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Label Me Pretty -- Thank You For Caring (Portrait or Landscape?)

Happy Friday!

I am so ready for this weekend!  Are you?  I'm taking Monday off from my driving job, Tuesday is a holiday, and Wednesday is my day off from my driving job so I have a mini vacation.  Woohoo!  I hope you have something fun planned for the holiday weekend--even if it's just to stop for an hour to take a nap.  [Naps are completely underrated.]

Today's post is a card I designed for my June Stamp Clubs featuring the Label Me Pretty bundle with assistance from the watercolor designs in the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper.  Have you seen this paper???  It's so amazingly gorgeous!

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This card begins with a card base of Calypso Coral.  A piece of the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper was adhered at the center of a panel of Pool Party cardstock.  The cardstock/Designer Series Paper was adhered at the center of the card front.

Banner tails were cut into the ends of a piece of Old Olive 3/8" Mini Chevron ribbon using Paper Snips.  The ribbon was folded in half and adhered near the bottom right of the card front.  The fold of the ribbon is 1-1/4" from the right edge and 1-1/2" above the bottom edge of the Designer Series Paper.

The Pretty Label punch was used to punch the same piece of Designer Series Paper, but this time the flip side of the paper will be visible to frame the greeting.  However, I quickly realized that the punched paper needed a little more separation from the card front to give it a little more "punch".  So I decided to mat the punched paper with Pool Party cardstock using the Pretty Label punch.  Since the Pool Party punched piece and the paper punched piece would be the same size, I needed to "enlarge" the cardstock punched piece.  This is how I did it:

  1. Punch two (2) Pool Party cardstock pieces using the Pretty Label punch
  2. Cut the left and right scallop ends from one of the punched pieces by clipping toward the center
  3. Cut the second punched piece in half along the horizontal
  4. Adhere the left and right scallop ends behind the left and right scallop ends of the paper punched piece leaving 1/16" of the cardstock extending beyond the right and left sides of the paper punched piece
  5. Adhere the top half of the cardstock punched piece behind the top edge of the paper punched piece leaving 1/16" of the cardstock extending above the top of the paper punched piece
  6. Adhere the bottom half of the cardstock punched piece behind the bottom edge of the paper punched piece leaving 1/16" of the cardstock extending below the bottom of the paper punched piece 

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The matted label was adhered to the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals with the center of the label over the fold of the ribbon.  The "Thank You For Caring" greeting, from the Label Me Pretty stamp set, was stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock using Calypso Coral ink.  The greeting was punched with the 1-3/8" circle punch and adhered at the center of the label using Stampin' Dimensionals.

Three 3 mm pearls from the Pearl Basic Jewels were adhered across the card front.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  The flourished label outline image, from the Label Me Pretty stamp set, was stamped at the upper center of the liner using Pool Party ink.  The "You're the Best" image was stamped at the center of the label using Calypso Coral ink.

The long stem image, from the Daisy Delight stamp set, was stamped in three heights at the lower left corner of the liner using Old Olive ink.  The corresponding tiny daisies image was stamped along each of the stems using Pool Party ink.  [The images in the Daisy Delight stamp set are photopolymer so it's easy to line the daisies up with the stems.  Tip:  For best results it's always best to use the Stampin' Pierce Mat with photopolymer stamps.]

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The stems and daisies from the Daisy Delight stamp set were stamped along the left front bottom edge of the Medium Whisper White Envelope using the same process used for the liner.

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The "Thank You For Caring" greeting was stamped at the center of the envelope flap using Calypso Coral ink.

One of the things I stress to my Stamp Club members is that I may design a card for them to create, but the card they are making using that design should be their own.  Therefore, when we create with Designer Series Paper I remind them that they should look at both sides of the paper to determine how they will incorporate the paper into the card design.  You can imagine their concern when they saw the other side of the paper...

  • The watercolor flowers on the flip side were stunning and so they really wanted to feature that side of the paper.  However,
  • The design on the flip side had a distinctive vertical pattern that was at odds with the original card design

So I told them to flip the card design from portrait to landscape.  

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The watercolor designs in this paper are just stunning!!

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And here is what the liner looks like in the landscape orientation.

I've said it before and I'm sure I'll say it a million more times, but I just Love, Love, LOVE Stampin' Up!'s Designer Series Papers.  The color coordination within each paper package is just amazing.  

You may be wondering why I didn't go with the landscape orientation for my sample card design...  The Host for one of my June Stamp Clubs hates daisies.  Seriously!  I wanted to use the Delightful Daisy paper because I knew everyone would fall in love with it but needed to show my Host some love, too.  So I chose a card design that would work with both sides of the paper.  So which card do you like best?  The portrait version or the landscape version?  

Card Measurements -- 

Calypso Coral:  5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored at 4-1/4" along the 8-1/2" length; Pool Party:  4" x 5-1/4", 2" x 5-1/2"; Whisper White:  2" x 2", 4" x 5-1/4"; Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper:  2" x 3", 3-3/4" x 5"; Old Olive 3/8" Mini Chevron ribbon:  6"

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Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Label Me Pretty, Daisy Delight; Inks:  Calypso Coral, Old Olive, Pool Party; Cardstock:  Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper:  Delightful Daisy; Embellishments:  Old Olive 3/8" Mini Chevron ribbon, Pearl Basic Jewels (3 mm); Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, 1-3/8" circle punch, Pretty Label punch; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope


Fabulous Flamingo -- Thanks

Hello!

Today's post provides the how-to's for creating a tropical scene to showcase the beautiful flamingo from the Fabulous Flamingo stamp set.  This project was created for the Inky Friends Blog Hop showcasing items from the 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog.  To see a line up of the very talented Stampin' Up! artists who participated in the hop, click here.  To begin the hop, click here.

Creating scenery for a focal point image is not as difficult as it may look.  However, it does take a few steps if you want to create the illusion of depth for the scenery.  Therefore, this post is a bit lengthy, but once you've read through it, you'll understand how the background scene for this vibrant flamingo was developed.

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This card begins with a card base of Crumb Cake cardstock.  The large splotch image from the Touches of Texture stamp set was used to create a "sandy" look on the card base by randomly stamping the splotch around the edges of the card front using Sahara Sand ink.

The scenery begins with the water.  Place two drops of Soft Sky re-inker in a puddle on a styrofoam plate.  Using the large brush Aquapainter (Note:  There's no water in the barrel of my Aquapainter--just a small bowl of water off to the side of my work area along with a paper towel) dip the brush tip in the water and stir into the re-inker puddle to dilute the re-inker.  Clean the brush in the water and blot on the paper towel until the brush tip is only slightly wet.  Then put the brush tip back into the re-inker/water puddle and quickly swish the re-inker/water across the bottom third of the Whisper White panel (3-1/2" x 4-3/4") using the side of the brush tip.  [Important Tip:  Do not go over this area multiple times as the cardstock will pill up or disintegrate.  Use a light hand and a quick side-to-side movement with the side of the brush tip.]  Once the cardstock dries, stamp the water image from the Fabulous Flamingo stamp set two times over the water area using Marina Mist ink.

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Using Pear Pizzazz ink, stamp the palm frond image (Fabulous Flamingo stamp set) three times in the upper left and upper right corners of the Whisper White panel; re-inking the stamp for each stamped image.  Using Pear Pizzazz ink, stamp the sea grass image (Fabulous Flamingo stamp set) two times along the left side of the panel going from the left edge even with the top edge of the water and into the water at a slight downward angle.  Stamp the sea grass image (still using Pear Pizzazz ink) two times along the right side of the panel about 1/2 way down from the top of the water going from the right edge of the panel and then immediately to the left of the first stamping (overlapping a little).  (The image below shows the Whisper White panel matted with a panel of Soft Sky cardstock.  It's better if you don't mat the Whisper White cardstock until you complete the panel.  My bad...)

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Using the splotch image from the Touches of Texture stamp set, randomly stamp the splotch over a 2" x 3-1/2" piece of Crumb Cake cardstock using Sahara Sand ink.  Tear the cardstock across the horizontal to create the sandy shore.  The first tear begins nearly at the top left edge of the cardstock and slopes down nearly to the bottom right edge.  Place the torn piece over the bottom edge of the Whisper White panel to ensure that the left side is high enough to cover the bottom edge of the sea grass and slopes down toward the right so that it goes under the bottom edge of the sea grass on the right side of the panel.  Tear a little off here and there until you get the sandy shore the right heights.  Adhere the torn cardstock along the bottom edge of the Whisper White panel, aligning the right and left edges of the torn cardstock with the right and left edges of the panel.  Use the remaining torn piece of Crumb Cake cardstock to create another layer of sandy shore.  This time the right edge is just above the bottom edge of the sea grass and slopes down toward the left side of the panel.  Adhere the second piece of torn cardstock over the top of the first piece of torn cardstock aligning with the bottom, right, and left edges of the panel.  

The sea grass image was inked with Old Olive and stamped over the Pear Pizzazz sea grass.  Since this image is stamped on top of the torn Crumb Cake cardstock AND the Whisper White panel, it is important to press down hard on the image so that there is no ink gap between the two layers of cardstock.  [Tip:  It is always a good practice to use the Stampin' Pierce Mat with photopolymer stamps to ensure that the stamped images are crisp and clear.]

Mat the Whisper White panel with a slightly larger panel of Soft Sky cardstock.  Adhere the panels at the center of the card front.

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The flamingo image in the Fabulous Flamingo stamp set is actually a three-step stamp image.  For this card, I stamped the image with the lower body and legs first on a piece of Whisper White cardstock using Flirty Flamingo ink (what else would you use??).  Second, I stamped the solid flamingo upper body image over the upper flamingo body using Blushing Bride ink.  Third, I stamped the outline of the upper body and the outline of the legs over the upper body and the legs using Calypso Coral ink.  The flamingo was cut out with Paper Snips and adhered along the left side of the Whisper White panel with the feet on the sandy shore using teeny, teeny tiny dots of Multipurpose Liquid adhesive.

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The card front was finished with the "Thanks" greeting stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock using Calypso Coral ink.  Banner tails were cut into the cardstock to the left of the stamped image.  The greeting was matted with a slightly larger piece of Marina Mist cardstock with the right edges of the two pieces flush.  A piece of Flirty Flamingo 3/8" Striped Grosgrain ribbon was adhered behind the banner.  Banner tails were cut for the left side of the ribbon and the right side of the ribbon was folded under and adhered behind the banner.  The completed greeting banner was adhered to the Whisper White panel using Mini Glue Dots with the right cardstock edges of the banner flush with the right edge of the Whisper White panel and the bottom edge of the banner 2" above the bottom edge of the Whisper White panel.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  The sea grass image was stamped along the bottom edge of the liner using Pear Pizzazz ink, re-inking for each stamping of the image.  Then it was stamped again along the bottom edge of the liner using Old Olive ink, tilting the image to the right and left to make the grass more "bushy"--again, re-inking for each stamping of the image.  The palm fronds were stamped three times the top right and left corners of the liner using Pear Pizzazz ink, re-inking for each stamping of the image.  The "That Was Awesome" sentiment was stamped near the upper center of the liner using Calypso Coral ink.

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The sea grass image was stamped twice along the bottom left front edge of the Medium Whisper White Envelope using Pear Pizzazz ink, re-inking for each stamping of the image.  Then it was stamped twice again along the bottom edge of the envelope using Old Olive ink, tilting the image to the right and left to make the grass more "bushy"--again, re-inking for each stamping of the image.  The "Thanks" greeting was stamped just above the sea grass using Calypso Coral ink. 

While this card has a few steps, it was actually pretty quick to make.  In fact, I made 20 of them.  The majority of the cards went to my Stamp Club members to thank them for being a part of the Stamp Club and to invite them to rejoin when we reconvene in August.  I kept one for the blog hop sample, and the last card was given to the instructor of my very first quilting class.  I have always been fascinated by quilting and wanted to learn the process--so I signed up for a beginning quilting class where I learned to make a table runner featuring 4 pieced squares.  If you look closely at the aqua colored fabric, you'll see why I used the flamingo card.

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Card measurements -- 

Crumb Cake:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length, 2" x 3-1/2"; Soft Sky:  3-3/4" x 5"; Whisper White:  3-1/2" x 4-3/4", 1/2" x 1-5/8", 3" x 4", 4" x 5-1/4"; Marina Mist:  5/8" x 1-3/4"; Flirty Flamingo 3/8" Striped Grosgrain ribbon:  3"

Robertssiggy

Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Fabulous Flamingo, Touches of Texture; Inks:  Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Flirty Flamingo, Marina Mist, Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Sahara Sand, Soft Sky (re-inker); Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, Marina Mist, Soft Sky, Whisper White; Embellishments:  Flirty Flamingo 3/8" Striped Grosgrain ribbon; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Mini Glue Dots, Multipurpose Liquid; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Aquapainter; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope


Fabulous Flamingo -- Congratulations

Hi There!

It's been a busy weekend--but fun.  I hope your weekend was fun for you; whether it involved catching up at home, running errands, or hanging out with friends and/or family I hope you found time to make some fun in every situation.

Today's post is a quick and easy card featuring the Fabulous Flamingo stamp set.  This project was created for the Inky Friends Blog Hop showcasing items from the 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog.  To see a line up of the very talented Stampin' Up! artists who participated in the hop, click here.  To begin the hop, click here.

As I mentioned in the blog hop, I have a serious love affair with flamingos.  Especially tacky pink flamingos.  I don't think a flamingo can get any more pink than this one!

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This card begins with a card base of Berry Burst cardstock.  A panel of Berry Burst foil polka dot patterned paper from the Foil Frenzy Specialty Designer Series Paper, cut slightly smaller than card front, was adhered at the center of the card front.  A piece of ombre pink paper from the Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack (the one with no lines between the color gradations) was cut into two pieces with the color gradations vertical (the two pieces are 2-3/4" x 6" and the 3-1/4" x 6").  One inch (1") was cut off the top (lightest part) of the 2-3/4" x 6" piece and set aside.  The outline flamingo images were stamped on the remainder of the piece (now 2-3/4" x 5") using Berry Burst ink [Tip:  The Stampin' Pierce Mat is your best friend when using photopolymer stamps to obtain the best stamped images].

Linen Thread was wrapped around the bottom edge of the stamped paper and tied into a knot on the front left.  The paper was adhered to the Foil Frenzy panel with the top, left, and bottom edges of the stamped paper 1/8" from the top, left, and bottom edges of the Foil Frenzy panel.  A 3 mm Rhinestone Basic Jewels was placed over the stamped eye of the flamingo.

The 1" x 2-3/4"  piece of Color Theory paper that was set aside was trimmed to 3/4" x 2-1/2".  The "Congratulations" greeting was stamped at the center of the paper using Berry Burst ink.  The paper strip was adhered to the card front with the right edge of the paper flush with the right edge of the card base and the bottom edge of the paper 1-1/4" above the bottom edge of the Foil Frenzy panel.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  A narrow strip of Berry Burst cardstock was adhered behind the top edge of a strip of Berry Burst polka dot Foil Frenzy Specialty Designer Series Paper and adhered along the bottom edge of the liner.

The 3-1/4" x 6" piece of Color Theory Designer Series Paper left over from the card front was cut down to 2-1/2" x 3-3/4" (removing the lightest and darkest color gradations).  The outline flamingo images were stamped onto the paper using Berry Burst ink and the flamingo cut out with Paper Snips.  The flamingo was adhered along the left side of the liner using teeny, teeny tiny dots of Multipurpose Liquid adhesive.  The "tickled pink for you!" sentiment was stamped to the right of the flamingo using Berry Burst ink.

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Another piece of pink ombre paper (with no lines between color gradations) from the Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack was cut in half--this time the cut was made along the horizontal (with the lightest to one side of the cutting line and the darkest to the other side of the cutting line.  The piece with the lightest colors was cut down again to 2-1/4" x 6" (removing the lightest pink area).  The paper was adhered to the back flap of a Medium Whisper White Envelope and the excess paper trimmed away with Paper Snips using the edge of the envelope flap as a guide.

Placing a piece of copy paper between the closed envelope flap and the body of the envelope, stamp the flamingo body along the left side of the envelope flap using Berry Burst ink.  Stamp the "Congratulations" greeting to the right of the flamingo using Berry Burst ink.

I'll be back soon with another card made using the Fabulous Flamingo stamp set.  I hope you'll stop back by to visit!

Card measurements -- 

Berry Burst:  4-1/4" x 11 scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length, 3/8" x 4"; Foil Frenzy Specialty Designer Series Paper:  4" x 5-1/4", 1" x 4"; Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack:  3/4" x 2-1/2", 2-3/4" x 5", 2-1/2" x 3-3/4", 2-1/4" x 6"; Whisper White:  4" x 5-1/4"; Linen Thread:  26"

Robertssiggy

Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Fabulous Flamingo; Inks:  Berry Burst; Cardstock:  Berry Burst, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper:  Foil Frenzy Specialty, Color Theory Stack; Embellishments:  Linen Thread, Rhinestone Basic Jewels (3 mm); Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Multipurpose Liquid; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Stampin' Pierce Mat; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope


Inky Friends New Annual Catalog Blog Hop -- Fabulous Flamingo

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Welcome to the first Inky Friends Blog Hop.  We are a group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators who have gathered to introduce the Stampin' Up! 2017-2018 Annual Catalog with some of our favorite offerings from the new catalog.  To see the line up of Stampin' Up! artists participating in the hop, click here.  If you are traveling forward through the hop, you've arrived from Yapha's blog where she featured the Coffee Cafe' stamp set.  If you are traveling backwards through the hop, you just had some undersea fun with Tanya with the Magical Mermaid.  It really doesn't matter which way you travel through the blog hop, though; all the blogs are linked in a circle and eventually you'll visit all the stops by clicking on the NEXT or PREVIOUS buttons contained in every blog post.  I hope you enjoy your travels!

Anyone who knows me knows that I have a serious love affair with flamingos--especially the tacky pink variety.  I've been collecting them (or my family has been gifting them to me) for many years.  Right now they seem to be all the rage.  It's no wonder.  They are just so darn cute with those big bodies, gangly legs, and gorgeous pink/coral colors.  When I first started thumbing through the new catalog, you can imagine my excitement when I saw the Fabulous Flamingo stamp set.  It went to the top of my must have list--the great news was that I was able to WIN the stamp set at a Stampin' Up! event within just a few minutes of seeing the stamp set for the first time.  I was over the moon excited!

I have two projects to share with you featuring this fun stamp set.

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Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Fabulous Flamingo, Touches of Texture; Inks:  Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Flirty Flamingo, Marina Mist (Re-inker), Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Sahara Sand, Soft Sky; Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, Marina Mist, Soft Sky, Whisper White; Embellishments:  Flirty Flamingo 3/8" Striped Grosgain ribbon; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Mini Glue Dots, Multipurpose Liquid; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder Paper Snips, Aquapainter

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Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Fabulous Flamingo; Inks:  Berry Burst; Cardstock:  Berry Burst, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper:  Foil Frenzy Specialty, Color Theory Stack; Embellishments:  Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Linen Thread; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips

I'll be back soon with the details for making these projects, so please return for another visit.  

To visit the next stop on the hop, click the NEXT button to visit with Tanya and the Magical Mermaid or the PREVIOUS button to visit with Yapha for a Coffee Cafe' break.

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Robertssiggy

 


Thoughtful Banners -- Happy Birthday Sweet Friend

Hello!

Today's post is one of the cards I designed for my June Stamp Clubs.  You may notice that it bears a strong resemblance to Linda's Birthday card in my previous post.  I didn't have enough ribbon for my stamp club members to make the same card as Linda's and, frankly, with Linda one of the stamp club members I wanted her card to be unique.  

So rather than use the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set, I used the Thoughtful Banners stamp set.  Using this stamp set also gave the stamp club members the latitude to swap out the words used on the card front and inside the card to make their card specific to their own needs; something that's very easy to do with all the great words and phrases in the Thoughtful Banners stamp set. 

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This card begins with a card base of Berry Burst cardstock.  A Berry Burst pattern from the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack was matted with a slightly larger panel of Powder Pink cardstock.  A piece of Berry Burst 1/2" Finely Woven ribbon was adhered horizontally across the panel with the bottom edge of the ribbon 1-5/8" above the bottom edge of the patterned paper.  The ends of the ribbon were folded under and adhered to the back of the Powder Pink panel.  The Designer Series Paper/cardstock/ribbon panel was adhered at the center of the card front.

The "friend" Lovely Words Thinlit was centered inside the largest of the oval Stitched Shapes Framelits (2-3/8" x 3-1/4") on top of a piece of Berry Burst cardstock and die cut with the Big Shot.

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A piece of Powder Pink cardstock was die cut with the large scalloped oval (2-1/2" x 3-1/2") from the Layering Ovals Framelits and used to mat the "friend" die cut.  The two pieces were adhered with teeny, teeny, tiny dots of Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive (Alternate Adhesives:  Fine Tip Glue Pen or, better yet, Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets for the Big Shot).  [Tip:  Place the clear acrylic "E" block on top of the adhered die cuts to allow the two pieces to get a good paper-to-paper bond.]  Adhere the die cuts, centered over the ribbon, using Stampin' Dimensionals.

The Classic Label outline image, from the Thoughtful Banners stamp set, was stamped twice on a piece of Whisper White cardstock using Powder Pink ink.  The "Happy" and "Birthday" images were placed next to each other on a stamp block and stamped at the left end of one of label outlines using Berry Burst ink.  The "Sweet" image was stamped to the right end of the second outline image using Berry Burst ink.  The outline images were punched with the Classic Label punch.  The right end of the "Happy Birthday" label was clipped off with Paper Snips next the the "Y" in "Birthday" and the label adhered to the card front with the clipped end flush with the right edge of the patterned paper--the top edge of the label 7/8" from the top edge of the paper.  The left end of the "Sweet" label was clipped off with Paper Snips 1/4" to the left of the "S" in "Sweet" and the label adhered to the card front with the clipped end flush with the left edge of the patterned paper--the top edge of the label 1-5/8" from the top edge of the patterned paper.

Three large rhinestones (5 mm) from the Rhinestone Basic Jewels were adhered in a triangular pattern to the card front.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  A narrow strip of Powder Pink cardstock was adhered behind the top edge of a strip of Berry Burst patterned paper from the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack.  The Designer Series Paper/cardstock were adhered along the bottom edge of the liner.  The "celebrate" and "You" images, from the Thoughtful Banners stamp set, were placed on a clear block and stamped near the upper center of the liner using Berry Burst ink.  The double chevron image was stamped twice on each side of the "You" using Powder Pink ink.

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The Classic Label outline image was stamped near the lower left front corner of the Medium Whisper White envelope leaving the left edge of the label image off the envelope.  The "Happy" and "Birthday" images were placed next to each other on a clear block and stamped inside the outline image using Berry Burst ink.

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A piece of Powder Pink patterned paper from the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack was adhered to the envelope flap of the Medium Whisper White Envelope.  The excess paper was trimmed off with Paper Snips following the edge of the envelope flap.

I hope that you are having a great Summer and taking advantage of the sunshine and fun activities with your friends and family.  If you are able to take some time off for yourself, I hope you'll find some time to craft.  Crafting doesn't have to happen in a dedicated craft room or even indoors.  I have some great memories of crafting with my family on camping trips, afternoon trips to the beach, and on picnics to parks.  It's always fun to incorporate the events and/or the elements into the projects.  For example, on one afternoon trip to the beach my parents showed my brothers and sisters and I how to make candles in the beach sand.  Every time I saw the candle in my parent's living room I could remember playing in the sand and running through the waves with my brothers and sisters, eating sandwiches with an emphasis on the "sand", and the anticipation as we all waited for the candle wax to set for each of our candles.

Card measurements -- 

Berry Burst:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length; Powder Pink:  4-1/8" x 5-3/8", 3/8" x 4"; Whisper White:  2-1/2" x 3-1/2", 4" x 5-1/4"; Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack:  4" x 5-1/4", 1" x 4", 2-1/4" x 6"; Berry Burst 1/2" Finely Woven ribbon:  5-3/4"

Robertssiggy

Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Thoughtful Banners; Inks:  Berry Burst, Powder Pink; Cardstock:  Berry Burst, Powder Pink, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper:  Fresh Florals Stack; Embellishments:  Berry Burst 1/2" Finely Woven ribbon, Rhinestone Basic Jewels; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Stampin' Dimensionals, Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Classic Label punch, Big Shot w/Multipurpose Platform, Lovely Words Thinlits, Layering Ovals Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope