CSS Birthday Blog Hop!

I’m so excited to be participating in Clear and Simple Stamp’s Birthday Blog Hop! Birthdays are always super fun to celebrate, right?! Today, we’re honoring Reenee, one of Clear & Simple Stamps’ owners. There isn’t a birthday without gifts, so Clear and Simple Stamps is even giving out some prizes. I’ll share those below!

You should have hopped here from Stephany Zerbe’s blog. If you didn’t, you may want to start from the beginning of the hop here to get all the details. I’ll try to explain some of the prizes here:


Two persons may win a prize full of Clear and Simple Stamps products that happen to be some of Reenee’s favorites. The prize is valued at $50. One winner will be selected from Clear and Simple Stamps’ Facebook fan page and another winner will be selected from their blog. So, make sure you leave Reenee a birthday wish there!


And just for the icing on the case, Clear and Simple Stamps is also offering everyone a 15% store discount for the day! You read that right, if you’ve been checking out any of the stamps, cardstock, ribbon, ink, buttons, or Copic markers, you may want to head on over there and take advantage of this sale opportunity. Don’t forget to enter the coupon code: birthday15 before checking out!



For my card, I wanted to design something for Reenee that spoke to her. She has a background in fashion, so I just had to use lots of texture and fabric in the design. She really admires French couture, so I went with French country – I know it’s not the same, but it’s just what came to me when I read “French!” I hope you like it, Reenee! Wishing you a very happy birthday! Lots of hugs!


Here, you can see I used Banner of News as my stamp of choice for this card. I stamped the banner in brown ink on cream cardstock, then stamped the sentiment. I cut out the banner and inked it with Ranger vintage photo distress ink.


I added some stitched ribbon and tied it in a bow. I added a button by securing it around the ribbon knot with twine. Using Scor-Tape, I adhere it to the back of the pink ribbon, but didn’t remove the backing. Then, I added the vintage trim.


Using a box that some goodies arrived it, I removed the kraft paper to show the corrugated texture and painted it with white acrylic paint. I also spritzed it with some Spring Violet & SWAK Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists. The cardstock is cut with pinking scissors on the sides just for texture.

As for the die cut embellishment, I die cut the circle with the heart in the center. I stamped the background using Wall Flower in pink and white inks. Then, I inked it with more distress ink. I also tied some twine between the heart hole and added a pearl to the knot. Just to keep all that layering going, I added a mini clothespin to the embellishment.


The fabric is a 5″ sample I picked up at a scrapbook store in Arizona. It was already cut with the pinking scissors. I forget who it is by (sorry)! I stitched it on a 5.25″ square pink cardstock and added white acrylic paint to the edges. The focal point is matted on a 5.5″ square kraft card base.

I hope I didn’t bore you! I like to do so much with paper crafting – from clean and simple, to vintage, to shabby, to layered – so forgive me for not sticking to one style, but I love them all to commit to just one! I think it’s super interesting to have a little variety on my blog than just one style – for me! I hope you do too!

Hop along to…Regina’s blog…


Thanks for hopping along! Have a great day!

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  • Jen Tapler - Oh WOW! This is just stunning Ashley! I love the little negative cutout heart – and of course, everything else! Lovely.ReplyCancel

  • Tante Käthe - Ashley, your creation is once more stunning. I look and look and look and still find new things every time! You’re a great inspiration to me!ReplyCancel

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  • Mary Anne P. - Wow!! Love this card and love all the layers. Thank you for all the instructions. I like the white paint that you used on the edges. I need to try this techinque.ReplyCancel

  • wendy - it’s fun to to have fun with different styles of paper crafting, Love how you used fabric and the heart with the cloth pin is so perfect.ReplyCancel

  • Rosemary B. - Wow, wow, wow Ashley, this is gorgeous! You really know how to layer your elements perfectly. Awesome idea to use that corrugated packing paper. I also love the idea of incorporating the fabric square. The circle with the heart punched out is another fabulous idea. Your talent amazes me! Hugs, RosemaryReplyCancel

  • steph zerbe - Simply gorgeous Ashley! I love all the layers and texture. You have such a talent. The banner is so crisp and clean! Fab birthday card!!ReplyCancel

  • Regina Mangum - Just beautiful, Ashley, as always!ReplyCancel

  • Beth Matson - Beautiful! I love all the textures and details.ReplyCancel

  • Tracy - Gorgeous card! I love that tiny clothespin you added and the corrugated cardboard peeking out from behind.ReplyCancel

  • Gina - Ashley, this is such a pretty card! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • SueB - Such a beautiful work of art. Everything is just fabulous.ReplyCancel

  • Rochelle - This is a nice break from the masculine cards (even though they’re great too). It’s lovely!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Woerner - Very beautiful Ashley!!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara Ghigliotty - Such a GORGEOUS card! Thanks so much for the inspiration and an opportunity to win some CSS goodies!!!ReplyCancel

  • Vicki Fenney - So so cute. I love the little clothespin that is adorable.ReplyCancel

  • Zima - What a lovley card!ReplyCancel

  • Ruth S - Another fun hop Ashley – am loving these lately 😉
    Your card is delicious, I’m sure Reenee will love it. Gorgoeus layering! Hugs, Ruth SReplyCancel

  • Kristin - Great details so many things to look at. Great job!!ReplyCancel

  • Sue D - Beautiful card–I think she will love it!ReplyCancel

  • Cristina - *Sigh.* So, so pretty. Your talent just kills me.ReplyCancel

  • Kristin - very pretty card!!! Love all the layers!ReplyCancel

  • Lori - Just gorgeous, Ashley! Love your use of fabric and texture.ReplyCancel

  • Norma Pimentel - Love everything about your card!! Love the fabric and the cute clothes pin:) Thank you for sharing your beautiful card!!!

  • Kimberley Jackson-Brown - AMAZING CARD Ashley!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Ruza - Such an elegant card! So many different elements! NICE!!!ReplyCancel

  • Ayana Posadas - I am just getting around to commenting now, because I have been so busy this week. Oh, how I love your card, Ashley! It’s so stunning and so very pretty. I love the colors and the bow… everything looks fantastic! 🙂ReplyCancel

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