Stampin’ Up! Special Reason Birthday

Hey, y’all!  Hope your weekend is going well.  We’re back to cold-ish.  Not as bad as it was a few weeks ago, but…cold for us.  I suppose it’s only to be expected!  Being January and all.

Finn LOVES the cold!  We have a hard time getting him to come in – we’ll look out and he’s chilling on the golf cart seat!  With the wind blowing his fur.  Goofball.

Saturday, though, when he was inside, he was defnitely wanting some lap time. Every time I looked up, he was standing by the chair giving me…the look. So we did a lot of cuddling!

I pulled his collars off to give his little neck a break – they get itchy, you know!  He loves to chew chains.  Have I told you that?  No?  Well – he does.  We do not know why.  So I’ll hand him his martingale collar – which is part chain and part nylon strap.  And he carries it around and lays down and chews it.  

And brings it with him to my lap!

This was half in – half out.  🙂  Look at those little feet and that freckly nose!

My card for today uses one of my very favorite-est bundles in the Occasions catalog – the Special Reason bundle.  I have all my fingers and toes crossed that this one carries over.  Y’all cross everything, too, okay?  For this card, I used just the Special Reason stamp set and the coordinating Stylish Stems Framelits.  And I pulled in some This Christmas DSP.  Take a look-see:

This little baby played along with three challenges.  The first is a sketch challenge from CAS(E) This Sketch:

The color scheme came from the Color Throwdown challenge this week.

And, finally, the CASual Friday challenge…

I started with one of my favorite pieces of designer paper – the sheet music from the Annual Catalog This Christmas DSP.  To make the diagonal element of the sketch, I ran a line of Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue around the bottom of my paper and adhered a piece of Very Vanilla on an angle.  Then I just trimmed the excess!  I lightly sponged the edges of the panel with Sweet Sugarplum and adhered it to a Sweet Sugarplum mat.

Across the seam, I ran a length of Mint Macaron 3/8″ Sheer Linen Ribbon, securing it in the back with scotch tape.  Then I popped the whole thing over a Mint Macaron mat with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I made my flowers by stamping Very Vanilla card stock with the images in the Special Reason stamp set.  I make a large Soft Sky flower, a large stamped-off-once Sweet Sugarplum flower and a small full-strength Sweet Sugarplum flower.  I also stamped two stamped-off-once Mint Macaron leaves.  Then I cut them all out with the appropriate die in the Stylish Stems Framelits.  These are the dies that cut fully around the stamped images.

Then I used the detailed framelits to cut matching detailed flowers from Sweet Sugarplum, Soft Sky and Mint Macaron card stock.  I used Liquid Glue to adhere each detailed flower over its matching stamped flower.

The sentiment, from Special Reason, is stamped in Sweet Sugarplum on a Very Vanilla strip, that I bannerized on one end with my Paper Snips.  I edged the banner with my Mint Macaron Stampin’ Write Marker.  Then I used some Liquid Glue and adhered the banner to the the back of my small Sweet Sugarplum flower.

I used Liquid Glue to adhere all but the small flower and banner to the card front.  For that, I popped it on with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I added three small Soft Sky dots from the Subtles Enamel Shapes and the card front was done!

On the inside, I stamped another Special Reason sentiment in Sweet Sugarplum on a Very Vanilla panel.  Over the top of that, I stamped a small Soft Sky flower.  Using a sticky note mask, I added two stamped-off-once Mint Macaron leaves.  Then I lightly sponged the edges of the panel with Sweet Sugarplum.

I SNAILd the panel to a Sweet Sugarplum and Mint Macaron mat and into my Soft Sky card base, SNAILd the card front on – and the card was done!

My Very Vanilla Medium Envelope got another Soft Sky flower and Mint Macaron (stamped off once) leaves on the front…

…and more of the wonderful This Christmas DSP on the envelope flap.

Et Voila!  Special Reason and the Stylish Stems Framelits – what a wonderful flower set!  I know we have a lot of flowers in our catalogs – but…these are really some of the prettiest and most versatile, I think!  Hope you like!

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Soft Sky Card Stock: 4 1/4″ x 11″ (card base, scored and folded at 5 1/2″); Stylish Stems die cut

Mint Macaron Card Stock: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (mats for card front and for inner liner); Stylish Stems die cuts

Sweet Sugarplum Card Stock: 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (second mats for card front and for inner liner); Stylish Stems die cuts

This Christmas DSP: 3 3/4″ x 5″ (card front); envelope flap

Very Vanilla Card Stock: 3/8″ x 2″ (sentiment banner); 3 3/4″ x 5″ (inner liner); diagonal panel on card front

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24 thoughts on “Stampin’ Up! Special Reason Birthday

  1. So pretty Mary! Love that you incorporated the Christmas paper into your project, it’s such a pretty pack and that design is awesome. 🙂

  2. Elisha

    Great card Mary! Three challenges for the price of one – nice!! Finn’s freckles are too cute – very moochable:-)

  3. RitaR

    I also love the Special Reason Bundle …. the music dsp as a background for your lovely blossoms sets them off so nicely! I must tell you that I’ve become addicted to the photos and antics of your sweet Finn! Keep’m coming, please! We have a full size collie at our house so we have a sweet fluffy buddy of our own …. but that Finn is such a cuddly guy and I’m so glad you share him with your readers.

  4. Mom

    Most gorgeous card…
    Most precious pup. I know where he could experience a little chilly!?! Maybe he is teething…or is that history.

  5. Kay V.

    So very pretty. Thanks for another dose of inspiration.

  6. Beautiful take on the colour challenge and on the sketch!

  7. Ellie Peckler

    Mary, your card is lovely. And your pup is loveable. You are so creative, both with your designs and your writing style. What a great post to enjoy on a cold and dreary Chicago day! – Ellie

  8. bronih

    Such a pretty card and what a precious pup! Thanks so much for sharing with us at the Color Throwdown this week!

  9. Love it, Mary! the flowers look stunning against the DSP!

  10. Beautiful! Love the music background with the flowers. Thanks for joining us for this week’s Color Throwdown!

  11. 2016stamper

    Wonderful card with a delightful background!

  12. This is wonderful!! I love the flowers and the notes together! Thank you so much for joining us at CAS-ual Fridays!

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