Stampin’ Up! Happy 13th Birthday Eclipse

Today is supposed to be chilly and sunny, a perfect prescription for Spring. My crocus are blooming and the tulips are poking through the leaves I have not yet raked. They won’t get done today either as I have an all day meeting to attend. Ah, well!


Today’s card is also of the masculine kind, albeit for a 13 year old. This is a VERY special birthday…becoming a teen. Then, they can’t wait to be 16 so they can get a driver’s license. And so it goes. We all remember, don’t we??

I started with a Bermuda Bay card base and added a Calypso Coral mat. I wanted it to be bright and not at all feminine, so about the only Designer Series Paper I have on hand is the Bubbles and Fizz, now retired. I used this for the Eclipse part of the card. I am sure you have something in your stash that will work just as well.


Using the now retired Large Numbers Framelits, I cut out 4 of each number in Calypso Coral and one of each from the Bubbles and Fizz. These were stacked and glued together with Liquid Glue. I then used Liquid Glue to adhere the Bubbles and Fizz card front to the Calypso Coral mat, and glued the numbers in their spot.


The Happy Birthday Thinlits cut in Calypso Coral and cut apart (the two words are connected) were glued to the left of the numbers. This makes a rather busy, but bright and cheerful card.

On the inside I glued a mat of Calypso Coral topped with another mat of Bubbles and Fizz. Liquid Glue was use throughout this card…no dimensionals!

For the liner, I stamped the two sentiments from Happy Birthday Gorgeous in Bermuda Bay. The balloons are also from that stamp set and are stamped in Daffodil Delight, Bermuda Bay and Calypso Coral. I made a mask and used it to make the balloons appear as a bunch without overlapping the colors.


The balloon strings and candles are from the Birthday Backgrounds stamp set. There are several balloon strings  on the stamp, so I chose which I wanted to use, then colored it with my Stampin’ Write Markers to match the balloon.

The candles (all thirteen of them) were colored with my Calypso Coral Stampin’ Write Marker and the flames in Daffodil Delight. I ‘huffed’ on these to moisten the ink, then stamped them across the bottom of the liner. There are only 9 on the stamp, so I repeated the process for 4 more to make 13 candles.

To finish this panel, I used my Bermuda Bay Stampin’ Write Marker to make ‘stitch’ lines around the edge.

I think this is a card a teen will like..not too fussy and sort of fun. This is a bit outside my comfort zone as I don’t usually make bright colored cards. But, for a change, it was fun.

The envelope (you guessed it!) has more of the Bubble and Fizz DSP on the flap. I stamped more balloons on the front and just drew in the strings with my Stampin’ Write Markers. I did this because I had already cleaned my stamp and didn’t want to do it again. Call me lazy!



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CARD CUTS: Bermuda Bay: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″; Calypso Coral: (cut 2) inside and front mats 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″, happy birthday 3-1/2″ x 4″; Whisper White: inside Liner 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″; Bubbles and Fizz Designer Series Paper: (cut2) front and inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, envelope flap 2-1/4″ x 6″

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Stampin’ Up! Tropical Flamingo for Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

Good Thursday to you all! Time again to see what my creative team members have done with today’s color challenge. To me it says summer, tropical, and flamingos! Did you know there are 6 kinds of flamingos? All are large, pink and very easily distinquished from other birds. It is a gorgeous sight to see hundreds of them feeding at the edge of a lake.

Here is our challenge.

August 9 color challenge

Bright, eh? Well, here is what I created for this challenge. These colors are W-A-Y outside my comfort zone. I rarely use bright colors except perhaps as an accent color. But, WOW! These are bright! OK, enough chit-chat…on with the hop.

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I began by stamping a panel of Calypso Coral in Versamark with the little hibiscus flower in the Tropical Chic stamp set. I used the stamped off once technique.  By the way, everything on this card is either Tropical Chic or Flirty Flamingo, so I won’t repeat myself every time I stamp or die cut. That is, except for the inside sentiment, which is from Rooted in Nature.

This panel became the mat for the art piece. I then decided to do the same thing for a mat on the inside, using the stamped off once technique except for once when I forgot to do that. I decided it added interest so I left it. I really like this look. It adds a little somethin’ somethin’ to the card without making it, well, I was going to say ‘too busy’, but this card is definitely busy!

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The next layer is from the Tropical Escape Designer Series Paper Pack. I am surprised I like this pack so much. It is great! This panel was dry embossed using the new Subtles 3D Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder. I should have stamped the Flamingo legs before I embossed, but I didn’t and decided it wasn’t worth discarding it. It would have been difficult to know where to put the legs until after I had added the scalloped square anyway. This was Liquid Glued to the Calypso Coral mat.

I proceeded to die cut several leaves from Shaded Spruce and Soft Sea Foam. I stamped and die cut several hibiscus flowers (stamped off once in Calypso Coral on Whisper White) also. Using another piece of Tropical Escape DSP, I die cut the decorative square and Liquid Glued it to a Shaded Spruce mat cut with a scalloped Layering Squares Framelit.

I stamped the flamingo using the two step stamp, first stamping off once with the solid one, then the details in full strength Melon Mambo. Using my Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker, I added some black feathers, part of the bill and his eye. I think it is a male. Who knows?

Everything was dry fitted, then the flamingo legs were stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black. I glued down the decorative matted square and placed the flamingo. It is adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The leaves were layered around the flamingo, with the large roundish one Liquid glued first. I die cut one detailed palm in Old Olive just for some interest as I decided there was too much of the same colors of green. This was glued over the fat leaf. The long, layered palm is adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The smaller leaf is Liquid glued, with the detail added with a Stampin’ Dimensional. I stamped the detail in Old Olive on Soft Sea Foam.

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The hibiscus flowers were adhered over the leaves, two of them with Stampin’ Dimensionals and one glued directly.

The sentiment is stamped in Shaded Spruce on Whisper White and die cut using a die from the Lilypad Lake Bundle which was longer than I needed. I cut one end, only going halfway through the sentiment. To make it shorter, I then put the end of the die where I wanted it on the other end, making sure it clicked into the already cut sides. To do this you just need to put the top plate of your sandwich where you want it to stop cutting. Voila! a perfectly sized sentiment banner. I used my Melon Mambo Stampin’ Write Marker to edge the sentiment piece.

At this point I thought I was finished with the front of the card, but the lower left side looked bare. Some grass stamped twice without re-inking in Shaded Spruce fixed that issue and this tropical paradise is finished.

The inside boasts the second Versamark stamped Calypso Coral mat and another panel from Tropical Escape DSP. This was stamped in stamped off once Shaded Spruce for the leaves and the Rooted in Nature sentiment. Both pieces are adhered with Liquid glue.

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The envelope front (no naked envelopes here) has a stamped off once palm leaf in Shaded Spruce and 3 stamped off twice hibiscus flowers in Calypso Coral. The flap has another piece of the DSP.

I hope you like this card. I am surprised that I like it since I rarely use bright colors. But, I do, I do. It is fun and cheerful.

Now, on with the hop. Just click on the NEXT button to see what Amy has in store for you.

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Mary Deatherage

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Karen Finkle

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Stampin’ Up! Cool Treats Birthday

Good Friday Morning Everyone! We have had some springlike weather the past couple of days, but the meteorologist says we are back to ‘normal’ winter weather next week, whatever THAT is! Colder for sure, and windy. He also said we can have warmth, cold, rain, snow, and wind. In other words, Mother Nature can throw just about anything, or all of it, at us!

My card today is for a guy whose business is Frozen Custard, so I thought I would use the now retired Cool Treats Designer Series Paper (you can substitute whatever for your card) for his birthday. He also wears, get this, ORANGE BOW TIES! I am never sure whether or not I should claim him! 🙂

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Anyway, the card is kind of cute, I think, and I hope he likes it.

I started with a Calypso Coral card base and adhered a mat made from the DSP that resembles a waffle cone to it with Liquid Glue. To the left of center I attached a strip from the DSP with the sundaes all over it, after I had cut the end with my Triple Banner Punch. I use this punch a lot.

Using the Layering Squares Framelits I cut a square a little less than 3″, but I don’t remember which die I used. Measure it. From Whisper White I cut a slightly smaller square, maybe 2-3/4″? with the stitched Shapes Framelits. It was the largest of the stitched shape squares. To this I stamped the sentiment in Calypso Coral with a stamp from the Picture Perfect Birthday. Liquid Glue holds it to the Calypso Coral mat.

From a scrap of the Sundae paper (not the Sunday Paper!), I fussy cut one sundae, attached a couple of Mini Stampin’ dimensionals and adhered it to the square. At this point I Liquid Glued the focal squares to the front of the card.

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Since he wears orange bow ties, I wanted to get a bow tie on there somehow, so I cut one from Calypso Coral card stock, softened it up some with my bone folder and put it together with Glue Dots. It is adhered to the square with Liquid Glue. Stampin’ Up! has a very informative video on how to use this punch. You can find it here.

Now that the front is done, let’s tackle the inside of the card. I think the inside should show as much care as the front, so I try to make them look really nice. For this one, I again used the ‘waffle cone’ paper for the base mat, and the sundaes for the second mat.

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For the sentiment panel, I used Whisper White, stamped with a Calypso Coral sentiment from the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set. To help it stand out from the mat, I simply ran the edge of the panel over my Calypso Coral ink pad. Makes a nice, neat edge, not too wide.

For the envelope I fussy cut a row of the sundaes in their little squares and Liquid Glued them across the bottom of the front of the envelope. The Waffle Cone paper covers the flap.

It is a bit of an unusual card for a guy, but perfect for this particular guy I think.

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Card Cuts: Calypso Coral: card base 5-1/2″ x  8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″, square mat 3″ x 3″, bow tie 4″x 4″(punch out 2 ties); Cool Treats Designer Series Paper: (waffle cone)front mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, envelope flap 2-1/2″ x 6″, (sundaes)front banner 1-1/2″ x 4-1/2″, inside mat #two 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″, cut out sundae from scrap for sentiment panel, 6″ strip fussy cut for front of envelope; Whisper White: stitched square 2-3/4″ x 2-3/4″, inside panel 3″ x 4-1/4″.

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Stampin’ Up! Beautiful You

A good Monday morning to Everyone! I hope your weekend was a good one and you are looking forward to another week. Every day is a blessing. My weekend was wonderful, spent mostly with family and celebrating birthdays.

Today’s card is one I made for my youngest granddaughter who will turn 20 this week and doesn’t want to talk about it. She is a lovely young lady, college student, and I am proud of her.

I started with a Calypso Coral card base and a Cajun Craze mat. The background for my sentiment circle was done with Ranger Oxide Inks in Worn Lipstick, Peeled Paint, Wild Honey, and Candied Apple on a piece of Whisper White card stock. I spritzed it and smooshed it until I had the background I wanted, then let it dry thoroughly and cut it to size.wild wing creations-4

You could hasten the drying with your heat tool, but I had other projects going so I just set it aside to dry naturally. This was Liquid Glue to the Cajun Craze mat.

After rubbing the painted panel with my Embossing Buddy and using the retired Kinda Eclectic, I stamped the sunburst in Versamark ink.The little dot cluster from Timeless Textures was also stamped in Versamark. I love the Copper Embossing Powder, especially with the shades of orange and yellow. This I heat embossed using my Heat Tool.

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Using the Beautiful You stamp set, I stamped the girl in Smoky Slate ink on Whisper White, then colored her with my Stampin’ Blends. The light Pumpkin Pie is her dress, and the dark Pumpkin Pie is her hat. Light Pink Pirouette served as the skin color and Light Crumb Cake for her hair.

Over this I stamped the sentiment, also from Beautiful You, in Versamark and heat set the Copper Embossing powder with my Heat Tool.

I cut the circle using my Stitched Shapes largest circle and Liquid Glued it to a scalloped Cajun Craze circle cut with the Layering Circles die.

I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the layered circles to the card front, over the embossed sunburst, offsetting it so that some of the rays peeked out from behind the circle. I had planned to use copper trim, but it was too much, so left it off.

For the inside, I stamped the flourish from from Timeless Textures in Pumpkin Pie in both upper corners of the Whisper White panel. The swoosh under the sentiment is from Beautiful You, also in Pumpkin Pie.

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The sentiment is an old one I have had a while and do not remember where I got it. It is stamped in Calypso Coral. This panel was Liquid Glued to a Cajun Craze mat and into the card base.

This completes the card. On to the envelope, which shall NOT remain naked!

To prevent ‘bleed through’ of the Stampin’ Blends, I inserted a piece of cardboard into the envelope before I colored in the stamped (Smoky Slate) image, using the same colors as on the card.

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The flap received a Calypso Coral sunburst from Kinda Eclectic.

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I hope you like this card.

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Non Stampin’ Up products used: Ranger Distress Oxide Ink, inside sentiment

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