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Masculine Birthday Card Idea with Balloon Adventures

Masculine Birthday Card with Balloon Adventures by Jennifer Blomquist NWstamper.com

With so many great flowers and lace stamps and dies, sometimes I have a hard time finding a  Masculine birthday card in my stash.  So, when I was designing a card for my recent Stamping Bingo event, I decided to fix that problem!  I love this Balloon Adventures stamp set and especially that it fits the Balloon Bouquet punch.  But this card is all about the details, which lets you keep it interesting without bringing it over to the girly side. Smile  Let me share with you some of the fun touches we added:
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Foxy Friend Fabulously Fun Birthday Card

Last Friday was my monthly Creative Cards class – we normally meet the first Friday of the month, but with OnStage Local happening that first weekend of the month, I had to push it back a week.  Well, I was so glad I could because it gave me a chance to play with my new Stitched Shapes framelits (SO FUN!!) and since we had Christmas Cards and Tags classes scheduled for Saturday, I was free to play with all the other fun non-holiday items in my craft room.

So out came the Foxy Friends stamp set and the coordinating A Little Foxy designer paper, and don’t they come together so cute for a birthday card?!

I just love how cute and festive this card turned out.  It is perfect for kids or anyone who loves something cute. 🙂  I used the stitched squares to cut out each of the patterns as well as a piece of Whisper White cardstock – the stitching is a little touch but it really adds a lot, I think.

Tips for making this card:

  • Order makes a difference! First stamp the body of the fox in the middle of the white die cut square.  Then, punch out the body shape using the Fox Builder punch from a piece of computer paper or post-it note.  You’ll use that punch out as a mask – just lay it on top of where you stamped the body before you stamp the tree stump to make it look like he is in the middle of the stump.
  • Lighten Up your stamping!  I didn’t want the tree stump to be too dark and take away from the bright cheery fox, so I inked it up with Smoky Slate ink and stamped first on scrap paper and THEN onto the bottom of the white die cut square.
    Make sure the mask you punched out is over your stamped body before you stamp the stump to make sure no lines go through the middle of his feet. 🙂
  • Little touches bring lots of fun and whimsy – Once you have all the layers put together, add a few extra touches and have them cross over the edges of your layers for a more whimsical look.  Like punching out a head and popping it up on a Stampin’ Dimensional so that it crosses over the edge of the squares.
    Or add a balloon where all the corners meet to make your fox a party fox!
    Or simply add a little epoxy accent like the star from the Subtles enamel shapes to add a touch of color to your sentiment.

If you want to make this at home, I have the measurements listed for you at the bottom of the post.  But mix and match your colors and patterns for a ton of fun cheery options guaranteed to bring a smile to anyone’s face!

News Updates and Specials to know about

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I just learned yesterday that the Stitched Framelits are so popular that Stampin’ Up ran through a couple months inventory in a couple WEEKS! So, while they are still accepting orders now for delivery at the end of the month, they will be making the dies unorderable starting at 10am on 11/21 while they work with the supplier to get more! So, if you had been wanting to get a set, I recommend ordering soon. Get yours here  – Stitched Shapes Framelits

Also, the Online Extravaganza is coming!

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This weeklong sale kicks off on Monday (11/21) with a set of special 24hr only deals in addition to the weeklong specials.  I just got to see the list this morning before I had to run off to some appointments.  But I want to make sure to share with you so you can be checking your wishlist or telling family which items are great holiday gifts for you!  😉

If you are on my mailing list, I’ll send out an email this evening with all the details of everything on sale (if you aren’t on my list, sign up here – http://eepurl.com/ueYCf). Then I should have it up in a blog post and here on Facebook tomorrow so we can all start planning.

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Project Measurements:
  • Whisper White cardstock – 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, 3 3/4″ x 3 3/4″, 2″x2″, scrap
  • Smoky Slate cardstock – 4″ x 4″
  • Pool Party cardstock – scrap
  • A Little Foxy designer paper – 2″x2″ piece in 3 different patterns
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More Party Wishes! A Pop of Punches Birthday Card

Remember how yesterday I shared a card that used the little candles punch and stamp from Party Wishes?  Well, today I have another birthday card idea using the OTHER punches in that party punch pack… the cupcake and balloon!

This was all started from an “element” we made as a make & take at the OnStage event in November, but there was a lot more designer paper below the Happy Birthday sentiment and I just couldn’t handle it for some reason. Smile  It just wasn’t my style and so I had to start cutting it up and trying new things!

Jennifer’s Tips for this project:

  • Get your colors from your designer paper! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve discovered a new color combination by just looking at my patterned paper and pulling the colors from it!  They have smart concept artists coming up with great combinations for use on the pattern papers, so why not use it as the basis of your card?  I did with this card and used Mint Macaron, Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, and Basic Black.
  • Use those punches!  Punch out shapes give you so much dimension and it is so easy too!  Use the new Party Punch Pack to easily punch out candles, cupcakes, or the balloon and then just pop them up on your card with a dimensional for easy peasy impact!
  • Tie it off with Baker’s Twine! And don’t feel like you have to stick to one color!  I couldn’t decide so I wrapped both colors of baker’s twine around my element.  You get 25 yards EACH of the two color combinations in the Baker’s Twine Combo pack…. and seriously people, they are so soft and fun to work with, you’ll love them!
  • Put it at an angle –  If you are like me and always fussing about trying to get things lined up and perfectly straight, give yourself a break!  Purposely set one of your elements of at an angle (like I did with the main stamped image layers).  Not only do you not have to worry about it being perfect, but it keeps your cards different and fun.

Want to try a little bit of all the new papers and accessories from the Occasions catalog?

By popular demand, I’ll be putting together some product samplers from the Occasions catalog including all the new embellishments and papers!  Everyone loves to get these so you can try a little of everything to see what your favorites will be!  I should be posting more details this weekend, but feel free to email me at jennifer@nwstamper.com and I’ll make sure to email you when it is up so you don’t miss out and you can have a reserved spot in the first share!

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Bright & Cheery Birthday Card with the New Party Wishes Stamps & Confetti Embossing Folder

Let’s think spring and bright and cheery as we head into January.  I know a lot of people are thinking about resolutions and thinking about making sure you are on top of birthday cards for the year – I know I am!  I want to do a lot better sending out birthday cards to my friends and family.  So, let’s kick things off with a fun birthday card using the new Party Wishes stamp set and the Confetti Embossing Folder!

Ok, really… I just love this sentiment!  Coming from a tech background and working in an office, I have had my share of meetings.  Plus I am a firm believer that every birthday needs cake… even if it is just a little cupcake.  This year, my kids both had mid-week birthdays, so we had their parties with friends and family on the weekend.  But I HAD to make sure they had some cake on their actual birthday even though their main-event cake was at the weekend party. Smile

Jennifer’s Project Tips:

  • The Confetti embossing folder already has that oval smoothed out in the middle, making it a perfect frame for your birthday cards!  Place the indented side UP and lightly sponge over it with a sponge dauber and your favorite colors and it will keep the embossed areas mostly white and the color all around them, so they really pop!
    Just be sure not to press too hard!  And mix and match your colors too.  I used:  Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Bermuda Bay, and Perfect Plum.
  • Add a little extra sparkle by adding a strip of Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper to the top and the bottom of the card.  It is really hard to see in the picture, but it really ups the pizzazz in real life.
  • See those little birthday candles?  I totally did NOT cut those out by hand!  If you get the Party Wishes bundle, you will also get the Party Punch Pack which includes little punches to punch out the candles along with a little balloon and cupcake.  Easy peasy!
  • I did tie some Gold 1/8” ribbon around my cake.  It just needed a little punch up as well.  Look for any of your little ribbons and use them in unexpected ways like around stamped images.

Oh, and don’t forget that Archival Basic Black ink!  It makes for AMAZINGLY RICH and dark stamped sentiments and outlines.  Though I do only recommend it with your red rubber stamps (unless you don’t mind staining the heck out of your photopolymer stamps).  It really is my favorite black ink!

It’s Sale-a-Bration time!

Don’t forget, if you spend $50 or more…. like if you got the Party Wishes bundle, the embossing folder, some ribbon, and sponge daubers for example,  You’ll get to pick something for free out of the Sale-a-Bration catalog!

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Christmas or All Year Cards with Season of Cheer Designer Paper

At the Northwest Crafty Escape Weekend last month, I gave everyone who was attending on Friday a goodie bag that included a number of items including the Season of Cheer designer paper pack and some of the Old Olive Baker’s Twine (which is one of the weekly deal this week – booyah!)  I used this paper for their make & take projects and had fun designing 4 cards – 2 of which were Christmas Cards and 2 which were anytime of year cards!  Because I loved how even though this paper is in the Holiday Catalog and shown doing lots and lots of Christmas projects, it has patterns that are great for after the holiday season is over as well!

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I tried to make that graphic so you could more easily see the patterns in the pack.  As you can tell, there are definitely “Holiday” patterns – from the hand painted ornaments or colored lights, to the holly berries and pointsettias.  So, you can make fun cards like this one:

I just mixed two of the patterns and a little bit of coordinating cardstock to create a quick holiday card.  I just love the hand painted look of these ornaments.  Just makes it feel cozy and homey to me. Smile  Want to make your own?  Here are the dimensions for the paper for this card:

  • Whisper White cardbase – 4 ¼” x 11”, score at 5 ½”
  • Old Olive cardstock – 3 ¼” x 4 5/8”, 1 ½” x 2 7/8”, ¾” x 5 ½”
  • Snowflake paper – 3 1/8” x 4 ½”
  • Ornament paper – 1 3/8” x 2 ¾”

But like I said, this paper pack doesn’t have to be just for Christmas.  Check out this Birthday card that we made using the same papers!

I just used some of the more generic patterns and mixed in some stamps from the Tin of Cards stamp set (see it is awesome even outside of that cute project kit!)

We cut bigger pieces of paper and adhered them onto our card front at an angle to get the look that we wanted.  Then just trim off the parts of the paper that hang over the edge to clean it up!  I also wrapped more of the Old Olive baker’s twine and added a little cardstock star using the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.  See, fun Birthday card you can use for anyone at anytime of the year!

Want the dimensions for this card too?  You got it!

  • Whisper White cardbase – 4 ¼” x 11”, score at 5 ½”
  • Multi-colored Hexagon paper – 3 ½” x 5 ½”
  • Yellow diamond paper – 1” x 5”

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Sprinkles of Life Cupcake Birthday for the Fun n’ Crafty Blog Hop – (Wednesday Walkthrough Video Tutorial)

If you missed it yesterday, the new 2015 Stampin’ Up annual catalog launched yesterday and so today we are in full swing of everything ramped up and ready to go with all the changes that come with the new catalog.  If you haven’t seen yours yet, here is the link to the new catalog and to my new catalog walkthrough video that went up on my YouTube channel yesterday.

See the new catalog PDF  |  Check out my new catalog walkthrough on YouTube!

But not only is the new catalog here but it is once again time for another Fun n’ Crafty Stampers Blog Hop!  We were supposed to be mixing products from the new catalog with items from the prior catalog… you know, the good ol’ mixing of old and new.  And I can tell you, the new products do that great, especially the new In Colors!   So, while I got a little excited playing with my new stuff, I did at least mix in some old colors and my 2-1/2” circle punch to do a bit of old and new.  So it counts, right? Smile

Triple Banner Punch + Cherry on Top paper + Sprinkles of Life stamp set = a Bright Birthday Card!

As I was working on this card, I got inspired to put together a whole Card Class by Mail around this super duper awesome stamp set – so this is card 1 from my new Sprinkles of Life card class by mail!

Tips for making this card:

  • The new “Banner Triple Punch” or as I call it, the Triple Banner punch, makes these banners come together super easy.  Sure, it doesn’t take that long to trim paper ends by hand with your scissors, but after using this, I can tell how great it is to not have to worry about being a little off… or wanting to go quick because I want to have 2 or 3 banner ends per card!
  • Use the color palatte of your designer paper to get you started!  In this case, I pulled the Crushed Curry ink, Watermelon Wonder, and Bermuda Bay from the Cherry on Top designer paper pack.  It really pulls everything together!
  • The Sprinkles of Life stamp set gives you a TON of options for your projects

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    – especially when you add in the Tree Builder punch.  Because then suddenly you get so much dimension for your clouds, trees, and cupcakes!image
  • Sponge the edges of your banners to help them POP and keep from blending into one another.  It use Crushed Curry as a bright alternative to my typical browns.
  • Get more control and a better sponged edge when you use a Sponge Dauber for your inking as opposed to direct to inkpad or the yellow sponges.
  • Don’t be afraid to stamp onto non-traditional colors!  I don’t think of Watermelon Wonder and Bermuda Bay as real-life cupcake colors, but they still totally work on a card!
  • Use the flower punch from the Tree Builder punch to get the little accent flower and then bling it up with the smallest sized rhinestone.
  • Add the perfect finishing touch with the new Dotted Lace Trim in all the new In Colors (though I have to say the Watermelon color in the lace is my FAV!)

Watch my Wednesday Walkthrough video for even more tips and to see just how easy it is to pull this card together! And then make sure to hop along to all the other great project ideas on our Hop!

 

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Don’t miss out on all the other great project ideas waiting for you on the hop!

Fun & Crafty Blog Hop

Jennifer B. of Northwest Stamper <–YOU ARE HERE

Tobe B. of The Craft Sea

Susan S. of Stampin’ By The SF Bay

Pam W. of Stinky Tofu

Sara G. of 1200 Some Miles

 

 


And if you are interested in more ideas with this stamp set and/or are interested in being able to make all of these cards at home, make sure to register soon for this class by mail!

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Did you know?  Members of my Fun n’ Crafty downline get all my class by mail tutorials for free?  Its my way of helping you learn more ideas for sharing classes or projects with your friends and customers!

Plus, with the get 2 free additional stamp sets when you sign up this month, you can pick up this Sprinkles of Life stamp set as a free bonus item! Get started here

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Spruce Up a Gift Bag with a Glitzy Decorative Tag using Amazing Birthday

My head has been down focused on recent stamping events including my Sale-a-Bration Celebration customer appreciation event, getting my April Class-by-Mail out the door, and working on thank you cards and projects for my next few classes (Beautiful Bokeh on Monday 4/27 for you locals, and hopefully the Easy & Elegant Artisan Cards for May’s Class by mail!)   And though it has been crazy, it’s been a lot of fun!  I love getting a chance to make some special goodies to say thank you for everyone who has been supporting me and letting me bring a little creativity into their lives! Smile 

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(some of the lovely ladies at my appreciation event on Monday!)

Oh, and to top it off, my camera stopped working (well, the flash stopped working) so I had to mail it back in to Canon for repairs and just got it back yesterday!  So, today I have a project that I forgot to share from a while back…simple but a great way to spruce up a simple gift bag!

Tips for making this project:

  • Pick up inexpensive plain gift bags from the dollar store or other discount store and use your scraps and stamps to embellish it!
  • Layer punches and dies to add a lot of dimension and WOW in a little space.
  • This tag uses 2 retiring punches/dies – The Artisan Label Punch and the Starburst Framelit
  • Mix in elements out of Glimmer Paper to add easy touches of sparkle and glitz.
  • Use Make the rest of the tag by layering images from the Amazing Birthday stamp set… but the best part is that this could be for anyone at anytime!

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  • Did you know?  The Amazing Birthday stamp set coordinates with the 1-1/4” Circle Punch and the Banner Framelits!

These sort of tags are perfect ways to use up your scraps and add that special handmade touch to your gifts.  Plus they are fun to make… so WIN – WIN!

Like I mentioned, this uses 2 retiring accessories… the items are while supplies last and a lot have sold out already.  So I wouldn’t wait too long to snag your favorites… the stamps will be manufactured through May 26th, but the accessories are while supplies last through June 2nd.

 

The Clearance Rack was updated yesterday too!

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Ok, now I’m off to get thank yous in the mail and take pictures of the projects we made in the last week so I can be back tomorrow to share more fun ideas!  Until then…

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Big News about the Butterfly Thinlits & a Special Offer!

Have you been loving the Butterfly Thinlits?  I LOVE how pretty the delicate shapes are from the dies like on this card I made with the Red Glimmer Paper:

And I will say (even though I totally forgot to get a picture before I gave away all my swaps) that I really enjoy how EASY it is to put together a card with the Butterfly Basics stamp set.  Seriously, it looks like an ok stamp set in the catalog, but when you start playing with it, cards start coming together really quickly!  Here is one that I was sent recently (and it got a little crinkled in the mail!

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Card by Susan Timchack

Well, I know a bunch of folks missed out when it was available at the beginning of the year and Stampin’ Up knows how frustrated everyone has been with the dies and the discounted bundle being out of stock for so long due to the dock workers strike that was going on recently, especially if you were hoping to get the bundle and earn Sale-a-Bration benefits with it!  So, because Stampin’ Up is awesome – they are offering a special “thank you for your patience” deal as soon as the dies show up in their warehouse and go on sale.  Check it out:

Buttefly Basics April 2015 promotion

The dies are expected in the warehouse TODAY and should be available for purchase on WEDNESDAY (April 15th)!

Everyone has been eagerly awaiting the return of these dies, so while they should be getting a lot in, I would make sure to order yours early to make sure you don’t have a bit of a wait in line as everyone makes a run on them! Smile 

So, you can either:

  • Watch for my “The Dies Are Here!” post with links to purchase in the online store – and get my 3 card samples bonus as a thank you for ordering from me!
    OR
  • Email me at jennifer@nwstamper.com with your information and I’ll place the order for you as soon at they go live & mail your card samples out to you as a thank you!  I will just need your shipping information and either a credit card or paypal email address for an invoice.

And if you are still on the fence, here are a couple more ideas for you:

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Card by Carol Hickman

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Card by Jen Pitta

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Card by Naomi Keeling

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