3 Birthday Cards…

I’m in Salt Lake City this week for the Stampin’ Up annual convention. Well actually, I’m here a few days early, squeezing in some time for another passion of mine, genealogy.  I’m still working on some needle-in-the-haystack ancestors from Virginia and Ohio. Salt Lake has one of the largest collections of records in the US.  I love the hunt and I’m excited for what I might find!  Wish me luck!

I love to swap with other talented stampers and this month, I picked 3 to share with you. They have a common theme and color palette!

I’m in love with Amy Ward’s card.  The layout, the stamping is to perfection and she took the time to add the coordinating Washi Tape candles. It looks like she added the washi tape, then used an exacto blade to trim off the bottom where it meets the cake.  The stamp set is called Build A Birthday in photopolymer. (I’m posting supply pics at bottom of post)  I love the big happy bday greeting, it is a host reward set. (email me how to get it)


This next one is by Kathy Dean, using the Sprinkles of Life stamp set and Tree builder punch for cupcakes. I like how she stamped on the dazzling diamonds glitter paper and punched out.  I wouldn’t have thought it would stamp well but it did!


The next one is stamped by Jamie Adcock and again using Sprinkles of life. I liked how she took a non-birthday folder like the Boho Chic and it works! Totally different color palette for birthdays also, with new In Colors, Dijon, watermelon, Taupe and mint.


Here are the main supplies they used in the cards above:

While I’m away, go stamp something!

I’ll be posting live from convention once a day here on my blog.

For several updates a day, go to my Stamping School Facebook page and LIKE it to see what’s happening there!

Corrugated Paper: Happy 4th Card


4th badge

For those of you celebrating the 4th of July, I hope you have perfect weather & a wonderful time with friends and family.

I had some time last week to play with the new corrugated paper from Stampin’ Up. It’s on page 148 of the annual catalog. It comes in four 12×12 sheets, 2 white and 2 kraft:


(if you have been stamping a while, you might remember using the corrugated paper the light bulbs came in as a creative embellishment!)

birgitt paper stars

I was “Pin-spired” by this card by Birgitt2011, that’s all I could see with the watermark in the corner.  The link did not lead to anywhere, so that’s the best I can credit!


The Corrugated paper cuts nicely with framelits and punches!   Just remember to cut it upside down, so the framelit is placed on the smooth side of the paper when running through the Big Shot.


I used a sponge dauber with Real Red and Pacific Point to color the white stars.  Use something like a stylus to keep it in place and keep the ink off your fingers.

I hung them with linen thread and let them dangle.  The largest stars are stuck on with dimensionals.


Enjoy your weekend and go stamp something!


Garden in Bloom


I was feeling bright and happy when I made this card so I went with bright and happy colors!

Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo and Old Olive stamped in a Memento Tuxedo Black outline. The little dots were made with my black marker. I added a black cs oval and the new 3/8″ stitched satin ribbon in basic Black.

If you look closely you can see the new White Perfect Accents.  What makes them white is actually an adhesive sticker on the back but if you take off the sticker, they are clear!  If you leave them white, they are perfect for coloring with a sharpie or the blendies if you have those.


Back to the stamp set….it’s a really fun  2-Step photopolymer set that’s new in this year’s Stampin’ Up catalog.  It’s called Garden In Bloom. (click on pic below to go to my store to see it full size)

The colors reminded me of a Mary Engelbreit fabric or poster like she is known for…

arts and crafts

One thing to remember when stamping these flowers is to keep the tab in the same place. It can be hard to line them up when stamping.  There is a little point or tab sticking out on the stamp, so if you remember to stamp them both UP for example, you won’t be stuck trying to match up the petals.


weekly Deals graphic

The Mini Treat bag die is on sale for $10 off!  That’s a pretty good deal if you have been wanting that one.  I like that accessories that come with it, like the banner and the heart and star, too.