Category Archives: Birthday

Stampin Up! Weekly Deal March 25 2014–Shimmer and Glimmer!

Stampin Up! Weekly Deal March 25 2014

Check out the latest Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for this week, March 25 through March 31! If you like shimmer and glimmer, this is the week for you!  Both the Champagne Glimmer Paper and Silver Glimmer Paper are on sale! These are some of my favorite Stampin’ Up! products! The glimmer of the beautiful sparkly paper often adds so much to your project!  We have all loved it ever since Stampin’ Up! started carrying the glimmer paper!  You can even “watercolor” with reinker on the Silver Glimmer Paper to make it a different color if you like that! Be sure to stock up if you like some pizzazz to your cards and projects while you can save a little bit of money! Check out all the other offerings as well!

Remember, they all count toward Sale-A-Bration, which will be over before we know it!  Sale-A-Bration is Stampin’ Up!’s biggest promotion and ends March 31!  That is next Monday, last day! Last day to spend $50 and choose a free product from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure!  Remember, your original purchase doesn’t have to come from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure.  There are suggested Bundles in there if you need suggestions to get to $50 (perhaps for a beginner) but you can purchase any current Stampin’ Up! products and then choose your FREE product from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure. Who doesn’t want free stuff?

Shop at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store any time for the best in papercrafting products, take advantage of these Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals, and with a $50 purchase earn a free product during Sale-A-Bration this week!

Birthday Pop Up Box Card

Birthday Pop Up Box Card

I’ve been making a lot of these popular pop-up box cards lately! They’re not difficult and are quite cute to make. If you make them the right size, they will fit in a regular size envelope when folded flat. There are two little folded strips inside the box to which you attach whatever stamped images you want to be part of your card. I used several different stamp sets and greetings on this card. You can leave the back piece of the box unfolded and put a long layer on the back if you want to write a greeting.  But you don’t have to. Put more layers of designer paper on the box or not.  It’s all up to. you.

Birthday Pop Up Box Card Back Greeting

These cards are really fun to make! Remember, it folds flat and fits inside an envelope as long as you are careful where you place your popping up images.  Lay the card on your envelope so you see how much space you have.

Start with half a sheet of cardstock like always.  Lay sideways in your Simply Scored Tool.  Score at 2″, 4″, 6″, and 8″. Turn the other way and score at 2″ for box flaps. Then cut those scored sections up to the score line.  The little 1/2″ piece on one end will be the part you attach to the inside of the box. Use Sticky Strip or Tombow Multi Glue.  The little braces that go inside are two 1″ x 3″ pieces, each scored at 1/2″ and 2 1/2″. Those fit inside, the trickiest part! Then attach whatever decorations you want for your card!

Remember, Sale-A-Bration ends March 31.  That’s a week from today!  Just enough time to make your list and get your order in!  Don’t procrastinate until the very last minute!

Shop anytime at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store! If you prefer not to order online, please contact me, email, and I will be happy to make arrangements with you and put the order in for you.

Also the special with subscribing to Paper Pumpkin ends March 31st also! Get a pack of FREE MARKERS with your Welcome Kit!  Your also receive a free clear block for your stamps with the Welcome Kit to use on future kits!  It’s a papercrafting kit in a box, easy to do, quick and simple, unique, exclusive to Paper Pumpkin, and a surprise in your mailbox for only $19.95 which includes shipping!  Just keeps getting better!

Secret Garden Soft Sky Monochromatic Birthday Card

Secret Garden Soft Sky Monochromatic Birthday CardThis monochromatic birthday card uses Soft Sky card stock and flowers from the Secret Garden stamp set. I think a monochromatic card looks calming, not that a birthday card should be calming, it has a simple elegance to it.  I found this Soft Sky piece already embossed with the Fancy Fan Embossing Folder and decided I wanted to just layer it on a card base of Soft Sky as well. I stamped the birthday greeting and made it like a banner and stamped the flowers, also in Soft Sky ink. I just cut the flowers out by hand but there are coordinating Secret Garden Framelits to make that job easier.

Now that spring is here we can start using the Soft Subtles family of colors!

Don’t forget about the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals and Sale-A-Bration!

Enjoy your first weekend of spring!

Gift Wrap Idea: Gold Kraft Gift Box with Gold Frizzle

Gold Gift Box with Gold Frizzle

Do you need a fancy gift wrap idea?  Use the Stampin’ Up! Kraft Gift Box and gold, gold, gold! Gold is IN these days so you might as well use it! I love these little Kraft Gift Boxes. They are 3 1/2″ wide on each side so perfect for a small gift or treat. I decorated this one first with a layer of Gold Foil on each side, cut just 1/8″ smaller on each side than the box. Then I layered a piece of Gold Fancy Foil Designer Vellum on each side (choose whichever pattern you like the best). I put a different pattern on the top.

Then to really jazz it up a bit, I put a little “frizzle” on the top! I didn’t know where I came up with that term or description, but it turns out “frizzle” does mean curl or kink or ringlets so I guess I was correct! Do you know where I got it?  From the Gold Baker’s Twine! The Gold Baker’s Twine is really just White Baker’s Twine with the metallic gold thread twisted around in it. Some people have even complained that when using the Gold Baker’s Twine, it came untwisted and frayed at the ends. But you can embrace that idea and untwist the gold thread from the white twine! Cut the Baker’s Twine into pieces several inches long each to make it easier.  Then gather your pile of gold threads and tie onto a bow or knot. Very easy! I could have also added a piece of Gold Sequin Trim for some extra bling!

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Gold Gift Box Top with Gold Frizzle

Birthday Basics Easy Birthday Card

Birthday Basics Easy Birthday Card

Do you ever need to make a quick and easy birthday card for someone? Here’s one! You can jazz it up even more or you can even make it simpler than this one is!  All you need is the basic idea – maybe some designer paper, card stock and a stamp!

I got out this Birthday Basics Designer Series Paper to make a different birthday card but after I cut a strip of the balloon piece and saw it next to the Crumb Cake card stock I had this idea. Just adhere it to the side of the card base and stamp a greeting right on the card base, perhaps in Early Espresso.  Well, that would be the most basic, and I ended up doing a little more. I’m even looking at it today and thinking what more I could have done to it! But there’s nothing wrong with simple. I put a scallop edge on a piece of Gumball Green card stock for a little contrast next to the designer paper.  Just use the Scallop Edge Border Punch.

For the greeting on the card, I used the birthday stamp from Label Love. I colored the stamp with Stampin’ Write MarkersGumball Green, Raspberry Ripple, and Bermuda Bay. After stamping, I did punch out the greeting with the  Artisan Label Punch but I ended up trimming around it with my Paper Snips to make it smaller. That way I could punch out another label from Gumball Green that would fit as the layer underneath.

Want to “jazz it up” some more? Maybe add a strip of Gumball Green on the left side of the designer paper.  Tie a ribbon around the designer paper with a knot or bow. With Versamark ink (or same color ink as paper) stamp some birthday images on the card front so they are subtle. Texturize the front of the card before adding anything else with an embossing folder and your Big Shot. Add a little bling to the greeting with small rhinestones or Candy Dots or Dazzling Diamonds Glitter. You get the idea!

It’s Sale-A-Bration time at Stampin’ Up!, so if you would like to make your own bundle to make simple cards like this one, here’s a suggestion:

Those items will give you a merchandise total of $52.60, which earns you one FREE Sale-A-Bration product! Check out the Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration Brochure! I’d probably suggest the Banner Punch, the Sweet Sorbet Designer Series Paper, the See Ya Later stamp set (greetings) OR the Good As Gold Card Kit (to make even more cards!).

With Stampin’ Up! products, you’re always set for lots of card-making!  Have fun!

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Countless Sayings 1 & 2 New Photopolymer Stamp Sets from Stampin’ Up!

Countless Sayings Stamp Sets 1 & 2 Photopolymer Sets

Click to enlarge flyer.

Stampin’ Up! has just released TWO new photopolymer stamp sets.  They are named Countless Sayings 1 & 2. Lots of words to use for all kinds of projects, cards, scrapbook pages and more! Both these sets will be great for Valentines Day projects as well as many other occasions.  These photopolymer stamp sets are only available while supplies last, and two sets have sold out already, so they aren’t kidding! Click on the stamps image above to see the flyer. Click HERE to go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store to shop for these sets and other photopolymer stamp sets.  Don’t forget to check out the Weekly Deals and also the Clearance Rack that had new items added to it the other day.

A Pop-Up Birthday Card for My Son

Pop Up Birthday Card

Lots of days I can have or see hundreds of ideas for cards and  stamping projects I want to make, but sometimes when I need a card for someone special it’s like I’ve never stamped before and can’t think of a thing to make.  Does that ever happen to you?! Sometimes I can look around in all the usual inspirational places and not see anything I like, just because I NEED something right then.

Cards for guys always seem a little harder to come up with, although they really shouldn’t be. Often it’s just a matter of changing the color or the paper or using less bling or more texture. Anyway, when I needed a card for my son for his birthday I found this one at I used the “You’re Amazing” greeting on the front of the card from the stamp set You’re Amazing and used the Big Shot and the Apothecary Accents Framelit to cut it out. Love, love, love the little Candy Dots and the Candy Dot Brad Bases (or the Candy Dots by themselves!). While the sample I was copying used a more feminine designer series paper, I changed it to our current Sweater Weather Designer Series Paper.

Pop Up Birthday Card Inside

The inside of the card is a pop-up!  And it’s made the old-fashioned way, with two little strips of paper making a box shape on each side of the card hidden by a front panel that you can then add things to so that it pops up. I copied the sample pretty closely except for the greeting and the designer paper. Then if you like you can stick a gift card, check or cash in that opening or even engineer it to have a pocket, or any other design along the pop up portion!

This was a good male birthday card to make.  It could be for anyone, but the Sweater Weather Designer Paper makes it look like fall and more masculine.  With a whole pack of paper, you can choose any of the patterns and know they will look good together because Stampin’ Up! has done all the work of coordinating colors and patterns.  And did I mention that I love the Candy Dots??!!!

To order any of these supplies or papers or stamps, just go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store.


And it is Day 4 of Digital Scrapbooking Days over at Stampin’ Up! website for My Digital Studio! Choose this Modern Medley Overlays Kit digital download for 50% off today only! Click on the image below for more information and to shop for this download.

Modern Medley Overlays Kit

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Visit the website (you do have to sign in) for more information about using this download and tons of information about My Digital Studio.

Cupcake Birthday Flip Card

Cupcake Birthday Flip Card

Using the new Circle Card Thinlits Die from Stampin’ Up! is my newest favorite way to make a card! These are so cute and so easy!  Hopefully the recipient will also find it a fun card! Bet you can’t pull and “flip” it only once!  So fun to play with!

The card base is Bermuda Bay card stock with Birthday Basics Designer Series Paper decorating it. Be sure to order this Birthday Basics paper because it is really cute, great colors – you will love it! The cupcake is from the Create a Cupcake stamp set and the little banner is from Itty Bitty Banners and cut out with the coordinating Bitty Banners Framelits DieI had to add two little Rhinestones on the banner!

The Silver Glimmer Paper is cut out with the 2 1/2″ Circle Punch, but the scallop is cut out with a die that comes with the Circle Card Thinlits Die.  On the cupcake frosting are three Candy Dots.  Talk about cute!  You’ve got to have Candy Dots in all the colors!

Be sure you put one (or both) of the Thinlits Dies on your next order or Wish List! And Candy Dots! Oh, and don’t forget the Birthday Basics Paper, too!

You can shop at your convenience at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store or you are always welcome to contact me.

Birthday Beer Stein Card

Birthday Beer Stein

Yesterday was my husband’s birthday so of course I launched a search for masculine cards and found this birthday beer stein card idea on Pinterest. I copied it exactly except for the greeting. There are other versions similar to this but this one was made by a demonstrator named Tammy.

You’ll need a piece of Whisper White for the card base and Soft Suede for the layer. Mine is embossed with the Stripes Embossing Folder (hard to see in this photo!) but you could use something different or leave it plain.  The beer stein is a piece of 3″x 3 3/4″ Whisper White with the bottom corners rounded (you can use the new Envelope Punch Board!) with three strips of So Saffron 7/8″ x 3 1/2″, again with the bottom edges rounded.  I stamped the greeting from the stamp set Four You.  Everything is sponged with a little bit of ink around the edges on the card.

Then for the “punch art” part!  Make the beer foam bubbles with three circles from the 1 1/4″ Circle Punch, five circles from the 3/4″ Circle Punch, one circle from the 1/2″ Circle Punch and five scallops from the little scallop punch in the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack.  That’s what I used but you could certainly use lots of other things to make the bubbles, such as other scallop punches or circle sizes.  The beer stein handle is the Large Oval Punch, then punched over with the Extra-Large Oval Punch.

It’s fun to make your own birthday cards for your friends and loved ones!   When you make handmade birthday cards, you can personalize the cards for that person.  My husband might not be a big beer drinker, but what he really likes is to pick out assorted different beers to try, in stores where you can do that. So while I saw lots of masculine card ideas and birthday card ideas I easily could have used for him, I thought the birthday beer stein card idea was one he would enjoy! I think it is important to send happy birthday wishes to people, especially after enjoying my own best birthday ever!

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Pop’ N Cuts Dress Form and Card Base Birthday Card

Pop n Cuts Birthday Card

These Pop’ N Cut Dies were introduced in the Stampin’ Up! Spring Catalog and honestly, I didn’t pay much attention to them.  I think I had already added so many things to my order that by the time I got to their page in the catalog I wasn’t interested. I didn’t take any time to see what they were about, although I did order the Dress Up Framelits Dies.  Those seemed easy enough.

But then as so often happens, I started to see really cute things other people made and also watched some videos made by the designer of the dies, Karen Burniston. That’s when I put them on my next order!  The shape of the Card Base Pop’ N Cuts Die is a Stampin’ Up! exclusive, made with the decorative edge and made so you can tuck it into the slits to close. You can use just this without the pop up portion.

Pop n Cuts Birthday Card Inside

The pop up portion is easy to do once you get the hang of it. You want to be careful not to fold things that shouldn’t be folded.  In order to get the pop up going, it works best if you get your fingers behind that table part and then you will see and feel where the score lines are and how to get the pop up to pop up!

Dress Form Pop n Cuts Inside Card

Once you get the pop up popped up, you can adhere it to the card base.  Just be careful to see where the adhesive should go and shouldn’t go.  I haven’t gotten the hang of that yet! Even though I think I’m being careful, I always get adhesive where it shouldn’t be!  But as long as you pay a little bit of attention, you’ll be okay!  Then you can embellish and decorate your card however you like on the inside and on the front!

Pop n Cuts Birthday Card Side View

This is what the pop up looks like from the side.  You want to get that rectangle shape from the side.  That’s how you know you have it right!  Once you get that shape, then the rest will take care of itself.

These Pop’ N Cut dies are easy enough to use and fun besides!  You can also trim that dress shape off the pop up and add another piece of card stock for a gift card holder or for a message or other design.

Here are the Pop’ N Cuts dies I used plus the framelits:

Just go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store any time! Just think what magical cards you can make with the Pop’ N Cuts Dies!

Daydream Medallions Birthday Card

Daydream Medallions Birthday Card

The Daydream Medallions stamp set I have thought is a beautiful one.  And this birthday card my longtime dear friend made for me for my birthday with Daydream Medallions is certainly a beautiful card. She always makes a beautiful card in a simple elegant style.

Don’t you love the cupcake on the envelope, too?! Always stamp something on your envelope! We don’t want to send a naked envelope! If that cupcake wasn’t stamped on that envelope, wouldn’t you just toss it out right away?

My friend also sent me a funny book with quotes about old age! My favorite one I’ve found so far is one by Ann Landers, the advice columnist. Let me first state that I did NOT turn 70! Just to be clear!!  But whatever decade below that it was, this describes exactly how I feel!

“Inside every seventy-year-old is a thirty-five-year-old asking “What happened?”

Maybe the essence of ourselves doesn’t age past thirty-five and that’s why we don’t feel as old as we get!

The book is called Old Age Is Always 15 Years Older Than I Am by Randy Voorhees if you need a funny gift for a middle-aged friend!

A Birthday Jar of Notes!

 Birthday Jar of Notes

My daughter, last weekend, did so many things to make my $%&^th birthday the best one I ever had! I’ll just say it was one of the milestone ones!  She took all the sting out of turning this age with all her surprises, the best one being her flying in from California and surprising me! In addition there was a beautiful birthday cake and a mother-daughter cooking class at our neighbor’s house. I couldn’t have imagined anything else, but she had one more surprise up her sleeve!

I don’t even quite know the FULL story, but apparently months ahead of time she contacted friends, neighbors, and relatives and sent them packets with colored note cards and asked them to write some special memory or story or birthday wishes to me or about me.  Then they sent them back to her and she put them all in this jar she decorated with a ribbon and button.

It was SO much fun to read all of them, see who they were from, and see the old photos some people included!  Even all 8 of my brother’s children wrote notes! My one long, long, long time friend and college roommate even copied excerpts from her diary when we were in college and about when I met my husband. My other equally long-time friend sent photos of when I was a bridesmaid in her wedding and our story about how hard we’ve laughed over all my Quilt Show purchases through the years (before stamping) that I would drag out when she visited. Some neighbors talked about all our activities with our kids through the years; swim team, Cub Scouts, even college graduations! My sister-in-law mentioned her visit when our girls were little-bitty and I bought them matching outfits. Not only were the memories and nice notes great, it made clear the connections I have with all these people, built up through all these years. If you are looking for an exceptionally special gift to give someone for whatever occasion, this idea is certainly it!!

birthday jar of notes


Surprises Galore for My Milestone Birthday

What a weekend and what a birthday! I went from not having anything special planned at all for my birthday except probably my husband and I going to a nice restaurant for dinner, well not probably, for sure!!

My one son emailed and said he and his brother were coming home for the weekend (they live about 3 hours away). On Friday he emailed again that he and his girlfriend were coming that night but Steven would come on Saturday, and Eric was staying over Monday and Tuesday, but Steven and Heather would drive back on Sunday. Ok.

Everybody arrived Friday night and Saturday at the designated times.  Steven’s car needed to go in the shop for a new battery and oil. Since my back had been acting up for two weeks as well as our new refrigerator, I hadn’t done any grocery shopping and didn’t. But Steven is sticking to his food allergy diet right now which means Mom needs to cook food at home so he doesn’t get any offending substance. Since my back was doing better I made a quick trip to the grocery store and bought some very nice beef tenderloin steaks and other stuff for a nice dinner. When I got the groceries put away, Eric told me he and his girlfriend were meeting a high school friend at 6:30. I thought that was a bit early and wondered how I was going to get this expensive dinner I’d just bought prepared very quickly so they could leave and besides, Steven’s car needed to be picked up at the shop.  But I’m pretty good at that so I got dinner made fairly quickly and as soon as they were finished eating they left, ignoring my suggestion to let their friend know they were going to be a little late rather than rushing through dinner. But moms are used to being ignored with advice.

When Eric and Heather came back home, a little earlier than I expected, I looked up, and here was my daughter Amy who had flown in from California for my birthday!!  Eric had gone to get her at the airport, not visiting his friend! I haven’t had a surprise like that since my bridal shower! I was completely stunned! She usually isn’t home except at Christmas. And that was just the day before my birthday!

Fontinelle Family

On Sunday besides birthday phone calls from friends and family, I got red and white roses from my husband, large fancy chocolate bars from Eric, fancy brownies Steven had baked himself, and and a beautiful chocolate birthday cake Amy had ordered from a really good bakery here.

Birthday Roses


Chocolate Bars


Birthday Cake

Cooking class photos are still on Amy’s camera so I don’t have them yet!

This was a birthday I’ll never forget and what could be better than spending it with all three children (plus my son’s lovely girlfriend!)! I would never have dreamed this big birthday was going to be so wonderful and memorable and fun!



More Stampin’ Up! Convention Display Board Samples

Just a few more I chose from my photos!  Enjoy!

Stampin' Up! Apron Dress Up Framelit Die

Stampin’ Up! Apron Dress Up Framelit Die

Paper Doily Die Card

Paper Doily Die Card

Beautiful Embossed Pumpkin Card

Beautiful Embossed Pumpkin Card

Sample Cards

Sample Cards

Fall Inspiration Cards

Fall Inspiration Cards

Doggie in the Dog House Punch Art Card

Doggie in the Dog House Punch Art Card

Summer Smooches Cards

Summer Smooches Cards

Cute Red Bird Card

Cute Red Bird Card

Oh Hello Scallop Tasteful Trim Card

Oh Hello Scallop Tasteful Trim Card

Make an easy hot air balloon card!

Make an easy hot air balloon card!

Epic Day Designer Paper Triangles

Epic Day Designer Paper Triangles

Hello Card with Epic Day This and That Designer Paper

Hello Card with Epic Day This and That Designer Paper

Cupcake Punch Birthday Card

Cupcake Punch Birthday Card

Apothecary Accents Framelit and Epic Day DSP

Apothecary Accents Framelit and Epic Day DSP

Epic Day This and That Designer Paper

Epic Day This and That Designer Paper

Cute Little Embellishments to Make

Cute Little Embellishments to Make

Yellowstone Natl Park Scrapbook Page

Yellowstone Natl Park Scrapbook Page

Patio Party Designer Paper

Patio Party Designer Paper (Retired)

Cork board

Cute little cork board

Label Love

Label Love Stamp Set and Artisan Punch

3D Box


You’re Amazing Birthday Card

You're Amazing Birthday Card

Do you ever wonder where people get these creative ideas for making cards or any papercrafting projects?  There are lots of places, but perhaps the best one is right at your fingertips…..the new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog! I just barely started paging through the catalog when I saw both a tag and a birthday card at the top of page 15. The birthday card was simple enough although it had some sewing on it……but the tag was also cute.

I made the tag using the stamp set You’re Amazing and embossed with Pool Party Stampin’ Emboss Powder and Versamark Ink. I added two of the new Candy Dots on there (probably my main reason for making the whole card!). One of my favorite framelits dies is the one I used from the Apothecary Accents Framelits collection. I even punched a little hole in each side of the Happy Birthday piece and tied on some Pool Party Baker’s Twine (that color retired).

The card base is Crumb Cake, a great neutral to start with! For this card, I did cut it smaller than usual, 4 1/4″ x 8 1/2″ so when it is folded I have a 4 1/4″ square card. I meant to round the bottom corners of the card but I guess I forgot! After putting a little border on the bottom of the greeting using the  Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch  I used strips of the This And That Epic Designer Series Paper for the layers underneath.  Very simple, good use of scraps, and makes a fun card I think!

In the photo below I think you can see the Pool Party embossing a little better!

You're Amazing Birthday Card with Embossing


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Stampin’ Up! My Digital Studio New Downloads!

Stampin' Up! My Digital Studio

Hey! Here’s a great idea for your summer!  Buy the My Digital Studio software for only $19.95 and start creating your summer scrapbooks, summer party favors, invitations, fun things for the kids to make, whatever you want! It won’t take you long at all to “get the hang of it” with MDS. And if you have the kids home for the summer, you KNOW they will be able to help you with anything digital! Let them create some things as well, then print them out at home or at the office supply store or send off to Stampin’ Up! for printing if it is a special keepsake. Let them help you digitally scrap any photos from the past school year! Or make an album together to get ready for the upcoming school year and have it ready to drop the photos into during the school year! There’s so much potential for you and the kids to work on during the summer and have fun together…..indoors and in the air-conditioning I might add!

One of the best parts is that every Tuesday Stampin’ Up! releases new downloads you can purchase (and on occasion some free ones!). Here are the newest downloads released this week:

My Digital Studio Newest Downloads for June 18th!

View the PDF with all the details!

I suggest purchasing the software because the price has dropped from originally being $79.95 to only $19.95 and you will not believe all the content you get with that full version software!! And when you are ready, you can purchase extra downloads that come out every Tuesday from Stampin’ Up! to suit your projects. But you won’t “need” anything for a long time with all the artwork you receive in the software.

If you really do not want to spend the money without trying, you’re in luck because you can take the MDS 30-Day Free Trial! Get a trial version…..the full software with some artwork to use……and work with it for 30 days. If you want to purchase the full version, do it just before your 30 days ends to make installation a little easier.  If you aren’t interested, the program will end after 30 days.  No obligation.

My Digital Studio is certainly not just about scrapbooking!  So if you are not into scrapbooking, don’t think this program is of no use or joy to you! Experience it!  Take the Free 30-Day Trial!

 My Digital Studio Software or Free 30-Day Trial!  You Choose!

Help a Charity with the Stampin’ Up! Stamp Set “Tag It”

Tag It Stamp Set

There’s one stamp set in the new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog that you can feel GOOD about purchasing! Doesn’t matter how many stamp sets you already have or how full your craft room is or how much paper you are hoarding!  The purchase of the “Tag It” stamp set from Stampin’ Up! will help the Ronald McDonald House Charities program because for the sale of every Tag It stamp set, Stampin’ Up! will donate $3 to the charity!

Tag It is a great stamp set, one of those versatile ones that you can use for lots of occasions AND the new Chalk Talk Framelits will also work with it. You won’t have to cut out the tags by hand!

For the first time, the Ronald McDonald House set is available in four different languages: English, Spanish, French, and German. If another language appeals to you, now you have a choice!

To purchase this Tag It stamp set and have Stampin’ Up! donate $3 for each one sold, just go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store here and place it on your next order!


Gift-Wrapping with Stampin’ Up! Washi Tape

Gingham Garden Designer Washi Tape Birthday Tag and Gift

Now that Stampin’ Up! sells washi tape, we will find lots of ways to use it. You can easily decorate a Kraft Gift Box with strips of our new Gingham Garden Designer Washi Tape. It’s even repositionable, so I was able to lift one part up and put one strip underneath on the top of the box. You could also wrap the tape around the sides of the box or add matching designer paper.

The birthday tag is made by just snipping off the top corners of a scrap of Whisper White card stock.  I added some strips of Gingham Garden Washi Tape to the bottom of the tag.  Since you usually just tear washi tape, I let the lengths be longer than the tag by just a bit and then trimmed off the excess with my Paper Snips on each side.  Washi tape is translucent so keep that in mind when you are deciding on what colors of paper to use.  The surface you stick the tape to will show through somewhat.

To decorate the hole of the tag, I just punched a small scallop with the 7/8″ Scallop Circle Punch, adhered it to the tag, and then used a regular hole punch to punch the hole for the tag. To tie on the tag, I used the Daffodil Delight 1/4″ Stitched Grosgrain RibbonYou could hand write your greeting or your “To” and “From” on the tag or stamp something, or both!  I stamped a birthday greeting from Bring on the Cake in Island Indigo, one of the coordinating colors of the Gingham Garden Washi Tape.

If you want to try out some of the new Stamping’ Up! Washi Tape, just go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store here.

Mixed Bunch Flower Birthday Card

Mixed Bunch Flower Birthday Card

There are many places to get inspiration for our stamping, and for Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators, one of them is our Stampin’ Up! publication called Stampin’ Success. This card I made is pretty much like one in my magazine. I changed the center of the flower because I didn’t have the same stamp set they used, and I used a different color of Baker’s Twine to wrap around the card layer.

The base of the card is made with one of our new In Colors, Coastal Cabana, and the front layer is Whisper White. The sizes are different than our usual cards. The card base starts at 6 1/2″ x 6 1/4″ and folded in half to become 6 1/4″ long by 3 1/4″ wide. (If you want to make it a little easier for yourself without remembering all those numbers, cut a 6″ x 6″ square of card stock for the card base and fold in half!) Before adhering the Whisper White layer, I adhered three separate strings of Baker’s Twine (I used retired Pool Party) to the card stock on the back to save those extra inches I would have used wrapping around.  You can do it either way.  Then I just tied the bow to the center string.

The flowers are stamped with the Mixed Bunch stamp set and Coastal Cabana ink and punched out with the Blossom Punch.  I punched out two flowers so I could layer them and slightly curled the top flower with my Bone Folder to give it some dimension. For the flower center, I stamped the “For You” image from A Round Array twice–once in Coastal Cabana and once in Crisp Cantaloupe.  I used the 1/2″ Circle Punch to punch out the words in Crisp Cantaloupe and used the new 7/8″ Scallop Circle Punch to punch out the whole image in Coastal Cabana. Then I just layered the words on top of the scallop with a tiny Stampin’ Dimensional (part of one). You can layer whichever parts you want with dimensionals or just adhere them together in a flat fashion. The scallop is layered on top of a 1″ Delightful Daffodil circle. I made two little strips of Crisp Cantaloupe card stock and cut the ends like flags and stuck them underneath the flower for a little contrast.  The greeting is from Bring On the Cake but of course, you could use any number of greetings.  For the center of the flower you could place a button or other embellishment instead of the words.

This is a good basic card that you can modify for any number of occasions!

Here are some other ideas you could do:

  • Use ribbon instead of the Baker’s Twine.
  • Turn the card sideways, putting the flower on one side and stamp a greeting on the other side.
  • Stamp a flower or other image and wrap the Baker’s Twine or ribbon around the base of the layer.

If you need any stamping supplies to make cards like this one, please shop at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store here.

Dress Up Birthday Card

Dress Up Birthday Card

Now that my daughter has received her birthday card, I can post it here.  The paper is retired now, but most things are current for you to make your own card like this. The Dress Up Framelits are so fun to use! Just cut out a dress in whatever paper you like, maybe cut two and then have a different top and bottom to your dress, or even a jacket! Almost like playing with paper dolls!

Use the Oval Collection Framelits to die cut a background.  I used the birthday stamp from Petite Pairs for the greeting.  This stamp set is on sale now in the Grab Your Greetings offer for 25% off.  Be sure to check it out because it is a good sentiment stamp set to own.  The other two choices are good ones, also.

The Real Red border at the top and bottom of the retired designer paper is punched with the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch.  What I love about this punch is you can show just the tiny scallops on the edge or you can show the dotted part, so versatile!

If you would like to own the Dress Up Framelits and make oh so many cute projects with them, please visit my Stampin’ Up! Online Store here to place your order.