Birthday cards

Birthday Blooms

The Last Chance list(aka the Retiring products list) has been released and one of the stamp sets on the list is Birthday Blooms.  This set is one I have always loved to color.  Over the next few weeks I will share with you some of my favorite products that are on the Last-Chance list.  One thing you need to know is that the stamp sets on the Last-Chance lists will be available until May 25 and after that date they will be available while supplies last.  The accessories, DSP, tools, etc are available while supplies last and in fact there are a few things that are already unavailable.  Anyway, on to what I made using the Birthday Blooms stamp set.


If the layout looks familiar it is because I used the same sketch as yesterday's cards.  


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If you like to color, you might want to consider getting the Birthday Blooms stamp set before it is no longer available.  


Need more ideas on ways to use this stamp set?  Go here,  here, here, here,  and here.  It really is a beautiful stamp set.  Thanks for stopping by .

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Petal Passion DSP Gift Card holder

I received a card featuring this fun fold from Megan at the November OnStage event.  I changed it just a little bit to make it a gift card holder and also added a belly band.  The basic fold is the same.  Thanks Megan!


I used my favorite Petal Passion paper.  I fussy cut around one of the flowers and colored it using Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive Stampin' Blends.  The sentiment is from the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set and can I put my request in for a whole sentiment set using this font combination?  


I used the dies from the Lots to Love Box Framelits to cut the slits that hold the gift card.  These little dies makes it so easy to make gift card holders.



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Do you still need some convincing that you need to get a package of the Petal Passion DSP?  Here are some other samples that you can check out herehere, and here.

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Bird Banter and the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #503

Time for the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #503.  This week it is a Color Challenge.  Can you guess the colors?


If you guessed Night of Navy, Tranquil Tide and Crumb Cake, you are correct!


These colors are prominently featured in the True Gentleman Designer Series Paper aka DSP.  Love the plaids, stripes and patterns especially those glasses!  When I saw the glasses I knew I wanted to use the paper with the sentiment from the Bird Banter stamp set.    I have had so much fun with those fun birds and their sentiments.   

I stamped the bird in Tranquil Tide ink and used a blender pen to do a little shading.   The beak and shadow was colored in using Crumb Cake ink and the head feathers with Night of Navy ink.  Very quick and easy to do.  


I wanted to tie in the Crumb Cake color a little more so I finished it off with the Crumb Cake 3/8" Classic Weave ribbon.  This ribbon is one of my favorites.  It is soft, easy to tie, and makes great bows.  

Are you wondering how I got that border around the Lots of Label framelit?  I used the #4 die ( #1 being the smallest label).  I cut one out of Very Vanilla and another out of Tranquil Tide.  I cut the Tranquil Tide label in half and used it to create the layer around the top and bottom of the Very Vanilla label.

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Cut a strip of Tranquil Tide cs.  The width doesn't matter, I cut mine around 1/2" wide.   The length of the strip needs to be at least twice as long as the length of the label.   Attach the strip to the side of the label  and cut the length matching up with top layer.  Repeat on the other side.

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I hope you will join in the Challenge.  Be sure to go to the Create with Connie and Mary blog and check out what the other members of the design team created.

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Paper Pumpkin Pop-Up Blog Hop...May Good Things Grow

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Welcome to the Paper Pumpkin Pop Up Blog Hop! We are all fans of this monthly crafting kit and want to share with you our enthusiasm for this box of fun and creativity. The beauty of the Paper Pumpkin kit is that you can follow the directions provided in the kit to make the projects as they were designed, or use the supplies as a starting point and let your creativity run wild. On this hop we will be sharing lots of ideas with you on how to use this March Paper Pumpkin kit: May Good Things Grow.

I received the Paper Pumpkin box right before we were leaving on a trip to celebrate my mother in law's 99th birthday.  I knew I wouldn't be able to work on it while I was travelling but I did think about it.  What I decided to make was a little mini book for my mother in law so she would have a little something that she could easily look at to remember her birthday.  


The first thing I did was to carefully take apart one of the "flower seeds" envelopes.  I put the envelope back together with the lining showing.  There were a couple of spots that were a little ragged so I covered them up with one of the cardstock strips.  I attached the large flower die cut with lots of dimensionals, thankfully there were a lot of them included in the kit.  I stamped my mother in law's name using the Brushwork Alphabet stamp set in Early Espresso ink on Very Vanilla card stock and did a little sponging around the edges to give it more of a vintage feel.  I used some of the twine that was included in the kit to attach it to the front.


On the back of the envelope I cut one of the Crumb Cake cards to use as a layer for the picture.  I also used one of the pretty die cuts to decorate the page.


On the next page I used one of the other envelopes and cut out the inside to make a frame for the picture of her with her 4 sons.  I used one of the wood veneer labels that were a special surprise gift included in the Paper Pumpkin box.   I couldn't decide what to put on the label so I opted to cut out the word love using the Sunshine Wishes thinlits.  I cut the word out from the middle of one of the cards that I used as a layering piece.  I attached the label using the ribbon that was also included in the kit.


On the back of the envelope I used 2 of the card panels along with a label and a pretty flower die cut.  I stamped the sentiment using the stamp set and love how simple and bold the font is.  


On this envelope I used the other half of the card base to layer this picture of my mother in law.  My sister in law made this beautiful enormous cake and yes, it was delicious!

Are you wondering how this all gets put together?


The second envelope flap  is inserted and adhered in the first envelope.  


The third envelope flap is inserted in the second envelope and secured.


The first envelope flap is secured to the back of the 3rd envelope. 

I still have so much product left from this month's kit and will be sharing with you more ideas of ways to use this kit.  The only items I used that were not included was the Brushwork Alphabet stamp set and the Sunshine Wishes thinlit dies.  If my handwriting was a little better I wouldn't have had to use those 2 things.

Are you currently a Paper Pumpkin subscriber? If not, now is a great time to join in the fun. New subscribers receive 50% off their first 2 months with the Creativity Starts with Paper Pumpkin promotion which ends May 10th. Contact your demonstrator to get started or CLICK HERE* to subscribe. New subscribers use promo code: SAVEFIFTY0418.
Thank you for joining us as we share with you the possibilities of Paper Pumpkin, now hop over to Cheryl Hamilton's blog to see her fun creation.
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Thanks for hopping along with us!  We will be popping up again soon to share with you more ideas on ways to use Paper Pumpkin!

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Springtime Foils and the Mini Treat Bag

I haven't used my Mini Treat Bag thinlits in a bit and thought it would make a great birthday/gift card.


I used the Petal Passion DSP to make the bag.  I colored and fussy cut a flower from the Springtime Foils Specialty DSP.  The Calypso Coral ribbon is one of the 3 ribbons in the Sale-A-Bration Shimmer Ribbon Pack.


Inside of the treat bag I have a gift card holder/card.  I cut the slits using the dies from the Lots to Love Box framelits to hold the gift card in place.   I also added another flower from the Springtime Foils DSP.

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All of this fits in a Medium envelope.  It is a card/gift card all wrapped in a pretty little bag.  

This is the last week of Sale-A-Bration.  There are so many great gifts you can choose from when you place a qualifying order.  It is also the perfect time to become a demonstrator.  The starter kit is priced at $99 and you get $125 in merchandise that you get to choose all the products yourself.  During Sale-A-Bration you will also receive your choice of 2 additional stamp sets.  It really is a great opportunity.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.  Remember Sale-A-Bration ends on March 31!

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Beautiful Day Birthday

Recently I held a birthday card class.  One of the projects was a feminine card using the Beautiful Day stamp set.


Everyone enjoyed coloring the flower using an Aqua Painter and the Berry Burst ink refill.  It took a little practice but everyone's flowers turned out so pretty.  We used the Leaf Punch which is a carry over item from the Holiday catalog.  I set up my Stamparatus with the sentiment so everyone had a perfectly straight sentiment which made everyone so happy.  I think everyone is looking forward to getting their own Stamparatus.  


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Happy Birthday Thinlits and the Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge

It is Tuesday and time for the Try Stampin'on Tuesday  Challenge!


Here are the challenge colors.


I used the colors Bermuda Bay, Pool Party and Powder Pink.  I realize now that the pink I used is a little lighter than the one in the challenge picture.  We could also use any neutral and I am sure you knew I was going to use black.  

I used the Happy Birthday thinlits and cut it out in Powder Pink.  I used sponge daubers and added the Pool Party and then transitioned to Bermuda Bay.  I got this idea from Jenny Engelke.   I then inked up the thinlit with VersaMark ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  I actually repeated the embossing process to get a really shiny look.   I cut the die again on a piece of Basic Black card stock.   To make it easier  I attached a piece of black card stock behind the area I cut out the words.  Why?  When I fitted the words into the black card stock I did not have to worry about putting the little pieces back in. 


I also cut out and embossed the little flowers from the Flourish thinlits.

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I hope you will join in this fun challenge!  Be sure to check out what the other members of the design team created with these colors.

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The Climbing Orchid and the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #470

It is Thursday and time for the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge. This week we have great sketch.


This was a perfect sketch to use my new stamp set and thinlits, the Climbing Orchid bundle.  I always knew I would get this bundle.  When I first saw the catalog and saw this stamp set it reminded me of my Mom. My Mom loved orchids and she grew beautiful ones.  There was always a pot of blooming orchids in the house.   My paper orchids are the best I can do since I did not inherit her green thumb.  


I made these orchids out of card stock vellum and embossed them with my custom glitter/embossing powder mix known as Glittery Goodness.  It is very important when you emboss vellum that you first rub it with the Embossing Buddy.  The Embossing Buddy helps prevent stray grains of embossing powder from sticking where you don't want it to.  


Here is a close up and I hope you can see some of the glitter on the petals.  It really is a pretty and very delicate look.  

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I hope you will join in the challenge.  Please head on over the the Create with Connie and Mary blog and be sure to check out what the other designers created with this sketch.

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Oh So Succulent and the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #455

Where has the week gone?  It is hard to believe it is already Thursday and time for the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge.   You know what else I have a hard time believing?  I have a hard time believing that the Oh So Succulent stamp set and Succulents Framelits are retiring!  Yes, it is true.   I know I haven't played with them nearly enough.   That is my way of telling you that you may be seeing this bundle a lot in the next few weeks.  

Here's the Create with Connie and Mary sketch for Challenge #455.


 I am also going to miss the Succulent Garden DSP.  I am especially fond of the Sweet Sugarplum gingham check. I stamped lots of different succulents using the same colors that are in the DSP.  It was fun mixing and matching and creating my own little succulent arrangement.

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Did you know it is easy to play along with the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge?  Go to the Create with Connie and Mary blog for all the details and be sure to check out what the other members of the Design team created.   I know you will be inspired by all their creativity!  


Cake Crazy and the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #454

It's Thursday and time for the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge.  This week it is a color challenge.  


I wanted to use the adorable Cake Crazy stamp set from the Occasions Catalog.  This stamp set allows you to create and decorate the cake of your dreams without having to dirty a single dish.   This stamp set will not be carried over to the upcoming annual catalog so if you need to order it soon.

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I am sure going to miss the polka dot DSP that was a part of the Designer Paper stacks.  The DSP stacks are retiring and the last time I checked were still available.  I did notice that the Brights stack were marked as "Low Inventory".  

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Be sure to check out what the other members of the Create with Connie and Mary Design Team made for this challenge.  I hope you will be inspired to join in and play along with this color challenge.  You can get all the details at the Create with Connie and Mary blog

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