Category Archives: Birthday

Airplane Punch Art Birthday Card

Airplane Punch Art Birthday Card

Now that my brother’s birthday has come and gone, I can post the Airplane Punch Art Birthday Card I made for him. The background layer of the card is made with the Cloudy Day Embossing Folder (retired), but an alternative thing you can do is just sponge some White Craft Ink onto a blue background to make some wispy clouds in the sky. I even have one “cloud” in the sky made with one of the Scallop Circle Punches, depending on which size you want to use.

The airplane is made with the Word Window Punch for the wings and the tail. The front of the plane is made with one of the circle punches.  I forget which size! But you can experiment and see which size works for your airplane! For the windshield, use a smaller circle punch and cut it in quarters.  Use two of the quarters for the window. Then, of course, the plane nose and jet engines are made with two small circle punches, I probably used the 1/2″ circle or so. For the body of the plane, I used some retired Silver cardstock but you could use Silver Foil for a shiny plane or one of the gray colors. I “tied” on a banner like an airplane pulls for advertising for the birthday greeting and just cut the banner by freehand.

A fun and easy birthday card to make.  You could use a design like this for a birthday party theme. Try the Airplane Punch Art Birthday Card and customize it!

If you want to make a card like this and need some papercrafting supplies, just shop at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store.

New Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals Aug 11 2015

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal Aug 11 2015

Here are the new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for August 11 – 17, 2015. The main item I would point out is the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch!  If you don’t already have this punch, I would put this on my order for sure! Not only does it make a cute tag with that decorative edge at the top, but you can make longer ones, punch both ends and make a cute favor or belly band or —- ??! Always lots of cute ideas out there!

And then for fun, there are these good embellishments, the Seam Binding, Clothespins, Buttons and Washi Tape!  And who doesn’t need more washi tape?? And if you would like to make your own filing system or organizing system or just some cute cards and projects, then the File Tabs Edgelits Dies are for you!

Be sure to check the Clearance Rack for any additional bargains you might find to add to your order!

Here is a birthday tag you could make with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch and just the Whisper White Thick Cardstock with a little Watermelon Wonder Dotted Lace Trim tied with a piece of Metallic Gold Baker’s TwineI used several of the new In Color Markers to color right on the stamp.

Scalloped Tag Topper Punch Birthday Tag
Just in case you know someone whose birthday is today! :)

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Make a Tea Light Birthday Cake

Tea Light Birthday Cake

When I needed a fun little gift for a friend, I thought of this cute tea light birthday cake! It’s so easy to just wrap a piece of designer paper or washi tape around the side of the tea light and then decorate the top with a 1 3/4″ Scallop Circle PunchPoke a hole in the center of the scallop piece, cut some little slits so the scallop will slip over the light bulb, then decorate to your heart’s content! I punched the little flowers with some retired punches, but you can use whatever you have in your stash or perhaps stamp a design on the top. I also added some Candy Dots and Rhinestone Jewels, plus a little doodle dot on each scallop edge with my White Signo Uni-Ball Gel Pen. There are lots of fun ways to decorate these little tea light cakes! You just have to purchase some tea lights at the craft store and play with them!

I also made some kind of box to package the cake in, but I failed to take a photo so we’re out of luck on that one!

The only tricky part of this project is the little switch on the bottom of the tea light.  If you want to set the tea light on some kind of base, perhaps resembling a plate, then you have to cut or punch a hole to allow access to that switch (and if yours has it, don’t forget to pull out the little piece of plastic protecting the connection so that it won’t get accidentally turned on before you buy it!).

Tea Light Birthday Cake and Box

I added a Metallic Foil Doily in Gold for the presentation! I think I adhered the Watermelon Wonder card stock to the base of the tea light but then just added a tidbit of adhesive for the doily to hold the cake in place in the box.

Tea Light Birthday Cake Lit

Here you see what it looks like with the tea light lit. I also happened to photograph it from the backside in my rush, but at least you can see how I adhered the piece of paper from the Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack.

This is a really fun project to make, quick and easy really. Just keep a few cheap tea lights on hand and you’ll be ready to go! It’s always good to have things on hand that you can make an easy gift or card with and impress your friends and family!

For the best in papercrafting supplies, please visit my Stampin’ Up! Online Store! Or contact me if you need assistance or would like me to put your order in for you. Try this Tea Light Birthday Cake project soon!

Sprinkles of Life Cherry on Top Birthday Card

Sprinkles of Life Cherry on Top Birthday Card

Do you like this birthday card made with the Sprinkles of Life Stamp Set, Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack, and the Cherry on Top Designer Series Washi Tape?  I really wanted to use all three products, and I love all three products, but I think the card turned out a little busy.  I think I could have done something better.  But, on the other hand, maybe somebody out there will like it and it will be just the card design they are looking for!  You never know!  We are all different!

I also used the Tree Builder Punch to punch out the pieces for the cupcake. But if you don’t have the punch, the pieces are not that hard to cut out yourself, at least if you have the Stampin’ Up! Paper Snips.

Washi Tape is always fun to use.  Just tear off a few strips and stick them on your card or project. Washi Tape is repositionable and can be used in oh so many ways.  The Cherry on Top Washi Tape has such cute designs and matches the Cherry on Top Paper Stack. I used a pattern from the Paper Stack for a layer on the Pool Party card base.

The Sprinkles of Life Stamp Set comes with a special bonus!  While you are stamping beautiful cards and projects with it, you will know that you are contributing to the Ronald McDonald House Charities® by purchasing this stamp set.  With every set sold, Stampin’ Up! donates $3 to this worthy charity, plus makes an annual contribution.

Sprinkles of Life Stamp Set RMHC

You can find this Sprinkles of Life Stamp set and all the products I used to make this card in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store.

How to Make a Piano Birthday Card

Piano Birthday CardIf you know a piano player, you might like to make a piano card for them! It’s very easy to make a card like this in spite of how different and difficult it looks! You will need the Word Window Punch to make the piano keys. And that’s about it – really!

Make a card base with Whisper White card stock. Make a Basic Black layer on which you will build the piano. I heat embossed the greeting with the White Stampin’ Emboss Powder using the Heat Tool. Rub the Embossing Buddy around on the card first to eliminate static and keep the powder from sticking where you don’t want it.

Punch thirteen white piano keys with the Word Window Punch and line them up along the bottom edge of the black layer. When you know you have them fit correctly, adhere them to the black card stock. The back edge of them will be hidden under the ribbon. Punch nine black keys with the Word Window Punch and adhere them as shown over the white keys. Don’t glue down the very back end of the punched piece.  You will need to trim the back end of the black keys to match the back edge of the white keys so they won’t stick out. Just trim them with the Paper SnipsTie a ribbon of your choice around the layer as shown.   Mine is a retired polka dot ribbon but you can use what you like. Make a bow or just tie a knot.

For a little more pizzazz I added some sequins and rhinestones in the sequin centers. Try the Brights Sequins in the new catalog.

Try a piano card!  Make it suit the occasion with the proper greeting and ribbon!

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Remember the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals, good through Monday, June 15.

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal June 9 2015

May 2015 Paper Pumpkin Kit

If you didn’t join Paper Pumpkin by May 10th, this is what you missed! And if you did get your Paper Pumpkin kit in the mail already, you might like to watch this video to see how it goes together – OR you might want to wait and be surprised when you open your kit! I don’t know what is coming in the June kit, but you need to sign up by June 10th to get your kit shipped by mid-June!

Take advantage of the 50% off special for the first two months! It’s for new subscribers so join NOW! Good through June 10, 2015. Use Promo Code SAVE50


Watch the video and see how fun and easy the kits are!

Butterfly Mini Treat Bag Birthday Cards for Twins

Butterfly Mini Treat Bag Birthday Card

My twin nieces had a birthday this week so I wanted to make them cards that were almost alike but slightly different. I made both of them pocket cards with the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits DiesThis die is a good investment because you get so many pieces with it besides the treat bag. And you can make more than just treat bags with it. Click the link to see all the dies that come in this set – words, shapes, strips!

The bags are made with the Sweet Taffy Designer Series Paper. Such bright and fun patterns on these papers! The banner and the words at the bottom of the bags are from the same Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies.  The butterflies, of course, are from the Butterflies Thinlits DiesI cut them out of two of the papers in the Sweet Taffy paper and added some Rhinestone Jewels. There’s a little piece of Silver 1/8″ Ribbon attached to the inside card to indicate there is a card inside to pull out.

And here are the cards showing the inside card with birthday greetings!

Butterfly Mini Treat Bag Birthday Card For You

This card is stamped with the cake from a Sale-A-Bration stamp set and the greeting from Fabulous Four Stamp Set.

Butterfly Mini Treat Bag Birthday Card Enjoy

This card is stamped with a greeting from the Fabulous Four Stamp Set and the cupcake from Cupcake Party.

Be sure to notice the handy dandy Handheld Stapler from Stampin’ Up!. I love it! Order the box of Silver Mini Staples, too. It’s great for attaching tags or embellishments or pieces of ribbon like on these cards!

Don’t forget the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals which will end on Monday night. You might get busy with the holiday weekend and forget.

Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

Sneak Peek: Sprinkles of Life Cupcake Birthday Card

Sprinkles of Life Cupcake Birthday Card

My first sneak peek from the new Stampin’ Up! catalog just had to be with the new Sprinkles of Life Stamp Set!  This set is the Ronald McDonald House Charities stamp set. With every purchase of this stamp set, Stampin’ Up! will donate $3 to the Ronald McDonald House Charities! This is such a perfect opportunity for all of us to buy something we love and will enjoy and know that we are helping an important cause.

I think this Sprinkles of Life Stamp Set is one of the best RMHC sets we’ve had. Not only that, but there is a new punch that coordinates with it to punch out some of the elements! On this card I made I punched out the frosting on the cupcakes! But could you also see the frosting as clouds?? Other similar stamps serve as leaves on a tree or a batch of flowers! But maybe they are fancy frosting designs! Lots of possibilities with this stamp set and punch!

The card base is the new In Color Watermelon Wonder.  It’s a very different red, not quite as bright or deep as I was expecting. I was determined to use the new matching 1″ Dotted Lace TrimIt is VERY soft and flexible, not stiff like you might imagine. I ran some Fast Fuse along the bottom edge of the paper on the back and just kind of gathered the lace trim and stuck it down as I went.  No fancy process, just stuck it down, trying to get it rather straight, but not perfect. The designer paper is the new Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack. It’s full of bright, fun and pretty patterns, some clearly for birthday and others for any occasion whatsoever. There is also matching Washi Tape! And to decorate the cupcakes a little bit, I had to use a bit of Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, adhered with the 2-Way Glue Pen. One of my favorites!

The new catalog will be out soon, June 2nd is the big day!  But don’t forget about the outgoing stamps and accessories!  It is probably easiest to shop HERE at my Online Store where you can scroll through all the available products!  If you change the drop down box in the upper right to “Show:  ALL” you can just scroll continuously and not have to keep going to the next page and the next.

If you are one of my regular customers, local or out-of-town, I will be getting the new catalogs out as soon as they are ready. If you do not have a Demonstrator and are interested in Stampin’ Up! products, email me at and let me know you’d like a catalog. If you have been a “No Contact” customer of mine and would like a catalog, please get in touch. This means that when you placed an order with me you checked the boxes that said you did not want contact from a demonstrator. If you are interested in ordering again and want a catalog, just let me know. Otherwise, of course, the catalog will be available online on June 2nd.

Last day for these Weekly Deals, too!  Check them out if you are ordering today!

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal May 12 2015

Wildflower Meadow Butterfly All Occasions Card

Wildflower Meadow Butterfly All Occasions Card

One of the retiring stamps is Wildflower Meadow with a matching embossing folder, Wildflower Meadow Textured Impressions Embossing FolderThey are discounted now on the Stampin’ Up! Retiring List so check them out! Wildflower Meadow is very pretty although I know I didn’t use it as often as I could have. It’s a large background stamp so I actually prefer the wood-mount verson which is a little easier to use I think.

I decided to use the Wildflower Meadow stamp in kind of a monochromatic look on this card, stamping the Crumb Cake card stock with Crumb Cake ink.  You could also use Versamark Ink for the same look. The card base is Soft Suede. I wanted to see a pretty background but I wanted a butterfly to be the focal point.

The butterfly is a piece of paper from the Gold Soiree Specialty Designer Series Paper which is so pretty with its Metallic Gold and is discounted 50% on the Stampin’ Up! Retired List also! The butterfly is die-cut with the Butterflies Thinlits Dies. I added a few Pearl Basic Jewels Embellishments for the butterfly’s body and just adhered it with a Stampin’ Dimensional (a thin scrap from the edge of the Dimensional page to fit) so the butterfly would look 3D. Then for just a little more embellishment I added a strip of Venetian Crochet Trim across the bottom.

This card could be used for almost any occasion so I decided to leave off a greeting until I need to send the card and see what I want to put on it. It certainly could be used for Mother’s Day which is coming up next Sunday, May 10, 2015. It could also be birthday, thinking of you, get well, graduation, sympathy, even a wedding card.

Go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store now and see all the great products and certainly many discounted prices available!

Starburst Sayings Happy Day Card

Starburst Sayings Happy Day Card

Starburst Sayings is one of the stamp sets on the Stampin’ Up! Retired List that I was so surprised to see on there! It’s a fun stamp set to use and can cover many occasions from congratulations, birthdays, anniversaries, new baby, encouragement, and even weddings. All it takes is using the appropriate colors, papers and embellishments.  Dress it up or dress it down, as they say! You can use circle punches with several of the stamps if you don’t mind punching inside the starburst edges.  Use the matching Starburst Framelits Dies to use with these stamps or just paper.

The Starburst Sayings Stamp Set is discounted on the Retired List right now or you can purchase the Bundle with the stamp set and the framelits and save a little money.

Starburst Saying Stamp Set Images

Here’s another card I made awhile back with one of the other sayings:

Starburst Sayings and Retro Fresh

This card is from last year and has retired paper and trim on it, but you can easily change it with something current.  You can read that blog post HERE.

To shop for any of the Stampin’ Up! Retired products, just go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE.  You can choose Stamps or Accessories. Click the View ALL dropdown box so that you can just scroll through all the products rather than having to go to the next page and the next.

Label Love Happy Birthday Card

Label Love Happy Birthday Card

Is it really going?  Label Love Stamp Set? It’s on the Stampin’ Up! Retired List so I guess it is true. This was a set that even if I wasn’t planning to use it, the greetings were so “usable” that if I couldn’t find quite the right thing, this set would usually fill the bill.

Label Love Stamp Set

As you can see, the sentiments cover just about everything! And even better, this stamp set coordinates with the Artisan Label Punch. This punch is also retiring and is discounted. Of course it is only available while supplies last as are all the accessories. On this card, I actually cut out the stamped label and then punched out a piece of Coastal Cabana card stock for the layer behind it. You could also color the edge of the stamped image and punch out and it would look like a layer. To make the label stand out a little bit, I punched a piece of Tangerine Tango with the 1 3/4″ Circle Punch.

The card base is So Saffron with a Whisper White layer on which I have adhered Retro Fresh This and That Washi Tape for a little background.  I wound up some Coastal Cabana Thick Baker’s Twine to put behind the label, which is kind of “in style” now. For the little bow, I took some White Baker’s Twine and used my Coastal Cabana Stampin’ Write Marker to just put some stripes on the baker’s twine to make it match my project. For a little pizzazz for this birthday card, I punched some stars with the star punch in the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack out of the Champagne Glimmer Paper.

I think almost everything I used on this card is retiring so be sure to check the list and availability. Don’t wait too long because you never know what or when something will sell out. Stamps, however, will be available throughout most of May.

Here are the lists again. If Stampin’ Up! has updated the availability, you will see an X in the last column meaning it is no longer available.

Stampin’ Up! Retired List PDF

Stampin’ Up! Retired Sortable Excel List

Don’t forget about My Digital Studio!!  You don’t pay shipping on these digital products and you access them right away.  But you do put them on a regular order with any other products you want.  They do not have to go on a separate order just for MDS.

Retired List My Digital Studio PDF

Retired List My Digital Studio Excel

Visit my Stampin’ Up! Online Store today and choose the Retiring Products you can’t live without!


Flower Patch Spring Birthday Card & Last Day Free Shipping!!

Flower Patch Spring Birthday Card

I’ve been thinking about making a flowery spring card. When I found this Whisper White card base with the Daffodil Delight layer already adhered and mixed in with the card stock, it became the start of the card I was going to make. Since the Brights Backgrounds Designer Series Paper Stack was already out on the table, I just used that for another layer and thought the spring flowers and leaves from the Flower Patch Photopolymer Stamp Set would make the perfect spring card. After you stamp some flowers, you can use the Big Shot and the Flower Fair Framelits Dies to cut the pieces out.  The Flower Fair Framelits Dies are on sale until Monday on the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals!


Don’t forget today is the LAST DAY for FREE SHIPPING!!  Don’t miss out on the fun of not paying for shipping!  Woohoo!!  What a treat!

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Paper Pumpkin Snip

And if you want to try Paper Pumpkin, the papercrafting kit that comes to you in the mail once a month, subscribe today (April 10th)!  If you subscribe by today, you will receive your first kit in a few days when they ship about mid-April. Subscribe after April 10th and you’ll receive the May kit first. Only $19.95/month and that price includes shipping!

Or add a Prepaid Subscription to your Stampin’ Up! order (free shipping not offered on Paper Pumpkin kits).  Just choose the length of time you want. Receive an email with instructions on how to activate your account.  Give one as a gift!

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Paper Pumpkin Sew You Kit Cards

Paper Pumpkin Sew You Kit Cards

With each Paper Pumpkin Kit, the papercrafting kit that comes to you in the mail once a month, you can choose the make the project, whatever it might be, exactly as described or you can change up the design and perhaps add some extra materials of your own. This kit for March, Sew You, comes with little prepunched cards all ready for some embroidery! If you’ve never picked up a needle and thread (or it has been awhile!), the instructions with the kit tell you how to do it. It’s very simple. You can even change up the stitching if you like, as I did on the middle Thank You card. On the bottom card, I cut one of the black and white card bases in half and used that as a layer on top of my own Coastal Cabana card stock to which I added some Daffodil Delight Seam Binding Ribbon. The little acrylic stickers come with the kit. They are a fun little accent to add to the card!

Once you are a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, you can purchase any past kits that are available or any refills for the kits. Maybe you want to make more or maybe you missed a kit that you would like to have. The refill kits come with just the supplies, not the stamp set, so you might have to supplement with your own stamps and greetings but that shouldn’t be so difficult.

If you haven’t made your kit yet, here is a GREAT way to thread the needle without fighting with the multiple strands in the thread.  Just take a piece of paper, folded in half that will fit through the eye of the needle.  Lay the end of your thread inside the folded paper and insert through the needle. Your thread goes through easily and perfectly! I love it! There are all kinds of threading gadgets, but this tiny piece of paper worked great!

How to Thread the Needle

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A Foxy Birthday Card

A Foxy Birthday Card

There’s a lot behind this foxy birthday card using the stamp set Life in the Forest. I got the idea from a couple of samples I found online and I was pleased when it all came together. I made it for my sister-in-law who had a little problem with several sightings of a fox on the playground last summer at the preschool where she works. She set a trap for it but never caught anything, and the fox must have wandered off into the woods from whence he came and was never seen again, at least not at preschool! So of course we’ve had to tease her a little bit about the fox!

I stamped the fox with Memento Black Ink and colored with Blendabilities Markers and cut out with my Paper Snips. The “grass” is made from torn Old Olive card stock with some grass cut with the Fringe Scissors. I stamped the trees on designer paper and cut them out so I could adhere them around on the card. Some cutting but no coloring involved! The quote from the fox is from the stamp set Just Sayin’The saying at the top of the card I wrote on the computer and printed out. Too bad there wasn’t a stamp! The background of the card layer is Soft Sky with some clouds sponged in with White Craft Ink. Just punch out a scallop circle and use that to sponge the edges to get the puffy cloud look. And the fox has a little Rhinestone Jewel for his nose.

Here is the inside of the card:

Fox Birthday Card inside

Since the Blendabilities Markers would bleed through the Whisper White card stock I made a layer for inside the card and stamped and colored on that.  And sponged a little Soft Sky ink in the background for a sky.

It was a fun card to make! I love how we can make almost anything one way or another with Stampin’ Up! products!

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Chocolate Inspiration Card

Chocolate Box

How about some chocolate inspiration for a card?  My daughter gave me this box of chocolates for Christmas (I know, you can’t believe I haven’t eaten it all by now!) but it is almost too cute to eat! At least it is so colorful that I enjoy looking at it on the counter. The other day I thought, those colors would make a good card! So this is my chocolate inspiration card below:

Chocolate Inspiration Card

I just matched up some colors of card stock to the wrappers in the candy box.  They didn’t have to be perfect but I was going for the look. I wanted to stamp just a fun greeting at the bottom, so I chose “Yippee-Skippee!” from the Yippee-Skippee Stamp Set. Just imagine the different greetings you could put on this same card!

I thought the top portion needed a little something, and then I noticed the candy box had some multi-colored twine wrapped around it! That was perfect! I just grabbed some Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine and wrapped it around. I like it!

So you never know where your inspiration can come from!  It can come from anywhere, not just a card website or magazine or something only stamping related. It might be a canned goods label in your pantry, a pillow at the store, a dress or scarf in a magazine, a map in an atlas – anything!

Don’t forget to take advantage of Sale-A-Bration so you’ll have even more stamps and supplies with which to make your gorgeous creations when inspiration strikes! Just purchase $50 in Stampin’ Up! products and choose a free Sale-A-Bration item FREE!

Alter a Shopping Gift Bag for a Birthday Bag

Altered Birthday Gift Bag

The other day I bought a birthday gift for a friend in a nice gift shop and got this pretty shopping bag. I wanted to create a large design to cover the store label on the front and back of the bag so I altered the shopping bag and turned it into a birthday gift bag! Since I needed a large design, I chose the Labels Collection Framelits Dies for the background. I also added a banner underneath from the Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper. You can choose a pack of this paper FREE during Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration with a $50 purchase.

Next I needed a large stamp set for the design so I pulled out the Big News Stamp Set.  I stamped the greeting and put a birthday candle on each side of it.  I also stamped the “Woohoo” and cut it out by hand to add to the label. Everything was colored in with Blendabilities Markers, not so much for the blending opportunity but just because I love the feel of coloring with those markers!

There was some printing along a band at the bottom of the bag so I simply embossed a strip of Whisper White with the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder to adhere over the printing.

Since there was also some store printing on the back of the bag, I also covered the back to match.  I liked the saying in the stamp set “Enjoy the fuss.”  Great saying for enjoying one’s birthday!

Altered Birthday Gift Bag back label

Don’t forget Sale-A-Bration is underway so with any $50 purchase (before shipping and tax) you can choose a free product in the brochure.  Click on the link above. Look for the “FREE” label in the brochure to choose your product.  No limits, so with a $100 purchase you choose two products, with $150 choose three products and so on! Get together with some friends and submit the orders together and you, as a Hostess, with a $250 merchandise total will not only get the normal $40 in Hostess Dollars to spend, but during Sale-A-Bration you will also get an extra $25 in Hostess Dollars!

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Find a shopping bag in your collection and see how you can alter it and turn it into a birthday gift bag instead! Recycling at its best! And most fun!

Altered Birthday Gift Bag Label Die

Make a Chalkboard Paper Birthday Card

Chalkboard Birthday Card

I’ve said before one of my favorite things in the world, perhaps becoming obsolete, is a chalkboard, and this Chalkboard Paper Birthday Card gives me a chance to sort of play with a chalkboard again. Two new products in the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog are the Chalkboard Paper and the ColorBox Chalk Ink Pads. The color of Chalk Ink I used is Rose Coral. I cut the Chalkboard Paper 2″ wide so that I could use the Tag Topper Scalloped Punch and the stamps fit just fine. Using the clear-mount stamps means you can place two stamps you want to use on one larger block and stamp them both at the same time. This stamp set, Big Day, is available as a FREE product earned during Sale-A-Bration with a $50 purchase of Stampin’ Up! merchandise! The background paper, layered on Coastal Cabana card stock as the card base, is also available FREE during Sale-A-Bration. It is called Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper #138633. For a little added glitz and to complement the “bokeh” design of the background paper, I punched various sizes of circles from the Silver Glimmer Paper and put a little bow on top of the tag with the new Painted Blooms Cotton Twine (3-pack) in the Occasions Catalog.

It is recommended that you purchase the refill for the Chalk Ink right away because your pad needs to be juicy for it to stamp well.

If you need any stamping supplies, please visit my Stampin’ Up! Store. And be sure to check the new deals below!

Here are the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for January 13 – 19, 2015.  As usual, some good things I would recommend and would buy myself (if I didn’t already own them!). Small as they are, I use the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack a lot. One thing I don’t own is the Angled Tag Topper Punch, which I might have to consider now that it is on sale. I know the ribbon is beautiful.Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal Jan 13 2015



Paper Pumpkin Dec 2014 Kit Birthday Shaker Card

Paper Pumpkin Kit Confetti Birthday Card

It may be cold, dark and rainy outside today, but inside it’s fun and happy making the cards in the December Paper Pumpkin Kit! The colors are cheery and the cards just brighten up the afternoon! All this star confetti plus turquoise-colored sequins make a shaker card using a window sheet adhered in a frame using long dimensionals provided in the kit so the confetti has room to move around inside. You get to make 3 Thank You cards, 3 Happy Birthday cards , and 3 Hello cards! What a helpful and happy kit to have to start off the New Year!  All supplies are included, even the toothpick!! In other kits you may need to provide your own adhesive.

Paper Pumpkin is the papercrafting kit from Stampin’ Up! that shows up in your mailbox once a month with a surprise project inside. While it is past time to receive this particular kit, there is a new one every month and all you have to do is sign up.  Once you are a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, you do have access to any past kits that you missed based on availability. Sometimes there are extra entire kits and sometimes just the supplies but no stamps.

Here is my finished Happy Birthday card with the confetti and sequins inside the shaker window!Paper Pumpkin Dec 2014 Kit Birthday Shaker Card

Right now during Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration you can purchase a prepaid 3-month Paper Pumpkin subscription and save $5 Not only is that a little bit of a special deal, but since that subscription on your Stampin’ Up! order will cost $54.85, that will qualify you to earn a FREE Sale-A-Bration item from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure!  You can order other Stampin’ Up! products along with it, or give an extra Paper Pumpkin subscription to a deserving recipient for a gift, and for every $50 in merchandise you spend, you will receive a free Sale-A-Bration product!

Browse through the Sale-A-Bration Brochure right now, find the items marked FREE, and choose what you would like to receive as a bonus for every $50 purchase!

Let me know if you have any questions or if you would like copies of the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog, Annual Catalog, or Sale-A-Bration Brochure! Email me at

Stampin’ Up! Bargains! Get Them Today!

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal Dec 30 2014

The bargains aren’t just at the mall, you can find bargains at Stampin’ Up! in the Weekly Deals and the Year-End Closeouts! And you don’t even have to get out in the traffic or the crowds! In the Weekly Deals this week, until next Monday night, you have a very cute birthday stamp set, several accessories for the Big Shot, a punch, embellishments and a photobook download for My Digital Studio (or whatever design software you own). Click the picture above or the link HERE.

Don’t forget the Year-End Closeouts, good through January 5, 2015.
Year-End Closeouts Banner


Shop for anything you want at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store!

Top Note Package Chalkboard Tag

Top Note Package Tag

I got this idea from one of the many store ads I have gotten in the mail recently, and I thought it was so cute! The chalkboard style is still “in”, which I love, so I made a package tag with the Top Note Die to look like a chalkboard! Hasn’t the Top Note Die been just about the most versatile die to ever use?! I wrapped the package in the Stampin’ Up! Festive Designer Kraft Paper Roll (on the Clearance Rack!) and tied the Cherry Cobbler 1″ Sheer Linen Ribbon around. Then I die cut the Top Note tag and wrote on it with my White Stampin’ Chalk MarkerEasy, fun, and works for anybody.  If you don’t own the Top Note Die, just use a piece of Basic Black Card Stock that’s not die cut! The kraft wrapping paper you can use any time.

This morning Stampin’ Up! added new items to the Year-End Closeout Clearance Rack so be sure to check those out!

Stampin' Up! Clearance Rack Year End Closeouts

And here are the new Stampin’ Up Weekly Deals for this week Dec. 23 – 29, 2014.

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal Dec 23 2014


If you need last-minute help with your Christmas shopping (or better yet, your husband or family does for you!) I offer gift certificates that I can email and they can print out, wrap up beautifully for you, and you’ll be all set to order from the new Occasions Catalog coming January 6th!