Amazing Birthday

Amazing Birthday

Today is my older youngest sister’s birthday.  Now, of course you probably have no idea what I mean by that.  Let’s just say, I may be the youngest sister but at times I am considered the oldest.  It’s a family thing.  Just take my word for it.  In any case, today is her birthday.  She is 64.  Whoa!  How can I have a sister who is 64 when I am 36?  Well, either she is not that old or I am lying.

In any case, I made this card using a couple of stamp sets.  One is called Amazing Birthday and is in the Annual Catalog.  The candles come from a new set in the Occasions Catalog called Party Wishes.  Party Wishes has some matching punches called Party Punch Pack.  They are these itty bitty punches that are so cute.  There is a balloon punch, a candle punch and a cupcake punch.  As you can see, I used the candle punch with this card.

Happy Birthday, Katherine!  I hope you day is awesome!

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Happy Birthday Balloons

Balloon Celebration, Balloon Bouquet Punch

Balloons, balloons and more balloons.  Balloons are everywhere in the 2016 Occasions Catalog.  This makes me very happy!  I have been a demonstrator since 2008 and I have been waiting a long time for a balloon punch!  This is a warning.  Expect a lot of balloon cards from me.  I just hope they don’t retire at the end of this catalog.  By the way, I made this balloon card for my friend, Judy.  Her birthday is today.  Happy Birthday, Judy!

The matching stamp set that goes with the Balloon Bouquet Punch is called Balloon Celebration.  You can save 15% by buying both.  In addition to that stamp set, there is another set in the Occasions Catalog called Balloon Builders that also matches the Punch.  If you like balloon animals, or maybe if you are a mime, you will love the Balloon Builders Punch.

The Designer Series Paper I used is called It’s My Party Designer Series Paper Stack.  This is a very large pack of Designer Series Paper.  It has 48 sheets in it instead of the usual 12 sheets.  It has nice bright colors in it such as Crushed Curry and Melon Mambo but also has some soft colors such as Mint Macaron and Sahara Sand.

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A Super Sparkly Valentine

Bloomin Heart, Bloomin Love

The hard thing about taking photographs and not being a professional photographer is I can’t seem to get the perfect picture to show you the amazing sparkle on this card.  Both the heart and flowers are made out of Glimmer Paper (Blushing Bridge and Dazzling Diamonds).  If you could see it twinkle in the light, you might be blinded.  Maybe it is a good thing I can’t take great pictures!

The heart is cut out using the new Bloomin Heart Thinlits Die.  It is so beautiful and elegant.  It is a very intricate die but there are no more worries about having to poke out all those little pieces.  Stampin’ Up! is now offering the Big Shot Die Brush which pops out all those pieces for you.  I wish Stampin’ Up! sold that product back when they sold those beautiful, yet intricate doily dies.  They were gorgeous but not a lot of fun to pick out all those pieces!

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Awesomely Timeless Textures

Awesomely Artistic, Timeless Textures

Timeless Textures is a stamp set that is in the 2016 Occasions Catalog that I would not normally order.  I didn’t like Gorgeous Grunge when it first came out and now I use it all the time so I thought I would take a chance and get it.  Well, now that I have gotten a chance to play with it, I like it!  I used that stamp set along with the dragonfly in Awesomely Artistic and  a sentiment from One Big Meaning.  I think it kind of makes it look like the dragonfly is a little drunk flying around in circles but I thought it turned out cute in spite of that.

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Botanical Builder Framelits

Botanical Builders Framelits, Greetings Thinlits

I made this card using a color combination that I found on Pinterest.  It said to use Mint Macaron, Whisper White and Basic Black.  Then, at the same time, I saw a sketch challenge I liked so I decided to put the color challenge and the sketch challenge together.  After I made it, I realized it looked a little boring so I added the It’s My Party Enamel Dots just to add a little pop of color.  It is too bad I can’t remember where either of them were from or I might have entered the card (or maybe not).  I would at least give credit to whomever made both challenges.

The flowers are from the Botanical Builders Framelits that are in the 2016 Occasions Catalog.  It is a fun set that has matching stamps called Botanical Blooms, although I didn’t use the stamps on this card.  The sentiment is a set of Thinlits called Greeting and is in the Annual Catalog.

If you buy the bundle that has the stamps and framelits in it, you would not only get the matching Designer Series Paper for $1.75 (an $11 value) plus you could pick something for free from the Sale-a-bration catalog!

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A Fun New Challenge

As most of you know, I used to be an artist for the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.  Then life got in the way and I found I didn’t really have the time to continue a weekly challenge.  There were actually three of us that decided to leave the WWC around the same time.  I am so happy to tell you that the three of us decided to start our own challenge group.  It is not going to be weekly or on a set day.  It is going to happen whenever all three of us are available to do it.  So, I am happy to announce that Buffy, Jackie and I are starting the Stamp Off Challenge Group.  Here is our new banner.  Jackie designed it.  She is so talented!

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Jackie gave us the first sketch challenge to use.  Jackie is also super good at coming up with awesome sketch challenges!

center square sketchHere is the card I made for her sketch challenge:

Hello, Kinda Eclectic, Sale-a-bration

I made a simple card using a stamp set from the 2016 Sale-a-bration Catalog called (amazingly enough) Hello.  You can get this stamp set for free during Sale-a-bration when you place a $50 order!  I must admit, that the little half circle had me a little stumped.  I thought a doily might look nice there but somehow I felt that a doily doesn’t really go well with the kind of cards I make.  I tried a plain circle but that was kind of boring.  Then I had the idea to use the sun stamp from the stamp set in the Annual Catalog called Kinda Eclectic because one of the stamps in the Hello set says “little sunshine”.  Tada!  I like it much better.

I hope you enjoyed our first Stamp Off Challenge.  Now, go check out Buffy’s blog HERE and Jackie’s Blog HERE.

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Number Of Years

Number Of Years, Happy Birthday Everyone

I love it when Stampin’ Up! has a stamp set that can be used in a lot of different ways.  One of these sets is called Number Of Years and is in the new 2016 Occasions Catalog.  This stamp set has large numbers 0-9 as well as the ordinals (nd, st, th, rd) and some cute sentiments.  It also has some two step stamping flowers.  Two step is where you use two or more stamps to make an image.  The flowers I used in this card are two step stamps.  The leaves and branches are one set and the flowers were actually 3 different stamps.

The big Happy Birthday stamp is from a hostess set called Happy Birthday Everyone. You can only buy this set with a qualifying order(s) of $150 or more.

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