Category Archives: Birthday

Quick and Easy Party Animal Birthday Card

Quick and Easy Party Animal Birthday Card

When in doubt, refer to the Stampin’ Up! catalogs for an idea to make a card, like this Quick & Easy Party Animal Birthday Card that I copied directly from the new Occasions Catalog! I got my order of MORE things from the Occasions Catalog the other night but haven’t had time to play yet so I felt overwhelmed at all the possibilities! When you need ideas, one place to head is to look at the samples of the stamp set that you perhaps want to use. Of course in the Party Animal Suite in the Occasions Catalog on pages 4-5, there are tons of samples on page 4.  I chose to start with the Quick & Easy card down in the corner, just to see if it was indeed “quick & easy” …… and it was! If, like in cooking, I had all my materials right at my fingertips instead of spread around the house due to Christmas decorating (which isn’t totally undone yet!), it indeed would have probably only taken me ten minutes or less!  As it was, maybe it took 15-20 minutes.

To make this card, I used a Emerald Envy Cardstock card base. The Whisper White layer for the panel is cut smaller than usual, 3″ x 5″. First I stamped the polka dot balloon from the Balloon Adventures Stamp Set in the Occasions Catalog. I stamped it with Crushed Curry Ink on Crushed Curry cardstock. Then I punched it out with the Balloon Bouquet Punch. Once you have the balloon punched out, you can place it on the Whisper White panel to see where to stamp your balloon string and bow (but pick up the balloon while you do your string and bow stamping!). The balloon can cover up the top part of the string. Then adhere the balloon with a couple of Stampin’ Dimensionals. Stamp the greeting from the same set with Emerald Envy ink.

Now the sample in the catalog also has some stamped squiggles on the green card base on the sides of the white layer that I didn’t see at first, so my card was even quicker and easier!  Wrap some of the new Emerald Envy 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon around the card front. A quick & easy birthday card made in minutes! Make a bunch maybe in different colors and you will be set for at least a few birthdays that will be coming up!

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Sale-A-Bration Catalog 2017

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One More Day Until the Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration!

Today is the last day for some things at Stampin’ Up! and tomorrow, January 4, 2017, is the first day for some things, namely the new Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog and the first day of the annual promotion called Sale-A-Bration!

In case you need help with choosing new products from the Occasions Catalog, you might enjoy watching some of these Stampin’ Up! videos! I know I want everything when I see the videos of the new products!

See the fun ways to use the Balloon Adventure Stamp Set, Balloon Bouquet Punch, and Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits.

And wait until you see this beautiful So in Love Stamp Set and So Detailed Thinlits Dies! Perfect for making wedding cards or any elegant card or project!

Here’s a new look from the new Happy Celebrations Stamp Set and Celebrations Duo Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

And something I think everyone should put on their first order, the new Watercolor Pencils in Stampin’ Up! colors!

Check out the Year-End Closeouts Sale today before it comes to an end. Otherwise, wait until tomorrow, January 4, 2017 to order and take advantage of the Sale-A-Bration promotion where for every $50 you spend on Stampin’ Up! products, you get to choose one free item from the Sale-A-Bration brochure.

The new Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration Brochure will both be online tomorrow when they go live, if you did not receive a catalog in the mail.  If you are interested in Stampin’ Up! products and don’t already have a Demonstrator you are working with and would like beautiful hard copies of the new catalogs, please email me with your contact information and I will mail them out to you.

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Star Wars Inspiration BB8 Punch Art Handmade Birthday Card

Star Wars Inspiration BB8 Punch Art Handmade Birthday Card

A few weeks ago I came up with this Star Wars Inspiration BB8 Punch Art Handmade Birthday Card  for my son-in-law’s birthday and I liked it so much I made another one for my son’s birthday a few days later. By now they both have received their cards in the mail so it’s safe to show it on my blog!

When you have a Star Wars fan in the family (who even appreciates your handmade cards), you just have to come up with a new idea for each birthday or occasion. After searching the internet of course, I came up with this card of BB8, one of the characters in the Star Wars movie that came out last year. The background paper is the foil embossed paper in the Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper.  I think it is perfect for this card. To make BB8 I used several circle punches. I probably used the 1 3/4″ Circle Punch for the lower body, maybe the 1 3/8″ Circle Punch for the upper body, and then smaller punches for all the details.  I’m sure you can try the punches you have and see what fits on your card the way you want it!  Of course the birthday balloons are punched with the Balloon Bouquet Punch and punched out of Silver Glimmer Paper. The greeting piece is punched with the Classic Label Punch and I added a silver star from the Metallic Enamel Shapes.  

I love these Enamel Shapes and ordered the Bundle of all of them yesterday on the 24-Hour Flash Sale on the Online Extravaganza.  You missed that but you can still add them (not discounted) to your Online Extravaganza order any day this week until November 28! Don’t miss out on anything else!  And be ready for the Flash Sale on the last day, Monday November 28!

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Gift Wrap Ideas With Cellophane Bags

Enjoy this video from Stampin’ Up! and get wonderful gift wrap ideas and maybe just gift ideas themselves using the 6″ x 17″ Gusseted Cellophane Bags.  These are pretty large bags, given the 17″ length, so you can stick a large gift or treat inside! Think about when you are ready to make special treats for the neighbors or a group of friends, wouldn’t these bags be perfect to use for your holiday mix, special bread or cake, bag of cookies or candy, bottle of wine, and more? Just put your gift inside,  tie with a pretty ribbon and add a cute tag! If you don’t want the bag quite so long for a smaller gift, just cut off some of the length.

For another gift presentation when you want the gift to be hidden, just wrap pretty tissue paper all around the gift and insert it in the cello bag! You can also stamp on the outside of the bag if you use Stazon ink.

Remember, presentation is everything!! No matter what the gift, a big part of the thrill will be how you wrap and present the gift, and we stampers have all kinds of materials and ideas to make that the best part!

6x17 Cellophane Bag Gift Wrap

6x17 Cellophane Bags

Stampin’ Up! also carries other sizes of cellophane bags. These are nice bags, completely clear and crisp, not that kind of thick, cloudy, cheaper looking kind of bag you can sometimes buy at other places.

Sweet 16 Birthday Card for a Girl

Sweet 16 Birthday Card

Recently I needed a birthday card for my niece turning 16, not that I can believe that little girl is 16 years old already, but I came up with this Sweet 16 Birthday Card for her. You could modify the background stamping for a boy and maybe not use the Glimmer paper.

The card base is Melon Mambo with a layer of Whisper White. I die cut the numbers with the Big Shot and the Large Numbers Framelits Dies.  The background is stamped with the stems and flowers from the Number of Years Photopolymer Stamp Set. I did cut out a few flowers for a more 3D effect. And I loved adding the little Enamel Dots to the flowers!

The greeting is stamped from the set and then I used two Oval Framelits to cut the curved banner shape.  I accented the bottom of the card with strips of Pop of Pink Designer Washi Tape. It’s so fun to play with washi tape!

Stampin’ Up! Updates!

  • We are happy to announce that we are bringing back the replacement Stampin’ Trimmer Cutting Mats and Scoring Blades. These items will be available for you  to start ordering today.Stampin’ Trimmer Replacement Cutting Mat (item 131375); $4.00 US

       Stampin’ Trimmer Scoring Blades (item 126996); $5.00 US

We came to this decision by taking another look at the overall strategy of the Stampin’ Trimmer and its supporting pieces, and we were able to work out issues with our supplier to be able to offer these items to you. Keep in mind that the cutting blade that comes with the Stampin’ Trimmer does not make contact with the cutting mat so it should not wear it down. Like the cutting mat, the scoring blade is made to last and will not wear out. These replacement items may be helpful for you if you lose a piece or prefer to have extras on hand.

  • Handheld Stapler Being DiscontinuedDue to supplier issues outside of our control, the Handheld Stapler (item 139083) and coordinating Silver Mini Staples (item 135847) will be discontinued after our current inventory runs out. We apologize for any inconvenience.

I LOVE my Stapler!  If you want one, be sure to order one right away.

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Flourish Thinlits Fall Leaves Birthday Card

Flourish Thinlits Fall Leaves Birthday Card

My Flourish Thinlits Fall Leaves Birthday Card was copied with a few changes from a sample in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. I was looking for a card idea for my husband’s birthday, and this one seemed to fill the bill!  Even though it is still so miserably hot here in Houston, I know my husband loves the colors of fall leaves and perhaps this card would make him believe that cooler temperatures will eventually come!  Probably not for the first day of fall this week, though!  And wow, do these Flourish Thinlits make beautiful diecuts!

The card base is Early Espresso card stock. I’m not sure what Stampin’ Up! used in their sample, but I chose the Copper Foil SheetsI cut a piece of the foil for the background for the leaves. The Copper Foil is beautiful and comes packaged with chipboard covering both sides of the foil so that nothing can scratch it.  You do need to be a little careful working with it. But if you order it, don’t think Stampin’ Up! sent you an empty package!  Look inside!!

For the leaves, I chose Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive and Crushed Curry cardstock. As long as I was die cutting, I decided to make the cute little individual leaves also, in case I wanted to use them on my card.  The greeting is from Tin of Cards Photopolymer Stamp Set and layered with the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies, which are discounted this week on the Special Offers through Wednesday, September 21. For some extra texture and embellishment, I used a piece of 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon.

On the inside of the card, I adhered a layer of Very Vanilla since the Early Espresso is so dark and adhered one of the small single leaves. Sometimes it is fun to put a strip of designer paper or stamp something on the inside of the card.

Don’t miss these Flourish Thinlits Dies in the main catalog!  You get lots of pieces and they all will make beautiful die cuts as you can see here on this Flourish Thinlits Fall Leaves Birthday Card.

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The Perfect Card For Any Harry Potter Fan!

Harry Potter Card Celebrating New Book

Are you a Harry Potter fan? On July 31, 2016 the new Harry Potter book, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” by J.K. Rowling will be released. To commemorate that and to celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday I made this Harry Potter card.

Not that I came up with the design myself, but I found several samples online and came up with this card for Harry Potter fans.  The card base is made with Whisper White Thick Cardstock and the scarf is made with a strip of Crushed Curry with pieces of Cherry Cobbler adhered to it. The hair is just cut by hand (reminded me of cutting Frankenstein’s hair at Halloween!). The glasses are made with black punched circles with smaller white circles inside and then small circles from the Owl Punch for the eyeballs. Always put a little dab of white on the eyeballs with a white gel pen or the White Stampin’ Chalk Marker for that reflection of light.

The little “Celebrate” greeting is from the Thoughtful Banners Stamp SetThere is a coordinating punch, the Classic Label Punchbut I just cut out the banner by hand.

Easy card to make really and fun for the occasion of a new Harry Potter book and Harry Potter birthday!

If you are a Harry Potter Fan, I hope you enjoy the new book being released, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.” 

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A Birthday Card with Sweet Cupcake

Birthday Card with Sweet Cupcake Stamp Set

Once you start playing with the Sweet Cupcake Stamp Set you will find so many possibilities with this stamp set and even more with the coordinating Cupcake Cutouts Framelits Dies. Buy these two products together in the Sweet Cupcake Photopolymer Bundle and save 10%, but most importantly, you will have all these tools to make great cards and other projects!

For this card, like yesterday’s card, I used Watermelon Wonder Cardstock for the card base. Then I die cut five squiggles with the Big Shot from the Cupcake Cutouts dies, also out of Watermelon Wonder, just to add a little texture to the background.  I love those squiggles! They are probably the reason I bought the framelits! To adhere them, I just used tiny dots of Multipurpose Liquid Glue. I like to use the Silicone Craft Sheet underneath any narrow pieces like the squiggles so that I don’t get glue on my Grid Paper where I am working on the whole card, and the glue can be wiped off the Silicone Craft Sheet.

I stamped the cupcake the same way I did in yesterday’s post using Pink Pirouette and Watermelon Wonder ink for the frosting and So Saffron and Crumb Cake for the cupcake bottom (or wrapper). I die cut this cupcake and popped it up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  For some extra pizzazz on the cupcake, I used a few of the Brights Enamel ShapesThis is a product that you might overlook in the catalog, but once you have them you know that they are SO CUTE! Really a fun embellishment!

If you have them, use the Layering Squares Framelits Dies for the background for the cupcake and the little scalloped edge. The Sweet Cupcake Stamp Set comes with lots of great greetings for both the front of the card and the inside so you will get lots of use from this set!

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Sweet Cupcake Birthday Card

Sweet Cupcake Birthday Card

It was finally time to play around with the Sweet Cupcake stamp set and make this Sweet Cupcake Birthday Card!  I think you can even see the glimmer on the frosting from the Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush. (Once you start painting on that glitter, you don’t want to stop!)  I didn’t realize that these cupcake stamps are actually 3-step stamping.  You can experiment with them with ink choices and whether to stamp them 1-2-3 or 3-2-1. The stamps are numbered inside on the plastic so you can use that for a guide.  That may sound crazy but the choice will be yours.  You can stamp this cupcake and cut it out with the Cupcake Cutouts Framelits Dies and the Big Shot and pop it up with Stampin’ Dimensionals to give it a 3D look. Get the Sweet Cupcake Photopolymer Bundle with both the stamp set and framelits and save 10% plus be all set to make some cute cards and projects!!

To stamp the cupcake frosting, I used Pink PIrouette Ink and Watermelon Wonder.  I meant to use the new Watermelon Wonder 5/8″ Mini Striped Ribbon on the card but I completely forgot! Maybe the next one!  The cupcake itself (or the cupcake wrapper) is stamped with So Saffron Ink and Crumb Cake. There are lots of combinations or single inks that you can experiment with.

And I love the sayings in this stamp set. I even took a picture of the inside of the card because we seldom show that.  Since the Watermelon Wonder card stock base is rather dark for writing a greeting, I added a Whisper White layer and stamped my greeting. Also, if you noticed on the front, since the stamps are photopolymer, you can actually bend them a little as I did for the greeting above the cupcake.  I also love all the die cuts you can make with the framelits, like the word “Sweet”. At the bottom I added a piece of doily, it’s not one of the new Delicate White Doiliesbut I wanted to use up the ones that I already had. If you don’t own any doilies, they are great to have on hand for just a little bit of texture or embellishment sometimes.

Sweet Cupcake Birthday Card Inside

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Can’t you just imagine all the birthday cards you can make with this cute stamp set?! Remember how important it is to send real birthday cards in the mail to our friends, not just take one second to write a greeting on social media! If you want to join the movement started by Shannon West of the Stampin’ Up! Home Office, you might like to invest in this #IMBRINGINGBIRTHDAYSBACK stamp to use maybe on the back of envelopes!

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Easy Definitely Dahlia All Occasion Card

Easy Definitely Dahlia All Occasion Card

Here’s how to make this Easy Definitely Dahlia All Occasion Card. The Definitely Dahlia Stamp is one large stamp! Personally, I recommend the wood-mount version for such a large stamp. I just think it is easier than trying to mount the clear-mount on a block each time. The wood-mount is only $5 more than the clear-mount.

To make this card, I just used Peekaboo Peach Card Stock for the card base.  You could use most any color. Then a layer of Whisper White Card Stock.  My intention was to just stamp the large dahlia, but when I did, I wondered if the color was too bright and bold. So I stamped again in the upper portion of the Whisper White without reinking and I loved the look of the light version of the dahlia! You never know what you might come up with in the end when you start stamping!  The greeting is from the Birthday Blooms Stamp Set.  That’s really all you need for this card. It is dramatic as it is, so you don’t have to do any more.

Try your hand at an easy card with big impact like this Easy Definitely Dahlia All Occasion Card, and change the greeting for any occasion you need. Pure stamping at its best on this card!

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Marquee Messages Birthday Card

Marquee Messages Birthday Card

I played around some more with the Marquee Messages Stamp Set in the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog and made this Marquee Messages Birthday Card!  This is a fun stamp set to play with. It comes with smaller messages that you can add to the front of the card or use for the inside greeting, plus extra little stars and sparkles you can stamp inside or outside to jazz up the card. Use your markers or whatever coloring method you prefer to color in the marquee.  I also used the Gold Wink of Stella Glitter Brush to a little sparkle on the marquee lights and the stars.

On this card I used Basic Black for the card base and added a layer of Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series PaperAfter stamping the marquee and message, I cut that out and fit on top of a Daffodil Delight card stock layer for the front of the card. If the card base is black, then you need to add a layer of Whisper White to the inside so you can write your message or note and sign your name.  This is the perfect opportunity to stamp a little something in the corners or edges of the white layer. And it is always a good idea to do a little stamping on the envelope if you think of it!

If you don’t like coloring, you could stamp the marquee on a piece of colored card stock or several different colors and cut out various parts.  This is called paper piecing. Lots of opportunities for creativity with this stamp set!

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Tuxedo Pop Up Card

Tuxedo Pop Up Card

These pop up cards that fold flat and fit in an envelope for mailing are relatively easy to create and can then be customized for any occasion, such as this tuxedo card for a special gentleman’s birthday. This was a custom order for someone who knew exactly what she wanted and really designed the card, I just had to make it come to life.

I found a template for a tuxedo jacket online, probably resized it a little bit with Whisper White Cardstock and Black Glimmer Paper (retired) for the lapels and bowtie. The buttons are tiny Pearl Jewels colored with a black Sharpie marker. Just color them on the sheet before attaching to your project.  The champagne glasses are actually from a Stampin’ Up set Cheers To You (retired). The champagne bottle is clip art that I printed on cardstock and colored in myself with Stampin’ Write Markers.

The background is a piece of Gold Foil with the New York City skyline printed on cardstock and cut out. The greeting is printed out on the computer and the little bowties in the corners are Black Glimmer Paper.

tuxedo closeup

Tuxedo Card Front

Tuxedo Card Front

Just google directions for making a pop up card and you will probably find directions.  They are pretty easy and you can add any stamped images or whatever you like to pop up from the divider(s) inside the box.  Just keep checking as you make it that they all stay within the boundaries of the box so that it will fit in the envelope, unless you are not mailing it!

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Botanical Pop Up Corner Birthday Card Inside

Botanical Pop Up Corner Birthday Card

When I discovered these Pop Up Corner Cards, I loved them and made several including this Botanical Pop Up Corner Birthday Card for my daughter. They are so easy and the recipient will think you are so clever!

Start with an 8 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ piece of cardstock for the card base.  Score in the middle vertically and horizontally so the paper is divided into fourths.  In the upper left quadrant, score than on a diagonal.  Fold on all the score lines back and forth, then cut the right horizontal line just to the center.

Pop Up Corner Card Diagram

Fold the top half down.

Pop Up Corner Card Fold

Fold the top piece back on the diagonal score line.

Pop Up Corner Card Fold

Fold the top quarter down.

Pop Up Corner Card Fold

That piece you just folded down and the piece to the right are the areas where you will put adhesive and glue those two pieces together when you fold over the right area.

Pop Up Corner Card Fold

Pop Up Corner Card Fold

Open the card, make sure you have it all going in the right direction and decorate!  As you get experienced, it’s probably easier to adhere paper and embellishments on the sections before those two areas are glued together to actually make it the folded card,

Pop Up Corner Card Open

I hope you will try one of these cards like my Botanical Pop Up Corner Birthday Card.

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Affectionately Yours Mini Treat Bag Birthday Card

Affectionately Yours Mini Treat Bag Birthday Card

On Friday I needed a quick birthday card before I left town for the weekend, and I came up wtih this Affectionately Yours Mini Treat Bag Birthday Card.  I decided to combine the new Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper with one of my favorite things, the Mini Treatbag Thinlits Dies.

I used the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits and the Big Shot to die cut the mini treat bag out of this cute paper.  I love how the inside pattern is as cute as the outside and provides a good contrast. Out of a thin scrap, I made a belly band around the bag so I could showcase that pattern from the inside of the bag a little bit more. Then I die cut a Daffodil Delight piece of cardstock with a thinlit from the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies to kind of look like  a flower and put a large rhinestone (retired) in the center. I already had the white flower pieces die cut from the Botanical Builder Framelits Dies in my pile of scraps so I used those and added sequins from the Metallics Sequins Assortment plus a couple of the retired In Color Blossom Accents since I was hand-delivering the card. They make mailing the card a little difficult!

I used the Thoughtful Banners Photopolymer Bundle (the stamp set and punch) to make the little greeting on the front. And on the top of the card inserted inside the treat bag I stapled on a piece of the retired lace to pull out the card. I used my favorite Handheld Stapler by Stampin’ Up!

I hope you are enjoying the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog.  If you need one and do not have a Demonstrator, please contact me.

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Pop of Pink Mini Treat Bag

Pop of Pink Mini Treat Bag

Today I thought I would make a Pop of Pink Mini Treat Bag with the pretty new Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper and the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies. I have always loved this die set, so many opportunities for creativity! The die set contains not just the ones to make the treat bag, but also many dies for the extra embellishments, like hearts, a banner, star, bow, a couple of greetings and more. This can be a treat bag but it can also hold a card or gift card or monetary gift! There are even ways to modify this bag to make it more 3D.

I made the bag with the diagonal stripe pattern from the Pop of Pink paper and die cut a heart out of the same paper but turned it over on the other side. I die cut a banner, but cut off the one end so it would be straight and cut a slightly larger piece of Basic Black as a layer underneath the Whisper White banner. The greeting on the banner is from the Birthday Blooms Stamp Set. For a little interest I added a strip of Pop of Pink Designer Washi TapeI attached a piece of the Silver Sequin Trim with the Handheld Stapler. (Love this stapler by the way!) I die cut the strip of hearts from the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper and used the individual hearts for some embellishments and pizzazz. And for a  little something on the Pop of Pink heart, I took two strands of Whisper White Solid Baker’s Twine to make a bow and adhered with a rolled up Glue Dot.

The Pop of Pink Designer Paper  has been so popular it is backordered, but you can still order it now and when Stampin’ Up! gets more they will send it to you. A big supply is due in about a week so it won’t be long!

You can purchase the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits along with the You’re So Sweet Stamp Set in a Bundle and save 10% if you wish.

Check out the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies and and Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper and consider ordering the dies to go with your Big Shot and have fun making the Pop of Pink Mini Treat Bag

Watercolored Butterfly Birthday Card

Watercolored Butterfly Birthday Card

I got the idea for this Watercolored Butterfly Birthday Card from the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog that will be out June 1st!  It was so easy to make and I love how it turned out!

I watercolored the Shimmery White Cardstock background using some reinkers and my Aqua Painter. This is such an easy technique!  The Aqua Painter is one of my favorite tools! The barrel is filled with water so it is like a paint brush without having to dip it in a separate container of water. You can pick up some ink from the lid of an ink pad or you can put just a tiny drop of reinker on the outside of a plastic stamp case or any piece of plastic and water it down with the Aqua Painter first or just pick up as is, depending on what shade you want. Just to help the reinkers along, I spritzed the Shimmery White Cardstock a little bit with water in a spritzer bottle. Shimmery White isn’t as good for watercoloring as Watercolor Paper but it is better than Whisper White.  And you will love the shimmer!  You can probably see it a bit in my photo. I used Delightful Dijon, Bermuda Bay, and Rich Razzleberry reinkers. I just scribbled on some color onto the slightly wet Shimmery White and kind of blended the edges together. If you are in a hurry (of course you are!) use your Heat Tool to gently dry the paper.

The reason I chose those colors was because I was going to use the Elegant Butterfly Punch  to punch out butterflies from the Bohemian Designer Series Paper. Honestly this was never my favorite paper, yet there have been many cute projects made with it. Just look on the back of any pack of designer paper and you will see the coordinating colors listed, in tiny print! I always write them on the back cardboard with a Sharpie so I can read it easily!!  I added some Candy Dots to the butterflies and popped them up on Stampin’ Dimensionals. The greeting is from the Remembering Your Birthday Stamp Set.

You can make this card with just Shimmery White, but mine is actually on a card base of Delightful Dijon Cardstock, which doesn’t show up well in my photo. You can jazz up this card even more if you like with more embellishments but I liked it just the way it turned out. Try something like the Watercolored Butterfly Birthday Card for any occasion or changing the colors or embellishments, etc.

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Botanical Gardens Big News Birthday Card

Botanical Gardens Big News Birthday Card

Yesterday I showed you a baby card made with the retiring Big News Stamp Set and today I have used one of the birthday stamps in the set to make this Botanical Gardens Big News Birthday Card. Today is May Day, the 1st day of May, so I thought a few flowers would be appropriate!

Normally I don’t care for the off-kelter, look of cards that seems to be popular recently, like I have done with the designer paper on the background of this card. However, I was looking at a sample that I was copying except for changing the designer paper, so I decided to give it a try. The card base is Hello Honey Card Stock and I used the Botanical Gardens Designer Series Paper for the background layers. This paper is retiring, so get it while you can!  I angled them slightly, which normally I don’t like.  The greeting from Big News is stamped on Whisper White Card Stock with Old Olive Ink.

The flowers are cut out from another pattern of the Botanical Gardens Designer Series Paper. The flowers are pretty as is, but if you like, you can use the stamps in the Botanical Bloom Photopolymer Stamp Set to stamp the flower centers, as I did. I simply cut out the flowers myself, but you can use the Botanical Builder Framelit Dies to die cut them. If you want it all, get the Botanical Blooms Photopolymer Bundle while you can and get the stamp set, the framelits, and the designer series paper.  You will save 15% with the Bundle and get everything you need!  You could also add some other embellishments if you wanted – ribbon, rhinestones, Candy Dots.

Now that it is May, this is the last month for the Stampin’ Up! Retiring Products! See all that is still available in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE. Accessories are only available while supplies last and some are sold out already. Stamps, since Stampin’ Up! manufactures them, will be available through May 22 even if they sell out.  Stampin’ Up! will make more until that date.

See if you like the angled look of my Botanical Gardens Big News Birthday Card today, and if so, try it yourself for something different!

Cherry on Top Easy Amazing Birthday Card

Cherry on Top Easy Amazing Birthday Card

Here is a Cherry on Top easy Amazing Birthday card!  If you are looking for a simple birthday (or most any occasion) card to make, this is one you should try. All it takes is a change of paper and/or greeting to fit any reason to send a card!

One of the retiring stamp sets I am going to miss is the Amazing Birthday Stamp Set! It is even discounted on the Retiring Stamps List. It has birthday-specific stamps but some of the other stamps you can use for other occasions, too!

The card base is Bermuda Bay, with a layer of Crushed Curry, both of which coordinate with the Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack. My Cherry on Top Paper Stack had gotten lost in the shuffle somehow so I was glad to think about it again, find it, and use it because it has some fun, colorful papers in it. It’s “Happy” paper to use!

I used my Banner Framelits Dies to die cut the layered banner on the front of the card. If you like, you can save 15% by purchasing the Amazing Birthday Stamp Set and the Banner Framelit Dies together in the Amazing Birthday Bundle.  I had forgotten these two products came together in a Bundle!

All Bundles are being retired right now, but that doesn’t mean all the products individually are being retiring.  They are just taking apart the Bundles to make room for NEW Bundles in the new catalog and perhaps one of the items in the Bundle is retiring, such as the stamp set or the designer paper.

For a final embellishment, I wrapped some Gold Metallic Thread around the top of the banner. This is not retiring but you may as well put it on your order to have on hand because it is an inexpensive, fun bit of pizzazz to add to any of your cards or projects.

Try making this Cherry on Top Easy Amazing Birthday Card or change it up with your own design!

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Cherry on Top Washi Tape Card

Cherry on Top Washi Tape Card

The sun is finally shining today in Houston! No rain is forecast so I think it’s time for a bright and cheerful card like this one made with some of the Cherry on Top products! It’s all going away by the end of May (or while supplies last!). I got the idea for this card in our Demonstrator magazine we all receive quarterly. They used different paper and washi tape, but I was in the mood for the Cherry on Top designs!

The card base is made with Watermelon Wonder. The paper layered in the background is from the Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack.  Then I took a smaller piece of Whisper White cardstock as a base and wrapped Cherry on Top Designer Washi Tape around it, leaving space for a greeting.

The word “Celebrate” is from the stamp set And Many Morewhich is retiring. It’s one of the stamp sets I hate to see go because I like the ones with lots of words and greetings in it. This stamp set is even discounted so if you need more words for your cards and projects (and who doesn’t?!) I would grab it for your collection.  I have the wood-mount.  Certain sets I like to have the wood-mount so the stamps are ready to go or if they are small I think they work better with wood-mount.

And Many More Stamp Set

For a little pizzazz, I added to Brights Candy Dots in Bermuda Bay to each side of the word. And then I tied a piece of Metallic Gold Baker’s Twine around the front of the card. Easy to do and fun to use my Cherry on Top Washi Tape!

Check out the Stampin’ Up! Retiring Products in my Online Store! This is the easiest way to see everything that is still available! When you are on the page of Retiring Products, choose either “Stamps” or “Everything Else”.  Then on the right side of the page, choose “View:  ALL” in the drop down box so you can just scroll through everything!

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Simple Birthday Card with Birthday Bouquet Paper

Simple Birthday Card with Birthday Bouquet Paper

Here is a simple birthday card to make using the retiring Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper.  I love this Birthday Bouquet paper, and if you do too be sure to order it while it is available! The ice cream cone patterned paper is layered on a card base of Mint Macaron cardstock.

The greeting is from the retiring stamp set Enjoy the Little Things Stamp Set. This stamp set coordinates with the Enjoy the Little Things Project Kit, which is really cute!  But even if you don’t have the kit, this stamp set has many useful greetings and cute little stamps. For a little embellishment, I just gathered some of the Gold Metallic Thread at the back of the punched circles and popped it up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

You could use any greeting and any designer paper for a card, so keep this card layout in mind when you want something quick! Start with something simple and you can always embellish to your heart’s content!

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