Thursday, February 11, 2016

Birthday Balloons

This adorable card was the third and final card for Mary's Stampin' Up! workshop. Now I will admit, I got carried away with the balloons. This card is very cute, but also a little too involved for first time stampers. Some of my potential customers were getting overwhelmed and I do apologize to you ladies for that. Note to self... keep workshop cards very, very simple!


  • Smoky Slate cardstock 5-1/2" x 8-1/2", scored at 4-1/4"
  • Crushed Curry cardstock 3-3/4" x 5"
  • Whisper White cardstock 3-5/8" x 4-7/8"
  • Lost Lagoon cardstock 3/4" x 2-3/4"
  • Stamps: Balloon Celebration
  • Ink: Soft Sky, Smoky Slate, Crushed Curry, Stazon, Pool Party
  • Accessories: Balloon Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, Paper Snips

Start off on this card by stamping the small cloud image from Balloon Celebration onto the Whisper White cardstock several times in Soft Sky ink. To get the very light, barely there clouds ink up the stamp and stamp it first onto scrap paper. Then, without re-inking the stamp, stamp the image onto the cardstock. This is called stamping off. Repeat to add as many clouds as desired. 

Next stamp the balloon strings onto the card front in Jet Black Stazon ink. Use glue stick to adhere the stamped Whisper White cardstock onto the Crushed Curry cardstock. Then use more glue stick to adhere this panel onto the Smoky Slate card front. 

Then stamp the balloon outlines onto scraps of Basic Gray, Crushed Curry, and Pool Party cardstock in Jet Black Stazon ink. Stamp the shadow image inside the balloons in the coordinating ink for the cardstock (Ex: Smoky Slate ink for the Smoky Slate balloon).

Punch out the balloons with the Balloon punch and adhere the two gray balloons onto the Whisper White cardstock with glue stick. Adhere the Pool Party and Crushed Curry balloons onto the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals. 

The greeting was stamped onto the small strip of Lost Lagoon cardstock in Jet Black Stazon ink. Paper Snips were used to trim one end of the cardstock into a banner then the greeting banner was adhered onto the card front with glue stick. 

All in all it's not really a difficult card, but there is a lot of stamping going on...


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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Thanks for Being You

This is the second card from Mary's workshop and it was a favorite. Simple yet pretty!


  • Pool Party cardstock 5-1/2" x 8-1/2", scored at 4-1/4"
  • Blackberry Bliss cardstock 3-1/4" x 5-1/4"
  • Color Me Irresistible Specialty DSP 3" x 5" 
  • Stamps: Suite Sayings, Flower Shoppe
  • Ink: Blackberry Bliss, Pool Party, Calypso Coral
  • Accessories: Pansy Punch, Decorative Label Punch, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sponge Dauber, Calypso Coral cardstock scrap, Smoky Slate cardstock scrap
For this one we start off with using a Sponge Dauber to add some color onto the Color Me Irresistible Specialty DSP. This piece was adhered onto the Blackberry Bliss cardstock with glue stick. Then this panel was adhered onto the card front with more glue stick.

The greeting from Suite Sayings was stamped onto a scrap of Smoky Slate cardstock in Blackberry Bliss ink then was punched out with the Decorative Label punch.

The flower from Flower Shoppe was stamped onto a scrap of Calypso Coral cardstock in Calypso Coral ink and punched out with the Pansy Punch. Both the greeting label and the flower were adhered onto the card front with a Stampin' Dimensional.

Finally, just to add a little bit of bling, a Rhinestone Basic Jewel was added into the center of the flower. 

See! Super duper simple!


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deals

Check out this week's Weekly Deals from Stampin' Up! Click HERE to begin shopping online and earning free Sale-A-Bration products. Remember, these deals will only be around for one week!

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Baker's Box Thinlits Dies Item # 138279
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Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim Item # 137910
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Butterfly Basics Wood Stamp Set-Mount Item # 138813
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Crushed Curry Baker's Twine Item # 134586
Regular Price: $3.00 US/$3.75 CAN
Discounted Price: $2.25 US/$2.81 CAN



Blossom Bunch Punch Item # 140612
Regular Price: $18.00 US/$22.00 CAN
Discounted Price: $13.50 US/$16.50 CAN

Monday, February 8, 2016

Blushing Heart Treat Pouch

Last week I had the opportunity to present a Stampin' Up! workshop for my lovely host Mary. So I put together three different projects to show at her workshop. This first project I thought was a very simple and super sweet Valentine's treat using the Envelope Punch board.


  • Go Wild DSP Stack 6" x 6" 
  • Whisper White cardstock 3-1/4" x 3-1/4"
  • Basic Black cardstock 1" x 8-1/2"
  • Stamps: Enjoy the Little Things
  • Ink: Smoky Slate, Rose Red
  • Accessories: 2-3/8" Scalloped Circle Punch, 2" Circle Punch, Sweetheart Punch, Tear & Tape Adhesive, Stampin' Dimensionals, Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper, Envelope Punch Board
I wanted to keep this project super simple while allowing my guests to chose which pattern of paper they wanted from the Go Wild DSP stack. So I went with the 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" envelope size on the Envelope Punch board since the DSP stack papers were already 6" x 6".


Next the ladies stamped the "enjoy the little things" greeting onto the Whisper White cardstock in Rose Red ink. The greeting was flanked on both the top and bottom with the delicate border image stamped in Smoky Slate ink. This piece was glued inside the envelope with glue stick. Now four Dove chocolate hearts were added into the center of the envelope.

A single piece of Tear & Tape Adhesive was applied onto one of the narrow ends of the Basic Black cardstock strip. The flaps of the envelope were folded closed over the chocolates then the strip of Basic Black cardstock was wrapped around the envelope and the end of the Basic Black cardstock with adhesive was adhered to the other end of the cardstock strip forming a belly band.

Finally it was on to the punching. The 2-3/8" Scalloped Circle punch was used on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock. The 2" Circle punch was used on a scrap of Smoky Slate cardstock. These two were adhered together with glue stick and then adhered onto the Basic Black belly band with a small strip of Tear & Tape Adhesive.

Next the Sweetheart punch was used to punch a glimmery heart from Blushing Bride Glimmer paper. The sparkly heart was adhered onto the Smoky Slate circle with a Stampin' Dimensional.


Sunday, February 7, 2016

Zoo Babies Love Notes Set

It's time to express your love!  These adorable Zoo Babies love note cards are a perfect way to share your love!  Hide them in a lunch bag, briefcase or drawer for your loved one to discover!  A highlight of this set is learning how to create sleek envelopes using a combination of the Simply Scored Board and the Gift Bag Punch Board.  This set includes four love notes, four envelopes, a gift tag, and an adorable gift bag to hold the set of love notes.  This set would be perfect for a stamp camp or as a simple gift!

This lovely project was designed by Julie! If you have a chance, please head on over to Craft Project Central and leave Julie a comment on her project. 
If you would like to subscribe to the February edition of Craft Project Central and get 10 wonderful tutorials for only $10 then click Here!

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Bunny in the Carrot Patch

You’re invited…to join bunny…in the carrot patch!  These projects feature the Friends & Flowers Stamp Set and the coordinating Festive Flower Builder Punch to create the star of the show…the adorable bunny.  And what does the bunny love the most?  Carrots, of course!  
Bright and fun Pumpkin Pie and Cucumber Crush Cardstock are scored and folded to create 3-D carrots…in two sizes!  Larger carrots are strung on Linen Thread to create a garland of carrots…and the smaller carrot perfectly adorns a Tiny Treat Box.  The bunny faced card is designed to serve for Easter greetings…or an invitation…and a colorful place card rounds out the project line up!
This lovely project was designed by Sue! If you have a chance, please head on over to Craft Project Central and leave Sue a comment on her project. 
If you would like to subscribe to the February edition of Craft Project Central and get 10 wonderful tutorials for only $10 then click Here!

More February projects that you may have missed: