Brooklynn’s Birthday Card

This weekend we’re celebrating our granddaughter Brooklynn’s 3rd birthday.  Of course, Brooklynn’s birthday card must be in her favorite color – purple.  Therefore, I used several shades of purple on the card.  The New Wonders Stamp Set is perfect creating a card for a 3 year old girl.  She’s a fan of Frozen and though the girl in the stamp set isn’t Elsa or Anna, I don’t think Brooklynn will care.  But, I know she will like the card!

Birthday card

Card Directions:
  1. Create a card base using a 4-1/4″ x 11-1/2″ piece of Gorgeous Grape cardstock.  Score at 5-1/2″ and fold to use as a side opening card.
  2. Add a layer of 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of the Highland Heather plaid designer series paper from the 6″ x 6″ Subtles Designer Series Paper package.
  3. Refer to card photo for placement of stamping images and sentiment.  Stamp the image from the New Wonders stamp set onto a 4-1/4″ x 3-1/4″ piece of Whisper White cardstock using Basic Gray Classic Stampin’ Pad.  
  4. Use Gorgeous Grape Classic Stampin’ Pad to stamp the sentiment on the card.  The words Happy Birthday are from the Well Said Stamp Set and “3 rd” stamps are from the Make A Difference Stamp Set.  
  5. Use Stampin’ Blends in the following colors for the girl image: Ivory (face, hands and feet); Daffodil Delight Combo and Light Soft Suede (hair), Purple Posy Combo (for top) and Highland Heather Combo (for skirt), Light Seaside Spray (wings) and Smoky Slate Combo for the ink pen. When coloring, use the Color Lifter to help with shading.  Light Real Red Stampin’ Blend colors the hearts.  Add Clear Wink of Stella to the skirt for a touch of shimmer.
  6. Cut the Whisper White with the Stitched So Sweetly Dies.  Attach to the center of the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals. 
  7. Complete by tying a knotted bow using the Purple Tricolor Ribbon and adding to card front with a mini glue dot. 

Oh, don’t forget to stamp the interior too…

I can’t wait to see Brooklynn’s face when she opens the card along with her gift.  Purple is definitely the theme!

The New Wonders stamp set is available for order is you are host.  Contact me for more details.

Just a reminder…

Sale-a-bration continues until March 31, 2020.  With qualifying purchases of $50 or more (before shipping & taxes), you can order FREE product.  Check out the Sale-a-Bration brochure under the Catalog link.  Note: the Metallic Baker’s Twine and Sequins Combo Pack (Item #152314), the Kerchief Card Kit and the Golden Honey Specialty Designer Paper (Item #152311) have sold out.  New items have been added so be sure to take advantage of ordering the FREE items before the end of this month.  As a reminder, Sale-a-Bration brochure product quantities are limited and may run out before the end of the promotion.  

Have a great weekend.

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A Tropical Birthday

Today’s project is a feature card from this month’s class.  It is a Tropical Birthday card featuring the Timeless Tropical Bundle and other elements from the Tropical Oasis Suite.  Initially, this suite was not on the top of my purchase list but after seeing a few cards online, I made the purchase.  WOW, am I glad that I did.  The flowers in the stamp set are beautiful when stamped and colored. Of course, the coordinating dies eliminate the need to fussy cut.  And, the Coastal Weave 3D Embossing Folder adds wonderful texture to cardstock for layering.  I have had lots of fun creating with this set so more tropical theme projects will be making an appearance.  

Tropical Birthday card

Below are the Tropical Birthday Card Details:
  • Create a card base using Real Red cardstock.  Cut 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, score at 4-1/4″ and fold.
  • Add a layer of 5-1/4″ x 4″ Crumb Cake cardstock that has been texture embossed using the Coastal Weave 3D Embossing Folder.
  • Using Real Red Classic Stampin’ Pad, stamp the hibiscus flower in the Timeless Tropical stamp set onto a 2-3/4″ piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Color the flower using the Light and Dark Petal Pink Blends.  For additional color depth, use the Light Flirty Flamingo Stampin’ Blend. Use the Dark Mango Melody Stampin’ Blend to color the flower’s stamen and then use Wink of Stella to highlight the stamen.  Cut the flower using the coordinating die from the In The Tropics Dies.
  • Stamp 3 leaves using Old Olive Classic Stampin’ Pad onto a scrap of Old Olive cardstock.  Cut the leaves using the coordinating die.
  • Stamp the birthday sentiment and cut using the Timeless Label Punch.
  • Refer to card photo for placement of elements.  Add leaves to back of the flower with mini glue dots.  Before adding to the card, cut a 10″ piece of the Braided Burlap Trim.  Separate and pull individual strings of the burlap.  Attach loops of the burlap string to the card and with Stampin’ Dimensionals, add the hibiscus flower covering part of the loops.
  • With adhesive, attach the sentiment.
  • Complete by cutting approximately 1-inch of the Braided Burlap Trim, add a Tropical Oasis Trinket to the burlap trim and attach to the side of the sentiment.

Be sure to check out all of the products in the Tropical Oasis Suite.  I have another completed project using additional elements from the Tropical Oasis Suite that I’ll be sharing next week.

Just a reminder…

Sale-a-bration continues until March 31, 2020.  With qualifying purchases of $50 or more (before shipping & taxes), you can order FREE product.  Check out the Sale-a-Bration brochure under the Catalog link.  

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Celebrating Birthdays with Monthly 3D Tutorial Bundle

Welcome to February! Today, the team is celebrating birthdays with a blog hop!  In addition to the blog hop, the  3D Tutorial Bundle is available.  We’re each sharing a project created using the same stamp set or bundle that has been used in our Tutorial Bundle Project.  The theme for this month is celebrating birthdays.

The projects designed for the 3D tutorial bundle aren’t available elsewhere online.  Therefore, you’ll receive EXCLUSIVE projects in the tutorial bundle.  In addition, you’ll receive both Imperial and Metric project measurements.

Check out the amazing line up of project designers. Yes, they are pretty amazing and talented Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators!

Now for a Sneak Peek of the projects…

Since we’re celebrating birthdays, a birthday card design to coordinate with my 3D project design is needed.  The card uses the Peaceful Poppies Suite which includes the Painted Poppies Bundle and the Peaceful Moments Bundle.  Also, featured is the Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Paper.  I choose to use a special fold by using the Stitched Nested Labels Dies to create a closure flap.  

Card Details:
  • Blackberry Bliss cardstock: card base  5-1/2″ x 7″ score at 4-1/4″; 5″ x 3″ for panel overlay; 2-1/4″ square for poppy 
  • Whisper White cardstock: 4″ x 5-1/4″ for inside panel; 2-3/4″ x 4-1/2″ for panel overlay layer
  • Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Paper: 5-1/4″ x 2-1/2″ for front card panel; 5-1/4″ x 1-1/2″ for inside card panel; 2-1/4″ square for poppy 
  • Attach Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Paper to the card front and the card interior.  
  • Stamp interior sentiment using Blackberry Bliss Stampin’ Pad.  Additionally, stamp a poppy with Blackberry Bliss and Memento Tuxedo Black ink to the interior panel.  
  • With the 2nd largest Stitched Nested Labels Die, cut the Blackberry Bliss cardstock panel overlay.  Score one side of the panel where the “flag” end starts.  Adhere along the score line and fold flap to the interior Whisper White cardstock panel. (refer to photos below)
  • Using the 3rd largest Stitched Nested Labels Die, cut the Whisper White panel overlay layer.  Cut and remove one “flag” end.  Referring to the card photo for placement, stamp the sentiment using Blackberry Bliss Stampin’ Pad.  Attach to the Blackberry Bliss panel overlay. (refer to photos below)
  • Cut the poppy components from the Blackberry Bliss and the Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Paper using the Peaceful Moments dies.
  • Cut two leaves from Old Olive cardstock and two leaves from Vellum cardstock using the Peaceful Moments Dies.  Use a splatter stamp from the Painted Poppies Stamp set and Old Olive Stampin’ Pad to add dimension to the Old Olive leaves. 
  • Layer leaves and Poppy on the Whisper White panel beside the sentiment.
  • Use Blackberry Bliss Stampin’ Blend to color three Basic Rhinestone Jewels and a 6″ strip of Whisper White 1/4″ Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon.   When dry, add rhinestones and a small bow to the card front.  

Would you like the Tutorial Bundle?

You have several ways of receiving the 3D Tutorial Bundle:

1. Order $50 (before taxes and shipping) from my online store between now and February 29, 2020 and you’ll get the PDF for FREE.  Note: be sure to register and allow me to contact you so I receive notice of your order and can send the tutorial. 

2. Purchase February’s  3D Tutorial Bundle PDF (a total of 6 tutorials) for $15.00. This is a one-time purchase.  Simply drop me an email at and I will send you a PayPal Invoice and upon receipt of payment, will send you the tutorial bundle.

3. Join my Playtime with Paper team!  Team members always receive the tutorials for FREE!  (Plus during Sale-A-Bration is a great time to join Stampin’ Up!)  

Reminder:  Sale-a-Bration is ongoing so with a $50 or more order (before shipping & taxes), you can select FREE product from the Sale-a-Bration Brochure.

You can place your product orders directly via my online store.  Or, you can also order via the links under Project Materials (either the bundle or individual components).

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Lovely Day Kit

The February Paper Pumpkin kit is coming soon!  The Lovely Day kit is versatile, elegant, and the perfect way to help celebrate birthdays and other grand occasions. Inside the inclusive kit are the materials to create nine cards.  Additionally, envelopes are included in the kit.  The coordinating Stampin’ Up! colors are Petal Pink, Pool Party, Pretty Peacock, Rich Razzleberry, Rococo Rose, and Old Olive.

Ever better, is the Lovely Day kit coordinates perfectly with the Happy Birthday to You Stamp Set (item 152308).  The five-piece cling stamp set is available as part of Stampin’ Up!’s Sale-A-Bration promotion.  The stamp set is on page 8 in the Sale-a-Bration brochure. The stamp is available for FREE with a qualifying purchase of $50 by March 31, 2020.  I love when there are coordinating stamp sets.  It expands creative options.  So you’ll definitely want to place an order so you can get this coordinating set for FREE.  

You’ll want to not miss out on this special Paper Pumpkin card kit so be sure to subscribe for the February kit before the cut-off date of February 10.  Note that supplies maybe limited toward the end of the subscription period.  You can subscribe for the kit by clicking on this link.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Check back later this week…I am finishing up some projects and will be sharing them with you.

The Gang’s All Meer

Hopefully you have taken time to look through the 2020 Sale-a-Bration brochure.  It has several cute stamp sets available for FREE and one such is The Gang’s All Meer.  Who knew that meerkats could be so adorable.  I have always thought of them as burrowing, weasel-like mammals in parts of Africa.  Leave it to Stampin’ Up! to make a weasel look cute!

Watch the short video below as Brian, from Stampin’ Up!, demonstrates using the Masking Technique with The Gang’s All Meer Stamp Set.  Then you’ll be able to recreate the card featured above.

Place your qualifying order of $50 (before shipping & taxes) so you can select The Gang’s All Meer Stamp Set for FREE!  Remember, the Sale-a-bration reward period ends on March 31, 2020.

As we are traveling and may have intermittent internet service, there may be delay in my answering emails or comments.  I appreciate your patience. 

Remember,you can place your product orders directly via my online store.  (just click and follow the link)

As an extra bonus, I’m holding a drawing on January 25th at 12 noon EST.  All customers who place an order of $50 or more between January 3 – January 24 (midnight EST) will have their names submitted into the drawing.  The lucky winner will receive a $25 Stampin’ Up! gift certificate!  Be sure when you order to select me as your demonstrator and allow contact.  If you select ‘no contact’, I will not receive your name and will be unable to add it to the drawing.  Your name will be added for each order placed during the time period between January 3rd-24th, 2020.

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A Very Special Birthday!

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you’ll recall past birthday cards for my friend’s mother, Ms. Lorraine.  This year was a very special birthday for Ms. Lorraine.  She celebrated turning 100 years old!!!  Naturally, it required an extra special birthday card.  There were a variety of sentiments to add to the card so the double Z-fold with extra panels offered a perfect design.  You’ll notice the card uses a combination of current and discontinued Stampin’ Up! products.  The discontinued products includes the Number of Years and Picture Perfect Birthday Stamp Sets.   With such a milestone, the numbers definitely should be front and center.   Though I often do not keep non-current products, there are certain stamp sets and bundles that are must haves forever.   The Number of Years is one such set!  And Picture Perfect Birthday is a favorite. The other card elements are from the Bird Ballad Suite.

The front of the card and envelope.Special Birthday Card for 100th Year

A view of the interior side panels.

The back of the card and the envelope flap.


Details for the card:

As you note from the photos above, almost all of the panels front and back have decor.  For a handwritten sentiment, a panel on the back works perfectly.  Notice the envelope?  As an extra touch, both the front and back of the envelope are stamped and colored with Stampin’ Blends.  Tip:  To avoid the blends from bleeding through the envelope, insert a scrap of paper behind the image before coloring.

For the card base, use Pool Party cardstock.  Then on the card base, build layers using Daffodil Delight cardstock with an additional layer of the Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper on the panels.  For the interior z-panels, the Daffodil Delight layer has panels of Whisper White cardstock.  The stamp sets, Stitched All Around and Picture Perfect Birthday, provide perfect interior sentiments.  Fussy cut the bird and flowers to embellish the card panels.  The words, Happy Birthday, are from the A Wish for Everything Stamp Set.  Rhinestone Basic Jewels add a touch of bling to the flowers.  To match the The Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon to the card base, a dark Pool Party Stampin’ Blends easily does the job!  

Another tip:  when creating a card, look at all of your stamp sets and mix/match to fit the occasion.

As my husband and I were traveling on a bucket list trip, we were not able to attend the celebration for Ms.Lorraine.  I understand that she loved the card!

Hope you have a great weekend.  We’re finally getting Fall like temperatures so I’m looking forward to enjoying the outdoors!

Thanks for stopping by…Happy  Crafting!

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