Saturday, September 3, 2011

Susan's Anything Goes Festive Birthday Bash Blog Hop!!!


A very happy birthday to Susan!  And welcome to her Anything Goes Festive Birthday Bash Blog Hop!  In case you would like to know where you are coming from and where you should go from here, the revised order is as follows:

Day 1:
1. Lynne:
2. Amber:
3. Angie:
4. Becky:
5. Berenice:
6. Brenda:
7. Christel:
8. Cindy:
9. Deborah:
10. Erin: ~ YOU ARE HERE!
11. Gina:
12. Kari:
13. Staci:

I hope you are finding lots of creativity and inspiration in everyone's projects.  Don't forget that there is a second day of projects taking place tomorrow, Sept 4th.  Go to Susan's blog for more details.

It's time to think outside the box.  Gifts do not always have to be accompanied by a traditional card.  And not every occasion must be celebrated with one.  There are plenty of other paper-crafts that will make the occasion more memorable.  And your friends and family will want to keep them, long after a traditional card would have been put aside or thrown away.

My birthday card is actually a recipe card.  On the front, a small note.  On the back, a very special recipe for my friend.  I won't show the back, since I do not want to ruin the surprise.

I used paper from a Creative Memories paper pack.  The yellow flowers are from Oriental Trading - I got a larger batch than I thought, and now I have tons!

My favorite part of this project was experimenting with embossing powder.  I came across another blog recently, with a video on how to emboss buttons.  I applied the same technique to my own buttons and flowers.

It's very simple - just Versamark the stamp you wish to use, then stamp the object you wish to emboss.  Sprinkle on the powder (I used black) and heat with the embossing gun.

Pay close attention to what materials you are working with.  I tried this technique on ribbon, and the heat melted some of the fibers.  Also, the flowers absorbed the embossing powder after heating, giving it the effect of an ink, rather than the glossiness usually produced by embossing powder.

The effect, however, is simply divine when applied to buttons! :)

Speaking of buttons...
Since this is my first blog hop, I have decided to REALLY get into the spirit of things.  What I mean is, I will be giving away BLOG CANDY!

The beautiful bag of beautiful buttons found below can be yours if you follow two simple steps:
1) follow this blog
2) post a comment, include your email address (to contact you if you win)
The winner will be chosen at random on Monday.  Good luck!

PS) Did I mention I LOVE buttons?????

Happy Labor Day!


  1. A great idea! Thanks for sharing.

  2. You are my hero and I cannot believe you did not tell me about this technique. Ummm, I have a business proposition for you . I can't wait to see the other side of this as I am sure it is yummy. Thanks for sharing in my special birthday weekend.

    Happy Scrappin'

    Sue B

  3. great project and I love the embossing. I am a new follower. Come visit me sometime.
    Eva :0)
    I have a giveaway on my blog right now

  4. Unique idea! Tell me, the recipe for food or is it a scrap recipe, recipe for a happy birthday???

  5. Hi and I am your newest follower. I absolutely am so loving your project. I love the embossing and thank you for sharing the how to with the stamp. I must try that...2 of my favorite crafts in 1! Again, thanks for sharing!

  6. I hope you have a big reveal of what is on the other side of that adorable card!!!

  7. Love your card, but embossing those flowers is new to me. Thanks for sharing.
    Great hopping with you.
    I would be honored if you came to see my blog here

  8. I love buttons too. Embossing buttons is totally new and I love love love the look! Thanks for being part of the hop with us!!! I am your newest follower and hope you follow me also!!!
    Hugs and love,

  9. Love it...thanks for sharing. I am now a follower and I LOVE BUTTONS TOO!!

  10. Great technique with the flowers and the buttons. Now following. Email is on my profile.

  11. That embossing is great, i would have never thought to do it on buttons I love the way it turned out. Love the project what a unique idea. and I am so glad to see other new bloggers here now I feel even more at home. Thanks for sharing glad to be a new follower

    God Bless

  12. Love that your Card is also a Recipe Card. That's a Great Idea and I Love how you Embossed on the Button. LOVE IT!!! I Love Buttons,But don't have very many. I would LOVE to win your Buttons. I'm a follower. :0)
    cindymarshall63 at hotmail dot com

  13. I love your recipe card and hope you will post the back once you get it to Susan. I am following you now to so I can see what other great things you come up with.

  14. Great job! Thanks for the wonderful embossing tutorial. I will seriously try this soon. I'm so glad to be in the hop with you. Hugs to you and TFS!!!

    Blog Hop Sister

  15. Great card, love that you have a surprise recipe card as an element of the card. never though of embossing silk flowers--looks like fun.
    Katsews at gmail dot com

  16. I'm a new follower. Your project is such a great one -- a card and a recipe -- perfect combination. Thank you for the tip on embossing buttons. I'll have to try that. I have been thinking of incorporating buttons into my projects -- haven't tried it yet -- just started embossing too so this will be a perfect combination. Thank you for sharing with us.

    dietzrobles at yahoo dot com

  17. Glad to see projects from another button lover!!!
    BobbisTreasure at

  18. didn't know you could emboss on buttons - will have to try that. Great job.


  19. great project i LOVE buttons also :-) one of my favorite things to collect.Thanks for sharing my friend~ Have a scrappy day!

  20. I love your gift idea very special1 great tip on embossing buttons abd flowers they lok great1
    Big Blog Hugs! *Janet*

  21. I need to incorporate buttons into my card and scrap designs more often. I really love them. They are just "sew" fun to use. ....hee hee.

    The card is so great, and I just love the flowers.

  22. I keep forgetting to add my email to comments I left. :( Almost forgot to give it to you. My email is: atuttletime at gmail dot com

  23. I'm a new follower of your blog
    mpetrovich23 at yahoo dot com

  24. oh.. and I wanted to say that I like what you did on the flower... very cool idea. I may need to give that a try. Thanks for the tips too.
    mpetrovich23 at yahoo dot com