Birthday cards

Happiest of Birthdays

Taking a little break from holiday cards to make a birthday card.  I love this big birthday sentiment from the Happiest of Birthdays stamp set.  This was card was made for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.

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This was a color challenge and the first idea that came to mind was to use panels of the colors behind the big sentiment.  It might be a little hard to see in the picture, each panel of color was embossed with a different embossing folder.  The Bumblebee panel was embossed using the Tasteful Textile 3D folder.  The Terracotta Tile panel was embossed using the Dainty Diamond 3D folder and the Rich Razzleberry panel was embossed using the Subtle 3D folder.  I liked the little extra texture and interest the embossing added.

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A few heart balloons were added to the front of the card.  The balloons are from the Special Someone stamp set and cut out using the Special Day dies.  A little bow tied from the Bumblebee Gingham ribbon was added to tie the balloons together.   The three rhinestones were colored with a Rich Razzleberry Stampin Blend to add a little bling to the card.

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A peek inside shows a few more balloons.  It is always nice to decorate the inside of the card as well as the envelopes.  Be sure to check out what the rest of the Create with Connie & Mary design team created for this challenge.  

You will see a full list of what products were used to make this card listed below.  Thanks again for stopping by!

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Quite Curvy Bundle in Soft Sea Foam

Back with another sample using the Quite Curvy bundle and yes, they are available to purchase now!  Here's a link to the flyer for all the information about this bundle, the Curvy Christmas stamp set, and the Classic Christmas DSP.

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I started with Soft Sea Foam card base-4-1/2" x 11" scored at 5-1/2".  I embossed the front panel using the Tasteful Textile Embossing folder.  Using the Curvy dies I cut along the front edge.  The leaf image from the Quite Curvy stamp set was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento pad on Whisper White CS and colored using Soft Sea Foam, Mint Macaron, Just Jade, and Shaded Spruce Stampin' Blends.  The leaves were cut out using the Curvy Dies.   The leaves were a little too long for the front of the card so i did a little bit of pruning to make it fit and attached to the front using Stampin' Dimensionals.  Three little birds were stamped using the Tuxedo Black Memento pad and then colored with Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blends,  Each bird was cut out using the Curvy Dies and attached to the card using Mini Stampin' Dimensionals.
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Three Whisper White flowers were added to the leaves.  The flowers were punched using the Confetti Flowers Builder punch.  In the center of each flower, a dot from the Playing with Patterns Resin Dots was attached.  The birthday sentiment was added from the Quite Curvy stamp set.  

The Quite Curvy bundle (Quite Curvy stamp set and the Curvy Dies) will  also be available in the upcoming January-June 2021 Mini Catalog but you can get them now.  The Curvy Christmas stamp set and the Classic Christmas 6" x 6" DSP will only be available during this promotion and while supplies last.  

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you liked today's project!

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Quite Curvy Bundle

Here's a little sneak peek of a bundle that will be available starting November  3rd.  It is called the the Quite Curvy bundle.  This bundle will be featured in the January-June 2021 Mini Catalog, but starting November 3 you can get it before the official release.  In addition you can also purchase the Curvy Christmas stamp set (available November 3 until January 4) and the Classic Christmas 6" x 6" DSP.  

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The card base is Flirty Flamingo.  Before the edge was cut, the front was embossed using the Dainty Diamond 3D folder.  Here I used one of the curved edge dies to create the fun curve and punched out circle edge.  The flowers were stamped twice and cut out to create the beautiful garland.  The garland was colored using Old Olive and Flirty Flamingo Stampin' Blends.The cute little bird in the middle covers up where the 2 garlands meet.  There are 3 bird images and coordinating dies in the bundle and on this sample I used 2 of the birds.  

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Four of the six sentiments in the  Quite Curvy stamp set are curved which is fun and adds an extra bit of whimsy. The little birds were colored using Pool Party Stampin' Blends and finished with Wink of Stella.  Interspersed among the flowers and leaves are Gold Metallic Pearls.  

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This little bird decorates the bottom of the card and also acts to help keep the card closed.  The front edge slips in behind the bird's head and is easily released to open the card.

Check out the flyer for more information about the Curvy Celebrations products.

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Special Someone Birthday

It is Thursday and time for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge project.  This week the challenge is a color challenge.  I had cardstock swatches of the colors on my desk for like a week trying to figure this one out.  

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Can you guess the color combination, I sure hope so!  It is Basic Gray, Bumblebee, and Pumpkin Pie.  When it was all done I realized these colors do look good together but at first the Basic Gray really threw me off. 

I looked through my stamp sets many times trying to figure out what to make.  I finally decided on the Special Someone stamp set.  I just love this little raccoon and knew he would look good in Basic Gray.  I stamped him in Basic Gray for the outline and  stamped off once to stamp the fur.   I decided to make this a birthday card so I added the balloons in the challenge colors.  The balloon strings and balloons were die cut using the Special Day dies.

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The sentiment is from the Zoo Globe stamp set.  There is something about this font I really like and it was the right size for the little tag. from the Stitched So Sweetly dies.  Little Bumblebee stars were added from the All the Trimmings Embellishments.  I thought the stars added a little more visual interest.  The plaid DSP is from the Plaid Tidings DSP pack and is on sale until the end of the month for 15% off. 

Thank you for for stopping by and I have a list below of all the products I used.

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Blossoms in Bloom Birthday

It is Friday and time for another fun Festive Friday Challenge!  This time the Inspo List is inspired by  National Simplicity Day!  What does this mean to you?  Check out the Inspo List and choose 3 things to use on your project and post it in the Festive Friday blog gallery!  Here's the Inspo List.

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Lots of fun things on this list!  I chose Stitching, Birthday theme and Floral theme.  Surprised?  Me too!  I was all set to do the B & W with a pop of color cause that is usually my jam but wait I guess I kind of did do that.  I will let you be the judge.

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It is hard to see but the Basic Black layer does have a stitched edge and so does the sentiment.  You can see the floral and birthday theme but where is the white?

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There it is!  Okay, this might be pushing what is really meant by b&w and a pop of color.  Magenta Madness definitely is a happy pop of color and it is still my favorite new In Color but to be fair I haven't used the other colors as much.  

Guess what?! I have a tutorial for you with all the measurements and supplies.  CLICK HERE!

Thanks for stopping by and I  hope you play along with the Festive Friday Challenge #FF62.  I love seeing what your creations in the gallery!

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Stampers Dozen Blog Hop...Going, Going, Gone!

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Welcome to the Stampers Dozen Blog Hop!  Today on the hop we are focusing on the Retiring Products list for the 2019-20 Annual Catalog and the the 2020 January-June Mini Catalog. 

I chose to use the retiring products  Bonanza Buddies bundle and the Birthday Bonanza Designer Series Paper  from the 2020 January -June  Mini Catalog. I also used the the Well Written dies which are not retiring.

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What do you think?  I love that the cute little animals are holding the words.  All the animals were cut out using the Bonanza dies from the Birthday Bonanza DSP!   Super cute and easy to do.  The balloons were also cut out from the DSP and placed on a stamped and fussy cut bunch of strings from the Bonanza Buddies set.  The presents in the back were also stamped and cut out.   I cannot call this fussy cutting since they are basically just rectangles.

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Here are the basic details of this fold.  The main card base piece measures 5" x 10-1/2" scored at 1-1/4", 2-1/2", 4-1/4", 6", 8-1/4".  I used the Thick Whisper White cardstock for the base to make it a little sturdier.  As long as you  keep the height of the card below 4-1/4" it will fit in an A-2 envelope.

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Here is the list of all the stops on the Stampers Dozen 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 – Stamping with Rachel
  7. Debbie Naylor – Unfrogettable Stamping
  8. Bonnie O'Neill – Bonnie Stamped
  9. Laura Milligan – I’d Rather BEE Stampin’
  10. BJ Peters – StampinBJ

Thank you for stopping by!  Remember retiring items are only available while supplies last.  If you do not have a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, I would love to have the opportunity to be yours!.  

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What's New at SU!..April Blog Hop

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Welcome to the What's New at SU! Blog Hop!  We are a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrator from around the world who are hoppin’ to share some  fun and exciting ideas. Today we will featuring products from the 2020 January-June Mini Catalog.

One of my first purchases from the 2020 Jan-June Mini Catalog was the products from the Clubhouse  suite.  This suite is just perfect for  my family.  Most of the men in our family golf or at least try to.  I am sad to say that I haven't played with this set very much so it was my first choice for today's blog hop project.

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It was so much fun creating this bridge card ( I think that is the right name for this fold) using the Clubhouse bundle and the Country Club DSP.  This is a pretty simple fun fold which allows you more time to play around with how to decorate it.

  • Night of Navy CS (card base) 4-1/4" x 8" scored at 1-1/4", 2-1/2", 5-1/2", 6-3/4"
  • Night of Navy CS (bridge) 1-1/4" x 5-1/2"
  • DSP pattern #1  cut 2 @ 1-1/8" x 4-1/8" (front 2 panels)
  • DSP pattern #2 cut 2 @ 1-1/8" x 4-1/8" and 1-1/8" x 5-3/8" (inside panels and bridge)
  • DSP pattern #3 cut 1 @ 2-3/4" x 3-3/8" (center design)
  • Whisper White CS cut 1 2-3/4" x 4" (back of card to write a note)

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Here's a birdseye view of the fold.  The center DSP panel was colored using Mint Macaron Combo, Crumb Cake Light, Balmy Blue Light and So Saffron Light Stampin' Blends.  In retrospect I think this was supposed to be a water hazard.   I saw it as a sandtrap, a might big sandtrap!

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What is really nice about this card style is that it folds up nicely to mail.  

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It fits nicely in a Stampin' Up! medium envelope (A-2).  I love that it sits up nice to be displayed and is also easily mailed.  

Hope you can use this idea!  Now it is time for you to see what the talented Jackie Lawless has created for you!

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If you have just come from that direction check out what the creative Tricia Butts has made for you!

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Here's a list of all the stops on the hop! 

Anke Heim- Scraphexe

Cheryl Hamilton- Create with Cheryl

Tricia Butts- Tricia’s Stamping Creations

Sharon Burkert- As the Ink Dries

Jackie Lawless- Stamping Jack

Joyce Whitman- StampinScrapper

Diane Browning- 247inkspiration

Heather Cooper- Playing with Paper Crafting

Pat Ertman- Gifted Hands Ink

Brenda Copper- Stamping with the Copper Cropper

Mary Ann Rossiter- StampinMak

Loni Spendlove- Creative Juice by Loni

Enjoy the hop!

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Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop...Spring has Sprung!

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Welcome to the Stamper's Dozen April Blog Hop... Spring has Sprung!

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Yes, I am using the Forever Blossoms bundle again!  Before  Covid 19  started, we made plans to go to Japan to see the cherry blossoms.  I have been to Japan but never in the spring. In fact if all had gone according to plan we would be just getting ready to return home.  Needless to say we didn't go so instead I have to satisfy myself by stamping a lot with my Forever Blossoms stamp set and the Cherry Blossoms Dies. 

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In addition to coloring the flowers using Stampin' Blends I inked the entire image with VersaMark ink and heat embossed it using a custom mix of clear embossing powder and Dazzling Diamonds glitter (i start with equal parts and adjust from there).  I call this mix Glittery Goodness.  Lots of sparkle and very little shedding of glitter.  

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Stamper's Dozen April 2020 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 – Stamping with Rachel
  7. Debbie Naylor – Unfrogettable Stamping
  8. Bonnie O'Neill – Bonnie Stamped
  9. Laura Milligan – I’d Rather BEE Stampin’
  10. BJ Peters – StampinBJ

Enjoy the hop!

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On to Adventure

Time for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge!  This week we have a color challenge.

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I haven't played with the On to Adventure stamp set in quite a while and knew that it would be fun to color my favorite character from the stamp set using these colors.

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I did a little masking and have her holding balloons instead of her suitcase.  The balloons are from the Special Someone set and cut out using the Special Days dies.  The Special Days dies are part of the Coordination Product Release and like Sale-A-Bration will end March 31.  I have had so much fun with the set and the coordinating dies.

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The sentiment is from the For the Love of Felt stamp set which coordinates with the For the Love of Felt Project kit.  The For the Love of Felt Project kit is one of my favorite kits.  The cards you make are so pretty and you can choose to make them exactly like the kit directs or do your own thing.  A kit may be just what you need during this time of social distancing.  You can order it and other paper crafting supplies directly from my online store and have it delivered to your home.  

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Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop...Final Days of Sale-A-Bration

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Welcome to the March Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop!  We are still Sale-A-Brating with Sale-A-Bration!  

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Earlier in March 5 new Sale-A-Bration products were released.  I used 2 of the 5 products that were released, the Flowering Foils Specialty DSP and the So Very Vellum Specialty DSP.  I also used a die from the Ornate Layers Dies which is part of the Ornate Garden Suite,  an early release from the upcoming annual catalog.  Products from this suite will be available starting April 1, it is a beautiful suite of products, definitely something to look forward to!

The flowers from the Flowering Foils Specialty DSP were colored using Pool Party and Bermuda Bay Stampin' Blends.  These flowers for the most part are pretty easy to cut out and the parts that were a little fiddly, I chopped off.  The sentiment is another Sale-A-Bration choice, Sending You Thoughts (from original SAB release).  The card base is the Pool Party So Very Vellum Specialty DSP.  

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I also lined the inside of the front to hide the adhesive.  Adhesive and vellum can be a little tricky, so if the adhesive shows through I cover it up with some cardstock.  I chose a Stitched Rectangle die that was smaller than the Ornate Layer die.  Love that you can see some of the pretty details of the ornate Layer die from the inside of the card too!

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This sentiment is also from the Sending You Thoughts Sale-A-Bration stamp set.  I really like when sentiment sets include a saying for the inside too!

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Here is the list of all the stops on the Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop.

 

Stamper's Dozen March 2020 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 – Stamping with Rachel
  7. Debbie Naylor – Unfrogettable Stamping
  8. Bonnie O'Neill – Bonnie Stamped
  9. Kelly Acheson – A Stamp Above
  10. Laura Milligan – I’d Rather BEE Stampin’
  11. BJ Peters – StampinBJ

Thanks for stopping by, enjoy the Hop and stamp on!

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Thanks so much for stopping by today! All of the products I used on this card are listed below. You can click on any of the photos to go directly to my Stampin’ Up!® online store

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