Stampin’ Up! Biggest Wish Birthday Card

Good Morning! Today I have a simple Masculine Birthday Card made with the Stampin’ Up! Biggest Wish photopolymer stamp set. I paired it with the In Good Taste designer series paper which I totally love because it has so many textures such as the concrete and elegant dark wood that I used on today’s card. And it’s on sale now for a 15% discount!! Yay!! You can find the supplies I used at the bottom of my post along with the sizes of cardstock used.

I used my Stamparatus to help stamp the sentiments on the panel of concrete In Good Taste designer series paper. I wanted an ombre gray look in my sentiments that I achieved with Smoky Slate, Basic Gray and Tuxedo Memento Black inks. I lined up the Happy sentiment from the Stampin’ Up! Biggest Wish stamp set in my Stamparatus so that I could move the plate up the hinges and the words would line up straight. I stamped the bottom Happy in Gray Granite twice and stamped off Memento Tuxedo Black, the middle in Smoky Slate twice and the top one is in stamped off Smoky Slate several times.

I stamped the birthday sentiment from the Stampin’ Up! Biggest Wish stamp set in Versamark ink and sprinkled it with black embossing powder. I heat set the embossing powder until it was shiny and it gives me a dark, shiny raised sentiment to finish my ombre effect. I adhered the panel to a Basic Gray mat with liquid glue.

I adhered the dark woodgrain strip of In Good Taste DSP to a Basic Gray Mat so that the mat showed on one side. I adhered the strip to the concrete stamped panel and wrapped it twice with black twine, tying it in a knot to secure it. I added three large Bronze Brushed Metallic dots from the new Jul-Dec 2021 Mini Catalog (available August 3) and popped the panel on the front of an Early Espresso card base.


For the inside of the card, I stamped sentiment from the Happiest of Birthdays in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on a Basic White panel and trimmed the bottom with a strip of the concrete In Good Taste DSP. I adhered the panel to a Basic Gray mat and then adhered it to the inside of the card.

The Stampin’ Up! Biggest Wish stamp set is so versatile and can be used for so many different occasions. And large strong sentiments like the ones in this set are perfect for masculine cards!


Stampin’ In The Meadows New Product Shares

The Stampin’ In The Meadows New Product Shares for the upcoming July – December 2021 Mini Catalog are now open!! I am offering shares of new designer series papers and ribbons and embellishments or both! Full details including prices and lists of all the items included are on my New Catalog Product Shares Page. I have included an order form at the bottom of the page and you can go there to sign up or you can contact me if you have any questions. Deadline to sign up for a share is August 1, 2021.


Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper Sale is Going on Now!

We all love gorgeous Designer Series Paper, and during this incredible sale, you can enjoy a 15% discount on select papers from the 2021–2022 Annual Catalog! Now is a great time to stock up and save on some of Stampin’ Up!’s most beautiful paper designs! Get all the details on my Promotions Page or click on the image below for a printable PDF Flyer:


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Akiko

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Cardstock Cuts for this project:

  • Early Espresso – 4-1/4″ x 11″ card base scored at 5-1/2″
  • Basic Gray – two 4″ x 5-1/4″ panels (front and inside mats), 15/16″ x 5-1/8″ (front strip mat)
  • Basic White – 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″ panel (inside panel)
  • In Good Taste DSP – 3-7/8″x 5-1/8″ (cement background), 7/8″ x 5-1/8″ (wood grain strip), 1/2″ x 3-7/8″ (inside trim)

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Stampin’ Up! Wild Cats Birthday Card

Good Monday Morning! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and a fun Father’s Day! For today’s card I pulled out the Stampin’ Up! Wild Cats bundle and In the wild designer series paper for a jungle themed birthday card. You can find the supplies I used at the bottom of my post along with the sizes of cardstock used.

My card fits perfectly with the cool TGIF Technique Challenge #TGIFC321 going on this week:

I used the Picture This rectangle die to cut windows in a Soft Succulent panel and embossed it with the cool Animal Print embossing folder. Then I cut panels of the images I wanted from the In The wild designer series paper and adhered them to the back of the embossed panel with pieces of dimensionals. You can see how I adhered them in this picture. I did this so that I could position the tiger and leopard in the cutouts the way I wanted. I then added more dimensionals to the back of the embossed panel and glue dots to the back of the DSP and adhered the panel to the front of a Cajun Craze card base.

I stamped the sentiment from the Stampin’ Up! Wild Cats photopolymer stamp set in Cajun Craze ink on a strip of Crushed Curry and cut it out with the Messages die – I love how you can cut sentiments from so many different stamp sets with this die! I adhered the label in the center window with dimensionals.

I cut two of the small leafy plants and the two vines from the Big Cats dies from Evening Evergreen card stock and adhered them to the card front with glue dots and dimensionals.

I made a triple bow with Linen Thread and adhered it to the card front with a glue dot and finished it with three Cinnamon Cider square jewels.


For the inside of the card, I stamped the sentiment from the Happiest of Birthdays stamp set in Cajun Craze ink in the center of a Basic White panel. I stamped the leaf cluster from the Stampin’ Up! Wild Cats stamp set around the top and the sentiment in Evening Evergreen ink. I trimmed the bottom with a strip of the In The Wild DSP and adhered the panel to the inside of the card.

I wanted to make a card featuring the fierce cats from the In The Wild designer series paper and the Picture This dies are the perfect way to highlight the cats in this beautiful DSP. The sentiments from the Stampin’ Up! Wild Cats stamp sets are so fun and I think this card would be great birthday card for anyone! Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!


January – June 2021 Mini Catalog Last Chance Products Sale Going on Now!

Many items are selling out in the Last Chance sale, so don’t wait too long. Last chance products from the January–June 2021 Mini Catalog are available while supplies last! Many items will sell out fast, so don’t delay – head over to my Online Store to start shopping now! 

Click Here to download a PDF of the LAST CHANCE retiring items from the Jan-Jun 2021 Mini Catalog.

Click Here to down load an Excel file with the LAST CHANCE retiring items from the Jan-Jun 2021 Mini Catalog


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Cardstock Cuts for this project:

  • Cajun Craze – 4-1/4″ x 11″ card base scored at 5-1/2″
  • Soft Succulent – 4″ x 5-1/4″ (embossed window panel)
  • Evening Evergreen – 1″ x 4″ (plant die cuts)
  • Crushed Curry – 3/8″ x 3″ (label)
  • Basic White – 4″ x 5-1/4″ panel (inside panel)
  • In The Wild DSP – two 1-1/4″ x 3-1/4″ panels (tiger and leopard for windows), 1-1/8″ x 3-3/8″ (floral strip behind label), 1/2″ x 4″ (inside trim)

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Stampin’ Up! Happiest of Birthdays for the Inkin’ Krew Blog Hop

Good morning! Welcome to the Inkin’ Krew Monthly Blog Hop! The theme for this month’s hop is “Birthday” and I made a Z-fold card with the Stampin’ Up! Happiest of Birthdays stamp set and the beautiful Hydrangea Hill designer series paper. This is such a cheerful sentiment and is so versatile! Instead of the floral feminine birthday card, you can pair it with a masculine DSP for a Birthday card for the men in your family or add balloons and confetti for a lighthearted, youthful look. You can find the supplies I used at the bottom of my post along with the sizes of cardstock used.

I stamped sentiment from the Stampin’ Up! Happiest of Birthdays cling stamp set with my Stamparatus in an Ombre fashion. First I inked the top part of the stamp in Gorgeous Grape, sponged the bottom edge of the ink with a sponge dauber to soften the ink edge and stamped the Basic White panel. I wiped the ink with a moist chamois and inked the stamp with Highland Heather covering the middle and top. Then I wiped the stamp again and inked the bottom of the stamp with Misty Moonlight, again using the sponge dauber to soften the ink line. The Stamparatus was perfect, allowing me to stamp precisely over the same spot without making a mess!

I die cut the second largest Scalloped Contour rectangle from Gorgeous Grape and adhered the stamped panel to the center. I finished the panel with three floral embellishments and a Gorgeous Grape bow.

I adhered the floral Hydrangea Hill designer series paper to the right and left sections of the scored card base. I adhered the striped paper to the center and burnished the folds with my bone folder in a mountain and valley fashion.

I cut the Basic White panel with the second largest Scalloped Contours die and stamped the corners with the hydrangea flowers from the Hydrangea Haven photopolymer stamp set. I masked the corners before stamping so that only the paper inside the stitching would be stamped. I adhered the panel to the center of the large floral panel with liquid glue. Then I adhered strips of Tear & Tape to the left side of the front scalloped panel, pulled off the covers and adhered the panel to the card front, being careful to align it with the Basic White inside panel.

Isn’t the Stampin’ Up! Happiest of Birthdays wish cheerful and uplifting? And since it’s a large sentiment, it is really easy to do in an ombre or multi color look that makes it even more special!

On With The Hop! Click on the Next Blog button to move forward to Amy Koender’s project or click the Previous Blog button to move back to see the project that Mary Deatherage created.

If you get lost along the way, here are the participants for the hop:

  1. Jaimie Babarczy
  2. Tara Carpenter
  3. Leslie Larkin
  4. Karen Finkle
  5. Jillian Good
  6. Karen Ksenzakovic
  7. Donna Leonard
  8. Sue Prather
  9. Mary Deatherage
  10. Akiko Sudano <– You Are Here
  11. Amy Koenders

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Akiko

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Cardstock Cuts for this project:

  • Highland Heather – 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ card base scored at 2-1/8″ (mountain) and 4-1/4″, (valley)
  • Gorgeous Grape – 3-3/8″ x 4-5/8″ (scalloped mat)
  • Basic White – 3-3/8″ x 4-5/8″ (inside panel), 2-5/8″ x 3-15/16″ (front label),
  • Hydrangea Hill DSP – 4″ x 5-1/4″ (back floral panel), two 1-7/8″ x 5-1/4″ panel (front floral panel and inside striped panel)

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Stampin’ Up! Ride the Range Birthday Card

Good morning! I liked the Stampin’ Up! Ride the Range bundle when I first saw it in the current Jan-Jun Mini Catalog and I was finally prompted to make a card with it when I saw this card designed by Lynn Starzl on Pinterest. I was fascinated that her cows just popped off the card, and she made it without any fussy cutting! So I CASE’d her card making some minor modifications. You can find the supplies I used at the bottom of my post along with the sizes of cardstock used.

I cut a panel of the rustic wood grained In Good Taste designer series paper with the curved window die from the Open range dies from the Stampin’ Up! Ride the Range bundle. I lined the die cut DSP panel up with a Sahara Sand panel and cut the die out again, so that the Sahara Sand and DSP panels had the window die cut from the same spot. I adhered the die cut panels together with liquid glue giving me a stiffer panel since I wanted to pop it up with dimensionals. I also cut the windmill vane from Gray Granite, the fence from Soft Suede and the clouds from Basic White.

I used the long hill dies to cut two panels of Old Olive to make overlapping hill sides and sponged some Old Olive ink on the top with a Blending Brush. I adhered them to a Balmy Blue panel. I adhered the layered scene to the front of a Sahara Sand card base with liquid glue. I stamped the cows from the Stampin’ Up! Ride the Range cling stamp set in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Basic White and cut them out with the coordinating die. Then using Lynn’s technique, I colored the edge of the die cut with my Old Olive Stampin’ Blends to make the cows pop and adhered the cows to the grassy part of the card front with liquid glue. I used glue dots to adhere the fence over the cows, trimming the edge so that it lined up with my little scene. Then I adhered the wood grained window panel over the scene with dimensionals.

I adhered the white clouds in the sky and the windmill vane with glue dots. Since I had the window up, I could easily place the die cuts to get a balanced look. I stamped the sentiment from the Stampin’ Up! Ride the Range stamp set in Soft Suede ink on Sahara Sand and lined it up and cut it out with the Messages die. I adhered the label to the card with glue dots and finished the windmill vane with a silver metallic pearl.


For the inside of the card, I stamped the the horse and rider from the Stampin’ Up! Ride the Range stamp set in Sahara Sand ink on a Basic White panel. I stamped the sentiment next to them in Soft Suede ink and adhered a strip of rustic wood grained In Good Taste DSP to the bottom. I adhered the panel to the inside of the card.

Last week we drove across country from Pennsylvania to Arizona to visit family. As we drove past the farms, the scenes of cows grazing reminded me of this card, so I tried to take some pictures to share. Because these were scenes that I remember during long drives while I was growing up, constantly evoking thoughts of ‘Are we there yet?’. Most of the cows were black and it was hard to find the windmill vanes, were they a figment of my imagination? Finally we saw them when we crossed into New Mexico.

Except that they’re black cows, they look just like the cows in my card!! LOL. I wonder which stamp or die set I should have used for a tree? Do I have enough room on my card for a tree? I definitely need to add some small trees to my next Stampin’ Up! Ride The Range card.

It’s funny how the quest to find the perfect picture of a functioning windmill vane made the trip go faster! And I am happy that today’s card with the Stampin’ Up! Ride the Range set reflected so many classic views that you can see just driving around.


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If your order is over $150, please do not use the host code since you’ll receive your own Host Dollars plus I’ll still send you the free gift!  This host code can be used by anyone, no club or commitment required.  Let me know if you have any questions.


If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator.  Just click on the Shop Now button on the right side of the screen to go directly to my online store or contact me if you have any questions. 

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Stamping!

Akiko

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Cardstock Cuts for this project:

  • Sahara Sand – 4-1/4″ x 11″ card base scored at 5-1/2″, 4″ x 5-1/4″ (wood grain frame backing), 1-1/4″ x 2-1/4″ (label)
  • Balmy Blue – 3-3/4″ x 5″ (sky)
  • Old Olive – 3-1/4″ x 3-3/4″, 2″ x 3-3/4″ (die cut ground)
  • Soft Suede – 1″ x 5″ (die cut fence)
  • Gray Granite – 1-3/4″ x 3-1/2″ (windmill vane die cut)
  • Basic White – 4″ x 5-1/4″ (inside panel), 1″ x 1-1/2″ (die cut clouds), 1-3/4″ x 2-1/2″ (die cut cows)
  • In Good Taste DSP – 4″ x 5-1/4″ (wood grain die cut frame), 1/2″ x 4″ (inside trim)

Stampin’ Up! products used in this project:


Stampin’ Up! Celebrate Sunflowers for the Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

Good Morning and welcome to the Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop! I made a brightly colored, kind of busy floral card with a little butterfly today using the beautiful Stampin’ Up! Celebrate Sunflowers bundle. I also used the pretty retiring Flowers for Every Season 6″ x 6″ designer series paper, and it shows off all the pretty detailed die cuts. You can find the supplies used to create this card at the bottom of my post along with the sizes of cardstock used.

We have a theme challenge this week and here is the theme we are using. So while I got to use the pretty Sunflower, I had to have a pretty little butterfly visiting it, looking for some sweet nectar.

And my card was also inspired by the sketch challenge in the As You See It Challenge #248. Here is the sketch:

I adhered a panel of Poppy Parade wood grain paper from the Brights 6″ x 6″ designer series paper pack to the front of a Poppy Parade card base. I used the third largest Stitched Rectangle die to cut a multicolor floral panel from the Flowers for Every Season 6″ x 6″ designer series paper pack and adhered it to the card front. I used a Just Jade floral panel to cut three Just Jade leaves and adhered three Just Jade card stock die cuts using the detailed leaves dies from the Sunflowers dies from the Stampin’ Up! Celebrate Sunflowers bundle.

I cut a Bumblebee floral panel from the Flowers for Every Season DSP pack using the outline sunflower die. I cut the detailed sunflower die from a So Saffron panel. I cut the small flower center from So Saffron and cut the center of the large detailed Sunflower from bumblebee. I trimmed off the Bumble strands and adhered it to the So Saffron detailed die cut and adhered the small center to the solid DSP flower. Then I popped the detailed die cut on top with dimensionals. I die cut the detailed butterfly from Misty Moonlight and used a Misty Moonlight floral paper from the Flowers for Every Season DSP pack to cut the backing butterfly. I adhered the two butterflies with liquid glue.

I stamped the sentiment from the Stampin’ Up! Celebrate Sunflowers cling stamp set using Versamark ink on a Poppy Parade strip. I Sprinkled it with white embossing powder and heat set until shiny. I cut it out with the long stitched rectangle die from the Ornate Layers dies and adhered it to the card with dimensionals. I adhered the leaves to the card front with glue dots and then adhered the flower with glue dots. I adhered the little butterfly to the flower with glue dots and added a Misty Moonlight enamel dot. I added a Bumblebee enamel dot to the label and finished the card with white baker’s twine and Bumblebee ghigham bows!

For the inside of the card, I stamped the sunflower from the Stampin’ Up! Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set in stamped off Bumblebee in the corners of a Basic White panel. I stamped the little butterfly from the Butterfly Brilliance stamp set in stamped off Misty Moonlight in another corner and trimmed the bottom with a strip of the multicolor floral Flowers for Every Season 6″ x 6″ DSP. I adhered the panel to the inside of the card.

The Stampin’ Up! Celebrate Sunflowers is a beautiful bundle that I use a lot! And the beautiful Butterfly Brilliance bundle has the perfect butterfly for every need. These two bundles go together beautifully!

On with the Hop! Click the Next button below to visit Karen Ksenzakovic’s blog.

And just in case you get lost along the way, here’s a list of the team members participating in the hop today:


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If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator.  Just click on the Shop Now Button on the right side of the screen to go directly to my online store or contact me if you have any questions.  Happy Stamping!

Thanks for visiting!

Akiko

  • Visit my online store here
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Cardstock Cuts for this project:

  • Poppy Parade – 4-1/4″ x 11″ card base scored at 5-1/2″, 1-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ (label)
  • Misty Moonlight – 1-1/4″ x 2″ (detailed butterfly die cut)
  • Bumblebee – 2″ x 2″ (flower center die cut)
  • So Saffron – 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ (detailed flower die cut), 1-1/4″ x 1-1/4″ (small flower center die cut)
  • Just Jade – 1-3/4″ x 3-1/2″ (three detailed leaf die cuts)
  • Basic White – 3-3/4″ x 5″ (inside panel)
  • Brights 6″ x 6″ DSP – 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ (front Poppy Parade wood grain background)
  • Flowers for Every Season DSP – 3-1/4″ x 4-3/4″ (floral background panel), 1-1/4″ x 2″ (butterfly), 1-3/4″ x 3-1/2″ (three leaves), 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ (flower), 1/2″ x 3-3/4″ (inside trim)

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Stampin’ Up! Prized Peony Birthday Card for the Inkin’ Krew Blog Hop

Good Morning! Welcome to another Inkin’ Krew Monthly Blog Hop! The theme for this month’s hop is For The Ladies/Girls and I made a flowery Petal Pink Birthday Card with the Stampin’ Up! Prized Peony bundle. I also used the Parisian Flourish embossing folder and Ornate Layers die for extra feminine frills! You can find the supplies used to create this card at the bottom of my post along with the sizes of cardstock used.

I embossed a Basic White panel with the Parisian Flourish 3D embossing folder and adhered it to the front of a Petal Pink card base. I used the fancy large Ornate Layers die to cut a panel of Petal Pink background paper from the Peony Garden designer series paper and adhered it to the card on the embossed panel.

I stamped the sentiment from the Best Year cling stamp set in Versamark Ink on a Vellum strip and sprinkled it with silver embossing powder. I heated the sentiment with my heat tool until it was shiny and wrapped the vellum strip around a floral Peony Garden panel, securing it in the back with liquid glue. I adhered the panel to the die cut panel on the card front.

I cut two sets of peony flowers using the Peony dies from the Stampin’ Up! Prized Peonies bundle from Basic White. I also cut four Basic White flower centers and colored them with the light Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends. I used a blending brush to apply Petal Pink ink to the flower die cuts, coloring the smallest pieces the darkest and the bottoms of the outer petals the darkest too. I inserted two flower centers in each of the smallest die cut flowers, securing them with liquid glue. I inserted each flower into the slot of the next largest flower, securing them with liquid glue until I had two assembled peonies.

I die cut one of each of the leaves die cuts, using Mossy Meadow for the solid leaves and Old Olive for the details. I assembled the leaves, adhering them with liquid glue and adhered them to the card with glue dots. I positioned the peonies and adhered the top one to the card with glue dots and the bottom one with dimensionals and glue dots where it overlapped the top peony. I finished the card front with rhinestones.

For the inside of the card, I stamped the peony from the Stampin’ Up! Prized Peony cling stamp set in stamped off Petal Pink ink on a Basic White panel. I stamped the sentiment from the Best Year stamp set in Smoky Slate ink and trimmed the bottom with a strip of Peony Garden DSP. I adhered the panel to the inside of the card. I also stamped the bottom left corner of a Basic White envelope with the peony in full strength Petal Pink.

The Peonies in my garden are sprouting up and I can’t wait to see them bloom! And I’m glad that the Stampin’ Up Prized Peonies are returning in the new 2021 – 2022 Annual Catalog so they can be enjoyed for longer.

On With The Hop! Click on the Next Blog button to move forward to Terry Lynn Bright’s project or click the Previous Blog button to move back to see the project that Karen Ksenzakovic created.

If you get lost along the way, here are the participants for the hop:


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Use this host code when you order $50 or more and receive a free gift from me!  The gift is your choice of any item valued up to $10.00 in the 2020-21 Annual Catalog or the Jan-Jun 2021 Mini Catalog.

If your order is over $150, please do not use the host code since you’ll receive your own Host Dollars plus I’ll still send you the free gift!  This host code can be used by anyone, no commitment required.  Let me know if you have any questions.


If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator.  Just click on the Order Stampin’ Up! Online Now button on the right side of the screen to go directly to my online store or contact me if you have any questions.  Happy Stamping!

Thanks for visiting!

Akiko

  • Visit my online store here
  • See the current Stampin’ Up! clearance rack specials here
  • Earn FREE Stampin’ Up! products through my Wildflower Frequent Shopper Program – my way of saying thank you to my frequent shopper online customers.
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Cardstock Cuts for this project:

  • Petal Pink – 4-1/4″ x 11″ card base scored at 5-1/2″
  • Mossy Meadow – 1″ x 4-1/2″ (die cut leaves)
  • Old Olive – 1″ x 4-1/2″ (die cut leaves)
  • Vellum – 3/4″ x 2-3/4″ (label)
  • Basic White – two 4″ x 5-1/4″ (embossed front background and inside panel), 5″ x 8-1/2″ (die cut flowers)
  • Peony Garden DSP – 3-1/2″ x 5″ (fancy frame), 2-1/4″ x 3-5/8″ (floral panel), 1/2″ x 4″ (inside trim)

Stampin’ Up! products used in this project:


Stampin’ Up! Sweet Ice Cream Birthday Card with Gift Card Pocket

Good morning! Today I have a fun fold Birthday Card / Gift card holder made with the yummy Stampin’ Up! Sweet Ice Cream bundle. My card was inspired by a similar cupcake card on the Tatiana Creative Stamping Adventure blog – I fell in love with this idea the minute I saw it on Pinterest. You can find the supplies I used at the bottom of my post along with the sizes of cardstock used.

The idea is that when you open up the card, instead of a triple scoop ice cream cone, you see a cone with 10 scoops! And there is a little section on the right side for a gift card. I started with a top folding Z-fold So Saffron card base and covered the top with the sprinkles Ice Cream Corner designer series paper. I used the smaller striped paper for the middle section and covered the top of the large section with the 2-3/4″ sprinkles paper and aligned it just below the fold. I used Tear & Tape adhesive to adhere the bottom to the large section, putting a strip behind the right edge, another strip 2-3/4″ from the right edge and a final strip along the bottom. Leave the top of this section open so you have a pocket to slide the gift card in. I used Stampin’ Seal for the rest behind the left side. I removed the Tear & Tape covers and adhered it to the bottom of the large panel.

I punched 7 ice cream scoops from the Ice Cream Corner DSP with the Ice Cream Cone Builder punch. I used my Water Painter to make 2″ splotches of Soft Suede ink to Basic White card stock. I wanted to use a thinner paper than watercolor paper, and since it was a small area, it worked ok. I added some spatter marks with my water brush and punched it out when dry. All for chocolate ice cream! And then I did the same thing with So Saffron to get some vanilla ice cream for my last scoop. I used the Ice Cream Corner DSP to cut out the cone.

I stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment from the Stampin’ Up! Ice Cream Corner photopolymer stamp set in Bermuda Bay ink and adhered it to a Bermuda Bay mat. I stamped the other sentiment in Bermuda Bay ink and adhered it to a Bermuda Bay mat. I cut the Bermuda Bay scalloped accent with the Stitched So Sweetly die and adhered both labels and the scalloped accent to the left side of the large panel, aligning the top of the scalloped accent to the top of the gift card pocket.

With the label in place, I could start building my ice cream cone. I adhere the cone and first scoop and lined up the rest of the scoops so I can figure out which scoops will land on the folds. I adhered the first scoop on the top section so that it covers the scoop on the cone when the card is closed. The scoop will hang over the fold, so be careful to only apply the adhesive to the top part. I adhered the rest of the scoops on the top section. I folded the scoop that will be on the center fold and checked the alignment. I adhered the rest of the scoops on the large bottom section, finishing with the scoop on the fold. I adhered the bottom of the fold scoop. I adhered the last scoops to the middle section, trimming the top of the last scoop even with the fold. It will be covered by the bottom scoop in the top section when the card is opened.

I adhered the message panel to the Bermuda Bay mat and adhered it to the middle section. I cut the So Saffron panel with the Stitched So Sweetly die and adhered the Ice Cream Cone panel to the middle. I adhered the panel to the top section with Tear & Tape, centering it with the Bermuda Bay scalloped panel below. I finished the ice cream cone by adhering sprinkles with glue dots.

The Stampin’ Up! Sweet Ice Cream bundle is great for children’s cards or for anyone who is young at heart. And with the weather warming up, it’s perfect for any occasion these days.


Stampin’ Up! Last Chance Sale is going on NOW!

Stampin’ Up! has posted the list of items from the 2020-2021 Annual catalog that are retiring and some of the items are on sale! Retiring items will be available only white supplies last! If you love great deals, now is the perfect time to shop.

To download a PDF with the Retiring Items List, click here.

To download an excel file with the Retiring Items List, click here.

Head to my Online Store to get the retiring items you need before they sell out!

The new 2021-2022 Annual Catalog will open for orders on May 4, 2021 and by then it will be too late!


The April Paper Pumpkin Kit is So Cool!

The So Cool Paper Pumpkin Kit is a little taste of summer fun, with enough supplies to make 12 colorful, shaped cards with coordinating envelopes. Six card bases are popsicle shaped, the other six are semicircles: three watermelons and three rainbows. All of the cards are splashed with cheerful, vivid watercolor images. The kit also includes two full-size, matching sticker sheets, die-cut accents, fun embellishments, and more. But, even more cool: it’s the first Paper Pumpkin kit designed with kids in mind!

Coordinating Colors: Blackberry Bliss, Bermuda Bay, Bumblebee, Cinnamon Cider, Old Olive, Terracotta Tile

If you’re interested in subscribing to Paper Pumpkin, you can either sign up for a subscription where you are billed monthly for your kit or you can purchase a prepaid subscription in my online store. To see more information and to sign up for the monthly subscription click here. To see the options for prepaid subscriptions in my online store, click here.

Sign up deadline for the April 2021 kit is April 10, 2021. Supplies may be limited toward the end of the subscription period. 


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Use this host code when you order $50 or more and receive a free gift from me!  The free gift is your choice of any item valued up to $10.00 in the 2020 – 2021 Annual Catalog or in the Jan-Jun 2021 Mini Catalog!

If your order is over $150, please do not use the host code since you’ll receive your own Host Dollars plus I’ll still send you the free gift!  This host code can be used by anyone, no club or commitment required.  Let me know if you have any questions.


If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator.  Just click on the Shop Now button on the right side of the screen to go directly to my online store or contact me if you have any questions. 

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Stamping!

Akiko

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Cardstock Cuts for this project:

  • So Saffron – 4-1/4″ x 11″ card base scored at 2-3/4″ and 5-1/2″, 2-1/4″ x 3-1/2″ (die cut)
  • Bermuda Bay – 2-1/8″ x 2-3/8″ (message area mat), 1-1/8″ x 3-3/4″ (label mat), 3/8″ x 2″ (message mat), 1-3/4″ x 2-3/4″(scalloped panel)
  • Basic White – 2″ x 2-1/4″ (message area), 1″ x 3-1/4″ (label), 1/4″ x 1-7/8″
  • Ice Cream Corner DSP – 2-3/4″ x 4-1/4″ (top panel), 2-3/4″ x 4-1/4″ (inside back panel), 3″ x 4-1/4″ (inside pocket panel), 2-1/2″ x 4″ (striped panel), 1-3/4″ x 2-7/8″ (ice cream cone panel), cone punch, 10 ice cream punches

Stampin’ Up! products used in this project:


Stampin’ Up! Sailing Home Birthday Card

Good morning! Today I’m sharing a nautical theme masculine Birthday Card made with the wonderful Stampin’ Up! Sailing Home cling stamp set, the coordinating Smooth Sailing dies and the World of Good specialty designer series paper. You can find the supplies I used at the bottom of my post along with the sizes of cardstock used.

My card design is based on the Paper Players Sketch Challenge PP534. Here’s the pretty sketch:

Since the card sketch calls for any shape, I decided to use the lighthouse for a fun twist!

I used my blending brush to add Crumb Cake ink around the edges of a panel of Crumb Cake World Of Good designer series paper and then embossed the panel with the Old World Paper 3D embossing folder. I cut three Early Espresso ropes with the rope die from the Smooth Sailing dies and adhered them to the embossed panel and adhered the panel to an Early Espresso mat. I adhered the panel to the front of a Crumb Cake card base.

I stamped the lighthouse from the Stampin’ Up! Sailing Home cling stamp set in Misty Moonlight ink on a Crumb cake panel and cut it out with the coordinating die from the Smooth Sailing dies. I stamped the sentiment from the Pallet Thoughts stamp set and trimmed it to a thin border. I used blending brushes with Crumb Cake ink to ink the Misty Moonlight compass panels from the World of Good DSP and adhered the panels to a Misty Moonlight mat. I popped the panel on the card front with dimensionals.

I adhered the sentiment to the card front with glue dots and popped the lighthouse on with dimensionals. I cut out the rope knot from the Smooth Sailing dies from Early Espresso ink and adhered it to the ropes with glue dots.

For the inside of the card, I stamped another lighthouse from the Stampin’ Up! Sailing Home stamp set in stamped off Misty Moonlight ink on a Basic White panel. I stamped the compass in Crumb Cake ink in the upper corner and stamped the beautiful sentiment from the Happy Thoughts cling stamp set in Early Espresso ink. I trimmed the bottom of the panel with a strip of World of Good DSP and adhered the panel to a Misty Moonlight mat before adhering the panel to the inside of the card.

The map themes from the World of Good specialty DSP compliment the nautical themes from the Stampin’ Up! Sailing Home stamp set pretty nicely. The World of Good specialty DSP is on the retiring list and is currently available for a 40% discount and though I didn’t use them for today’s card, the brass foil accents on some of these papers are a nice way to add some bling to masculine cards. So be sure to check it out.


Stampin’ Up! Last Chance Sale is going on NOW!

Stampin’ Up! has posted the list of items from the 2020-2021 Annual catalog that are retiring and some of the items are on sale! Retiring items will be available only white supplies last! If you love great deals, now is the perfect time to shop.

To download a PDF with the Retiring Items List, click here.

To download an excel file with the Retiring Items List, click here.

Head to my Online Store to get the retiring items you need before they sell out!


Butterfly Brilliance is Available Now!

Bring in the beauty of nature with the artistic designs of the Butterfly Brilliance Bundle and textured specialty paper that will put a pop of brilliance on every project. The Butterfly Brilliance Collection is available now!! Click on the image below to download a PDF with all the details.

Note that the Butterfly Brilliance bundle is an early release from the 2021-2022 Annual Catalog that will be available in May! Unfortunately the beautiful Butterfly Bijou designer series paper is no longer available.

Stampin’ Up! Hey Chick and Hey Birthday Chick Bundles are Available Now!

What’s better than one fantastic bundle? Two fantastic (coordinating) bundles! The Hey Chick Stamp Set (a 2017 Sale-A-Bration set) has returned and brought along three new friends: The Chick Dies and a brand-new bundle that includes the Hey Birthday Chick Stamp Set and the Birthday Chick Dies. These playful images are so fun to stamp. You’ll love sending the punny cards you make to all your friends. Click on the image below to download a PDF with all the details on these fun bundles!


Current Host Code: ARFDXWP4

Use this host code when you order $50 or more and receive a free gift from me!  The free gift is your choice of any item valued up to $10.00 in the 2020 – 2021 Annual Catalog or in the Jan-Jun 2021 Mini Catalog!

If your order is over $150, please do not use the host code since you’ll receive your own Host Dollars plus I’ll still send you the free gift!  This host code can be used by anyone, no club or commitment required.  Let me know if you have any questions.


If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator.  Just click on the Shop Now button on the right side of the screen to go directly to my online store or contact me if you have any questions.  Happy Stamping!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Akiko

  • Visit my online store here
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Cardstock Cuts for this project:

  • Crumb Cake – 4-1/4″ x 11″ card base scored at 5-1/2″, 2-1/4″ x 3-1/2″ (lighthouse), 1/2″ x 2″ (label)
  • Misty Moonlight – 4″ x 5-1/4″ (inside mat), 2-1/4″ x 3-7/8″ (DSP mat)
  • Early Espresso – 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″ (front mat), 1″ x 3-3/4″ (die cut ropes), 1-1/4″ x 1-1/2″ (die cut rope knot)
  • Basic White – 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″ (inside panel)
  • World of Good specialty DSP – 3-3/4″ x 5″ (embossed background), two 1-1/32″ x 3-3/4″ (Misty Moonlight compass strips), 1/2″ x 3-7/8″ (inside trim)

Stampin’ Up! products used in this project:


Stampin’ Up! Friends are Like Seashells Birthday Card

Happy Friday! Today I made a simple Birthday card with the pretty Stampin’ Up! Friends are Like Seashells bundle and the Sand and Sea designer series paper. I love seashell stamps and the shells in this stamp set are gorgeous – plus the dies and coordinating embossing steps it up big time!! You can find the supplies I used at the bottom of my post along with the sizes of cardstock used.

I stamped a seashell from the Stampin’ Up! Friends are Like Seashells photopolymer stamp set in So Saffron ink on Pearlescent paper and cut it out with the large Seaside Seashells die. I trimmed the scraps and carefully placed the shell in the corresponding location in the Seashells 3D embossing folder. I did some final trimming as needed with my paper snips and I have a beautiful, dimensional, shiny shell! I used the large die again to cut the seaweed from Pear Pizzazz and then embossed it.

I stamped the sentiment from the Stampin’ Up! Friends are Like Seashells stamp set on a panel of Seaside Spray in Versamark ink and sprinkled it with white embossing powder. I heat set the sentiment until it was shiny and cut it out with the Ornate Frames die. I cut out a panel of Sand and Sea designer series paper with the third largest Stitched Rectangles die and adhered it to a Gray Granite mat. I adhered the seaweed to the panel with glue dots and wrapped it twice with linen thread and tied a bow on the side. Then I adhered the label over the linen thread with dimensionals.

I adhered the shell on top of the label with glue dots and adhered a little pink shell sequin to the label. I popped the panel on the front of a Rococo Rose card base with dimensionals.

For the inside of the card, I stamped the sentiment from the Stampin’ Up! Friends are Like Seashells stamp set in Gray Granite ink on a Basic White panel. I stamped the shell in stamped off Gray Granite ink and stamped the shading stamp on top of it with So Saffron ink. I trimmed the bottom with a strip of Sand and Sea DSP and adhered the panel to the inside of the card.

The Stampin’ Up! Friends are Like Seashells bundle along with the Seashells 3D embossing folder are my favorite items for making seashell theme cards. And as a bonus, it has wonderful sentiments that go with the seashell theme.


2019 – 2021 In Colors Are Retiring Soon!!

The new Stampin’ Up! 2021-2022 Annual Catalog will be open for orders beginning on May 4 and that’s just around the corner. And Stampin’ Up! has already announced that the Rococo Rose card stock supplies are running low:

We anticipate running out of Rococo Rose Cardstock (item 150882) in the next couple days. When this item runs out, it will show as not orderable until we are able to get more inventory. Because the 2019–2021 In Color Cardstock Assortment (item 149701) includes Rococo Rose Cardstock, this item will also be not orderable for a time. We have more inventory of Rococo Rose Cardstock coming in a few weeks; however, as this is a retiring color and the inventory we receive in a few weeks will be our final shipment, both the cardstock and cardstock assortment will only be available while supplies last.

Shortly Stampin’ Up! will be announcing their retiring list and the inks and card stocks are usually the first to be sell out. So now is a good time to stock up on the retiring In Color products before the rush! Head over to my Online Store to shop NOW!


Butterfly Brilliance is Available Now!

Bring in the beauty of nature with the artistic designs of the Butterfly Brilliance Bundle and textured specialty paper that will put a pop of brilliance on every project. The Butterfly Brilliance Collection is available now!! Click on the image below to download a PDF with all the details.

Note that the Butterfly Brilliance bundle is an early release from the 2021-2022 Annual Catalog that will be available in May! Unfortunately the beautiful Butterfly Bijou designer series paper is no longer available.

Stampin’ Up! Hey Chick and Hey Birthday Chick Bundles are Available Now!

What’s better than one fantastic bundle? Two fantastic (coordinating) bundles! The Hey Chick Stamp Set (a 2017 Sale-A-Bration set) has returned and brought along three new friends: The Chick Dies and a brand-new bundle that includes the Hey Birthday Chick Stamp Set and the Birthday Chick Dies. These playful images are so fun to stamp. You’ll love sending the punny cards you make to all your friends. Click on the image below to download a PDF with all the details on these fun bundles!


Current Host Code: 9WJYHP76

Use this host code when you order $50 or more and receive a free gift from me!  The free gift is your choice of any item valued up to $10.00 in the 2019 – 2020 Annual Catalog or in the Jan-Jun 2021 Mini Catalog!

If your order is over $150, please do not use the host code since you’ll receive your own Host Dollars plus I’ll still send you the free gift!  This host code can be used by anyone, no club or commitment required.  Let me know if you have any questions.


If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator.  Just click on the Shop Now button on the right side of the screen to go directly to my online store or contact me if you have any questions.  Happy Stamping!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Akiko

  • Visit my online store here
  • See the current Stampin’ Up! clearance rack specials here
  • Earn FREE Stampin’ Up! products through my Wildflower Frequent Shopper Program – my way of saying thank you to my online frequent shopper customers.
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Cardstock Cuts for this project:

  • Rococo Rose – 4-1/4″ x 11″ card base scored at 5-1/2″
  • Pear Pizzazz – 2-1/4″ x 3-1/2″ (sea weed)
  • Gray Granite – 3-1/8″ x 4-1/2″ (front mat)
  • Seaside Spray – 1-1/4″ x 3″ (label)
  • Pearlescent Paper – 1-1/4″ x 2″ (seashell)
  • Basic White – 4″ x 5-1/4″ panel (inside panel)
  • Sand and Sea DSP – 3-1/4″ x 4-3/4″” panel (background panel), 1/2″ x 4″ (inside trim),

Stampin’ Up! products used in this project:


Stampin’ Up! All Things Fabulous for the Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

Good Morning and welcome to the Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop! For today’s card I used the beautiful Stampin’ Up! All Things Fabulous bundle to make a pretty floral birthday card. This photopolymer stamp set has two and three step stamps that make gorgeous multi-toned flowers! You can find the supplies used to create this card at the bottom of my post along with the sizes of cardstock used.

We have a sketch challenge this week and here is the pretty sketch we are using:

I embossed a panel of Soft Sea Foam Subtles 6″ x 6″ designer series paper with the Tasteful Textile embossing folder and adhering it to the front of a Soft Sea Foam card base. I cut the lattice from the Fabulous Florals Dies from Basic White card stock and cut the second largest oval from the Stitched Shapes dies from the Fine Art Floral designer series paper. I adhered the oval to the lattice with glue dots.

I stamped the large flower from the Stampin’ Up! All Things Fabulous photopolymer stamp set in Flirty Flamingo. I mounted the three stamps for this 3 step flower on blocks and stamped the center with full strength and then stamped the larger detailed stamp on top full strength. Then I stamped the larger background in stamped off Flirty Flamingo. Doing the stamping in this order made it fairly easy to line up. Then I stamped the small yellow flowers with the center in Mango Melody and the outer two in So Saffron. I cut out the flowers with the coordinating dies. I stamped two of each set of leaves in Pear Pizzazz and cut them out with the coordinating dies.

I arranged the leaves and flowers on the oval and used glue dots to adhere the So Saffron Flowers and leaves. I popped the Flirty Flamingo flower on the top with dimensionals. I stamped the sentiment from the Stampin’ Up! All Things Fabulous stamp set in Pear Pizzazz ink on a Basic White strip. I cut the end of the strip with the Banners Pick-A-Punch and adhered it to the oval. I adhered the oval to the card front with dimensionals and finished the card front with a White bow and three pearls.

For the inside of the card, I stamped the sentiment from the Peaceful Moments stamp set in Flirty Flamingo on a Basic White panel and trimmed the side in the Soft Seafoam Subtles 6″ x 6″ DSP. Stamped another flower from the Stampin’ Up! All Things Fabulous stamp set in Flirty Flamingo and cut it out with the coordinating die. I adhered the flower and remaining leaves to the panel and adhered the panel to the inside of the card.

The Stampin’ Up! All Things Fabulous bundle has beautiful floral images using the two and three step stamping techniques. These flowers definitely look better when carefully stamped to preserve the white highlights. So practice with different color combinations and use different techniques to help line up your stamps – it’s relaxing and fun!!

On with the Hop! Click the Next button below to visit Karen Ksenzakovic’s blog.

And just in case you get lost along the way, here’s a list of the team members participating in the hop today:


Current Host Code: 9WJYHP76

Use this host code when you order $50 or more and receive a free gift from me!  The gift is your choice of any item valued up to $10.00 in the 2019-20 Annual Catalog or in the 2021 January-June Mini Catalog!

If your order is over $150, please do not use the host code since you’ll receive your own Host Dollars plus I’ll still send you the free gift!  This host code can be used by anyone, no commitment required.  Let me know if you have any questions.


If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator.  Just click on the Shop Now Button on the right side of the screen to go directly to my online store or contact me if you have any questions.  Happy Stamping!

Thanks for visiting!

Akiko

  • Visit my online store here
  • See the current Stampin’ Up! clearance rack specials here
  • Earn FREE Stampin’ Up! products through my Wildflower Frequent Shopper Program – my way of saying thank you to my frequent shopper online customers.
  • Sign up for my weekly newsletter here
  • Have any questions? I’d be happy to help, click here to contact me.

Cardstock Cuts for this project:

  • Soft Sea Foam – 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ card base scored at 4-1/4″
  • Basic White – 4-1/2″ x 6″ (die cut flowers, leaves and lattice), 1/2″ x 3″ (label), 4″ x 5-1/4″ (inside panel)
  • Subtles 6″ x 6″ DSP – 1″ x 5-1/4″ (front background), 3/4″ x 4″ (inside trim)
  • Fine Art Floral DSP – 2-1/4″ x 3-1/2″ (die cut oval)

Stampin’ Up! products used in this project: