Cards - Birthday

Bamboo Party Pandas

I am so excited about my card today.  It has been rambling around in my head for a week now.  I just kept thinking that the Color Theory paint chip looking paper would be perfect to make bamboo.  It's from the annual catalog Color Theory 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper Stack.  Well, let me show you my card!

Bamboo Party Pandas

I love how it turned out!  Don't you just love it when an idea actually works!  Here's how I made it.

The card base is Thick Whisper White 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4 and folded.  I've said it before, but you really must score this thick paper.  It folds so much easier and cleaner!

Cut the paint chip paper in 1/4 inch strips.  I used 5 on the front and one more inside the card.

The leaves were the best I could find for the bamboo leaves.  It's not perfect, but it works.  They are from the Bouquet Bunch Framelits Dies.  I think I cut about 10 or so from Old Olive card stock.  I added them to the back of the strips with glue dots.

Stamp the pandas with Tuxedo Black Memento ink.  I stamped all three of them.  There's also one on the inside.  I used the one with the hat.  I did use my new Stamperatus for the pandas.  It allows you to ink and stamp over and over again to get that solid dark image.  I love it!  Fussy cut the pandas.  I did not use the balloon that one panda is holding.  By the way the Party Pandas stamp set is one of the free Sale-a-Bration picks with a $50 purchase.  Free is a wonderful word!

I laid out the strips and the pandas and figured out where I wanted them.  I then added the leaves where I thought they were needed.  Finally I started from the right and glued down as I went left.

I colored the circles on the hat and the heart with the Melon Mambo Stampin' Write Marker.

The sentiment is also from Party Pandas and is stamped on white scrap in Melon Mambo.  Trim closely.  The sentiment is added with dimensionals.

Bamboo Party Pandas inside

Here is the inside of the card.  The sentiment here is from the stamp set Picture Perfect Birthday in the Occasions catalog.

Bamboo Party Pandas card

I hope you will try this card.  I had a lot of fun making it.  I know these pandas are going to be very popular.  Remember they can be yours free with a $50 purchase!

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Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge #491 Celebrate You

The Occasions catalog and the Sale-a-Bration brochure are in full swing!  It's an exciting time for Stampin' Up!  The challenge for the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge is a color one.  We are using Bermuda Bay, Berry Burst, and Peek-a-boo Peach.  


My card today has lots of new items in it.  Some are in the Occasions catalog and some are free with purchase.  Just choose what you want from the Sale-a-Bration brochure.


We have designer papers that are perfect for this challenge.  So that's the direction I decided to follow.  Let me tell you how to make this card.

Start with a card base of Thick Whisper White.  Mine measures 4 1/4 x 11 and is scored and folded at 5 1/2.  You can easily use the 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 measurement.

The Berry Burst and the Peek-a-boo Peach papers come from the Tutti Frutti 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper Stack in the Occasions catalog.  The Bermuda Bay paper is from the Bubbles & Fizz Designer Series Paper.  It is one of the free picks from Sale-a-Bration with a $50 order.  These papers measure 1 1/2 x 6.  Glue down the top and the bottom papers first.  Add the middle one so that it angles just enough to cover the white background.  Trim the edges to fit the base.

The words are cut from more of the designer paper.  The amazing is cut from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.  These words are from a free Sale-a-Bration pick called Celebrate You Thinlits Dies.  This year Sale-a-Bration is shaking things up a bit.  We've always had free choices for a $50 purchase.  But this year if you want to step things up a bit, you have a few choices for a $100 purchase.  These thinlits dies are part of this.  Stampin' Up! has also told us that these dies will be in the next annual catalog!  Of course you can still pick 2 items for your $100 purchase if you wish!  When attaching these words make sure that you get them straight.  It's hard with that one piece angled on there.

CCMC491 close up

Now for the balloons.  They comes from the Bird Banter stamp set in the Occasions catalog.  Stamp the strings right on the card in Tuxedo Black Memento ink.  Then stamp the balloons on the designer paper and cut them out.  Adhere with dimensionals.

Now you might have noticed that I have an ink mark near that top balloon.  Does that ever happen to you?  Of course.  I left the block with the balloon lying there.  You would think I would know better.  I don't have any yet, on order, but I think that the Tutti Frutti Adhesive-Backed Sequins in the Berry Burst would have been good to hide my mistake.  Just add one over the mark and two more on the card wherever you want.  That would probably look great without the mistake.

CCMC #491 Celebrate You card

You might have noticed that I don't use the brighter colors as often.  I did end up loving these colors together.  That's what is so great about a challenge.  It forces you to go outside of your box.  See what you can do with these colors! 

Thanks for adding me to your day today.  It's so nice to know that my blog is being read.  You don't want to miss all the Sale-a-Bration excitement.  If you don't have a demonstrator, let me know if you need catalogs.  I'll be happy to send them to you!

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NC Demo Blog Hop: What's New?

Welcome to the NC Demo Blog Hop for December.  It's a great way to end the year!  It's a great way to begin the year, too, if you are seeing this in 2018!  We are exploring "What's New!"  this time.  There is plenty that's new with the Sale-a-Bration brochure and the Occasions catalog going live on January 3rd.  Life is so good!

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You are sure to see lots of great ideas for new product on this hop.  I'm so glad you are here.  So, here is my card.

Party Pandas Birthday card

There is so much new stuff on this card.  Let me get right to the details.

Start with a card base of Bermuda Bay cut at 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored and folded at 4 1/4.

The layer of Lemon Lime Twist is 3 3/4 x 5.  

The next layer is 3 5/8 x 4 7/8.  This paper comes from the Bubbles & Fizz Designer Series Paper from the Sale-a-Bration brochure.  During Sale-a-Bration you can choose a free item from the brochure for every $50 you spend.

I began with a frame cut from the Layering Square Framelits.  This paper is from the Tutti Frutti 6 x 6 Paper Stack.  It's in the Occasions catalog.  Adhere to the card with Foam Adhesive Strips.

The panda is from the Sale-a-Bration set Party Pandas.  It's fantastic!  I will tell you that I was one of the fortunate L2L Team members that got to order the Stamperatus early.  I used it to stamp the panda with Tuxedo Black Memento ink.  It's often hard to get a good stamped image with solid areas on stamps.  I did stamp this several times so it is perfect.  Fussy cut the panda.  I colored in the dots on the birthday hat with my Bermuda Bay Stampin' Write Marker (Brights).  I wanted the panda the same height at the frame, so he is also on Foam Adhesive Strips.

Do you see the birthday blowers?  Right now I just can't think of what they are called.  These are from an new Occasions set called Picture Perfect Birthday.  You have 3 stamps to get this.  You will have to fussy cut.  They are just so cute!  These are also on the foam strips.  I used Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay, and Lemon Lime Twist.

The celebrate is from a Sale-a-Bration stamp set called Amazing You.  It's stamped in Melon Mambo and trimmed close.

The work YOU is from a new thinlit Sale-a-Bration die.  It's called the Celebrate You Thinlits Dies.  Yes, I said Sale-a-Bration.  This year you can get a couple of items that are a little more complex by spending $100.  This thinlit set is one of them.  It's also going to be in the Annual catalog in June!

So you see, this card is filled to overflowing with new stuff!

Party Pandas birthday inside

Here is the inside of the card.  There is another adorable panda.  The sentiment is from the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set.

Party Panda Birthday 2

This card was so much fun to make.  There are a lot of steps, but it's so worth it.  I think anyone would love this birthday card.

Thanks so much for giving me part of your day.  You don't want to miss any of the great ideas from our hop!  Please continue!  Our list is below.

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Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge # 490 Bird Banter

Hello again and welcome to this week's Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge.  This week we have a sketch.


This sketch was a challenge for me, but I think it turned out great!  Here's my card.

CCMC490 Jo Anne

This card features a brand new stamp set from the Occasions catalog called Bird Banter.  Isn't it delightful!

Start with a card base of Basic Gray measuring 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored and folded at 4 1/4.  Emboss the front panel of the card with the Polka Dot Basics Embossing Folder.

The patterned paper can be yours for free!  It's from the Bubbles & Fizz Designer Series Paper in the Sale-a-Bration brochure.  I just cut off a corner of the paper.  The side measurements are 2 3/4 x 4 3/4.

The branch was stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento ink on Whisper White.  The leaves were colored with the Dark Old Olive Blend.  Fussy cut the branch and leaves.

The birds were stamped on Whisper White in Memento black ink.  Color them with Blends also.  I used Light and Dark Daffodil Delight, Light and Dark Calypso Coral, Light and Dark Pool Party, Light and Dark Smoky Slate, and Light Bermuda Bay.  Cut out the birds using the Layering Circles Framelit Dies.  After I cut mine, I thought that it might have been a little faster with circle punches.  You can decide which you think is easier.

The balloon is also stamped in Memento black ink on white card stock.  Use the Light and Dark Calypso Coral Blends to color it.  You'll need to fussy cut out the balloon too.

I played around with the placement before gluing.  You'll want to make sure that the balloon is in just the right place.  Glue on the branch after the birds.

The sentiment is from the same stamp set.  Stamp in Memento black on a scrap of Pool Party.  Trim around it.

CCMC490 Bird Banter inside

Here's the inside of the card.  It's all from Bird Banter!

CCMC 490 Bird Banter

After completing the card, I will admit that I loved this challenge.  Bird Banter was not in my first preorder, but I kept coming back to it in the catalog.  I think it will be one of my favorites!

The Occasions catalog and the Sale-a-Bration brochure go live January 3rd.  If you don't have a demonstrator and you don't have these catalogs, let me know.  I'll be happy to send them to you.  You just don't want to miss them.  I've been featuring new items since December 18th.  You just might want to scroll back and see them!

Thanks for including me in part of your day!  I do appreciate it!

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Happy Wishes: A Sale-a-Bration Set


I'm so excited that we are close to Sale-a-Bration!  Don't you just love the word FREE!  It's one of those great 4 letter words!  Today I want to show a stamp set called Happy Wishes.

This set is so nice.  Stampin' Up! is offering several super nice items that are available with a $100 purchase.  This is one of them.  Look at all the nice sentiments!  Here is the card I made.

Happy Wishes

I was one of the L2L members who worked on the Stamperatus so I was able to preorder it.  You are going to love it!  I used it to print the happy.  Sometimes it's hard to get a good image with solid stamps.  With the Stamperatus, you can press again with the stamp or even ink the stamp again and press.  Your finished image is perfect!

Start with a card base of Elegant Eggplant cut at 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and scored and folded at 4 1/4.

The Wisteria Wonder layer is 3 3/4 x 5.  The Whisper White layer is 3 5/8 x 4 7/8.

The happy and birthday are from the Happy Wishes stamp set and stamped in Elegant Eggplant.  The specks are from the Waterfront stamp set (Occasions catalog) and is stamped in Wisteria Wonder.

The flowers are added from the Petals & More Thinlits Dies.  Cut out with the Wisteria and with Old Olive.  I just felt like the flowers needed leaves in green.  I snipped off the leaves and added green leaves.  Yes, that was time consuming, but I felt that it was worth it!  These dies coordinate with the Petal Palette Suite in the Occasions catalog.

Happy Wishes inside

I wanted you to see the inside of the card because I used the best from the Happy Wishes stamp set.  This is one really pretty stamp set!

Happy Wishes Sale-a-Bration

Now, back to the Stamperatus.  Have you reserved yours yet?  If you haven't, you have until December 30th.  You will need to leave your credit card number, but you will not be charged until it is shipped.  My guess is that you won't get it until some time in April.  Just remember that if you don't reserve it now, you won't be able to get it until the new Annual catalog comes out in June.  I would love for you to reserve it with me.  Just go here, click on Shop Now, scroll down just a little and click under the picture of the Stamperatus where it says Reserve yours now!


Thanks for stopping by today.  



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