Make a Wish–Neutrals and Gold Birthday Card

So, if you saw my blog post from yesterday, I shared a card that used the Oval Framelits to cut out a frame to highlight some vellum in the center of the card.  The frame effect was really cool, but I was left with two, pretty big ovals when I was done.  Wanna see what I did with them?

Now, I am a hardcore crafter and pack rat… yes, fine – I’ll admit I’m a bit of a hoarder. Smile  So, that means any scrap that is bigger than itty bitty makes me think, “I could use that… that is big enough to use on another card, or to punch a shape out of…”etc.  And typically I stuff them in a box or bag near my craft table

…. never to be used again!

So, I’ve made it a new rule for me.  If I want to keep a punched/die cut/stamped scrap, I need to use it right then (or pretty soon to right then) otherwise it goes in the recycling bin. 

(Seriously, if you were at my craft garage sale this summer, you saw the gallon ziploc bag FULL of punched and die cut pieces that I never used and decided to let go of!)

And create I did!  I used the two ovals as backgrounds for the card and then started layering elements on top.  I grabbed the new Naturals Chevron ribbon and then to spice it up, I tied some linen thread around the top and frayed what was above the thread.

Also, if you look close…. you can see that the party hat in the lower right hand corner is fussy cut and glued onto the card front.  Wanna know why?

Because I was too chicken to stamp directly on the cardfront!

Ha ha, it’s true!  I thought the card needed something and I thought the hat would look good in the corner but I didn’t trust that it would really work out.  And since everything else was already glued down, I just stamped on a piece of the same Crumb Cake paper and cut it out.  Turns out I liked it so I just glued it down as is!

So, to make this card – here are the supplies I used:

Stamps – Perfect Pennants, Sketched Birthday
Ink – Chocolate Chip, Crisp Canteloupe
Paper – Gold Foil, Crisp Canteloupe cs, Crumb Cake cs, Whisper White cs, Neutrals Core’dinations cs (Early Espresso)
Accessories – Big Shot, Oval Framelits, Sanding Block, Neutrals Chevron Ribbon, 7/8” Cotton ribbon, Linen Thread

I love how it turned out and I hope it gives you ideas as well!


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Birthday Celebrations with a Treat Topper and Card

2013-12-20 11.51.12Earlier this week, Nicholas (my now 4yr old) had the chance to celebrate his birthday with his Preschool class.  It’s a special circle time they call a “Birthday Circle” and they all sit around and the birthday child can have mom/dad/siblings come in for the circle while they share photos or something special about each year the birthday child lived. 

And treats…. we “get” to provide treats.

Now, the school is, um, “progressive” I’ll say and so they are very particular about what kinds of treats you can bring.  The list looks something like this:

fruits and vegetables – or – 100% fruit – or -dried fruit – or –

a snack from one particular organic company.  ~Done~

Now, I am still trying to get my “Crafty Mom” cred, and so I couldn’t just send him in with applesauce squeezies… oh no, they had to be CUTE applesauce squeezies!  So this is what I created for him:

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Isn’t that lizard so adorable?

So, I sat down the night before (at 10:45 pm, talk about last minute!) and started coloring this one stamp from the Tag It stamp set with my markers so I could stamp 18 of these guys for the treats.  Then I cut each of them out using the coordinating Chalk Talk framelits…. oh and adding the tag hole from the same framelit set.  Do a little sponging and then just the right twine to tie them off. 

(psst – sneak peek alert!  This twine is from one of the accessory sets available as a freebie during Sale-a-Bration!)

I got them all ready and sent them in to school, but then I figured the teacher needed a little thank you as well, so I had to make a card for her too using the same theme.  You know everything has to be coordinating!


Same idea but just a little mixing around of extra accessories and embellishments to turn it into a card.

I needed some bright paper to match the bright colors in the stamped image  (I got lazy, no tag this time) and and then the AWESOME candy dots to break up the pattern of the paper and tie it into the birthday image.

So see, it is like a coordinating set!

Card Supplies Used

Stamps – Tag It
Ink – Crushed Curry, Markers:  Gumball Green, Real Red, Crushed Curry, Island Indigo, Early Espresso
Paper – Crushed Curry cs, Whisper White Cs, Real Red cs, Quatrefancy specialty designer paper
Accessories – Early Espresso Bakers Twine, Candy Dots (Brights, Regals, Neutrals), 2 1/2” Circle punch, Chalk Talk framelits, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Sponge Daubers, twine (SAB)

So, don’t forget to try something simple and cute when you need a treat for something.  It doesn’t have to be complicated to be fun and appreciated by the recipients… even if they are 3 yrs old!  Smile 

Want to see more great Birthday Card ideas?

Today over on the Stylin’ Stampin’ Inkspiration blog, we are sharing different Birthday card ideas.  This was mine, but there are lots of other ideas and variety to check out.  So, hop on over and see what other cute ideas you can try.


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A Sweet Ice Cream Cone Punch Art Birthday Card

We are about to enter “birthday season” here at my house with the first few starting up at the end of the month and then me and my two kids all have December birthdays… so it is about to get crazy here!  But one thing I always have to have for birthday is cake and ice cream… so what better way to say Happy Birthday than with some adorable ice cream on a card?

So sweet!  And it is really easy to make too!

To make the ice cream cone, you just need a couple of punches and an embossing folder.

  • Make the ice cream scoops by stamping words from Fabulous Phrases and then punching them out with the top of the cupcake builder punch (which is ON SALE this week in the weekly deals!)
  • Add some glitter to the top of your first scoop of ice cream and you have an adorable ice cream cone!

I layered the cone onto a tag made with the Chalk Talk framelits and sponged the edge with Crisp Cantaloupe ink.

Stampin’ Up! Supplies Used
Stamps:  Fabulous Phrases
Ink:  Basic Grey, Crisp Cantaloupe
Paper: Very Vanilla cardstock, Smoky Slate cardstock, 2013-2015 In Colors (Baked Brown Sugar, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Coastal Cabana, Strawberry Slush)
Accessories:  Big Shot, Chalk Talk framelits, Square Lattice embossing folder, Cupcake punch, Pennant Builder punch, Natural Trim ribbon, Linen Thread, Sponge Daubers


weekly specials 11-5 to 11-11

And it is Tuesday as well, which means NEW weekly deals!  As you can already see, I love the Cupcake punch… but I don’t have the Autumn Accents die and that is for sure going in on my group order this week! 🙂

See details on all the deals in the online store here


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Make 20 Cards in a Snap with the Everyday Occasions Kit

Have you been wishing you had a fast way to create a pile of handmade cards to have on hand that you’d be proud to send out?  And do it without breaking the bank too!  If so, you should check out this new Everyday Occasions kit

When we were at Founder’s Circle last week, they told us that these kits were finally going to be releasing this week.  They are meant to be a great introduction to someone who has never stamped before; but I have to say after looking at the cards, that it looks like fun to me!  Like this love card, how fun is it?!

Since this is meant for the new stamper, all the elements are precut and pre-punched so it makes it quick and easy to assemble.  The kit comes with a 7 piece stamp set that enables you to make a ton of different types of cards including:

  • Happy Birthday
  • Thank You
  • Congratulations
  • For You
  • Love
  • Thinking of You

Wanna see them?  Check it out!

I know, cute…. right?  And I love that they can be used for girls or guys!

The best part? Its only $29.95… so that is less than $2 a card!  Plus you have ink and a stamp set you can use later.  Way better than getting a card in the store!

Want to see what you get for that?  Here is the scoop –


View the full Everyday Occasions flyer with pictures of all the card samples

This may not be available through the online store, so if you are interested in purchasing a kit, please email me at and I will get back to you right away to get you all set up with a kit!


Well, I’m off to work on holiday card samples for my 12 weeks of Christmas newsletter (get on the list now) and upcoming Holiday Card Stamp-a-Stacks.  I’ll be back tomorrow with some fun projects to share!


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Fun & Easy Birthday Card with Banner Greetings

imageWhat do you think of when you see a stamp set that is full

of stamp images that look like flags? 

Well, I imagined banners, but don’t ask me why, but I never thought to make little flags with it.  But, thank goodness for other creative stampers out there!

My mom created this card and when I saw it, I thought it was a brilliant way to use these stamps!

She stamped the Happy Birthday image twice (once in Island Indigo and once in Tangerine Tango) and then cut them out and attached them to the ends of toothpicks.  Voila!  You have adorable flags for your projects!

tip: to adhere the banners to toothpicks, I recommend using the Tombow Liquid Glue along the straight edge of the stamped image.  You can also leave some extra white paper to the left of the stamped image and roll that around the toothpick to create your flag as well.

And yes – you have to cut these out by hand.  Sorry. Smile 

Tuck them behind a piece of the Natural Trim ribbon and you can’t even see the ends of your toothpicks and the tape or glue you had to use to adhere them to your card front.

Card Supplies Used:
Stamps – Banner Greetings
Ink – Island Indigo, Tangerine Tango
Paper – Tangerine Tango cardstock, Whisper White cardstock, Quatrefancy specialty designer paper
Accessories – Natural Trim ribbon, toothpicks

Now the only catch with this stamp set is that you can only order it using Hostess dollars.  So, basically you can only earn it as a free stamp set instead of just ordering it off the website.  However, you have a few options for getting it:

  1. Host a private class or workshop and collect $150 or more in orders
  2. Place a $150 order yourself
  3. Join my Stamp Club and earn it free your hosting month


Get it free if you join in my Everyone’s a Winner Event by this Sunday, 6-23-13!  Then you’ll only need to place a $100 order or workshop and you’ll get $26 in hostess benefits free!


Just let me know that you want your own set and we’ll figure out getting it for you right away!  Just shoot me an email at and we’ll do it!


Guest Stamper: Make Your Own Fabulous Backgrounds

I have a Facebook group for my Stampin’ Up! team where we share ideas, support, and projects we’ve been working on.  Well, this was one of the cards that Elise Hamilton posted in the group and we were all blown away by how cool the background looked on her card!

So I asked her if she minded if I shared this with you all since I thought it was a great idea.  Here is her card:

Keep Calm card

And seriously, who doesn’t love cupcakes? Smile

So, I loved how she used the Keep Calm hostess stamp set (available through Monday June 3rd only!) and then made her own background paper to compliment the cupcake colors.

When asked how she made it, this is what she said:

“I took a paper towel and grabbed ink off of my ink pad and then began to swipe it over the whisper white card stock.”

How easy is that?!

So grab a paper towel, your white paper, and some ink and give it a try!


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Stampin’ Up! Supples Used
– Keep Calm (*hostess set)
Paper – Whisper White
Ink – Early Espresso, Melon Mambo, Regal Rose marker

A Quinceanera Dancing Queen for CuteCardThursday!

Oops! I’ve totally fallen behind on my blog posting this week.  I’ll let you in on a secret – I’m working on a design refresh for my blog – and I’ve gotten so caught up with that and my monthly Stampin’ Up! team meeting this week, that I completely got behind on blog posts.

But, today is another challenge day at Cute Card Thursday, and so I have a fun card to share with you:

The theme for the week is  Dancing Queen and when I saw the theme, I immediately thought of the Quinceanera stamp set.  Sure, the image is for a coming out party technically, but doesn’t that usually entail some kind of dancing at the party? Smile 

The other thing that I thought of was disco balls and so all that Silver Glimmer paper I received during Sale-a-Bration this year got put to good use as a sparkly trim to my card.  Plus, with all that sparkle, I had to add some glitter to her crown too.  I couldn’t quite figure out how to make a disco ball for her to be dancing to… but now I feel the challenge coming on to come up with something!

The one other detail that I just had to do was to add a Vellum overlay to the stamped image.  It gave her dress some dimension and softened the Strawberry Slush color that I used to color in the dress.  I used a dot of the Tombow liquid glue at the waist to help hold it in place and then let the rest of it float freely.

Now, it you were paying attention and looking closely, you may have noticed some new Sneak Peek items in this card.  Smile

  • The card base and pink cardstock used in the card are from the new 2013-2015 In Color collection.  I used Baked Brown Sugar (this may be displacing Soft Suede as a go-to medium brown) and Strawberry Slush.  Everyone has been raving about this pink color and just looking at the sheet of paper I didn’t think it was all that special.  But once I started pairing it with other colors, I’m feeling the love.  Definitely not too bright while still being a rosy pink.
  • The sentiment is from a fun new stamp set called Really Good Greetings.  I think this will be a stamp set that is great for scrapbooking titles and accents as well as card making.  At least that is why I convinced myself I had to get it now.  hee hee .

So, speaking of new products – I am getting ready to mail out the new 2013-2014 Annual Catalogs (you know, that 200+ page book of products and project ideas) and want to make sure everyone who wants a copy will get one!

*** If you would like a copy of the new catalog mailed to you, shoot me a message at or fill out my catalog request form.

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to visit Cute Card Thursday to enter your take on the Dancing Queen theme for the week.  I promise it is a fun one!


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Supples Used
– Quinceanera, Really Good Greetings
Paper – Whisper White, Baked Brown Sugar, Silver Glimmer Paper, Strawberry Slush, Tea for Two designer paper**
Ink – Cardstock Vellum, Early Espresso, Strawberry Slush, Blush Blossom marker**, Gumball Green marker
Accessories – Tombow multipurpose liquid glue, 2-way glue pen, Dazzling Details glitter, Stampin’ Dimensionals
**Retiring item