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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A Fall Fun Fold Card

The Fall Fun Fold card is a change from the typical card design and “fun fold” definitely describes this card.  The card is one of the samples from the September class and showcases products from both current Stampin’ Up! Catalogs.  The Country Home Photopolymer Stamp Set can be found in the Annual Catalog on page 95.  Though it’s a great set to use year round, the milk can with the cotton bolls floral arrangement reminds me of Fall. The Come To Gather Designer Series Paper, from the Holiday Catalog, is added on the front fold panel.  Continue reading below the card photos for the card details.

Card Base:
  • First layer is Mint Macaron cardstock: 4-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 5-1/2″.  
  • To create the slender folded panel, use Pretty Peacock cardstock. The size is 9-1/2″ x 2-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-3/4″.
  • Referring to photos for the placement, attach the Pretty Peacock panel to the Mint Macaron card base using adhesive.
Card Panels:
  • Cut two panels of Whisper White cardstock 4-1/2″ x 2-1/4″.  On one of the panels, stamp the milk can using Basic Gray Classic Stampin’ Pad.  Stamp the florals with Early Espresso Classic Stampin’ Pad. Use Pretty Peacock Classic Stampin’ Pad for the sentiment.  TIP:  To make alignment and stamping easier, use the Stamparatus. 
  • Use the following Stampin’ Blends:  Smoky Slate (light & dark for the milk can), Mint Macaron (light & dark for leaves),  Rich Razzleberry (dark for the berries), Daffodil Delight (dark for the center flower) and Cajun Craze (light and dark for the seed pods).
  • For the cotton bolls, add small touches of the Snowfall Accents Puff Paint and heat set.  TIP:  Work quickly as the puff paint is very thin (little goes a long way) and can dissolve the stamped image.  I suggest doing a section at a time.  Add a small amount of the Puff Paint, heat set and repeat.  If you look closely at my photo, you’ll notice the stamped image started to dissolve giving a “dirty” appearance to the cotton bolls.  Of course, cotton bolls aren’t all pristine white!
  • For the interior sentiment, stamp it with the Pretty Peacock on the other Whisper White panel.  The sentiment is from the Country Home Stamp Set. If desired, stamp the wheat sheath from the Gather Together using Crushed Curry Classic Stampin’ Pad to the side of the sentiment. 
  • To complete the card,  add the panels to the Pretty Peacock fun fold piece with adhesive.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this Fall Fun Fold.  Credit for the fun fold goes to Dawn Olchefske at DO Stamping with Dawn.  She featured the fun fold on a project and I added the design to my “give it a try” list.  Now you can add it to your list!

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Still Scenes Bundle

Just when you think it can’t get any better, the Holiday Catalog continues to offer products for creating innovative projects.  One such product offering is the Still Scenes Bundle.  The Still Scenes Bundle includes the Still Scenes Cling Stamp Set and the Snow Globe Scenes Dies.  You can combine the individual images from the stamp set to create a snow globe that can be as simple or fancy as you desire. You can even create interactive shaker cards.  With the Snow Globe Scenes Dies, you can create custom winter and Christmas die cuts to create your own snow globe design.  The new Snow Globe Shaker Domes pair perfectly with the bundle enabling you to create a variety of snow globe designs. 

Still Scenes Bundle

Watch the short video below as Holly demonstrates how easy it is to use the Still Scenes Bundle to create a unique snow globe card.

My Still Scenes Bundle and the coordinating Snow Globe Shaker Domes recently arrived.  I can’t wait to start creating projects and will be sharing them with you soon.  Even better, order your set and get started making your own creations!  I have the links for ordering the products listed below in Project Materials.

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Free Skate

At last month’s Shoebox Swap, I was able to make this beautiful Free Skate card.  The purpose of the swap was for demonstrators to make and share projects from the Holiday Catalog.  We each brought all the precut materials to use for stamping and assembling our design. This allowed us to create a variety of cards in just a couple of hours .  Today’s card uses the Free Skate Bundle.  The bundle includes the Free Skate Cling Stamp Set and the Detailed Skate Dies. The card also showcases the Brightly Gleaming Specialty Designer Series Paper.  I would like to thank the card designer, Jamie Lavender, for the beautiful layout and product selection.  Isn’t it gorgeous?  

Free Skate

Card Details:
  • Card base is Pretty Peacock (8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″, scored and folded at 4-1/4″).
  • For the next layer, cut a piece of Brightly Gleaming Specialty Designer Series Paper 5-1/4″ x 4″.  Attach to the card base using Snail Adhesive.
  • Use the Detailed Skate Dies to cut the skate.  The skate base and ties are cut from Pretty Peacock cardstock.  The lacy pattern on the skate uses Whisper White cardstock and the skate blades are Gold Foil paper.  Use Multipurpose Liquid Glue or the Fine Tip Glue Pen to attach the layers to the skate base.
  • Stamp the sentiment using Pretty Peacock Classic Stampin’ Pad onto a 3-1/2″ x 4″ piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Use Tuxedo Black Memento Ink to stamp the Holly.  Color the holly leaves with the Dark Pretty Peacock Stampin’ Blends.  
  • Cut the sentiment piece using the Stitched Labels Dies and attach to the card base with Snail Adhesive.
  • Add Red Rhinestones to the berries on the holly.
  • Finish the card by adding the skate to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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It’s a Monster Bash!

Since Labor Day has come and gone, it signals the transition from summer into fall celebrations.  So despite having temperatures near 100 this week, the monthly card class theme was projects focusing on Fall and Halloween.  One such project is a Halloween card.  It features products from the Monster Bash product bundle.  The Monster Bash Suite is full of coordinating products that will help you prepare for fun Halloween festivities.  Today’s card features the Spooktacular Bash Stamp Set, the Ornate Frames Dies, the Stylish Scroll Embossing Folder and the Monster Bash Designer Series Paper.  You can purchase the entire Monster Bash Suite (Item #153485).   It includes all the materials on the featured card plus the Coffin Treat Boxes, Basic Black Scalloped Edge Ribbon and Monster Bash Enamel Shapes.  Or if you prefer, the Spooktacular Bash Stamp Set and the coordinating Ornate Frames can be purchased in the Spooktacular Bash Bundle

Monster Bash Card Card Details:
  • To form card base, cut Terracotta Tile cardstock (5-1/2″ x 11″, score and fold at 4-1/4″).
  • The next layer is Crushed Curry cardstock (5-1/4″x 4″).  To texture emboss the panel, use the Stylish Scroll Embossing Folder.  Attach to the Terracotta Tile card base using Snail Adhesive.
  • On Very Vanilla cardstock, stamp the sentiment and the vampire using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  TIP: Use the Stamparatus when stamping (especially for the vampire) so you can double stamp to get a complete stamped image.  After stamping, cut the shapes using the Ornate Frames Dies.  Also, cut a scroll frame from Terracotta Tile cardstock.  Attach the vampire to the scroll using Snail Adhesive.
  • Cut a 2-7/8″x 2-7/8″ square of the Monster Bash Designer Series Paper.  Attach it to a 3″ x 3″ square of Basic Black cardstock with Snail Adhesive. Wrap black ribbon around the square and tie into a knotted bow.  Adhere to the card front using adhesive.  
  • Finish card front by adding the vampire scroll and sentiment using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

To complete the look, stamp the envelope and the card interior with some of the fun stamps from the Spooktacular Bash Stamp Set! 

You’ll have lots of fun creating Halloween projects with the Monster Bash Suite of products!  

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Nature’s Beauty Fun Fold

One of the projects from the recent card classes is a fun fold card featuring the Nature’s Beauty Stamp Set.  If you’ve not seen the Nature’s Beauty Stamp Set, you must check it out on page 63 in the Holiday Catalog.  It was one of the first products on my order list.  Though the stamp set contains no sentiments, it’s a set perfect for creating a variety of nature inspired card and project designs.  The wildlife animals are good to use for creating masculine theme cards too.  It gets even better.  For every set that is sold, Stampin’ Up! will donate $3 to Mental Health Organizations.  

Here’s a peek at all the stamps included in the Nature’s Beauty Stamp Set…

Card Details:
  • Cajun Craze cardstock is cut 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ for base. 
  • Cut a piece of Pear Pizzazz 5-1/4″ x 6-3/4″ and score at 4″.  Fold on score line to create the card.  Attach to the Cajun Craze card base with Snail Adhesive.
  • The plaid piece is from the Come to Gather Designer Series Paper and is cut 2-1/2″ x 5″. To adhere to the front card flap, use Snail Adhesive.
  • The Whisper White card interior is 5″ x 3-3/4″.  The sentiment on the card is from the Free As A Bird stamp set.  Stamp the sentiment on the lower right corner of the exposed Whisper White using Cajun Craze Classic Stamp Pad.  Then, attach to the interior of the Pear Pizzazz.  
  • On a 2-1/2″ scrap of Whisper White cardstock, stamp the Bunny using Soft Suede.  To the side of the bunny, stamp the reeds using So Saffron.  Cut with the next to smallest circle in the Stitched Shapes Dies.  Use the Layering Circles Dies to cut a scallop from Cajun Craze cardstock.  Attach the bunny piece to the scallop circle with Snail Adhesive.  Then attach the entire circle to the card front using Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals.  Refer to photo for placement.  TIP: Be sure to add the Stampin’ Dimensionals to the top half of the circle only.
  • Complete the card by adding a bow made using the Cajun Craze Linen Thread from the Come to Gather Ribbon Combo Pack.

Also, a big shout out and thank you to Cindee Wilkinson at Just Sponge It!  The fun fold was shown on one of her projects.   So, I used her dimensions for my nature inspired card.

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Thank you for your support and I appreciate your business.

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