Birthday cards

Painted Glass Clean and Simple

I am in a clean and simple card making mode.  There is nothing difficult about these card.  The hardest thing is getting the sentiment straight and I used the Stamparatus so even that was a cinch.

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The sentiment is from the Soft Sayings card kit.  I used the same sentiment on all these cards.  Using the Stamparatus is great, once I had the sentiment  positioned I could use it on all the cards.  The butterflies were colored using the Old Olive Stampin' Blends (light and dark) and the Pool Party Blends (light and dark).

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I covered the butterflies with Fine-Tip Glue pen to create the shiny and slightly dimensional look of the butterflies.  

The roses were colored using the Old Olive Stampin' Blends (light and dark) and the Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blends (light and dark)

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The birds were colored using the Pool Party Blends (light and dark) and the dark Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blends.

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It is hard to see that there is a layer of Wink of Stella on each bird.   You could easily package these cards in an Acetate Card box.   The cards are quick and easy to make and would be a great gift.

 

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Beautiful Bouquet Birthday

Beautiful Bouquet stamp set and the coordinating Bouquet Bunch framelits are some of my favorite returning products.  Today I have paired them up with some of my new favorites,  the Delicate Lace Edgelits and the 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper.

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I started by cutting a base of stems in Mossy Meadow and then adding the different flowers to create my bouquet.  All the flowers are Whisper White card stock stamped or sponged in Bermuda Bay, Blushing Bride, or So Saffron.   Once the flowers were attached I added additional leaves in Mossy Meadow.

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The card base is Crumb Cake card stock.  I used the Neutrals stack of 6" x 6" DSP for the striped layer and the lacy polka dot border.  Having the 6" x 6" Designer Series packs is a must have.  No matter what color you choose, you will have coordinating DSP when you purchase these paper packs.  The sentiment is from the Varied Vases stamp set.  Love that  font!

 

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Painted Glass Sunday

I have always loved the look of stained glass.  I was pretty excited to see the Painted Glass suite.   

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I colored in this panel from the Graceful Glass 6" x  6" vellum using Stampin' Blends and then embossed the panel using Clear embossing powder.  This gave the panel a shiny glass like look.  Using the Stained Glass thinlits I cut out a frame to place over the vellum.  I layered the panel on Pool Party card stock to accentuate the stained glass panel.   Isn't the sentiment beautiful?  I love the mix of the fonts. 

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Hope you are having a wonderful Sunday.  Let me know if you have any questions about this card, stamping, or Stampin' Up!  I would love to help you.

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Goodbye Garden in Bloom

Another stamp set that I am sad to see retire is Garden in Bloom.   This is a great set to show off Two-Step stamping.

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Sweet Soiree Pocket Card and Tutorial

At long last I have a tutorial for the pocket/envelope card I shared on this post.  Let me first show you the card we will be making together.

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  1. Cut a piece of Marina Mist cs 4-1/4" x 11" and score it at 5-1/2". Cut on the diagonal from the top of the score line to the bottom corner. AstheInkDriespocket1
  2. Cut a piece of Sweet Soiree Specialty DSP 4-5/8" x 6".  Cut on the diagonal and score along one side at 1/2". AstheInkDriespocket2  
    Fold on the score line and snip off the piece of DSP that extends over the edge of the diagonal.  AstheInkDriespocket3
  3. Apply Tear and Tape to the edge of the DSP and secure it to the edge of the Marina Mist cs.  Place a strip of Tear and Tape along the bottom edge of the Marina Mist cs.                                                                                           AstheInkDriespocket4
  4. Fold the Marina Mist cs over the Tear and Tape.  Place a strip of Tear and Tape along the bottom edge of the  inside of the Sweet Soiree DSP. AstheInkDriespocket5                                                                                                            Secure the DSP down over the Marina Mist cs.  You now have the pocket for your card.
  5.  Cut a 3-7/8" x 5-3/8" Marina Mist cs piece and a 3-3/4" x 5-1/4" Whisper White piece for the inside card.  AstheInkDriespocketinside
  6. Decorate the front of the pocket.   If you are wondering, I cut out the cake from one of the papers in the Sweet Soiree DSP.                                               AstheInkDriespocketside     

 

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If you have any questions please feel free to leave me a comment.  This is a fun card to make and to show off some of the beautiful Designer Series Paper that Stampin' Up! has to offer.  

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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.

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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.  

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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!

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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?  

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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?

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

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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.  

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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.  

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.  

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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?

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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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