Altenew: Beautiful BirthDay Card

 "Beautiful Wishes" card handmade by Maria Byrd | | Altenew Beautiful Day, Mama Elephant Dandelion. 2019.

A sweet floral card made for a dear friend's recent 60th birthday using Altenew's Beautiful Day stamp and die bundle, mini ink cube sets, and halftone stencil.  We live hours apart and thus rarely see each other.  So it's a real treat for both of us to meet, have a coffee, and catch up.  It's a wonderful feeling to see her and be able to hand her the card in person.

MFT Squirrel Card for Stamp Expo Swap

MFT Squirrel Card handmade by Maria Byrd | | My Favorite Things (MFT): Woodland Friends, A Tweet Hello, Grateful For You; and Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Spring paper pack. 2019.

A few weeks ago, I attended a Stamp and Scrapbook Expo where I participated in a Card Swap.  I made this cute squirrel piece using My Favorite Things (MFT) stamps and a Lawn Fawn backdrop.  It was my first time to partake in such an event and also to create so many repeats (well, 21 of them) of the same design.

Lawn Fawn: Christmas Party Panda Card

Lawn Fawn Panda Party Christmas Dreams
Christmas Panda Card V.2.0
Hi there!  It's amazing that Christmas Eve is only nine days away.  I was getting worried that I'd never finish this V.2.0 of the one I originally created for my great aunt.  It took me about three days of messing around to finally able to produce this cute and warm Christmas Panda card.

Lawn Fawn: A-Waddling and Caroling Penguins

Handmade Card by Maria Byrd -

I recently made this Christmas card for my first "card exchange" through a cardmaker group online.  It was also my first time to use Copic Markers for the entire scene and first attempt in drawing a free-hand background.  The thought of creating the card was exciting but also a bit scary since I was (still is) a novice who had been out of practice for a year or so.  I had this whimsical vision of penguins merrily caroling against snow-covered pine trees.  With that in my mind to guide me, I dug up my card making tools.

Concord & 9th: Happy Day - Cousin's Wedding

Concord & 9th - Wedding Card by Maria Byrd, 082018 | | Happy Day Dies Stamp

Two months ago, I created a quick wedding card for my cousin.  I used stamps from Concord & 9th:  Happy Day.  I first stamped the image with embossing ink and then sprinkled a good amount of Ranger Embossing Powder Holographic over it.