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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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!

Project Materials:  (click on link to order)

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Team Gifts

Each month, the two Playtime with Paper team members with top sales receive a special thank you gift from me.  Most recently, the top two team members received team gifts of 2019-2021 In Color Faceted Dots and a yard of each of the 1/2′ Scalloped Linen Ribbons in the five new In Colors.  Instead of a card, a tag was created to add to the cellophane bag holding the goodies.  So, I decided to use the Wiggle Worm stamp set and coordinating Wiggly Worm dies for the tag.  Did you know, you can save 10% when purchasing the Wiggle Worm Bundle?  Just look, how stinkin’ cute are those bugs?!  In addition to the cute bugs, the sayings in the stamp set are appropriate for lots of occasions.  

Tag Details:
  1. For creating tag base,  layer  a 2″ x 4″ piece of Garden Lane Designer Series Paper onto a 2″ x 4″ piece of Whisper White cardstock.  To adhere the two layers, use multipurpose glue.  For the tag top, use the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch.  Finally, round the corners on bottom of tag with the Detailed Trio Punch.
  2. Use the Stitched Nested Labels dies to cut a piece of watercolor paper.  Using an aqua painter and Balmy Blue ink, color a sky background onto the watercolor paper.  Let dry.
  3. Select desired bug stamps and stamp onto a scrap of Whisper White cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  Color with Stampin’ Blends markers.  Use the coordinating color of Classic Stampin’ Pad to stamp the bug lines.  In my samples, Mango Melody Light and Dark Blends color the beetle.  To stamp the lines on the beetle’s body, use the Mango Melody Classic Ink Pad.  For the dragonfly, Daffodil Delight Light Stampin’ Blend colors the body with the wing decor stamped with the Daffodil Delight Classic Ink Pad.
  4. After coloring, use the coordinating bug dies to cut each bug.
  5. Stamp the grass onto the watercolor paper label using Pear Pizzazz Classic Ink Pad and the sentiment using the Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad.
  6. To attach both the watercolor label and the bugs, use Stampin’ Dimensionals .
  7. For an extra touch, cut 2 sets of leaves using the Leaf Punch.  Select color that coordinates with the Designer Series Paper.   For a crumpled appearance, lightly spray water onto the leaves using a Stampin’ Spritzer.  While cardstock is damp, pinch leaves between fingers.  Allow to dry and then attach to tag under the label as shown in photos of gifts.  For a bit of bling, add 3 rhinestones clustered together to form a flower on the base of the top leaves.  Use the 3/16″ Linen Braided to tie the tag to the cellophane bag. 

The bugs were loads of fun to make!  Thus, I stamped and cut more bugs to have ready for other projects.  Just stamp, color and cut to have extras available to use.

Would you like to be a member of my Playtime with Paper team? 

Even better, would you like to save on your paper craft supplies?  Do you like to receive team gifts?  Beginning July 1 and thru August 31, Stampin’ Up! is offering new demonstrators a “little extra” with their starter kit.  Plus, you’ll receive a special welcome gift from me for joining the Playtime with Paper team.    Contact me via email at: for details.  

Thanks for stopping by!  

Happy Crafting!




Something Exciting is coming

Something exciting is coming and I can’t wait.  New Cling Stamps are coming!!!

It’s also going to be a new way to stamp.  No falling off the block and great images every time. 
 With the new cling stamps, they will never fall off.  The adhesive is strong and makes every stamping experience a great one.  Get your crisp images with one stamp.  Then you can simply remove the stamp and pick a new one.

The new stamps arrive in January 2019 with the Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration brochure.  While the stamps in the 2018-2019 annual catalog will continue to be available in clear-mount, wood-mount, or photopolymer, all new stamp sets will be available either in cling (for red rubber stamps) or photopolymer

Red rubber stamp sets (clear-mount or wood-mount) in the annual catalog that will be carrying over.  They will transition to cling with the 2019-2020 annual catalog.  Take a look at the cute video below introducing the Cling Stamps.

Watch for more information about carryover stamp sets in April 2019 with the regularly scheduled communication about catalog transitions, the carryover list, and the retiring products list.  The transition period will come first and more information will follow.  

Lastly, in the 2019-2020 annual catalog, our clear-mount and wood-mount stamps will no longer be available. There will also be more detailed information coming so stay tuned.  

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Year-End Savings

If you are like me then you are going to be very excited about the year-end savings.  It’s a time to take advantage of some retiring products and a few select ones from the annual catalog.  You can save on a selection of retiring products and surplus items. They will only be WHILE SUPPLIES LAST so make sure to shop my online store early to ensure you get your favorites.

There is also a flyer (which you can download below) for the year-end savings that you can download and keep handy.  This way you know what is on sale during this event.  But remember, all the products are while supplies last.  I know I always carry around my lists so I’m always prepared when I shop away from home.  You can always check my online store for the most updated information.WIth our bundles, remember they only last during the catalog time and when the products are first introduced. After that catalog’s period of time is over, the products might carry over but the bundle pricing does not. If you have any questions about this special year-end savings, please don’t hesitate to contact me. 

Quick Links:

Download the Annual Catalog 
Download Holiday Catalog
The Clearance Rack 
Sign up for my newsletter and my 12 Weeks of Christmas Another opportunity maybe
10% Off Coordinating Product Bundles