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Happy Birthday! Another Great Year Another Great Birthday!

For those of you wondering where I’ve been.  I caught a bad cold on Christmas Day that persisted through New Year’s.  I certainly did not want to the start year in bed but I did.  I missed a few days from work and now feel like I’m finally over it.  I missed posting my project for the challenge over at Hand Stamped Sentiments but managed to create these two birthday cards using the stamp set Another Great Year.  I have two friends with birthdays and I wanted to use this very fun stamp set.  I made two cards in two color stories.

Another Great Year 133041 clear $17.95, 13308 wood $23.95 Great price for so many stamps in this set!

This first card I used the color challenge colors at Hand Stamped Sentiments – Wisteria Wonder, Strawberry Slush and Coastal Cabana.

Stampin' Up! Another Great Year birthday card

For this card I stamped the “Happy Birthday” first in Strawberry Slush on the Whisper White layer, cleaned the stamp, then inked up the stamp with Versamark and stamped on Strawberry Slush cardstock and heat embossed with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder and the Heat Tool. Using my paper snips I then cut out the “happy” and “to you” banner pieces so I could layer them over the Strawberry Slush stamped image to give it dimension and a bit of a “split negative” look.  For embellishments I used the Mosaic punch to punch the tiles from Silver Glimmer paper and used a sponge dauber to color with Coastal Cabana ink.  I used Wisteria Wonder CS for the flower punched using the Punch Pack.  Finally to finish it off I used rhinestones.

Stampin' Up! Another Great Year birthday cardI finished the inside of the card with more of the Quatrefancy Specialty DSP, Strawberry Slush, ribbon and stamped the mosaic tiles from the stamp set “Mosaic Madness”.

Hand Stamped Sentiments color challenge ends Jan 27, 2014, noon CST

The next card I created using the colors of Crisp Cantaloup, Pistachio Pudding and Pool Party.  The DSP I used to pull these colors together comes from the new Occasions Catalog – Sweet Sorbet.  Oh so pretty!  Love the colors!

I used the same layering and embossing technique as the previous card but used different colors and stamps and Voila!

Stampin' UP! Another Great Year Birthday card

Stampin Up Another Great Year birthday card

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Another Great Year Birthday Day Card

Size:  4.25″h x 5.50″ w

Stamp Sets:  Another Great Year, Mosaic Madness

Paper:  Cardstock:  Whisper White, Strawberry Slush, Wisteria Wonder, Silver Glimmer paper; DSP Quatrefancy

Ink:  Strawberry Slush, Wisteria Wonder, Versamark

Accessories:  Mosaic punch, Punch Pack, White embossing powder, heat tool, basic rhinestones, Strawberry Slush Stretch Ruffle Trim

Another Great Year Birthday Day Card (2)

Size:  4.25″h x 5.50″ w

Stamp Sets:  Another Great Year, Papillion Potpourri

Paper:  Cardstock:  Whisper White, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding; DSP Sweet Sorbet

Ink:  Crisp Cantaloup, Pool Party, Versamark

Accessories:  Elegant Butterfly punch, 1-1/4 Scallop punch, White embossing powder, heat tool, basic rhinestones, Pistachio Pudding Stretch Ruffle Trim

Haunted House Happy Birthday Halloween Card

This week’s color challenge of Tangerine Tango, Island Indigo and Early Espresso at Hand Stamped Sentiments inspired me to make this birthday card for my father.  His birthday is on Halloween so every year I make card for him.  My card is based on the gate fold card.  I marked 1″ on the top and on the side then cut the top at an angle for the roof.  I used the Large Scallop Edgelits Die for the shingles and sponged around the edges of the card with Early Espresso to add some spooky shadowing.

To add dimension to the bat, booo, and sentiment I embossed them.

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Stampin' Up! Color Challenge Early Espresso, Island Indigo, Tangerine Tango

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Haunted House Birthday Card

Size:  4.25″ W x 5.5″ H (closed)

Stamp sets:  Toxic Treats, Wicked Cool, Ghoulish Googlies

Ink:  Island Indigo, Early Espresso

Paper:  Tangerine Tango, Island Indigo, Early Espresso

Embellishments:  Big Shot, Woodgrain Textured Impressions folder , Chevron Textured Impressions folder, Peekaboo frames Bigz L Die, Large Scallop Edgelits Dies, Clear Iridescent embossing powder, Clear embossing powder, Googlies, Sponge Dauber, Basic Rhinestones (colored with Sharpies), Pumpkin Pie Glimmer Brads, white Baker’s Twine (sponged with Early Espresso)

H & G Pennant Birthday

H & G because, Hi!, the pennants are a sneak peek of a new stamp set in the NEW Stampin’ Up! CATALOG.  LOVE IT!!! Now you can stamp and punch pennants for any occasion with the Pennant Parade Stamp Set and Petite Pennants Builder Punch.   I can’t show you the stamp set or the punch.  But the stamp set has stamps for almost every occasion.  Love the Petite Pennants Builder Punch because now you can have perfect pennants.  Both of these items will be available to order on July 1st, 2011.  Bye!, because the Love Letter DSP is retiring at the end of the month.  I love this paper.  It was perfect for this card.  Whimsical yet elegant.  Just a reminder that on June 30th many items will retire.  Click HERE to see all the retired items.

Pennant Birthday Card

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Pennant Birthday - inside

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Pennant Birthday Card

Size: 4.25″ H x 5.50″ W

Stamps:  Pennant Parade

Paper: Card Stock:  Very Vanilla, Riding Hood Red, Basic Black; DSP:  Love Letter

Ink:  Riding Hood Red, Basic Black

Accessories:  Petite Pennant Builder Punch, Trim Scallop Punch, Stars #2 Sizzix Die, Big Shot, 3/4″ Circle Punch, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Basic Rhinestones, non-Stampin’ Up! black satin ribbon

Technique: Die cutting, stamping

Birthday Bakery

Now that I’ve given my friend her birthday card I can post it.  I CASED this card from Diana Gibbs.  She has a wonderful video tutorial on her blog.  I’ve been wanting to use the Birthday Bakery stamp set and this was the perfect opportunity.  This stamp set is so cute and is a hostess level 1 stamp set that can be earned with a $150 workshop.  If you’d like to earn this stamp set call me to book your workshop.

I was trying to use colors that would look like a little shop in Paris.  The photo was difficult to photograph but I also used Dazzling Diamonds and Moonlighting Smooch on the baked goods which worked perfectly for this card.   I used a blender pen and ink pads to water color the images.  If you haven’t tried  water coloring it’s a lot of fun and it takes me back to my childhood.  So relaxing.  It’s like I always say to my friends that think they are ordering way too much Stampin’ up products – “It’s cheaper than therapy.  You need this for your mental health”.  LOL  Here’s my card.

Awning Card

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Awning card

Finished Size: 4.25″ w x 5.50″ h

Stamp Sets: Birthday Bakery

Paper: Card stock:  Riding Hood Red, Whisper White, Soft Suede

Ink: Basic Black, Riding Hood Red, Soft Suede

Accessories: Big Shot, Square Lattice Embossing folder, Scallop Edge Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Oval Punch, Word Punch, Blender Pens, Moonlight Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink, Dazzling Diamonds

Techniques: Stamping, Dry Embossing

Amidst Christmas is a Happy Birthday Wish!

It always seems that birthdays in December are a bit overshadowed by Christmas.  So in honor of my friends birthday, which was on December 21, I decided to make a card for her using her favorite colors Always Artichoke and Old Olive.  I added the gold and black for elegance.  I like the results.  I hope this provides inspiration for your December birthday cards. By the way I don’t think this year she felt her birthday overshadowed by Christmas.  Her birthday was very celebrated.  She received many gifts and some were from Stampin’ Up!

Eat Cake birthday cardq

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Stamp Sets:  retired Eat Cake ( good substitute On a Pedestal), Four Square

Paper: SU black cardstock, SU brushed gold cardstock, SU Whisper White, SU Always Artichoke texture paper crimped with crimper

Ink:  SU classic ink pads Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Encore gold ink pad, SU Chocolate Chip marker, SU Old Olive marker

Accessories:  SU scallop square punch, Crimper, Stampin’ dimensionals

Techniques:  stamping, Two-step stamping

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