Stampin’ Up! Special Reason Birthday for a Special Friend!

Happy Monday, y’all!  Hope your weekend was good!  My first couple of days bach’n it were good!  Got my errands done, made some cards, played with the dog, did a little live video…

Oh yea, that happened.  By the time you read this, I’ll have done my first Facebook Live video.

And it was awesome!  I was amazed at how much fun I had doing it – thanks, Amy, for helping me ahead of time and letting me settle into the video!  And thanks to all the ladies who joined and made comments and asked questions!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 

In case you want to watch how to make this card (fast forward to about 3:30 unless you just want to watch my pre-video goofiness!)….the card cuts and products you need are still listed below!

So, I had planned a card to use for the video – one I’d posted a few weeks back.  But, while I was making today’s card, I decided to use it instead!  I really wanted to share a card using one of my very favorite bundles – the Special Reason bundle in the Occasions catalog!  Take a look-see:


My layout is based on the sketch from this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge.


The color scheme – which is real similar to yesterday’s palette – is from the TGIFC Color Challenge.


And I also played along with The Paper Players Theme Challenge.


I started this one with a piece of Very Vanilla card stock, and a matching-size piece of Calypso Coral and So Saffron paper from the Cupcakes & Carousels DSP.  Using the largest solid flower die from the Stylish Stems Framelits, I cut it from the Very Vanilla panel.  Then I used Liquid Glue to adhere the Very Vanilla panel to the DSP panel. I popped the card front onto a So Saffron mat with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I ran a length of Calypso Coral Thick Baker’s Twine down the long side of the card front, securing it in the back with scotch tape.

Using the largest detailed flower die, I cut a flower from a piece of So Saffron card stock.  Using little dabs of Liquid Glue, I adhered it inside the cut out flower in the Very Vanilla panel.


I cut a small solid flower from some of the Cupcakes & Carousels DSP and a small detailed flower from So Saffron card stock, and adhered them together with Liquid Glue.

Since I just couldn’t resist, I cut some leaves from a piece of Bermuda Bay Glimmer Paper – two large and two small.  Using Liquid Glue, I adhered the large flowers to the card front and then popped the small flower over the top with Stampin’ Dimensionals.


For the sentiment, I cut a strip of Very Vanilla card stock and cut the ends with my Banner Triple Punch.  Then, using my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, I stamped the sentiment from the Special Reason stamp set in Bermuda Bay.  I popped that sentiment onto a So Saffron mat with Stampin’ Dimensionals and adhered it to the card front with Liquid Glue.

I used a little Liquid Glue to adhere the two little Bermuda Bay Glimmer Paper leaves to the end of the sentiment banner and stuck on a little Calypso Coral Thick Baker’s Twine bow with a Glue Dot.  And that was it for the card front!


On the inside, I used my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig again to stamp two more sentiments in Bermuda Bay in the center of a Very Vanilla panel.  Over the top, I stamped a small Special Reason flower in So Saffron, stamping it off once before stamping the panel.


I SNAILd the panel to a So Saffron mat and into my Bermuda Bay card base, popped the card front on with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the card was done!

My Very Vanilla Medium Envelope got a few Special Reason flowers on the front in So Saffron and Calypso Coral, using my sticky note mask…


…and I added some more of the Cupcakes & Carousels DSP to the envelope flap (yea, I was out of the design I used on the card!).


Et Voila!  I just love this Special Reason bundle – the flowers are so much fun to make and I think they’re some of the prettiest we have!  Hope you like – and I hope you’ve gotten this set for yourself.  If you haven’t… best get on it!

Scroll on down for the card cuts and all the products you’ll need to make this one for yourself!


Use this host code when you order and receive a free gift from me! But, if your order is over $150, please don’t use this code (you’ll miss out on your own Stampin’ Rewards if you use it) but you’ll still get the free gift. The free gift is your choice of any item valued up to $10.00 in the 2016-17 Annual Catalog or the 2016 Holiday Catalog! And – you can even select one of the Host-exclusive sets! See my Rewards page for more details.

Hard To Believe, But…

…It’s getting close to Retirement Time, folks!


As you no-doubt know, we have our Classic Colors that stay with us year after year, and then we have two color collections that we enjoy for two years and then they’re gone!

We’ve been loving these 2015-2017 In Colors for almost 2 years now…I’m sure going to miss Mint Macaron and Watermelon Wonder!…but it’s getting close to time to wish them farewell!

And that means it’s time for you to start getting stocked up on your favorite color card stock, re-inkers, Designer Papers, Ribbons and Embellishments in these colors before they retire and/or sell-out!  Re-inkers and card stock typically sell out fast as retirement nears!  This is a really great time to do it, too, cuz you can still take advantage of the Sale-A-Bration benefits!

Here’s a link directly to the 2015 – 2017 In Color Collection – Happy Shopping!


There’s Less Than a Month Left to Get Your EXTRA BIG Starter Kit!!


So – Take Advantage of the Best Free Stuff Giveaway Going!

Join Stampin’ Up! as a new demonstrator between now and the end of Sale-A-Bration (31 Mar), you’ll get two free stamp sets of your choice in your Starter Kit!! Which stamps do you get to choose from? That’s the best part: you get to pick any stamp set from the Annual or Occasions Catalogs (just not a bundle or kit)!


  • Promotion Period: 4 Jan 17 – 31 Mar 17
  • New recruits who join during the promotion period will receive their choice of two free stamp sets from the Annual or Occasions Catalog for free in their Starter Kit.  Please notice there’s no price limit on these stamp sets!  So the potential value of this free goody is $104! Just sayin’.
  • Plus, if you have a new demonstrator join under you during the promotion, you’ll get to pick any free catalog item up to $25 – and you’ll have until 14 Jun to redeem your reward.  Why is that date important??  Cuz the new 2017-2018 Annual Catalog will come out on the 1st of June – so…you can pick a brand new item if you want!!
  • The Starter Kits are $99 and you get $125 in Stampin’ Up! products of your choice, free shipping on your Starter Kit plus two additional free stamp sets of your choice if you join before 31 Mar!

If you’re interested in becoming a Demonstrator or have any questions about joining, feel free to drop me an email, I’d love to tell you more about it!  Or visit my Join My Team page for more details.  I welcome all types of Demonstrators on my team – from those who’d just like to get the discount for themselves to those who want to build a business. 🙂

If you were on the video last night – thanks!  I appreciate you coming by.  If you missed it, it’s available to watch on my Facebook page as a not-live event! 🙂





Bermuda Bay Card Stock: 4 1/4″ x 11″ (card base – scored and folded at 5 1/2″)

So Saffron Card Stock: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (mats for card front and for inner liner);  7/8″ x 3″ (mat for sentiment banner); Stylish Stems Framelits flower die cuts

Very Vanilla Card Stock: 3 5/8″ x 4 7/8″ (card front); 3/4″ x 2 7/8″ (sentiment banner); 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (inner liner) 

Cupcakes & Carousels DSP:  3 5/8″ x 4 7/8″ (card front); Stylish Stems Framelits flower die cut; envelope flap

If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator. Just click on the Order Stampin’ Up! Online Now button on the right side of the screen to go directly to my online store or drop me an email if you have any questions. Happy Stamping!

Shop the Clearance Rack here. Earn FREE Stampin’ Up! Products – Join my Punkin Head Peppermint Rewards – My online customer thank you program!


As you guys might imagine – my cats like yoghurt.  They sit and stare at me when I’m eating a carton, waiting for me to place it on the floor for them to lick clean.

Well, Finn likes anything they’re eating, or I’m eating, or…the horses are eating!

On Sunday I bought a couple of tubs of Noosa yoghurt.  One of them was Blackberry-Serrano.  Unusual flavor, so I had to give it a try!  And it’s really good!  Sweet, with just a little kick of heat from the Serrano.

Definitely not something I figured Finn would like.

But he asked.  And asked.  And then made an impassioned plea involving starvation and never getting anything good and nobody loves him….so I let him try it.  Figuring he’d take a lick and decide I was a bad mother for letting him try it and that would be it.

I was wrong.

Very very wrong.


He licked that booger so clean I just stuck it right in the cabinet to use for leftovers!

Haha.  Just kidding, of course.  That’s ridiculous.

The leftover-tubs go in the drawer! 😉



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32 thoughts on “Stampin’ Up! Special Reason Birthday for a Special Friend!

  1. This was a great card to make in the video and cool challenges in which to participate. Did you notice all the hearts that went across the stream? We all love you!!

  2. juliejphoto

    LIterally LOL!!! You are a riot! No wonder Finn loves you. Enjoyed your video. No one would have guess it was your maiden voyage into video. Looking forward to Sunday.

    • Well, the mini-milk-bones sure don’t hurt the love quotient!! Thanks so much, Julie – and I really appreciate you coming on last night!! See you Sunday! 🙂

  3. Such a pretty card Mary! Love the colors and clean design. And thanks for sharing your awesome video! Loved it! 🙂 Can’t wait for your next one!

  4. Beautiful card, Mary, I love that touch of glimmer to the leaves. Super job last night!! Congrats on pulling it off beautifully! 🙂

  5. Kathleen VanDeVeere

    Well, I am sorry to have missed the video. Even created a facebook acct ( which was, in principle, against my better judgement). Still, when your First Kid is riding, you pull up to the rail. So, I will try another time, since I suspect this wasn’t a one and only!
    Never could you be a bad mom. And if your goofy furry kid likes hot yogurt? Well, some things just can’t be ‘splained.

    • Well, I’m not even sure he tasted it! 🙂 Thanks, Mom! And – I put it on YouTube – there’s a link in the post now! 🙂

  6. Kathelyn

    I have really starting looking forward to your Finn Fan Posts! Love this morning’s post!!

  7. jentimko

    This bundle is so pretty and you have used it beautifully here! That bit of sparkle makes this really special. Glad you joined us this week at FMS!

  8. Barbara Riefner

    Loved you live show last night and always look forward to seeing what Finn is up to. Thanks so much for giving me so much enjoyment

    • You’re so welcome, Barbara – and thank you so much for watching my video and leaving nice comments! Your support is much appreciated! 🙂

      • Oh – thank you, Ellie!! That’s very kind – and it means I achieved my goal of making folks feel like we were crafting together! I had so much fun! I sure appreciate your support, my friend! 🙂

  9. Ellie Peckler

    Mary, you rocked your first video. I felt like I was sitting there with you, enjoying your creativity and company. You picked the perfect card to demonstrate and I can’t wait to “hang out with you” again! – Congrats, Ellie

  10. Beautiful layout and colors! I love the little touch of sparkle too. Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches this week!

  11. Karen L.

    Watched your video this AM………..job well done!! Loved that you explained about the stamp-a-ma-jig….great tool. So many people don’t know what or how to use it!! Hope you venture into the video world more often. Love the “Finn-fun-facts”…….who doesn’t love the antics of a furry friend??

  12. Lovely card Mary! Love all the layers and the little touches of glimmer paper. A beautiful use of this weeks challenges colours. Thanks for playing along this week at TGIF Challenges. Rochelle xo

  13. Sandy M

    So pretty, Mary! I love the colors and those floral dies are gorgeous. Thanks so much for playing along with my challenge this week at The Paper Players!

  14. Breelin Renwick

    This is a very pretty card! I love the touches of glimmer paper…the perfect added touch! Thanks for joining us at TGIF!

  15. Such a pretty card! I love your addition of the glimmer paper! It makes everything pop! Thanks for joining in the fun over at TGIF this week!

  16. charletswebsite

    So pretty! Thanks for joining us at TGIF.

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