Simon Says Birthday Cupcake Card

Simon Says Stamp Birthday Cupcake Card by Maria Byrd |

I love cupcakes and it's one of many things I miss from the big city!  Well, the 24/7 Sprinkles Cupcake ATM more specifically that is.  Needless to say, yummy cupcakes have been in my thoughts lately.  Ha!  Ha!  Ha!  And I found my Simon Says Stamp Stamptember 2016 Sweet Cakes stamp and die set to fit the mood. 😉

Happy Birthday Cupcake Card in Orange & Blue

Happy Birthday Cupcake Card in Orange & Blue by Maria Byrd |

I'm so glad to finally able to share with you my Happy Birthday Cupcake Card (in Orange & Blue) which took me a week to come up with the design!  For this card, I used pictures I recently saved in my Pinterest Color Palette board as an inspiration for the lively orange and blue combo.  That was the easy part, the rest... well, took me a bit longer to figure out.  Sometimes, the creative process is like those cooking challenge shows where you have no clue what the ingredients are.  So you end up cooking as you go and hopefully get a wonderful result at the end!

Art Impressions Old Goat Birthday Card

 Art Impressions Old Goat Birthday Card by Maria Byrd |

Who's an old goat?  Well, my hubby will be!  Ha!  Ha!  Ha!  No, it's not mean, just being sweet to him I suppose (since I'm older).  When I saw Art Impressions Old Goat stamp online a few days ago... I thought it would make a perfect humorous card for a cute smart a*s like him.  😏

Lawn Fawn Wish Upon A Star Card

 Wish Upon A Star Card by Maria Byrd |

A dear friend asked me to make a card for her and I meant to take a picture of it for a blog post.  However, I sort of forgot and didn't realize it until after I mailed the card.  So, what you see here is a recreation of that card which is made with Lawn Fawn's Upon A Star stamp (released in summer of 2017).

Lawn Fawn White Christmas in July

White Christmas Card Lawn Fawn & Fiskars by Maria Byrd |

Took me a while to make this card since I've never done a "white on white" card yet.  I spent about two days trying to figure out how to do it and almost gave up on submitting something for a challenge due this afternoon.  Just sat there with bits and pieces of failed attempts while drinking my coffee and munching on cereal (yup, my brunch).. and then the light bulb came on! 💡

Avery Elle Happy Birthday Bus Card


Welcome back!  Yesterday was a good mail day 😊 since I received my newly purchased Avery Elle Birthday Bus stamp and die set.  I think it was just released last month (mid-May).  When I saw this online, I thought, "Wow!  Surely, a carpool with friends would be more enjoyable than being dropped off by your parents.. unless, if the driver was your parent!"

Lawn Fawn Claw-some Zig Birthday Card

Lawn Fawn Claw-some Birthday Card by Maria Byrd @ CraftsyByrd

I'm excited about today's project since I get to play with Lawn Fawn You're Claw-some and my new Zig Clean Color Real Brush watercolor pen. The vivid colors are perfect for the bears! It reminded me of many hours of fun and quarters spent at the arcade trying to win a bear and other stuffed animals from claw games when I was younger. My dad would keep giving me quarters until I won one (or two, or three...) 😏  Inspired by that special memory, this will be my first "masculine" card.

Spellbinders Bloom Hello Card

 Spellbinders Bloom Hello Card by Maria Byrd

Good morning!  I just finished making Bloom Hello Card based on three card challenges.  One of the challenges required use of pattern paper, so I had to go through my stash of DCWV and pick colors similar enough to MFT Color Challenge.  Then the fun started with trying to (re)interpret MFT's Sketch 335 for the layout.  I never combined these colors before which I would describe as orange, tangerine, medium warm gray, and pool blue. 

Lawn Fawn Beary Birthday Card

Lawn Fawn Beary Birthday Card by Maria Byrd

Good Monday Morning!  I'm happy today for being able to finish this Beary Birthday Card.  The last card I made was back in April.  It took me a while to unpack and organize my crafting supplies from our recent move to a smaller city.  Actually, I still couldn't find the lamps I used for taking indoor photos, so I had to use the flash which washed out the picture.  But, it did catch the shine of the gold embossing.

How to Redirect Custom Domain Purchased from Google Domain to Blogger URL

Redirect Domain to Blogger

Happy Sunday! This afternoon, I'll be sharing my experience with redirecting custom domain - purchased from Google Domain - to an existing Blogger. Ever since I started a blog a few months ago, I've been playing with default and pre-purchased templates alike.  Though I always find there are features I wanted to add or replace. So, I thought I'd add a new category DIY Blogger to share some Blogger Tips that I've found useful and hopefully it may help you and others in tweaking your Blogger site, or just to bookmark for future reference.

New CraftsyByrd

CraftsyByrd | formerly PaperCardSmore | By Maria Byrd

Hello, Friends!  CraftsyByrd replaces PaperCardSmores!  Yup, it IS still me, Maria Byrd, just a different blog name.  Why the change?  Well, being at my age, I tend to be forgetful sometimes and... CraftsyByrd is so MUCH easier (for me & you) to remember!  Plus, the new name results in a shorter URL (even with that blogspot tail), has only 3 syllables, and sounds like craft-SEE-bird! 😂

Home Cooked Meal for Fuzzball

DIY Homemade Dog Food Chicken and Rice
Happy mother's day to all mothers including those of us with fur babies! 💕  As a child, I remember watching my mother boil a big batch of chicken with white rice, carrots and potatoes in a large stockpot.  When all the ingredients were cooked, she would separate it into two portions:  one for our two dogs and the other for us.  Yes, we ate the same home-cooked meal except for one difference... ours were seasoned.

Lawn Fawn Easter Bunny Hop Card by Maria Byrd 2017
A fun Easter Bunny Hop Card for friends at the hospital where I volunteer as office clerk.  I'm also saying my farewell when I give them the card.  My hubby and I are moving to another town later this month.  I will miss them, though I'm also looking forward to this Spring's new beginnings!

Lawn Fawn Penguin Birthday Card by Maria Byrd 2017
This is a last minute Penguin Birthday Card I've made especially for Lawn Fawn's First Challenge on their new Lawn Fawnatics blog.  As I was looking through challenge blogs on this rainy Sunday morning, I came across the post with only 2 hours to make a card.  Lawn Fawn is special to me because it's my first exposure to cardmaking a year ago.  So, I just have to be a part of it!  I used my very first stamp set which is Lawn Fawn's Toboggan Together.

Altenew Peony Thanks Card by Maria Byrd 2017

I recently made this lush Peony Thanks Card for a nice friend who's in town to attend a Comic Con event.  Peony Bouquet stamp and inks by Altenew adhered on DCWV Far East cardstock.  Details embellished with Sakura Gelly Roll Pens and Glossy Accent for shine and dimension.  A simple Thanks Sentiment from the stamp set is embossed in gold.

PicsArt Birthday Card

While I was playing with the cute Fuzzball, I ended up taking pictures of him.  Then, I found myself downloading PicsArt app which was quite easy to use.  Its filters and other tools allowed me to create a 'digital art' version of the original photo. From this, I crafted a birthday card for spring season.

Avery Elle & Altenew Viking Heart Card

Fell in-love with Avery Elle Viking stamp and die-cut when I saw it online a few weeks ago.  When I first used the stamp, the ink beaded up and made spotty impressions as a result. So, I gently washed it with dish detergent and pat-dry with paper towel. I then carefully cut out the sentiment (inside the viking's beard) using an X-Acto blade. This allowed me to use a sentiment from Altenew Floral Frame.

Penny Black Butterfly Love Card

Penny Black Butterfly Love Card by Maria Byrd |

Butterfly Love Card for Valentine's Day has lots of hearts and sparkle! As you can tell by now, I use different brands from my stash and is fond of shiny/sparkly touches.  The sentiment is Penny Black True Love die-cut from a ruby red glitter paper and the background paper from DCWV The Far East Stack.

Inkadinkado Puppy & Ellen Essentials Sparkle Card

Puppy Sparkle Card by Maria Byrd |

Puppy Sparkle is my first attempt of creating a card specifically for challenges, unlike my first post which I made for Valentine's day.  So, this one required a bit of thought but the themes of pet and sparkle stood out.  The card is super sparkly in person, but tricky for me to catch on picture.

Altenew & WPlus9 Love You Card

Altenew & WPlus9 Love You Card by Maria Byrd |

This first post (Woo-hoo!) features my Love You card perfect for Valentine's day, Mother's day and Birthdays.  Lush florals and foliage from Altenew Peony Bouquet and Beautiful Day stamps and colored with Altenew Crisp Dye Ink Cubes in Rose Petal and Summer Afternoon.