Alex’s Birthday Card

As we adjust to social distancing and a change in our routines, my focus has been on family so my posts have been few.  It’s not that I’ve not had intentions to share projects with you but my mind has been elsewhere.  I’m sure many of you can relate.  Even though my posting has not been timely, I have found refuge in my craft space.  For me, it’s relaxing and a great respite from the virus news each day.  I hope you’re able to set aside time from your day to enjoy your crafting endeavors.  Be sure to share how you’re coping in the comment section at the end of the blog.

Remember a few weeks ago, I said “March Madness” was coming?  Well, we’re in the midst of a slew of March birthdays.  The most recent to celebrate is my grandson, Alex, who turned 11.  So, today I’m sharing Alex’s birthday card.  He’s a budding musician and eclectic music lover. When I saw the Music From The Heart Stamp Set in the Mini Catalog, I knew it would be perfect to use when making cards for Alex.  One of the instruments that Alex plays is the guitar so I used a couple of the stamps from the set to create a guitar for his card.  A Night of Navy color scheme was chosen so it would have a masculine feel.  

Music Birthday Card

Alex’s Birthday Card Details:
  • Starting with a 4-1/4″ x 11″ piece of Night of Navy cardstock, score at 5-1/2″ and fold to create the card base. 
  • Cut a 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ Night of Navy striped paper from the Come Sail Away Designer Series Paper.  Attach to the Night of Navy card base.
  • Create layers three (3) and four (4) by use the Stitched Rectangles Dies to cut a piece of Night of Navy cardstock and a piece of Whisper White cardstock. 
  • Create a guitar by stamping with the Music From the Heart stamp set and Night of Navy Classic Stampin’ Pad.  Stamp the “you rock” onto the card referring to photo for approximate placement. 
  • The word “grandson” is stamped using the Make a Difference Stamp Set onto a scrap of Whisper White cardstock.  After stamping, cut around the word and attach to top card layer using Stampin’ Dimensionals. 
  • With the music note stamps, ink the stamps and stamp off twice before randomly stamping music notes onto the card front layer around the guitar.  By stamping off, the guitar stands out more.  Also use the music notes to stamp the envelope – no need to stamp off for the envelope.
  • Attach the top layer to the Navy Stitched Rectangle using adhesive.  Add to the card base using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • For the interior, Happy Birthday and a musical note scale is stamped to complete the card theme.

Interior of Music card

According to Alex, “the card was cool”. Which is his way of saying he liked the card!  

Reminder only one week remains…

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.

Thank you for stopping by today.  Hoping you stay healthy! 

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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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Nature’s Beauty Birthday Card

March Madness is coming!  My March Madness isn’t the NCAA Basketball tourney but it’s a slew of birthday celebrations in March.  My dad’s birthday kicks off the madness on March 1 so I created a birthday card featuring Nature’s Beauty.  The stamp set is perfect for creating masculine cards.  For the card design, I CASED a card on page 48 in the 2019-2020 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog changing up the stamp set.  I love the design on this card and plan to use it again, mixing up stamp sets to fit the theme. The annual catalog is a great place to find designs when your creative juices aren’t working in full force!  In addition to using the Nature’s Beauty Stamp Set, several other stamp sets help supply additional elements.  For additional details, scroll down past the card photo.

Masculine Birthday

Card details:
  • Card base is Night of Navy Cardstock (5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, score at 4-1/4″ and fold).
  • Use the Woodland Embossing Folder to texture emboss a 5-1/4″ x 4″ panel of Whisper White cardstock.  Attach to the card base with adhesive.
  • Cut a piece of Balmy Blue cardstock 2-1/2″ x 3-3/4″.   On one of the short edges, spritz light with water, tear and fray.  Stamp the fern image (Painted Harvest Stamp Set) using the Balmy Blue Classic Stampin’ Pad onto the panel.  Refer to photo above for approximate placement.  Attach the panel to the Whisper White layer using a strong adhesive.
  • Select the wood grain and the woven papers from the Pressed Petals Specialty Designer Series Paper.  Cut a woven print strip to 1-1/2″ x 5-1/2″.  Add to the strip to the card, slightly off center. 
  • Cut the wood grain print 2-1/2″ x 4″ and on one end using paper snips, cut to create a banner.  Add to the card.
  • Stamp the deer image from Nature’s Beauty Stamp set using Soft Suede Classic Stampin’ Pad onto a 2-1/4″ x 4″ strip of Whisper White cardstock.  Cut top and bottom edges to create a banner.  After cutting, stamp ferns using the Balmy Blue and lightly sponge around deer.  Stamp grass using Old Olive and sponge around deer’s hooves.  Use a small hole punch in center of banner.  Thread and loop a piece of Braided Linen Trim through the punched hole.
  • With the Leaf Punch, cut two sets of leaves from Crumb Cake cardstock.  Attach to the back of the deer banner.  Next, use Stampin’ Dimensionals to add the deer banner to the wood grain banner on the card.
  • To finish the card, stamp Happy Birthday from Itty Bitty Birthday Greetings using Balmy Blue Stampin’ Pad onto a strip of Whisper White.  Then, cut to separate the two words.  Add to the card using dimensionals.

My dad is a deer hunter so the card is perfect for him.

Remember, use the Stampin’ Up! catalogs for card design inspiration.    

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)  and the Kerchief Card Kit are sold out.  As a reminder, Sale-a-Bration brochure product quantities are limited and may run out before the end of the promotion.  

Thanks for stopping by!  Check back again soon for another project idea.  With my March Madness, there’ll be more birthday cards!

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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.  

Thanks for stopping by!  Check back again soon for another project idea.

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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 creativestampingwithMargaret@gmail.com 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).

Thanks for stopping by today!  Check back again for more project ideas.

 

Project Materials:  (click on link to order)

The Host Code for February is ATS2GYY2 Please use Host Code only if your order is less than $150.  If your order exceeds $150, you will receive the host rewards!