Thursday, March 25, 2021

Topflight Stamps 4th Birthday Blog Hop!

It's Topflight Stamps' 4th birthday and to celebrate I’ve teamed up with some great designers to showcase birthday cards using the unique products available at Topflight Stamps. Please hop along with us and see all the beautiful talent from this group of amazing designers!

You should have arrived here from Dina Kowal's blog. If not, no worries, catch the details below.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a birthday celebration without prizes! Topflight Stamps is giving one lucky winner a $100 Gift Certificate to the store. But wait, there is more! Each stop on the hop has an additional $25 Gift Certificate up for grabs for some lucky commenter. For a chance to win, make sure to visit every stop on the hop and leave a comment by March 29th. Winners will be announced on the Topflight Stamps blog on March 31st. Good Luck!

Here's my birthday card!

Topflight Stamps Products Used:

Other Products Used:
Solar White Classic Crest® Cardstock by Neenah Papers
140 Lb. Mixed Media Paper by Strathmore®
Tuxedo Black and Desert Sand Memento™ Ink by Tsukineko®
Copic Markers:
   Llama: BV000, E40, E41, E42, E70, E71, E74, R00, RV91
   Llama Socks, Blanket, and Necklace: BG07, BG45, B23, B24, B26, R35
   Sunglasses: B23, B26, N5
   Hat: E41, E42, E43, R35, R39, B23, B27, BG07, BG45
   Left Cactus: YG25, YG45, YG91, YG93, B32
   Right Cactus: Y25, YG91, YG93
Clear, Gold, and Red Stardust® Glitter Gel Pen by Sakura® of America
White Gelly Roll® Gel Pen by Sakura® of America
Clear Glaze® 3D Glossy Gel Pen by Sakura® of America
Ochre, Van Dyke Brown, and Golden Yellow Chalk Pencils by General's® Pencils
Brown Cardstock
Dimensional Foam Adhesive Squares by Scrapbook Adhesives® by 3L
Stamp Platform

  1. Create a 6x6 card from brown cardstock. Set aside.
  2. Trim a piece of 140 Lb. Mixed Media Paper to 6" square.
  3. Apply Blue Lagoon Elements Ink to the brayer. Roll some ink off onto scrap paper.
  4. Brayer remainder of the ink onto the Gel Press leaving space at the bottom.
  5. Lightly spray water onto the Gel Press.
  6. Press Mixed Media Paper into the ink. Repeat if necessary for good coverage.
  7. Clean the Gel Press and the brayer.
  8. Apply Sahara Elements Ink to the brayer. Roll some ink off onto scrap paper.
  9. Brayer over the bottom part of the Gel Press.
  10. Lightly spray Gel Press with water.
  11. Press the bottom uninked part of the Mixed Media Paper onto the Gel Press.
  12. Clean the brayer and the Gel Press.
  13. Gingerly apply Desert Sand Memento Ink onto the brayer. My pad isn't very juicy so there was no need to remove excess ink.
  14. Brayer over the bottom part of the Gel Press.
  15. Lightly spray Gel Press with water.
  16. Press the base of the inked Mixed Media Paper onto the Gel Press.
  17. Lightly spray with water.
  18. Heat set the inked background panel until bone dry and set aside.
  19. Use Tuxedo Black Memento ink to stamp the llama, cacti, hat, and drink.
  20. Fussy-cut all stamped images, color them with Copic markers, and edge them with a dark marker.
  21. Use the Red Stardust Glitter Gel Pen to add glittery accents to the spots on the llama.
  22. Use White Gel pen to add a highlight to the drink glass, then apply Clear and Gold Stardust Glitter pens to the rim of the glass to make it into a cocktail because why have lemonade when you can have a margarita?
  23. Apply Clear Glaze Pen to the glasses, hooves, beads hanging from the saddle, and the straw. Let dry. Repeat application of the Glaze pen several times to build up layers.
  24. Use magnets to secure the dry background panel to the base of the stamping platform.
  25. Figure out the layout of the scene and use chalk pencils to add shadows.
  26. Place the cacti stamps facedown on top of their stamped colored counterparts. Press the lid of the platform into the stamps and lift. Move the colored cacti off of the platform.
  27. Ink the cacti stamps with Onyx Black VersaFine ink and stamp onto the background. Heat set.
  28. Adhere the cacti, the hat, the llama, and the drink to the background to create the card front.
  29. Edge the card front with Blue Lagoon and Sahara Elements inks.
  30. Lightly sponge Sahara Elements and Desert Sand inks to a scrap of white cardstock.
  31. Use the Curved Banner Die to cut the scrap. 
  32. Use magnets to secure the ends of the Curved Banner die-cut to the base of the stamping platform.
  33. Place the sentiment face down onto the banner. Press the lid of the platform onto the stamp, then lift, and ink with Onyx Black VersaFine ink.
  34. Stamp the sentiment and edge with Sahara Elements ink.
  35. Use dimensional foam adhesive to adhere the sentiment die-cut to the card front.
  36. Adhere the card front to the 6" square card.
Now that you've seen my project, your next stop is Connie Mercer's blog where you're sure to see something fabulous.

Blog Hop List 

If you get lost, you can always pop back to Topflight Stamps blog!

Topflight Stamps

Lisa Hoel

Jennie Atkinson

Cornelia Wenokor

Karen Bearse

Dina Kowal

Kathi Rerek

Connie Mercer

Ericka Strange

Jenny Marples

Autumn Clark

Rachel Greig

Gwen Lafleur

Annette Allen

Thanks for visiting me today. Be sure to comment on each blog to better your chance of winning!


  1. I love your fun and festive card Kathi! =)

  2. Hi Kathie! Thank you for sharing 🤠!

  3. Colorful background and cute characters.

  4. This card should bring a giggle and smiles to anyone!

  5. Love the shades and "bangs" on the llama! Wonderful card. From Laura P, in case it shows up as unknown

  6. What an amazing card!! All the work you put into your creation was certainly worth it, it's so cute :)

  7. Fun card! The instructions are so detailed!

  8. This really brings a smile with it!

  9. Great card! I love the background. Thanks for the detailed step-by-step.

  10. What a fun colorful card. The minute I saw the llama it made me smile!

  11. Cute card. Love the step by step instructions.

  12. So fun and colorful, and I love all the texture in your background - I don't think I've ever misted my gel press before. Adorable llama - definitely made me grin.

  13. What a fun card! So cute. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Anything with a Lama makes me smile.thanks for sharing

  15. WHat a happy scene and great way to create bg.

  16. Hi Kathi! I'm so so happy to see some PaperArtsy llamas in the hop! I didn't grab a set fast enough but look forward to having a play. This is a fabulous card and would cheer anyone on their special day. It's amazing to be on this DT with you and I truly appreciate your creativity and encouragement. I only wish we lived closer so we could stay up late together crafting. Ha ha! Hugs, Autumn

  17. Your coloring skills are amazing girl!! Beautifully executed!! Thanks for your support All the time. Means so much to me :):)

  18. So very cute... and yes, I’ll have a margarita, please!🤣

  19. Super fun card. Thanks for sharing.

  20. Very cute card...and thanks for such details!!!!! Love the Llama!!!

  21. Delightful card! The llama is just adorable! Fun scene with beautiful coloring!

  22. Oh my llama! I need this in my life! Adding it to my wishlist now.

  23. Such a fun and cute card! Love the llama!!

  24. So so adorable - colors awesome!

  25. I really like how you made your background. The spotty look is great.

  26. This is so fun!! who wouldn't love to get this in the mail for their birthday?

  27. what a crazy fun card - thanks for sharing

  28. I love a Card that makes me smile and feel happy the minute I see it! Love that llama.

  29. I keep forgetting to use my white pen for highlights! Bah humbug! Thanks for the reminder, Kathi! I llovva the llammas!!!

  30. That llama just makes me smile!

  31. What an awesome card!! Love that Llama!!

  32. The Llama is soo cute!! Thanks for sharing this fabulous card!

  33. What a fun card! That llama is ready to party!

  34. And what would a blog hop be without a birthday llama!!??? So thank you for the fabulous and fun birthday llama so perfectly done with all the gorgeous colors and bg images!!! Am loving it!!

  35. I love the llama's bangs and the added sunglasses. The drink on his back adds to the festive mood of the card.

  36. This card is super cool, the llama is so sweet and the fun summer palette is gorgeous.

  37. Throw your hat on the cactus and the Llama is READY to party. Cool card! Happy 4 yrs of gorgeous fun stamps, TopFlight!

  38. Love this and the llama is awesome! SO very fun!