Birthday Simple Stems

 flower HB

I decided to combine the old with the new for this card using Simple Stems stamp set along with Cycle Celebrations stamp for the sentiment.  This pretty designer paper called Birthday Basics has such terrific colors – Gumball Green, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding and Raspberry Ripple.

  • A little paper piercing around the circle adds some extra interest.
  • I used Finishing Touches Edgelits to cut the Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock at the bottom.
  • The new Petite Petals Punch is a must and looks cute with a Raspberry Ripple Dahlia in the center.

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Retro Fresh Washi and Starburst Bundle

Happy Day washi tape 
Today is a quick and easy card, and Stampin' Up! makes it so easy with coordinating products! 

  • Use the Starburst Sayings bundle – stamp set and framelits – to create great layered main images.  I changed it up a bit by using Circle Framelits to cut out the Tangerine Tango layer.
  • Gorgeous Grunge stamp set gives the splattered look – mine gets constant use!
  • The pretty colored strips are Retro Fresh Washi Tape and go on in a snap.
  • A Metal Button and Whisper White Baker's Twine complete the simple look.

Happy Day washi tape 2

Double layering the white card base and the top of the card gives a lot of appeal.  I've raised the front of the card up with lots and lots of Dimensionals.

Happy Day washi tape 3

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Afternoon Picnic and So Very Grateful

afternoon picnic thank you

We had a fun sketch challenge the other day over on our team Facebook page.  One of our demonstrators gave us a challenge to follow a sketch she'd drawn, and here's what I came up with.  I pulled out my Afternoon Picnic that had gotten dusty over the winter and started looking at the pretty color scheme – Basic Gray, Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry, Pear Pizzazz and Wisteria Wonder.  While I didn't ultimately use much of the DSP (Just the Wisteria Wonder grid for the back layer), it did get me started on a great color palette for this floral card using So Very Grateful stamp set.

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  • The Coastal Cabana DSP that came in Afternoon Picnic was too light and busy, so I grabbed a piece from the 2013-15 Designer Series Paper Stack.  It had a white background, and my card was more vanilla, so I used a sponge and Crumb Cake ink and went over the paper lightly to "dirty" it up.
  • The Finishing Touches Edgelit worked well with the look of the Doily and tied in my lacy theme.  Pearls accent both the flowers and the strip to the side to complete this look – definitely feminine and a little vintage.
  • The flowers from So Very Grateful were stamped in StazOn Black Ink then watercolored in with Aqua Painters and stamp pads.  I used Watercolor Paper for this main image to get the best results.

afternoon picnic thank you 2

To achieve some nice shading on your flowers, start out by using a little bit more water on your Aqua Painter and go over the entire image lightly.  Let it dry then come back in with more color and go over certain spots you want darker.  I did this with the Crushed Curry flowers, making the centers a bit darker. 

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Live Happy

 Mary's birthday

I can't imagine a more wonderful thing to say to someone – "Live Happy".  Doesn't that sum it all up?  I made this card for my precious sister for her birthday, and really, that's the best thing you could wish someone!

Today's card features a very pretty Sale-A-Bration stamp set called You're Lovely.  And this stamp set can be yours FREE with a $50 purchase this month only!

  • Basic Black, Coastal Cabana and Strawberry Slush make an impressive color scheme!
  • There are actually three stamps used from the You're Lovely set – the main image is one stamp, "live happy" is another and then the tone-on tone stamping on the Strawberry Slush cardstock is a third.
  • Using my clear-mount stamps, it was easy to space the stamp perfectly in rows.  I just lined up the edge of my block with the edge of the preceding image.
  • You're Lovely coordinates with our Deco Label Framelits for easy cutting out.
  • The In Color Designer Series Paper Stack is perfect for this card – lots of fun, bold designs in all 5 colors!
  • Basic Black 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon and a few Black Candy Dots accent this card nicely.

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Wisteria Thank You

Wisteria Thank You

With Stampin' Up!'s designer series paper sale going on in July, I thought I'd show you a card using one of the prettiest papers on sale – Afternoon Picnic Designer Series Paper.  I love the colors in this rich, vintage paper – Basic Gray, Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla and Wisteria Wonder!  Wow – lots of colors to work with!

  • Love & Sympathy stamp set is the perfect little set to show someone you're thinking about them.  I chose to use just the flower motif and add instead a sentiment from Lots of Thanks to change it up a bit and show you something new.
  • The designer paper is bordered with a strip of Summer Starfruit cardstock punched with the Scallop Trim Border Punch.  I also added some Pear Pizzazz 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon – yummy!
  • The Honeycomb Embossing Folder is a must have this season – it looks great with everything!

THINGS YOU'LL NEED:Wisteria Thank You closeup
Item No. 131390 Afternoon Picnic Designer Series Paper $10.95
Item No. 128652 Love & Sympathy wood $15.95 OR
Item No. 122797 Love & Sympathy clear $11.95
Item No. 129687 Lots of Thanks wood $22.95 OR
Item No. 129690 Lots of Thanks clear $16.95
Item No. 131208 Pear Pizzazz 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon $6.95
Item No. 118402 Scallop Trim Border Punch $15.95
Item No. 129381 Ovals Collection Framelits $26.95
Item No. 129378 Honeycomb Embossing Folder $7.95

Afternoon Picnic DSP Lots of Thanks

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Mambo Make a Cake Birthday

Here's a fun new birthday stamp set you're going to love!  Make a Cake is so much fun to work with, and Itty Bitty Banners sentiment stamp set coordinates beautifully. 

  • Color scheme is Melon Mambo, Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight and Basic Gray.
  • Use the Tasteful Trims Die and the Big Shot to make the large scalloped edge.
  • The smaller scalloped edge is made using the Scallop Edge Border Punch.
  • Sweet little flowers on the cake come from Itty Bitty Punch Pack.
  • Itty Bitty Banners sentiments cut out in a snap with Bitty Banners Framelits.
  • Love the ease of tying ribbons with the Seam Binding Ribbon.  It lays nice and flat against your card.

STAMPIN' UP! $99 STARTER KIT IS EVEN BETTER IN JUNE!  For the month of June only, get this great stamp set and more free in addition to your starter kit.   Get the details on this month's Make a Cake product bonus!

Item No. 126740 Make A Cake wood $14.95 OR
Item No. 126742 Make a Cake clear $11.95
Item No. 126255 Itty Bitty Banners wood $15.95 OR
Item No. 126257 Itty Bitty Banners clear $11.95
Item No. 120893 Tasteful Trim Bigz XL Die $42.95
Item No. 119882 Scallop Edge Border Punch $15.95
Item No. 118309 Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack $16.95
Item No. 129267 Bitty Banners Framelits $14.95
Item No. 119246 Rhinestone Basic Jewels $4.95
Item No. 125583 Daffodil Delight 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon $6.95


            Make a Cake stamp set                              Itty Bitty Banners stamp set

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