Happy Birthday Ryan!

Happy Birthday Ryan!

Today is my baby’s 18th birthday!  Now I’m feeling old.  My youngest child is 18.  How can that be?  I’ve been looking through old photos today and posting them in an album on my personal FB page – its’ like watching him grow up all in one day.  Now I started with digital photos in 2002 so that is where I started.  I’d have to go find the real baby pictures and scan those in.  That’s a future project not for today.  I’m also finishing up getting ready for convention.  The Stampin’ Up! convention is this week and I’ve been waiting all year to see a bunch of my friends from all over North America.  This year worked out well with convention squeezed in right between Ryan’s 18th birthday (today) and our 25th wedding anniversary (on the 22nd).  Usually convention runs into one of the other of those special days.

Anyway on to the card I want to share today – it’s the card I made for Ryan for his birthday – and also used for one of my stamp club projects which was on Friday night.  Ryan thought it was one of the cooler cards that I’ve made in a while – I’m glad he liked it so much.


I used the star framelits to make a star shaped card.  Once I was done though the largest star doesn’t fit in a regular size envelope so the solution was to use the envelope punch board and make one to fit it!  Plus I was able to use that extra star from the center to add to the envelope.  Now this is not one I would mail out to anyone – it’s one you want to hand out to someone special – you don’t want the start to get smushed – its got some dimension to it – and then the specialty designer paper that I used for the envelope is the thinner paper and probably wouldn’t make it through the mail system.


Happy Birthday Ryan!

Here is what I used to make this card:

Sea Street Birthday card

Sea Street Birthday card

Here is a fun summer birthday card made with some brand new Stampin’ up! products.

sea-street-birthdayRed, White and Blue are fun summer colors and the new Sea Street stamp set is really cute – a fun smiling octopus.  I created this card for a swap group that I’m part of.  A group of us each create a card and then we swap with each other and get a whole bunch of ideas from the group.  Here are some details about this card -

  • Real Red card base stamped with the starfish image randomly across the bottom
  • Night of Navy die cut with the Starburst Framelits and the Big Shot then embossed with the Decorative Dots embossing folder – I think it looks like bubbles
  • A strip of Designer Paper from the new Maritime paper pack.
  • tied some Whisper White Bakers twine around the card front
  • 2-1/2″ Circle punch – a whisper white piece and stamp with the Octopus and the school of fish – add to the front with Stampin’ Dimesnionals
  • stamp “Happy Birthday” from the new Something to Say stamp set – punch out with the Word Window punch


Here are all the Stampin’ Up! products I used – click on them to go the my online store.

Thanks for stopping by today!



Animal Talk – Dog Talk

I love my animals and the Animal Talk stamp set is one of my favorites.  I needed a “DOG” or animal card for a class last month and came up with this one that uses the new Hardwood stamp set (LOVE IT!!) and the Animal Talk stamp set.  I just changed my profile picture here on my blog – you can see it over on the right-hand side bar.  If you get this update by email – click on the title of the post to go to my blog and see the picture.  It is one of my favorites because I feel like it is so me.  Sitting outside with a bunch of dogs!  While only 2 of the dogs are actually mine.  The other two hung around our cabin the whole time we were there and joined us like they were part of the family.  This was several years ago but its still one of my favorite photos.


Here are the details of the card:

  • Crumb Cake card base
  • Crumb Cake layer stamped with the Hardwood Stamp – stamped in Crumb Cake ink
  • The words are stamped in Chocolate Chip ink
  • Tie a piece of the Chevron Natural Ribbon around the layer – actually you fold it around the card stock and then use a piece of Linen Thread to tie it together on the edge.
  • Cut a piece of Whisper White card stock with the Apothecary framelit and stamp the dog image in Chocolate Chip ink on it – cut the right side off straight against the edge of the card.  I actually stamp first and then cut the shape with my Big Shot – then put it on the card and cut off the extra on the side.
  • I colored in the dogs spots with my Crumb Cake stampin’ write marker.

There were a couple of new updates from Stampin’ Up! this week – most are related to demonstrators and convention – we were able to register yesterday and things related to our new catalog that will be out in a couple of months.  Do you want to be a part of all the excitement?  Then you need to be a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator!  You can be part of the Catalog Premiere at the end of this month and come to convention this summer.  Stampin’ Up! always has the best events!

  1. New Weekly Deals 4/8 – 4/14 – This weeks deals….  don’t miss the punch pack!!  I use these little punches all the time and you have to have them in your tool box.  Get them this week while they are on sale! weekly deal 4-9
  2. New My Digital Studio Downloads –  New stuff this week….   mds dwnld 4-8

I hope you found something fun in the things I listed above!

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I’m working on some changes to my blog right now.  There will be some more coming up.  Let me know what you think.


Watercolor Cabana Birthday

I combined the Happy Watercolor stamp set with Coastal Cabana and created a birthday card for one of my card classes last week.  I received a similar card as a swap (from Georgia) but it was Crisp Cantaloupe and I wanted to change up the color.  My group requested a feminine birthday card so this was it.


Here are the basics for this card:

  • Chocolate Chip card base
  • Coastal Cabana front layer – stamp the Happy Birthday on the bottom with Chocolate Chip ink – then emboss with the Arrows Embossing folder above where you stamped – then punch a circle with the 2-1/2″ circle punch
  • Whisper White layer underneath – stamp the watercolor brush in Coastal Cabana, stamp the flower in Chocolate Chip, stamp the spots in Gold – attach it to the back of the Coastal Cabana piece so it shows through the circle
  • Tie a piece of Gold Baker’s Twine around the Coastal Cabana piece and tie in a bow – attach it to the front of the card
  • On the inside I added a piece of Whisper White and stamped a little bit in the corner.

watercolor-coastal-cabana2And you can stamp the corner of your envelope to match too – that’s always a fun addition.

Thanks for stopping by today – come back again tomorrow.



Pedal Praise – Another Idea

I have another alternate idea to share for one of the past Paper Pumpkin kits.  This one is for the Pedal Praise Monthly Kit – this one was from August 2013.  I used it to make a birthday card.


I love the little silver mini brad in the center of each wheel.  And the lines are from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set make the perfect “road”.  I saw a card similar to this on Pinterest.  Colors are Smoky Slate, Real Red and Whisper White.  A little touch of embossing using the Alphabet Press Folder – it not only has letters but some numbers as well so when I embossed my little piece I positioned it to pick up some of the numbers since this was a birthday card.

You can see other ideas with past kits by visiting my Paper Pumpkin Idea Pinterest Board.


It’s Tuesday and here are a few updates from Stampin’ Up! for today -

  1. New Weekly Deals 4/1 – 4/7 – This weeks deals….  weekly deals 4-1
  2. New My Digital Studio Downloads –  New stuff this week….   mds 4-1

I hope you found something fun in the things I listed above!

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Coordinating Products make it easy!

Stampin’ Up!’s coordinating products make it so easy to create beautiful cards in no time.  Check this one out -


The coordinating products in the Sale-A-Bration Sweet Sorbet collection – designer paper and bakers twine from the accessory pack.  I paired it with the Label Love bundle which includes the Label Love stamp set and the coordinating Artisan Label punch.  With card stock that matches our ink and designer paper this card came together in no time.

A quick post today!  Come back tomorrow and I’ll have something else to share.


Something fun for today – it’s my birthday!

I thought I would do something fun on my blog for today to celebrate my birthday.  I’d like for you to leave me a comment and let me know which project/blog post has been your favorite on my blog.   I’ll pick a winner to receive a free tutorial of the project I’m sharing with you today.  And if you place a Stampin’ Up! order in my online store I’ll send you the tutorial for free.  You can shop my store here.  You’ll have through Friday to leave your comment and/or place an order.  I’ll send the tutorials out via email this weekend.

This is one of my favorite projects that I’ve made in the last few months.


It is so pretty in person.  The combination of Basic Black and Very Vanilla from the Modern Medley Designer Series Paper along with the GOLD accents and the pop of color from the Coastal Cabana it’s just beautiful!

There are touches of gold and the natural elements from the Linen Thread and Cotton Ribbon are unique combination.

coaster-book-pageThe book has multiple pages made out of coasters.  Plus a fun pocket page in the center.


The tutorial has all the details to make this project including lots of photos.  I hope you’ll leave me some love today!


Do you know any Cool Kids?

Cool Kid.  AWESOME.  amazing SUPERHERO.

Those are some of the stamps in the Cool Kid stamp set in the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog.  I used it this week to make birthday cards for my niece and nephew.  I think they are cool kids and this was the perfect stamp set for that.  I bought it with the two of them in mind.  I used the same basic layout for both cards and the same pack of Designer Series paper – I just focused on different colors and images so that I could create a “boy” version and a “girl” version of the same card.

Here is Ally’s card – I used Melon Mambo (she loves pink) and the cat and kites.


And this one is Noah’s card – no pink on this one and I used the dog with the paper airplanes. His card is actually on a Basic Black card base which you can’t see because I photographed on a black background.


Supplies used for these cards:

  • Cool Kid* stamp set, Bring on the Cake stamp set
  • Kaleidoscope* Designer Series Paper
  • On Film Framelits Dies*
  • Girl card: Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo & Whisper White card stock
  • Boy card: Basic Black, Crushed Curry & Whisper White card stock
  • Girl card: Basic Rhinestone, Regals Designer Buttons
  • Boy card: Neutral Candy Dots, Basic Metal Buttons*
  • Whisper White Baker’s Twine
  • Stampin’ Write Makers: Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, Basic Gray, Smoky Slate
  • Jet Black Staz On
  • Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo classic ink

*Products featured in the Occasions 2014 catalog.  If you would like to order any of these products – SHOP HERE.

I gave Noah his card – he had his 9th birthday – when he opened it – I said “I made that card for you.” – he reply with a big grin – “I knew you were going to make me a card!”

Find some cool kids and make them a fun card.


Tag Topper Punch Card

I saw this fun card idea using the Tag Topper Punch and couldn’t wait to learn how to make it.  I did a little searching on Pinterest and found a video from an Australian Demonstrator.  This idea was one that I showed my Stamper’s Club this month and I also used it as a swap for my PAWS Team meeting.

Tag-Topper-SAB-cardI wanted to use some of the Sale-A-Bration FREE products and decided on the Sweet Sorbet Designer Paper and the Accessory Pack with the Baker’s Twine.  Since I had 3 colors of twine I made 3 different color versions of the card and let my Stamp Club decide which one they wanted.


Crisp Cantaloupe

Summer Starfruit

Summer Starfruit

Pool Party

Pool Party

So let’s see if I can explain (with pictures!) how to do this.

  1. First cut your card stock to 8-1/2 x 5-1/2 (that’s your standard half sheet of card stock) – but DON’T score it in the middle like you normally would.  Use a pencil and make a mark on one of the short ends – I marked at 1″.  The punch won’t be perfectly centered but that was ok for me.  You want the same mark on the other end of the card stock but on the opposite side.  You will use these to line up to do your punching.
  2. Make sure the Tag Topper punch is open and wiggle your card stock in.  I have my mark on the right side.tag-top-step-1
  3. Line up the little mark with the edge of the punch. If you click on these photos you should be able to see a bigger version.tag-top-step-2
  4. Once you are lined up then punch.  You end up with this.  tag-top-step-3
  5. See the little mark to the right of the punch?  You should have a matching mark at the other end of the card stock but on the back side.  So do a flip with the card stock and repeat what you just did on the other side.  If your marks aren’t on the same side then your punches won’t line up since this is not exactly in the center of the card stock.
  6. Get out a paper trimmer and put one of the punched ends in the trimmer.  You are going to cut off the little rectangle pieces sticking out on either side of the punch. tag-top-step-4
  7. Now one end looks like this tag-top-step-5
  8. score the punched tab that you have lefttag-top-step-6tag-top-step-7
  9. Turn your card stock around to work on the other side.  I start by lining up the edge that I just created at 4-1/4″ on my trimmer.  Score all the way down to make the center score of the card.  tag-top-step-8
  10. Slide over the card stock to trim away the two rectangles left on either side of the other punched end. tag-top-step-9
  11. And finally fold on the two score lines you created – one in the center and one is the tab. tag-top-step-10Now you can decorate your card.

Tag-Topper-SAB-cardThis is what I used on mine:

  • The card base on my cards is Sahara Sand.
  • I added a Whisper White layer on the inside.
  • Punch a strip 5-1/4″ with the Ribbon Border Punch of the card stock in the desired color.
  • Cut a 2″ x 5-1/4″ strip of the Sweet Sorbet Designer Series paper and attach it to the punch strip and add this to the front panel of the card.
  • Stamp an image – I used Label Love.  I used the ink that matched my punched strip.  Punch it out with the Artisan Label punch.
  • Create a layer for the Artisan Label punch – punch to more in a coordinating color – I used the Pistachio Pudding that is in the paper.  Cut each punch in half in opposite directions and then glue the halves onto the back of the stamped punch creating a mat layer.
  • Punch a Itty Bitty Flower – scrunch it up to get the layers of card stock to separate and give the flower dimension.  Insert a Silver Mini Brad and attach to the Artisan label.  Attach the hole thing to the front panel of the card.
  • Tie the punched tabs shut with the matching Baker’s Twine from the Sweet Sorbet Accessory Pack.  I tied knots in the ends of the twine so it wouldn’t unravel when the card was opened and closed.


I hope that was helpful and that you can now go and make some of these cards yourself.  They were a lot of fun and unique twist from the normal cards we make.

Enjoy the day!


Make a Wish – Texture Boutique Embossing Machine

Yay!  Stampin’ Up! has their own Texture Boutique Embossing Machine!

Remember last year we had it for a brief period of time – I think it sold out in 2 or 3 days!  It was popular and I love mine.  I use it almost exclusively for embossing in my craft room and use it often it my classes too.  For me sometimes the Big Shot gives a little too much pressure and I have to adjust my tabs and shims but the Boutique seems to be just right every time.

So I created this little card based on the video that SU released on the machine.  I’ll attach the video for you too.  In the video Brian uses this idea on a little treat bag and I just adapted it to a card.


For my card I used the following things:

  • Baked Brown Sugar card base
  • Whisper White layer
  • Pistachio Pudding, Coastal Cabana, Baked Brown Sugar strips for embossing
  • Arrows Textured Embossing Folder
  • Texture Boutique Embossing Machine
  • Perfect Pennants stamp set and Banner Framelits Dies (available as a bundle)
  • Tangerine Tango ink
  • Retro Fresh Washi Tape
  • Whisper White Baker’s Twine

Here is the video:

The Texture Boutique is available in my online store – SHOP HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Enjoy the weekend.  I have lots of stamping going on.  Stamper’s Club Friday night and Saturday morning.  And then a team meeting on Saturday night.  I can’t wait to spend time with everyone.