Big on Birthdays Stamp Set with 2017 Sale-a-Bration Glimmer Paper Stack

This is a blue version of another card I did for my team meeting in February.  You can see the other version here where I used Sweet Sugarplum.  I love how changing up the Glimmer Paper (free 2017 Sale-a-Bration item!) can be the springboard for a totally different color scheme of an already great card.  They both feature that lovely bold Happy Birthday from Big on Birthdays stamp set in the 2017 Occasions Catalog. 

bigonbirthdaysstylishstemsframelitsstampinup2017occasionscatalogcandyrattrayAlthough the Glimmer Paper I used here--a free 2017 Sale-a-Bration item--is Pool Party, I paired it with Island Indigo for deep, rich beauty to show off all that gorgeous glimmer paper shine!  Stylish Stems Thinlet Dies make that beautiful flower in just seconds with the Big Shot.  Quick, easy, and fabulous!  It will bring a smile to anyone receiving it:)

The other change I made was to go with the wider Very Vanilla Stitched Satin Ribbon.  I think it goes nicely with the large, bold Happy Birthday from Big on Birthdays stamp set.  Once again, I used a small strip of Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper.  The colors in that DSP are gorgeous and so easy to use!

That's it for today, just a short and sweet share.  As always, the Stampin' Up! supplies used here are listed and linked below for your convenience.  Please remember you earn a FREE 2017 Sale-a-Bration item for every $50 you spend through the end of March, so top up your order and get something free!

I think this glimmer paper--which comes in a 6 x 6 stack with Sweet Sugarplum, Pool Party, and Mint Macaron--is a must-have item!  I can hardly believe it's free!  The choices of free items are here and here. Let me know if you have any ordering issues or questions at all. I'm glad to help! 

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Big on Birthdays for a Masculine Birthday Card

bigonbirthdaymasculinebirthdaycardoccasionscatalogstampinupcandyrattrayBig on Birthdays is an all greetings photopolymer stamp set in the Stampin' Up! Occasions catalog, and I think it's a must-have!  Its bold images make quick and easy birthday cards a cinch.  They are also versatile as all but one can be used for boys and girls, men and women.  (There is one stamp that is decidedly feminine.)  You can see another card I made with Big on Birthdays here.

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I created this masculine birthday card for my recent Stamping Bingo Night.  I love Emerald Envy, one of the 2016-2018 In Colors, for masculine cards.  It's a cool green that is bold, clear, and crisp.

My balloon is full of touchable texture with a clean, bold, and modern look.  I punched out the larger balloon from the Ballon Bouquet punch and then layered over it a die cut from the Balloon Pop Up Thinlet Dies (which do come as a bundle with a coordinating stamp set--for this card I used just the dies).  I love how the dies and punch work together!  If you have the Balloon Bouquet punch, I highly recommend this die set to take your balloons to greater heights (no pun intended:)  

I finished off my balloon with a bit of Emerald Envy Bakers Twine held in place with a mini glue dot and a tiny bow made from a scrap of Silver Glimmer Paper and the Balloon Pop Up Thinlet Dies.

All the Stampin' Up! supplies are listed and linked below for your convenience.  There are lots of Stampin' Up! Occasions catalog items on this card!  


Lucky Elephant Rubberstamp-Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog

luckyelephantstampinupoccasionscatalogcandyrattrayHave you noticed the Lucky Elephant rubberstamp in the Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog?  He's a happy fella, and I think he's way cute!  I have used him as he comes, with a single Good Luck greeting (the stamp set consists of just those two stamps--the elephant and the greeting).  But I also think he would be cute for a kid's birthday card.

This is a super quick and easy card.  I used the Rich Razzleberry Ombre ink pad to achieve that ombre look--with no special technique or application.  Just ink up the Lucky Elephant rubberstamp with the specialized ink pad and press onto card stock.  That's it!  I added quite a few layers--which are very quick cuts--and a few Blushing Bride sequins.  That's it.  

At just $13, Lucky Elephant rubberstamp is a bargain.  Please remember you earn a FREE Sale-a-Bration item for every $50 you spend through the end of march, so top up your order and get something free! The choices of free items are here and here. Let me know if you have any ordering issues or questions at all. I'm glad to help! 

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Flurry of Wishes Birthday Card

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It's definitely turning spring early here in San Antonio, TX, but if you live where it's still cold (it's only February!) or have a girl who is in love with all things Disney's Frozen, Flurry of Wishes stamp set and coordinating Snow Flurry punch could be the ticket for you!  I created this girls birthday card for my youngest granddaughter.  It's super quick and easy and tied right into her current love affair with all things Frozen.  I like being able to tie into a birthday party theme or a kids favorite disney movie by using a bit of creativity vs. just buying the licensed stuff--that all looks the same!

I went with Flirty Flamingo--one of our fabulous 2016-2018 In Colors--but any feminine colors would work.  In fact, I had to force myself to not use blue as my Abby wanted pink.  This is one of the many reasons so many of us enjoy card making:  the ability to customize, express creativity, and put our own "stamp" on our projects...no pun intended:)

Let me also call your attention to Number of Years stamp set.  While there is a fabulous set of coordinating framelits to cut out the numbers and more, Number of Years stamp set will also stand alone as shown here.  It is fantastic for kids birthday cards.

That's it for today.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  While we are in the midst of the Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog season, there are still some GREAT things in the annual catalog.  Please remember you earn a FREE Sale-a-Bration item for every $50 you spend, so top up your order and get something free!  The choices of free items are here and here. Let me know if you have any ordering issues or questions at all.  I'm glad to help!

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Flourishing Phrases rubberstamp set

Flourishing Phrases rubberstamp set in the annual (big!) Stampin' Up! catalog is a treasure trove of meaningful words and phrases in lovely fonts plus a few classic images.  I created this pair of cards for an event I was hosting (I host rather a lot of live events:)

flourishingphrasesrubberstampsetstampinupcandyrattrayFor this pair of cards, I added Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper.  It evokes images of classic fine china with its navy and white patterns, so I chose to add minimal embellishments to let the Flourishing Phrases rubberstamp set and Floral Boutique DSP take center stage without distraction.  I added some Tip Top Tape to one of the cards for a little variety, but that is a neutral so the focal images remained the same.

Both cards use a portrait orientation with a 8-1/2 x 5-1/2 card base and a 5-1/4 x 2 piece of DSP, and a single strand of Night of Navy Bakers Twine.  From that starting point, you can go lots of places!  

While we are in the midst of the Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog season, there are still some GREAT things in the annual catalog.  Flourishing Phrases rubberstamp set is a classic and one that I highly recommend for your crafty collection.  There is a coordinating set of dies that are truly gorgeous and work seamlessly with Flourishing Phrases rubberstamp set.  But the stamp set will also stand alone very capably as shown here:)

All Stampin' Up! supplies are listed and linked below for your convenience. Remember that you can earn free items right now during Sale-a-Braiton.  Simply choose $50 in Stampin' Up! and choose your Sale-a-Bration reward for free! Such are the joys of Sale-a-Bration, the Stampin' Up! promotion that runs through March 31. Click here and here to see all the free Sale-a-Bration options. You get to choose one for every $50 you spend with no limit on free products:) Click on any pic below to get to my online store or click here now.

 


Carousel Birthday Online Class

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I'm so excited about my new! online class featuring Carousel Birthday rubberstamp set!  I'm actually using the whole suite (from the Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog), and I think you will love it!  I host a lot of live events, but m
any of you cannot get to my classes due to distance or time. So my classes are coming to you!

My Carousel Birthday Online Class features 8 fancy birthday cards, 2 each of 4 designs. I have had so much fun getting this ready for you and getting some of my own birthday cards made in the process:) You will love the stamps, the colors, and the prettiness plus start to finish tutorials that make it easy for you to stamp and assemble your prepared supplies and then create more! It really is just like being at one of my live classes with complete instructions (videos and pdf's for each project) plus tips and tricks.

Here's what you get in my online class:

Deluxe option:

  • Carousel Birthday Clear Mount Stamp Set ($19 + shpg & tax)
  • Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack ($10 + shpg & tax)
  • 1/4 of Cupcakes & Carousels Embellishment Kit ($3 + shpg & tax)
  • Priority mailing with tracking ($7)
  • All prepared supplies to make 8 cards, 2 each of 4 designs plus envelopes
  • 4 pdf tutorials with color photos
  • 4 videos, 1 for each design. My start to finish videos are full of tips and tricks for your best stamping ever!
  • $54.99

Standard option:

  • Carousel Birthday Clear Mount Stamp Set ($19 + shpg & tax)
  • 1/4 of Cupcakes & Carousels Embellishment Kit ($3 + shpg & tax)
  • Priority mailing with tracking ($7)
  • All prepared supplies to make 8 cards, 2 each of 4 designs plus envelopes
  • 4 pdf tutorials with color photos
  • 4 videos, 1 for each design. My start to finish videos are full of tips and
    tricks for your best stamping ever!
  • $42.99

Tutorials only option:

  • All 4 video tutorials and 4 pdf tutorials will be emailed to you within 48 hours of purchase
  • $15

There are 2 registration periods for this class:

  1. Now through March 8th for March 15th shpg.
  2. March 16th through March 23rd for March 30th shpg.

You will receive all your prepared class supplies via Priority mail--the products as well as your prepared projects packet.

Just add ink and stamp!


Carousel Birthday Embellishment Kit

I created this quick and easy card, and the Carousel Birthday Embellishment Kit from the Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog is the perfect way to bring cohesive accents to a project.  This little kit is just $12 and provides great value.  You get:

  • So Saffron gold twine
  • Pool Party Gold Twine
  • Calypso Coral Ombre Ribbon
  • Gold and Irridescent Sequins
  • Gold Bordered Tags

What a fun set of coordinating embellishments to work with!  This quick and easy card comes together in just minutes, literally.  I cut the Gold Bordered Tag in half and used it to frame my stamped flag (using Birthday Blast stamp set from the Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog), embossed with the Big Shot, and tied a twine bow.  The Confetti Textured Impressions Embossing Folder delivers great touchable texture via the Big Shot.  That's it!  Quick, easy, and pretty!

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My soft and easy color palette is Wisteria Wonder and So Saffron, both part of Stampin' Up! Subtles Collection.  I used Elegant Eggplant, the darker counterpart to Wisteria Wonder, as the ink.  I often find that when I am stamping on colored card stock, I need to adjust my ink color vs. when I stamp on Whisper White or Very Vanilla where my ink colors come out true.

That's it for today!  Thanks so much for stopping by.  Remember that when you place a $50 order right now you earn a free Sale-a-Bration item of your choice.  Why not??!!!

 

 


Avant Garden by Stampin' Up!

One of my favorite Sale-a-Bration stamp sets is Avant Garden.  I love the versatile floral images and classic font with greetings for the cards I make most--thanks and birthday.  I created this quick and easy card for my monthly card class (a daytime and evening version each month-click here to see the dates for March and join me!) and we also made it at my monthly demonstrator team meeting.  I think these flowers look like alstroemerias--those lovely, delicate flowers that are in so many bouquets.  I wanted a card with simple elegance and am pleased with the result.

avantgardensaleabrationstampinupFirst I stamped the flower image in Always Artichoke ink.  I then used Blender Pens to color in the flowers in mere seconds.  I did a version with the new Watercolor Pencils and also with ink from stamp pads.  The results were quite similar--probably because the flowers and leaves in Avant Garden are quite small and delicate.  That works for me:  quick and easy card with elegance and coloring options!

I returned to one of my favorite color schemes using the new In Colors:  Sweet Sugarplum and Rich Razzleberry.  I love the way Sweet Sugarplum and Rich Razzleberry work together and have used that color combination many times this year.  You can see them here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here!  As I said, it is a FAVORITE color combo!

All supplies are listed and linked below for your convenience. Remember that you can earn Avant Garden stamp set for free!  Simply choose $50 in Stampin' Up! product and this lovely, versatile stamp set is yours for nothing!  Such are the joys of Sale-a-Bration, the Stampin' Up! promotion that runs through March 31.  Click here and here to see all the free Sale-a-Bration options.  You get to choose one for every $50 you spend with no limit on free products:)  Click on any pic below to get to my online store or click here now.  


Avant Garden, Sale-a-Bration Free Stamp Set!

avantgardenfreesaleabrationstampsetstampinupcandyrattrayI am loving the Avant Garden FREE stamp set available through the amazing Sale-a-Bration promotion this year.  With pretty flowers, delicate font, and greetings I can use again and again it has become a real favorite.

I created this soft, pretty card for my Simply Cards monthly class in February.  (Check my calendar for the Simply Cards class in March and join us!) It features In Colors:  Mint Macaron (2015-2017 and soon retiring!) and Sweet Sugarplum (2016-2018).  With the Big Shot adding touchable texture via the Petal Burst embossing folder and repeating circle shapes via the Layering Circle Framelits, this comes together in a snap.  It's a quick and easy card with plenty of modern elegance.  

I've listed and linked all the Stampin' Up! supplies I used below for your convenience.  Yes, I meant to indicate the Cucumber Crush Mini Striped Ribbon vs. the Mint Macaron Mini Striped Ribbon.  With plenty of white in the ribbon, Cucumber Crush--normally very bold and bright--becomes much softer.  The Cucumber Crush Mini Striped Ribbon adds a subtle pop of color and keeps things from becoming too much Mint Macaron.  I also used Cucumber Crush ink in small doses.  You can have too much of a good thing!  LOL!  Don't be afraid of mixing soft colors with bold ones.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Since we are in the Sale-a-Bration period, I would like to suggest some $50 ordering options for you whereby you can earn the Avant Garden stamps free.

  • Layering Circle Framelits ($35)
  • Cucumber Crush Mini Striped Ribbon ($8)
  • Embossing Folder ($7.50)
  • Total ($50.50)

 

  • Mint Macaron Card Stock ($8)
  • Cucumber Crush Mini Striped Ribbon ($8)
  • Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper ($5)
  • In Color Stampin' Markers, 2015-2017 ($15)
  • In Color Stampin' Markers, 2016-2018 ($15)
  • Total ($51)

You can use Stampin' Markers to ink up your stamps just like full ink pads!  Stampin' Markers save you money and space.  Although I prefer full ink pads for most of my work, some of my stamping friends use Stampin' markers all the time due to limited space.  Try it!

Shop here now in my online store, and please let me know if you have any questions at all--candy@sweetstamper.com

 

 


New Sale-a-Bration Items Coming Soon!

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I am loving the many great free Sale-a-Bration options this year.   Click here to see the Sale-a-Bration brochure, and make note of your favorites.  But wait...there's more to come!  Beginning February 21 and running through March 31 (or until supplies run out!) a 2nd release of free SAB options is coming our way:)  Way to go, Stampin' Up! Click here to see the 2nd Release flyer.

As a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, I got to pre-order the new items on February 1, and I ordered that day!  I had a team meeting the 7th and wanted to be able to share all the new products with my team.  Quick and easy cards is the genre I prefer for both designing and executing:)  I created this quick and easy card as one of the Make & Takes for the team meeting, and everyone loved it!

I predict that the runaway favorite item in the 2nd Release Sale-a-Bration options will be the 6 x 6 Glimmer Paper Assortment Pack.  Say that fast--LOL!   You get 4 sheets each of 3 colors--Bermuda Bay, Mint Macaron, and Sweet Sugarplum--for a total of twelve 6 x 6 sheets.  Both Mint Macaron and Sweet Sugarplum are In Colors, and Bermuda Bay is part of the Brights Collection. These Glimmer Papers are positively gorgeous!

Stylish Stems Framelit Dies (new in the Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog) really bring the glimmer paper to life with this peekaboo style image.  The very detailed flower cut through quickly and easily with the Stylish Stems Framelit Dies while using the Precision Base Plate.  With intricate dies like this one--with a laser cut look--you definitely need the Precision Base Plate.  By using it, the little cut pieces pop out quickly and easily.  Simply use the Big Shot Die Brush after cutting, (it comes with a little foam piece for super easy use) and they pop out effortlessly.  I have listed and linked all the Big Shot items below for your convenience.

You can't get those 2nd Release Sale-a-Bration items until February 21st.  I strongly advise you to email me your order (along with any questions at all you may have) so that I can place it for you on February 21st.    That way you will get your 2nd Release items as soon as they become available.  It is my honor and privilege to be your Stampin' Up! Demonstrator (unless you already have one) and make it easy for you to get what you need as well as all the free items possible.  

In fact, I encourage you to sign up for my email newsletter here as I will not only make sure you are aware of Stampin' Up! specials and stamping opportunities I offer (both live and online), I also give free project tutorials at least once a month.  Sign up today, and let me encourage your creativity while I serve you with joy! Click here to sign up free!