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How to Make a Z Fold Birthday Card With Pop of Pink

Z Fold Pop of Pink Birthday Card

Learn to make a Z-Fold card and everyone will think you are extremely talented, as with this
Z- Fold Pop of Pink Birthday Card.  The fact that you can make a card with a fancy fold such as this example will really impress, and YOU know that really all you had to do was fold back the front of the card!  Look at the photo below!

Z Fold Plain Card

How to Make a Z-Fold Card

1.  Make the usual card base, 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, folded in half.

2.  Grab the right edge of the front of the card and fold back to the left edge of the card.

3.  Embellish!

OR, if you prefer to measure and score, score the front of the card at 2 1/8″ (center of the 4 1/4″ card front) and fold back as in the photo above.

The Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper and coordinating Washi Tape is on the Retiring List of the outgoing Stampin’ Up! Catalog so grab some while you can! I have always loved the white, pink and black mixed in with some gold, which is why it is called “Specialty” paper.  There are two sheets with gold foil, as I used for the birthday present on this card. And the designer paper is ON SALE!

The only “trick” to this card is to make a panel for the front of the card and glue it ONLY to the front z-fold panel. Hold it on the card before you apply adhesive and just make sure you know where to put the glue. Make sure none will extend beyond that front of the card fold or it will also stick to the inside of the card! My panel on this card is 3 1/4″ x 4″ but you can make yours whatever size you like.

Since I decided to put some Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper on the inside of the card where the greeting would go or note, I had to make a Whisper White panel to go inside.  I made it slightly smaller than the front panel and made sure it lined up BEHIND that front panel. When the card is closed completely flat you do not see the white panel on the inside. Now I have space to write or stamp a note or greeting even though I have decorated the card with the designer paper. There also is the back of the card which is plain where you could write more of a note if you wished.

If you want to see another example of a card like this one, check out my Z-Fold Valentine Card HERE.  This one is just a slightly different orientation.

Try this z-fold card today and check out the Pop of Pink paper in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store!


Eastern Colors and Design Coming in New Eastern Palace Suite by Stampin’ Up!

Eastern Palace Suite Link to Video
A week from today, May 1st, you can get your hands on the Eastern colors and designs coming in the new Eastern Palace Suite by Stampin’ Up!  During the month of May, Stampin’ Up! will be offering two different suites of products that all coordinate to make beautiful cards and projects.  Click the video above (it will go to YouTube) to see a group of people gathering together to stamp with the new Eastern Palace Suite!  New In Colors, new ink pads, stamps, and more!

Eastern Palace Suite Flyer

Click the flyer above to read the details!

The Eastern Medallion Thinlits themselves will help you make beautiful projects!

These Bundles will be available to customers May 1, 2017 through May 31, 2017.  This will ease your waiting for the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog!

The Eastern Palace Starter Bundle is a little more for the beginning stamper and you receive the Very Vanilla Notecards and Envelopes FREE!

The Eastern Palace Premier Bundle has everything!   Besides the new stamp set, ink pads, designer paper, and stickers, it also comes with tassels and the Eastern Medallion Thinlits Dies. For a FREE gift, you will receive the brand new Very Vanilla Thick Cardstock and Envelopes.

Remember, these Bundles cannot be ordered until May 1st, but in the meantime, you can check out the Retiring Products List by Stampin’ Up! The easiest way to check if an item is still in stock is to look it up in my Online Store.  If it comes up, it is still available to purchase!

Watch the Stampin’ Up! video and enjoy dreaming about the Eastern colors and design coming in the new Eastern Palace Suite by Stampin’ Up!

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Make an Easy Elegant Birthday Card With the Detailed Floral Thinlits Dies

Elegant Birthday Card With Detailed Floral Thinlits Dies

Make an easy elegant birthday card with the Detailed Floral Thinlits Dies for someone special! Let the Big Shot and the dies to most of the work! I am SO glad that these dies are not on the Stampin’ Up! Retiring List of products!  There are a lot more beautiful cards to be made with the Detailed Floral Thinlits Dies!

To make this easy elegant birthday card, or card for any occasion, I started with a card base of Whisper White Cardstock. If you have it, I would recommend the Whisper White Thick Cardstock which is a little sturdier than the regular cardstock. Use the Detailed Floral Thinlits Dies to cut cardstock in the color of your choice. For this card, I used the In Color Flirty Flamingo. This is the grouping for 2016-2018 that is sticking around for another year! For an embellishment, I tied around the Flirty Flamingo 3/8″ Ruched Ribbon. This ribbon, as I write this, is on sale on the Retiring Products List, not because of the color but because they are retiring the ribbon style!  I loved this type of ribbon, though.  You can get it on sale right now, while supplies last.

I stamped the greeting on Whisper White and die cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies that give that little stitched look around the die cut.  I love those dies!!  Then the greeting is layered on the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies.  Click here to see a similar card I made with these beautiful dies.

When you are using the intricate dies like these Detailed Floral Thinlits Dies, you will get the best results with your Big Shot if you use the Precision Base Plate and use the Big Shot Die Brush to help get out any stubborn little pieces.

You may notice on the Retiring List that the Floral Phrases Bundle is retiring, but that just means that all Bundles in the current catalogs retire and will not be offered as bundles any more.  However, in a lot of cases you can still buy the components separately! But if you want to save 10%, get the bundles that are available before May 31 while they are available. If the two items are on sale, you might want to do the math and see which is the better deal, the separate items on sale or the 10% off Bundle!

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Make Easy Animal Party Favor Treat Boxes and More!

Pyramid Pals

Two of the items on the Stampin’ Up! Retiring Products List are the Pyramid Pals Thinlits Dies and the Playful Pals Photopolymer Stamp Set which can help you make easy animal party favor treat boxes and more! It’s an infinite number of cards, party favors, gift boxes, party decorations and more that you can make. Fill these Pyramid Pals with candy or a treat or just make them for fun or for a decoration.  Just think of the fun you could have with your children or grandchildren if you make the box and then they help you decorate the pyramid to make an animal. Or just make a pyramid box, decorate with some designer paper or stamping or perhaps a clear window cut out, and use it as a party favor or gift box. Use the stamp set to decorate the boxes or just to make cards and other projects.

Both the Playful Pals Photopolymer Stamp Set and Pyramid Pals Thinlits Dies are still available as I write this post, so if you think this is something that would be fun and useful to own, grab it while you can.  All retiring items are available until May 31 or while supplies last.

Playful Pals Bundle

The Playful Pals Bundle may not still be available but you can order the dies and stamp set separately. It’s a fun and different product to use!


Punch Art New Baby Giraffe Card

Punch Art New Baby Giraffe Card

Surely you have heard of the new baby giraffe the whole world has been watching and waiting for! I heard about it, but was not one who was constantly paying attention to the whole saga, but I did make a punch art card for the new baby giraffe!  Apparently the baby giraffe was born in New York on Saturday, April 15. The little newborn baby giraffe is probably about 6 feet tall and likely would weigh about 100-150 pounds!  Now that’s a baby!

While the New York giraffe made the headlines because the birth was live-streamed and millions of people watched, there was also a baby giraffe born in Houston, Texas several days before at the Houston Zoo! So it’s been a good month for baby giraffes!

To make my punch art new baby giraffe card I just used various circle punches, some retired, oval framelits, whatever I had. There are lots of examples of punch art animals online if you do a google search!  I used the Owl Builder Punch for two sizes of the circles.  I can’t believe the Owl Punch is retiring, it has been so useful over the years we’ve had it! There was no limit to what we could create with the Owl Punch.  So be sure to grab one while they are still available!

The little piece of grass on the bottom of the card and the flower I happened to already have die cut from the Basket Builder Framelits Dies. The dies and Basket Bunch Stamp Set come in a Bundle, which is retiring as all Bundles are, but actually, since both items are on sale separately, it is a better deal to buy the stamp set and then buy the framelits, not in a Bundle!

I wanted some kind of greeting on the card, but I didn’t have much space left, so I came across the word “Celebrate…” in the Beautiful You Stamp Set so I used that.  It fit perfectly in the space and was perfect since we are celebrating the births of baby giraffes!

Any time you need to celebrate something, even the birth of a giraffe in New York or in Houston, you can make a card for that! Isn’t stamping wonderful?!

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Die Cut Flowers Black and White Birthday Card

Die Cut Flowers Black and White Birthday CardDie Cut Flowers Black and White Birthday Card

Grab a bunch of die cut flowers in bright colors and put them on a card against black and white for a snazzy-looking birthday card. These flowers were all die cut with the Botanical Builder Framelits Dieswhich sadly are retiring.  If you don’t already own these dies yet, you an get them for 50% off during the Stampin’ Up! Retiring Sale!  I love the way the one flower has the petals partially die cut so that you can fold up the petals a little bit if you like. Then there are all kinds of little die cuts that you can add for flower centers or as little smaller flowers. Cut some extra flowers while you are at it with your Big Shot  so that you have some on hand for a last minute card!

The card is made with a Whisper White card base and layered with Basic Black Cardstock. You will be surprised to know that the designer paper that the black and white stripe piece belongs to is called Pop of Pink! The Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper was one of my favorites.  And now it is on the Retiring List at a good discount!  You can also get the matching Pop of Pink Designer Washi Tape for a fun accent on your cards or envelopes. There is also the  Melon Mambo Thick Baker’s Twine and the Basic Black Solid Baker’s Twine for more coordinating items for your projects.  And for a glittery accent, I adhered a strip of Gold Glimmer Paper between the black cardstock and designer paper in the center of the card.

The greeting on the card is stamped with Melon Mambo ink and is from the Build a Birthday Stamp Set.  You could make this card for almost any occasion, or none! It’s pretty enough to stand alone and just write a note inside.

Be sure to check out the Retiring List from Stampin’ Up!  Some products are already gone but there is still lots to choose from if you don’t want to miss out after May 31.

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Last Minute Easter Papercrafting Ideas

Easter Collage

In case you are looking for some last minute Easter papercrafting ideas, here are some of my projects from past years! Even if you don’t make this exact project, it might just give you an idea of something close that you want to make with the supplies that you have!

I think the Circle of Spring Easter Card is a beautiful card to make with that pretty wreath that you can customize for any season or occasion.  You can just stamp the wreath with the Circle of Spring Stamp Set and then easily color it in with markers or an Aqua Painter. If you have the Wonderful Wreath Framelits Dies you can cut out the wreath and then adhere it to the front of your card.

The Easter Lamb Easter Card is one of my favorites!  I loved that Easter Lamb stamp from last year in the Occasions Catalog!  The background was stamped with the Watercolor Wash Background Stamp.

The card with the Easter cross is actually pretty easy and you can make it with any little flower punch or die you have! I accented each flower with a little Rhinestone Jewel in the center. The back layer is embossed with an embossing folder, don’t remember which one.

You can also make an oval Easter egg-shaped card if you have the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies or the older retired Oval Die. Then the egg is colored with the curved swish from the Work of Art Stamp Set.

I used the Easter Lamb again on the Easter Basket made with the Berry Basket Die (retired). There are many ways you can make a little Easter basket, much like you would make a gift box.

And the last card is the Emboss Resist  Watercolor Easter Egg CardIt’s fun to make by stamping with Versamark Ink on Watercolor Paper and then embossing with Clear Embossing Powder and watercoloring over it.  The embossing resists the watercolor so it’s almost like when you dye Easter eggs but first write on the eggshell with a wax crayon! Remember doing that as kids?!

There are lots of fun spring and Easter papercrafting ideas, just find some project you like and go for it!

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Easter Cross Card

Easter Cross Card

I was amazed when I saw someone make a cross out of the die cut strips in the Flourish Thinlits Dies  for this Easter Cross Card. You will have to trim some of the ends with your Paper Snips to get the correct size you want. After I made the cross, I stamped some flowers from the Basket Bunch Stamp Set and die cut with the Basket Builder Framelits Dies. Both the stamp set and framelits are on sale right now on the Retiring Products List, actually a little cheaper than buying the Bundle. I cut out quite a few flowers and colored them in with markers and tried to fit them on to the cross. I just wasn’t getting the right layout. Then I finally just put one single flower in the center of the cross and that was it! Actually, when I did that it reminded me of some small wooden crosses my brother made a gazillion years ago, me might have copied one someone gave my grandma as a gift, I don’t remember. And each white painted cross had a lovely plastic flower in the center! That was the thing back then!

I also die cut several pieces of the grass with the Basket Builder Framelits and played around with using three pieces or one. In the end, I liked the simplicity of one piece of grass just as the base of the cross.

The Easter cross card base is Whisper White although it is difficult to see in the photo. Next is a layer of Soft Suede with a layer of Soft Sky over that. It’s really a very easy card and will certainly mean something to whomever you send it!

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Don’t Delay!

Make Easy Punch Art Easter Bunnies

Easy Punch Art Easter Bunnies

If you are making some last minute Easter cards or bunny tags for Easter baskets, here are two ways to make easy punch art Easter bunnies.  Punch art is always fun and easy to make and you can be so creative with your punch shapes and of course Big Shot dies.

I started with the card on the right with the Crumb Cake card base. To give a little interest, I stamped the Easter eggs from Basket Bunch randomly on the background of the card. You can do each one individually or do as I did, put all three eggs on a block and stamp! I stamped off once after inking up the stamps with Crumb Cake ink to give a very light watermark look on the card.  You can achieve the same look with Versamark Ink.

For the bunny on the Crumb Cake card — I used a heart shape from the Sweet & Sassy Framelits Dies and turned it upside down. The ovals for the ears are made with the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies.  The face is stamped with the bunny face pieces in the March 2017 Paper Pumpkin Kit.  I often forget to use the exclusive stamp set I get in each Paper Pumpkin Kit, but today I remembered!  The Easter greeting is stamped with the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set!  Boy, was I glad THAT set was not on the retirement list!  I use it all the time!  Such a good “go-to” stamp set for almost any greeting you need! I prefer the wood-mount set. Those are little Enamel Shapes on the end of the greeting, punched with the Classic Label Punch.

The other punch art Easter bunny on the Pink Pirouette card base, is made with the 2″ Circle Punch for the face.  The ears are made with the same oval die cuts as the other card.  The greeting has little pearls (retired). I couldn’t resist putting a little blush on the bunny’s cheeks with some Pink PIrouette ink and adding a little bow with the Smokey Slate 1/8″ Ribbon.

Here’s another Punch Art Easter Bunny I made a few years ago.  Just click the link.  If you would like more ideas, just do a search in the box on the right for “bunny”.

Sometimes you have to think outside the box for new ways to use your punches and dies and other tools and accessories.  There are so many creative ideas out there!  If only there was enough time to make everything that is cute!

You could also use a punch art or die cut bunny on a baby card or tag for a baby gift!  Bunnies aren’t just for Easter!

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The Stampin’ Up! Retirement List for 2017 Is Here!

Retiring Stampin' Up! Products Banner 2017

It’s certainly sad to see some of these Stampin’ Up! products being retired, but it is fun to shop the retirement sale and to look forward to new products coming June 1st in the new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog!

Click HERE for the Stampin’ Up! Retirement List and Sale!

Click HERE to go shopping at the Stampin’ Up! Online Store!

Remember, products are available “while supplies last”! However, since the stamp sets are manufactured by Stampin’ Up!, they will continue to manufacture all retiring stamps until May 22 and then they will be available “while supplies last”.

Be careful that you are not choosing one of the foreign language stamps unless that is what you want! With so many things to choose from, sometimes we choose the wrong number item!

More information later!  Just go enjoy the list and the shopping!

If you were a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, you could be getting a peek at the new catalog online right now! Just buy the Starter Kit for $99 and choose $125 worth of product and you’ll be a Demo in minutes online!

Basket Bunch Easter Card

Basket Bunch Easter Card

Easter will be here in just one week! I don’t know where the time has gone considering Easter is late this year! Here is a Basket Bunch Easter Card that I got the basic inspiration from a card I saw online that was an egg-shaped card.  Instead of making mine an egg-shaped card, which I have done in that past, like THIS CARD,  I gave the impression of an egg by die-cutting an oval in the front of the card with the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies. Then I cut a Whisper White layer to put behind the opening and placed some of the Basket Bunch images on that layer inside the oval as well as stamping the greeting from the Basket Bunch Photopolymer Stamp Set.

There are a lot of little dies in the Basket Builder Framelits Dies  that you can use with the stamped images to die cut Easter eggs, bunnies, grass, a basket, a bow and more!  So many fun choices! As I was putting this little scene together, I thought I should have had a scalloped border around the oval, but the largest scallop was too small for the shape.  However, since the bottom portion was going to be covered up anyway, I just die cut the largest scalloped oval and then cut it open at the bottom to that I could “stretch” the oval around my opening to make it fit!  I think it worked pretty well!

Basket Bunch Easter Card Scallop

Here is a close-up of the die-cut elements of the card:

Basket Bunch Easter Card Close Up

While there are a lot of Easter elements in this Basket Bunch Photopolymer Bundle , I’m sure you can see how it can also be a good set for lots of occasions leaving out the parts that say “Easter”. A basket full of flowers, for example, is good for any occasion and is made even cuter with this die cut basket. And bunnies are cute any time!

Remember, the Stampin’ Up! Retirement List comes out tomorrow, April 10th at 1:00 pm MT, which is 2:00 PM Central Time. Remember, on big days like this, there can always be computer glitches and delays so just exercise patience if you have any problems viewing the website or putting in an order.

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A Fun Shaker Card to Make

A Fun Shaker Card to Make
Doesn’t everyone love a shaker card?  I think it brings out the child in us! It is so fun to move the card back and forth to see the movement of the beads or confetti or whatever the contents in the window are! Shaker cards are really easy to make and certainly fun.

First I made the card base with a piece of Peekaboo Peach cardstock folded in half.  I chose Peekaboo Peach because it is one of the coordinating colors of the Tasty Treats Specialty Designer Series Paper that I had already chosen to use. I die cut a circle in the designer paper for the window with the Layering Circle Framelits Dies or perhaps you could use a punch if you had the right size. Then I cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock to go behind the window on which I would stamp a greeting. I think a smaller greeting would have been a better choice.  I used the Watercolor Words Stamp Set for the greeting and the flowers on my card. A greeting this large made it a little difficult to make sure it was placed just right to show through the window. You’ll also need a piece of Window Sheet (or some piece of plastic like a transparency sheet) to adhere on the back of the window. After the window sheet is in place, place the Foam Adhesive Strips completely around the hole on the back of the window.  This forms the “well” where you will put your shaker pieces. For my card, I added the Sprinkles Embellishments in the Occasions Catalog and a few miscellanous sequins that I think are retired but I had handy. Next, peel off the adhesive strip on top of the foam strips and place the stamped white background piece over the window. This is tricky because you are doing it from the backside without seeing how it lines up. Once that is adhered, add some more Foam Strips or Dimensionals around the back of the window layer to hold that layer up all around the edge the same as the window.  Adhere to card base.  And there you have your Shaker Card! It just takes making one to get the hang of it!

The Watercolor Words flowers are stamped and cut out by hand with my Paper Snips. I just adhered those to the front of the card around the shaker window. Another tip is that you don’t want too much in your shaker window or it obscures your greeting or image and doesn’t move around as well. And if you don’t have the Foam Adhesive Strips yet, you can substitute the edge strips from the Dimensionals, just make sure you don’t leave any open spaces!

Try making a fun Shaker Card! You can also have the front of the card flat and the shaker area inside the card.  Just cover with another layer of cardstock to make it look pretty on the inside!

If you need any Foam Adhesive Strips, Sprinkles Embellishments, or other sequins and materials to make a Shaker Card, just order at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store!


Making a Generic Card For Any Occasion

Generic Butterfly Work of Art Card

Sometimes it is a good idea to make some generic cards to have on hand so you are ready for almost any occasion. In this case, I have a butterly work of art card!
To make this generic card, I used Pool Party cardstock for the card base and layered it with So Saffron for an accent. The Whisper White layer is stamped, lightly, with various swaths of color with the Work of Art image.  I used So Saffron, PInk Pirouette, Pool Party, and Calypso Coral ink. This provides a generic background but has color and interest in it.  The gold foil butterfly I found in my scraps! It was die cut with the Butterflies Thinlits Dies and the Big Shot. I added a few Pearl Basic Jewels on the butterfly for a little more accent. For the ribbon embellishment, I thought the Sale-A-Bration ribbon (retired) with the gold accents would be good for this card.

After you have some generic cards made, you will be ready to pull out a card for almost any occasion when you need one at the last minute. Add a greeting if you like or leave it without. Another way to add a greeting is to stamp a generic one, like “Just For You” or “Thinking of You”, something like that. Here’s an example of another card I made that could be considered generic and could be used for birthday, thinking of you, a written note, get well, congratulations, etc.

Look through the catalog and choose some stamp sets that could help you make generic cards. Flowers are probably always good but there are many others.

(Something is making my blog post push all the paragraphs together so I will have to find a way to fix this issue, just know I’m not trying to make my post difficult for you to read!)

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Baseball Opening Day Card For Baseball Fans

Baseball Opening Day Card for Baseball FansHooray! Today is Opening Day for Houston Astros Baseball here in Houston, Texas! Here is an opening day baseball card for baseball fans nationwide, no matter what day your Opening Day is on. Any time I think about baseball, it takes me back to so many memories, and the sounds remind me of summer time during my childhood.  The first baseball game I ever went to was with Girl Scouts and I wasn’t even that excited about going.  My mother, a baseball fan, told me it would be fun and that she loved the hotdogs at the ballpark. Maybe it’s the power of suggestion, but in my memory, the best hotdog I ever had in my life was at that ballpark at my first baseball game! That game was at the old Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis, long gone now. Later, Busch Stadium was built and that was where I attended the rest of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball games. Now there’s another new stadium in St. Louis!

My family didn’t attend many baseball games at all, we probably didn’t have the money to spend at that time, and my dad wasn’t that big of a sports fan to say the least, although he thought baseball was okay. Being a baseball fan really came from my mother’s side of the family, especially my grandpa. One time when his eyesight was failing, he said he would buy the tickets if a family friend (huge baseball fan!) would drive him and us kids to the game. We had field boxes that night so he could sit as close as possible to see! Schools often gave free baseball tickets if you got “straight A’s” and sometimes my brother or I earned those and we got to go to the game. When I was in 6th grade, I got in trouble for bringing my transistor radio to school and loaning it to a classmate to listen to a Cardinals World Series game during class. She had the earplug in with the wire underneath her sweater but we still got  caught!

After my husband and I moved to Houston, one of the first things I wanted to do was go to a ballgame at the Astrodome! Back when it was new, my family visited Houston and we went on the Astrodome tour, something I loved and still remember, and how I wished I would have bought a square of the AstroTurf in the gift shop I think for a dollar! When my husband and I went to our first game at the Astrodome, I remember even dressing up a bit because I thought going to the Astrodome was a special experience. Now, of course, the Houston Astros have a newer stadium, but I still like seeing the Astrodome, dwarfed by the big new football stadium!

So for Opening Day, I made this baseball card.  You can copy it or be inspired by it to make one to send to your favorite baseball fan! Click here to see a class valentine I designed for a boy who is a big baseball fan.  The card base is Night of Navy with a little strip from the Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper.  You wouldn’t think this paper had anything to do with baseball, but when I saw the white with blue stripes pattern, it reminded me of the pinstriped uniforms some baseball teams wear.  The “hooray” is from the Watercolor Words Stamp Set, which I love.  The baseball is die cut with the Layering Circle Framelits Dies and the faux stitching is made with a Paper Pumpkin stamp. The stars I found in my box of scraps already die cut from Gold Glimmer Paper. I added a Real Red layer on the front to help everything stand out.

The Stampin’ Up! Retirement List comes out a week from today!  The only thing we know is that the In Colors from 2015 will be retiring so if you want any of those colors or coordinating products and especially the reinkers, I suggest you grab them now while they are available because they could go fast once the list comes out!

Enjoy baseball’s opening day by making a card for a baseball fan!

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April Fool’s Day! Making Christmas Cards From Paper Scraps!

Christmas Cards From Scraps

It’s time to make Christmas cards and tags! Happy April Fool’s Day! Actually, I’m not really purposely making Christmas cards on April Fool’s Day, but I am using up some paper scraps! And I found this sleigh all made up and this die cut reindeer plus the Candy Cane Lane scrap of designer paper in my scrap box! Even the Z-Fold card and the Early Espresso tag was in the box as well! The other card stock was also scraps which I keep in my cardstock package as it comes from Stampin’ Up!

Box of Paper Scraps

Here is my box of scraps of die cuts and punched shapes and whatever miscellaneous got thrown in here!  You might recognize the box as a Paper Pumpkin box with the lid cut off! Looks like a perfect size to keep just enough but not too many paper scraps in!

Made From Paper Scraps

Here is another card I made with my paper scraps on April Fool’s Day!  I had lots of die cut flowers from the Botanical Builder Framelits Dies and some stamped with the Botanical Blooms Photopolymer Stamp Set.  I even had two halves of doilies and this punched Whisper White tag on which I placed the flowers and leaves. And guess what else I found in my box of scraps?  A tiny watercolored butterfly!  Or “fooffly” as our daughter used to say! For some pizzazz I added Rhinestone Jewels on the flowers and Pearls on the butterfly.

On another Early Espresso tag made with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, I made a birthday tag with some die cut balloons from the Balloon Adventures Photopolymer BundleI just drew on some black lines for the balloon strings and added a greeting from Teeny Tiny Wishes.

What kind of paper scraps do you have laying around?  Time to dig in and use some of them up! Challenge yourself to create with what you already have on hand – plus it saves time of making those elements.  You’ll probably be surprised how much you can make with your scraps!

Happy April Fool’s Day!

Last Two Days For Sale-A-Bration! Do You Have ‘Hey, Chick’?

Hey, Chick Cards

Stampin’ Up!’s biggest promotion, Sale-A-Bration is coming to an end TOMORROW, March 31! Do you have your free Hey, Chick Stamp Set?  I would guess it has been the most popular Sale-A-Bration item from all the samples I have seen online. If you are into chickens or cuteness, this is the set for you!

And you can get it free with a $50 Stampin’ Up! order!

Hey, Chick Easy Card

How easy is this card?  Just add some designer paper to the card base, stamp the chicken and greeting, and add some scraps of designer paper behind for decorative layers.  The paper is from the Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack. What a great stack of paper to have for many occasions and works well for masculine cards!

Hey, Chick Mini Egg Carton

Aren’t these some cute projects?!  The Mini Egg Cartons, page 18 in the Occasions Catalog, are so cute and can be colored yourself.  Unfortunately, the supply ran out and expected availability is now April 3. That’s pretty close to Easter, but as you can see, they can be for other projects, not just Easter.

Check over the Stampin’ Up! catalogs and products you might be interested in and see if you want to put in an order during Sale-A-Bration, which means today or tomorrow! Remember, no limits! For every $50 increment, you will earn a free Sale-A-Bration product. A few are no longer available but I think there is still a good selection to choose from!

Click HERE for my Online Store and you will see the three releases of Sale-A-Bration items!

Mini Treat Bag Birthday Pocket Card

Mini Treat Bag Birthday Pocket Card

Two of my favorites here in this blog post:  I used the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies to make this treat bag turned into a birthday pocket card AND the Cool Treats Suite of products in the Occasions Catalog! I used the Tasty Treats Specialty Designer Series Paper for the Mini Treat Bag.

Watch the pattern when you run it through the Big Shot because the popsicles on the paper are going in one direction!  The first one I did I had it upside down! Since there are no mistakes in stamping, however, I will save that upside down treat bag and cut it apart and use the smaller pieces of paper on other projects! When you are working with patterned paper on any project, you do have to think about which way your design is going to go on your project and cut it or lay it out accordingly!

Although this die is named “Mini Treat Bag” you can design a card to add on the inside, which can be a greeting or hold a gift card. If you like another design, you can fold the top over and make a smaller type of little package. Click HERE to see my Altered Folded Mini Treat Bag. It was very cute, if I do say so myself!

There are lots of dies in this collection that can help embellish your Mini Treat Bag.  Use plain cardstock or designer paper, your choice.  It is easy to assemble and fun to make!

Today, tomorrow and Friday — these are the last 3 days of Sale-A-Bration so be sure to get your order in! If you are new, Sale-A-Bration has been going on since January but is Stampin’ Up!’s biggest promotion! You can order from the Occasions Catalog or the Annual Catalog or even the Clearance Rack!

With every $50 you spend on Stampin’ Up! merchandise (before shipping and tax) you get to choose a FREE product in one of the Sale-A-Bration Brochures.

Remember, we had a few new options released last week! Here are the choices!

Original Sale-A-Bration Brochure

New February Releases

Final Days New Releases

Not all items are still available, so if your online order says an item cannot be added that means the supply is exhausted,

It’s time to shop! Get whatever you want! If you get close to another $50 increment, add on some adhesive or reinkers or cardstock so you can get another FREE Sale-A-Bration product!

Have fun! Shop Stampin’ Up! HERE!


Cool Treats Ice Cream Sundae Card

Cool Treats Ice Cream Sundae Card

When I first read the Occasions Catalog, the suite that stood out to me was the Cool Treats Suite! I didn’t order it right away, but I loved everything on pages 32-33. I haven’t really had time to stamp with it yet, so when I finally did, I started with inspiration from the Occasions Catalog.  I decided to mostly copy one of the cards on page 32.

Really the only stamping on the card is the greeting, the rest are all die cuts with the Frozen Treats Framelits Dies. I also did not make my card square as I believe the catalog sample is. Did you know that if you mail a card in a square envelope you have to pay a surcharge? Even if you make a square card, it is better to put it in a rectangular envelope. To stamp the greeting in the two colors, I inked it up with the lighter color, Peekaboo Peach, and then colored over on the “cherry” word with the Watermelon Wonder Stampin’ Write Marker. Always remember to “huff” or breathe on a stamp when you have delayed stamping with it to remoisten the ink.

Before I adhered the ice cream scoops and bowl onto the Whisper White layer, I sponged some Pool Party ink for the background. For the little spoon, I die cut the Silver Foil paper.  How cute! Now you can die cut the sprinkles, but oh my, they are as tiny as a strand of hair! I don’t know how you glue those down, or barely even see them without magnifying glasses!  So instead, I used the Sprinkles Embellishments! These are a combination of sequins and tiny pearls, all very small. Just put a tiny drop of glue on the ice cream and then add the Sprinkles Embellishments. Or maybe punch some tiny circles or stars!

The little ice cream dish is die cut from the Tasty Treats Specialty Designer Series Paper. Such cute designs on this paper!  Remember that usually Stampin’ Up! makes their designer paper so that one side is bold or graphic or themed, and usually the other side is something more generic that you can use for other things as well.

You probably have seen many yummy samples of cards and other projects with this Cool Treats Suite of products. I love the colors and all the cuteness! Not to mention I love ice cream!  If you like the stamp set and the dies, be sure to use the Cool Treats Bundle number to order and save 10%!

The Occasions Catalog will come to an end but not until May 31.  However, if you wish to take advantage of Sale-A-Bration, this is the last week!!  Can you believe it?! Get your $50 or more orders in by March 31 to take advantage of this fun promotion! A few Sale-A-Bration choices are no longer available.

If you love ice cream and other frozen treats, you might enjoy the Cool Treats Suite of products, especially with summer coming up!  Lots of potential for party invitations, birthday cards, neighborhood get-togethers, happy cards!

Shop Stampin’ Up! Online HERE!

How to Marble Paper With Shaving Cream and Ink the Easy Way!

Try a new technique this weekend, like how to marble paper with shaving cream and ink! There just just seems to be no end to creativity with stamps, paper and ink, or in this case with shaving cream!  I remember making some card backgrounds with this technique a long time ago and probably around Easter time. Of course you can do it for any occasion or season or holiday, just use the appropriate colors, but there is something soft and beautiful about this technique for springtime and Easter I think.

Watch Donna Griffith from the Stampin’ Up! Home Office show you this easy technique for marbling paper!

Doesn’t that look fun and easy?!  And what a fun technique to do with your kids or grandkids, not to mention Girl Scouts or Cub Scouts!  Donna used an empty stamp case, but you can also use a paper plate or other container.  Use a plastic knife or a skewer to mix the colors, but don’t overdo it unless you are going for that look.

We always say, “There are no mistakes in stamping!” but I can also add, “There are no mistakes in marbling!”  Every piece of paper you do will look different!  Have lots of pieces of paper cut and ready to go because you won’t be able to stop!  You can save the pieces you don’t need right away and use them on other projects in the future.

As you can see in the video, the marbling technique isn’t just for backgrounds, you can punch or die cut pieces and shapes to use on other projects. If you use a large area of shaving cream, you could marble a whole sheet of paper, perhaps for a scrapbook page!  Once you start playing, you will come up with other ideas, perhaps inspired by the colors and marbling you create!  If you don’t like the color combination, just wash that cream away and start over. Perhaps you want your own can of shaving cream (remember that Donna said not to use gel!) for your papercrafting so your husband doesn’t get upset if you are using his!

Shop Stampin’ Up! ink refills if you need them for your ink pads or to to try this technique!

Only 6 more days of Sale-A-Bration, so if you need paper, stamps or ink refills, be sure to order soon with a $50 order so you can get your free Sale-A-Bration product!


Sale-A-Bration Adult Coloring Card

Sale-A-Bration Adult Coloring Card

If you like adult coloring, as it is called these days, you will enjoy the Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper available FREE during Stampin’ Up!’s Sale-A-Bration promotion. Just spend $50 on any Stampin’ Up! merchandise HERE (which we all know is easy enough to do!) and choose a free product in one of the two Sale-A-Bration Brochures. And after you finish your adult coloring, you can make your creation into a card!

Now if you REALLY like coloring like we did as kids, you will love coloring in every image on this paper. Personally I find it a little time-consuming although I like it for a little while. A faster way it to take a sponge and ink it up with one color at a time and just sponge color on to the coloring paper.  You can do it in rows like I did on this card or do it randomly around the card, covering all the white space.

Today I have jury duty, or at least I have to report, we will see what happens, so besides magazines and my phone, I have cut pieces of the Inside the Lines DSP to take along and will color those with my Watercolor Pencils and soften with the Blender Pen. I don’t mind having a lot of sitting around time, I just hope I do not get chosen for something, but I’m afraid my luck might run out this time. I will definitely need “stress relief” while I wait so hopefully plenty of coloring will help to de-stress me! I absolutely love using the Watercolor Pencils and Blender Pen! Hopefully playing with some of my Stampin’ Up! stuff will keep me calm!

If you are interested in the Watercolor Pencils, I would order them as soon as possible because they expect inventory to run really low soon. Blender Pens are backordered but you can add them to your order anyway and they will be sent when they come in.

This card is much like this one I made another day. However, for this card, I stamped with Stazon on a piece of Vellum Cardstock which I thought would soften all the colors a bit. To adhere the vellum, I wrapped the left edge around to the back of the designer paper with adhesive and also used a Glue Dot, but then covered it with an Enamel Shape.

Sale-A-Bration does not go on forever – in fact, it will be ending March 31 so we are getting real close to the last day!  Be sure to think about an order before you run out of time!  Remember, you choose a free Sale-A-Bration item for EVERY $50 you spend!

Go Spend $50 for Sale-A-Bration! Who Doesn’t Want Free Stuff?!