Category Archives: Special Occasion cards

Detailed Dragonfly Birthday Card

Birthday card created with Detailed Dragonfly Thinlit Dies and Watercolor Wash stamp set

Just look at those beautiful dragonflies cut with the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies from Sweet Sugarplum Glimmer paper! Yes, you read that right…Sweet Sugarplum Glimmer paper. A pack of glimmer paper which includes 4 sheets each of Sweet Sugarplum, Bermuda Bay, and Mint Macaron glimmer paper is one of the three new FREE Sale-A-Bration products you can choose from when you spend $50 in Stampin’ Up! products during January, February, and March.

Now on to the card. I resisted getting the very popular Dragon Fly Dreams bundle for a while because I already have all the butterfly dies Stampin’ Up! offers and really didn’t need to also have a set of dragonflies as well. Yeah…right! I especially love this particular die with the dragonflies flying up and it is this die that finally hooked me into getting the bundle.

I envisioned the dragonflies coming up out of grass with flowers in the background so I brought out my Watercolor Wash background stamp and used Pear Pizazz, Sweet Sugarplum, and Pool Party markers on it. Then I spritzed it with water and stamped onto watercolor paper. The sentiment is from the Special Reason stamp set. Click on the images below to go to their place in my online store to order any of the supplies you need to CASE this card.

Good Tools = Quick Cards

handmade birthday card created with Window Box Thinlits Die

When you have good tools, you can create a birthday card so quickly! This card used one of the dies from the Window Box Thinlits Dies, a Layering Ovals Framelit, one of the Stitched Shape Oval Framelits, and a greeting from the FREE Sale-A-Bration Avant-Garden stamp set. I put a square of Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper behind the cutout and then covered it on the inside with another piece of Whisper White cardstock. (I didn’t want the cactus pattern which is the reverse side of this pattern showing on the inside. It doesn’t fit the theme of this card.)

The Big Shot Die-Cutting machine, great dies, and wonderful designer paper, plus ink, stamps and adhesives = great quick card! Click on the images below to order the supplies I used in this card so you, too, can make a quick card when needed.

Oh, and…the beautiful ribbon is a FREE Sale-A-Bration choice when you order $50 in product! This ribbon is soft and sooooo beautiful! It comes in a Combo pack of white ribbon with a silver metallic thread and Very Vanilla ribbon with a gold metallic thread.

My Father’s Day Card

Handmade Father's Day Card using the Wetlands stamp

Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers out there. I created this Father’s Day card for my husband. The Wetlands stamp set is one of my favorites and when I saw this beautiful designer series paper from the new Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack, I knew I needed to use that stamp set! I used the Hello You Thinlit dies and the Crazy About You stamp set for the greeting. This card was so easy to put together since the beautiful background was all done for me on the designer series paper. Both of these stamp sets and the Hello You Thinlits are carryovers from last year’s annual catalog. That makes me really happy!

You can order the supplies I used for this card by clicking on the images below to go to each item in my online store. Remember that for each $50 you order in one order, you can check off a box on my Customer Appreciation Tracker to earn $45 in free product from me. Check it out here.


Father’s Day Card using Botanical Blooms

Father's Day card using Botannical Blooms and Crazy About You stamp sets

As coordinator of the SUDSOL Design Challenge, I posted the challenge of creating a Father’s Day card using a floral stamp set. Let me say right now that I had a struggle with this challenge myself. I ended up using the leaf stamp and the background stamp from the Botanical Blooms stamp set to make the backgrounds of this card. The greeting is from the Crazy About You stamp set.

I wanted a gold border around the greeting so I cut out the label shape from the Project Life Cards & Labels Framelits twice, once from Whisper White cardstock and once from Gold Foil paper. When you cut the label out of the foil paper, you end up with an embossed line around the opening. I cut on this line with my paper snips to get the frame. A strip of Gold Foil paper covers the seam between the two backgrounds. You can order the supplies I used for this card by clicking on the images below.

I was delighted to see that both of these sets are in the new 2016-2017 Annual Catalog. Have you seen it yet? I love the cover and am so excited about the exciting new products in the catalog. You can download the catalog here or better yet, contact me so I can send you your own copy to hold in your hands and pour over many times.

Front cover of 2016-2017 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog

Number of Years and Large Numbers Framelits

Sweet 16 Birthday Card usinngNumber of Years stamp set and Large Numbers Framelits Dies

When I bought the Number of Years Stamp Set/Large Numbers Framelits Dies bundle, I had little idea of how often I would be using it. March is a big month for birthdays in our family and I have used this bundle on almost every birthday card I’ve sent this month. This card is for a sweet granddaughter who turned 16 today. I love, love, love the Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper with its soft colors and the Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper. I didn’t find the word ‘sweet’ in any of my numerous stamp sets so I created it with the Alphabet Rotary Stamp. This rotary stamp comes in handy when you are wanting a specific word that doesn’t come with a stamp set. You can order any of the supplies used for this project by clicking on the images below to go to my online store.

Remember that through March 31st, you can choose a free Sale-A-Bration item for every $50 in product you purchase. You check out the Sale-A-Bration freebies below. Be sure to place your order by March 31st to get these free items!

Botanical Gardens Love

Yes, I love the Botanical Gardens Suite in the Occasions catalog! I actually love each of the items and am having so much fun playing with the Botanical Builder Framelits Dies. The curve of the leafy vine is so graceful and I love the way the petals on some of the flowers can be popped up for more dimension. I created this card for our granddaughter who turns 15 on Monday.

handmade birthday card using the Botanical Builder Framelits and Large Number Framelits

Here is a tip for you: If you want the leaves of the vine to point up, cut them out on the wrong side of your paper. If you cut on the right side of the paper, the leaves will point down as in this card. Be sure to have the solid leaves pointing to the edge you want to cut off. Otherwise you will end up with a very narrow piece of paper.

Birthday card created with the Botanical Gardens Bundle

You can order the supplies I used for these cards below. Remember we are in the last month of Sale-A-Bration when you get a free item for each $50 you spend in product. Also remember my Customer Appreciation Program where you can earn $45 in free product from me. You can see the details here. The Happy Birthday on the second card is from the Sky Is the Limit Sae-A-Bration stamp set which retired Feb 15th. Sorry. 🙁

Wink of Stella

Wink of Stella is my new favorite tool. It comes in Clear and in Gold. Here is a short video from Stampin’ Up! about it.

I used the Clear Wink of Stella (141897) to embellish this first card.

Handmade valentine using Bloomin Heart Thinlits and Clear Wink of Stella

Notice the shimmery hearts? This is what the card looked like before I added the Wink of Stella.

Valentine created with Bloomin' Heart ThinlitsThe Wink of Stella added the touch of shimmer to balance the glimmer of the Red Glimmer paper.

On the next card I used the Gold Wink of Stella (141898) to color the pearls. While the pearls already shimmered some, now they have gold shimmer. :o)

Non-Valentine Bloomin' Love card with Gold Wink of Stella

Ready to order your own Wink of Stella? Just click on the images below to go to my online store. Remember that for each $50 you spend on product, you can choose one FREE item from the Sale-A-Bration brochure and you get to fill out one box on my Customer Appreciation Tracking Form. Check out those details here.

Terrific Tuesday!

Terrific Tuesday is back! Why are Tuesdays terrific you ask? Because on Tuesdays, Stampin’ Up! releases the new Weekly Deals and this week they are really great! Check out this card created by one of the Stampin’ Up! creative artists:

Birthday card created with Party Punch Pack and Confetti Textured Impressions embossing Folder

Notice the little candle on to top of the cake? It is punched out with one of the Party Punch Pack (140608) Punches. Do you love the background like I do? It is created by gently sponging ink on the raised portions of the embossing created with the Confetti Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (140592). The embossing folder has the center area smooth so you don’t have to do anything extra to have that smooth area for stamping. This card also uses the Party Wishes stamp set (wood-140651, clear-140961).

Here is another sample created by Stampin’ Up! artists using the little balloon punch:

Treat bag decorated with balloons punched by the Party Punch Pack

Now why do I bring these up when talking about savings? Well….the Party Punch Pack is one of the items that is in the Weekly Deals this week. Yes! An item that is in the new Occasions catalog on sale for 15% off! Check out all the new Weekly Deals below and click on the images to go order them in my online store.

Remember, this is Sale-A-Bration time and for each $50 you spend in product, you can choose one of the 11 FREE items in the Sale-A-Bration catalog. Also remember my Customer Appreciation Program. That same $50 will allow you to check one of the boxes on my tracking form. When you fill out all 8 boxes, you can choose $45 worth of supplies from me totally FREE. Check out the program and download your tracking form here.

Bloomin’ Heart Thinlits Dies

I have had such fun playing with the Bloomin’ Heart Thinlits Dies in the new Occasions catalog. Here are two new cards I shared my first card made with these dies here. Today I have two new cards to share.

Handmade Valentine card using Bloomin' Heart Thinlits

Handmade Valentine with Bloomin' Heart thinlits dies

On the top one I embossed a piece of Tip Top Taupe cardstock with the Woodgrain Textured Embossing Folder, then layered the heart on it. I cut out the small flowers from Blushing Pink Glimmer Paper. (It is soooo pretty!) Pearl Basic Jewels (119247) were applied to the centers of the flowers. The greeting was stamped with Tip Top Taupe on the banner which was stamped with Blushing Bride ink.

I love the way Stampin’ Up! coordinates their stamp sets and thinlit dies. The die for the banner is part of the Large Number Framelits Dies.

In the second card, the Bloomin’ Heart is cut from Gold Foil paper. Again I added Pearl Basic Jewels to the flower centers. The greeting is stamped with Basic Gray ink.

Finally I did this card along the same theme.

Handmade valentine with Bloomin' Heart on Gold Goil

The designer series paper I used in all three cards is from last year’s Subtles Designer Series Paper Stack. A very similar pattern can be found in the Love Blossoms Designer Series Paper Stack (140548) which is in the new Occasions catalog. I have a tip for you when cutting out these hearts:

Use the new Precision Base Plate (139684) and run the sandwich with the paper and die back and forth about 4 times to get a really great cut. Then use the Big Shot Die Brush (140603) to brush out all the little pieces. You will have to run the brush back and forth over the back of the die cut but it sure beats punching out all the little pieces.

The top card with the Tip Top Taupe background is my favorite of these three. What is your favorite? Let me know in a comment.

To order any of the supplies I used in these cards, just click on the images below to go to my online store. Don’t forget…this is Sale-A-Bration time. For each $50 you spend, you get to choose a FREE item from the Sale-A-Bration brochure. You will also get to check a box on my Customer Appreciation tracking form found here.

Number of Years Birthday Card

Handmade birthday card using the Number of Years stamp set

Our granddaughter is turning has turned 17! Yes…I am a delinquent grandma and haven’t gotten a card off to her yet. I love the way this card turned out. All the product used is new except for the inks, Lots of Labels Collection dies, glimmer paper and Whisper White cardstock.

The Large Numbers Framelits (140622) and the Number of Years photopolymer stamp set (140653) can be bought in a bundle (140811) for a 15% savings. However we were given a heads up that the framelits may go on backorder soon. The background is from the Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper. This is such a beautiful set of papers! Click on the images below to order these supplies for yourself. Remember that during Sale-A-Bration, you get to choose one of 11 FREE items in the Sale-A-Bration catalog for each $50 worth of product you order. In addition, for each $50 product you purchase online from me, you can check a box on my Customer Appreciation tracker and earn $45 of your choice product for FREE from me. Check it out here.