Happy Birthday, Sam

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Today is Sam’s birthday.  Sam is my middle son and the awesome father of Madelyn.  He is 33 years old.  Can you believe that?!!  I must have had him when I was 10 (ok, maybe 20).  Time sure flies.  He became a father before I could blink an eye!

I made this card using a new Embossing Folder in the Occasions catalog called Celebrations Duo.  It has two embossing folders.  The other one says Happy.  The thing that is different about these folders is, the deboss instead of emboss so the words are pressed into the cardstock.  To make this card I “debossed” the word celebrate first and then stamped the balloons over it.  See how the ink doesn’t go into the word?  It is so clever!

To make the background I took 3/4″ strips in Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Cucumber Crush and Watermelon Wonder and adhered them to a piece of cardstock.  I used Balloons from the Celebrate Today stamp set and Balloon Adventures.  The “You” is from Crazy About You.

Happy Birthday, Sam!  I love you and am so proud of you!

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Birthday Cards With Shannon

Shannon is an employee of Stampin’ Up!.  She does a lot of videos for them as well as presentations at the various OnStage events.  She is also the one who started the #I’mbringingbirthdaysback craze last year.  She has sent out a couple thousand birthday cards to various people all over the world.  I even got one!

Below is a video that Shannon made showing how you can take a stamp set from the catalog that might not catch your eye because of the colors.  This is a perfect video for those of you that like softer colors or more mature cards than they sometimes show in the catalog.  It is just a matter of seeing thing through your own eyes and not mine or Stampin’ Up!

So you thought you wouldn’t like Balloon Adventures because you are not into bright colors.  Try it is softer colors like Shannon.  It might totally change your mind about that set or any other.

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So Very Much

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This is the third card we made at our monthly stamp club meeting.  I totally forgot to post it earlier!  This card uses two stamp sets from the Sale-a-bration Catalog.  In case you have been living in a cave lately, Sale-a-bration is the best time of the year at Stampin’ Up!  You can earn FREE stamp sets with a qualifying order.  Purchase $50 worth of product and you get to pick one FREE item from the Sale-a-bration Catalog.  Purchase $100 and get two FREE products.  There is no limit to the amount of products you can earn.

This card uses the stamp set called So Very Much.  I love this set because of the big Thank You stamp.  The flowers are from another Sale-a-bration stamp set called Avant Garden.  These two sets are definitely my favorite in the original catalog.  Don’t forget they added two more stamp sets and this gorgeous Glimmer Paper.  You can see the new items HERE.

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Nailed It

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I made this card using a new stamp set from the 2017 Occasions Catalog called Nailed It.  It was one of those sets that didn’t catch my eye right away but the more I looked at it, the more I decided I had to have it.  I think what happened is it has a Happy Fathers Day stamp in it and since I don’t have any fathers left I didn’t think I needed it.  The thing is, it makes a great man card.  All the tools and the sentiments are perfect for that.

The other nice thing about this stamp set is it has a set of matching Framelits called Build It.  Ya gotta love any stamp set that has matching Framelits!

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Something For Baby Stamp Off Challenge

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Today’s Stamp Off Challenge with Jackie and Buffy is to make a baby card (well it doesn’t have to be a card as you will soon see!).

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The timing of this theme could not be better!  Right now I am in Alabama visiting my brand new granddaughter, Emory Jade.  Let me tell you.  She is just beautiful. She is only a couple of hours old here.

img_20170227_204058 Mary and Zachary (Emory’s Mom & Dad) came to our house at Christmas.  Mary had been here before and had seen a wreath I had made using paper flowers.  She asked if I would cover a giant “E” with flowers to put over Emory’s crib.  The E was probably 2 – 2 1/2 feet in length.  I decided it would be more fun for Emory and Mary if she helped.  We spent a lot of hours cutting out flowers, glueing them together and then glueing them on the E.  We used a variety of new and retired Stampin’ Up! dies.

Here is a picture of the E on Emory’s wall.  I think it came out pretty.

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Now, let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy made for their baby themed project.

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High Tide

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This is the second card we made at our monthly stamp club meeting.  It uses a stamp set in the 2017 Occasions Catalog called High Tide.  I love this set.  It is so New England!  It is a two step  stamp set which means you actually use two different stamps to make one image.  In this case, the lighthouse uses the two step stamps.  I inked one of the stamps in Marina Mist and stamped it on a scrap piece of paper first and then on the cardstock.  This made it is a little lighter than just stamping it directly onto the card stock.  Then I inked the second stamp with Marina Mist but did not stamp off this time.  It is really easy to line up the stamps because they are Photopolymer which means they are clear so you can see through them.

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Botanical Builder Framelits

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This is a fun card that requires very little stamping.  The only thing I actually stamped was the “Thanks” from the Watercolor Wishes Card Kit.  That is one of the nice things about kits.  You put all the cards together (there are 20 in this kit) but you still have the stamps to use forever.  This particular sets of stamps has a great font that looks like handwriting.  I use it quite a bit.

The flowers and the leaves are from the set of Framelits called Botanical Builder.  It does have a matching set of stamps called Botanical Blooms but I didn’t actually use them on this card.

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