Birthday cards

Band Together Bundle

Today's card is a little different than my usual style.  It is always good to try something different.

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What do you think?  Pretty shocking that there isn't a single flower on this card.  

I die cut 4-1/2  labels and did a little surgery on them and cut off the bands.  AstheInkDries-BandTogether-whiteside

On one of the labels I stamped the sentiment and fit it back in to the card.  I attached some gold Metallic Pearls on to the card.  So, what do you think?  

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This has got to be the smallest supply list for one of my cards.  

Hope you are enjoying the spotlight on the Band Together bundle.  

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Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop...Color Your World

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Thanks for stopping by for the Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop!  This month we are hopping a week later than usual.  Our theme this month is Color Your World.

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I decided to use the beautiful Band Together bundle for my project.   I realize my card is not the most colorful one I could have made but it is one that uses a coloring technique that I am having a lot of fun with.  I am terrible with the names of techniques (and folds) so let me just tell you how to do it instead.  

Stamp your image using VersaMark ink on colored cardstock.  I used Crumb Cake card stock.  Color in the petals with a Chalk Marker.  In the past I have used watercolor pencils to color the image but I thought I would try coloring with Stampin' Blends and it works too!  I used Calypso Coral, Mango Melody, and Flirty Flamingo Blends to do the coloring.

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I also used the new Scripty 3-D folder to emboss the front of the card.  This is another must have embossing folder.   It adds just a little bit of interest and texture just like the Subtle folder.  All the rest of the die cuts and label are part of the Band Together bundle.  

Here's the list of the other stops on the Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop.  Enjoy!

Stamper's Dozen July 2019 Blog Hop

  1. Patty Chenail – Stamp-Patty’s - Stamping in My Flops
  2. Judy Garza – Creativity Released
  3. Sharon Hashimoto Burkert – As the Ink Dries
  4. Carol Payne – Carol Payne Stamps
  5. Joanne Cantrell – Keep It Simple, Stampers
  6. Rachel Yurkanin – Rachel’s Stamping Place
  7. Debbie Naylor – Unfrogettable Stamping
  8. Bonnie O'Neill – Bonnie Stamped
  9. Laura Milligan – I’d Rather BEE Stampin’
  10. BJ Peters – StampinBJ

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Remember July Bonus Days!  

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Celebrate with Cake for the Festive Friday Challenge #FF0037

Have you seen the Experience Creativity brochure?  It is a new Stampin' Up! brochure that focuses on kits and quick & easy stamping.  I think  this new brochure is great.  In it there is are 3 exclusive stamp sets.  I used one of the stamp sets  for my card today for the Festive Friday Challenge #FFF0037.

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The stamp set is called Celebrate with Cake.  It is filled with simple, bold images  and sentiments too.

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So cute!  The card I made for the #FF0037 Challenge involves some fussy cutting (really not very fussy) and the Bird Ballad Designer Series paper.  In the brochure there are lots of samples of adorable cards that are one layer note cards with just stamps and ink.  I will be making some of those and sharing them.

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I have prepared a tutorial for you if you would like to make this card.  Click here for the measurements, supplies, and directions!

I hope you will join in the fun and create something for the #FF0037 Challenge!  I would love to see your entry in the Festive Friday gallery!

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Beautiful Friendship for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge

Ready for another Create with Connie & Mary Challenge?  This week it is a sketch challenge.

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I saw this sketch and thought it was the perfect time to use Beautiful Friendship.  

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Beautiful Friendship is a great stamp set, perfect for a new stamper as well as an avid stamper.  Beautiful images and great sentiments all in one set.  In addition I used the  Band Together bundle.   This was another must have  for me.  You will be seeing a lot more of these bands in the future.  On today's card I used the band as a label.  The sentiment is also from the Band Together stamp set.

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Be sure to stop by the Create with Connie & Mary blog and check out what the other members of the design team created for this challenge.

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Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop...Sale-A-Bration Coordination

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Welcome to the Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop!  This month's theme is Sale-A-Bration Coordination products. On my card today I am using 2 of the Sale-A-Bration Coordination products, the More Than Words stamp set and the Four Season Framelits.   I am using 3 Sale-A-Bration choices, Painted Seasons bundle, Country Floral Dynamic TIEF, and the Painted Seasons DSP.

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This is a gate fold card with a belly band using the Painted Seasons DSP and the Painted Seasons stamp set in Poppy Parade and Grapefruit Grove ink.  The Painted Season DSP is SO pretty and versatile.  The problem with the Painted Seasons pack of paper is that it is hard to chose which side of the paper to use,  both sides are great!  I am so happy that Stampin' Up! is offering it as a Sale-A-Bration choice.  Now you can get an extra pack or 2 of just the Painted Seasons DSP.  All of the flowers and leaves were cut out using the Four Seasons framelits.

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This is what the card looks like after you take off the belly band.  I used the gorgeous Country Floral Dynamic TIEF.  This is one beautiful embossing folder and you can get it FREE during Sale-A-Bration with a $50 purchase.  The sentiment is from the More Than Words stamp set from the Sale-A-Bration Coordination release.  This stamp set has great sentiments that can be used with or without a Sale-A-Bration stamp set.   Take a closer look at the "wishes".  There are 2 stamps in the More Than Words set one that says "wishes" and the other looks like the bottom half of wishes.  I first stamped wishes in Grapefruit Grove ink and then stamped over it in Poppy Parade.  Love how it turned out.

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Now it is an easel card!  Fun huh?  I like the little surprise of the hidden easel.  I think this would also be cute as a picture frame.  Instead of putting a sentiment in the circle, a picture would be so cute.  

Hope you enjoyed today's project.  Here is a list of all the stops on the blog hop!  

 

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Stamper's Dozen March 2019 Blog Hop

  1. Patty Chenail – Stamp-Patty’s (Stamping in My Flops)
  2. Joanne Cantrell – Keep It Simple, Stampers
  3. Judy Garza – Creativity Released
  4. Bonnie O'Neill – Bonnie Stamped
  5. Carol Payne – Carol Payne Stamps
  6. Sharon Hashimoto Burkert – As the Ink Dries
  7. Debbie Naylor – Unfrogettable Stamping
  8. BJ Peters – StampinBJ

Be sure to check out all the stops on the hop for more great ideas!

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Butterfly Gala & the Needlepoint Nook DSP

Today's card was inspired by this card I made for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #550.   The Butterfly Duet punch is unfortunately not available right now but it looks like it will be soon (April 1, no fooling!).

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I used the Needlepoint Nook DSP.  Have you checked out this pack of paper?  I love this pack of paper.  Both sides of the paper have great designs and they coordinate so well together.  

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The sentiment I used on the front of the card is from the Needle & Thread stamp set.  Did you see the faux stitching below the sentiment?  That is from the Needlepoint Elements framelits.  If you are a regular reader of my blog (thank you!) you know I am a big fan of these dies.  I have certainly gotten my use out of them.  You can see some other samples here, here, here,  and here.

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Inside of my card I added a strip of DSP (hate to waste those little strips), a sentiment from the Needle & Thread stamp set and the sweet little butterflies.  

Starting with a sketch or a color combination really helps me to get started stamping.  Try it next time you are in need of a little creative assistance.  

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Painted Seasons, More Than Words, & the Country Floral TIEF

Today's card for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge features 2 Sale-A-Bration sets and 2 Sale-A-Bration Coordination framelit!  This week's challenge is a color challenge featuring Mossy Meadow, Petal Pink and Fresh Fig.

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The beautiful embossed design was created by using the Country Floral Dynamic TIEF (Textured Impressions Embossing folder).   This is one lovely embossing folder!  The sentiment is from the More Than Words stamp set which is part of the Sale-A-Bration Coordination offering.  This stamp set has great sentiments that coordinate so well with the Sale-A-Bration stamp sets.

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The flowers and leaves are from the Painted Seasons stamp  set which is part of the Painted Seasons bundle.  This stamp set has a coordinating set of framelits, Four Season Framelit Dies which is part of the Sale-A-Bration Coordination products.   I inked all of the flowers in Petal Pink ink but the middle flower I also used the "rock n roll" technique.  After I inked the stamp in Petal Pink ink, I rolled the outer edge of the stamp in Fresh Fig ink.  To add a little bling I placed a Petal Pink Rhinestone Gem in the center of each flower.  

Do you like this color combination as much as I do?  If you want even more inspiration be sure to check out what the other members of the design team created for this challenge.

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Painted Season DSP Panel Card and tutorial

The Painted Season Designer Series Paper is one of my favorites!  Every design is great but I think this one might be my favorite.  

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Here's how to make this card.

Itty Bitty Birthday stamp set (Occasions catalog page 16)

Early Espresso ink pad

Early Espresso card stock 4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2", 3-3/4" x 4", scrap piece for labels

Poppy Parade card stock  4" x 5-1/4"

Whisper White card stock (inside of card) 4" x 5-1/4", scrap piece for labels

Painted Seasons DSP 3-3/8" x 4" cut into three 1-1/8" x 4" strips, 1/2" x 4" strip (optional)

Labels from the SAB Coordination Lily Framelit dies

Poppy Parade 1/4" Mini Striped Ribbon

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  1. Evenly space and adhere the DSP on the 3-3/4" x 4" Early Espresso card stock.
  2. Adhere the panel to the Poppy Parade card stock.
  3. Wrap the Poppy Parade ribbon around the bottom of the panel and tie a bow
  4. Stamp the sentiment from the Itty Bitty Birthday set in Early Espresso ink on a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock.
  5. Cut out the sentiment using the  small label in the Lily Framelit dies and the large label in Early Espresso card stock.  Using dimensionals attach them to the card.  Attach 2 gold Metallic Pearls. 
  6. Adhere the Whisper White card stock to the inside of the card.  Attach the strip of Painted Season DSP if desired.

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This quick and easy card is a great way to show off the beauty of the Painted Season DSP (Designer Series Paper).   The Painted Season DSP is available as part of a Level 2 (FREE with a $100 order) Sale-A-Bration bundle which includes the Painted Season stamp set and the Painted Season DSP.  You can also get an extra pack of the Painted Season DSP with a $50 order during Sale-A-Bration. 

March is the last month of Sale-A-Bration so be sure to contact me to place an order or you can also order through my online store.  You can click on the pictures below and it will take you to my store.  You don't want to miss out on all the fabulous Sale-A-Bration products!

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ICS Blog Hop Hello Cupcake

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Welcome to the Inspire, Create & Share Blog Hop!  This month the theme is Sale-A-Bration.  Sale-A-Bration starts on January 3 and runs until March 31, 2019.  During Sale-A-Bration you can choose  a free gift from the Sale-A-Bration brochure for every $50 (US dollars before shipping and tax) purchase.  This year  there are SO many great choices.  You can choose from stamp sets, specialty paper, dies, kits, DSP and embellishments.

It was a difficult trying to decide what to use for the blog hop. I finally decided on the Hello Cupcake stamp set and the Organdy Ribbon combo pack.

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January is a time I need to  replenish  my supply of birthday cards and the Hello Cupcake stamp set is perfect for that.  This 10 piece photopolymer set is a great mix of images and sentiments. Here I stamped it in Balmy Blue and So Saffron.  One of the reasons I chose this color combination is that I could add the cute little bow which was made from another Sale-A-Bration choice, the Organdy Ribbon Combo Pack.  This pack of ribbon has 1/4" organdy ribbon in 5 colors, Balmy Blue, Daffodil Delight, Grapefruit Gove, Highland Heather, and Lemon Lime Twist.  These colors also coordinate with the Gingham Gala 6" x 6" DSP in the Occasions catalog.  

If you need quick and cute birthday cards, the Hello Cupcake stamp set is a sweet choice!  Now it is time to hop on over to see what Cynthia at a Crowning Creation has created for you.

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If you are not currently working with a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and would like a copy of the Occasions and Sale-A-Bration brochures, please contact me and I would be happy to send them to you. 

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Blended Seasons...Hate to See You Go!

In just a few days the Blended Seasons stamp set , Stitched Seasons Framelits, and the Blended Seasons bundle  will no longer be available to purchase.  I have enjoyed playing with this bundle of products and if you have purchased it you know that it is a set that can be used and enjoyed all year long.   

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I am particularly fond of this gorgeous floral stamp.  The flowers are big and so fun to color.  On today's card I used the Watercolor Pencils Assortment 2 and an Aqua Painter to color in the image.  I am unsure what the future availability is for the Watercolor Pencils 2.  All I can say for sure is that they might be available in the future but if you like to color I would advise you to get them now.   I used the Night of Navy, Gorgeous Grape, and Crushed Curry  pencils to color in the flowers and Garden Green to color in the leaves.  All of these colors are available in the new Assortment 2.  

Remember that Bonus Days will also be ending soon too!  What are Bonus Days?  In August for every $50 purchase you will get a $5 coupon that you can use in September.  

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Not to be Missed, these fabulous August promotions

*Color Your Season-Limited edition bundle

*Bonus Days-Earn in August, Spend in September

*As the Ink Dries online Hostess Code special gift- Share What You Love Artisan Pearls

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