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! Wonderful Romance for Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

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Good Thursday to you all. I have been absent for a couple of weeks. My goodness, how does one get so busy?? For me, it is pretty easy. Either I don’t move very fast, or I take on more than I probably should. The jury is out as to which is the true reason. Anyway, I am here today to share with you blog hoppers a card made with the lovely, lovely stamp and die bundle, Wonderful Romance. I have been wanting to use this set for some time and have lots of ideas, only one of which I will share with you today.

Our challenge for today’s hop is color, specifically Fresh Fig, Mossy Meadow and Petal Pink. I like working with these colors, so we should end up with a smashing card! Also, we have a great group of talented ladies on this hop, so, please join us.

Here are our colors: This is the card I created using these colors. I had a hard time deciding which color to use as my card base, but I think this is the best way to go. I used a Mossy Meadow card base and cut the front with the Wonderful Romance edgelit in the bundle. I had seen many cards using this lovely die and wanted to use it in my card. Most of the ones I saw used it straight up, but Linda Bedinger put hers on the diagonal, which I copied here.


I simply cut my card base, laid the die on the front so the lower two leaves were very near the edge and both top and bottom seemed to be centered vertically. Behind it I used Tear & Tape to adhere a panel of the Floral Romance Designer Series Paper to a same-size panel of Whisper White. The first strip of the tape is along the diagonal, which I simply measured at top and bottom from the edge to determine the placement. Another strip of tape along the edge near the fold secures the gorgeous vellum to the Whisper White. I then used more Tear & Tape to adhere this panel to the back of the front of the card.

The floral piece was stamped in Stazon Ink on Whisper White and colored with my Stampin’ Write Markers, Petal Pink, Fresh Fig, Soft Sea Foam and Mossy Meadow, and cut with the corresponding die in the bundle. Stampin’ Dimensionals adhere this to the front.


I also cut some smaller leaves and a berry spray from Mossy Meadow and Fresh Fig. These emboss nicely and add more dimension to the card front.

The sentiment from Humming Along was stamped in Petal Pink on Whisper White and cut with the Everyday Label Punch. I used the Petal Pink Stampin’ Write Marker to make little stitch marks around the edge, just to dress it up a bit. Adhesion of this piece was also with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Liquid Glue was used to attach the extra leaves and berrys under the floral focal and over the sentiment label.

On the inside, a mat of Fresh Fig sets off the Petal Pink liner, to which attached the 1/4″ strip of Designer Series Paper that I had cut from the front panel with another piece of Tear & Tape. This paper is just to pretty to throw away even a small strip. The sentiment here was stamped in Fresh Fig and is found in the Special Celebrations stamp set. All layers are adhered with Liquid Glue.


The envelope flap got more of the DSP, while the large leaf stamp in Wonderful Romance was stamped a couple of times on the front of the envelope in Mossy Meadow.

If you don’t have this stamp and die bundle, you might want to add it to your wish list. There are SO many possibilities here. I will definitely be using this one often. The sentiments in the set are in a lovely font, but there is not one for a birthday. This would be great for a sympathy, get well, thinking of you, Congratulations, or just about any occasion you can think of.

On with the blog now. Just click the Next button to go to the very creative Amy Koenders’ Blog, or click on any name to go there.

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Shelagh Freemantle

Mary Deatherage

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Julie Johnston – You are Here

CARD CUTS: Mossy Meadow: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″, leaves 2″ square; Whisper White: panel under DSP 4-1/8″ x 5-1/2″, floral focal 4″ x 4″, sentiment label 2″ x 3″; Fresh Fig: flower sprig 1-1/2″ x2″, inside mat 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″; Petal Pink: inside liner 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″; Floral Romance Designer Series Paper: panel behind die cut edge 4-1/8″ x 5-1/2″, strip on inside liner 1/4″ x 5-1/8″

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Stampin’ Up! Country Livin’ for a man

Good Friday morning to you all out there in Cyber land. It is cold again in the heartland, but I think this card is cozy for a man with a February birthday. And, it’s red, so if you just change the sentiment it could be a Valentine card. Add an enameled heart shape and there you go!

I began this card with a Real Red card base. Next, I Liquid Glued a panel of the red and black plaid that I had on hand in my scraps from a previous project to a Basic Black mat.

The red and black plaid just said ‘country’ to me, so I followed that theme and stamped the boots from Country Livin’ in Memento Tuxedo Black on a piece of light colored Wood Textures DSP. These were colored in with my Light and Dark Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blends Markers. The sentiment, from Happy Birthday Gorgeous, was also stamped in Tuxedo Black. Somehow that just didn’t look right, and since I had used my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to place it in the correct spot, I simply cleaned my stamp, re-inked it in Real Red and stamped over the black. The Stamp-A-Ma-Jig allowed me to get a perfect placement over the black.

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This was adhered with Liquid Glue to a die-cut black mat. These rectangular dies are from Scrapbooking Made Simple, and I thought made the perfect mat for the sentiment panel. This panel was then attached, off center, to the matted card front panel with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Using some Linen Thread I wrapped it around the card front three times and taped it on the back. A loopy bow is tied on to the three strands and the completed front is adhered to the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

For the inside, I die-cut another black mat and Liquid Glued a smaller piece of the plaid to it. To this I adhered the sentiment panel, again with Liquid Glue. The sentiment is stamped in Real Red, again on a panel of Wood Textures DSP, and is from an old set that I don’t even remember what it is. There are several sentiments in the set though.

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This completes the card. The Whisper White Medium Envelope was finished with another pair of boots, stamped the same as the front of the card, and the flap received another piece of the red and black plaid.

I enjoyed making this card and was pleased with the outcome. I hope you enjoy it as well.

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Card Cuts for today: Real Red: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″; Basic Black: front base mat 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″, front sentiment mat 2-7/8″ x 4-3/8″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″; Plaid paper: front 4″ x 5-1/4″, inside 3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″; Wood Textures DSP: front 2-1/2″ x 4″, inside 2-3/4″ x 4″

NON-Stampin’ Up! products used for this card: dies from Scrapbooking Made Simple,  red plaid paper from my stash, and inside sentiment (unknown)

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