Magical Day Class

Magical DayToday I am featuring a set of  kids cards that would make a Magical Day birthday party for kids.  These cards are stunning and feature a variety of techniques.  They feature the Magical Day stamp set from the Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalog.

Here is a sneak peak of one of the cards.  This card features the Wizard and the Unicorn from the Magical Day stamp set.

The Clouds in the background of this card are made with the cloud stencil from the Pattern Party decorative masks and the Shimmer White Embossing Paste on a piece of Soft Sky Cardstock.

The Wizard and the Unicorn are stamped on Whisper White cardstock and colored with markers.
They are then cut out using the coordinating framelit dies. 

The sentiment “Hope Your Day is Magical” is stamped with Lemon Lime Twist Ink and cut out using the Layering Oval Framelits.  This is layered on Scalloped Oval cut from the Lemon Lime Twist Glimmer paper that coordinates with the Myths & Magical Designer paper.

The Wizard card is just one of 5 projects that is available with this set.  Other cards in this set include a shaker card featuring mermaids, a second is a quilt card featuring a mermaid.  There is a cute card with a dragon attacking a castle.  Another card with a wizzard and unicorns.  The last is a Z Fold Card decorated as a Castle!  This card would be great as a centerpiece for a Kids Birthday Party.

I will be teaching a class making these 5 cards on Friday the 23rd at my Creative Playground in Methuen, Massachusetts.  Not in MA –  I am also assembling instructions and will have the PDF available for sale soon.
Magical Day Bundle
Supplies that you will need to make these cards:

  • Magical Day Bundle
  • Myths & Magic Specialty Designer Series Paper
  • Myths & Magic Glimmer Paper
  • Shimmer Embossing Paste
  • Pattern Party decorative Masks (has the brick wall and clouds stencils)
  • Brick Wall Embossing folder for the castle
  • Layering Ovals framelits

Stay tuned for the information for the online class!  The class will be coming out next week!  Have you signed up for my newsletter?  Information on this class will be made available next week in my newsletter!  So sign up today.  You will also receive exclusive papercrafting projects and ideas as well as specials as soon as they are available.

I hope you have enjoyed my Wizard card that is part of my Magical Day Birthday Party for Kids Class.

Painted with Love Birthday Card

Painted with Love Birthday cardToday I am sharing another card made with the Painted with Love Designer paper from Stampin’ Up! that was designed by my very talented downline friend Margaret.

The difference is that this card is a Birthday Card and not a Valentines Card.  Another great way to use this paper.  It is not for just Valentines!

So here are the details on this card!

the Card base is a piece of Whisper White Cardstock cut to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″.  Next is a layer of Powder Pink cardstock (one of the in colors) cut to 5 1/4″ x 4″.  Next is a layer of Rich Razzleberry cardstock which is cut to 3 5/8″ x 4 7/8″. 

Next are 4 pieces of the Painted with Love Designer Paper cut to 1 3/4″ x 2 3/8″ layered onto the 3 5/8″ x 4 7/8″ piece of Rich Razzleberry cardstock and layered onto the powder pink layer.  There is a strip of the gold vinyl painted love stickers along the bottom of the cardstock.

The centerpiece of this beautiful card is the birthday greeting.  The greeting is stamped with Rich Razzleberry ink on a piece of whisper white cardstock using the Picture Perfect stamp set. There is a round painted with Love vinyl sticker around the birthday sentiment.  This piece has been cut using a scalloped circle from the Layering circle framelits set.  This is layered onto a slightly larger circle cut from a piece of Rich Razzleberry cardstock    And then this is layered onto a third larger circle cut from powder pink cardstock.  Around the edge of this focal point is wrapped a piece of the Pink tinsel trim that coordinates with the Painted with Love Designer paper.    

The centerpiece is then layered onto the front of the card.  Stamp and cut out a small heart from the Sure Do Love you stamp set.  Place on the side of the centerpiece.

Here are the products that were used for this card!

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Ready to  place an order?  Click on the link below to shop in my store.  If your order is under $150 use the hostess code AS3YKIAS and I will send you a sampler of the Painted with Love Designer series paper.  Of course if you order is over $150, take your own Host rewards!

I hope you have enjoyed my card today with the Painted with Love Designer Paper.

Happy Stamping!

Need Crafting time??

I am so excited!!  Our 3rd Full Day of Crafting Fun is coming up!  January 27th from 9am to 7pm.  That is 10 hours of Crafting fun!  You can print the Flyer HERE to share with your friends.

Early Bird Registration Closes on Sunday the 14th.  So Hurry up and register to save your spot at just $75 for the day!  You can register HERE.

Each Attendee will have 6′ of dedicated table space to work on your projects.  Breakfast and Lunch and are provided with lots of snacks throughout the day!  We will also be offering cheese and crackers with a dessert in the late afternoon.

We will have raffles available.  The Grand Prize is a FULL set of the new Stampin’ Up! Blends Markers! 

And of course there will be games throughout the day.

We have designed 4 FANTASTIC classes for the day!  I am so glad that I don’t need to choose which class to go to!  You can see the details and register for the classes HERE.

The First class is the Picture Perfect Card Class with Jeannie.

In this class you will make 10 cards with a gift box and gift card.  You will also receive a half a package of the Picture Perfect Designer Series Paper so you will have plenty of paper left to make more cards after the class!

in the Second Class you will make an Explosion Box with Margaret.

You will learn this beautiful technique for making these exquisite boxes filled with a surprise.  Sure to Wow your Family or Friend!

The Third Class is Movers & Shakers with Debby.
In this class you will learn how to make a shaker card and 2 different types of cards that Move! 

These cards a beautiful!!

The Fourth Class is Crosses of Hope with Lisa.  I have to say that this is one of my favorite new stamp sets in the Occasions catalog!

You will make 4 gorgeous cards with this new set and framelits…  Perfect for Baptism, Confirmation or Sympathy cards!

You can Register for the Day HERE.

You can Register for one or more CLASSES HERE.

Happy Stamping!

I hope to see you on the 27th!

Happy 4th of July!!

Today I am sharing a couple of Patriotic cards that the Stamping New England team has designed over the past couple of years.  What a perfect card for the 4th of July!!

4th of July cardSo what is the Stamping New England Design team?  We are 4 very creative Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators that have very different styles.  So each month we each make 3 projects using the same Stampin’ Up! Stamp set and Stampin’ Up! Designer Series paper.   I love to see the 12 very different projects that we make each month.

I use these projects each month for my Stamp ClubStamp Club members that are local to me (in the Boston area), get a class each month learning the techniques used to make the cards and then they receive the instructions for the 12 projects.  If you are not local to me, then you can join the club and receive access to the projects and videos for each month.  You can check out more information on my Stamp Club here.

Here is a display of several Patriotic cards that we made.

Enjoy Your 4th of July!!  I am in Boothbay Maine site seeing with my Sister and Brother-in-law!

You’ve Got This Card

Today I am sharing a caryouve got this-wd made with the Stampin’ Up! stamp set You’ve Got this that was inspired by this week’s Global Design Project team.  This week’s challenge is a color challenge using the new Stampin’ up! In-color Sweet Sugarplum, with Whisper White and Night of Navy.  What a great combination of colors!

So the details on this card.  The card base is Sweet Sugarplum Cardstock cut to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″ to make the card base.  Next a 5 1/8″ x 3 7/8″ layer of Rich Razzleberry which complements Sweet Sugarplum very nicely!.  Then I used a 5″ x 3 3/4″ piece of the Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper.

Next is a piece of Whisper White cardstock cut to 2 3/4″ x 3 3/4″.  I stamped the flower from the You’ve Got This stamp set using Night of Navy ink and embossing the flower with Clear Embossing Powder. 

COLORING NOTE:  I love coloring these images with an aqua painter filled with water.  I make a little puddle of ink in the top of the ink pad by squeezing the ink pad before opening it.  You can also use a couple of drops of re-inker in the top of the ink pad.   I have found that when coloring in an outline image like this one, I like to emyouve got this cuboss the image which allows me to use a little more water with the ink to soften and shade the flower.  I used Pear Pizazz ink to color the stem and leaves of the flower.  The center of the flower is colored with Crushed Curry and highlighted with the Gold Wink of Stella pen.  The flower is layered onto a piece of Night of Navy cardstock. 

I wrapped a piece of the white organza ribbon around the flower and added it to the front of the card.

Next I stamped the message “Celebrate You” from the Suite Sayings stamp set with Navy ink and punched the piece out with thyouve got this-insidee Decorative Label Punch.  I used a sponge to add a little ink to the edge of the sentiment and layered it onto a piece punched from Night of Navy with the Decorative Label punch.

Did I mention that this card is for my Darling Daughter Emily’s 21st Birthday which is Wednesday?  Here is a picture of the inside of the card.  The message is from the Rose Wonder stamp set.

Ready to place an order?  Use the hostess code FREEVQUY and I will send you a sampler of the new in-color ribbons.  Of course if your order is over $150 then collect the hostess benefits for yourself.

Here are the supplies that are used to make this card.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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Falling Flowers Card

falling flowers-wToday I am sharing a Falling Flowers card that I made for the Global-Design-Project Challenge.  This card uses the Falling Flowers stamp set with the coordinating framelits May Flowers.  Make sure to order the bundle!

One of the things that I love about this bundle is the detail of the flowers – I am a sucker for floral stamp sets, but also the detail of the matching framelits.  The framelits not only match the images in the stamp set, but there are also several other flowers and a leaf with details in142329S the framelits.  And there is a beautiful background swirl!  Always great for making a background!

The details on this card:
Card base is Blushing Bride Cardstock with a layer of Very Vanilla Cardstock.  The plaid paper on the side is from the Playful Palette Designer Series Paper Stack.  I stamped the decorative flourish from the stamp set with Blushing Bride ink on the Very Vanilla cardstock.

The leaves are stamped using Pear Pizazz ink on a scrap of Pear Pizazz cardstock and cut out with the May Flowers Framleits.

The Dahlia on the card is cut from Flirty Flamingo cardstock and attached to a piece of very vanilla cardstock.  I used an aqua painter and Flirty Flamingo ink to paint in the flower.  Then I cut around the image – the set doesn’t have a framelit for the outline of the dahlia image…  And to add a little zing to the card, I painted the flower with the Wink of Stella marker.

Last but not least I wrapped a piece of the Blushing Bride Baker’s Twine around the Designer paper.

I hope you have enjoyed this card!  Here are the supplies that you need to make this project.

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Flower Patch Card

Today I am sharing a card that my one of my fellow designers and friend Lisa designed using the Flower Patch stamp set by Stampin’ Up!  fresh printswith the new Affectionately Yours Designer paper.

I belong to a Paper crafting Design Team:  Stamping New England.  Each month, 4 of us make 3 projects each using the same Stampin’ Up! stamp set and designer paper.  So we each have 12 unique projects made with the same supplies but each with a different style…  I love this since everyone has their own style and I love having other designer’s ideas to use!

So what I love about this card is the 3D Flower in the center of the card! ….and what really surprised me was how this card was made!  The Flower Patch stamp set comes with a coordinating set of Framelits – the Flower Fair Framelits.  So the flower is made by cutting the Daffodil Delight and Night of Navy cardstock with the leaf framelit and gluing them together to make the flower!

I would have never thought of that!

The background on this card is Whisper White with a layer of crumb cake.

This card is one of 12 projects that I offer in my June classes.  I will be sharing this project with my Stamper’s Club this month.  My Stamper’s Club projects are also available in my online store HERE.  Interested in getting projects in your email box every month?  Check out my Stamper’s Club!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Flower Patch card with new colors

Todfresh flowersay I have a card that I made using the Stampin’ Up! Flower Patch stamp set and a couple of the new in-colors that will be available on June 1!

I choose the Flower Patch stamp set since that is the set that the Stamping New England Design Team is using for our June Projects.

This card was inspired by this week’s Global Design Team challenge which was to CASE the Designer.  Here is the image.  Since I am a literal person, I used a similar flower set and copied the layout of the card.  GDP036
Then of course I had to my own touch to the card which is the whole idea of a CASE (Copy and Share Everything).  Use someone’s idea for inspiration and then make it your own.  I decided to add a little depth to the card by making a frame around the garden image.  So here are the details:

The card base is the new Flirty Flamingo (I guess I will get good at spelling that word over the next two years!) cardstock cut to 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.  Next is a piece of Whisper White cardstock cut to 8″ x 5 1/4″ scored at 4″.  On the top of this piece of whisper white, I stamped the flower stems with the new in-color ink Emerald Envy.  I then stamped the flowers with Flirty Flamingo and Peekaboo Peach inks. 

Then I cut a frame from another 4″ x 5 1/4″ piece of whisper white cardstock.   To cut a frame from a piece of cardstock, line up your piece of cardstock on your paper cutter at the width that you want the frame.  This frame is 3/4″ around – so I lined up the first edge of the cardstock at 3/4″.  Before you lower the arm with your cutter blade – make sure the blade is in the middle of this side of the cardstock.  The trick with this technique is to look down on your cutter and use the ruler that is on top of the plastic strip that the blade is in.  Move the blade down to the 3/4″ mark from the bottom edge of this side and then back up to 3/4″ from the top edge of the cardstock.  Turn your cardstock 90 degrees and cut the next side.  Repeat with each side of the cardstock until you have cut out the center to make a frame.
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I wanted to add dimension to my card so I used dimensionals around the edge of the frame and then layered it over the stamped garden image.  In the new catalog there are these really cool dimensional strips that will be perfect for this technique! 

Next of course is the message which I stamped on the frame with Flirty Flamingo ink.  I punched a small butterfly using the small butterfly punch from a scrap of So saffron cardstock.  Last but not least is the bling.  I used Rhinestone jewels on the center of the flowers, the butterfly and around the edge of the card.

 I know that you can’t order the new color inks yet.

So an update on me and Marilyn’s Creative Playground.  I am now moved into my new house but without a lot onew craft spacef furniture.  My furniture has stayed at my other house for now until I have a signed purchase and sale.  But my new Creative Playground is almost all setup.  There are still a few things that I haven’t been able to find and I still need to do some organization.  But I did visit ReStore which is a store that sells used items to raise money for Habitat for Humanity…..  and I found some padded chairs from a conference room that had been turned in.  So I now have a few new chairs.  There were only six – so make sure you are on time to class if you want a comfy chair!!

Until next time…  More ideas coming!  i hope that you liked this Flower Patch card.

Have a great weekend!

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Rose Wonder Cards and an update

Today I am sharing a set of cards that I made with the Rose Wonder stamp set and matching framelits by Stampin’ Up!.  These are the cards that I made with my Stamper’s Club in April.   This is a beautiful stamp set and I am so glad to see that it made it into the new 2017 catalog that is coming out in June!  In the meantime you can still purchase this set as a bundle (140804) but the bundle option will be going away with the new Catalog.  So if you have been thinking about this set – now is the time to get it!

Rose Wonder Collage As you can see this set is really versatile and can be used several different ways.  The top right card is made with Blushing Bride, Basic Gray and White Shimmer paper.  The Rose is cut out using the framelits.  The rose is painted using Blushing Bride and Pear Pizazz inks with an aqua painter.  I love the watercolor effect!

The second card is made using Calypso Coral and Pear Pizazz on Watercolor paper.  The Rose with Leaves was cut out and used as a stencil for this card.  So the cut image was not glued to the card but used as a stencil to paint the flowers.  One of the keys to using Watercolor paper is to spritz the paper with a little water and to let the ink run a little.

The third and fourth cards are made with a layer of Whisper White and Night of Navy.  The key to these cards is to use the cut out image and the negative image to outline the card.  The blue Rose is colored with Lost Lagoon ink and an aqua painter.

Like these cards?  Are you interested in receiving cards ideas like these each month in your in box?  Think about joining my Stamper’s Club.  You receive the instructions each month for a set of cards made with a specific stamp set and Designer paper for FREE with purchase of $35 each month.  You can see more information about my Stamper’s Club HERE.

So an update on me – I know that I have been missing in action for the past few weeks.  I have been busy getting my house ready to sell and moving into my new place as well as going to Stampin’ Up! On Stage in Salt Lake City in the  middle!  Salt Lake City was fantastic as always.  I am always amazed by all the talented people that I meet each time I am at a Stampin’ Up! event and the friends that I get to catch up with that I have made thru the years!

So I am in my new house and in the process of setting up my new Creative Playground!  I am about half way there and still have lots of boxes to unpack!  But I am holding my first class on Friday.  The best part of my new house is the 1,000 square foot finished basement for Marilyn’s Creative Playground!  When I moved out of my Tewksbury house, I had things spread out between 3 rooms!  The best news is that all of my hard work on my house paid off.  I spent a lot of time painting, replacing carpet and freshening up some of the rooms in my house and it sold very quickly.  In the meantime – the cats and I have been camping out in my new place with very little furniture as it was left in the other house to keep it staged.  I can’t wait to move my bed over!

I will post some pics of my new space over the next few days as I unpack more things!

Take care and Happy Stamping!  don’t forget about ordering that Rose Wonder bundle before the bundle goes away and also stock up on your favorite retiring in-colors before they are gone!

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Stampin’ Up! On Stage

inviteI am so excited to be at OnStage in Salt Lake City for the release of the new Stampin’ Up! catalog for the 2016 to 2017 year!!  All I have to say is OMG!  I love love love so many of the new products that are coming out!  I will be placing my pre-order and able to share some of these great new products with you over the next few weeks!  One of the pesky issues with the Big Shot has been fixed!  Stay tuned!

Tonight is the Centre Stage Live event!  I am going with my friend Barbara Lash and looking forward to a fun night. 

Thank you to my team – both Stamping New England and the NEStampINKers and all of my Customers for allowing me to promote to Silver Elite and attend this fantastic event!!

And of course, what is convention without swaps?  Here is one of the swaps that I made to share with others.  This card uses the Watermelon Wonder Cardstock and inks with the Softly falling embossing folder.  The sentiment is from the Friendly Wishes stamp set and is stamped with white ink and embossed on Black cardstock to give the card the Chalkboard look.

I used a piece of Watermelon Wonder Lace to add a shabby chic look and one of the flowers from the Petite Petals stamp set.

I can’t wait to share more with you over the next couple of days!!


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Sprinkles of Life & Weekly Specials

Sprinkles of Life Stamp setwOne of my favorite stamp sets in the current Stampin’ Up! catalog is the Sprinkles of Life Stamp set.  Each year Stampin’ Up! designates one stamp set to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House Charities.  This year’s set is Sprinkles of Life which means that this set will be retiring in June for a new set to be designated for the RMHC.

Last summer, the Stamping New England design team designed a card set using the Sprinkles of Life stamp set and the coordinating Tree Builder Punch to punch out the shapes that you stamp. These are just two of the 15 cards that we designed using this stamp set, and the Pretty Petals Designer paper stack with the coordinating colors of cardstock.
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One of the things that I really love about this set is the diversity of the stamps.  The tree leaves can be used to make layers of ice cream, clouds or the leaves on the tree.  There is so much that you can do with stamp set. 

Need idea for the Sprinkles of Life Stamp set?  You can see more information on this class HERE.

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Don’t forget to check out the specials below! 
Ready to Order? If your order is under $150 then use the Hostess code  T62J3X6M and receive a ribbon sampler from me. Of course if your order is over  $150 then collect the hostess $ yourself!

I love the share the hostess benefits with my customers. And don’t forget about FREE Sale-A-Bration products for every $50 (before shipping and tax) you spend. Check out the choices HERE!

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Yellow and Gray Botanical Card

Botanical BloomsToday I have a Botanical card that is inspired by this week’s Global Design Challenge which is a color challenge.  I happen to love the combination of Yellow and Gray.  So I went through my stash of Stampin’ Up! Designer papers to see which Colour Challengepatterns had Daffodil Delight.  I found this  Watercolor Wonder Designer paper from Spring a few year’s ago.

So the details on this card.  The card base is Basic Gray with a layer of Daffodil Delight cut to 5 1/8″ x 3 7/8″.  I cut the designer paper to 5″ x 3 3/4″. 

Next is a Lace Doily that has been cut in half.  I lined the doily up with the edge of the Watercolor Wonder Designer papergdp025-cuThe flowers are cut from Daffodil Delight and Calypso Coral cardstock.  The Daffodil flower has been sponged with Calypso Coral Ink to add a little depth to the flower.  I cut a flower center from Dazzling Details Glimmer paper and sponged that with a little calypso coral ink as well.  The I added a Rhinestone Jewel to the center of the flower for that little extra bling!

The fern leaves are cut from Old Olive cardstock.  The Birthday Banner is stamped using the Perfect Pairings Sale-a-bration stamp set on a 1 1/2″ x 3″ piece of Dafflodil Delight cardstock.  The Happy Birthday is stamped with Basic Gray ink.

These are the supplies that I used for this card:

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Thanks for stopping by today to look at my Botanical Bloom card.

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Another Botanical Blooms Card

mojo-2wEarlier this week I posted a card that I had made with the Botanical Blooms stamp set and matching framelits using this week’s Mojo Monday sketch.  Well I loved the card so much, I was thinking that I would make the same card but just change up the colors and Designer paper.  Of course, life always gets in the way and I didn’t have time to work on the card until today.  So here it is – my 2nd card using this week’s Mojo Monday sketch.

Just a reminder – here is the first card that I posted.  This card uses the Wildflower Designer paper from the Sale-a-bration catalog.  botanical bloom-w  My card from today uses the Botanical  Gardens Designer paper.  Here are the details for this card:

the Cardstock base is Mint Macaron cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″.  The Designer paper pattern is the Mint Macaron design cut to 3 3/4″ x 5″.  This is layered onto a piece of Whisper white cardstock cut to 5 1/8″ x 3 7/8″.  The banner for this card is a piece of designer paper cut to 1 1/2″ x 3″ and layered onto a piece of Hello Honey cardstock that is 1 5/8″ x 3 1/8″. 

The Flowers are cut from Mint Macaron, Hello Honey, Pink Pirouette and Cajun Craze Cardstocks.  I used a piece of Blushing Bride Glitter paper to cut the center of the flowers.  I Then added a rhinestone jewel to the center to add bling.

These are the supplies that you need for this card:

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So which Botanical Blooms card do you like best?

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February Class – Birthday Cards & Weekly specials

Don’t you just love all tBalloon Collagehe great new Birthday stamp sets in the Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalog?  So the Stamping New England Design Team has designed a really nice set of Birthday Cards for the month.  You do not want to miss out this month! 

This Tutorial includes full step-by-step instructions for 9 cards including a  Pop-up Box Birthday card with a You Tube video.

My tutorials include step-by-step instructions and you have lifetime access to the tutorial and the You Tube video!

There are two ways to get this tutorial
1.  Purchase the tutorial for $11.95
Place an order for the following Stampin’ Up! supplies and I will send you the link for the tutorial:
  • Number of Years Stamp set Bundle (with framelits)
  • Balloon Celebration Bundle (with punch)
  • It’s my Party Designer Series Paper
Check out all the details HERE.

Don’t forget about the specials for this week:

Ready to place an order?  If your order is under $150 then use the hostess code  UYPQFSKP and I will send you a ribbon sampler.  Of course if your order is over $150, collect the benefits for yourself!  I love to share the hostess benefits with my customers!

I hope you have enjoyed my Balloon Birthday Card Class today!

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Birthday Card & Weekly specials


Today I have a Birthday card to share that is one of the cards that we are making today at my monthly Stamper’s club meeting.

This card uses the It’s My Party Designer Series Paper, the Number of Years stamp set and the Balloon Bouquet punch from the Balloon Celebrations Bundle.  

My new favorite way to make Birthday cards is to combine the Number of Years stamp set with the Balloon Celebrations Stamp set from the Occasions catalog.

I have seen so many great cards made with this combination of stamp sets and dies. 

Love these Birthday cards?  Check out my new online class!   These two stamp sets are the focus of my new online class!

… and onto the weekly specials: Ready to order? If your order is under $150 then use the Hostess code UYPQFSKP and receive a ribbon sampler from me. Of course if your order is over $150 then collect the hostess $ yourself!

I love the share the hostess benefits with my customers.
You can place an order from my website HERE.

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