chautona-card64I’ve been dying to use this snail for ages. Doesn’t he just scream, “I’m taking my sweet time to get you your birthday card?” What a perfect way to pin the blame on something cute instead of me! *cough*

Okay, so these are actually going to readers who signed up for my birthday card program just a day or two late for their birthday month. I just had to use this stamp, so I used it as an excuse to send theirs out this year. WOOT!

Stamps: Paper and Such Snail & SU Happiest Birthday Wishes
Paper: SU Pear and Daffodil and PTI Orange. Amuse gingham. Neenah
Paper Size: A2 (4.25 x 5.5″)
Ink: Memento (snail) & Versafine (sentiment)
Accessories: Grosgrain ribbon
Techniques: Watercolor pencils

Just the Write Birthday…

chautona-card60Oh, my this was a fun card. I LOVED making it. It’s simple, sure, but it’s so ME. The colors, the typewriter–everything. It’s one of many I’m making in my quest to send as many of my readers birthday cards this year as I can! WOOHOO! I made six of these beauties and I’m going to try it in more “dead” colors too. WOOT!



Stamps: River City Rubberworks typewriter
Paper: PTI White, SU Pool, Gina K Black
Paper Size: A2 (5.5 x 4.25) Ink: Versafine
Accessories: SU Dots embossing folder and baker’s twine from Target dollar spot
Techniques: Printing (I printed the sentiment)

Whoooose Birthday?

chautona-card55 chautona-card56So, in my quest to use up things I already have, I saw this card on Pinterest:

I instantly thought, “I think someone sent me some of those in a swap (the background border thing). So, I decided to make it. Now honestly, I was SURE I was going to do it differently. I didn’t think I liked this and that and the other thing… until I did it. And found the original maker is a wise ol’ owl and I’m just a bird brain.

All cutified and ready to send out. I thought I was going to like the browns and blues better… but I don’t. I like the bright one the best. Shocker.

Stamps: PTI Birthday
Paper: PTI White base and scraps
Paper Size: A2 (5.5 x 4.25)
Ink: Versafine
Accessories: MS border things
Techniques: Punch art

Cotton Candy Birthday

chautona-card54This one I kept trying to ruin. Seriously, every time I turned around, I did something to destroy it. First I tried curling the ends of the flag. Um… yuck. So now they’re bent. Then I tried adding that border–too small. Tried again. Then I stamped the image crooked–twice–WITH THE MAJIG! So, it’s a crooked, bent mess, but I love it anyway. Even if it does look like carnival cotton candy threw up on it.

Trying to use up all my precut/colored/etc. stuff in cards. I need a TON of birthday cards, so here we go.
Stamps: PTI Birthday something or another
Paper: Scraps–stripes is from a thing of paper from …whatshername Bastein from Hallmark and Vera the Mouse–MARJORIE
Paper Size: A2 (4.25×5.5″) Ink: versafine
Accessories: Tag punch and that SU thing I don’t know the name of
Techniques: Try, try again

SC332- For as Long…

chautona-SC332My niece got married in May.  I’d “heard” something about colors being blues and purples, so I went with blue.  Turns out, they were more bright and cheerful blues rather than mine, but hey.  She’s not complaining.  She’s a neat kid that way.  And I like the card regardless.  It’s not the “same old, same old” that I like to do.  I tend to be a white and ivory combo kind of gal.

Stamps: SU set… has a baby onesie, a pair of bells, these guys, and a row of bears. I think they’re trying to suggest marriage leads to something–or vice versa
Paper: SU Not Quite Navy, Baja Breeze, Shimmer white, and some cool MME pattern.
Paper Size: 4.25×4.25
Ink: SU Not Quite Navy and Versamark
Accessories: Ribbon, SU scalloped lace punch, and scoreboard
Techniques: Heat Embossing, scoring

SC330- Close Your Eyes

chautona-SC330I am now singing that song from “An Affair to Remember.” Picture it… tons of adorable kids singing, “Close your eyes, make a wisssshhhh… and you’re there…”

What does that have to do with this card? Nuttin. But there you have it. I like it. I wasn’t looking forward to it until I started making those party favors. Then I smiled. And life was good. 😉

Stamps: Ippity “Party Hat” and MFT Birthday somethings
Paper: SU Daffodil, Pool, and PTI Melon, Bazzil Basics DP
Ink: Unity’s Noir Pallette
Techniques: Color on Markers (if you count that as a technique) and Fake Paper Quilling. Mmmmwwwaahahaah


SC329- Bright Spot in Your Day

chautona-SC329I’m in love with this technique… when I see it done well. So, I found THIS CARD in the gallery for this sketch.

AWESOME, right? I keep trying to achieve this level of amazingness, and I keep failing. SOOOOOOOOO

I bought that stamp. I will try again. I will not fail. HA!

Meanwhile, it’s okay. It’s fine. Someone will feel loved. That’s what counts. And I won’t cry too much as I put it in the envelope.

Stamps: Verve “Inspired by Flowers” or something like that. PTI “Big Birthday” set
Paper: PTI White and melon
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Versafine (trying to learn to like it, okay!)
Accessories: nuttin
Techniques: Badly executed spotlight and Colored pencils
Difficulty (1-Easy 5-Advanced): 1