Happy birthday from another great year

Have you been enjoying my alternative cards using the Another Great Year kit? Are you ready to get your kit out and start creating some of your own cards? I sure hope I’ve lit a spark for you to try using your kit that is just sitting there on your shelf! It doesn’t do any good there, and you know you can always use fast, easy and ready to go cards at a moment’s notice!

Today’s card uses the small arrow heads or chevrons, depending on your perspective, paper from the Another Great Year kit. This was another of the paper patterns I tried many different things to create a card. When I was searching for papers to combine it with, I found my partially used Go Wild DSP stack with Basic Black, Whisper White and Tip Top Taupe colors. And found the perfect pattern – a black and white artistic brush stripe! I love stripes just as much, or maybe  a little more, than polka dots! Now black and gray are not your typical birthday celebration colors, right? So I sat in front of my Stampin’ Up! cardstock case to begin looking through the various options to pair with these two DSP papers. I decided on the Pear Pizzaz paper, I haven’t used that color in ages! So here’s my card:

The black & white stripe is framed with Basic Black and the gray arrows are framed with Basic Gray. I stamped the greeting in Basic Black using the Birthday Banners stamp set and cut it out with the Bunch of Banners framelits. I glued the banner to a scrap piece of Pear Pizzaz and fussy cut it out so there was a Pear Pizzaz border around my banner greeting. I put the card together and really liked how it looked, but wondered if the birthday greeting wouldn’t be “happier” if it was not in black, but Pear Pizzaz. So here’s the banner stamped in the Pear Pizzaz. It doesn’t stand out quite as much, but a birthday greeting in black might be a little depressing (but appropriate if it’s one of the “BIG” ones?). Which ink color do you like better on this card – Basic Black or the Pear Pizzaz?

Here’s what I used to make this card:

Thanks for stopping by this week! See you next week with a set of cards I made with my Go Wild DSP stack! A fun series of black, white and colors!


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Star blast with Another great year

Yesterday I shared my card using the beautiful garden of flowers sheet from my Another Great Year Paper Pumpkin kit. Today’s card is the back side of that paper. When I cut the flower garden side in half, almost all of the flowers were on the bottom piece. So I turned the remaining top piece over to get this great Smokey Slate and Whisper White artist brush stripe. I also pulled out my retired Go Wild DSP paper pack and found this great black & white giraffe print (at least that’s what it looks like to me?).

I put the card together and realized I needed something more, an additional color to go with the Island Indigo. After several combinations I decided on the Melon Mambo cut with the Star Blast banner. Then I just had to fill the stars with some bling! Did you notice the small star on the right of the banner? It’s the inner star from the middle star of the banner! And I embossed an even smaller star in the middle using my Lucky Stars embossing folder! I found a smaller star that matched the bigger one without other stars interfering with the image! How cool is that?!

I used the Vertical Greetings stamp set for the birthday greetings and offset the greeting. I took a picture and started writing my blog for today. As I was looking at the picture, I noticed the white band on the right side seemed too stark and the Smokey Slate band on the left blended too much into the top piece. I sat and look at this picture for several minutes and decided I really need to reverse the stripes, putting the white on the left and the Smoky Slate on the right. Here’s what it looks like now:

I had to move the inner framed pieces up on this card to cover the punched hole in the original piece, but I think it is balanced better at the top anyway! So which version do you like better, #1 or #2? Let me know!

Here’s what I used to make this card:

Up tomorrow, polka dots! Come see my creative, but very simple way to create a sentimental love card!


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Eastern Palace suite – opulence galore!

Opulent elegance, eastern mystery, vibrant colors and wonderful designs…doesn’t that make you think of mysterious and exotic Eastern palaces?. That’s what you get with this newly released, special bundle of Stampin’ Up! products. Starting today, through May 31 you can get special price on this bundle of products.

Watch this video to see how everyone is gathering to create some beautiful projects with this new suite of products.  Here’s the Eastern_Palace-bundles you can get starting today. Now, hop on by my website to check out this deal.

Need some ideas, download this Eastern-Palace-Tutorial and make these projects yourself!

Things you need to know:

  • Dates: May 1-31, 2017
  • Only the bundles will be available during this sales period; the individual items will not be available until the new 2017-18 annual catalog goes live on June 1, 2017.
  • The Starter or Premier bundles can be included as part of a new demonstrator’s starter kit (free items will be included), so if you were considering joining Stampin’ Up! to get this discount, this is a great time.
  • The new free items (Very Vanilla Note Cards & Envelopes and Very Vanilla Thick Cardstock) are only available with the purchase of a bundle.
  • The Very Vanilla Note Cards & Envelopes, Very Vanilla Thick Cardstock, and the new In Color Classic Stampin’ Pads won’t be available to you to purchase singly when the 2017-2018 annual catalog debuts on June 1, 2017. So this is your opportunity to get them early!
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Pink Pirouette and the Go Wild DSP?

Sounds like an unlikely combination to me. When I think of pink pirouette, I think little girl’s pink tutus and dance costumes, not wild animal prints. At least that’s what I thought when I was thumbing through all the Go Wild DSP patterns to see what colors to pair them with for what type of card. You know I love black & white themes, I love stripes and I love polka dots, but I never thought to combine them all into one until now! This was a fun combination to pull together. I was trying for an unusual color combination that I hadn’t tried before and the Pink Pirouette is another long time color that I haven’t used much or lately. I laid them out on my craft table and thought, why not?! And this is the result:

I use the last of my Another Great Year papers, the Smoky Slate stripes. I layered it over a piece of Basic Black to make it pop off the Pink Pirouette card base. The black polka dot is from the Go Wild DSP stack and I layered it on top of the stripes. I stamped the greeting using the You’re So Sweet stamp set in Basic Black onto a piece of the Pink Pirouette. I fussy cut it out around the frame, but it was quick and easy. I added dimensionals to the back of the greeting tag and popped it up on top. I can use this delightful card for a variety of occasions by just adding the appropriate greeting to the inside. Another quick and easy card, just what you need for that last minute card!

Here’s what I used to make this card:

Thanks for stopping by, I hope to see you back again tomorrow!

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