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Quick and Easy Birthday Card with Birthday Memories

Birthday Memories Card in Red

Want to make a quick and easy birthday card?  Then reach for the Birthday Memories red print in the designer paper package and make a card like this one!  I love the color red, and I thought this card might be a different one than a person would expect using this designer paper and stamp set. Just a quick and easy, simple birthday card to make in a couple of minutes!

Start with a card base of Real Red Cardstock.  Layer with Whisper White with just a thin border to help the Real Red patterned paper stand out against the red card base. The Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper has so many pretty papers in it, although most are colorful and filled with child-like or vintage type images. But this plainer red paper caught my eye and I thought I would make more of a monochromatic card with no much fuss so the paper can stand out on its own.

The greeting is from the same suite, from the Birthday Delivery Photopolymer Stamp Set. I stamped it in Real Red on Whisper White and cut out with the Stitched Shapes Framelits Die. Then I layered it on a scalloped oval die cut from the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies.  The paper is the Silver Glimmer Paper.  I think I just as easily could have left the greeting without the glimmer paper layer underneath and it would have looked fine.  The ribbon wrapped around twice is the Whisper White 1/8″ Sheer Ribbon.  It’s always good to have some basic white ribbon on hand because you can use it on most any project.

Be sure to check out this wonderful, happy Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper.

Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper

Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper

Order this amazing suite of products, the Birthday Memories Suite .  Save 10% by ordering the Birthday Delivery Photopolymer Bundle which includes the stamp set and framelit dies.  Add on the Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper and you are good to go!  Add any of the extra embellishments if you like.

Remember to use your Bonus Coupons that you earned in July before the end of August!  They will expire August 31.

Check out the Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack as new items were added yesterday, although many sold out right away, but there is still a selection and you might find good things to go along with the upcoming Holiday Catalog!

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Stampin’ Up! Products Added to the Clearance Rack! Run, Don’t Walk!

Stampin' Up! Clearance Rack Banner

Stampin’ Up! announced this morning that new products have been added to the Clearance Rack!  New deals, up to 60% off!  The best will go fast so scoop up what you can quickly!

There are punches, framelits, ribbons, cardstock, designer papers……things that have retired but are now on the Clearance Rack!  Be sure to check it out and order as soon as you can because it’s usual for some things to sell out right away!

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Stampin' Up! Clearance Rack

Use your Bonus Coupon Codes you earned in July!  They are only good through August!  After putting in your order, you will see a button that says “Manage Codes”.  Just click on that and follow directions to add your code(s).  Then check the total to make sure the discount went through.

Don’t forget the Paper Pumpkin special discount for new subscribers for the September Kit!

Paper Pumpkin Offer Sept 2017

Paper Pumpkin is a papercrafting kit all ready for you to sit down and craft!  It comes in your mailbox once a month and everything for the project is included in the box!  You receive an exclusive stamp set, an ink spot, and all the materials you need, often even adhesive!  Sometimes there are extra supplies left over that you can use on other projects.  Make what the kit offers or change it up!  A Stampin’ Up! video is available for every kit if you like to see the process in action. Directions are included, of course.  And new subscribers get an acrylic block for the stamps in their first kit!

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Birthday Mini Treat Bag With Birthday Memories Die Cuts

Birthday Mini Treat Bag

Isn’t this Birthday Mini Treat Bag With  the Birthday Memories Die Cuts such a cute way to send your Happy Birthday wishes to someone?  I have always loved making these mini treat bags and putting a card inside. But now that we have the new designer paper and stamp set in the catalog that I used here, we can do many more fun things with the treat bag!

Did you see the Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper in the new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog?  It is so fun and cute and almost a little vintage looking!  Perfect for young children but really for anyone!  I don’t know who wouldn’t smile upon receiving a card made with pieces of this paper.  The only problem with the paper is that you will hate to cut into and use it!

What’s even better is that there are die cuts that match the designer paper! The Birthday Friends Framelits Dies  will cut out several of the images in the paper, like this foxy guy and his banner!  I also stamped on the banner with the coordinating stamp set, Birthday Delivery Photopolymer Stamp Set.  Lots of cute images in the stamp set as well.  If you want to save 10%, get the Birthday Delivery Photopolymer Bundle that has the stamp set and framelit dies together.  You WILL want both!

You’ll be able to use this Birthday Memories Designer Paper and Birthday Delivery Stamp Set for more occasions that just birthdays.  It will be cute for party favors, invitations, and many other projects!

Birthday Mini Treat Bag Inside Card

This is what the inserted card looks like.  I stamped the balloons and die cut with one of the framelit dies in the set.  I purposely made them stick up at the top off the card a little bit so when it is inside the card, you will see the edge of the balloons and know to pull out the card. You can see how you could easily make this into a birthday party invitation or some other congratulatory occasion.

And let’s not forget to mention the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies!  These have been in the catalog before and I have so much fun with them!  To make the bag, there are two dies, one cuts the front of the bag and part of the back.  The other die cuts the other half of the back portion plus the fold that adheres to the front of the bag. It’s so simple, plus the die set comes with so many other fun pieces. I chose to make this mini treat bag simple by just adhering the die cuts from the Birthday Memories Paper on the front.  I could have done lots more embellishing, but I thought this was cute enough as is!  There are even other options to make besides a basic gift bag, such as I made in THIS POST.

Be sure to check out the Birthday Memories Suite in the catalog.  You can order the Bundle and Designer Paper plus any other embellishments that you want so that you can make some fun cards and projects like this Birthday Mini Treat Bag With Birthday Memories Die Cuts.

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Happy Birthday Greeting Card Die Cut

Happy Birthday Greeting Card Die Cut

Today is MY birthday, but I have a friend who has a birthday tomorrow (and I don’t think she looks at my blog!) so this is the card I made for her! I was glancing through some cards I had made recently, and I LOVED a card I made with the Happy Birthday Thinlits Die and a watercolor background and I LOVED a card I made with this same Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper.  So I just combined the two ideas!

The card is made with Basic Black Cardstock so you do need to put a piece of Whisper White Cardstock inside so you can stamp or write a greeting or note. I glued a strip of this designer paper to the side of the Whisper White inside the card so I could decorate the inside a little bit. There is a layer of Powder Pink underneath the Whole Lot of Lovely DSP.

The greeting, of course, is just the Happy Birthday die cut!  I love the script, the size and everything about it!  Glue it down with just tiny dots of Multipurpose Liquid Glue or the Fine Tip Glue Pen.  Or try the new Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets.

I think the new Powder Pink 1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon is just beautiful with this designer paper pattern and the card!  So soft and such a pretty pink!  I wrapped the strip of ribbon around the layer before adhering to the card.  Then I tied the bow separately with another piece of ribbon and attached it to that strip of ribbon with a few Mini Glue Dots . Sometimes that is easier than trying to tie a perfect bow with the whole piece of ribbon around the card!

I think this Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper is actually a whole lot of lovely!!  I suggest you put a package or two on your next order!  And if you ever make birthday cards (surely you do!) I would also get the Happy Birthday Thinlits Dies!

Since today is my birthday, I’m giving YOU the gift!  I’m celebrating all weekend (why not?!) so if you place a Stampin’ Up! order of $25.00 or more (before tax and shipping, of course!), I will send YOU a little grab bag of “stuff”!  And who doesn’t need more “stuff”?! Some might be new, some might be retired, but it will be a surprise! Order today through Sunday, August 13, 2017 at midnight.

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Make a Christmas Card With the Carols of Christmas Bundle

Deck the Halls Cherry Cobbler Card

This is my first try at making a Christmas card with the Carols of Christmas Bundle. While I could have ordered it earlier in July, somehow with planning our vacation, going on vacation and getting back from vacation, I didn’t order it until the end of the month and just received it night before last. I had other things to do all day, and finally just before time to make dinner, I stopped and wanted to make a card with this new set, Carols of Christmas!

I pulled out my new Christmas paper in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. It’s called Be Merry Designer Series Paper.  If you are anxious to get started on Christmas cards and projects this month before the Holiday Catalog comes out, go ahead and order this Be Merry paper.  For this card, since Cherry Cobbler is one of the coordinating colors with the Be Merry paper, I chose Cherry Cobbler Cardstock for the card base. The patterned paper I chose was also Cherry Cobbler and to help it stand out a bit, I put a layer of Whisper White over the card base and the designer paper on top of that. I stamped the “Deck the Halls” greeting on a piece of Whisper White and decided to add the cute little ornaments to decorate.  These ornaments are very small, but adorable, so I was happy to use the Card Front Builder Framelits Dies to cut out the little bitty ornaments.

The ornaments are just placed above the greeting and I adhered a piece of Gold Metallic Thread to each one with either a Mini Stampin’ Dimensional (boy are they nice!) for the ones I wanted popped up or a Mini Glue Dot for the ones flat on the card. Then I draped the thread behind the top of the card held down with strips of Snail Adhesive.  I wanted something at the top so I decided on a piece of Cherry Cobbler 1/4″ Double-Stitched Ribbon.  After that, all the pieces were just glued down layer by layer with Fast Fuse Adhesive to hold real well.

Deck the Halls Cherry Cobbler Card CloseupI admit I wasn’t all that thrilled with this stamp set and bundle at first, or at least wanted to wait and see what was going to be in the Holiday Catalog.  As usual, as I saw some samples that other Demonstrators were making during our preorder opportunity, I knew I had to have it and placed it on my order!

You can make something simple, like my card today, or you can make some really fantastic cards and projects. I always say there is nothing too hard for even a beginner in stamping, as long as you have the materials and maybe someone to show you what to do! That’s just one of the many things I love about stamping! Nothing takes great SKILL, a person just has to know the techniques.

Carols of Christmas 2017

Get the  Carols of Christmas Stamp Set and the Card Front Builder Framelits Dies together in a Bundle and save 10%!  You will have something new from the Holiday Catalog before the Holiday Catalog comes out!  Then you can make a Christmas card With the Carols of Christmas Bundle like I have!

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Quick and Easy Card With Fresh Florals Paper

Quick and Easy Card With Fresh Florals Paper

This really is a quick and easy card with the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper. And if necessary, you can make one even quicker and easier probably than this one! Sometimes we need something simple and that can suit the occasion on a moment’s notice, and this card can do that just by the greeting that you add to it!

I started with a card base using the Thick Whisper White Cardstock, which is just a little heavier weight than the regular Whisper White Cardstock. The regular is okay, the Thick is just a little bit nicer to use on a simple card, a little sturdier.  You can make the card base however you like, but for this card I cut the paper 4 1/4″ x 11″ with the fold at the top at 5 1/2″. You could even cut it like this but turn it sideways so the fold is on the left, but it would be wider than a regular card and not as tall.  Just a slightly different look if you are in the mood for change!

The Fresh Floral Designer Series Paper is beautiful and comes in all the new In Colors.  This pattern is Fresh Fig. To jazz it up, I used the Decorative Ribbon Border Punch.  If you don’t have this punch yet, just use strips of Fresh Fig Cardstock down the sides.  But this punch really does make a pretty accent along an edge so I do like it.

Now if I had the Fresh Fig 1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon, I would have used that, but since I didn’t, I just used a strip of cardstock behind the greeting. You wouldn’t have to do this.

The greeting is made with the Label Me Pretty Bundle, a combination of the Label Me Pretty Stamp Set and the Pretty Label Punch. You can buy them separately, but the Bundle will save you 10%. To help the label stand out a little more against the designer paper, I just punched another label out of the Fresh Fig Cardstock and cut it in half from side to side, then glued it underneath the label for a layer.  That leaves a tiny bit on the sides open, which wouldn’t have showed against the cardstock strip I had underneath, but I did punch another label and just cut off the sides and glued those under the sides of the label for a layer on each end. Tiny detail, but you can do it if you want!  And why not add a couple of Rhinestone Jewels on the label as well?!

Here’s another very similar card I made with the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper, this one in Powder Pink. Click HERE to see this card.

A couple reminders:

  • Don’t forget to use your Bonus Coupons from July if you earned any!  They will be in an email!
  • Several states are having back-to-school sales tax holidays beginning this weekend and certain Stampin’ Up! products are eligible for this tax holiday! Check the chart here!

I do think the dates for Texas are incorrect on this chart, sales tax holiday in Texas is NEXT weekend, August 11-13, so make sure the dates for your state are correct and that you are not charged sales tax on your order for those particular items.

Don’t forget to just make simple cards sometimes, like this Quick and Easy Card With Fresh Florals Paper. Have some designer paper and stamp sets on hand that will do for multiple occasions!  You can add extra embellishments, but you can also keep it simple!

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Naturally Eclectic Card For a Friend

Naturally Eclectic Card For a Friend
If you make this Naturally Eclectic Card For a Friend, be sure to mail it, because we never know when someone might especially need that card that comes from you in the mail. Not to mention that it is just fun to get some “real mail” because we seldom get anything but bills and junk mail!

I just love the Naturally Eclectic Suite in the new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog!  It is also the suite of products that are shown on the cover of the catalog!  I think the colors are all so pretty together and the flower designs are very nice to use.

With the Oh So Eclectic Bundle, which includes the Oh So Eclectic Stamp Set and the Eclectic Layers Thinlits Diesyou can save 10% over buying the two things separately, plus you will have everything you need…….stamps and dies!  And one of the dies is very artistic and different! You’ll enjoy it!

For this card, I used the Berry Burst Cardstock for the card base and Whisper White on top of that. Layered on top of that is the Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper.  Be sure to tie a strip of Berry Burst  1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon around the designer paper before you adhere it to the card.

Stamp some flowers and leaves and die cut with the framelits dies and Big Shot. Arrange them how you like on the front of the card, popping up a few flowers with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I also added a bit of Clear Wink of Stella to all three flowers, but the shimmer doesn’t really show up in the photo. It is so fun to use the Wink of Stella!  And the name is incredible to me, too!  The greeting I used is also included in the stamp set.

Here is another card I made with the die cut flowers from the Eclectic Layers Thinlits Dies.  I love this die cut flower!  You can layer it on top of another layer or use it as is.

Be sure to check out this interesting suite of products, the Naturally Eclectic Suite, and maybe you will want to make a Naturally Eclectic Card for a friend!

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Black and White Washi Tape Greeting Card

Black and White Washi Tape Greeting Card

Make a black and white washi tape greeting card if you want to make a quick and easy modern card!  Washi tape is so much fun, but I think we forget to use it sometimes! I used it on this card with just a little bit of stamping.

There are new washi tape designs and patterns in the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog on page 195. The black and white washi tape I used is the Pick a Pattern Washi Tape.  The bottom of the card has a wide strip of dotted washi tape, and right above it is a very narrow strip with the little scallops.  I placed the black strip of washi tape at the top of the card.  When you have an assortment of washi tapes, you can make up your own design with them!

The card itself is a Basic Black card base with a layer of Whisper White Cardstock. It’s probably best to stamp first, but I think I might have broken that rule and put the washi tape on first and then stamped!  I used the Lovely Inside & Out Stamp Set for the  sentiment and the little black dots.

And for an extra little embellishment, I added some Rhinestone Jewels scattered around randomly.

Sometimes it is fun to make just a simple black and white card, but it doesn’t mean it has to be boring!  Here is a black and white card I made several years ago that I really liked. Sometimes just the stamping will be enough and sometimes adding a little embellishment with jewels or ribbon just finishes off the card.

Get out your washi tape that you have or order the new Pick a Pattern Washi Tape I used on this card to make a black and white washi tape greeting card and see what you can come up with!

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Carols of Christmas: Early Release From the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog!

Carols of Christmas Banner

In September, the much anticipated Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog will go live!  In the meantime, the Carols of Christmas stamp set and dies have been released early for customers beginning today! When you saw information about this bundle last month, it was because the stamp set was part of a bonus offer for new Demonstrators who joined during July.

But now, the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set and the Card Front Builder Thinlits Dies are available separately AND as a Carols of Christmas Bundle if you would like both and want to save 10%!

Here are samples of the beautiful cards you can make with this set! These are samples from Stampin’ Up! but I have seen many other samples from Demonstrators and everyone agrees this is a beautiful set. You will want to order yours as soon as possible!  Get an early start on Christmas cards!

Carols of Christmas Card Peace on Earth

This card is fairly simple, using the die cut trees and deer and coloring the stamp with markers to get a multi-colored effect on the greeting.

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I love the red on this card paired with the green and a bit of Copper Trim Ribbon behind the greeting.

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If you want a different color scheme, these blues are beautiful using silver ribbon and sequin trim. This card uses the negative piece of paper after the trees are die cut.

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A lot of young families like to send photo cards at Christmas. Here is an example of dressing up the photo with a piece of die cut vellum and Christmasy greeting and ribbon on the top.

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This is my favorite sample because of the red and gold! So elegant and festive!

If you are wondering how you can make Christmas cards in August without Christmas paper, look in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog on page 188 and check out the Be Merry Designer Series Paper!  This is very cute paper that will get you started until you have more choices in the Holiday Catalog!

Be Merry Designer Series Paper

It’s too hot in some places, like here in Houston, to do much of anything, so go ahead and treat yourself to this new Carols of Christmas Bundle and get a head start on Christmas! Put on some holiday music and pretend like it is snowing outside, as you run the a/c and wear your swimsuit or shorts!!

Remember to use your Bonus Coupons that you earned in July!  You should have received an email immediately after you ordered from Stampin’ Up! with your codes.  When you place your August order(s), you will see prompts on how to use your codes.

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Flowery Thank You Card With Beautiful Bouquet

Flowery Thank You Card With Beautiful Bouquet

This flowery thank you card is made with the Beautiful Bouquet Bundle, and the variations you can make with this set are endless! This Beautiful Bouquet Photopolymer Stamp Set comes with a multitude of images and sentiments. There are 37 stamps in this set!  You can also purchase the Bouquet Bunch Framelits Dies which comes with 21 dies for all the different flower shapes, stems, and leaves.  Buy the stamp set and dies together in a Bundle and save 10%!

The card base is Pool Party Cardstock with a layer of Whisper White.  I embossed the Whisper White with the Polka Dot Basics Embossing Folder.  I like that this adds just a little bit of interest and texture to the background.  The greeting, of course, is from the stamp set, stamped in Pool Party ink, and die cut with one of the squares in the Layering Squares Framelits Dies . There are also scalloped edges squares in this set of dies and that makes a nice background layer for the greeting.

The flowers and flower stems are all die cut with the Bouquet Bunch Framelits Dies.  I will say that if you are making a lot of cards at one time with this Bundle, it will take some time to do all the die-cutting. The best way to approach this would be to stamp images using different framelits all on one sheet of paper if you can or at least place as many as you can on the Big Shot platform so that you can cut as many images as possible in one pass. If you run each flower and each leaf, one at a time, through the Big Shot, you will be doing lots of cranking away!

I really love the stems die cut because the stems are already arranged for you and all you have to do is adhere some flowers on top!  You con’t even have to hit every stem tip. Add as many or as few flowers as you like.

You can stamp the flowers on Whisper White with colored ink or on the same color of cardstock. You can see both examples on my card.  Add some flower centers, either stamped or with Enamel Dots or other embellishments.

Before I adhered the flower stems piece, I tied a piece of Linen Thread around it.  Linen Thread is one of those staples you should have in your supply. You may not use it a lot, but it is the perfect thing to use at certain times.

Purchase the Beautiful Bouquet Bundle today or tomorrow (by July 31st) and get a $5 Bonus Coupon to use in August on a Stampin’ Up! order!  Remember, Bonus Days end on Monday, July 31.  No limit to how many coupons you can earn, with each $50 purchase.

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You’re the Best Greeting Card

You're the Best Greeting Card

How about a “You’re the Best” greeting card to have in your stash for just the right occasion or person? I wanted to use my new washi tape, the Pick a Pattern Washi Tape so I looked in the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog for inspiration. I found a card sort of like this one, and this is what turned out! For the card design, I used the stamp set Watercolor WordsI’ve loved that stamp set ever since it came out!  Very easy to use in cardmaking and good sentiments as well!

The card base is Melon Mambo with a Whisper White layer, plus a layer of Basic Black behind the white.  I applied two strips of the washi tape at the bottom of the card layer and then stamped Melon Mambo flowers from the Watercolor Words Stamp Set across the front of the card. I actually stamped the greeting right over the flowers, but didn’t think it stood out well enough. If I was trying this card again, I might try stamping the flower each time off on scrap paper before stamping on the cardstock to get a lighter image. In that way, the greeting might show up better as the focal point on the card. But as it was, I just stamped the greeting on a new Whisper White piece of cardstock and die cut it in a circle and layered on a scalloped circle. These dies are the Layering Circle Framelits DiesSome are plain circles and some have the scallop edge.

And is a card without an extra little embellishment?  Just had to add some Glitter Enamel Dots!

Don’t forget!  The Stampin’ Up! Bonus Days are coming to an end on Monday, July 31.  For every $50 you spend on an order, you will be emailed a $5 Bonus Coupon to use on an order in August.  No limits!

Or better yet, become a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator this month and get extra perks! Click here for more information and to join!  Just takes a little while to fill out the Demo Agreement and choose your products for your Starter Kit.  After you submit everything, you will be emailed your Demo number and you are official in minutes!

Use my “You’re the Best” greeting card design as inspiration to make your own card! As long as you have your stamps, ink and paper out, make several cards of the same design, then you’ll have them ready to go!

 

The Stampin’ Up! Daisy Punch is Back!

Daisy Punch

The popular Stampin’ Up! Daisy Punch is back in stock!  This Daisy Punch has been so popular since it was first released in a pre-order for Demonstrators ahead of the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog that it has been backordered a couple of times because Stampin’ Up! couldn’t keep them in stock!  If you have been waiting for the Daisy Punch to make lots of fun cards and projects, today is your day! Go ahead and order yours as soon as you can to make sure you get your hands on one!

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Yes, the Daisy Punch can be part of a Bundle if you would like to save 10% by ordering the Daisy Punch with the Daisy Delight Photopolymer Stamp Set.

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Here are a few examples of cards you can make with the Daisy Punch!

Easy All-Occasion Daisy Cards

Easy Thank You Card With Delightful Daisy

And really fun to use the Daisy Punch with the Wood Crate Framelits Dies!

4th of July Patriotic Crate With Daisies

Use the Stampin’ Up! Daisy Punch with the Daisy Delight Stamp Set or just punch plain cardstock with it as well! Decorate the daisy center with a punched cardstock circle or something like the Gold Faceted Gems. Add a few other Stampin’ Up! products to your order to reach $50 and get a Bonus Coupon to save $5 in August! Bonus Days end July 31.  Have fun shopping!

Eclectic Die Cut Flowers and Polka Dots Card

Eclectic Die Cut Flowers and Polka Dots Card

Want to make a simple yet elegant card for any occasion?  This Eclectic Die Cut Flowers and Polka Dots Card will fit the bill!  You will need a Big Shot in two ways to make this card. The top card layer is embossed with polka dots and the flowers are die cut with thinlits. Then just assemble it!

The card base is Whisper White, layered with another piece of Whisper White cardstock that has been embossed with the Big Shot and the Polka Dot Basics Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  This is a great folder to have, polka dots work with a lot of designs and sometimes just add that little something that the card needs!  You could certainly also make this card with a card base the same color as one of the flowers instead of white.

The flowers were meant to be one of each of the new InColors, but I somehow got two of the same colors in there.  But there are no mistakes in stamping and this didn’t make a bit of difference. No one will say, “Oh no, she didn’t use the right colors!”  The flowers are die cut with the Eclectic Layers Thinlits Dies.  The greeting is stamped with an image in the Oh So Eclectic Stamp Set and just punched out. I think it works real well with this card.  It’s there but not real intrusive so you notice the flowers more.

Overall, the Oh So Eclectic Bundle (save 10%!) and the coordinating beautiful Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper make for a beautiful suite of products!  The samples on the cover of the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog are made with this suite of products.  You know they must be good if they are on the cover of the Stampin’ Up! Catalog!

If you would like to see another card I made with this suite, click HERE.

If you are interested in Stampin’ Up! products and would like a catalog, please email me at Karen@Karenstamps.com.  I have a few more catalogs left before I have to order more. It’s always better to have the hard copy to look at, in my opinion! I’d be happy to be your Demonstrator to help you in your stamping and papercrafting!

A Snowy Day Card For Summer Fun With Stampin’ Up! Color Theory

A Snowy Day Card For Summer Fun With Stampin' Up! Color Theory

You may see this and say “Bite your tongue!” if you live in a climate that has winter, but here in Houston, Texas we have to do what it takes to take our mind off the relentless heat and humidity of summer.  With that in mind, I made this Snowy Day Card For Summer Fun With Stampin’ Up! Color Theory.

I saw another card along this same idea and didn’t realize at first where the greeting came from. The greeting is a card in the Color Theory Card Pack, part of the new line of products Memories & More from Stampin’ Up!  Actually, I was looking for the card that said, “Let It Snow”, but came across this one, “Bring on the Snow”!  I loved it for my purpose today!

The card base is Whisper White cardstock with a layer of ombre Dapper Denim piece of paper from the Color Theory Designer Series Paper StackOf course I had to cut down the 6″ x 6″ piece of paper from the stack, so I first cut it at 4″ wide, but for the length I wanted all the ombre shades to show. Instead of cutting off the length at just 5 1/4″ and losing a bigger chunk of one of the shades I cut strips off both ends to eventually make the 5 1/4″ piece.

The snowflakes are die cut with the Seasonal Layers Thinlits DiesThey cut beautifully and were easy to remove from the die with the Big Shot Die Brush(This year in the catalog this Die Brush comes with TWO foam pads instead of one like last year.)

In laying out the card, I found another card in the Color Theory Card Pack that looked good behind the greeting so I just angled them (which I don’t usually do) and adhered them to the card front.  Finally I added the little snowflakes!  So cute!

This card was so quick and simple to make using the Color Theory Card Pack! It is definitely not just for scrapbooking and memory-keeping!  If you know someone who would like to dabble in cardmaking, maybe buying them some cardstock and some of the Memories & More card packs plus adhesive will provide just enough supplies to give them a taste of easy cardmaking!

The weather forecast in Houston this week is temperatures in the high 90’s with “feels like” temperatures even higher, plus the humidity, PLUS Saharan Dust from Africa that is bothering some peoples’ allergies and health issues.  So why not think about the remote possibility of snow on such hot days?!  And when I say “remote possibility of snow” I mean in the dead of what we call winter down here!  It’s a nice thought, anyway, and cooled me off just making the cute little snowflakes!

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Stamp an Easy Icing on the Cake Birthday Card

Stamp an Easy Icing on the Cake Birthday Card

After a  trip to the West Coast to visit our faraway kids, it’s time to get back to stamping and blogging!  Why not start with stamping an Easy Icing on the Cake Birthday Card? This card is all stamping, nothing else! Sometimes it is good to just stamp, as I also said in THIS POST.

I actually won this stamp set as a prize in an online event I was participating in!  How fun is that?!  I think the Icing on the Cake Stamp Set is one that could be overlooked, but is actually a fun one to use for birthdays and other occasions.

When you get back from vacation, and need a little inspiration to get back into stamping, be sure to remember to consult the Stampin’ Up! Catalog!  That’s what all those sample projects inside are for!  Use them! I opened my catalog and in just a second I came upon page 79 where I found the Icing on the Cake Stamp Set and was inspired to make a card almost exactly like the sample.  I think the sample might have used a Note Card for the card base as it looks a little bit smaller, but I made mine the regular card size 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″. I chose Powder Pink for the card base and Whisper White for the top layer with the stamping.  I was planning to change the colors from the sample, so I looked on the chart provided by Stampin’ Up! with 2017 InColor Combinations for ideas. I suggest you print out this chart on Whisper White cardstock and keep it handy for reference! I decided to stamp with Powder Pink, Soft Sky, and So Saffron. I considered making the card with just one color ink, Powder Pink, a monochromatic card. Maybe I will try that next time! I think it would also be fun to stamp the “Happy” and “Birthday” on another scrap of paper and cut out each word in a rectangle to fit in the space and have the words popped up on Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Warning:  This stamp set will make you hungry for cake and icing! Stamping pretty rows of colored frosting just looks yummy!

If you need a birthday stamp set or a set for many congratulatory occasions, check out the Icing on the Cake Photopolymer Stamp Set. Then have fun stamping with it!

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