Whew! What a crazy couple of days it has been. I went to bed Wednesday night without finishing my blog posts for my Creative Crew projects, thinking I’d do them first thing in the morning. Well. I woke up sick as a dog, as we like to say around here. So I spent yesterday either sleeping or throwing up and then ended up at the ER since we have no good urgent care around here and I can’t get into my gastroenterologist for 3 weeks. They were nice and gave me morphine.
Anyway, I have two more cards to show you. These are for the Step-It-Up challenge, and they will be included in the Birthday Memories Class-By-Mail that I’ll be offering later this month. So keep a look out for that.
Isn’t this little sweetie adorable? She is from the Birthday Memories designer series paper. I just adore her and pretty much every sheet of paper in that entire pack. It’s my favorite suite in the new catalog. I went with a Very Vanilla card base, because I wanted to use the Bundle of Love paper for my background. Plus, I think having the vanilla in the background makes the white in front pop a little more. I cut the girl and her surrounding cupcakes out of the designer series paper using one of the ovals from the Stitched Shapes framelits.
The girl is wearing a Whisper White and Pacific Point dress, but I decided it was close enough that I could use Dapper Denim for my sentiment frame and my Glitter Enamel Dot. I used the Layering Squares framelits for my sentiment, Very Vanilla for the straight square, and Dapper Denim for the scalloped square. The sentiment is stamped in Real Red from the Tabs for Everything stamp set — this stamp set is going to be perfect with the new Planner Kit (mine has shipped!) and the Circle Tab Punch.
I decided that my sweet girl holding her cupcake needed another little cupcake at her feet. I stamped the cupcake wrapper from the Lift Me Up stamp set in Crumb Cake on VV, then the frosting (also Lift Me Up) in Blushing Bride. Then I sponged Blushing Bride over the frosting to give it a little extra something. I added that Glitter Enamel Dot, and I was done.
For the inside of this card, I added a strip of the Bundle of Love paper, 4″x1/2″.
To step up my card, I first added a frame behind my girl, made with the Lots of Labels framelits and Red Glimmer Paper. Next, I cut Cupcake Girl directly out of the DSP using one of the coordinating dies — YES! The dies cut images directly from the paper! This is my favorite feature of the Birthday Memories Suite. After I cut her out, I popped her up on Dimensionals. The oval around her is also on Dimensionals, so I double-stacked the Dimensionals for the girl. Tip: When using Dimensionals on the glitter side of Glimmer Paper, I take the backing off the Dimensional, then add some liquid glue to the Dimensional so it will stay put. Otherwise, it falls off pretty easily. If you’re ever sticking anything to the top of Glimmer Paper, use either the Multipurpose Liquid Glue or the Fine-Tip Glue Pen.
I did everything the same for my sentiment, but for the tiny cupcake, this time I embossed both the wrapper and the frosting in gold, then sponged the frosting on with Blushing Bride ink. My final step-up is using more Glitter Enamel Dots.
This time for the inside of the card, I used the same paper, but I cut it 4-1/4″x3/4″.
I’d love to hear which card you like better! I love them both and really can’t decide which one is my favorite.
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Remember I am taking signups for my Paper, Ribbon, and Embellishments shares right now. Check out the details here (including the Stampin’ Up! videos that show all of the paper).
You can get all of the items I used today in my online Stampin’ Up! store (direct links are below). Use the host code (above) at checkout to get extra freebies from me.
Good afternoon from America!
I’m taking part in a very special blog hop today with the Aim for Alaska training group. This is a training put on by Kylie Bertucci to help us grow our businesses (Aim for Alaska means that we are trying to earn the fabulous Stampin’ Up! incentive trip for this year, which is an Alaskan cruise). I’ve learned so much about how to grow and run a successful business from top demonstrators all over the world, and I’m so grateful for this wonderful group!
The theme for our blog hop is Inspired by Alaska. When I think of Alaska, I think glaciers, mountains, reindeer, trees, and plaid, LOL.
Thank you, Jensen.
Tips for CASEing my card:
*My card base is Night of Navy, 4.25″ x 11″, scored at 5.5″.
*I cut a 4″-wide strip of the Carried Away designer series paper that is a Sale-A-Bration freebie. This paper coordinates perfectly with the Lift Me Up bundle and is only available free with a $50 purchase until the end of March. After I cut this strip of paper, I used my Paper Snips to cut off everything above the mountains. I did cut around one tiny hot air balloon and cloud but cut off everything else above the mountains. I just love how this paper gives a full scene of nature and wildlife in such a small space.
*After I glued down the paper to the card base, I cut the piece of Whisper White paper. I wanted the paper 3/4″ wide on the right side and 1/2″ tall on top. I probably did it the hard way, so the easy way would be to cut a piece that is 4.25″ x 5.5″, then use the ruler on your Trimmer to cut across the top (leaving 1/2″ above the cut) 3.75″ (leave 3/4″ on the right edge), then turn your paper and cut all the way to the bottom edge. I am making it sound more difficult than it is. Pop the piece of white up on Dimensionals.
*I stamped the tree from the Peaceful Pines stamp set in Emerald Envy ink on Emerald Envy cardstock, then cut it out with the Perfect Pines framelits. That is on Dimensionals.
*The banner is from the Banners for You bundle. I stamped in Emerald Envy and Night of Navy, then cut the banner out with the matching framelit. Since I was adding this right on top of the tree and the white border, I used my glue for most of the banner but did put a Dimensional under the left banner flap so everything is even.
*The bow is Emerald Envy Solid Baker’s Twine.
*The extra clouds are stamped/die cut using the Lift Me Up bundle.
*To finish off the card, I added Wink of Stella (clear) to all of the mountain peaks and the clouds. I love the frost you can get from this glitter pen!
*Inside. This sentiment is also from the Banners for You bundle, but it is a curved stamp, meant to fit on one of the curvy banners. So I just straightened it out when I put it on the clear block. That’s one of my favorite things about photopolymer stamps!
I hope you like my card. Make sure to continue hopping around the world on this fabulous Aim for Alaska blog hop. Right now you’re at Sarah Fleming’s blog, so just keep clicking down the list until you hop all the way back to me.
There are only 10-ish days left in Sale-A-Bration, so get those orders in! Today Stampin’ Up! released even more free items for you to earn until the 31st! You can earn a Sale-A-Bration freebie by placing an order of $50 or more in my online store. And don’t forget that anytime you order $50 or more from me using my Host Code, you also get my free gift for the month and a handmade card. But if your wishlist is over $99, the best deal is to buy the Starter Kit and join my team. No pressure to sell from me, ever, and for $99, you get $125 in products (you choose the products), and during Sale-A-Bration, you get to choose TWO extra stamp sets for your Starter Kit. Any two current stamp sets!
One of these days, I’m going to make note of the theme for these blog highlights before I’m sitting down to write my blog post. I sat down with my card to write the post last night, and that’s when I realized that my card of flowers and lace was not going to work for our theme of Travel. Back to the craft room! Yes, it’s a hard life, having to skip this morning’s workout because I stayed up too late making a card. [Please do catch my sarcasm. I can’t think of a better tradeoff.]
Anyway, thanks for coming to my blog today! We are being highlighted internationally by the fabulous Kylie Bertucci, and you can VOTE for my project, if you’re so inclined. The top ten winners will get to be part of an international blog hop. In last month’s blog highlight, I did squeak in at number 10, so I will be hopping with Kylie and nine other talented demonstrators in February (THANK YOU for your votes!). I’d love to do it again next time, so please go vote for my card!
Our theme for this highlight is Travel. I decided to use the hot air balloons from the new Lift Me Up bundle. I haven’t gotten to play with these much, so it was nice to have this theme to push me.
Tips for CASEing (copying) this card:
*The Bermuda Bay card base is 4.25″ x 11″, scored at 5.5″.
*Both designer series papers are from the Cupcakes and Carousels DSP Stack. This stack is such a good one! It has a vintage circus theme, but I’m finding all sorts of uses for it. The background paper can be swirly clouds, as I’m using it, but you could also call that cupcake icing and use it with cupcakes, or call it cotton candy and use it on a circus-themed card. I sponged the edges of this paper with Bermuda Bay ink — when you sponge the edge the same color as the card base, it really softens that edge. I love this look.
*I cut the sunburst paper with the Stitched Shapes Framelits (BACK IN STOCK!!). I thought that was a fun backdrop for the clouds and balloons.
*The hot air balloons are stamped in Tangerine Tango and Peekaboo Peach and then cut out with the coordinating framelits. The cloud framelits come in the same bundle. I love that they come in multiple sizes! I think there are four different cloud framelits in the bundle.
*To get all of that wonderful sparkle on my balloons and clouds, I just painted them all with the Clear Wink of Stella brush pen. It’s amazing the difference Wink of Stella makes on a card.
*You could pop the sentiment up on a separate label, especially if you can’t get it stamped straight directly on the card base — sometimes the only way I can get a sentiment on straight is to stamp it on a separate piece of cardstock, cut or punch it out, then glue or dimensional it on separately. (Dimensional is a verb in my craft room.)
*I finished off my card with Rhinestones, but Pearls or Enamel Shapes would also look really nice here.
*I added a piece of Whisper White cardstock to the inside (4″ x 5.25″) and a half-inch strip of the swirly cloud paper to pull the whole card together. I also sponged the edges of this piece in Bermuda Bay, again to soften the edge.
Thanks for coming today. I hope you like my card. My full supply list and links to my store are below. Make sure you head over to Kylie’s blog to vote for my card. I would love to be chosen for the next blog hop!
Don’t forget that from now until the end of March, you can earn a Sale-A-Bration freebie by placing an order of $50 or more in my online store. And don’t forget that anytime you order $50 or more from me using my Host Code, you also get my free gift. But if your wishlist is over $99, the best deal is to buy the Starter Kit and join my team. No pressure to sell from me, ever, and for $99, you get $125 in products (you choose the products), and during Sale-A-Bration, you get to choose TWO extra stamp sets for your Starter Kit.