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Saturday, January 31, 2015

More balloons!

Simple birthday card using balloon framelits

I know, I know. You've seen this set. But it's SO CUTE. I can't stop finding ways to make this little balloon soar!

This week, I'm meeting a promise to myself that I'll use up some of my DSP stash. I have quite a few packets that have about a piece and a half left. I'm sure that's just me. You probably use up all of your paper before you buy more, right? RIGHT.

This paper is from Sale-a-bration last year. It's bright and spring-y and makes just the perfect sky for my rainbow-spotted balloon. I've grounded all that color with some cloudy grey.

Cooking school

The sentiment and balloon this week are done identically to the balloon birthday card from last week, but the background matting makes it into another card entirely. So here's your challenge, if you'd like to play along: Take a card you've already made. Use the same stamping/foreground, but swap out the background layers to create something new. Let me know how it goes!

Stamp sets

  • Celebrate Today


  • Daffodil Delight base
  • Watercolor Wonder DSP (retired, alas, but the Best Year Ever DSP in this year's SAB catalog would work beautifully) cut to 5 1/2" by 3," plus a 3" square for the balloon
  • Smoky Slate at 5 1/2" by 1" (2x)


  • Basic Grey

Tools and accessories

  • Balloon framelits
  • Dimensionals 
  • Scallop border punch (I used a random one from my stash)
  • If you HAPPEN to goof up the sizing on the scallop pieces, 1/8" taffeta ribbon in Daffodil Delight would cover up the seam nicely. Just saying.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Celebrate Today Card

I feel like I'm on a hot air balloon ride today.  I arrived in Orlando, Florida for Stampin' Up!'s Leadership Conference and I am so relieved to be family/kid-less for the next 4 days!  I love my kids but after spending the last 5 1/2 weeks with them being tracked out of school (we have year round schools here in NC), I am definitely ready for a break.  I am looking forward to all the card swaps, business classes, card and project demonstrations, and lots of time with my fellow demonstrator friends for the next 4 days.  So today's card is one I made to swap with other demonstrators while I'm in Florida.

Have you ever wanted to go on a hot air balloon ride?  Me either.  But this card makes it seem like so much fun.  Today's card was inspired from a swap card I did last year.  It used washi tape and a cut out heart so the washi tape peeked through. As a swap card for Leadership this year, I decided to do a similar card using the Celebrate Today stamp set.  I chose the hot air balloon since I had another idea for using the balloons.
Close up of hot air balloon with washi tape peeking out from the balloon cut out
First, I stamped my greeting at the bottom of the Whisper White card stock.  Next I added some washi tape to the center of the card stock alternating between 3 designs from the Sweet Dreams Washi Tape pack.  Then I cut out the hot air balloon from a Whisper White layer, stamped the bottom of the balloon underneath in Lost Lagoon and added it on top of the washi tape.  Don't you like the way the washi tape peeks through the hot air balloon cutout?  Finally, I added a small piece of Baker's Twine tied into a bow to the side of the hot air balloon layer.  I had a lot of fun making this card and hope you will give it a try as well.  Enjoy!


  • Stamps: 
    • Celebrate Today 
    • Because You Care (hostess set)
  • Paper:
    • 4 1/4" x 11" Crisp Cantaloupe card stock (scored at 5 1/2")
    • 4" x 5 1/4" & 3 7/8" x 3 1/4"  Whisper White card stock
  • Ink:
    • Lost Lagoon
  • Accessories:
    • Balloon Framelits
    • Sweet Dreams Washi Tape
    • Crushed Curry Baker's Twine (closest color to washi tape)
    • Stampiin' Dimensionals

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Birthday balloon!

CAS birthday card using Stampin' Up! Celebrate Today set plus balloon framelits

The Celebrate Today set in the new Stampin' Up! Occasions catalog is getting a ton of play on blogs and Pinterest. When I put in my order from this catalog, it was the first thing I chose -- along with the coordinating framelit set. It's easy to love these cheery balloons and mix-and-match sentiments! I picked the clear version, which makes the basket easy to place under the balloon.

So cute, and pretty easy, too!

Baker's secret: When you're stamping big solid images like this balloon, use either a mousepad or your piercing mat underneath so that you can get good, even coverage. I stamped off once to get the base layer a little paler than the spots.

Stamp sets

  • Celebrate Today


  • Strawberry Slush base
  • Whisper White cut to 5" by 3 3/4," plus a 3" square for the balloon
  • 2013-2015 In-Color DSP cut to 5 1/2"  by 1 1/2"


  • Strawberry Slush
  • Smoky Slate

Tools and accessories

  • Balloon framelits
  • Dimensionals 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Power of two...pieces!

yippee skippee, stampin up birthday card
One Tag Fits All was a stamp set I got way back in November and I finally decided to crack it open and see what I could do with it. I was drawn to the cake, immediately. (A little because I'm always drawn to cake, and a little because the font is so darn cute!) I remembered a card that Deena had made awhile back that used the greeting from Yippee-Skippee paired with two adult beverage images. Seemed like two cake images could do almost the same for this stamper! 

I don't usually like to mix so many different stamp sets on one card, but I think it all came together pretty well. Now...where's that Betty Crocker box?


Stamp Sets
  • One Tag Fits All
  • Yippee-Skippee!
  • Express Yourself (retired)
  • Sprinkles are from a past My Paper Pumpkin (but I can't remember which one!)
  • Blushing Bride card base
  • Whisper White
  • Soft Suede
  • Blushing Bride
  • Tangerine Tango
  • So Saffron
Tools and Accessories

  • 2 1/2" circle punch
  • Circle Thinlet 
  • Big Shot
  • Blender Pen
  • Dimensionals

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Celebrate Today - Happy Birthday Card

my version of the Celebrate Today birthday card
Today's card inspiration comes from the Stampin' Success magazine.  A magazine sent every other month to Stampin' Up! demonstrators to provide some inspiration, give us some product information and business information as well.  The original card was made using Stampin' Up!'s notecards (see SU!'s original card below).  I decided to make it a normal size card using Whisper White card stock and layering it onto a Soft Sky card base.  It really made the balloons "pop" on the card with having a different colored card base.  I also decided to use Smoky Slate ink instead of Basic Gray as Stampin' Up! did in the original card.  I love how cute this card turned out and have already sent it out to my MIL for her birthday.  I will definitely be making a lot more of these birthday cards in different color combinations to use as my go-to birthday cards this year.
Stampin' Up!'s original HAPPY birthday card

  • Stamps:
    • Celebrate Today
  • Paper:
    • 4” x 5 ¼”  Whisper White card stock and scraps
    • 5 ½” x 8 ½” (scored at 4 ¼”) Soft Sky card stock
  • Ink:
    • Coastal Cabana
    • Hello Honey
    • Soft Sky
    • Smoky Slate
    • Wild Wasabi
  • Tools and Accessories:
    • Balloon Framelits
    • Stampin’ Dimensionals

Friday, January 16, 2015

Winter Thank You Notes

My craft room is finally clear of holiday clutter, and it's about time! Sorry that I have been MIA for the last several months, but I (insert several excuses for not stamping here). Like most people, I always start the new year out in need of some quick thank you notes. 
Lucky for me, I found my November Paper Pumpkin under a pile in that mess of a craft room. I easily converted My Paper Pumpkin from a Christmas card into a winter thank you. If you haven't tried My Paper Pumpkin yet, you should check it out. It's a monthly subscription, and even if you're too busy to do them right when they come, it's nice to have them around when you need a quick project. You get plenty of extra supplies to change things up a bit if you need to, as well. And, if you get too many of them stacked up, you can always skip a month whenever you want. 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Valentine's Day Mini Treat Boxes

happy Heart day mini treat boxes
banner cut out of DSP and ribbon tied in a bow added to mini treat boxes

In need of some small treat ideas for Valentine's Day?  I've got just the thing for you...Mini Treat Boxes filled with Hershey's hugs and kisses.  These mini treat boxes were so easy to make using Stampin' Up!'s pre-made Tiny Treat Boxes.  They are 2" x 2" x 2" so they fit tiny little treats inside.  I added some DSP and/or washi tape, added a little bit of stamping and/or some punched out hearts to the mini treat boxes to decorate them.  Tip: If you plan to stamp onto the treat boxes, be sure to leave them flat and do not start folding or putting them together before you stamp.  It will make your stamp look uneven on the boxes.
mini treat boxes with stamped images on them
top of boxes with some washi tape & a stamped image punched out and added with a dimensional
outside of mini treat boxes; added DSP hearts to each side

Order your Tiny Treat Boxes and get started today!

  • Stamps: 
    • Love You More (retired) - substitute with any current stamp set 
    • Tags 4 You
    • Yippee-Skippee
  • Paper:
    • 6 ½” x 1 ½”  Stacked with Love DSP Stack (tip: cut the DSP long ways and you can get approximately 3 strips to use on your mini treat boxes)
    • Whisper White card stock scraps
  • Ink:
    • Real Red
    • Staz On Black
  • Tools and Accessories:
    • 5/8” Satin Ribbon in Real Red and Basic Black (retired) - substitute with any current ribbon
    • Label Bracket Punch
    • Heart Punch (retired) - substitute with current Sweetheart Punch 
    • 1" Circle Punch
    • Stampin’ Dimensionals

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Whoo hoo you!

Monochromatic birthday card using Stampin' Up! Big News
This card has a secret. Know what it is? I'll give you a second.

These are holiday papers. Shhh!

Since nobody ever said "Wow, I ordered EXACTLY THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF PAPER," I'm guessing you might have some leftovers. Here's how I cooked mine up to make a gorgeous monochromatic birthday card for a coworker.

The layout was inspired by a card I saw over on Brian's blog this morning. (Yes, I stamp in my pjs. Stop judging.) You'll see that I went off-road pretty fast -- there's no ribbon, and I couldn't fit the third block of paper. Instead, I made the cutest little flag, and I brought in some washi.

Do you love it? I love it. The inside of the card is cute, too -- to balance the weight, I layered in a white pane with a matching washi stripe.

Your challenge for the weekend: Use some of your own holiday paper to make a non-holiday card. Can you do it? I think you can!


Stamp sets

  • Big News (I'm so in love with this set right now, can you tell?)


  • Lost Lagoon base, plus mats at 2 3/8" by 3 3/8" and 3 1/4" square
  • Whisper White cut to 5 3/8" by 4 1/8," plus a 2 7/8" square (I used framelits for the square) and scrap -- inside layer is 5 1/4" by 4"
  • All is Calm DSP cut to 2 1/4" by 3 1/4" 


  • Lost Lagoon

Tools and accessories

  • Squares framelits
  • All is Calm washi
  • Dimensionals (one, under the flag)
  • Toothpick

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Lotus Blossom Card

Lotus Blossom Card
Have you seen the new Sale-A-Bration Catalog?  I am in love with many of the items offered during this Sale-A-Bration period.  The stamp set that caught my eye first was the Lotus Blossom set.  It's a 3-step stamp that turns an ordinary flower into a work of art on your card or project.  I chose to CASE the card which is shown on page 7 of the SAB Catalog since it was so beautiful and simple to recreate for my Club members this month.  We stamped the images in two different colors (Daffodil Delight and Rich Razzleberry) to add a bit more dimension than the one shown on page 7.  We also used a Stampin' Spritzer like the SAB Catalog mentioned to give the flower more of a watercolor look on some watercolor paper.  My Club members loved how their cards turned out and I hope you will enjoy creating it as well.
Close up of Water Spritzing on stamp to create a watercolor look

Original Card from SAB Catalog p. 7
  • Stamps:
    • Lotus Blossom (SAB set)
  • Paper:
    o 4½” x 3”  Watercolor Paper
    o   4½” x 3”  and 4" x ½” Moonlight DSP Stack
    o   4 ¼” x 11” (scored at 5½”) Old Olive card stock
  • Ink: 
    • o  Daffodil Delight 
      o   Old Olive 
      o   Rich Razzleberry
  • Tools and Accessories: 
  • o   Stacked With Love Designer Washi Tape
    o   Stampin' Spritzer and water 

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Congratulations, baby!

This baby card uses framelits and the Big News set from Stampin' Up!

You made it to a new year! Whoo hoo, you!

I'm so ready for spring. So. Ready.

Since I can't control the weather, I'm designing very spring-y cards for my first class of the year. Here's a welcome to the baby new year (or for a new year's baby).

The sweet tutu was inspired by this card from Pinterest. So cute, right?

The simplicity of the design comes from a trio of cutting tools -- my beloved Stampin' Trimmer, the Big Shot, and a tiny punch. Can you tell which tool did which job?

Hope your new year is sweet, simple, and filled with the joy of creating.


Stamp sets

  • Big News


  • Pistachio Pudding base
  • Whisper White cut to 5 3/8" by 4 1/8," a 3 1/2" circle, and a 1 x 4 1/4" strip
  • Pistachio Pudding DSP cut to 5 1/4" by 4," plus a second piece for the onesie


  • Pistachio Pudding

Tools and accessories

  • Baby's First framelits
  • Circle framelits
  • Itty Bitty Accents punch pack
  • Stretch Ruffle Trim in Pistachio Pudding

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