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.

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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.

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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!

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Make a Difference

Make a Difference by purchasing the Sprinkles of Life photopolymer stamp set.  Stampin’ Up! will donate $3 for each set to Ronald McDonald House Charities. And you will be able to make this fun birthday card.


There are several fun things on this card.  The background – that is on of the Happy Patterns decorative masks – there are 4 in the new set.  And I used a Sponge Dauber to add the Mint Macaron to the background.

Then there is the little tag with the ice cream cone and the cherry.  So there is a trick with the cherry – I used two different punches.  It’s the Tree builder punch with coordinates with this set but I also used the Cupcake builder.  Why?  Well the tree builder punch has the big apple with a short stem and the cupcake punch has the cherry with the longer stem.  Well I wanted a big cherry for my ice cream cone.  To accomplish that I punched a little cherry – either use Chocolate Chip card stock or color the stem with the Chocolate Chip Stampin’ Write Marker.  Then punch the apple from Real Red and cut off the little stem – glue it on top of the cherry giving it a long stem and making it a larger cherry.  I know it’s a silly little thing but that is what finished the card for me.

I’m at convention now so I don’t have my punches with me to take a few pictures and show you – so hopefully that explanation made sense.

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Happy Birthday Dots

Every month I have a Card Maker’s Class.  I usually have it near the end of the month so that everyone can come and make the cards they need for the following month.  There are a variety of cards to choose from usually 12 or more.  The class fee includes 6 cards and the envelopes.  And you get to choose – make 6 of the same card, pick 3 and make 2 of each, make 6 different ones, what ever combination you want.  If you still have time you can make extra’s for a flat per card charge.

I add several new cards each month and the designs usually stay around for 2 or 3 months at a time.  So if you don’t get to make one you want chances are it will be available for you to make the next month.  Here is one of the card choices that I had in June.


I used the Dots Decorative mask and a sponge dauber to create the background of polka dots.  Stamped and cut the balloon from Celebrate Today and layered with a variety of banners.  When you want to punch a banner that is thinner than the 1″ guide on the Triple Banner Punch – turn the punch over when you insert the strip and position it in the right spot by eye-balling it.  You can change up the colors or use one of the other words in the set to make this card work for other occasions.

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