Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Birthday Blast!

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   I love Stampin' Up's birthday stamp sets--have I mentioned that?  I especially love them when they come with coordinating framelits.  The "Birthday Blast" bundle in the Occasions catalog is so much fun to work with!

I needed a card for a friend who is also a Stampin' Up demonstrator, so I knew I needed to step up my game!  For this card, I used a Night of Navy Card Stock card base, a 5-1/8" by 3-7/8" Emerald Envy mat, and a 5" by 3-3/4" Whisper White panel.  I stamped the large starburst image in Night of Navy Ink onto the Whisper White panel.

Next, I used the Star Blast Edgelit Die to cut the star blast image from Silver Glimmer Paper.  I adhered the bottom strip of the die cut to the card using Fast Fuse Adhesive.  I find that Fast Fuse works best to adhere our glimmer paper. 

I stamped the "happy birthday" sentiment--don't you love that font?!--in Night of Navy onto a 3-1/2" by 1-3/4" piece of Whisper White Card Stock.  I adhered this to a 3-3/4" by 1-7/8" piece of Emerald Envy Card Stock and added it to the bottom of the card.  I wrapped a length of 1/8" Emerald Envy Taffeta Ribbon around the bottom of the glimmer element before adhering everything to the card base with Stampin' Dimensionals.  I used Glue Dots to adhere the stars (left over from the die cutting) onto the sentiment panel.  Cute, huh?

But wait! There's more!  I don't normally do "innies" for my cards, but since I had to add a Whisper White panel inside the card so I could sign it, I decided to do something special inside the card, too!

I stamped the "celebrate you" sentiment from the same stamp set in Night of Navy inside the card.  I die cut the flourish from the Silver Glimmer Paper and adhered it to the card with the Fine-Tip Glue Pen.  Finally, I used my two leftover stars inside, too adhering them with glue dots.  Sweet!

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Monday, January 23, 2017

A Great Birthday

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   I recently celebrated a big birthday.  I don't know how I got to be this old.  I still feel like a teenager--well, in my head.  My joints are telling a different story.  I didn't want anything big and fancy, so my wonderful husband arranged for a group of our friends to meet at a new Mediterranean restaurant.  It was a great way to celebrate my birthday!

I got a few gifts, too, which were not expected, but absolutely appreciated!  I wanted to send thank you notes to my friends who came out to celebrate with me.  I grabbed the "All Things Thanks" stamp set and was thrilled to see that there was a perfect sentiment for a birthday thank you card!

I started with a strip of the Party Animal Designer Series Paper.  I'm so glad this DSP includes Pacific Point.  I love that color, but I rarely to work with it.  I also love how it pairs with Emerald Envy!  I adhered a 1-1/2" by 5" strip of the DSP to a 3-3/4" by 5" Whisper White panel.  I stamped the sentiment--"thank you for making my birthday happy"--in Pacific Point near the bottom right of the Whisper White panel.  I adhered this to a 3-7/8" by 5-1/8" piece of Emerald Envy Card Stock.

To finish the card, I tied a length of Emerald Envy 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon around the bottom of the panel and then adhered this to a lengthwise-cut Pacific Point Card Stock card base.

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Thanks for Everything

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   One of my favorite stamp sets in the Occasions catalog is "All Things Thanks."  I don't know why, but I'm a sucker for thank you stamps.  I don't think you can ever have enough thank you cards for everyone you should be thanking!

The first time I saw this stamp set "in action" was on the card that I got from Andrea Withers, Associate Curriculum Developer and Trainer at Stampin' Up, to thank me for being a display stamper at the fall OnStage event.  I love everything about this card!

The card base is Thick Whisper White Card Stock topped with a Whisper White panel embossed with the Sparkle Embossing Folder.  The "thanks for everything" sentiment is stamped in Bermuda Bay Ink onto Pool Party Card Stock and cut out with one of the Sweet & Sassy Framelits.  Underneath the heart, is a length of Silver Sequin Trim, a length of Peekaboo Peach Ruched Ribbon, and a 1" strip of Old Olive Designer Series Paper from the Brights DSP pack, flagged at the end with the Banner Triple Punch.  Adorable, right?

Andrea's card is so wonderful, that I had to CASE it.  You may remember that "CASE" is "copy and steal everything," but it can also mean "copy and selectively edit," which is what I did for my card.

I started with a Sweet Sugarplum Card Stock card base, a 5-1/8" by 3-7/8" Whisper White mat, and a 5" x 3-3/4" Sweet Sugar Plum panel that I embossed with the Petal Burst Embossing Folder. I added this to the card base with Stampin' Dimensionals.  Next, I stamped the sentiment in Sweet Sugarplum onto a Whisper White scrap and cut it out with one of the Layering Ovals Framelits and adhered it to a just-larger Mint Macaron scalloped oval cut from the same set of framelits.  Underneath I have a length of Whisper White ribbon from the Succulent Garden Ribbon Combo Pack, a length of Mint Macaron Sheer Linen Ribbon, and a 1" strip of Falling in Love DSP, flagged with the Banner Triple Punch.

You can purchase the supplies for either of these cards by clicking on the links below.  Remember, during Sale-a-Bration (through March 31, 2017) with every $50 you spend, you can choose a FREE Sale-a-Bration item!

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Welcome Baby Bear!

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   I learned a new way to make a gift card holder at the Proverbial Stampers gathering in the fall.  I've been waiting for the perfect opportunity to use it.  Fortunately for me, there are several young women at my church who are having babies!  (Better them than me!!)

This card is super easy to make.  Start with your standard 5-1/5" by 4-1/4" half sheet of card stock.  Score it and then cut one side in half. Like this.  See?  It's simple!!

For my card, I started with a sheet of Pool Party Card Stock and cut and scored it according to the template.  Next, I cut two 4-1/8" by 2-1/4" pieces of Calypso Coral Card Stock and two 3-7/8" by 2-1/8" pieces of A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper and I adhered them to the top and bottom of the front of the card.  I stamped the "welcome, baby" sentiment from the "Badges and Banners" stamp set in Calypso Coral onto a Whisper White scrap and punched it out with the Duet Banner Punch.  The banner is adhered to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

I stamped the bear from the "Cookie Cutter Christmas" set in Pool Party onto a Whisper White scrap and added Early Espresso facial features.  I punched him out with the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch.  Then, I used the Layering Ovals Framelits to cut a Whisper White oval and the just larger scalloped framelit to cut out the Calypso Coral mat.  I aligned the bear's ears and stamped them onto the Whisper White oval and then adhered the bear.  Finally, I stamped the bear's bow tie in Calypso Coral onto a Calypso Coral scrap and used the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch to punch it out.  I adhered the bow with a glue dot.  I used Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere the oval to just the top portion of the card--because the bottom is the gift card holder!!

I used Fast Fuse Adhesive to adhere the bottom flap to the card.  The sentiment inside is from the "B.Y.O.P." stamp set and is stamped in Basic Gray Archival ink.  Because this is a photopolymer set, I could line up two stamps on one block and see exactly where to place the sentiment!

So cute!  And so simple!  This gift card came together in no time at all!

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