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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!

I thank you so much for your presence today.  I know you are busy.  My video is long and a little bit of a disaster.  I think it's worth it.  Love to all of you and I hope you have the best day ever!


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Open House, Please Come!

Come celebrate with me!  We are beginning a new Occasions catalog on January 5th, and Sale-a-Bration also begins on that date.  To celebrate I'm holding an OPEN HOUSE on Saturday, January 2nd from 1:00 until 4:00.  Come get the new catalogs if you don't already have them, make a cute project for free, see some of the new items in the catalog, and have a grand time.  We'll also have a snack and Door Prizes!  The project is really cute!  Here's a teaser.

Open House

This is a set of 4 note cards with a holder.  It features the new Timeless Tectures stamp set from the Occasions catalog and new Sale-a-Bration items Botanical For You stamp set, Flowering Fields stamp set, and the Wildflower Fields Designer Series Paper.  You might be wondering about Sale-a-Bration.  During this time, January 5th through March 31st, you can get FREE items from the Sale-a-Bration brochure for every $50 you spend.  WOW!  Free stuff!  I'll do another post on this project AFTER the Open House.  Do you live near Conover, NC?  You need to come!  Just contact me so I'll have supplies ready for you.  Bring adhesive!

                                                                          Sale-a-bration brochure Occasions catalog 2016
Here are images of the new catalogs!  Need them?  Just contact me and I get them to you.  Any orders taken at Open House will not be sent in until January 5th so that we might order from the new catalogs!

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