Cardmaking, DIY Decor, Essentials By Ellen, Guest Designer, Stamping

Simple DIY Birthday Cards & Banners with Guest Designer Amy Tsuruta!

Looking for some cute and fun DIY inspiration for your next birthday party? Our April guest designer, Amy Tsuruta, has got you covered!

Follow along below as she breaks down her cardmaking process and shares how she was inspired to create using items from our latest Essentials by Ellen release. Full of all things fun and birthday, see how you can create some whimsical DIY décor and birthday cards for your next gathering!

I’m shakin’ things up with the New Essentials by Ellen Release!  Who doesn’t love a good party and this release is packed with all things to help with any celebration.

I teamed up the Hooray Pennant with a shaker card. Let’s chat about the card first:

I’m featuring:

  • Party Time stamp & die combo
  • Sprinkles 4- Piece Stencil
  • Birthday Vibes stamp set
  • Sentiment Strips die

The images in the Party Time are the cutest.  I’m going to say that bunny is playing a ukulele [wink]. I dressed up the mouse and sweet hedgie in their best party wear.

You might not readily see that I used the Sprinkles stencil on the white panel.  I slipped the white panel into an upcycled stamp sleeve and filled it with shaker bits from my stash.  I used Scor- Tape to seal it up.  The color panels are:

  • Concord & 9th – Grapefruit
  • Essentials by Ellen – Desert Sand

I couldn’t decide how to place the sentiment strip and love how it turned out.

The copics I used:

  • R00 | R21
  • RV52
  • YG21 | YG03
  • E21 | E53
  • E30 | YR00 | YR02
  • YR30 | E50

Next, I played with the Hooray Pennant Die set:

Although the pennant is photographed with a yes, chopstick, I’ll be transferring it to a pink boba straw.  Why a straw? I see it dropped into a floral bouquet. I’m collecting vintage vases to use for birthday/celebratory bouquets for family + friends.

I love how the card sentiment coordinates with the pennant.

That’s it for me today. A big thank you to Ellen Hutson LLC for inviting me onto the blog!

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  • Reply spilor April 28, 2023 at 6:56 am

    Hi, Amy – This is so super-cute. Love the simple color scheme and the adorable critters.
    Lori S in PA

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