You might have thought the Basket Bunch Photopolymer Stamp Set was only for Easter or spring, but no! The bunny in the stamp set is just too cute and I think is perfect for a baby card! A baby card for a baby boy with bunnies just by adding some blue touches or pink for a girl…or whatever pleases you.
This easy card starts with a card base of Soft Suede Cardstock, layered with a piece of Soft Sky Cardstock. Of course you could use any color that you like or that goes with a theme of a party or baby shower or with a gift. Then on a piece of Whisper White Cardstock I randomly stamped the bunny in Soft Suede ink. I could have colored in every bunny, but of course that would be a lot of coloring! I thought it would be fun to just color one like a spotlight on one bunny!
To color the bunny, I used the Stampin’ Up! Watercolor Pencils. I love the Watercolor Pencils even from back in my early Stampin’ Up! days with the original watercolor pencils. These current Watercolor Pencils are even better because they are in Stampin’ Up! colors. Just color lightly with the pencils, then go over the coloring with a Blender Pen. This softens and blends the color. I love using the Blender Pens!
For a little greeting on the card, I turned to one of my most useful stamp sets, Teeny Tiny Wishes. I’m SO glad this stamp set is not retiring! I have used it a lot over the years that it has been out. I prefer the wood-mount set with small images like these small words and phrases. The greeting is stamped on Whisper White and punched with the Classic Label Punch. Now to make a layer, just adhere this greeting to a larger piece of Soft Suede and then cut around it ….or vice versa, cut the greeting piece smaller after punching out a layer of the Soft Suede Cardstock. For a little accent, I used the little hearts in the Subtles Enamel Shapes package. I believe the twine I used is retired but I had it in my stash!
There is only about a week left of the Retiring Products being available from Stampin’ Up! so don’t delay if there are products you want! Here is the math on the Basket Bunch Stamp Set and the Basket Builder Framelits Dies: Stamp set on sale for $16.80, Basket Builder Framelits Dies on sale $15.50 so the total for the stamp set and dies would be $32.30. The Basket Bunch Bundle actually costs $46.75 so in this case it would be cheaper to buy the stamp set and dies separately! Quite a savings for a stamp set that has a very useful and versatile basket stamp and die, flowers and dies, chicks, bunny and bow that can be used in SO many projects! As long as you can look up a product in the Online Store, it is still available, so that is a good way to check rather than look at the list or wonder.
I hope you enjoyed this way to use the bunny in the Basket Bunch Stamp Set to make a baby card for a baby boy or girl or maybe even just a young child’s birthday.
There are so many ways to use the Owl Punch by Stampin’ Up! and for those reasons I really hate to see the Owl Punch on the Retiring Products list. In looking back, I see that it has been around for many years, but the punch is so versatile I cannot believe that we will not have it available soon. If you do not already own the Owl Punch, I would urge you to grab one before they are gone. I’m sure most serious stampers already have one, but if you are new, you may not be famiiar with all the creativity this one punch affords.
The baby card I have posted above has been one of my most popular cards! All I did was punch out the portion on the Owl Builder Punch that would be the chest area of the owl. Yes, you can make baby clothes out of this piece of the Owl Punch! Click the link or the card photo above to go to the blog post for more information.
Here’s an anniversary card I made using the Owl Punch to make a couple of loving owls in silhouette! And I can’t tell you how many times I have punched those little hearts to use on various cards and projects!
The Owl Punch can also be used to make monsters for a birthday card! Just add some arms and scary faces! Click the link or the photo to go to my blog post for details.
If you have made a great project with the Owl Punch, click the “Leave a Reply” button at the top of this post and leave a comment! I’d love to hear!
These are just a few examples of ways to use the retiring Owl Builder Punch, and I can’t begin to tell you about all the creative ideas I have seen out there using the Owl Punch. Do a search online and you will find them. If you are so inspired, be sure to purchase the Owl Punch on the Retiring List before it goes away May 31.
Surely you have heard of the new baby giraffe the whole world has been watching and waiting for! I heard about it, but was not one who was constantly paying attention to the whole saga, but I did make a punch art card for the new baby giraffe! Apparently the baby giraffe was born in New York on Saturday, April 15. The little newborn baby giraffe is probably about 6 feet tall and likely would weigh about 100-150 pounds! Now that’s a baby!
While the New York giraffe made the headlines because the birth was live-streamed and millions of people watched, there was also a baby giraffe born in Houston, Texas several days before at the Houston Zoo! So it’s been a good month for baby giraffes!
To make my punch art new baby giraffe card I just used various circle punches, some retired, oval framelits, whatever I had. There are lots of examples of punch art animals online if you do a google search! I used the Owl Builder Punch for two sizes of the circles. I can’t believe the Owl Punch is retiring, it has been so useful over the years we’ve had it! There was no limit to what we could create with the Owl Punch. So be sure to grab one while they are still available!
The little piece of grass on the bottom of the card and the flower I happened to already have die cut from the Basket Builder Framelits Dies. The dies and Basket Bunch Stamp Set come in a Bundle, which is retiring as all Bundles are, but actually, since both items are on sale separately, it is a better deal to buy the stamp set and then buy the framelits, not in a Bundle!
I wanted some kind of greeting on the card, but I didn’t have much space left, so I came across the word “Celebrate…” in the Beautiful You Stamp Set so I used that. It fit perfectly in the space and was perfect since we are celebrating the births of baby giraffes!
Any time you need to celebrate something, even the birth of a giraffe in New York or in Houston, you can make a card for that! Isn’t stamping wonderful?!
Would you guess you could take a Christmas stamp set and make a baby card with it? Take a good look at your holiday stamp sets and see if you can get some other uses out of the stamps during the year before you put them away! For example, these Cookie Cutter Christmas bear baby cards are made with the bear in a Christmas stamp set and even with holiday or wintery designer paper. But if you don’t use the holiday patterns in the Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack, there are plenty of generic patterns you can use at other times. While the Cookie Cutter Christmas Stamp Set is obviously for the holidays, once you notice the cute bear stamp, face, and ears, you can see that you can use that stamped image for other occasions!
These cards are square, 4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″, with a Whisper White Thick Cardstock base. The designer papers are from the Warmth & Cheer Paper Stack. The bear is stamped on Whisper White and then the circle is cut out with the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies. Love these!! If you put them on your order now, even though they are backordered, you will be in line to get them sent to you as soon as they are available again. They have been so popular that Stampin’ Up! will have to turn the number off until they have sufficient supply again.
On the card on the left, I added a Flirty Flamingo scalloped circle layer die cut with the Layering Circles Framelits Dies. I also added a strip of Flirty Flamingo 3/8″ Ruched Ribbon across the middle of the card. The greeting is from the Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set. I added two In Color Enamel Dots because I LOVE these little dots!
The baby card on the right is very similar. I added a strip of 1/8″ Gold Ribbon underneath the banner greeting. That greeting is from the Better Together Stamp Set. Once I looked at these two cards side by side I noticed the word “Congratulations” looks exactly the same even though they are two separate greetings from two different stamp sets! Hmmm!
So look at your stamp sets a little diffferently and see if you can get even more use out of them that they seem intended! This is very difficult for me until I see someone else’s idea!
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I needed a baby card so I turned to the Something For Baby Stamp Set in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. If you look on page 59 you will see the sample that I copied. I loved the little stamp that looks like the stacking colored rings that I’m sure we all had for our babies to play with! However, I did use a greeting from a retired stamp set, Big News. I also used a piece of retired designer paper on the front of the card,
To make the ring stack, just color each ring with a different colored Stampin’ Write Marker. I used several Brights colors plus Crumb Cake. Just color with the markers but then breathe (huff) on the stamp before stamping to remoisten the ink. Then cut out with the Big Shot and the Baby’s First Framelits Dies. I popped it up on a Stampin’ Dimensional or two.
The little hearts are stamped from the Big News stamp set. I couldn’t resist using some of the Brights Enamel Shapes.
Don’t forget to use your Stampin’ Up! catalog for ideas and inspiration for your cards and projects! There are more ideas than you can possibly use! Even if you tried to follow each one, you would change it up some of the time and make something different. It’s an easy way to find ideas.
Make a Big News baby card for that new arrival with the Big News Stamp Set! It’s on the Stampin’ Up! retiring list so you only have a few weeks to order it. But this stamp set is not just for babies, it has greetings for several life events, such as birthdays and weddings, as well as good old “awesomeness”!
I hate to see this stamp set retire. It made me happy just to see it!
I used the Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper on this card so I used the colors that coordinate with the paper. The card base is Mint Macaron layered with Whisper White Card Stock. The words are stamped in Soft Suede ink.
I stamped the outlined words “Big News” right on a scrap of the Birthday Bouquet Paper with Stazon Black Ink so it wouldn’t bleed when I colored in the letters. You can stamp the whole stamp on a larger piece of designer paper and then cut it accordingly rather than trying to stamp it precisely. I cut the banner ends and then layered it on a piece of Watermelon Wonder card stock. You might not be able to tell from the photo, but I colored in the outline letters with the Mossy Meadow Marker from the 2014-16 In Color Stampin’ Write Markers. This set of markers is one of the retiring In Colors and the pack of markers is discounted, so be sure to check that out!
The baby booties are from the stamp set Something For Baby. I colored the stamp with two markers, Watermelon Wonder and Mint Macaron, and stamped and then cut out. I tied a small bow with Whisper White Baker’s Twine and adhered the booties to the ends of the twine. You can also get coordinating framelits for this baby stamp set in a bundle with the stamp set, the Something for Baby Bundle. Save 15% with the Bundle!
We always need more words and greetings for our stamping projects so check out the Big News Stamp Set (both the clear- and wood-mount stamp sets are discounted!) and see if you should add it to your Stampin’ Up! order, and make sure you get all the retiring accessories you want while they are still available.
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There’s a little bit of the new mixed in with the old on this baby shower card. The other day I had a fun afternoon stamping with a friend, and she wanted to make a baby shower card for a friend. Normally I would search online for at least 100 ideas and then look for 500 more just to be sure I had all the cutest ideas floating around in my head or one to copy. But this day, immediately the Something For Baby Stamp Set and the Baby’s First Framelits Dies popped into my head along with this cute paper, part of the English Garden Designer Series Paper. I love that simple but cute pattern on the paper! I think it reminds me of a comforter I bought for my daughter many moons ago.
The card base is Blushing Bride, which I seem to have used a lot recently! The Whisper White background is embossed with the Happy Hearts Embossing Folder. The baby onesie is diecut with the Baby’s First Framelits, as I mentioned before. The little hanger is stamped with a hanger stamp from the Something For Baby stamp set. The bow is the Melon Mambo 1/4″ Cotton Ribbon. The banner is from the new stamp set in the Occasions Catalog, Bloomin’ Love Photopolymer Stamp Set. I just colored it with markers so I could make the little leaves Old Olive and the rest Melon Mambo. The words come from Teeny Tiny Wishes, one of my favorite and most useful stamp sets of words.
Although I don’t have a photo of the inside of the card, my friend stamped the inside with the “Your little baby is big news” from the Big News Stamp Set. And she also grabbed the little heart from the Bloomin’ Love set and stamped that below the greeting. We laughed about whether or not she should stamp more hearts randomly on the inside – you know, how you can go from something that is perfectly fine and then go crazy with a little too much stamping! Suddenly you have way too many hearts! As another friend who I used to paint with always said, “Know when to stop!”
All in all, my friend and I were pleased with this baby shower card we came up, just out of our own heads!
This is what I had planned to make the other day, little 3″ x 3″ cards that could be used for a gift enclosure or tag – or even made into a larger card for baby. I used the Lullaby Designer Series Paper, which is retiring and is also on the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals. The papers are just soft colors and patterns that you could use for anything, not strictly baby. But they are lovely for babies!
The little bunny is my favorite stamp in the Baby We’ve Grown stamp set! This stamp set is also retiring so check it out. The greeting on the other card is from the set Crazy About You. I think that one is sticking around. Lots of words to choose from to use singly or in combinations.
And I had fun making matching envelopes the correct size with my Envelope Punch Board. Easy peasy once you use it!
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New parents may get lots of baby cards, but yours will be extra-special if you give them a handmade baby card with a good baby stamp set like this Stampin’ Up! Celebrate Baby Stamp Set. It comes with many stamps with which to compose a greeting and then the cute little mobile stamp! I colored mine with Stampin’ Write Markers and turned it into a tag with the Tag Topper Scalloped Punch. You can round the bottom corners of the tag like I did with the Project Life Corner Punch . The Pool Party 1/4″ Cotton Ribbon is just tied into a bow and adhered to the tag with a couple Glue Dots rather than tying it through the tag. The card base is Pool Party card stock with a Whisper White layer.
The dotted ombre layer starts with the Irresistibly Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper which you can earn FREE with a $50 purchase of any Stampin’ Up! merchandise right now during Sale-A-Bration. For the “ombre” look, which means graduated colors or tones of colors, I used three different ink colors starting with the darkest at the bottom. I don’t remember what I used so you can make your own choices! I may have started with Bermuda Bay, maybe Coastal Cabana and Pool Party. I just sponged on each color, blending them together where they met. The fun effect is using the Irresistibly Yours Paper which is embossed, so when you apply ink over it, the embossed design stands out! Then you take a tissue and rub over all the inked area just to clean off the embossed design to make it show up even better and get rid of any excess ink.
Since I stamped the greeting using two stamps in the set right on the card layer, it hit the embossed polka dots so has a look that you either like or you don’t. I think it makes the word “Welcome” look a little broken up, but I like the way the polka dots show up on the wider word “Baby”. You get two sheets each of six designs in the Irresistibly Yours pack of paper so you have a lot of creative potential there!
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Hopefully this will be a handy baby shower gift for the new mother. I used to use a (clean) paint can that I wrapped designer paper around and decorated, but since I had these “purse tins” in my stash, it will serve the purpose just as well. While the new mother can use this for anything she wants, the purpose of it is for the mother to write a little note to herself about the baby – a milestone, a funny story, a baby first, etc. – and just stick it in this can to remind her to write it down in the baby book later when she has more time! Someone came up with a poem (YEARS ago!) and I’ve saved it and printed it out on a tag that I enclosed in the tin (but didn’t take a photo of). I also decorated a little notebook and pen with the Lullaby Designer Series Paper for her to write the notes to herself.
The tin is wrapped in the Lullaby Designer Paper in two pieces. One strip doesn’t completely wrap around. I started by adhering the back piece, using the Liquid Multipurpose Glue (in the green bottle). In the past, I have used Stampin’ Glue Sticks on both the paper and the container on these kinds of projects and they worked well. Right now I don’t have any new glue sticks to use so I better put them on my next order! But I like using the Tombow Glue because it gives you some “wiggle room” to get the paper placed exactly how you want it. Sticky Strip works but you have to be very careful adhering the paper so that it goes in the right place or things become very “sticky” and difficult to move! So if you adhere the paper on the backside first, when you apply the paper on the front, the edges on the side will overlap facing the back which just looks a little nicer. I used to try to cover the top with paper, cutting out around the handle and on the front cutting out around the latch – but that is all too much trouble! Now I do it the easy way! Just decorate the lid some other way!
I used my retired Sock Monkey stamp because it sort of matched the expectant mother’s nursery decorations. I even kind of altered the Sock Monkey to color it like the nursery decoration. And I used my new Blendabilities to color him. The tag on the front has a bow made with the Crisp Cantaloupe Thick Baker’s Twine.
The decoration on top of the tin is from the stamp set Label Love. Just tying some ribbon on to the handle adds a nice touch, like my favorite ribbon, Whisper White 5/8″ Organza Ribbon.
Here’s a photo of the little notebook I covered with designer paper and stamped a little title for Baby, We’ve Grown. The pen is another oldie but goodie: Use an RSVP pen that has a clear barrel and you unscrew the top part and insert a small rolled up piece of designer paper to show through the barrel.
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This weekend I was invited to a baby shower so I thought it would be fun to make a baby flip album for the mother-to-be! Hopefully she will get some baby photographs printed out so she can put a few in this mini album. I absolutely LOVE making these albums. Even though they look fantastically complicated when flipping through them, they are basically very easy. The only time-consuming part is in how they are decorated and embellished, and that you can do as detailed and fancy as you want or as simple and plain as you want.
You do need 12″ x 12″ card stock for the pages (hmmm, might be interesting to figure out the measurements to make a small version out of regular size paper). I knew I would be working with the Lullaby Designer Series Paper so I just used card stock that coordinated with the colors in the Lullaby paper. Whether you order this paper for a baby project or not, notice that it is just pretty patterned paper – there is nothing that says “baby” on any of the pages. Each paper is just a pretty design so you can use it for any occasion or project. The album is tied together with the Pear Pizzazz Chevron Ribbon.
I used the new baby stamp sets in the Stampin’ Up! Catalog plus had a few retired stamp sets in the stack to choose from as I worked. As always, the Big Shot was put to use with several of the framelits and embossing folders!
This little bunny is in the Baby, Grown stamp set. The photo frames are cut out with the On Film Framelits Dies.
A few stamped flourishes from Everything Eleanor on one page and a baby buggy from the new set with coordinating framelits that you can purchase in a Something for Baby Bundle.
The tag is made with the Tag Topper Scalloped Punch and stamped with the Baby, We’ve Grown stamp set.
This heart is die cut with the Hearts Framelits and then embossed with the Fancy Fan Embossing Folder and has a little Boho Blossoms punched flower with a Candy Dot on it.
Here I used the new Stampin’ Up! Whisper White 5/8″ Satin Ribbon on the center pages.
Here is a mix of old and new! The page on the left side is stamped with words from Celebrate Baby and the flower from Something For Baby stamp set. The little baby on the right is from an old retired stamp sets, one of my favorites, called Baby Firsts. I colored her little outfit with Calypso Coral Blendabilities (coming in the next batch of Blendabilities August 1st!).
Another stamp and die-cut with the Something For Baby Bundle. I added a little bow with Baker’s Twine and some tiny Pearl Jewels.
It’s so fun to make these flip albums! Even if pictures were never added, they would still be fun to flip the pages back and forth and all different ways! You can make them for any occasion and decorate however you like. Every time I make one I almost hate to give it away!
If you need some 12″x 12″ card stock to make an album like this, just visit my Stampin’ Up! Online Store! Don’t forget about the Buy 3 Get 1 Free Designer Paper Special going on during July! Great time to stock up on some Lullaby DSP in case you might be making some baby gifts!
I’ve loved this Circle Card Thinlit Die from the time I got it after the Stampin’ Up! Convention last summer! That’s where the thinlits dies were introduced! I think it makes the best cards yet is so easy! It just uses a half sheet of card stock for the base and then you can embellish any number of ways!
This is a card I made for our great-niece’s first birthday! She got her first plane ride on her first birthday and spent her first birthday in Texas! We were thrilled we got to meet her and spend her first birthday with her over the weekend all wrapped up in one trip! Of course she had more fun playing with the gift bag and tissue paper than the gift, but that’s fine, that’s how it is supposed to be with little ones! All they need is the bag or the box the gift came in! She was such a cutie!
Here is the inside of the card when opened up. I used the Birthday Basics Designer Series Paper which I have always LOVED! I think it is still available as I am writing this, but it is on the Retirement List, so if you want some, you better not procrastinate any longer! The cupcake on the front is stamped with the Create a Cupcake Stamp Set, which at this moment is available in wood-mount (clear-mount sold out) but is on the Retirement List for Stamps. The stamping is punched out with the Cupcake Punch. The greeting is stamped on the inside of the circle with the stamp set Memorable Moments. That’s a great set because you can make it say what you want with the choices of stamps!
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While I had this shiny blue gift bag, it needed something to be appropriate for a baby gift. I just stamped a panel to put on the front of the bag. The animals are from the retired stamp set “Animal Stories” (do you have it in your stash?). Even the greeting is retired but from one of my all-time favorite, how-can-we-live-without-it stamp sets, “Sincere Salutations”. Of course the panel still needed some jazzing up. I used some pieces of the Silver Glimmer Paper die cut with the Tasteful Trim Bigz Die for the top and bottom edges and tied some Silver 1/8″ Ribbon in the Holiday Catalog around the panel.
You can do this with any plain gift bags you have. I like to save the handled gift-bag-type bags you sometimes get at stores or you can buy at the craft store. Then you can use those for gifts after you decorate them!
If you are looking for a similar cute animal stamp set, perfect for baby cards and gifts, try Zoo Babies available in wood- or clear-mount.
Have I said before that I think you will love the Circle Card Thinlits Die for making cards? I needed a baby card for a little boy and thought the Thinlits Die would make a cute card! The paper I used is retired (Nursery Nest), but of course you could use any paper of your choice. The stamp set I used is also retired, unfortunately. I loved the Easy Events stamp set because it was so versatile for many occasions. I loved the little duck so I had to use it for this card.
The Thinlits Die practically makes the card for you! Just decide what to put for the focal point on the front of the card in the circle and probably a greeting for the circle on the other side inside the card. Add a little designer paper if you like or do some stamping on the plain card stock.
If you are game to try the new Thinlits Dies, just contact me or shop online at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE.