With the great promotion on DSP that Stampin' Up has on for the month of May, I figured it was time to use up some of the lovely papers I've been hoarding.LOL.And when the new catalogue is released later in the year there will be a whole new range to choose from, and those in my stash will be GONE from the range.
This sweet and simple birthday card is made using the Party This Way set on Page 39 of the current catalogue. Priced at $26.95 for a wood mount set and $21.95 for the clear mount, it is fantastic value. It is a great set of 5 stamps including "Happy Birthday", the candle, a balloon as seen on the next card, "Party This Way" and a pennant which matches the Petite Pennants Builder Punch on page 152. It can easily make an adult or child's card depending on the way you use it.
The floral strip on my card (above) is Beyond the Garden DS from the Summer mini, so is no longer available but you can use any patterned paper to help decide a colour scheme. I used Melon Mambo as the base with a Blushing Bride strip under the white panel which has been trimmed using the Scallop Trim Border punch on page 151 of the current idea book and catalogue. I did need to use the Stamp-a-ma-jig (don't you love its name?) to align all those candles. Inside has been trimmed with another strip of the same DSP edged with the Scallop Trim Border punch to tie in with the front and the greeting reads "the more candles the bigger the wish" from the retired Whimsical Words stamp set.
This is a CASE (copy & share everything) of my upline Sue Madex's card for the February Sale-A-bration Blog Hop. Blog Hops are a wonderful way to get creative inspiration and I always check into Sue's Blog regularly to see what fresh, new ideas she has. On my card you see the lovely balloon from Party This Way - can you imagine using a whole bunch of bright colours or even pastels and the "Party This Way" stamp on an arrow could easily substitute for the "Celebrate" I have used which was a Sale-a-bration bonus stamp set, Outlined Occasions.
I cased another card recently from fellow Stampin' Up demonstrator Ruth Clark whose work I greatly admire. She pays such attention to detail on both her cards and her scrapbooking pages.You can see her card in the background here with much more detail than mine, and her blog with some more fabulous cards and scrapbook LOs. She certainly helped inspire me with her use of the new (and available on special offer of buy 3 packs, get one free -only in May) Twitterpated DSP from the Autumn-Winter mini on page 13. Contact me here for your copy of the Autumn-Winter mini which sells from 1 April - 31 July.
This card is a real showcase for some of the lovely products from this mini. Besides the Twitterpated paper I added a fancy edge to the card with Edgelits DiesAdorning Accents(two in the set, the other is fancy scallop) and the Textured Impressions Embossing Folders Adorning Accents (three to this set, two match the edges, another is tiny hearts). Then I stamped the medium label stamp from the set Apothecary Art, page 19, onto watercolour paper, cut it out on my Big Shot using the Framelits Label die ( there are 6 in the set, so plenty of options) to fit this particular stamp and watercoloured those sweet little flowers with a blender pen and Stampin Write Markers. Apothecary Art is a set of 6 quite large stamps with 4 labels in different sizes and two greetings, the "So Grateful" (above) and "Happiest Birthday". The wood mount is $63.95 while the clear mount is $50.95. On the inside of the card I used one of the border stamps from Bordering on Romance on Page 11 of the catalogue and "happy mother's day" from Teeny Tiny Sentiments on page 105 of the Ideas Book & Catalogue. It is trimmed with some Boho Blossom punched from Basic Grey card and held with a brad and a couple of our Basic Jewel pearls top and bottom of the label.
I seem very long winded today, sorry if it is too long.