Brusho Birthday

The Brusho Crystals create fun, unique backgrounds.  I used a combination of Prussian Blue, Gamboge, and Yellow crystals for the background of this birthday card.  The bright colors just seem to say “Celebrate!”

A couple of tips when using the Brusho Crystals:

  1. Use a light touch when shaking the crystals onto the paper.  The pigment in the crystals is intense.  You can always add more color.
  2. Another very important tip is to NOT remove the lid of the containers. You can use a push pin to pierce a small hole in the lid which will allow you to sprinkle lightly.  This will also prevent a disaster if the container is accidentally dropped.

To make this card:

  • Card base – Lemon Lime Twist cardstock cut 5.5″ x 8.5″, scored at 4.25″
  • Island Indigo cardstock cut 3.75″ x 5″
  • Watercolor Paper cut 3-5/8″ x 4-7/8″
  • Spritz the Watercolor Paper & sprinkle with the Brusho Crystals. Sprintz again to blend the colors.
  • Using the Happy Celebrations stamp set, stamp the outline letters with Versamark ink onto a 1.75″ x 4″ strip of Island Indigo yardstick.  Heat emboss with White Embossing Powder.  Fussy cut the individual letters and adhere to card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Stamp the rest of the sentiment with Island Indigo ink onto an 1/2″ wide strip of Thick Whisper White cardstock.
  • Layer this onto a 3/8″ strip of Pumpkin Pie cardstock.

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Belated Birthday with Bird Banter

One of life’s aggravations is to miss sending a birthday card to a friend.  Well, here is a cute little belated birthday card for that occasion.

In my case, the little birdie was Facebook :)  I still prefer to send a birthday card to close friends, so I hope the birthday girl will forgive me for these late wishes.

For this card, I started with a Bermuda Bay card base and added a strip of Pick A Pattern DSP.  The stamped images are all from the new Bird Banter stamp set in the 2018 Occasions catalog.  To get the hat setting on the parrot’s head and the branch behind the parrot’s tail, I used the masking technique.  To create my masks, I first stamped the party hat and the parrot onto a couple of sticky notes and fussy cut them out.  I stamped the party hat first on the Whisper White panel.  Next, I adhered the party hat mask over the stamped image and then stamped the parrot.  Then the parrot was covered with it’s masked image and the branch was stamped.  After removing both masks, I used my Watercolor Pencils to color the images and blended the colors using an Aqua Painter.

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Stampin’ Up! Products Used:

Stamp Set: Bird Banter

Paper: Pick A Pattern DSP; Thick Whisper White, Basic Black, and Bermuda Bay cardstock

Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento Ink

Other: Watercolor Pencils (Real Red, Daffodil Yellow, and Bermuda Bay), Aqua Painter, Stampin’ Dimensionals


Celebrating You – Sunday Stamps 170

Happy Sunday!

Today, I’m sharing a card inspired by the sketch from the Sunday Stamps challenge blog.

This is a quick and easy card with the focus on Stampin’ Up!’s Pick A Pattern Designer Series Paper (DSP).  Since the patterns within each package of DSP all coordinate, it was just a matter of choosing the two I wanted to use for this card!   Using the Layering Square Framelits made it easy to cut the squares from the pretty flower print. The sentiment is from the new Perennial Birthday stamp set which is available in the 2018 Occasions catalog.  After stamping it in Basic Black ink and adding a few little flowers in Flirty Flamingo, I used the Layering Circle Framelits to cut it out.  That is layered onto a Flirty Flamingo circle cut out using the Stitched Shapes Framelits.  The final layer is a black scalloped circle cut out again using the Layering Circles Framelits.  This layered circle is attached to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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Stampin’ Up! Products Used:

Stamp Sets: Perennial Birthday, Bird Banter

Paper:  Pick a Pattern DSP; Whisper White, Basic Black, and Flirty Flamingo cardstock

Ink: Archival Basic Black and Flirty Flamingo

Tools:  Big Shot, Layering Squares Framelits, Layering Circles Framelits, and Stitched Shapes Framelits

Other: Black Rhinestones, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Delightful Daisies

I hope you have had a chance to browse through the new 2017-2018 Annual Stampin’ Up! Catalog.  What are your favorite products?  The Daisy Delight stamp set and coordinating Daisy punch are among my favorites.  And the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper is absolutely gorgeous!   Something about daisies just make me smile.

Here is a card I made with these products.


To make this card:

  • Start with a 5.5″ x 8.5″ Whisper White (100730) card base, folded in half.
  • Cut a 4″ x 5.25″ layer of Calypso Coral cardstock (122925).
  • Cut a 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ layer of the coral watercolor daisies from the Delightful Daisy DSP (144137).
  • Using the Layering Squares Framelits, cut a scalloped square from Calypso Coral and a smaller square from Whisper White.
  • Using the Delightful Daisy stamp set (143669), stamp the daisy twice using Daffodil Delight ink (126944) on Daffodil Delight cardstock (119683).  Stamp the daisy center with Early Espresso ink (126974).
  • Using the new Daisy punch (143713), punch out both daisies and adhere them together.
  • Stamp the leaf outline image using Tranquil Tide ink (144085) onto Old Olive cardstock (100702).  Fussy cut the leaves and adhere to the back of the daisy.
  • The sentiment is from the Rose Wonder stamp set (140697) and is stamped in Calypso Coral.
  • Using the Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), pop up the center panel onto the card.

I’d love to have you leave a comment on your favorite products in the new catalog!

Happy Stamping ~ Karen

Garden in Bloom Birthday

img_0603 Today I’m sharing a card I made to play along with the color challenge over at Hand Stamped Sentiments.


I’ve had this lovely color combination in my mind for several days and I kept thinking of flowers.  Tonight, I finally had a chance to get out the Garden in Bloom stamp set and play with these colors.  I kept the card very clean and simple, adding the white enamel dots over the black flower centers.  Since I always need birthday cards, I decided to use the sentiment from the Rose Garden stamp set.

After I completed this card, I noticed that the current challenge at The Paper Players is to use Flowers, so I will be posting this card there as well.  pp328-flowers


Stampin Up! Products:

  • Garden in Bloom and Rose Wonder stamp sets
  • Flirty Flamingo, Emerald Envy, and Whisper White cardstock
  • Flirty Flamingo, Watermelon Wonder, Emerald Envy, Tuxedo Black Memento inks
  • Rose Garden Thinlits, White Perfect Accents, Flirty Flamingo Ruched Ribbon

Birthday Shaker Card


Today I’m sharing a fun shaker card.  They are so easy to make using Stampin’ Up!’s new Foam Adhesive Strips, a window sheet, and some sequins for the bling.  Don’t you love the font for the sentiment and the cute party hat?  They are from the Better Together stamp set.  The new Layering Circles framelits make it so easy to add a scalloped frame around the window.   For this card, I cut the base 8 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ so that the finished card is square but fits nicely into the standard A2 envelopes.



Be sure to stop over at the CanYouCaseIt? challenge blog for other great shaker card ideas.




Stampin’ Up Products Used:

  • 141736 – Better Together clear-mount stamp set
  • 138337 – Mint Macaron Cardstock
  • 138334 – Watermelon Wonder Cardstock
  • 100730 – Whisper White Cardstock
  • 142314 – Window Sheets
  • 132708 – Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad
  • 138323 – Watermelon Wonder Ink Pad
  • 141825 – Foam Adhesive Strips
  • 129026 – Fast Fuse Adhesive
  • 110755 – Multipurpose Liquid Glue
  • 104430 – Stampin’ Dimensionals
  • 143263 – Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine
  • 141705 – Layering Circles Framelits

Retired products used – It’s My Party DSP and 2015-2017 In-Color Sequin Assortment.





Look Who’s Turning 5!

5th birthday

Five years ago today, we were blessed with our first granddaughter.   She is so proud to be turning 5 and being old enough to start kindergarten this fall.  Oh, to be excited about turning another year older!

The new Number of Years stamp set with the coordinating Large Numbers Framelit Dies was perfect for making her birthday card with a big pink 5 on it.   Candles and balloons are part of the celebration.  Both can be found in the It’s My Party Designer Series Pack Stack but for this card, I chose the candles in the DSP and added balloons using the Balloon Celebration Stamp set and coordinating Balloon Bouquet Punch.  A little bit of sparkle was added to the balloons using the Wink Of Stella Glitter Brush and the new two-tone baker’s twine makes the perfect strings for the balloons.

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