Stampin’ Up!’s That’s The Tag

We all need one of those generic birthday cards. This one can be masculine or feminine and for an adult or child.  Today’s project is simple and quick to put together. Just pick out your favorite patterned paper, match it up with a card base color, and with Stampin’ Up!’s “That’s The Tag” bundle you can stamp the sentiment and crop the pretty sunburst tag in no time at all.

That’s The Tag Bundle

Project details:

  • I started with two patterns from the Party Animal Designer Series Paper. The striped layer is 5 1/2″ X 3 3/8″ and the Crushed Curry Candle pattern layer is 4″ X 2 3/4″.
  • Then, I chose Emerald Envy card stock as my standard A-2 card base.
  • Attach the patterned paper to Pacific Point card layers cut slightly larger than the dimensions for the patterned paper. This helps make the layers look more finished.
  • With my Big Shot and the Timeless Tags Thinlits Dies, I cropped sentiment oval base in Whisper White and stamped the dotted frame with Crushed Curry ink and the Happy Birthday sentiment with Pacific Point ink. Both stamps are from the “That’s The Tag” stamp set.
  • I used the sunburst tag framelit to crop the sunburst with Pacific Point card stock. Thin lines of green glue worked well to attach the sunburst to the Whisper White sentiment layer.
  • I cropped the little stars with the thinlit included with the Timeless Tags Thinlit Dies and glued them onto the right bottom of the sentiment layer in a random pattern. Just a dot of the green glue works great to attach each star.
  • A bit of Whisper White Baker’s Twine finished my tag.

This bundle is definitely one you want to own. The sentiments are appropriate for almost any occasion and the thinlits are a fun way to make your projects special. When you purchase the “bundle”, you save 10%.

So, grab your favorite Stampin’ Up! bundle, stamp an image, crop a few shapes and create something special.

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Oh Hello!


Here’s a “Simple Sunday Sampler” for you today with a new “Design Tip”.

Design Tip for pattern mixing:

  • Mixing patterns is a neat way to use patterned paper as a single design element.  Patterns mix well when they have contrasting designs.  An illustration of this is to look at the Cucumber Crush plaid pattern matched with the Crushed Curry horizontal dotted pattern strip under the oval… lines and circles… but because the colors are “analogous” or next to each other on the color wheel, they work together.
  • The pattern in the first card layer, the white background with the Crushed Curry dots, is dots in a linear square pattern.  This acts as an anchor to the linear plaid pattern and the dotted pattern.  Interesting, isn’t it?  I really enjoy researching and sharing these tips.
  • I’ve always been the type of person that has to know “why?”  Many of you may not be, but not to worry because Stampin’ Up! does all of that for us.

I chose these patterns from Stampin’ Up!’s “Cherry On Top” Designer Series Paper Stack.

Cherry On Top

The stamp set, “Honeycomb Happiness” is FREE with a $50.00 product purchase from either current catalog during Sale-A-Bration until March 31st.

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So, grab some patterned paper, create a “design element” and make something wonderful!



For the Birthday Boy!

Birthday Boy

Here's a fun masculine birthday card for your special birthday boy. Stampin' Up's "Hooray It's Your Day" stamp set was free for all who attended the 2015 Leadership Conference in Orlando this year. It's a simple set with a single balloon, a small star and some great simple sentiments.

The slice of patterned paper is from "Best Year Ever" Designer Series Paper (a free gift from Stampin' Up! during Sale-A-Bration with a $50.00 product purchase) and my color inspiration for this project.

  • Coastal Cabana, Soft Suede and Crushed Curry are beautiful together, but I thought the palette needed some pop of color. I went with Cherry Cobbler, a beautiful warm red. 
  • I punched a few gold stars and a tiny circle for a little sparkle and what special birthday boy doesn't deserve a gold star?
  • With the help of my little ruler and my Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Write Marker, I drew some lines across the top of my card layer to help balance the color and the elements.

So, punch a few gold stars, layer a few shapes and create something wonderful.

Before I end this post, I want to thank Anne Marie Hile, a very talented member of the Design Team over at The Paper Players Challenge Blog. Anne Marie chose my card as a "Cut Above" for last week's Spring Theme Challenge. You can see my original post here, and the card below.


Happy Paper Players


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PPA 201 – Make a Wish!


It's Thursday and another Pals Paper Arts Challenge. A wonderful sketch from our very own Nicole Watt will give you plenty of inspiration, no doubt….

PPA201 April 24

… but I have to admit that this gave me quite a challenge. My first thought was I needed my sentiment to be large and bold for the center layer. As you can see, that didn't happen.

PPA 201-1


It didn't because I laid my eyes on the new Retro Fresh Designer Series Paper. That was it…. lots of arrows, straight edges and points. I'm usually not one for a lot of embellishments, but just couldn't resist the beautiful wooden arrow from the Essential Wooden Elements set in the current Occasions Catalog.

There's lots of pattern repetition (an element of good design) in my card and not only was the bold sketch my inspiration, but the Retro Fresh DSP made an impact on my final choice. Love the colors!

Nicole's sketch did what it was supposed to… it challenged me. So, use this sketch to come up with something wonderful to link up with us. Take a look at some of your DSP, stamp sets, embellishments, or all three, and see what will inspire you!



Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:  Card Stock – Very Vanilla, Tangerine Tango and Retro Fresh DSP.  Ink – Tangerine Tango.  Stamp Set – Perfect Pennants. Tools – Stampin' Dimensionals, Chevron Punch. Embellishments – Essentials Wooden Elements and Tangerine Tango Candy Dots from the Brights Collection. 

Essentials Wooden Elements #132258


Retro Fresh Designer Series Paper #132993


Perfect Pennants Clear Mount Stamp Set #133230




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Happy Ghosts!


Time for another Paper Players Challenge. This week, Ann Marie's Clean and Simple Challenge is all about the kids! 


Aren't these the happiest ghosts! Today's post features some really neat punch art. The ghosts are punched with the Owl's body from Stampin' Up's Owl Builder Punch. Clever, quick and easy! These little "owl" ghosts have been around for a while, but not with these smiley faces!

I made a card today, but these little ghosts can be added to goodie bag tags or little gift box tags.


  • I definitely didn't fussy cut the smiles on these ghosts, but I did punch them with my corner round punch. 
  • I discovered this completely by accident…I was working on another card using my corner round punch and the corner scrap was laying on my card mat. Within a few seconds, I had three of the cutest smiles for my ghosts!
  • I thought I would use a few Basic Black Candy Dots for the eyes, but couldn't resist using some left over Googly Eyes from Stampin' Up's Halloween celebration last year.
  • "Happy Halloween" is stamped with Jet Black Staz On ink onto a hand cropped Pumpkin Pie flagged banner.
  • A little embellishment goes a long way. Some Basic Black 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon finished off the banner.


Pumpkin Pie Polka Dot Parade Designer Series Paper makes a beautiful envelope liner which is cut perfectly with my new Envelope Liners Framelits Dies.

Thanks, Ann Marie, for this week's fun challenge.

Also, thank you Jaydee for choosing my card as "A Cut Above" in last week's bright and sassy Color Challenge! It's always fun to play with The Paper Players.

Cut Above Badge

Thanks always for stopping by my blog today.