Birthday Stamp a Stack

Last weekend I held a Birthday Stamp a Stack class it was lots of fun and everyone left with a stack of birthday cards ready to mail out.


There were three card designs using the Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Paper Stack and the Balloon Adventures stamp set.  Everyone made 4 of each of the cards.  We embellished the cards with Bakers Twine, Linen Thread and Gold Glimmer paper.

I also showed everyone an idea for decorating the Gold Card Tin that you can get free during Sale-A-Bration.  I included the die cuts and paper for them to use on their own tins.


Here is a suggested list of items you could order to complete this project and get the Tin for free.

  • Balloon Adventures stamp set #142823 $26  (or get the bundle with the dies which is $53)
  • Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Paper Stack #142744 $10
  • Balloon Bouquet Punch #140609 $18
  • Card Tine #143833 FREE

Everyone at the class also received a little treat from me.  Here is the whole ensemble showing just one of each card.



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Fun Color Combo

Fun Color Combo

A week or so ago I was unpacking an order that I had received from Stampin’ Up! I had ordered several packs of Card Stock that I was running low on.  I pulled them all out and stacked them up and carried them to my craft room.  As I was walking I fanned them out and thought – hmm that looks like a nice color combo.  I posted a quick photo on Facebook to see what others thought and it received a bunch of likes. The colors were:

  • Real Red
  • So Saffron
  • Pool Party
  • Whisper White


After that I thought I better create an idea with that color combo so I made this for my Card Class last week.  Yet again – quick and simple and I love it.


Here are the supplies that I used:

  • Thick Whisper White card stock for the card base
  • Strips of Real Red, So Saffron, and Pool Party card stock and I stamped each one with stars from the Perpetual Birthday Calendar stamp set
  • Whisper White Baker’s Twine
  • Piece of Whisper White card stock stamped with Stylized Birthday stamp
  • Enamel Shapes – Brights & Subtles collections

So what do you think – do you like the color combo?

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Carried Away with Sale-A-Bration

Carried Away with Sale-A-Bration

It’s time to get carried away with all the cute items in the Sale-A-Bration catalog.  And one of those is the Carried Away Designer Series Paper!

It coordinates perfectly with the Life Me Up Bundle in the Occasions Catalog.  I used those plus the Designer Tee Stamp set in the Sale-A-Bration brochure to make this fun swap card.


  • I stamped the little clouds from the Lift Me Up stamp set on the Watermelon Wonder card base.
  • Next I added a piece of the Carried Away Designer Paper.
  • I stamped Happy Birthday from the Designer Tee stamp set in Night of Navy on a strip of Whisper White card stock and added that across the front.
  • Tied a piece of Night of Navy Baker’s Twine around the front of my card.
  • Die cut the large hot air balloon from the Up & Away Thinlits dies from Night of Navy card stock and used little bits of dimensionals to add that to the front.

This is what it looked like with all my pieces as I was making a stack of these.


I love how it turned out.  You can order the Lift Me Up Bundle and save 10% (the wood bundle is over $50 or add a little to the clear bundle) and get the Carried Away Designer Paper for Free during Sale-A-Bration.  Shop Now in my Online Store here.

Our snow and ice has finally melted (mostly) and everything should be returning back to normal now.  The schools around here have been closed the past two days because travel was hazardous around here – think ice!

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Watercolor Words

This stamp set is not a new one – it was actually in the catalog last year, but I never bought it.  Often when I saw cards that I liked they had these nice big words on them and I’d look through the catalog to see where they came from – it was this stamp set – Watercolor Words.  I’d add it to my list but it would get bumped for something else.  Then I’d be working on something and wish that I had it.  Well I finally corrected that problem and ordered it!  Now look at this sweet card that I made with it…


I used one of our brand new in-colors – Peekaboo Peach.  I paired it with Chocolate Chip and Old Olive – some old favorites.  It makes a pretty color combination.

The Washi Tape is from the Playful Palette Designer Washi Tape Bundle and then I added one of the little Enamel Shapes to the center of the flower – so cute!

In case you wondered about the flower stem – I drew it with the Stampin’ Write Marker.  I kept looking for a stem in the stamp set but there isn’t one.  It’s easy enough just to make a long swoosh with the fat end of the marker to create the stem.

Don’t forget about Bonus Days going on right now – here is a suggestion for a $50 order for you –

  • Watercolor Words – $26
  • 2016-2018 In Color Enamel Shapes – $9
  • Playful Palette Designer Washi Tape – $8
  • Old Olive Baker’s Twine – $3
  • and ink pad or pack of card stock


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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 –

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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.

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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.