Retreat Project – Birthday Card Kit

This was our third Make&Take project at the Stamp, Scrap & Create Retreat.  A Birthday card kit that included a birthday cards for a variety of people – a kids card, a teen card, a feminine card and a masculine card.  I wanted to accomplish a few things for this project and set of cards.  While designing it the plan was to use a consistent color scheme – so the whole set coordinates, and I wanted to use the same layout for each of the cards – to show that changing just the stamp set could make it a completely different card.  I was able to use items from my pre-order for the new Stampin’ Up! catalog along with items from the Occasions catalog that continued on into the new annual catalog.


I decided to use the new Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack for this project so the color scheme is Sahara Sand, Basic Gray, Whisper White and two brand new colors – Hello Honey and Lost Lagoon.  I’m not sure if you have noticed this before but with the paper stacks if you look at one side you have one set of colors and if you flip over and look at the other side you have a slightly different set of colors.  For this moonlight stack one side includes the Lost Lagoon (that’s what I used for this project) while the other side included the Blackberry Bliss.

Here is a closer look at each piece of this project.

retreat-card-boxThe box that holds the 4 cards and envelopes was made with the Envelope Punch Board.  The front decorated with the Starburst Sayings and Starburst Framelits.

retreat-card-sea-streetThe kids card uses the new Sea Street stamp set and the “happy birthday” is from a new set called Something to Say.  A strip of the Moonlight paper stack – that looks like waves and the Starburst die cut is embossed with the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder – to look like bubbles.  Does that embossing folder look familiar?  It was one of the Sale-A-Bration free choices a few months ago.

retreat-card-geometricalThe teen card uses the Geometrical stamp set and the Triangle punch.  For this one the greeting is on the circle and then the punched triangles were added around the front of the card giving a little different look to the same card layout.

retreat-card-so-happyHere is the feminine card – it uses the new So Very Happy stamp set.  While this wasn’t part of our pre-order it was a set that I received during the Leadership conference back in January.  The flower in the set coordinates with the Blossom Punch.

retreat-card-timelessAnd finally the masculine card – it uses the set called Timeless Talk.  This isn’t a new set it was actually in last years catalog too.  But sometimes you don’t notice a set until its presented in a different way.  For the center of the dial on the phone I added a little Basic Gray candy dot.

For all the cards I used the Hardwood Background stamp.  And they each have the large starburst that is embossed, the strip of Moonlight Designer Paper and the 2-1/2″ circle punch with an image plus the punched greeting.

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Petite Petals Note Card

Just a quick post to show you a quick little card.  The note cards & envelopes are great when you need something fast.  Add a stamp and a greeting, bring in some punched elements and you are good to go.


The flowers are the Petite Petals stamp set and punch with an added little center using the Itty Bitty Shapes flower punch (its retiring and one of my favorites!).  Here is a close up for you.



Mother’s Day – Take Two

I made a second version of this card that is perfect for Mother’s Day.


For this one I wanted to use the Watercolor Wonder Designer Paper.  I switched my neutral to Whisper White to coordinate with the paper and changed the card base to Smoky Slate.

For the Baker’s Twine – I actually decided there were several options –

  • use Whisper White – as is
  • use Whisper White – dye it Gumball Green – use a Stampin’ Sponge to hold the twine in the ink pad as you pull it across, repeat until the twine is the color you want it.  Let dry.
  • use the Island Indigo Baker’s Twine.


Don’t need a Mother’s Day card – then switch out the greeting to be a birthday card or thank you or whatever you might need.  Remember these items are on the retiring list or going away at the end of the Occasions catalog at the end of May –

  • Watercolor Wonder Designer Paper
  • Island Indigo Baker’s Twine
  • Itty Bitty Punch pack – that’s the center of the flowers
  • Gumball Green in-color


Hey There

I think the Just Sayin’ Stamp set and the Word Bubble Framelits are a fun combination from the Occasions catalog.  This Pinterest inspired card is one that the girls made at my team meeting this past weekend.  Literally something I threw together at the last minute (they laugh at me for that).


This is how I made it –

  • The card base is Bermuda Bay.
  • For the Whisper White layer place it on the cutting mat on top of the Magnetic Platform and then add the word bubble framelits – I used 3 different ones.  Run it through the Big Shot to cut.  Set the cut pieces aside and use on another project – for this one we are using the negative piece.
  • I cut pieces of the Kaleidoscope Designer paper – I think mine were 2″ x 3″ pieces.  glue them to the back behind each of the cut holes.  Where the paper extends out beyond the edge of the white – trim – these will be the pieces that get layered on the front – and I did not worry about them being straight or perfect at all.  They were what they were.
  • Layer the White on a piece of Basic Black and add to the card base.
  • I hand drew the lines/dots around the cut outs.
  • Add the leftover strips to the front – I used the opposite sides from what I used in the word bubbles.
  • I stamped the Hey There on another piece of White and cut it.  Alternately you could use one of the shapes that you cut out and try to line the stamp up – or stamp it before you cut and that would save paper – unless you want a different shape.  Add to front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Add some coordinating Candy Dots – for this one I used Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry and Melon Mambo.


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Starburst Technique

Do you like to try new techniques?  At my team meeting this past weekend the theme for our swap was to try a technique that was featured in one of the past Stampin’ Success magazines (that is the magazine that all Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators receive).  I decided to try one called the Starburst technique that I had seen a few months ago.


It just so happened that I already had a spritzer bottle filled with Crushed Curry ink (and alcohol) so I thought I would play with that to begin with.  And that made me think of sunrays and being happy which made me think of the phrase Cheer Up buttercup in the Geometrical stamp set.  Now I feel like I’m tell the “when you give a pig a pancake” story….. well maybe not.

starburst-swapI was pleased with how it turned out.  So let me tell you how I made it.

  • Create a starburst mask.  I used a piece of the cardboard that comes in the back of our Designer Paper.  First I cut it to be slightly larger than my white card stock.  I found something on my table that was round and traced it.  Then used a ruler and drew lines through the circle.  Then I cut out every other wedge up to my circle.  Here is what my mask looks like – starburst-template
  • I laid the mask on top of my Whisper White card stock and then spritzed it with the Crushed Curry in my spritzer bottle.  I aimed towards the center because I wanted it darker near the center and light out near the edges like a starburst/sunray.
  • While the mask was still on I stamped the dots on there using the Gold Encore ink.  The dots are from the Happy Watercolor stamp set.  Then I moved the mask.
  • I stamped the greeting “Cheer up Buttercup” also in the Gold Encore ink.
  • I tied a piece of Whisper White Baker’s Twine around the White layer before adding it onto a Crushed Curry card base.
  • To finish I added a punched Butterfly.  It’s the Elegant Butterfly punch and the Eastern Elegance designer paper.  I added a Vintage Faceted button that I tied with some of the gold thread that I pulled off the Gold Baker’s Twine.
  • It’s bright and cheerful!


Thanks for stopping by today.  Oh and I got to look in on my bluebird today.  I thought she had laid 5 eggs and when I checked today – there are 6!!  It’s going to be one crowded nest box with 6 babies in there.  I have  a picture on my Facebook page.


Dollar Spot Find

Do you ever walk through the dollar spot at Target and look at things to see what you can use to create something really great?  I took a trip through the dollar spot back before Christmas time and spent $50!  That’s 50 items.  What sort of gems did I find?  Well one was this little holiday themed standing sign.

be-merry-standI added the holes in it for my project.  So it was just something to set out for the holidays – pretty plain really.  But I had an idea!  I asked Greg to if he could drill holes in it and he said no problem – so I brought him a stack and a few minutes later he had all the holes drilled.  Any thoughts on what you think I might have created?

2014-Calendar-standIt’s a 2014 desktop calendar!  I thought if I could get the holes drilled I could add the cards for each month and make a flip calendar!  What do you think??

Here is a little bit of info on how I made it –

  • as you saw above we drilled two holes in the stand
  • I covered the front and back of the stand with a piece of card stock – I used my Punch Board to round the corners and glued the card stock directly to the front and back of the stand – punch the holes before you glue it down
  • I created my calendar for each month using My Digital Studio and printed them on Whisper White card stock. I cut each piece to fit the stand.  This took a little bit of trial and error to get everything spaced where I wanted.
  • I used Fresh Prints Designer Paper Stack to decorate the side of each month.  On the left side I also added a piece of card stock punched with the Ribbon Border Punch – it just barely has the little scallops peeking out.  2014-calendar-stand3
  • For each month I used a different print and I alternated the card stock colors each month – I used Coastal Cabana, Real Red and Crumb Cake.  After attaching the designer paper I rounded the top corners and punched the holes to allow the pages to be threaded on the rings.
  • During my club meeting where we made these I created a “cheat sheet” for them to see which month had which designer paper and what color card stock.   2014-calendar-guide1 2014-calendar-guide2
  • I threaded all the months on the ring and as the months change you flip the previous month to the back.  2014-calendar-side-view
  • To finish I created a tag in My Digital Studio with the 2014 that I could punch out with the ticket punch.  I added that to the ring along with a piece of Real Red ribbon.  201-calendar-stand2
  • I do open the ring, slide of the ribbon and the tag off so that I can switch to the next month – then put those back on so they stay in the front.


I was totally pleased with how this little project turned out!  My stamp club girls made one and I also gave them as gifts for my Leadership roommates.  I hope you like it as much as I do and that it gave you an idea for a future calendar project – just take a stroll through that dollar spot and see what you find.  Think outside the box and come with something different to do with what you find there.

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