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Clean and Simple Happy Birthday in the Flower Patch!

Here’s a clean and simple birthday card that you can put together in just a few minutes. This card is just stamps, paper and ink… and your Big Shot will get a good work-out.

This project showcases the Flower Patch stamp set from the current Annual Catalog. The Flower Patch stamp set features large images which are perfect to create the clean and simple collage look I wanted. I quickly and easily cropped all the images with the matching Flower Fair Framelits Dies and my Big Shot.

Pink Pirouette and Sahara Sand is one of my favorite color combinations. They’re both cool and soft, but because the stamped flowers are large and bold, I thought I needed a little pop of bold color. Sweet Sugarplum was my choice. It works beautifully with both Pink Pirouette and Sahara Sand. The “Happy Birthday” sentiment is stamped with Sweet Sugarplum ink onto a hand cropped flagged banner.

I layered my stamped elements onto a cropped Stitched Square and attached the focal point to my card layer with dimensionals. Easy, easy, easy…

So, crop a few large flowers, bunch them all together, mount them on a square and create something bold!

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RETIRING PRODUCT LISTS

The Sun is Setting – More Retiring Products

The sun is setting on the Balloon Pop Up Thinlits Dies, the Party Animal Designer Series Paper and the Party Animal Embellishments.  Check out the discounts below:

  • The Party Animal Embellishments are 40% off – from $7.00 to $4.20.
  • The Party Animal Designer Series Paper is 40% off – from $11.00 to $6.60.
  • The Balloon Pop Up Thinlits Dies are 50% off – from $33.00 to $16.50… WOW!

Is it a shaker card or isn’t it? Hard to tell with the polka dot pattern from the Party Animal Designer Series Paper.  The Balloon Pop Up Thinlits Dies make creating this card easy, and don’t forget the matching balloon embellishment.  Most of the items in the Party Animal Suite on page 4 and 5 of the Occasions Catalog are 40% to 50% off while supplies last.  Click here to see my original post celebrating the Party Animal Suite.

The sun is setting on the Sealed With Love stamp set and the Sending Love Designer Series Paper Stack. Check out these discounts below.  Purchase the stamp set at 25% off and add the Love Note Framelit Dies (which you will use over and over in many of your projects – not just for Valentine’s Day).  The entire Sending Love Suite is on pages 14 and 15 of the Occasions Catalog.  Click here to see my original post celebrating the Sealed With Love Suite.

  • Sealed With Love photopolymer stamp set is 25% off – from $21.00 to $15.75… that’s 27 stamps for $15.75… another WOW!
  • Sending Love Designer Series Paper Stack is is 40% off – from $10.00 to $6.00.
  • Mini Paper Clips Combo Embellishment Pack is 40% off – $5.00 to $3.00.

There’s so much more to purchase at fantastic discounts, but only until supplies last.  You can download the Retiring Product List in PDF format here.  For more details on the retired products, click here.

So, for just about $50.00, order all of the supplies I mentioned above and create many, many beautiful card designs. Remember, everything is Stampin’ Up! quality.

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Stampin’ Up!’s Love Sparkles

Every time I walked past my craft table, I looked at the beautiful 6″ X 6″ Glimmer Paper Assortment Pack just sitting there. I had to use it… the colors and sparkle are so pretty. The glimmer paper was my inspiration for this card. Unfortunately, my photography doesn’t do it the justice it deserves.

It “sparkled” so beautifully, I thought it would pair nicely with the “Love Sparkles” stamp set and that led me to my “Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Dies” which led me to the “Sunshine Sayings” stamp set. So, now I had my supplies but I wasn’t sure what I would do with them.  I realized the flower from the Sunshine Sayings stamp set matched nicely with the small floral die from the Sunshine Wishes thinlits. My card was born… a clean, simple and versatile birthday or congratulations card with lots of “sparkle”.

There’s only a few days left for Sale-A-Bration and the Glimmer Paper is no longer available, but you could replace the colors with Blushing Bride, Silver and Gold Glimmer Paper… I think that would be a beautiful combination on a Blushing Bride card base.

So that my flowers would balance the sentiment, I had to use three.  One flower wouldn’t have been enough to balance the size of the sentiment and two didn’t give me the “anchoring” I wanted.  Three worked perfectly, but I wanted to mask the third flower into the bunch,

I’m sure most of you know what “masking” is, but here’s a quick how to:

  • Stamp the image you want to “mask” onto a sticky note getting as close to the edge where the sticky side is (sticky side down).
  • Fussy cut the image on the sticky note. (For this card, I did this twice).
  • I stamped the Mint Macaron flower in the bottom left corner, stamping off the edge slightly.
  • Next I stamped the Bermuda Bay image above and to the right of the Mint Macaron image not allowing the images to touch each other.
  • I placed one sticky note image over the Mint Macaron flower and one over the Bermuda Bay flower as precisely as I could.
  • Then, I stamped the Sweet Sugarplum flower over both covered flowers so it would only stamp in the area between the covered flowers.
  • It looks like the Sweet Sugarplum flower is behind the other two flowers.

So, pull out some glimmer paper, add a little sparkle and create something fun!

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Stampin’ Up!’s Affectionately Yours

Aren’t these bumble bees adorable?  They’re easy as one, two, three… with Stampin’ Up!’s Dragonfly Dreams Thinlits Dies and your Big Shot!

I’m spending the week going through all those sticky tabs I put on my 2016-2017 Annual Catalog last year. Today’s card showcases the pretty “Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper”. This paper pack is fun and colorful.  It features a few of the soon to retire “2015-2017 In Colors”, Mint Macaron, Tip Top Taupe and Watermelon Wonder.

Here’s today’s “How To”:

  • I started with a Tip Top Taupe A-2 card base and added a thin Whisper White layer.
  • My third layer (4″ X 5 1/4″) is the random dot pattern from the Affectionately Yours DSP.
  • The Floral layer measures 2 1/2″ X 5″‘.
  • With my Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, I punched a quick tag to display more of the patterned paper and to give my design a little more of a “collage” look.  You can see that piece sticking out of the right side of the floral layer.
  • I gave my Big Shot a work out using my Layering Squares Framelits… easy, easy, easy to crop.
  • My Big Shot cropped two bumble bees from the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits.
  • I hand cropped a sentiment banner using one of the sentiments from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set with Night of Navy ink.

 

Design Tips:

  • My color inspiration came from the patterned paper.
  • The “focal point” (center collage) includes my sentiment banner, which is typical. Usually a sentiment is included in the focal point of a card design, or the sentiment IS the focal point.
  • I followed the typical design “rule of thirds” repeatedly in this card.  There are three layered squares, three embellishments (two bumble bees and a White Perfect Accent dot), and three different paper patterns.
  • The design is balanced since the “weight” of the design is in the collage near the center of the card and is anchored by the floral strip and sentiment banner.
  • The color white balances the colors from the first card layer to the top Perfect Accent dot. White flows from bottom to top holding all the colors together. It’s a great neutral.

So, pick out your favorite patterned paper, crop a few cool shapes, embellish, balance and create something fun and colorful!

There’s til time to take advantage of Sale-A-Bration.  Order the Layering Squares Framelits below, add the 2015-2017 card stock pack and coordinating Affectionately Yours DSP and you can pick out a free stamp set from either of the Sale-A-Bration brochures found in my online store by clicking the link below.

 

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Stampin’ Up!’s Wishes Your Way

Happy new week!

If you’re in the midst of the winter storm coming to the Northeast early this week, I hope you are safe, warm and well. I just heard a forecast for New Jersey and we’re supposed to get the greater part of 18 inches of snow. I’m not looking forward to that since we had a taste of Spring last week. Snow is pretty though, especially when it’s falling, so I’ll enjoy the view.

Speaking of Spring, let’s get to today’s card.  My “Spring Butterfly” is another generic card… happy birthday, thinking of you, get well, wedding, and I’m sure you can think of a few more occasions. Another “Clean and Simple” card, I finished this one in just a few minutes.

My inspiration for this card was Stampin’ Up!’s 2016-2017 Annual Catalog. Take a look at the image from the Catalog below. I used the cropped butterfly image with the gold thread behind it, the sentiment stamp is the same and the colors are the same.

The photo inspired me because I liked the softness of the color palette. 

Here’s the simple “How To”:  All images are from Stampin’ Up!’s Butterfly Basics stamp set and the cropped butterfly is from Stampin’ Up!’s Butterflies Thinlits Dies.

  • Start with a Whisper White A-2 card base (4 1/4″ X 5 1/2″);
  • Crop a Whisper White layer measuring 4″ X 5 1/4″;
  • Directly in the center of the layer, stamp the fern image in Pear Pizzazz ink (stamp off once).  Stamping off once means to ink your image, stamp it on a scrap piece of paper, then stamp onto your project. The image will stamp lighter.
  • Ink up the honeycomb stamp with Sahara Sand ink and, stamping off once, stamp the honeycomb on the bottom left corner and the middle right side of the layer.  (I used half the honeycomb image on the middle right side).
  • Stamp the sentiment onto the bottom right corner with Sahara Sand ink.
  • Crop the medium butterfly from the Butterflies Thinlies Dies using Pool Party card stock.
  • Roll up some Gold Metallic Thread and anchor it to the stamped fern image about 1/3 from the bottom of the image.
  • Attach the butterfly to the fern with some green glue
  • Add a few embellishments (remember the design “rule of thirds”).
  • Attach your finished layer to your card base with a few Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Send your card to someone very special!

So, pull out your Stampin’ Up! 2016-2017 Annual Catalog, pour your favorite cup of tea and find your inspiration to create something stunning!

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