Stampin’ Up! Hold on to Hope Happy Birthday for Stamp Ink Paper #144

Mornin’, my peeps!  Hope the week is moving along nicely for you!  I realized last night that OnStage is THIS weekend!  I don’t know when I thought 7 Apr was, but…apparently it’s THIS weekend!  And Brian King’s Spring Stamping Event is the day before that!! Yikes – I went from rolling smoothly along to behind-as-I-can-be! 😉  But it’s all good – cuz…it’s going to be AWESOME!!  And, I’m going to get my first peek at the new 2018-2019 Annual Catalog! Whoo-hoo-hoo-hoo-HOOOOO!!!

But – I’m getting ahead of myself!  Today, being Tuesday, is all about the new Stamp Ink Paper challenge.  We’ve got a theme this week – Happy Birthday!

I decided to showcase the versatility of the Hold On To Hope stamp set, so I combined it with the wonderful Happy Birthday Thinlit and a little Sheet Music.  Take a look-see:

Here’s the challenge badge and a link to Challenge #144 – hope you’ll come play along!

I also borrowed some inspiration from the CASE the Designer challenge at the Global Design Project!

Finally – I played along with The Paper Players’ Theme Challenge.

I started with a panel of Whisper White (a little larger than the finished size I needed) and the Sheet Music background stamp.  I inked the edges of the stamp with Marina Mist ink using a Sponge Dauber and stamped the panel.  Then I ran the panel thru the Big Shot in the Fluttering TIEF.  I cut it down to the size I needed – dry embossing sort of shrinks the card stock, so make it a smidge big and cut it down to size!  Finally, I used the same Sponge Dauber to sponge the edges.  Then I Fast Fuse’d it to a Daffodil Delight mat.

I cut three Happy Birthday Thinlit dies – two in Marina Mist and one in Daffodil Delight.  I adhered the card stock to a piece of Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet before cutting them out so it was easy to stack them all up.

I also cut two Whisper White branches with the die in the Petals & More Thinlits set.

I sort of intertwined the branches into the stacked sentiment and adhered the whole shootin’ match to the card front with Liquid Glue!

The butterflies are from the Hold On To Hope stamp set.  I stamped a few – okay, seven! – in Marina Mist on Whisper White and fussy cut them.  Then I colored them with my Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Write Marker and added some shading around the edges with the Marina Mist Marker.  Then I used Liquid Glue to adhere them all in and around the sentiment.  Except for the little guy right on the “h” in Birthday – he’s popped on with a Mini Stampin’ Dimensional!

I added a few Glitter Enamel Dots and the card front was done!

On the inside, I repeated the Sheet Music stamping and sponging in Marina Mist on a Whisper White panel and matted it on Daffodil Delight.  Then I made a smaller panel and stamped the sentiment from Hold On To Hope in Marina Mist.  Over the top, I added the flower spray in stamped-off-once Daffodil Delight.  Another butterfly and Glitter Enamel Dot finished it off.

I Fast Fuse’d the panel to a Daffodil Delight mat and then adhered it to the first panel (offset to mirror the front), then I Fast Fuse’d it all into my Marina Mist card base.  I popped the card front on with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the card was done!

My Whisper White Medium Envelope got another stamped-off-once Daffodil Delight Hold On To Hope flower spray and a few Marina Mist butterflies on the front…

And again on the envelope flap!

Et Voila!  How cool is this Hold On To Hope set!?  Religious holiday.  Birthday.  Sympathy.  It can do them all!  And the Happy Birthday Thinlit is one of my very favorite things!!  Hope you like!


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Stampin’ Up! Products Used in this Project:

Card Cuts Used in This Project:

Marina Mist Card Stock: 4 1/4″ x 11″ (card base, scored and folded at 5 1/2″); Happy Birthday Thinlit die cut (x 2)

Daffodil Delight Card Stock: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (mats for card front and for inner liner); 3″ x 4 1/4″ (mat for small panel on the inner liner); Happy Birthday Thinlit die cut

Whisper White Card Stock: 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (card front and inner liner); 2 7/8″ x 4 1/8″ (small panel on inner liner); Petals & More Thinlits branches (x 2); Hold On To Hope fussy cut butterflies

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Finn Fan Fix

Easter means differnet things to different folks.


Finn’s Easter meant hearing those coveted words….C’mon – let’s go see Scout!  He leapt from the seat of the golf cart (from a dead sleep) and made it to the door in record time!

Once we were at Scout’s house…the playing commenced.

They played…that would be Finn on top…

And they rough-housed…yep.  Finn on top again!  The “old days” when Scout could roll him are long past!

Then they went outside for a photo op – and a breather…(I know – kind of backwards)

Finn’s the one with the ginormous tongue lolling all the way out of his mouth!

And then they were off again!

So – he’d been to Doggie camp on Saturday and to Scout’s house on Sunday.

Pretty good weekend, I’d say.

But – it takes a toll, people!

The next morning, he got up and fairly staggered out the door to attend to business, checked to be sure Katy (the cat – not Cady the pony) wasn’t eating his breakfast (HE did not eat his breakfast – but he wanted to be sure SHE wasn’t either) and then he returned to his den for another couple hours of shut-eye!

Poor little exhausted man.

His life is so very hard. 😉


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22 thoughts on “Stampin’ Up! Hold on to Hope Happy Birthday for Stamp Ink Paper #144

  1. I ain’t birthin’ no babies…oh, I mean, I ain’t fussy cutting no seven butterflies! You tired me out just reading about your wonderfully created masterpiece. Whoever receives this should do a happy dance. I swear that little man is the cutest one in the whole darn town…I really couldn’t swear 🙂

    • stampsnlingers

      I really just couldn’t stop! They were really quick cuz they’re little – and I loved 4…so I figured 5…then 6…. And yes – he really is the cutest ever! 🙂 Thanks, Karen! 🙂

  2. Awesome card Mary! Love the layered die cuts and the music note background is so pretty! Poor Finn…he did have a rough weekend. 😉

    • stampsnlingers

      Thanks much, Amy! And – please don’t call the Puppy Police on me! 😉

  3. Kate

    What a beautiful card! You more than met the challenge.
    Gotta love an Easter Aussie romp. Fun to see them having such a good time.

    • stampsnlingers

      Aussie and “fun” and “good time” are pretty much synonymous!! Thanks, Mom! 🙂

  4. Love this card! Great use of the butterflies, worth the fussy cut!

    • stampsnlingers

      Thanks so much, Lynette – I thought so, too! 🙂

  5. Well. You did it again. Woman, you are a beautiful card makin’ machine! This is stunning. Love it. Especially the music, and the butterflies…all 7 of them!

    • stampsnlingers

      Thanks – I sort of knew you’d love the little butterflies. WAY worth the fussy cutting!! 🙂

  6. Beautiful card and envelope. The idea of putting ink only on the edges of the background is heinous!

    • stampsnlingers

      Thanks much, Sharon – and yes – I see you were autocorrected! 🙂

  7. “heinous”??? Really?? I typed “GENIUS “. I think!

    • stampsnlingers

      LOL! I was hoping – and sorta figured! – you’d been autocorrected! 🙂

  8. What a beautiful card Mary – I love how you combined inspiration from all three challenges. The texture of the music stamped background works really well and I love the colour combo. Bravo on fussy cutting all those butterflies too! If it makes you feel any better, I haven’t even started my Onstage swaps yet!!! Hope you have a great time (say hi to Brian King for me!) Thanks for joining us over at The Paper Players this week!

    • stampsnlingers

      Oh my gosh! I know I could never get swaps done! More power to you, Joanne! Have fun at OnStage! And thanks for the nice comment! 🙂

  9. Susan K

    Oh My! This is Gorgeous–and genius (I typed that carefully!). Love everything about it. And I love that Finn had such a wonderful weekend and got to sleep in on Monday. That’s my kind of weekend too!

    • stampsnlingers

      Thanks very much, Susan! And I kinda love him a lot, too!! 🙂

  10. Mary…First, love the dogs! Second, your card is wonderful! I love the fact you stamped then embossed the background… and the addition of all the small butterflies is perfect. Thanks so much for joining us at The Paper Players.

    • stampsnlingers

      Thanks so much! I appreciate that you stopped by to leave such a nice comment! 🙂

  11. Mary, this is a beautiful card for all three challenges! I love the music background, the pretty color combo and those fussy cut butterflies are fabulous! So happy you joined us at The Paper Players this week! XX

    • stampsnlingers

      Thanks very much, Claire – appreciate you stopping by! 🙂

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