Moving Forward – Happy, Happy Birthday

Hi and welcome to my blog today!  I needed a birthday card for a little fellow and thought I could combine a bunch of challenges…

Theme #1: Retro Rubber Challenge (#165) Transportation, Theme #2: Seize The Birthday Challenge (#221) By The Sea, Theme #3: Just Add Ink Challenge (#569) Just Add “N” – Nautical, Color: Colour INKspiration Facebook Challenge (CI-106) and Sketch: Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge (#435) to bring it all together.

Here is the result:



  • I stamped the Boat image from the Moving Forward stamp set (circa 2012) with Night of Navy ink onto a scrap of Basic White cardstock and then punched it out with the retired (2”) Circle Punch.  I colored to the Dots along the top of the Boat with the Pool Party Stampin’ Blend.
  • I then stamped just the Sail and Flag again with both the Night of Navy and Real Red Stampin’ Write Markers onto another scrap of Basic White cardstock and then fussy cut the image.  I went over the Flag and colored the bottom of the Sail with the Real Red Stampin’ Blend.  The Sail was then popped up with Dimensionals.
  • The Pool Party cardstock rectangular panel (2½” x 3¼”) was dry-embossed with the Bark 3D Embossing Folder.  This embossing folder is such an ideal choice for a water effect.
  • The Real Red cardstock Double Flag (3½” x ½”) was made with the Banner Pick A Punch and added behind as an accent.
  • The Night of Navy cardstock cross strip (4⅛” x 1”) was then added in behind the completed focal image a little to the left to accommodate the sentiment “stack” stamping.
  • The sentiment, Happy Birthday from the Itty Bitty Birthday stamp set (circa 2019), was added to the Basic White cardstock panel (4⅛” x 5⅜”) using the Stamparatus Positioning Tool.  “Happy” was “stack” stamped four times in the various colors: Pool Party, Real Red and then Night of Navy.  The complete sentiment was lined up and stamped once with “Happy” in Real Red and “Birthday” in Night of Navy.
  • For a fresh sea-worthy look, I chose a Pool Party card base (8½” x 5½” scored at 4¼”) to complete the card.

A fun card for a Birthday Boy!

Thanks for spending some of your time with me today.   Cheers,  Jolanda!

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Published by Jolanda Johnstone

Owner of THE INQUE SPOT STUDIO - Creative Space for Stamping & Paper Crafting and Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator in South Carolina.

8 thoughts on “Moving Forward – Happy, Happy Birthday

  1. That embossing folder is fantastic for creating the ‘water’ on your card! I love the colors, crisp, clean, and beautiful dimension. What a gorgeous card, Jolanda. Thank you for sharing with us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge this week.


  2. Great combination of challenge, Jolanda! I do love the way you’ve used the embossing folder to create the sense of water for your boat. Thanks for playing along with us at Retro Rubber Challenge. (and of course, Colour INKspiration)


  3. Live the design of your card! The colors are beautiful. Oh and live your mode of transportation. Thank you for playing along with Retro Rubber Challenge Blog.


  4. Well done on such a great combination of challenges, Jolanda. This is such a sweet card for a little guy. Thanks for being a regular player & sharing your fabulous cards with us at Just Add Ink. x


  5. A fun card – I like the interesting way you have Stamped your sentiment – adds great interest and fun. Chantell Just Add Ink


  6. I love this, so great, I am all about that embossing folder, just the right amount of texture on this card and that sailboat is to cute! Thanks for playing along with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge (AHSC).

    Brandi R.
    DT member AHSC


  7. I love everything about this card! It totally got my attention at Seize the Birthday! Love the staggered repetitive greeting and the green embossed panel. Everything just flows! Thanks for being with us!


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