A Few Balloons

Hi! Today I am playing along with the sketch challenge over at Global Design Project – #GDP098.

Balloons, Birthday, Balloon Celebrations, Stampin' Up!, SU!, #GDP098

I have to admit, this one stumped me for a bit.  I had my banners, but didn’t know what to do with them after that.  I tried the bee’s nest and bees from A Little Wild – but didn’t like how that looked.   I thought about flowers – but it seems like that is the typical fall back, so didn’t want to go there.   Then it dawned on me – balloons for a birthday!  And, there you have it.  The banners are from the Delightful Daisy DSP pack as well as the Eastern Palace DSP pack.  The balloons and sentiment are from the Balloon Celebration set.  The balloons are stamped in So Saffron and Crushed Curry.  The sentiment is stamped in Black Archival ink.  My layers are Whisper White and Pool Party.  The base is Thick Whisper White card stock.   Once the creative juices kicked in, a relative quick and simple card.

What do you turn to when your mojo has taken a vacation?

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Fun Fold Time!

Hi! Today I have a fun fold for you!  It’s called the Diagonal Gate Fold!

Fancy Fold, Flower Shop, Happy Birthday Gorgeous, SU!, Stampin' Up!, Technique, Tutorial

Isn’t it cool?  Here it is open:

Fancy Fold, Flower Shop, Happy Birthday Gorgeous, SU!, Stampin' Up!, Technique, Tutorial

Want to know how to do it?  Here is a photo tutorial for you!

Supplies:

  • Base: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/4″  (Yes – 8 1/4″!!)
  • Layers: 2 1/2″ x 5 1/8″ (Need 2)
  • Designer Series Paper: 2 1/4″ x 4 7/8″ (Need 2)
  • Whisper White: 2 5/8″ x 5 3/8″ (Need 1 for inside of card)

Step 1:  Score the base piece at 2 3/4″ and 5 1/2″ on the 8 1/4″ side:

Step 2: Score the base from the top left corner to the bottom of the 2 3/4″ score line:

Step 3:  Slide the paper over and score from the top of the 5 1/2″ score line to the bottom right corner:

When you are done scoring, your base should look like this:

Step 4: Fold back on the diagonal score lines:

Step 5: Fold in on the straight score lines:

Your diagonal lines should meet in the middle.

Step 6: Cut one piece of Designer Series Paper and one layer from the top left to the bottom right corner:

Step 7: Cut the second piece of Designer Series Paper and the second layer from the top right corner to the bottom left corner:

After cutting your layers, you should have this:

Step 8: Adhere the Designer Series Paper to the mat layers with Snail Adhesive

Step 9: Adhere the pieces that were cut from the top right to the bottom left (those on the right in the picture above) to the panels that are under the diagonal flaps:

Step 10: Adhere the pieces that were cut from the top left to the bottom right (those on the left side of the picture above) to the panels on top:

Step 11: Decorate card as desired.  Just make sure when attaching the front images, you only attach to one side of the diagonal flap so that the card can still be opened.  For my card, the flower was adhered to the left panel and the Happy Birthday banner was attached to the right panel.

Step 12: Decorate and adhere the Whisper White panel to the inside of the card:

For my card, I used Flower Shop and coordinating punch for the front.  On the inside, I used the new Happy Birthday Gorgeous set.  So fun!   The colors are Soft Sky, Tranquil Tide and Powder Pink.  The Duo Banner punch was used for the front sentiment.

I’d love to know what you think of the photo tutorial!  And if you give this a try – I’d love to see what you come up with!

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Did You See This?

Hi!  Today I have a card featuring the Number of Year’s Stamp Set!  Thanks so much to Esther Howard for this great idea!

Number of Years, SU!, Stampin' Up!

When looking at the set, I wouldn’t have thought to make a card without using a number.   The colors are Pear Pizzazz and Berry Burst.  I stamped the leaves twice without reinking in between to get a more dimensional look to the card.  This card could be used for any occasion and will be one of the cards we make at the August class.  Very quick and easy to reproduce if you are looking for a design.

Hope you like today’s card!

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Vibrant Butterfly

Hi! Today I have a card featuring our new Glossy Paper!  Love how vibrant this looks.

SU! Stampin' Up! Rose Wonder, Glossy Paper, Butterflies

I am so excited that we are now  carrying Glossy Card Stock again!  This is a fun, but messy, technique that I will be showing at this month’s Fun with Glossy Card stock class on June 23rd.  If you live near Northboro, MA, USA, consider joining me!

It’s a little hard to see in this picture, but I did apply Clear Wink of Stella to the butterfly to make it glitter.  Here’s a little better view:

Do you have a favorite technique you like to use on Glossy Paper?  Let me know!

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A Little Wetlands

Hi! Today I am participating in Kylie Bertucci’s International Blog Highlights!  Our theme this month is Masculine.   I’d love your vote for my card – you can do that here.

I decided to combine two of my favorite sets for today’s card.  Sad to say – they are both retiring at the end of the month – so if they are not part of your collection – add them soon!

Stampin' Up! SU! Wetlands, Gorgeous Grunge

This card combines Wetlands (the main image as well as the sentiment) and Gorgeous Grunge.  I love how it turned out!   If you struggle with masculine cards – I highly recommend purchasing these two sets!  You’ll find them in my on-line store.

For the main image, I sponged Old Olive, Crumb Cake and Soft Sky on a piece of Whisper White scrap.  I then stamped the bird and the wheat with Early Espresso ink.  The image was then die cut with the Layering Oval Framelits.  This was then attached to an Oval die cut with the Stylish Stitched Oval in Early Espresso.

The background was stamped using Crumb Cake and Soft Sky.  The sentiment is stamped in Early Espresso.

If you could, I’d love your vote for my card over on Kylie’s Highlight page.  I’d love to once again participate in next month’s Top 10 Blog Hop.  Your vote will help me achieve that!  Just click here to vote (and find my card near the bottom!):

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A Different Look

Hi! Today I am introducing the May Stamp Set of the Month – That’s The Tag Bundle!!   I want to show you a little different look achieved with the That’s the Tag bundle.  While I love this bundle and am sad it isn’t carrying forward, I hadn’t thought about how it could be used for masculine cards.  Well, if you thought the same – I have a card today that will make you think again.

Stampin' Up! SU! That's The Tag MasculineWhat do you think?  I love the clean look of this card.  And while I didn’t capture it completely, the little triangles alternate between Copper Foil and Basic Black cardstock.  It is just striking in person.

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The tutorial will be sent out on May 15th.   Order soon – the framelits in this bundle are on low inventory!!

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I Scream, You Scream

We all scream for Ice Cream!!  Where did that come from?  It was popped into my head  when I started this post for today.  My Waterfall Ice Cream card!

SU! Stampin' Up! Sprinkles of Life, Waterfall Card

On Saturday, I am hosting a class featuring Waterfall Cards – and this is one of the cards we will be doing.  I love how it turned out and hope the attendees do as well.

When you pull on the string at the bottom, the scoops of ice cream flip up:

And again:

This also reveals the rest of the sentiment!

I used the directions found here with one slight adjustment – my colored squares are only 1 3/4 x 2″ as I wanted the scoops closer together and 2″ in height left too much blank space for me.

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Happy Birthday Balloons

Hi!  Welcome to the weekend!  Today I have a card that was a Make & Take at the Stamp/Scrap the Day Away last weekend.  It features the Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper:

This pack of Designer Series Paper is so bright and cheerful – making it perfect for birthday cards!  The sentiment is the single stamp – Stylized Birthday – and is perfect for both male and female cards.  I also love the single glittery balloon – that was made with the Sale-A-Bration glimmer paper – which unfortunately – is sold out.  However, you could sponge any color on the Dazzling Diamond glimmer paper to recreate this card.  The strings are made from the Thick Bermuda Bay twine.  These cards are quick to make – so if you are looking for a cute design for mass production – look no further.

There is just 1 week left to Sale-A-Brate.  Two more products have sold out – the Seaside and Sparkle Embossing folders are no longer available.    I’d get that order in before everything is gone if I were you!  Happy shopping!

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Birthday Candles

Hi!  Today I have a card to share with you that I made using the Birthday Brights Project Kit in the Occasions Catalog.

SU! Birthday Brights Project Kit, Birthday Bright

I love shaker cards – they are fun and easy to make with the new foam strips that we sell.  Not to mention, the fun the recipient has when they open the card and shake it up!  This card is made following the directions in the kit – I always like to make one the way it is intended.  I’ll change up some of the others to share with you another day.

The kit contains the confetti for the shaker card as well as the die cut glitter birthday.  Stamps, inks and adhesives are NOT included in the kit.   I did purchase the stamp set as well – because it is very versatile on its own and I can see using it for other cards besides the kit.   What I love about the kit, how quick it is to make the card.  There are just times when we don’t have a lot of time to sit and create, so having this kit on hand makes it easy to whip up a fun card!

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Simply and Sweet

Hi!  Today I have a simple but sweet birthday card to share with you from Saturday night’s Birthday Bash class.

SU! Build a Birthday, Balloon Celebrations

The balloons were punched from the Balloon Bouquet punch – one in Night of Navy, the other in Cucumber Crush.  I used the chalk marker to give the balloons a little dimension.  The strings are stamped in Basic Black Archival ink from the Balloon Celebrations set.  The sentiment is stamped in Night of Navy and is from the Build a Birthday set.  The designer paper is from the 2015-2017 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack.  I heart these paper stacks – you get all the colors in the family and the patterns are perfect for cards – especially when you need something quick!

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