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Birthday Sparkle Kit: Overview and Some Alternatives

Hello to you!  Today I have an overview of the Birthday Sparkle Kit.  This kit was released on February 1 and I give it a big thumbs up.  The item number is #163865 and the cost in the US is $23.

Birthday sparkle

I have a video for this kit with some alternative projects.  Warning!  Mistakes were made and words were hard, but I hope you'll take a look anyway.

Birthday Sparkle Kit Just Opened Kit  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

Just out of the box, this is what you will find.  The kit is all inclusive.  You will receive a clear block.  You'll notice that I have used my own blocks.  I'll reserve this one for a customer.  You also get a Early Espresso stampin' spot.  I have used my own larger ink pad.  The stamp set is great.  Every stamp is used when making the kit.

Birthday Sparkle Kit  Directions Sheet with QR codes  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

The directions are two sided.  One thing I noticed is the section with QR codes.  You can access a video for a beginner stamper and another video with the instuctions.  It's great that every effort has been made to make kit assembly a successful experience for everyone.

Birthday Sparkle Kit  Completed Cards and Tags According to Instructions  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

Here are the completed projects according to the directions.


Birthday Sparkle Kit  Supplies for one card with personal blocks  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

These are the supplies for the balloon card.  It could be a little bit of a challenge to get the sticks stamped for the balloons.  But I must say that assembly of the card was a lot of fun.  Stamping the designs on the individual balloons was easy.  It is a little hard to see the shapes on the gold glimmer piece, but I love how easy to just pull off stickers and add them to the project.

Birthday Sparkle Kit  Supplies for candle card with personal blocks  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

This is the second card.  Assembly is easy.  There are double dimensionals with the frame and the sentiment piece so it could mean a little extra postage.

Birthday Sparkle Kit  Supplies for both tags with personal blocks  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

These are the supplies for the tags.  In the video I had trouble with the cupcake.  Make sure that you stamp the words a little higher so that the cupcake paper does not cover the words.  I had thought to make the cupcake without dimensionals in order to add it to a card with dimensionals for easier postage.  This does not work with the stick.  Both of the tags are as cute as they can be.  The candle tag can be made without dimensionals to add to a card.

Birthday Sparkle Kit  Alternative Note Cards Shown in Video for Tags  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

Opps!  Looks like there is a stray dimensional paper in there.  Sorry about that!  Can you find it?

In the video I show a few alternatives using the Kraft Note Cards & Envelopes and the Basic White Note Cards & Envelopes.  Additional supplies not in the kit were from the Nature's Sweetness Designer Series Paper, Silver & Gold Adhesive-Backed Glimmer Paper from the Online Exclusives, Beautiful Balloons dies, Radiating Stitches dies from the Online Exclusives, Neutrals Adhesive-Backed Sequins.  Don't tell anyone but I also used a small piece of Kraft paper from the retired Kraft 6 x 6 should you have that.  It matches perfectly.

Tag Card with gold frame:  Gold piece is 3 x 4 1/2, cut out 2nd rectangle from Radiating Stitches dies and save for another use.  Nature's Sweetness grid DSP 2 3/4 x 4 1/4.

Tag Card with gold strip:  Nature's Sweetness with gold dots is 3 3/8 x 4 7/8.  Gold strip is 3/4 x 3 3/8.

Striped Strip on White Note Card.  Early Espresso 7/8 inches wide.  White or Kraft strip is 3/4 inches wide to get the stamp to work.

Watch the video to see how I used the dots stamp to make a background and how I used the stripe stamp to get that striped strip of paper.  For one of the backgrounds stamp the words stamps and the little curly one all over.  You can stamp the envelope flap as well.

Birthday Sparkle Kit  Two Projects with Left Over Supplies  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

These note cards were made using the extra pieces of the kit.  For the card on the left, I cut the balloon flag and tiny balloon using the Beautiful Balloons dies and the gold glimmer paper.  I suggest stamping the stick for the balloon first.  I didn't and I did not match the stick to the balloon very well hince the tiny gold balloon.  We cover our mistakes, right?  I used a sponge dauber and Early Espresso ink to outline the large punched out piece and the balloons.  I did not do that on the large white balloon.  I think it needs the color to stand out.

Birthday Sparkle Kit  All Alternative Projects Shown in Video for Tags  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

So here are my projects.  I did not come up with alternatives for the large cards.  I really like them the way they are.  I did enjoy my time with making tags into cards and with the extra pieces.

In the video I said something about the box that you get in the Kraft Note Cards & Envelopes, but I forgot to get back to it.  Here is a picture of that.  It's a fantastic sturdy box with a lid.  Love it.  I got it together and I'm sometimes challenged for that kind of thing.

Kraft Note Cards and Envelopes  Birthday Sparkle Kit  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create  Card in Box

Here I laid down one of the punch outs not needed for the kit.  Just decorate as you wish for a great gift.  The regular sized cards will not fit in there.

Kraft Note Cards and Envelopes  Birthday Sparkle Kit  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

Here is the box with one on the cards on top.  Wouldn't that make a great decoration for the box!

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Festive Tags Kit: 5 Tag Designs and 5, Yes 5, Cards You Can Make

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There's a new kit in town called the Festive Tags Kit!  I'll be talking about this kit today.  I must mention first, though, that all of the kits in Kits Collection are on sale during the whole month of August.  Kits are 10, 20, or 30% off.  You need to visit my online store here to see what is available.  Look at the Kits Collection.  These are while supplies last.  Some sold out kits may reappear if it says not currently available.


The Festive Tags Kit has all the supplies to make 15 Christmas tags.  You make 3 each of 5 designs.  The kit has everything that you need.  There is no stamping.  This kit is beautiful, fast, and easy peasy.  Here is an example of each tag.

Tag Kit  Kits Collection  Made As Directed

After making these tags, I decided to turn the tag making supplies into cards.  I have a video to show you 5 cards made from this kit with a few additional Stampin' Up! supplies.  Here goes.


I love these cards and they can easily be changed to go with supplies that you might already have at home.  Of course, ordering is good too!

Tag Kit  Kits Collection  Brights 6 x 6 DSP  Gold Foil  Sparkle Snowflakes  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

This card is on a Coastal Cabana  base 5 1/2 x 8 1/2.  There is a strip of Coastal Cabana stripe cut from the Brights 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper.  The size is 2 x 4 1/4.  Add a 1/4 inch strip of Gold Foil butted up against the designer paper.  I punched a hole in the ornament with a 1/8 inch circle punch (retired).  The gold ribbon is from the Gold & Silver Trim Combo Pack from the Online Exclusives.  I used a brand new stamp set coming up in the mini called Sparling Snowflakes.  Stamp in Coastal Cabana.

Tag Kit  Kits Collection  Zany Zoo dies  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

This card has a base of Thick Basic White same as above.  Cut the larger trees from the Zany Zoo dies.  I used 7.  Watch the video to see about spacing.  In the sample above, I used the Tailor Made Tags.  In the sample I made on the video I used a left over tag for this.  Which do you like best?  The ribbon is Garden Green and can be found in the annual catalog called Real Red & Garden Green Ribbon Combo Pack.

Tag Kit  Kits Collection  Black and White Gingham Ribbon  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

I used the Sparkling Snowflakes stamp set with this card.  Colors of the snowflakes are Lost Lagoon, Fresh Freesia, and Pool Party.  Pull in the Black & White Gingham Ribbon.

Tag Kit  Snowflake EF  Red and Green Ribbon combo  JO Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

This card is on a base of Lost Lagoon.  I used a new embossing folder called Snowflake Sky 3D.  This time I used the Real Red ribbon from the annual catalog Real Red & Garden Green Ribbon Combo Pack.  I moved the wreath to the red tag background.

Tag Kit  Kits Collection  Simply Elegant Trim  Jo Anne Hewins

I think this is my favorite.  I changed the flower to the pink tag background.  I think that's Flirty Flamingo.  I added silver trim.  This is from the annual catalog and is called Simply Elegant Trim.  On the sample in the video I did not put the trim around the card, but still behind the flowers.  I used another new stamp set here called Magical Meadow.  I thought the stems went along with that set.  They are stamped in Lost Lagoon and Garden Green.

So there you have it.

Tag Kit  Kits Collection  Cards from Kit Components

Here are all of the cards.  So you could just make tags and have 15 total.  You could just make cards and have 15 total.  You can mix and match.  I hope you'll go take a look at the Festive Tags kit.  You can't beat the price!


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Christmas Whimsey Card Kit Available September 8th!

Are you familiar with the Kits Collection available in my online store?  Visit my online store here and under Shop Products look for Kits Collection.  We've been waiting for the kits pictured in the front of the new August-December Mini and the Christmas Whimsey has made its appearance today!  This kit of 8 cards is sure to please you!  Everything you need to make the cards are in your kit except a pair of scissors.  Cost of the kit in the US is $19.

Christmas Whimsey Card Kit 1

Christmas Whimsey Card Kit 2

And here is the stamp set included.  There is even a sentiment you can use inside the card.

Christmas Whimsey Card Kit 3

Here's  a unboxing video from our CEO Sara Douglass that will tell you everything you need to know.


And here are all the details of the cards.


  • Kit contains enough supplies to create eight cards—4 each of 2 designs.
  • Includes printed card bases, printed die cuts, adhesive, embellishments, gold foil die cuts, gold twine, and coordinating envelopes with gold foil accents. 
  • Includes an exclusive stamp set and a Night of Navy Classic Stampin’ Spot.
  • Finished card size: 5-1/2" x 4-1/4" (14 x 10.8 cm)
  • Coordinating colors: Balmy Blue, Basic Gray, Crumb Cake, Evening Evergreen, Gray Granite, Misty Moonlight, Poppy Parade, Real Red, So Saffron, Soft Succulent, Soft Suede
  • Let me also say these as with all kits in the Kit Collection are while supplies last.

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July Paper Pumpkin-A Couple Alternatives

Paper Pumpkin has evolved into a fantastic box of fun!  I just can't wait for it to be delivered each month!  I am one of those who avoids all social media about the kits until I get mine.

Paper Pumpkin has been innovative in trying some new ideas, too.  They have had kits inspired by Sara and Shelli, leaders of the company.  They have had kits that coordinate with stamp sets in the catalog.  The July kit coordinates with not just one suite in the catalog, but 3!  The On My Mind kit coordinates with the Woven Thread Suite, the Garden Lane Suite, and the Come Sail Away Suite!

Here's a video from Stampin' Up! that shows all about the kit.


Here's a picture of my cards made using the directions provided.

July 2019 Paper Pumpkin Kit by Jo Anne Hewins

Those cards are so cute.  You get enough supplies to make 3 of each card for a total of 9.  Of course, it's also fun to come up with some of your own designs.  I had to try!

July 2019 Paper Pumpkin Alternative Garden Lane by Jo Anne Hewins

For this card, I used the Pear Pizzazz circle provided for another card.  The sentiment is from the On My Mind stamp set in the kit and is stamped in Pear Pizzazz.

July 2019 Paper Pumpkin Alternative Come Sail Away by Jo Anne Hewins

For this card, I added in some of the Come Sail Away Designer Series Paper.  The saying and shell are from the On My Mind stamp set.  Some of the Linen Thread is added behind the banner.  I'm liking the simplicity of this card!

July 2019 Paper Pumpkin Alternative Woven Heirlooms by Jo Anne Hewins

The background of this card is stamped, some full force and some stamped off, using the Woven Heirlooms stamp set.  I added some of the patterned paper from the kit and made a label using the Stitched Nested Labels Dies.

All of these cards can be made in minutes!  It's so fun!

July 2019 Paper Pumpkin Alternatives by Jo Anne Hewins

A video has also been released for the upcoming August Paper Pumpkin.


This Paper Pumpkin will be a fall kit called Gift of Fall.  There will be 6 craft bags to decorate.  But Paper Pumpkin knows that many of you want to make cards.  This innovative group is releasing a Paper Pumpkin Add-On.  This will only be available to those who subscribe to Paper Pumpkin.  There will be 24 card bases, 12 of 2 designs and coordinating envelopes.  This Add-On can be ordered as part of a regular order using the #152885 for $10.  Go here to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin.  Go here to find my online store.  This kit will be available August 1st and are on a while supplies last basis.  Order on the 1st and you should have them be the time your kit arrives!

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October 2018 Paper Pumpkin Friends of a Feather

Did you get the Friends of a Feather October Paper Pumpkin?  When I first saw it, I thought that it just wasn't for me.  Once I started working with it, I liked it more and more.  This kit makes 4 each of 2 designs for a total of 8 cards.  You even get cute printed envelopes!  

October paper pumpkin

Here's the quick video from Stampin' Up! that shows the kit.  There's a great stamp set and a Night of Navy ink spot.


Here's a picture of the cards that I made that are pretty close to the directions that came with the kit.

October Paper Pumpkin cards by Jo Anne Hewins

There is a smaller fold out card with fantastic lazer cut feathers on the front.  Wow!

October paper pumpkin cut outs cards by Jo Anne Hewins

I'm intrigued with the colors used in this kit.  I would not have put them all together, but they really work.

October Paper pumpkin big leaf cards by Jo Anne Hewins

There are lazer cut feathers of many colors as well as lots of leaves in different colors.  Look at the fancy scalloped edges on these cards!

Of course I had to come up with my own ideas for this kit so here we go.

October paper pumpkin alternate 1 

This card starts with a base of Grapefruit Grove.  The Mint Macaron layer is 3 3/4 x 5.  

The Whisper White layer is 3 5/8 x 4 7/8.  Stamp the leaf over the background in Grapefruit Grove and Mint Macaron. 

Turn one of the leaves over to the white side and sponge with a dauber with Mint Macaron ink.  Use the Fresh Fig and the Cajun Craze leaves too.  Adhere to the card.  Add some of the smaller Grapefruit Grove and Night of Navy leaves.

Use the Nature's Twine and pull apart strands in Grapefruit Grove and Mint Macaron.  Use those strands to stretch across the card and to make a bow.  Add the bow with a glue dot.  The saying is stamped in Mint Macaron on one of the white labels from the kit.  Add it with dimensionals.  Add some of the sequins from the Twinkle Adhesive Backed Sequins.

October Paper Pumpkin alternate 2 by Jo Anne Hewins

For this card, the base is Cajun Craze.  The Night of Navy layer is 4 x 5 1/4.  

The Whisper White layer is 3 3/4 x 5.  Stamp the three little lines over as interet for the background.  Stamp in Cajun Craze.  Add some Cajun Craze Designer Series Paper from the Regals collection.  It measures 1 1/2 x 3 3/4.

Stamp the container from the Country Lane in Memento Black.  Color with the Light and Dark Smoky Slate Blends.  Use the Color Lifter to lighten it up a little.  Cut this out and add with dimensionals.

But wait!  Before you adhere the container, add some of the twine.  I went around 2 times.  Add a bow with glue dots after the container is down.  Add small leaves to the container using Cajun Craze, Coastal Cabana, Grapefruit Grove, and Night of Navy.  Finish off with some of the sequins from the kit.

October paper pumpkin alternate cards by Jo Anne Hewins

So, I hope you found this helpful.  Refills of this kit will not be available.  That's sad, but wait again.  The November kit is available to order now.  YOU WANT THIS!  The Christmas kit is always very popular!

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