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Today is the February Happy Stampers Blog Hop!  The theme this month is Birthday projects – which is timely, since a bunch of us signed up to be part of the Birthday Bomb.  That’s where the people who sign up all send a B-day card to everyone else on the list on their birthday (was that the Department of Redundancy Department?!?!).  So everyone gets a bunch of wonderful, handmade SU-product birthday cards.  Fun, huh?  This hop theme gives us all a chance to pump up our stash of b-day cards to use for the bomb and all our friends and relatives through the year.  Several of us threw our hats in the ring this month to take part in the hop, so be sure to check out the other ladies’ projects after you browse thru mine! AND – the part I know you’re waiting for! – we’re all giving out a little sumpin-sumpin for Blog Candy (best kind of candy there is!), so be sure to see them all!

Getcha a cuppa something yummy and stretch out a little bit.  We’re each sharing two projects today so this is gonna be a long one!

My first card for you was inspired by Mojo Monday Sketch 386:

mojo386This is a tall and skinny design and so I did some mental math to be sure that what I ended up with would fit in a Stampin’ Up Medium Envelope (it does, with plenty of room for the embellishments). See what you think:

Birthday Card 1 Outside 4 watermarked

I used the Best Year Ever DSP (Sale-A-Bration) as a color-jumping-off-point, starting with a Sahara Sand tall-and-skinny card base.  I built the front of the card by starting with a Whisper White Card Stock panel that I stamped with the Something Lacy background stamp in Crumb Cake.  The horizontal piece is from the Best Year Ever DSP and is SNAIL’d right to the stamped mat.

Birthday Card 1 Outside 2 watermarked

I built the next layer by embossing a piece of Whisper White CS with the Lovely Lace Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and adhering it to another Sahara Sand Card Stock mat with SNAIL.  I wrapped some Crushed Curry Baker’s Twine around the layered piece, securing it on the back with some plain tape.  Then I stamped another piece of Whisper White CS with the flower image in the Crazy About You stamp set and cut it out with the Flower Medallion punch. (Attention.  This is a funds-efficiency public service announcement:  this punch can be bundled with the Petal Potpourri Stamp set in the Occasions catalog.  AND – it also punches this flower in Crazy About You.  That’s what we call getting more bang for your buck! We now return you to your regularly scheduled Blog Hop).

Birthday Card 1 Outside closeup watermarked

I ran another little piece of Crushed Curry Baker’s Twine through one of the little metal buttons in the Occasions Catalog Artisan Embellishment Kit and made a little bow.  Uhh – it’s all just kinda….”little”, I guess! ;0  Then I glued it to the center of the flower with Multipurpose Liquid Glue, and Dimensional’d the whole thing to the front of the mat.  The sentiment comes from the Itty Bitty Banner Bundle and is stamped in Crushed Curry and cut with the matching die in the Big Shot.  Then I SNAIL’d it to a piece of the Best Year Ever DSP and fussy cut a little mat out.  I SNAIL’d it to the mat, aligning it below the wrapped baker’s twine and under the flower.

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Adhering the whole layered front mat to the card base with Dimensionals finished up the front of the card.  I treated the inside to a Whisper White liner, with a couple of leftover pieces of Sahara Sand CS and some more Best Year Ever DSP.

Birthday Card 1 Inside watermarked

Just to finish everything off, I used a final scrap piece of the DSP to line the inside of a Crumb Cake Medium Envelope flap.  And here’s how the whole thing turned out!

Birthday Card 1 with envelope 2 watermarked

I think it turned out kind of pretty and I like the kind of tone-on-tone thing goin’ on with the pops of complementary colors.

Y’all still with me?  Good.  I’ll wait a few minutes if you need to take a break…..10….9….8….7….6….5 4 3 2 1! And, we’re back.

Card two was inspired by my little ole brain.  I kind of stayed with a similar color theme, but with a different twist.  And, for some reason, I wanted it to be a small note card, so I used the measurements of the SU Note Cards and Envelopes.

Ever since reading about coloring on vellum with the Blendabilities, I’d been wanting to give it a try, and I really wanted to color that gorgeous flower branch in the Indescribable Gift set (it’s not just for Easter!).  Here’s what I came up with – take a look-see!

Birthday Card 2 Outside 1 watermarked

First I stamped the flower image onto a piece of vellum with Versamark Ink and sprinkled it with SU Early Espresso Embossing Powder.  I carefully heat embossed it, keeping my heat tool moving.  It did curl the vellum a little bit, but I lightly heated the back side while speaking steely to it and it straightened out and flew right.  Then, I got down to the fun stuff!  I pulled out my Pink Pirouette, Wild Wasabi, Calypso Coral and the Skin Tone Assortment Blendabilities.  I colored with the Pink Pirouette first, flooding with the light color and then blending in the medium and darker colors.  Trick here is to do small sections at a time, so that the colors blend all by themselves.  Then, I used the lightest Calypso Coral to just touch on some of the darker “shaded” areas.  The leaves got a similar treatment (okay, no Calypso Coral on those), with the Wild Wasabi blendies.  I used the two darkest pens in the Skin Tone Assortment for the branches.  Then I patiently let it all dry.  No, not really so patiently!

Birthday Card 2 Outside 4 watermarked

But dry it finally was, so I used a little liquid glue to adhere it to a Sahara Sand CS mat (staying as close to the edges as possible), and then SNAIL’d all THAT to a Pink Pirouette mat. Using some scraps of Sahara Sand, I cut the “frame” pieces out with the Edgelits die (foreshadowing here….blog candy……) and adhered them over the edge of the vellum with tiny dabs of Liquid Multipurpose Glue.  I made sure the corners were as straight and lined up as possible and then sort of finished them off with 4 of the smallest pearls in the Artisan Embellishment Kit.  Then,  I stamped the sentiment from the Petite Pairs set in Crumb Cake and wrapped some Blushing Bride Baker’s Twine around and finished it with a nice little bow.

Birthday Card 2 Outside 1 watermarked

Adhering the mat art to the Sahara Sand card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals finished off the front of the card!

On the inside, I stamped part of the same flower image in the bottom corner of a piece of Whisper White CS and colored it in the manner as the front image.  I completed the sentiment from Petite Pairs in Crumb Cake and called it a day!

Birthday Card 2 Inside 3 watermarked

Hope that you enjoyed these two shares – they were fun to make.  The flower from Indescribable Gift is just beautiful and colors very nicely!

It’s almost time that you can order the new Sale-A-Bration products.  Here’s a reminder of what they are:

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Click HERE to see a flyer on the new products, including some great ideas of how to use them!

And – if you’re craving a Big Shot or any of the items used in these cards, remember that Sale-A-Bration is a GREAT time to do a workshop – even if it’s a home-based one, where everyone just orders from the catalog. The potential for lots of free Hostess Dollars is truly at its highest right now!  Here’s the full scoop.


Remember the Edgelits?  Well, you COULD score those and some bling for your card-making fun.  There’s a package of the Edgelits Dies, Rhinestone Basic Jewels and a package of Bermuda Bay Baker’s Twine.

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Leave a comment below and tell me which of the new SAB products you’re most anxious to get your hands (and what you’re thinking of doing with it!) before 7 AM ET on Tuesday, 3 Mar 15 and you’ll be entered to win.  I’ll have the random number generator pick a comment on Tuesday morning and then I’ll announce the winner on my blog that day! Please note, anyone is welcome to leave me a comment but I am only able to ship the blog candy items to addresses within the United States. Thanks for your understanding.

With that, scroll down right quick-like and leave your Blog-Candy-entering-comment and then come back up here and check out the other stops on the Blog Hop.  Folks, this is one seriously talented group of ladies – and you NEED to see what they have to offer you today!

Okay, on with the hop! To hop back to Sandi MacIver’s Blog, click the Back arrow button. To move forward to Kristi Gray’s Blog, click the Forward arrow button.

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In case you get lost along the way, here is a list of the Happy Stampers Team Members who are joining in this blog hop:

Amy Koenders –

Sandi MacIver –

Mary Deatherage – <<<<You are here!

Kristi Gray –

Heather Van Looy –



FEBRUARY 1 – 28 HOSTESS CODE:  RKBPBNYM Use this hostess code when you order and receive a free gift from me!  But, if your order is over $150, please do not use this code (you’ll miss out on your own Stampin’ Rewards/Hostess $$ if you use it) but you’ll still get the free gift.  The free gift for February is your choice of any item valued up to $4.95 in either the 2014-15 Annual Catalog or the 2015 Occasions Catalog!

Here are the card cuts for today’s projects:

Birthday Card #1:

Sahara Sand Cardstock: 3 3/4″ x 10 1/2″ (card base – score and fold at 5 1/2″); 3 1/8″ x 4 3/8″ (mat for embossed panel); 1″ x 3 1/2″ (inside embellishment mat)

Whisper White Card Stock: 3 1/2″ x 5″ (Something Lacy stamped panel); 4 1/4″ x 3″ (embossed panel); Sentiment banner; Flower Medallion; 3 1/2″ x 5″ (inner liner)

Best Year Ever DSP: 3 1/2″ x 3″ (Calypso Coral mat); fussy cut sentiment mat;  7/8″ x 4″ (inner liner strip); envelope flap

Whisper White Card Stock: Bitty Butterfly punches;  5 1/4″ x 4″ (Inside liner)

Birthday Card #2:

Sahara Sand Card Stock: 5″ x 7″ (card base – score and fold at 3 1/2″); 3 1/4″ x 4 3/4″ (art piece mat); Frame pieces cut with Edgelits

Pink Pirouette Card Stock: 3 3/8″ x 4 7/8″ (front mat)

Vellum: 3 1/4″ x 3 3/4″ (art piece)


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Backorder Report – as of 25 Feb 15

Currently, the following items are on BACKORDER; backordered items will be available on or before the date indicated.

140594: Lovely Amazing You Photopolymer Stamp Set–March 2
101731: Whisper White Craft Stampin’ Pad–March 3
126956: Pink Pirouette Classic Stampin’ Pad–March 3
112983: Customer Order Form (50)–March 5
131527: Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes–March 6

Currently the following items are NOT ORDERABLE:

130995: Cherry Cobbler Assortment Stampin’ Blendabilities Markers
130998: Daffodil Delight Assortment Stampin’ Blendabilities Markers
130999: Old Olive Assortment Stampin’ Blendabilities Markers
130997: Pumpkin Pie Assortment Stampin’ Blendabilities Markers
137951: So You Simply Created Kit
137950: The Perpetual Birthday Calendar Project Kit
131262: Regals Stampin’ Write Markers
126199: Stampin’ Pierce Mat
126189: Paper Piercing Tool

Currently, the following items have LOW INVENTORY and will move to the “Not Orderable” list (above) once our current inventory is depleted:

137866: Sahara Sand 7/8″ Lace Trim
131003: Rich Razzleberry Assortment Stampin’ Blendabilities Markers

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Hello You

For today’s card I used the 2015 Occasions catalog Crazy About You stamp set, which I have in the photopolymer version, along with the complementary Hello You Thinlits Dies.  Stampin’ Up! very kindly bundles them up for us, and let’s us save some money! I used the Freshly Made Sketches Sketch #170 as my inspiration.


I like note cards like this – ones that can be sent or given for almost any reason.  Maybe just because it’s a beautiful, crisp day in January, the days are getting longer and there’s the promise that maybe a person could go outside without putting on a thousand layers of clothes!  Or not – heck, it’s still only in the 50’s here.  For me (and my poor hubs, who puts his insulated covers on when it’s any cooler than 45!) it’s still chilly.  My mom would just smile and look at the thermometer on her deck, where it’s likely reading 20 or so today.  But, I digress.  As I was saying, these are good kinds of cards to have in your card stash – to send whenever the mood strikes!  Make this one today!

Hello You Card Front 1 watermarked

This one took me a minute – I started with a note card from the Stampin’ Up Note Cards and Envelopes set in Whisper White.  This is a great deal – you get 20 cards and 20 envelopes for under $6!  And they’re nicely weighted cardstock, making for a classy feel for your masterpiece.  But, they’re a little smaller than the cards I’ve been making, so my card cuts were different.  And the sketch I started with asked for some unusual proportions – for me.  As it turns out, I’m not sure I actually GOT the proportions “right” – but, hey! if I hadn’t mentioned it, no one would know the difference, right?!?  So, this card challenged my math skills and, total disclosure, I now have several pieces of white and Pink Pirouette CS that will be ready to use on another project – if you catch my drift!  But, I’ve worked the numbers out and all the cuts are down below, so this one will be easy-peasy for you to CASE.

I Cut my two Whisper White CS pieces, and embossed the larger of them with the Lovely Lace Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  The bottom piece I left plain – I went back and forth, but finally decided to go with a simpler look.  I layered those pieces on the Pink Pirouette mats and then SNAIL’d them both to a piece of Wild Wasabi CS to create the front of the card.  Play around with the placement of the pieces, until it makes you happy.  Then – stick it down!

Hello You inside card 2 watermarked

Then, I stamped one of the flowers from the Petal Potpourri stamp set in Crushed Curry on a piece of white CS and punched it out with the Flower Medallion Punch.  Yes – I got these as a bundle, as well.  Do you see a purchasing trend for me?  It helps me to say “But, Wayne – I saved quite a bit of money by buying them together.  You DO understand the idea of SPENDING money to SAVE money, right?!?”  He buys that about….never….but, oh well!  Stampin’ Up! gives us a 15% discount when we take advantage of the bundled sets – so, it’s a good deal.  That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it.  But wait, I’m not done with my incredible money-saving prowess yet.  Read on!

I pulled out a piece of scrap white CS and stamped it with Mossy Meadow ink, using my Crazy About You photopolymer stamp set.  If you haven’t seen it, it’s in the 2015 Occasions catalog and has a HUGE number of sentiments included – and, if you pair it with the… say-it-with-me… bundled Hello You Thinlits dies…well, the possibilities are almost endless!  I punched the banner end with my Hexagon Punch and then edged the banner with some Old Olive ink.  The sponge daubers work great for edging.

I made the “You” by running the Hello You Thinlit through my Big Shot three times – twice with black CS and once with Pink Pirouette CS, and then I layered the three pieces with liquid glue.  Black – Pink – Black.

A couple of words about these thinlits.  These are small cuts, one might even use the word “persnickety”.  That’s not a bad thing – just a thing, as long as you catch a few tips.  On these, wax paper is your best friend!  Stick a piece of it between the die and the cardstock before you run it through the Big Shot.  That makes the cut push right out of the die – use your craft pick or a similar pointy thing to push it out using the conveniently placed holes in the die.

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For adhering it, I originally thought I could use some SNAIL, but – not so much.  I tore the thin little pieces.  Liquid glue worked much better – I just used my silicone craft mat under the die cut, to keep the glue off my work surface.  I was also pretty stingy with it, so it wouldn’t seep out everywhere.

With everything inked and cut and punched and glued and layered, all that remained was to put all the pieces together.  I used SNAIL for the sentiment banner and the flower – and more glue for the “You”.  I colored some Rhinestones with my darkest Pink Pirouette Blendability pen and stuck them on.  Okay – some more disclosure.  I started with 3 jewels.  Then I decided that the flower needed one in the center.  That brought me up to 4 jewels.  I’m not sure who decided it, but there’s the old adage that you should decorate in odd numbers, and even with new math, 4 is not an odd number.  I don’t want to say I’m a mindless follower of old adages, but….it looked weird.  So, I added some more until I had an odd number and liked how it looked.  Might be a bit sparkly for your taste, so you could just put one in the center of the flower and two more on the bottom panel.  If that made you happy.  Or you can be like me and go bling-crazy.   It’s your creation, so it’s all about making you happy!

Hello You Card Front closeup 1 watermarked

I didn’t need to put a inner inside the card, since it’s already white and ready to have a note added, but I wanted it to have a little pizzazz, so I inked up a few of the petals in the Painted Petals stamp set (2015 Occasions Catalog) with some Strawberry Slush ink and stamped it twice, without re-inking, across the bottom. And then I repeated that.  I used a little more Old Olive to add a few stems from the same set.  Done!

Hello You inside card 1 watermarked


Hello You inside card 2 watermarked

With the card cuts already figured out, this is a really easy card to put together.  And the design lends itself well to a multitude of sentiment possibilities, many of which are in the Crazy About You stamp set.  You really need to make yourself a set of “just-because-the-sun-was-out-and-I-thought-of-you-today” cards right now! Go!  Start inking! 😉

The January Hostess Code is still open, so get your orders in quick-like-a-bunny!  Don’t forget that you’ll also get a free gift from me and you may qualify for Punkin Head Peppermints!



Here are the card cuts for today’s project, starting with a Note Card from the Stampin’ Up! Set:

Wild Wasabi Card Stock: 4 7/8″ x 3 1/2″

Whisper White Card Stock:  2 5/8″ x 3 1/4″ and 1 3/4″ x 3 1/4″ (this one is embossed); Sentiment banner 1/2″ x 1 1/2″

Pink Pirouette Cardstock: 2 3/4″ x 3 3/8″ and 1 7/8″ x 3 3/8″

JANUARY 1 – 31 HOSTESS CODE:  RMQE9AEQ Use this hostess code when you order and receive a free gift from me!  But, if your order is over $150, please do not use this code (you’ll miss out on your own Stampin’ Rewards/Hostess $$ if you use it) but you’ll still get the free gift.  The free gift for January is your choice of any item valued up to $4.95 in either the 2014-15 Annual Catalog or the 2015 Occasions Catalog!


Price: $99.95

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