Banner Banter Birthday

Banner Banter

I made this fun and easy card for a friend’s birthday.  It uses the stamp set called Banner Banter.  This stamp set is in the current catalog and luckily it is going to be in next year’s catalog.  This set has a matching punch too, called Banner (duh!), which is always an awesome thing!  I made the longer banners using the same punch.  You can use the punch to make longer banners too.  Here is how you cut them:


Now, for a Madelyn commercial break!  This is one of the pictures that a professional photographer took when she was only a week old.  Don’t you just love those cheeks!?!


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A Summer Silhouettes Celebration

Summer Silhouettes, And Many More, Pictogram Punches

I made this card for a friend of mine who lives in Florida.  She used to live up here in the frozen North but she is smarter than me and moved to warmer weather.  Of course, I laugh at her during the summer when it is beautiful up here and sweltering hot in Florida.  I guess there is no perfect place to live (except Hawaii maybe).  I was going to send her a card with snow and cold things on it but then I would have to listen to her tell me how wonderful the weather is down there!  Good thing we are good friends and can kid each other!

I cut the oval out using the Ovals Collection Framelits to give the card a “framed” look.  I thought it made it look kind tropical!

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A Beach Break

By The Seashore

I think it is going to be a long winter for me.  It is only December and I have had enough already.  I am dreaming of going to Florida, walking the beach, and picking up shells.  I want to feel sunshine and warmth and not this cold, dreary weather we have up North.

I made this card using the By The Seashore stamp set.  It reminds me of warm weather.  It reminds me of Florida.  Luckily I will be going there at the end of January for the Stampin’ Up! Leadership Conference.  Until then, I can only dream about it and stay inside!

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A Bright & Beautiful Christmas

Bright & Beautiful, Striped Scallop

In case you didn’t know, Christmas is just around the corner.  You really need to be working on those cards in order to get them out on time.  Of course, some people mail their Christmas cards after the 25th.  I have a cousin who does.  I am not sure why, but she does it every year.  Maybe she figures her card will get lost with all the other cards being sent.

I made this Christmas card using a stamp set from the Holiday Catalog called Bright and Beautiful.  This set has matching Star Framelits so you don’t need to cut out any stars.  Your Big Shot will do it for you!  The half circles are actually part of a Thinlit called Striped Scallop.  I love this Thinlits but you have to remember to use waxed paper between the die and the cardstock so the cut cardstock comes out easily.

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The Open Sea

The Open Sea

The Open Sea stamp set is one of those sets you can use for a masculine birthday card.  I don’t know if men really care too much about cards unless, of course, they have money or a gift card inside it.  I still try to make them anyway.  It does let the person know you are thinking about them even if they don’t really care for cards.

My husband is a sailor and he tries to teach me all these nautical knots.  I do really well at making them until the next time.  By then, I have completely forgotten how to do it and he has to start all over again.  I used Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine to make this nautical knot for this card.  Here is a close up of it.


It came out pretty cute, don’t you think?  Rob will be so proud of me when he sees it.  I just hope he doesn’t ask me to show him how to make it because I have already forgotten!  I know.  I am hopeless.

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A Sea Street Birthday

Sea Street

I made this card using the sStampin’ Up! stamp set called Sea Street.  It is such a cute stamp set.  It has an octopus, lobster, crab and these great nautical flags.  It is also a great set to use for a masculine card.  I cut out the stamped images using the 1″ Square Punch and then cut out a piece of Real Red using the Postage Stamp Punch.  The sentiment is from And Many More (a set everyone needs!).  The raindrop Designer Series Paper is from Back to Black.  As you can probably tell from the name, every sheet is black and white.  During the month of July you can buy 3 Designer Series Paper Packs and get one free!


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Graduation Card With Flower Patch

Flower Patch

This is supposed to be a graduation card for my niece.  The problem is that I went online to look up the school colors and they are black and gray.  Well, black and gray might be ok for a nephew but this niece of mine is a girly girl so those colors would never do.  I did notice that some of the pictures she posted on Facebook had her in a uniform that was black but either had a splash of red or pink so I picked pink.  I suppose I could have done a Class of 2014 graduation card, but again, she is a girly girl so I wanted to make an appropriate card.

To make this card I used the new Striped Scallop Thinlits Die for the background.  I did use black so at least she got one of her school colors!  Remember, when you use this die, make sure you put waxed paper between the die and the cardstock for easy removal.  The flowers are from the new Photopolymer Stamp Set called Flower Patch.  This set is a two step stamp set, which is terrific and being clear, it is easy to line up.  The sentiment is from And Many More.

Congratulation Sarah!  We are proud of you!

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Pictogram Punches

Pictogram Punches

I made this card using another new Stampin’ Up! stamp set called Pictogram Punches.  This stamp set goes with a set of punches called Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.  The punch set has a flower, star and heart punch and this stamp set has matching two matching heart stamps, two stars and two flowers (plus some other cute stamps such as the vase I used).  The sentiment I used is from And Many More.  I love the different fonts in this set.  Finally, what is a birthday card without a little bling?!?  I put a Rhinestone on each of the flowers just to add a little sparkle!

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World Of Dreams

World Of Dreams, Work Of Art

This card uses a lot, I mean A LOT of different stamp sets that are in the new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.  The black flowers are from a set called World of Dreams.  I love this set (ok, I admit, I love a lot of sets).  It has four different silhouette stamps.  The color swooshes (is that a word?) is from the stamp set called Work of Art and the sentiment is from And Many More.  This is the new set that will replace Teeny Tiny Wishes in my heart.  I like it even better because the fonts are all different on these stamps where Teeny Tiny Wishes all have the same font.

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Little Letters Thinlits

Little Letters Thinlits

As soon as I saw a card using this technique with the Little Letters Thinlits Dies and I knew I had to order them.  I honestly can not remember the web site where I found this idea so if it was your web site, please let me know and I will give you credit for it.  If you look closely the letters are attached to the card base.  Here is a close up picture so you can hopefully see this better.

Little Letters Thinlits Dies

Can you see how the base of the letters are attached?  Here is a quick tutorial on how I did it.

First, you line up the letters you want to use on a straight line.  I used the Stampin’ Up! Grid Paper to do this.


Then I placed a piece of painter’s tape to keep the letters in place.  I do recommend putting the painter’s tape to a piece of clothing first to take some of the stickiness out so it doesn’t stick to your cardstock.


Then you take a piece of 5.5 x 4.25 piece of cardstock (Always Artichoke) and just slip it underneath the letters so only a little bit is on top of the cardstock.


Add a second piece of painter’s tape to hold it in place lining up the tape exactly to the top of the piece of cardstock.  This holds the letters in place as well as giving you something to line up your Big Shot plates with.


Lay the letters with the Always Artichoke cardstock over a piece of 5.5 x 8.5 piece of cardstock (Bermuda Bay) so that the ends of both pieces of cardstock match perfectly and put it on your Big Shot Multipurpose Platform and one Big Shot Plate.


Lay the second Big Shot Plate (I know mine look awful but they work fine!) and line it up to the top of the painter’s tape without actually placing it on the painter’s tape at all.


Then you run it through your Big Shot and all the letters will be cut out except the little portion that was not under the plate.  When you turn it over you can see where most of the letters cut through except where you did not have a plate on top of.

DSC02239Now just make a score line and fold the card without folding over the letters.


Cut your cardstock to the desired length of card and decorate.  I used one of the cards from the Project Life Everyday Adventure Card Collection, the new punch called What’s Up and the stamp sets called And Many More.

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