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March Cards

Hello Stamping Friends,

March was a fun month with the Elizabeth Stamp A Stack, the bimonthly club, and Sale A Bration events!  You have through tomorrow, March 31, to place an order of at least $50 and get a free stamp set.  Subscribe to Paper Pumpkin for three months and you would qualify for the free Sale A Bration set.  The April Paper Pumpkin will include two stamp sets to celebrate Paper Pumpkin’s third birthday and shipment of their one millionth kit!  The kits just keep getting better and the three month subscription is on sale for $55.  Go to my online store and use item #137859.  Instructions will be sent to your email with a redemption code for the 3 months you have purchased.


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The most popular Sale A Bration free set in my events was the “What I Love” stamp set.  I did a Triple Time Stamping card to demonstrate this stamp set.

What I Love

What I Love Inside

For the next card, I used the Party Wishes stamp set,  the Confetti Embossing Folder and the Party Punch Pack casing the card in the Occasions catalog:

Party WishesParty Wishes Inside

The embossing folder is sponged in the three colors, Melon Mambo, Pool Party, and Crushed Curry before running it through the Big Shot.  Sponge the side with the indents if you want the confetti to be white like it is here.  The confetti behind the cake is created by coloring only the confetti of the Make a Wish stamp with a marker.   For the inside Happy Birthday, I used the Wet Wipe Technique, placing several drops of reinker on a wet wipe (placed on a silicone sheet to protect your work surface) and then use that for your ink pad!  Voila!  Lots of random color!  The Melon Mambo balloon is stamped and punched, the cupcakes are colored with a marker, stamped and punched, and the candle on the cake is colored, stamped and punched.  All three punches come in the Party Punch Pack.  The cake is fussy cut and popped up after attaching thick twine with glue dots!   One stamper used Perfect Plum instead of Melon Mambo for a more masculine card.

The following card uses another embossing folder technique-Stamping With An Embossing Folder.  This is simply inking up your embossing folder and then using it to stamp on your card.  I used the Honeycomb Embossing Folder and Sahara Sand Ink and purposely left some areas of the folder uninked for a subtle background:

Kinda Eclectic 2Kinda Eclectic 2 InsideThe Whisper White paper is cut at 8″ X 5 1/4″ and scored at 4″.  It is adhered to a piece of Blackberry Bliss cut at 4 1/4″ X 5 1/2″.  This gives a nice alternative to our standard layering.  The greetings are from the Rose Wonder stamp set and stampers could choose from a variety of greetings in that stamp set to create the perfect card.  Kinda Eclectic was used for the sunbeams and greenery, and the butterflies are from the stamp set Papillon Potpourri. There are matching small and large punches to make quick and beautiful butterflies.  The little flowers are from the Itty Bitty Punch set and gold metallic thread is looped behind the greeting.  The silver metallic thread is used for antennae on the large butterfly.

My favorite card for this month is a birthday card using the Party Pop Up Thinlits Dies:

Party Pop UpParty Pop Up InsideThe paper is from the “It’s My Party Designer Series Paper Stack”.  Page 5 of the Occasions catalog.  The Hip Hip Hooray is cut out using the Thinlit Die.  The confetti pieces from cutting it out were used on the inside for a little extra bit of celebration!

“A Day All About You” is from the Birthday Blossoms stamp set on page 8 of the big catalog.  It is cut out with one of the Handpicked Framelits.  “make a WISH” is from the Party Wishes stamp set and the banners are made using the little banner punch.  The “make a WISH” greeting is colored with a black marker and stamped on a piece of the Designer Series Paper which has matching confetti on a white background instead of black.  A black frame is made with the 1 1/2″ circle punch.  A piece of black confetti Designer Series Paper measuring 3 3/4″ X 5″ is placed behind the cut out, just down from the candle flames so the flames in the back of the cutout show the Crushed Curry cardstock.  The strips on the side are 3/8″ X 5 1/4″.  I was conserving paper by making strips.  You could just as well have an 8 1/4″ X 5 1/4″ piece of the designer paper adhered to the main card stock.  Cut a piece of copy paper 3 3/4″ wide to slip under the Happy Birthday cutout so that you can sponge the base, the words and the candles.  Use sticky notes to protect the sides so you don’t sponge more than you want colored.

The balloons are punched with our new large balloon punch.  The sides are sponged and a sparkle is added with the white gel pen.  A glue dot holds the twine on the back of the balloon and a bow is added on top.

Main Cardstock:  Crushed Curry  8 1/2″  X  5 1/2″  Scored at 4 14″

Black Confetti Designer Series Paper:  5 3/8″  X  4 1/8″

Shimmery White Cardstock for outside:  4 1/2″  X 3 1/2″

Scrap of same at least 3 1/2″ long for the greeting

Shimmery White for inside:  8 1/4″  X 5 1/4″

This is a fun card to make!

Click HERE to see a video from Stampin’ Up!

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Happy Easter

Hello Stamping Friends,

I have so many cards to show you!  Let’s start with Easter, though it is a bit late for you to CASE (copy and share everything!)  If you need a few last minute cards, Donna Truitt, our Stampalosopher teammate, had a beautiful card for the Elizabeth Stamp A Stack.

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The card uses the Work of Art Stamp Set, the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder and the Oval Framelit #5-(counting from smallest to largest).  The greenery is from the Bird Builder Punch; the Petite Petal Punch with a pearl center makes the flowers.  The wing from the Bird Builder Punch is used for the large leaf at the top.  The banner is from the Hearts A Flutter Framelits set (retired) and the greeting is from the Circle of Spring stamp set. You could make a few of these in no time!

Soft Sky:  8 1/2″ X  5 1/2″  Scored at 4 1/4″

Whisper White Top Layer 4″ X 5 1/4″  and egg layer of 3 3/4″  X  5″

Scraps and Inks:  Pear Pizzaz, So Saffron, Blushing Bride, Wisteria Wonder, and Soft Sky

I wanted to send Donna an Easter card and couldn’t send her the same one she taught us to make, so I did a bit of revising:


I purchased the Bloomin’ Heart Thinlits Dies intending to use it for a Valentine card but chose to make something else, so the set was paid for but totally neglected – until now!  I followed Donna’s example with the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder but went down a size in the Ovals Framelits and used the #4 Oval so I could fill most of the egg with the cut-out.  An extra pink flower was placed at the top where the heart shape left a bit of a blank.  The Work of Art Stamp Set was used to create the color before cutting out the Bloomin’ Heart:


I was delighted with the Bloomin’ Love stamp set and Thinlits Dies.  The stamp has a little guide for stamping so that you can cut out a perfect flower with the thinlit that also has a little guide:

Bloomin' LoveBut you do need to mark how you stamped!  Hmmm….. we could have made shamrocks with this set.  I sure hope it carries over into the new catalog coming June 1.  The greenery that you have never seen is Stampin’ Up!  Check it out:

Bloomin' Heart Thinlet DieIt is a little piece of the Thinlit!  I love how the little buds look and one leaf looks like a heart!  So cool. The greeting is from Teeny Tiny Wishes stamped on the banner in the Bloomin Love stamp set.  I fussy cut the banner but it does have a framelit in the Large Numbers Framelit Dies set on page 10 of the Occasions catalog.

And for the inside:

EasterInside2016I have used this sunburst from Kinda Eclectic so many times.  Celebrating and Sunshine are both in the Crazy About You Stamp set and I used the retired Family Reunion set for the Son stamp.  The corner stamp is another stamp in the Bloomin’ Love set with an additional thinlit flower cut out with the Big Shot.  The flowers can be stamped solid or there is also a stamp with just the flower outline.  A great set with lots of versatility!

I used Soft Sky for the base and our shimmery white card stock for the layers.

Inks:  Wisteria Wonder, Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi, Pink Pirouette

Contact me if you have any questions.

Have a wonderful day and be sure and check out the sales this week, the pearls are on sale!  I will be back with the other cards from the Stamp A Stack, the club cards, and the special Sale A Bration cards.



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