Belated Birthday with Bird Banter !

Really, I should make a dozen or so of these cards. It’s embarrassing how often I need a belated birthday card. I figure if it’s cute enough, like this one with Bird Banter, maybe people will overlook the fact that it is late.

Bird Banter stamp set, belated birthday, Picture Perfect Designer Series paper Stack, Stampin' Up!,

How cute is that bird!

Design Notes for Bird Banter Belated Card:

To tell you the truth, I do love the birds in this set, but the touch of sarcasm in the sentiment really appears to me. Now you know.

The card went together pretty easily. I stamped the bird and then used some of my Stampin’ Blends to color him in. No real blending, just coloring. After I stamped the first part of the sentiment, I realized I didn’t have lots of room for the second part. Yes, I could easily have put that part of the sentiment on the inside but wanted it on the front. I stamped it onto a scrap, punched it out with the 2″ Circle Punch then just cut it in half and added it under the Lemon-Lime Twist card stock layer. but, really the scene stealer on this card is the layer of Picture Perfect Designer Paper. You have to see this paper. Order it, you will love it. Trust me.  One side of each page is a photographic image!

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Hope my friend like s the card.

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Birthday Banners for Best Birthday Card

I think if your birthday is close to Christmas, there is the possibility that people roll your birthday and Christmas into one. I try to make special birthday cards for all of my friends, but the December folks get an extra effort. Here’s my latest edition using Birthday Banners for a special touch.

Birthday Banners, Stampin' Up!,, Picture Perfect Party DSP

Do you notice some new products in this card?

Design Notes for Birthday Banners Card:

I actually started this card by looking at the new Designer Series Paper. It’s sooooo cool. It’s called Picture Perfect Party. On each sheet, one side is a graphic design and one side is photographic – bows, balloons, party hats, even doughnuts!

Picture Perfect Party DSP,

I selected a few of the colors form the paper to feature in the card: Berry Burst, and Bermuda Bay. I added the Daffodil Delight just to be a rebel, even though it isn’t in the paper.


The other new product I used is part of the same suite of products, Picture Perfect Party. It’s the embossing folder called Simple Stripes. I think that embossing is just such a quick way to add lots of style and texture.

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Foil Frenzy Meets Baby Bear?

Foil Frenzy for new baby card? Well, Foil Frenzy for a baby card seems a bit out of the box, but I think it works. The daughter of my high school friend, Margaret, had a baby girl and since I’m a bit behind with the greetings I wanted to make it special! What’s more special than some glitz? What do you think?

Baby bear stamp set, Foil Frenzy DSP, baby card, Stampin' Up!, envelope punch board


Design Notes for Foil Frenzy Baby Card:

I really had fun making this card. (scroll to the bottom of this post to see my desk when this card was finished.)

And how about those layers? Some might think it’s too many but I couldn’t seem to stop myself. When I was planning the card, it was going to have a simple soft pink background. So much for that idea.

When I finished with the layers, I added the Crinkled Seam Binding bow but it still needed something. I stamped the ‘hello, baby..” sentiment twice, each time covering part of the sentiment with clear tape. That was I could stack the greeting rather than having it in a straight line. Then, since I had stacked the sentiment, I was able to cut it out with one oft he Sweet & Sassy Framelits.

Finally, since I had made the card 5″ x 5″, I needed an envelope. I love using the Envelope Punch Board. The striped Foil Frenzy paper worked!

Envelope Punch board, Baby Bear stamp set, Foil Frenzy DSP, New baby card, Stampin' Up!,

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Hope you are having a great day!

thanks, Dianne

Oh, here is a picture of my desk after all the layers!

desk disaster,

Happy Belated Birthday Gorgeous!

Well, I missed a birthday, again. One of my neighbor’s birthday was last week and I missed it. So, I used the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set to make her a special card. It has such a nice Happy Birthday sentiment and, in the same font, a “belated” sentiment. So here are two versions of my Happy Belated Birthday card:

Happy Belated Birthday, Happy birthday Gorgeous stamp set, Easterns Palace Specialty DSP, Stampin' Up! ,

I couldn’t decide about orientation or which sheet of the beautiful Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Paper I wanted to use, so I made two cards. The likelihood of my forgetting a birthday again is pretty high. It will get used.

Design Notes for Happy Belated Birthday Card:

There are so many great choices when you are working with the Eastern Medallions Thinlits. You can see that I used a few on these cards.

Eastern Medallions Thinlits, Stampin' Up!,

I combined a Circle Thinlit and a flower shaped Thinlit (top right) from this set for the piece that has the sentiment. Then I added some smaller circles (inside top right) and each item was backed with Gold Foil paper. A few Metallic Enamel Shapes added a little glitz to the circles. The Gold Natural Trim was my third touch of gold.

Happy Belated Birthday, Happy birthday Gorgeous, Eastern Medallions Thinlits, Stampin' Up!,

I loved the circles so much that I even used one of the extra circle designs on the inside.

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Large Letters Framelits NOEL

I thought a long time about purchasing the Large Letters Framelits. Would I use them enough to make it worthwhile? Well, I’ve been having a great time with them. They are so versatile! I’ve used them for eclipse technique or cutting out the letters as I did with this card.

#GDP109, Large Letter Framelits, Card Front Builder Framelits, Merry Music Speciality Designer Series Paper

The interesting thing is that the carol on the Merry Music paper is Cantique de Noël!

I was inspired to create this card by this week’s color challenge over at Global Design Project. You should check it out. Lots of great projects there!

#GDP109Design Notes for Large Letters Noel Card:

Here’s a tip for placing the Large Letters. When I use the cut out letters from Large Letters Framelits, I always use a ruler and my grid paper to line up the letters. I use Multipupose Liquid Glue for adhering the letters. That way, I can move them a bit as I lay them down.

Large Letters Framelits

Since the color challenge included Old Olive, I added a tree using the Card Front Builder Thinlits. It needed just the tiniest bit of glimmer so I used Gold Stampin’ Glitter to add just a little kick.


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Exciting news…

Blends Stampin' Up!

Beginning on November 1, you can purchase the new Stampin’ Blends, alcohol markers from Stampin’ Up!

I’ve been playing with them some and will show you a project later this week.

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