Only 10 more days of Sale-A-Bration!

There are only 10 more days of the Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration promotion.  Don’t miss out on limited Time stamp sets, Designer Papers and even Glitter Tape!  For the next 10 days I’ll be featuring a different Sale-A-Bration item on my blog.  These items are available for FREE for each $50 product order that you place between now and March 31, 2016.

Today I have the Party Pants stamp set.  It’s a Limited Time set that came out in mid February as a supplement to the original Sale-A-Bration offering.  It coordinates with the Balloon Bouquet Punch from the Occasions Catalog.  Here is the cute card I made with it this weekend.


I used a sponge dauber to color the dots that were embossed with the Large Polka Dot Embossing Folder.

The balloons were stamped with Hello Honey – some are full strength and some are stamped off. I added the little confetti stamp on each balloon.  You can’t really see it on the photo but I did put a little clear Wink of Stella on each of those dots.  The balloons are tied with Linen Thread and floating through the clouds!

You need to spend $50 in product to get the Party Pants stamp set for free – for this card here is one idea – order the two punches, the embossing folder, sponge daubers, and Linen Thread – that’s $53 and you can choose the Party Pants stamp set as your freebie.

Here are all the supplies:

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Don’t forget the Starter Kit offer – if you have a long wish list get the $99 starter kit and choose $155 in product.   Need more info or have questions I’m having an Opportunity Night tomorrow and can also answer questions online and help you get your kit ordered.  Go to my Facebook Event for more info –

Thanks for stopping by today!


Pop-Up Birthday Card

Did you see the Party Pop-Up Thinlits Dies in the Occasions Catalog?  They are on page 7.  You can use the dies to make a pop up card or trim the pop-up shape to use as a fun element on a card front, scrapbook page or other project.  For this card I did both – the Hip Hip Hooray! pops up on the inside and the Happy Birthday element was added to the front.


I got this card idea from one I found on Pinterest – it’s the best source for ideas and inspiration.  Another fun element is the black dots – those are actually the White Perfect Accents colored with a Black Sharpie Marker.  It adds a fun touch to this birthday card.

Here is a peek at the inside.

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There is one change I would make to this card – I’d add a Bermuda Bay card stock layer on the inside of the card so it would show behind the pop-up.  With the white behind it it just doesn’t pop enough.  But I already had mine all glued down before I thought of that.  The next one I make will have that.

You can purchase the Party Pop-Up Thinlits Dies and the Party with Cake stamp set as a Bundle and save 15%.  I’ve been using them a lot right now to make birthday cards.  I’m starting a birthday club in March – if you would like to be part of it and receive a real hand-made card from me in the mail – then email me with your birthday and mailing address and I will add you to my list.

here is a video from my Stamper’s Club meeting where I show them how to use the thinlits and make this card.  I didn’t do any editing on the video – I think it turned out ok.  I’m working towards posting more videos and to start editing them too.  It’s a start.

Thanks for stopping by today.  I’ll try to be back soon.


Use your Holiday paper for Birthday Cards

Continuing the countdown….3 more days to order from the Holiday Catalog.  The Designer Papers have been very popular this year.  At convention we learned how the designers at Stampin’ Up! create the papers.  Many are original hand painted or drawn designs.  Now that the holidays are over you don’t have to stop using the pretty paper.  Many of the patterns are general enough that they can be used for other things like Birthday cards!  Any print that isn’t holiday specific would work.  And often when one side is holiday specific the other side is not.  Here are a couple of ideas for you.

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These are the Holiday catalog items I used on this card:

  • Into the Woods Designer Series Paper pg. 43 (On Sale)
  • Into the Woods 3/8″ Cotton Ribbon pg. 43 (On Sale)

And here is another:

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This one used the Season of Cheer Designer Series Paper.  Unfortunately this paper is already sold out.  The ribbon on this card is Hello Honey 3/8″ Satin Stitched Ribbon is part of the Year End Sale.

Take a look at your Designer Papers and see if you can make a stack of birthday or thank you cards from something that you thought was just for Halloween, Fall or Christmas.

Here is a video from Stampin’ Up! showing you how some of the Holiday paper were created.  If you here a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator say DSP that stands for Designer Series Paper.


The two cards were the same I just switched the Designer Paper and ribbon and used matching card stock.  These are supplies for the Into the Woods version:

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Hope your 2016 is starting out well.


Watercolor Wings Tea Set

I saw this idea for a tea bag holder and I wanted to recreate it using Stampin’ Up! products.  I do love how it turned out.  It was one of the projects for my Time to Fly class.  This project is for us moms when our kids leave the nest – take a few minutes and have a cup of tea. Of course you can always give this as a sweet gift to someone else that needs a little calming tea.

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I stamped the Watercolor Wings butterfly on one side of a piece of white card stock.  Then cut it out with the framelits.  Then I used the stamps again to stamp the other side – good thing this is a photopolymer stamp set – it makes it so much easier to do this.  I folded the butterfly in half and added a notch in the center – that’s where you slide it onto the mug over the string of the tea bag.  I found the perfect little die to cut that notch – it is the handle end of the shovel in the Handpicked framelits set.  It’s the perfect width and is nice and rounded at the end.

After I cut out the center notch I unfolded the butterfly and decided to cover it with some self-adhesive laminating film that I had.  That way it would be a little protected in case it fell inside the cut of tea!  I just used my paper snips to trim around the butterfly and trim out the notch again.  I tried to cut with the framelits but they didn’t do so well on two layers of film and the card stock.

Once I made the little butterfly holder I decided I wanted a little envelope to hold it along with a tea bag.  So I used the Gift Card Envelope die set and cut one from some of the matching Envelope Paper.  I stamped another butterfly to decorate the envelope.

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It sure does make a nice little gift to give someone – maybe buy them a special mug and then just slide the envelope with the tea bag and holder inside it – or even add a gift card if you want.

Thanks for stopping by today.


Make a quick card with Washi Tape

Washi Tape is always a quick way to make a cute card.  At convention I was able to get lots of nice swaps and I created this card based on one that I received.  I used different washi tape so there fore different colors than the swap I received.  And that’s the beauty of this card – you can use any color washi tape and use matching card stock and you have a whole different card.

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I used the new In-Color Washi tape collection – did you notice that in the new catalog?  It’s 5 colors from last years collection – one roll for each of them. Just put a few strips on your card add the greeting and the stars.

The stamps are from the Celebrate Today stamp set.  And the stars are the Star Framelit Collection.  It’s a quick card – really it is.

Thanks for stopping by today.


August Throwdown Challenge

Last night I pulled out the supplies from the August TGIF Throwdown Challenge to see what I could create.  Sometimes having access to a limited number of supplies can be good and sometime it is also frustrating!  I enjoy having a challenge though and thinking outside the box.  I missed taking part in this challenge in July but didn’t want to miss August.  So this is what I had to work with this time – plus the pantry with some basics in it.

basket+03We had to use at least 4 items from the list and for this card I had Pool Party Cardstock, Lovely Lace Embossing folder, the Flower Patch stamp set, Pear Pizzaz and Calypso Coral ink.  If it says OR you can only use one of the two items.  The big problem I found with this list – there is only one color of card stock and no dies or punches!  That means no framelits for cutting out all the pieces in the Flower Patch stamp set.  Darn it!

I did pull a few items from the Pantry list to complete my card.  And here is what I came up with – I really did like how it turned out.


From the Pantry list I used – Whisper White card stock, my Paper Trimmer to cut out the window on the front layer, my Big Shot for the Embossing folder, Whisper White Baker’s Twine, clear blocks, adhesive, paper snips and Basic Black ink.  It would be really hard to make a card without some of those things.

Now I did use one household item and that was a cotton swab – that is my flower center – I dipped it in the black ink for the center of the flowers.

If you want to read more about the TGIF Throwdown challenge – go HERE. You can play along too.

I actually made a second card while I had all the supplies out but not sure I really like it – it was way different and not sure I want to post it.


Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a great week. I’ll be getting Ryan all packed up and taking him back to college this week.  Insert SAD face here.  I guess it has to happen.  I keep telling myself I have to let them fly…..


It’s time for Convention!!

The Stampin’ Up! Convention starts today!  Inspire, Create, Share 2015 is here.  We have check in and bag pick up this morning and then we start!  A fun time with friends from all over the US and Canada – I’m not sure if any of our European or South Pacific friends will be here this year.  It will be a busy day.  Check my Facebook business page for any updates, news and photos.

Part of the fun of convention is swapping – last night I had a dinner and card swap with some of my SU friends and this was the card I made to swap with all of them –


I’ve posted this card already on my blog.

I also have a group swap tomorrow and made this one –


It’s also one you’ve seen before.  After I made each of these I was really excited about how they turned out and decided back then that I wanted to use them as my convention swaps.

I have another one I’ll share in a different post and also roommate gifts and some little friend treats – I need to get photos of all of those before I post about them.

If you are a demo a convention come find me and say hi!

Thanks for visiting today!