D Dots – EK Success, Pom-pom – liberated from a child’s supplies, Dog Punch – Stampin’ Up

Paper: Neenah Solar White & Rose Red – Stampin’ Up

Just a quick and easy card today but I think that it is nice to have a mix and sometimes these are harder for me then the super complicated multi-layer cards. Have a wonderful day and take care of yourselves!



40th Birthday Card – A Plethora of Roses


My card today is a very special 40th Birthday Card for a life-long friend. I really wanted to make something with orange and teal and this was the result. This has been a very involved card, but I think that the results more then make up for it. I know that for a lot of people growing older can be sad but I think that it is just one more step in our journey, and as such I wanted my card to be happy and cheerful.

40th Birthday Card created by Jennifer Miner
40th Birthday Card created by Jennifer Miner

To start this card is 5″x6″ and features all handmade roses. I used a collection of punches and digital cutting to create the flowers. This card has a little bit of everything, while there is no kitchen sink here I think that I used just about all the other supplies at my disposal. This card actually started with the creation of the large orange rose. I punched out 12 large petals and then 10 small petals using my McGill Paper Blossom Punches. I then sprayed my petals with Dreamsicle Glimmer Mist and Mustard ColorShine on the petals. I let these dry and then add more ink with Spiced Marmalade and Ripe Persimmon Distress Inks. Once I had my petals as I wanted them I shaped them and formed the rose. So, at this point I was walking around with a completed rose and really nothing else. Just a hope for inspiration.


Once I had thought about this flower for awhile I finally sat down to create the background. I inked the large background stamp, Classic Fabric Design from Hero Arts using Spiced Marmalade and Ripe Persimmon Distress Inks. I then applies clear embossing powder and heat set. I then inked another background stamp; this time Linen from Stampin’ Up in  Peacock Feathers and stamped over my damask image. Now I added Crushed Pistachio, Peacock Feathers and Vintage Photo Distress Inks to color my background. I added the brown and then dark teal cardstock. At this point I seriously considered stopping but then I would have nothing for the party!


I added the two ribbons across the background and adhered them. I then created the label.   I used the Spellbinder Label 2 to create the label by cutting one in teal and one in vanilla. I distressed the vanilla using Antique Linen and Vintage Photo. Next, I created “40” by cutting the numbers from orange cardstock using the Mary Jane alphabet from QuicKutz. I didn’t have a small font that would match the Mary Jane font but since I have a Silhouette I found a comparable font; Times New Roman. Of all things, a font that can be found on any computer! At least it wasn’t one I had to pay for, so I cut the “th” out using my font found everywhere.


I adhered my “40” and added Rock Candy Distress Stickles. Once that was mostly dry (you know me) I glued down the “th” and then added the distress eyelets to the label. Next, came the rose making. I cut the petals for the yellow and light teal roses using my Silhouette Cameo. I inked the yellow rose with Dried Marigold and Spiced Marmalade. The teal rose was inked with Crushed Pistachio and Peacock Feathers. The small white roses were also cut using the Silhouette and the dark teal roses were punched using McGill Paper Blossom Punches. The vine flourish was cut using the Silhouette Cameo and colored using Evergreen Bough Distress Stain.

From the side.
From the side.

Now, everything was glued together and mounted to a piece of Neenah Solar White cardstock to create the base. I then created the presentation box, which I will share with you later this week.


I actually have another milestone birthday card to create this week. Hopefully it will be done and out the door by Tuesday. That one goes with the cowl I shared with you before, which has been done for a bit and is just waiting to be sent to its new home.



Stamps: Linen (Retired) – Stampin’ Up, Classic Fabric Design – Hero Arts

Ink: Ripe Persimmon, Spiced Marmalade, Dried Marigold, Antique Linen, Vintage Photo, Cracked Pistachio & Peacock Feather Distress Ink

Ribbon: Cream – My Sentiments Exactly, Large Brown – Create 360

Dies: Spellbinders 4, Mary Jane Grand Alphabet – QuicKutz

Punches: Multi Pear, Petit Petals & Alpine Snowflake McGill Paper Blossoms

Other: Mustard ColorShine Heidi Swapp Mist, Dreamsicle Glimmer Mist – Tattered Angels, Rocky Candy Stickles – Ranger, Distress Stain Evergreen Bough – Ranger, Distress Eyelets – Making Memories

Thank you for stopping by today!