Birthday cards

Sweet Strawberry Birthday

Yesterday I shared with you a treat box made using the Love You Always Treat Box and the Sweet Strawberry bundle.  This card coordinates with the box.  

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The True Love DSP is one of my favorite patterned paper packs.  I love a simple black and white print.  One of these days I will make a card using the floral prints.  I made a simple frame using the Stitched So Sweetly dies with a Stitched Rectangle die centered inside and arranged the strawberries, leaves , and flowers down one side.  

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The sentiment is also from the Sweet Strawberry set and is heat embossed using White Stampin' Emboss powder

Thank you for stopping by and hope you liked today's simple strawberry birthday card.

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Darling Donkeys & the Flower & Field DSP

Just one week left of the 2021 Jan-Feb Sale-A-Bration.  For the next week I will be focusing on projects that use Sale-A-Bration products.  Today's card uses the Darling Donkeys and the Flower & Field DSP.  

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I used the Curvy dies to cut the Basic Black card base and the Flower & Field DSP.   The 2 sections are then connected with the circles and the Darling Donkey.  This kicking cutie was colored using Stampin' Blends.   I cut a cute little bow using the Special Days dies, wanted to dress him up a little bit.

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Inside the gap between the top and bottom, I stamped another sentiment from the Darling Donkeys set.  

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The Flower &  Field DSP is another great Sale-A-Bration choice.  I've used this paper a lot and honestly it looks great just mixed and matched with a sentiment.  

Time for me to go and get ready for my team's Crafternoon!  We are meeting on Zoom and we will be crafting together.  We have 3 projects and I  know what one of them looks like cause I am presenting it but the other 2 are surprises.  It is going to be a fun time.  If you have ever thought about joining Stampin' Up! this is a great time to do it.  In addition to the already generous Starter Kit ($99 and you choose $125 in product), you will receive 5 packs of  6" x 6" Designer Series Paper that will be in the next catalog.  Pretty sweet deal!  Let me know if you have any questions, I would love to talk with you about becoming a demonstrator.

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Darling Donkeys Pocket Card

Thursday means it is time for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge!  This week the challenge is a sketch.  

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I turned the sketch and came up with this using 3 Sale-A-Bration choices, Darling Donkeys, Flower & Field DSP, and Approaching Perfection.  

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This is just a variation of a fold I have been doing.  Here is a link to a tutorial.    I turned  the card on its side, so the "card" pulls out either from the top or bottom of the DSP holder.  This is just a little change but I was proud of myself for doing it.   I don't often think beyond the template and miss out on trying something new and fresh.

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I fussy cut the donkey and mounted him on a mini wobble so he can kick up his heels.  I found the mini wobble on Amazon.  It is still a little too big to completely fit behind the donkey so I did a little trimming and it is mostly  hidden.   Even with the wobble, the donkey lays flat enough to fit into an envelope and can be easily mailed.

I used 2 different die sets to create the label.  The So Saffron label is from the Stitched Nested Labels and the Pool Party label is from the All Dressed Up dies.   The little white flower was punched using the Confetti Flowers border punch.   The cute ribbon is the 1/4" Bumble Bee Gingham.

Hope you liked my take on the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #CCMC651. Be sure to check out what the rest of the design team created for this challenge.  Remember, Sale-A-Bration ends February 28th!  

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Blossoms in Bloom and Oh So Ombre DSP

I have been playing around using the Oh So Ombre DSP, which is one of the  Sale-A-Bration choices.  Did you know Oh So Ombre is, so far the most redeemed Sale-A-Bration choice?  Are you surprised?  One of the things I like about the DSP is that it does the coloring work for me.  I played with the DSP using the Wild Roses stamp(you can see it here) which got me thinking about other ways to use the DSP. 

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The Blossoms in Bloom bundle is a great one to use to play with color.  This combination of Basic Black, Basic White and Rococo Rose is bold and strong.  The Oh So Ombre DSP is such a pretty background for the flowers and leaves. 

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Here I paired the Rococo Rose Oh So Ombre with Basic Gray, and Basic White  This combination of colors, Rococo Rose and Basic Gray is a little softer.  Which do you like better?  

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Pretty Perennials Birthday

The past few days have been windy and wet which has me longing for some sunshine.  I cannot travel to the sunshine so I am going to have to be content to make some.  This week's Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #CCMC646 is a color challenge and it was perfect combination to use for a bright and cheery card.

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What do you think?  Does it look like spring to you?  The colors are Flirty Flamingo, Merry Merlot and Old Olive.  I used the super cute stamp set/bundle, Pretty Perennials, which is Dena Rekow's Million Dollar stamp set.  I love the pretty flowers and leaves.  They look like they are water colored  and there are so many ways to arrange them.  You know what I really like?  I really like "happy".  I wish there were a die to cut that out but  since there isn't I am glad it isn't too difficult to fussy cut out.  

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I embossed the Basic White CS using the Tasteful Textile embossing folder and I am sure I do not have to tell you how much I like this particular folder.  

Hope you liked this little bit of sunshine from my stamp room!  Be sure to check out what the other members of the Create with Connie & Mary Design team created for the challenge.  

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In Bloom Bundle

The first Festive Friday Challenge of 2021 and it is a sweet one.  

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Who knew there was an Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day?!  I have eaten lots of different things for breakfast but so far I don't think I have ever had ice cream,  maybe I need to try it.  Hmmm, it is dairy and if I put a cherry on top that is fruit, right?

How do you play along with the Festive Friday Challenge?  It really is easy.  Check out the Inspo list which was inspired by the festivity, Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day. Pick 3 of the items on the Inspo list and create a project using those items.  Post your creation to the Festive Friday gallery and you are entered.  There are some rules to the challenge and you can see them here.  

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I chose from the Inspo list to use Pink, Brown and Dry Embossing.  Yes, it is totally okay not to use an  ice cream image on your project.  

I love the look of stripes and florals. I cut some 1/2" strips of Early Espresso CS to make my own striped paper.  The flowers were cut from Flirty Flamingo and Blushing Bride CS using the Pierced Blooms dies.  These dies are one of my favorites from the 2021 January-June Mini Catalog.  I love the look of the piercing on the flowers and leaves.  The sentiment is from the In Bloom stamp set.  You can buy the stamp set and the Pierced Blooms stamp set separately or together aka a bundle.   When you bundle you also receive a 10% discount.  

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I used a new embossing folder called Painted Texture 3D Embossing folder.  Doesn't it look so realistic?  This folder will be used a lot in my crafting.  It adds texture and interest without taking over the other elements.  Check out the centers of the flowers.  They are the new Opal Rounds.   They have an opalescent shine and gleam .  

For more inspiration, be sure to visit the rest of the  Festive Friday Challenge Design team.

Ann Schach

Beth McCullough

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert you are here

Melanie Hungerford

Helen Jennings

Stephanie Lanzalotto

Melva Peters

Judy Rozema

A list of all the supplies I used on today's project is listed below with links to where you can purchase them.  Thank you for stopping by!

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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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