Category Archives: Special Occasion cards

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.

Bloomin’ Heart Valentine

Valentine created with Bloomin' Heart Thinlits

I really didn’t think I needed this Bloomin’ Heart thinlit and it’s coordinating stamp set until I saw a sample created with the bundle that hooked me. This card is not a CASE of that card but this card has made me really happy I got the bundle. I love the banner and the intricacy of the heart. The banner from the Large Numbers Framelits Dies (140622) cuts this banner out perfectly. You can order the supplies for this card below. Remember that during Sale-A-Bration you can choose one of 11 FREE items in the Sale-A-Bration catalog for each $50 you spend in product. If you were to order all the supplies I used for this card not including the Big Shot, you would earn two FREE items. If you also ordered the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, you would get to choose four free items. Now that is a great deal!

Spotlight on Bundles


I am starting a new feature here on my blog, Spotlight on Bundles. Stampin’ Up! offers exciting bundles in their catalogs that save you 15% when you buy the bundle over buying the items separately. I will feature a new bundle each month. If you buy the featured bundle from me during that month, I will send you tutorials on how to make five items with that bundle. The items may be all cards or a combination of cards and 3-D items.

January’s spotlighted bundle is Balloon Celebration/Balloon Bouquet Punch (140609), I created this card using this bundle. It will be one of the cards included in the tutorials I send you when you order this bundle this month. I shared the details of this card on Sunday and now you can also order the bundle. :o)

Handmade Birthday card using Balloon Celebration stamp set and Balloon Bouquet Punch

Sneak Peek – Balloon Celebration

Handmade Birthday card using Balloon Celebration stamp set and Balloon Bouquet Punch

There are only two more days until the new Occasions Catalog is live and I can hardly wait for to get one in your hands! I am so excited about the many new stamp sets and accessories in this new catalog.

I created this card using the new Balloon Celebration stamp set and the new matching Balloon Bouquet punch. One thing I love about Stampin’ Up! is that they have so many coordinating stamps, dies, bunches, papers, and colors. Creating beautiful cards and decor items is so easy with Stampin’ Up! supplies! Come next Tuesday, you will be able to order the new supplies I used in this card for yourself. The older supplies are shown below and you can order them now. Just click on the images. Remember that you can earn $45 worth of stamping supplies from me for FREE when you order from me through my online store. For each $50 you purchase in product you get to check a box on my Customer Appreciation tracker. When you have checked 8 boxes, email or mail me your tracker form along with what you want for your FREE $45. See the details here.

Also beginning Jan 5th is Sale-A-Bration. In addition to my Customer Appreciation program, during Sale-A-Bration you can choose one of 11 FREE and exclusive items for each $50 of product you purchase.

Yikes…only 4 days until Christmas!

Are you running out of ideas of what to write in the inside of those last-minute Christmas cards? Here are a few ideas for you:

  • Warm Wishes for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
  • May You Have Great Joy As You Celebrate The Birth of Our Savior
  • May memories of Christmases past  lighten your heart this Christmas (for someone who has had a loved one die this year)
  • Merry Christmas! So glad you are part of my life.

And here is a card in which to write one of these greetings.

handmade Christmas card using Versatile Christmas stamp set and Home for Christmas designer series paper

I have listed the supplies used for this card below. Click on the images to order them if you would like to create this card for yourself. The designer series paper Home for Christmas has already sold out but you can still order the stamp set Versatile Christmas which will retire after Jan 4th and the rest of the supplies.