Birthday Dream Catcher Memories

I was so excited when I discovered this Dream Catcher bundle in the Annual Catalog this year. I always had a Dream Catcher above each of my children’s beds, and mine, from the time they were born. It comforted them many times when they had a hard time falling asleep at night. They are all grown up now, but their Dream Catchers are still in each of their bedrooms. And mine, too.

Dream Catcher
Stamp Set:  Follow Your Dreams
Cardstock:  Balmy Blue, Mango Melody, Whisper White
Designer Series Paper:  Garden Impressions 6” x 6” Stack
Ink:  Balmy Blue, Mango Melody
Lovelies:  Gold Faceted Gems
Tools:  Chase Your Dreams Framelits, Big Shot, Magnetic Platform

Click on the Stampin’ Up Catalogs tab above for the 2018 Holiday Catalog and the Annual Catalog PDF. So much creativity and fun!

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Delightful Mañana Fiesta

My dear friend needed a Birthday card for her niece who happens to like cacti. I still have the Birthday Fiesta bundle from a couple years ago and I knew the Designer Series Paper with the itty bitty cacti would be hilariously adorable for the background. I enjoyed making this card and it came together quickly.

Delightful Manana Fiesta 2
I want to tell you about my decision to change the location of the cactus flower. As you can see from the card on the left, I originally had the cactus flower on the higher right branch. I decided I would prefer it on the lower left branch. I used my heat gun to blast the spatula end of the Take Your Pick tool about 5 seconds to warm it up. I was then able to slide it gently under the flower and was able to lift the glue dot without any damage! Yay Yay Happy Day!

Delightful Manana Fiesta Combined

Card Recipe
Stamp Set:  Birthday Fiesta*
Cardstock:  Daffodil Delight, Tranquil Tide, Whisper White
Designer Series Paper:  Festive Birthday*
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Tranquil Tide
Lovelies: It’s My Party Enamel Dots*
Tools:  Fiesta Time Framelits*, Spellbinders Rectangle and Scalloped Rectangle Dies, Big Shot, Magnetic Platform

*Retired Product

Click on the Stampin’ Up Catalogs tab above for the new 2018 Holiday Catalog and the Annual Catalog PDF. So much creativity and fun!

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Gorgeous Glittery Grape for Grace

Today’s card is all about Miss Grace and her favorite color purple. She’s a sweet little girl celebrating her Birthday and I just love using glitter for little girls. Yes…parents just LOVE me. But, since Stampin’ Up doesn’t have any purple glimmer paper, I had to make my own.  I used a sponge dauber and sponged Highland Heather onto the Sparkle Glimmer Paper and turned it into a yummy cupcake!

Gorgeous Glittery Grape for Grace close up

The Coffee Cups framelits include a die that doubles as either a cup sleeve or corrugated cupcake liner as well as a die that doubles as both froth and a frosted cupcake top! I finished it off with the Gorgeous Grape Mini Striped Ribbon, which happens to be one of my faves, and a few Glitter Enamel Dots. Happy Birthday, Grace!

Gorgeous Glittery Grape for Grace

Stamp Set:  Happy Birthday Gorgeous
Cardstock:  Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather, Whisper White
Specialty Paper: Sparkle Glimmer Paper
Ink: Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather
Lovelies:  Gorgeous Grape Mini Striped Ribbon, Glitter Enamel Dots
Tools:  Simple Stripes Embossing Folder, Coffee Cups Framelits, Layering Circles Framelits, Petals & More Thinlits, Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Sponge Dauber

The 2018 Holiday Catalog is now available for all you awesome stampers to order from! Click on the cover below for the PDF and get your wish list going!
2018 Holiday Catalog Cover

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Coastal Bay & Gorgeous Heather Dandelion Birthday Wishes

I decided to take a small break from the Holiday catalog to make some Birthday cards. This is such a great card – easy to put together and I love the monochromatic colors – it makes it so vibrant.  I am also addicted to using Stampin’ Blends on the Basic Jewels to color them the perfect shade. To achieve the Gorgeous Grape shade on the Rhinestones, first I colored them with Dark Blackberry Bliss then topped them with Light Bermuda Bay. Perfect!

Coastal Bay Dandelion Birthday Wishes

Grape Heather Dandelion Birthday Wishes

Stamp Sets:  Bokeh Dots, Dandelion Wishes, Picture Perfect Birthday
Cardstock:  [Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana] [Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather], Whisper White
Ink: [Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana] [Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather]
Blends: Bermuda Bay (Dark & Light), Blackberry Bliss (Dark)
Lovelies:  Bermuda Bay Mini Striped Ribbon, Gorgeous Grape Mini Striped Ribbon, Rhinestones Basic Jewels

Click on the Stampin’ Up Catalogs tab above for the Annual Catalog PDF. I will add the 2018 Holiday Catalog as soon as I’m allowed!

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The Joy of Sets – New Catalogue Blog Hop August 2018

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I am so excited to participate in my first blog hop! There is a wonderful International group on Facebook called The Joy of Sets and everyone is welcome to join! You have hopped to my site from Alejandra Gomez’s and next up after me is Angie McKenzie’s. You can click on the arrows at the bottom of the blog post to continue on your hoppy way. This month’s topic is anything new from the 2018-2019 Stampin’ Up Annual Catalog. I have used two new stamp sets, one new color, one new ribbon and a new framelits set…such fun!

A coworker asked me to make a Birthday card for her friend…who just happens to be a Stampin’ Up demonstrator like me.  I know this lovely Birthday lady, as our daughters were on the same travel soccer team together a few years ago. As soon as I sat down to make a card, the creative juices flowed freely. This is the first time I inked up the Abstract Impressions stamp set and I am in love! It’s just so pretty!

JOS Abstract Details Outside
Below is a close up shot of the gorgeous Poppy Parade Mini Striped Ribbon…and as you look at the photo, perhaps you’ll notice the added stitching on the Flirty Flamingo cardstock strip, complements of one of the decorative embossing dies in the Stitched Labels Framelits. That collection of framelits also includes the beautiful framed piece with striking detail as well.

JOS Abstract Details Close Up
This photo of the inside of the card shows how perfectly the sentiment in Detailed with Love coordinates with the Abstract Impressions set. And we pull it all together with a matching stamped envelope.

JOS Abstract Details Inside

Stamp Set:  Abstract Impressions, Detailed with Love
Cardstock:  Flirty Flamingo, Lovely Lipstick, Whisper White
Ink:  Flirty Flamingo, Lovely Lipstick, Melon Mambo
Lovelies:  Poppy Parade Mini Striped Ribbon, Pearl Basic Jewels
Tools:  Stitched Labels Framelits, Big Shot, Magnetic Platform

Thanks so much for viewing my post and I hope I have inspired you to ink up your new stamps, too! Click on the “Next” arrow to hop on over to Angie’s post!

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Click on the Stampin’ Up Catalogs tab above for the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog PDF!

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Rooted in Blissful Nature

There are still a few days left for the Buy 3 Get 1 Free promotion on select Designer Series Paper (see list at the end of the post). I just opened my pack of the Nature’s Poem paper and it is so gorgeous! I am thrilled that Blackberry Bliss was brought out of retirement to become a core color – the richness of it pairs perfectly with lighter colors. These double-sided papers are the perfect complement to the Rooted in Nature bundle. What’s super fun about the dies in this are the inclusion of embossing dies. Take a closer look at the die cut leaves on the card. I ran the cardstock through the Big Shot twice – once to cut the outline and a second time with an embossing die for texture. You definitely need the Big Shot Embossing Mats for this card. Wonderful effect! This card is the one I made as my thank you to my club members. I included a card in each of their orders. I always want them to know I’m thankful for them!

Rooted in Blissful Nature

Stamp Set:  Rooted in Nature
Cardstock:  Blackberry Bliss, Powder Pink, Very Vanilla
Designer Series Paper:  Nature’s Poem
Ink:  Blackberry Bliss
Lovelies:  Very Vanilla Solid Baker’s Twine
Tools:  Nature’s Roots Framelits, Layering Ovals Framelits, Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Embossing Mats

Here’s a list of all the Designer Series Paper available with the July special:
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Mirror Image Technique with Feathered Friends

One of my Stamp Club members asked for me to teach them the Mirror Image Technique. If you know me, then you know I went on a YouTube viewing frenzy trying to find the best way to create a mirror image of a stamp…and it paid off! After hours of pouring through different technique videos and trying each one out myself, I finally found the one that produces the best image transfer. A huge thank you to France Martin for this video: https://youtu.be/j4uwbKN7TIU

I decided to have my clubbies do the mirror image with the birds from Bella & Friends. The smaller parrot was part of the stamp that includes the dog with the balloon, so I confidently cut the stamp apart so I could have the little bird separate (see the cutting line in my photo below). So much easier! I used to be scared to cut my stamps apart…but now I rarely hesitate.

Bella Stamp Set

I knew I wanted to highlight the gorgeous paper in the Garden Impressions 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper Stack and I wanted summery, fun colors. Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight and Pool Party were super fun together and make a very cheerful all-occasion card. I’m so glad we have Stampin’ Blends in those same colors, too!

Mirror Image Featherd Friends

Tip of the Day: When using a Dynamic Embossing Folder, be sure to use a Stampin’ Spritzer to lightly spritz both sides of cardstock with water before running it through the Big Shot. This step will prevent cracking of the cardstock from the deep impression.

Stamp Set:  Bella & Friends
Cardstock:  Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, Whisper White
Designer Series Paper: Garden Impressions 6” x 6” Stack
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Stampin’ Blends: Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, Cherry Cobbler, Calypso Coral
Lovelies:  Faceted Dots
Tools:  Pinewood Planks Dynamic Embossing Folder, Layering Ovals Framelits, Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Silicone Craft Sheet, Stampin’ Spritzer

Give the Mirror Image Technique a try and let me know if you think it’s as easy as I do!

Click on the Stampin’ Up Catalogs tab above for the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog PDF!

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If you want more inspiration, be sure to visit my Pinterest boards! I have a ridiculous number of boards – arranged by type and themes for cards, scrapbooking and papercrafting!
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