Category Archives: Congratulations

Houston Astros Win Game 3 of the World Series!

Houston Astros Rainbow Card

Exciting times in Houston, Texas as the Astros made it into the World Series and last night was Game 3, the first game in Houston after two games in Los Angeles against the Dodgers. Houston is SO excited to be playing in the World Series and to have the game at home for three nights!

After Hurricane Harvey the end of August, this is a great distraction for those who have been dealing with the flooding and aftermath for almost two months. As someone said on TV, Houston deserves to win the World Series!” We’ll see what happens! I’m sure the Dodgers think they deserve to win just as much after a long wait to get in the World Series!

Of course being able to stamp and make cards makes it fun when we have a special event like the World Series going on!  This is a card I made sort of looking like a certain vintage Astros sweater that was recently made oh so popular as Kate Upton was spotted wearing it (she’s engaged to one of our Astros pitchers, Justin Verlander!). With all the colors of paper that Stampin’ Up! has, there usually is something to use for most any occasion when you are trying to match colors.  The letters I made on the card spelling out Astros were die cut with the Little Letters Thinlits Dies, which are retired…..but they fit just perfectly on my card!

Stay tuned tonight for Game 4! I’m keeping my fingers crossed for another win!

Stampin’ Up! Reminders

The Designer Series Paper Sale, Buy 3 Get the 4th Paper Free, ends Oct. 31. That’s Tuesday!

The Merry Patterns Promotion ends October 31.

JOIN PAPER PUMPKIN by November 10th to get the second coordinating kit (but each kit stands alone!).

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Houston Astros For the Win! Going to the World Series!!!

Houston Astros Going to the World Series

Woohoo! What an exciting two nights, watching the Houston Astros play two must-win games and they DID win!  They will be in the World Series playing against the Los Angeles Dodgers! This is the second time the Astros have made it to the World Series, the other time being 2005.  I even got to go to one of those games, thanks to my friend!

This World Series will be a family affair as our daughter and son-in-law are big Los Angeles Dodgers fans! We’ll see how this turns out!

It’s nice to have stamping to commemorate various events and activities in your life! So when the Astros win the American League Pennant and are going to be playing in the World Series, you have to post a handmade baseball card!  I think stars whether in stamps or die cuts are always great to have on hand for congratulatory and exciting times!

After Hurricane Harvey and all the flooding and damage so many people experienced here the end of August, it will be great for our city to have the Astros playing in the World Series!

Congratulations Houston Astros!

How to Use Small Paper Scraps on a Card

How to Use Small Paper Scraps on a Card

This project today shows how to use small paper scraps on a card! Do you ever have a bunch of little pesky scraps of designer paper that you like but you don’t want to just throw them away?!  Well, most of the time we SHOULD just throw away small paper scraps of any kind instead of hoarding every single piece! But since this Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack is brand new, when I saw all these little slivers of paper laying on the table after cutting some larger pieces, I just had to figure out a way to use them.

I chose Dapper Denim for the card base, since it is one of the coordinating colors with the Color Theory Paper. And for an extra colorful layer, I added Crushed Curry, another coordinating color.  And of course, Whisper White for the top layer.

I just laid out the strips of designer paper across the card to see how they would look, turning some on one side and some on the other side of the paper.  For a greeting, I chose one from the new stamp set Icing on the Cake and stamped with Berry Burst Ink. If you trim the ends, you can give it the banner look. I also added two of the little Glitter Enamel Dots, which come in ombre shades.  Be sure to order some of these new dots because they are very cute and fun and not too thick to put on cards you are going to mail.

Remember that Bonus Days are going on during the month of July!  With every $50 you spend in July, you get a Bonus Coupon for $5 to use on your order in August. Be sure to save the emails with the Bonus Coupon codes!

Just think of the possibilities for cardmaking using small scraps of paper, now that you have some inspiration!

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Shimmery Heart Die Cut Engagement Card

Shimmery Heart Die Cut Engagement Card

If you need an engagement card for an engagement party, use the Shimmery White Cardstock, which is beautiful in itself, and the gorgeous Bloomin’ Heart Thinlit Dies to make a Shimmery Heart Die Cut Engagement Card. 

Here is how I made the card.  The card base is Shimmery White Cardstock. The next layer is embossed with the Falling Petals Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. To me, this looks like little hearts, but I guess they are meant to be flower petals! It makes it hard to remember the name because I think the folder should be named “heart-something”! But it is a beautiful embossing folder and will be great to use on many, many cards.  The heart and little flowers are die cut with the Bloomin’ Heart Thinlits. It’s best to use the Precision Base Plate with the Big Shot since this is a more intricate die, and be sure to run it through twice, depending on your machine.  And I also highly recommend that you have the Big Shot Die Brush to use to get the little pieces out of the die and the die cut. Then adhere the little flowers on to the heart. I used the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper for the heart and flowers. And for a little bling, Rhinestone Basic Jewels are always good! The “Congratulations” greeting is from the Floral Phrases Stamp Set.

This card doesn’t photograph well because of the subtle shimmer of the Shimmery White Cardstock and the dazzle from the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper! In person, it looks very pretty and elegant.  You wouldn’t even have to have the Falling Petals embossed background, the die cut heart is pretty enough by itself on a card. You could even color the glimmer paper with a little reinker and Aqua Painter or brush to add some lightly colored flowers on the heart.  You can see this coloring technique that I did on some punched hearts on this card here on my blog.

They say June is the month for weddings, so maybe you need to start an engagement and wedding stack of cards!  It’s always nice to have some extra cards on hand.  When you make one card and like it, make a couple more of the same while you have the supplies out. You could also make this same card for other occasions, just by changing the greeting or leaving any greeting off. This Shimmery Heart Die Cut Engagement Card is well suited for an engagement card, wedding, birthdays, congratulations and many occasions.

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Definitely Dahlia Gold Embossed Congratulations Card

Definitely Dahlia Gold Embossed Congratulations Card

I received a nice big box of new products from the Occasions Catalog, but I’ve been working on a project where I used this big dahlia stamp and got the idea for this Definitely Dahlia Gold Embossed Congratulations Card. Sometimes we forget about the products in the Annual Stampin’ Up! Catalog when we have the new seasonal catalogs. When I used the Definitely Dahlia Stamp Set (really just one big single stamp!) on the other project it reminded me how elegant and pretty the stamp was.

The dahlia is first stamped with Versamark Ink and then heat embossed with the Gold Stampin’ Embossing Powder and the Heat Tool. I think heat embossing is one of the most dramatic and easy techniques you can do. You never get tired of watching that powder melt and turn into your beautiful stamped image. I also embossed the greeting in gold at the bottom of the card. The greeting is from Floral Phrases. You could also offset the dahlia to be more in the corner of the card.

I prefer the wood-mount stamp on large single stamps like this one, although you can also buy it in clear-mount. I just like the wood-mount because it is ready to go and you don’t have to take time sticking this large stamp to the acrylic block and hoping it doesn’t fall off. Often times it is easier to lay the stamp facing stamp-side up on the table, pat the ink pad onto the stamp rather than the stamp onto the ink, and then place the cardstock on which you are stamping onto the inked stamp. Then if you don’t want to get inky fingers, grab a piece of computer paper to lay over the cardstock and rub gently with your fingers over the whole stamp area without letting the cardstock move. It usually works fine! This way you aren’t handling a large block and stamp in your hands.

The card base is Whisper White with just a bit of Gold Foil around the border of the dahlia image.  You can cut out the center of the gold foil since it won’t show anyway and use that piece for something else.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Gift Wrap Ideas With Cellophane Bags

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

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

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

6x17 Cellophane Bag Gift Wrap

6x17 Cellophane Bags

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

Anniversary Card with a Silver Glimmer Flourish

Anniversary Card with a Silver Glimmer Flourish

Recently I made this anniversary card with a silver glimmer flourish. I wanted to use the new Fancy Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper because it is so beautiful, and I knew it would make a lovely wedding or anniversary card. In spite of the name and the fact that it appeared in the Holiday Catalog, doesn’t mean it is only for Christmas! There are a few patterns that do suggest the holidays a bit, but the rest are definitely “plain” and can be used for anything. This paper is a little difficult to photograph but I think you can see the pattern I used.

I thought some Silver Glimmer Paper would look pretty with the white patterned paper, so I die cut a flourish with the Flourish Thinlits Dies.  Apparently I am short on “Happy Anniversary” greetings, but I thought “Celebrate” would also work! I found the word and the banner in the Thoughtful Banners Photopolymer Stamp Set. After punching out the banner stamped on white with Elegant Eggplant ink I trimmed it down a little and layered it on Elegant Eggplant cardstock and then on Silver Glimmer Paper.

You can purchase the Thoughtful Banners Photopolymer Bundle which includes the stamp set and Duet Banner Punch so you will be all set and save 10% in the process!

Try the Fancy Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper!  It’s different than anything else we have had since it is a dry embossed textured pattern. You can leave it white or you can color it a bit with Sponge Daubers, Brayer or Sponges.

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Easy Definitely Dahlia All Occasion Card

Easy Definitely Dahlia All Occasion Card

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

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

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

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Graduation Congratulations Card with Large Numbers Framelits

Graduation Congratulations Card with Large Numbers Framelits

It is hard to believe that it is graduation time for schools, so if you need a graduation card, perhaps this Graduation Congratulations Card with Large Numbers Framelits will help you out.  I wanted to use the Large Numbers Framelits Dies so I die cut the numbers with my Big Shot for the graduation year. I used the Gold Foil Sheets for the numbers.  I tried another idea on the card but it didn’t work so then I thought of stamping “Congrats” randomly on the background of the card. This stamp comes from the Tin of Cards Stamp Set. I stamped it with Smoky Slate Ink  because I wanted it to show up but still be kind of muted in the background. The banner stamp is also included in the Number of Years Photopolymer Stamp Set and can be die cut with the banner framelit in the Large Numbers Framelits Dies. The greeting is stamped from the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set, one of my favorites and most used stamp sets.  It fits perfectly inside this banner.

Now I did make a little graduation cap to put on the card but it didn’t fit very well, so I finally decided to just let it go, the card is fine without it.  Sometimes you have to stand back and realize that even if the card or project you are making isn’t as perfect or fantastic as YOU want it, someone else will not be looking at it as critically as you are. No one will open this card and say, “Why on earth did she not put a punch art graduation cap on the front??!”  You have to remember that when you are creating and don’t make stamping more difficult for yourself! And sometimes less is more!

You might want to consider purchasing the Number of Years Bundle of the Number of Years Stamp Set and the Large Numbers Framelits Dies so you are all set for making all kinds of birthday, anniversary, graduation and other cards, scrapbook pages, and who knows what?! Both items will be in the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog June 1st, but they will no longer be in a bundle, so get them now in a bundle while you can and save 15%!

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Stamping Off Easy Petite Petals Congratulations Card

Petite Petals Congratulations Card

I’m getting a little more use out of my 2014-16 In Colors before they retire in this Stamping Off Easy Petite Petals Congratulations Card. I have to admit, I stole the idea from a sample in the new upcoming Stampin’ Up! Catalog! Mine is even simpler, just stamped on a folded piece of Whisper White Thick Cardstock and stamped the greeting right on the center of the card.  I could have stamped and punched a few extra Petite Petals to adhere in a popped-up fashion, but I just kept it simple.

I chose to use three of the retiring In Colors:  Hello Honey, Tangelo Twist, and Blackberry Bliss (ink pad not available). I did LOTS of stamping off to get the lighter colors of the flowers and less stamping off to keep getting darker colors. What is it about having a stamp in your hand and doing repetitive stamping that is so satisfying?! The flower is from the Petite Petals Stamp Set, which is not retiring and you will see in the new catalog. And for the small price difference, only $4, I would recommend getting the wood-mount stamp set.

For the greeting, I chose the Bravo Photopolymer Stamp Set with it’s great bold greetings for many occasions. Sadly, this is a retiring stamp set, so if you are interested, be sure to put it on your order!

This Stamping Off Easy Petite Petals Congratulations Card is fun to stamp and would work for graduations, weddings, thinking of you, birthday, hello, birthday, Mother’s Day – many occasions!

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Balloon Celebration Congratulations Card

Balloon Celebration Congratulations Card

I always say it’s good to have stars for making all kinds of cards and now I think I could say the same about balloons, such as this Balloon Celebration Congratulations Card. Balloons can be used for birthdays, for congratulations, for a party invitation, for kids, for babies, for all kinds of occasions! Whether you have the Balloon Celebration Photopolymer Bundlecomplete with the Balloon Celebration Stamp Set and the Balloon Bouquet Punch, or even just one of those, you can stamp or punch balloons for cards or gifts or other projects with so many themes.

For this card, I stamped the balloons by “stamping off” one time on scrap paper to make the ink lighter and then overstamped with the shading dots. Then the balloons were punched out with the Balloon Bouquet Punch. You can get two sizes of balloons with this punch! The strings are stamped or you could just draw them in, depending on your placement. I stamped the word “Congratulations” from the stamp set and made a banner, inking the edges a bit.  For a bit more oomph, I punched some Gold Glimmer Stars with the star punch in the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack. I could have also stamped some very small stars included in the stamp set.

Just a couple more weeks of Sale-A-Bration, the biggest Stampin’ Up! promotion of the year! Spend $50 in Stampin’ Up! products and choose a FREE Sale-A-Bration product! How much fun is that??!

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Back to School Bravo Star Card

Back to School Bravo Star Card

Here in Houston it is almost the end of the first week of school, so I thought maybe people would want to make a Back to School Bravo Star Card either for the student that has completely their first week of school or perhaps for the teacher who has completed a week (and probably more) of back to school! Use the Bravo Stamp Set and some stars cut with the Stars Framelits and Big Shot to choose an appropriate greeting. Change the greeting and make the card for someone getting ready to start school next week or after Labor Day!

For the card base I just used the new Whisper White Thick Cardstock. You will love the weight of this card stock if you would like to make a card with less layers. Then just die cut a bunch of assorted stars with the Stars Framelits and play around with the arrangement until you are happy with the placement of the stars and greeting.  Use a lot or use a few!  Place one framelit inside the other to make the stars with the center cut out.

I’ve always said everyone should have some star punches, star stamps, or in this case Star Framelits because stars can be used for just about anything. They are so good for congratulations, birthday, promotions, achievements, baby, thank you, anything special that you are making!

I loved making this simple Back to School Bravo Star Card using multiple stars and the Bravo Stamp Set! If you need any supplies, please visit my Stampin’ Up! Online Store!

Gift Bag Punch Board Bohemian Gift Bag

Gift Bag Punch Board Bohemian Gift Bag

One of the new products in the new Stampin’ Up! 2015-16 Annual Catalog is the Gift Bag Punch Board,  With this punch board, you can create many different sizes of gift bags, using card stock or designer series paper. There are three sizes of bags listed on the punch board, based on the size of the bottom of the bag. But then you can make the bag as tall or short as you like. It also punches holes in the top to thread ribbon through to tie closed, but I didn’t make this bag that way. On this bag, I also scored about an inch across the top so I could fold the paper over at the top to see the pattern on the other side. You could also make a decorative top edge. You can bet people will figure out many ways to make different sized bags and who knows what projects with this Gift Bag Punch Board! The sides can be straight and plain, or they can be gusseted to fold in a bit. And then of course, the possibilities of decorating are endless, especially for Stampin’ Up! papercrafters!

This gift bag is made with a pattern in the Bohemian Designer Series Paper. You could use any of the papers, any side. With some patterns of paper, you probably want to pay attention to which way the pattern is going before you cut your paper for the punch board. Don’t score too hard with designer paper so as not to tear the paper. It will probably hold up pretty well, though. The tag is made with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch and the new Delightful Dijon card stock  and the greeting is from the Bravo Photopolymer Stamp Set.  What a fun greeting set to have on hand!

There are directions that come with the Gift Bag Punch Board and they are even printed on the board itself, But the best bet is to watch this Stampin’ Up! video to really get a feel for it.  Make a bag or two with some scrap paper to get the idea and you will be all set!  Not that hard!

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Stacked With Love Cheerful Critters Congratulations Card

Stacked With Love Cheerful Critters Congratulations Card

The Stacked With Love Designer Series Paper Stack is not just for Valentine’s Day! It’s on the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals this week. I wanted to play with my Cheerful Critters Stamp Set that is in the outgoing Occasions Catalog so I used the Stacked With Love Paper Stack to make my card. The Cheerful Critters are all stamped with Stazon ink, colored with Stampin’ Write Markers and cut out with Paper Snips.  Paper Snips make “fussy cutting” fairly easy and not tedious because they can fit into small spaces. I consider them an essential tool!

This stamp set as several cute sayings, like “Let’s Party” and “Hooray”, not to mention “I Like Your Face”. I suppose that’s more of a younger generation saying! Just a fun set to play with and makes great cards for congratulatory and happy situations that you might want to make a card for!

Less than two weeks for the Stampin’ Up! Retiring Products!  Check the lists and get your order in before the last minute rush! If you want to order a combination of retiring and new catalog products, then your day to order is Tuesday, June 2 when all catalogs will be available!

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