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Stamp Review Crew -- Pop of Paradise

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Hello!  Welcome to the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the Pop of Paradise stamp set.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

The Stamp Review Crew is an international group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators who gather for a blog hop the first and third Mondays of the month to review a single stamp set.  The number of participants varies from hop to hop, but the ideas are plentiful as we take a stamp set through its paces.  By the time you've traveled through the hop, you are sure to find a number of innovative ways to use the featured stamp set.  So sit back, relax, and get ready to start pinning ideas to your Pinterest board!

To see the line up of artists for this week's hop, click here.  If you've already joined the hop and are traveling forward, you've arrived from Adriana's blog where you were presented with an amazing project to inspire your creativity.  If you're traveling backwards through the hop, you've seen Nikki's project and are ready to CASE! (Copy And Share Everything)

People who know me know that I am pretty silly about flamingos.  Especially kitschy flamingos.  You'll find them in my dining room, my craft room, in my yard, floating in my pool, and even on my clothes.  I have flamingo drink cups that I take with me everywhere I go.  In fact, I met up with my brother and sister-in-law for dinner last night and they gave me the cutest flamingo umbrella.

Umbrella

So it's no surprise that if there's a stamp set with a flamingo, I'm all over it.  

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This card begins with a card base of Wild Wasabi cardstock.  A panel of Soft Sky cardstock was embossed with the Big Shot using the Seaside Textured Impressions Embossing Folder with the wavy lines going vertical.  A strip of Crumb Cake cardstock was randomly stamped with the splotches image from the Touches of Texture stamp set using Crumb Cake ink and adhered along the bottom of the Soft Sky embossed panel with the left, bottom, and right edges of the Crumb Cake cardstock flush with the left, bottom, and right edges of the Soft Sky panel.  [Tip:  When adhering elements to uneven surfaces (like the embossed panel), use Multipurpose Liquid adhesive.]

The flamingo image, from the Pop of Paradise stamp set, was inked with Flirty Flamingo ink.  Then the brush tip of the Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker was applied to the tip of the beak of the flamingo.  The flamingo was stamped on Whisper White cardstock and cut out with Paper Snips.  This process was used to create two more flamingos.  The flamingos were adhered to the embossed Soft Sky panel so that they look like they are walking in a group near the center of the panel (their feet are just above the top edge of the Crumb Cake strip).  Note that I did not place adhesive behind their necks or heads to give them more of a dimensional feel.

The palm frond image was stamped three times on Whisper White cardstock using Wild Wasabi ink and two times on Whisper White cardstock using Lemon Lime Twist ink.  The palm fronds were cut out with Paper Snips and adhered along the top edge of the Crumb Cake cardstock with the palm fronds leaning a bit as if the flamingos are brushing against them as they walk by.  Note that I did not place adhesive near the top third of the palm fronds to give them more of a grassy feel.  

A piece of Flirty Flamingo Striped Grosgrain ribbon was adhered over the bottom edge of the palm fronds with the ends of the ribbon adhered at the back of the Soft Sky panel.  A length of Linen Thread was wrapped four times around the panels and ribbon and tied into a bow near the right side.  The panel was adhered at the center of the card front.

The "Hello" image was stamped on Whisper White cardstock using Lemon Lime Twist ink and punched out with the 1-1/4" circle punch.  The "Hello" was matted with a piece of Wild Wasabi cardstock punched with the 1-1/2" circle punch.  The greeting was adhered near the upper right corner of the embossed Soft Sky panel.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  The flamingo, with its black beak tip, was stamped at the lower right corner of the liner.  The elephant ear leaf image was stamped on Whisper White cardstock two times using Lemon Lime Twist ink and one time using Wild Wasabi ink.  The leaves were cut out with Paper Snips and adhered at the feet of the flamingo.

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The flamingo, with its black beak tip, was stamped at the lower left front corner of the Medium Whisper White Envelope.  

For those folks who are NOT fans of fussy cutting, you may be off-put a bit by this card.  For me, fussy cutting is relaxing but I realize that this may not be the case for everyone.  One of the most frequent complaints I have from my Stamp Club members is that their wrists and/or hands get cramped when they fussy cut.  If that's the case, then you may want to consider changing the way you fussy cut:

  • Use a sharp pair of micro-tip scissors (Paper Snips)
  • Hold the paper loosely between your thumb and forefinger
  • Move the paper, rather than the scissors

The Pop of Paradise stamp set is retiring as of May 31st.  I'll be sad to see it disappear from the catalog, but you can bet that it will not be disappearing from my stamping stash.  I love the "look" on the face of this flamingo.  It seems as if he's just too cool to do anything but strut on by. 

Retiring Items:  Pop of Paradise stamp set, Wild Wasabi Classic Ink, Wild Wasabi cardstock, Soft Sky cardstock, Flirty Flamingo Striped Grosgrain ribbon

Card Measurements -- 

Wild Wasabi:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length, 2" x 3"; Crumb Cake:  1-3/4" x 4"; Soft Sky:  4" x 5-1/4"; Whisper White:  4 @ 2" x 3", 5 @ 1-1/2" x 3", 3 @ 1-1/2" x 1-1/2", 4" x 5-1/4"; Linen Thread:  42"; Flirty Flamingo Striped Grosgrain ribbon:  5-1/2"

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Here's the listing of all the artists on the hop:

  1. Adriana Benitez 
  2. Mickey Roberts 
  3. Nikki Spencer   
  4. Dawn Tidd  
  5. Tanya Boser   
  6. Holly Krautkremer 

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Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Pop of Paradise, Touches of Texture; Inks:  Crumb Cake, Lemon Lime Twist, Wild Wasabi; Stampin' Write Markers:  Basic Black; Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, Soft Sky, Whisper White, Wild Wasabi; Embellishments:  Linen Thread, Flirty Flamingo Striped Grosgrain; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Multipurpose Liquid; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, 1-1/4" circle punch, 1-1/2" circle punch, Big Shot w/Multipurpose Platform, Seaside Textured Impressions Embossing Folder; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope


Stamp Review Crew Bonus Hop -- Truly Tailored

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Hello!  Welcome to the Stamp Review Crew Bonus Blog Hop featuring the Truly Tailored stamp set.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

The Stamp Review Crew is an international group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators who gather for a blog hop the first and third Mondays of the month to review a single stamp set.  The number of participants varies from hop to hop, but the ideas are plentiful as we take a stamp set through its paces.  By the time you've traveled through the hop, you are sure to find a number of innovative ways to use the featured stamp set.  So sit back, relax, and get ready to start pinning ideas to your Pinterest board!  Since there are 5 Mondays in the month of April, the Crew is conducting a Bonus Hop.  

To see the line up of artists for this week's hop, click here.  If you've already joined the hop and are traveling forward, you've arrived from Lou's blog where you were presented with an amazing project to inspire your creativity.  If you're traveling backwards through the hop, you've seen Nikki's project and are ready to CASE! (Copy And Share Everything)

I have two projects to share with you.

Projects with a masculine theme have always been a bit of a challenge for me.  So when I spotted the True Gentleman Suite of products in the Occasions Catalog, I was very interested.  I love the clean images in the stamp set, the very versatile punch, and the wonderful, rich colors and patterns in the Designer Series Paper.  

My first project uses the fun Mini Pizza Box.  These boxes are just so darn cute!  I think this box is just the right size for packaging one of those "really special gifts that come in small boxes."

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Supplies I used to make this project -- 

Stamps:  Truly Tailored; Inks:  Chocolate Chip; Stampin' Write Markers:  2017-2019 In Color (Tranquil Tide), Neutrals (Chocolate Chip), Regals (Night of Navy); Cardstock:  Chocolate Chip, Tranquil Tide, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper:  True Gentleman; Embellishments:  Gold Metallic Thread, Metallic Enamel Shapes; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Tailored Tag punch; Other:  Mini Pizza Boxes

My second project combines the Truly Tailored and Guy Greetings stamp sets.  The vertical row of "DAD" along the right side of the card front is courtesy of the Stamparatus.  Love, love, LOVE!!

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Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Truly Tailored, Guy Greetings; Inks:  Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Night of Navy, Tranquil Tide; Cardstock:  Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Night of Navy, Tranquil Tide, Very Vanilla; Designer Series Paper:  True Gentleman; Embellishments:  Night of Navy Crinkled Seam Binding ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Tailored Tag punch, Stamparatus

Quite a few of the items used for these two projects utilized products on the Retiring Lists:  Truly Tailored and Guy Greetings stamp sets, True Gentleman Designer Series Paper, Chocolate Chip Classic ink and cardstock, Metallic Enamel Shapes, and Night of Navy Crinkled Seam Binding ribbon.  If any of these items are on your Wish List, now is the time to order those items to ensure that you'll be able to add them to your stash of crafting goodies.

I'll be sharing the how-to's for these projects very soon, so be sure to return to see the liners for the inside sentiment areas for each of these projects and the coordinating decorated envelope for the card.  

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Here's the listing of all the artists on the hop:

  1. Dawn Tidd 
  2. Holly Krautkremer 
  3. Kelly Kent   
  4. Lou Kitzelman   
  5. Mickey Roberts
  6. Nikki Spencer   
  7. Stesha Bloodhart   
  8. Tanya Boser   
  9. Ann Schach   
  10. Jay Soriano   
  11. Bronwyn Eastley 
  12. Charlet Mallett   
  13. Yapha Mason   
  14. Mike Funke  

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Happy Birthday Gorgeous -- Happy Belated Birthday To You

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Today's post provides the how-to's for creating one of the projects designed for the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set.  To see a line up of all the Stampin' Up! artists who participated in the hop, click here.  To begin the hop, click here.

One of the great things about the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set is that it's so versatile.  You can make elegant, fun, classic, or silly birthday cards or just use the floral images for any kind of card you want to make.  For this card, I wanted to make the kind of birthday card I most send -- the Belated birthday card.  It's so sad...but I think that this fun card helps to make up for the tardiness of the delivery.

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This card begins with a card base of Night of Navy cardstock.  A piece of Peekaboo Peach cardstock was covered with Shimmery White Embossing Paste using the diamond-patterned mask from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks.  Most folks think that using embossing paste is a difficult process because there are tools.  They would be wrong.  Here's how it's done:

  1. Place the cardstock on a flat surface that is protected with a larger piece of scrap paper
  2. Place the decorative mask over the cardstock and tape the edges of the mask in place on the scrap paper (I use repositionable tape)
  3. Open the embossing paste and using the palette knife with the long, narrow flat spreading surface, scoop up some embossing paste and smooth it over the cardstock area until the entire cardstock surface is covered
  4. Carefully remove the mask and set the cardstock aside to dry.  The drying time varies depending upon the thickness of the embossing paste.  Usually between 10-15 minutes

Here are some really important things to remember when using embossing paste:

  1. Always keep the lid tightly closed when the embossing paste is not in use
  2. Immediately rinse the mask and palette knife.  And I mean IMMEDIATELY.  If you let the embossing paste remain on either one of these tools it will dry and cannot be removed.  Think concrete.  I keep a bowl of water next to my work area and drop them in the water as soon as I pick the mask up from the cardstock

While you are waiting for the embossing paste to dry, you can make your focal point.  For this card, I stacked three of the "Happy Birthday" thinlits on top of each other.  To do this, I used the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets.  Here's how it's done:

  1. Cut a piece of Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet to the size of the cardstock to be die cut
  2. Remove the adhesive covering (it has printing on it) on the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet and carefully place the cardstock on top of the adhesive sheet.  Be advised that once the cardstock makes contact with the adhesive sheet you won't be able to remove it
  3. Place the "Happy Birthday" thinlit on top of the cardstock/adhesive sheet and die cut with the Big Shot (I run it through the Big Shot twice).  Repeat for the next two pieces of cardstock
  4. Once all the cardstock is die cut, remove the adhesive backing from the back of the first die cut and stack the die cut directly on top of the second die cut.  Then remove the adhesive cover from the back of the third die cut and place it directly on top of the first die cut

The embossing paste should be dry now.  Just touch the tip of your finger to the paste and if it doesn't feel wet or move, then it's dry.  Adhere a strip of Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper across the embossed cardstock using Mini Glue Dots with the top edge of the Designer Series Paper 1-3/8" below the top edge of the embossed cardstock and the left and right edges of the Designer Series Paper flush with the left and right edges of the cardstock.  Remove the adhesive backing from the bottom of the stack of "Happy Birthday" die cuts and adhere the die cuts at a jaunty angle over the Designer Series Paper strip and embossed cardstock.

Stamp the Classic Label outline image on Whisper White cardstock using Emerald Envy ink.  [Tip:  The images in the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set are photopolymer.  For best stamping results, be sure to place the Stampin' Pierce Mat below the cardstock you are stamping.]  Repeat for a second piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Stamp the "Belated" sentiment inside one of the label outlines using Night of Navy ink with the "B" in "Belated" close to the left end of the label image.  Stamp the "to you" sentiment inside the second label outline image using Night of Navy ink with the "t" in "to you" close to the left end of the label image.  Using the Classic Label punch, center the stamped image inside the punch window and punch out the two outline label images.  Then use the Classic Label punch to create two labels from Night of Navy cardstock.  Adhere a Night of Navy label behind and to the left of each of the Whisper White labels to create a drop shadow.  Using Paper Snips, clip off the "open" end of the label 1/8" to the right of the "D" in "Belated" and the "u" in "you".  Using Mini Glue Dots, adhere the "word" end of each label to the embossed cardstock.  The right end of the "Belated" label is located flush with the right side of the embossed cardstock so that the point of the label is somewhat inbetween the "Happy" and "Birthday" of the thinlit.  The right end of the "to you" label is located flush with the right side of the embossed cardstock so that the point of the label is below the "y" in the "Happy Birthday" thinlit.

Mat the embossed cardstock with a slightly larger piece of Soft Sky cardstock and adhere at the center of the card front.

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The inside sentiment area of the card is lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  The Classic Label outline image was stamped near the upper center of the liner using Emerald Envy ink.  The "celebrate" sentiment was stamped inside the outline image using Night of Navy ink so that the "c" in "celebrate" is 3/8" from the left point of the outline image.  The "you" from the "to you" sentiment was inked with Peekaboo Peach ink and stamped inside the outline image so that the "u" in "you" is 3/8" from the right point of the outline image.

A thin strip of Soft Sky cardstock was adhered behind the top edge of a strip of Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper and the strips adhered along the bottom edge of the liner so that the left, bottom, and right edges of the strips are flush with the left, bottom, and right edges of the liner.

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A piece of Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper was adhered to the flap of the Medium Whisper White Envelope.  Paper Snips were used to trim the paper along the edges of the envelope flap (working from the back of the envelope flap).

If you are tuned into the Stampin' Up! community, then you know that the 2018-2019 Stampin' Up! Catalog is due for release very soon.  Demonstrators around the world have had the chance to see the new catalog and the buzz for what is coming in June is pretty exciting -- new stamp sets, new tools, and most exciting of all, new colors!  The good news is that Stampin' Up! has to make room in the warehouse for all that new product.  You can see the Retiring Lists for the Occasions Catalog and the 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! Catalog by clicking on the Order Online button on the right sidebar of this blog post and then click on the Last-Chance Products hot link at the left side of the page.

Remember that all the items on these lists are available only while supplies last.  Note that retiring ink pads, reinkers, and cardstock sell out extremely quickly.

Card Measurements -- 

Night of Navy:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length, 3 @ 3" x 3-3/8", 2 @ 1" x 3"; Soft Sky:  4-1/8" x 5-3/8", 3/8" x 4"; Peekaboo Peach:  4" x 5-1/4"; Whisper White:  2 @ 1" x 3", 4" x 5-1/4"; Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper:  1-3/4" x 4", 1" x 4", 2-1/4" x 6"

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Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Happy Birthday Gorgeous; Inks:  Emerald Envy, Night of Navy, Peekaboo Peach; Cardstock:  Night of Navy, Peekaboo Peach, Soft Sky, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper:  Naturally Eclectic; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Mini Glue Dots, Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Classic Label punch, Shimmery White Embossing Paste, Palette Knives, Pattern Party Decorative Masks, Big Shot w/Magnetic Platform, Happy Birthday Thinlits; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope

 


Happy Birthday Gorgeous -- It's Your Day!

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Today's post provides the how-to's for creating one of the projects designed for the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set.  To see a line up of all the Stampin' Up! artists who participated in the hop, click here.  To begin the hop, click here.

These last few weeks have been pretty intense with the Winter weather in most areas of the US.  Here in East Central Florida, the weather has been pretty calm and Spring-like and we are enjoying the colorful flowers and budding trees -- and suffering the effects of all the blooming with the high pollen counts.  This card was designed for all my friends and family in other parts of the US who are buried under snow and ice and yearning for Spring.

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This card begins with a card base of Crushed Curry cardstock.  The card front was randomly stamped with the large layered petal flower using Versamark ink.

A piece of Whisper White cardstock was randomly stamped with the solid image for the large layered petal flower using Flirty Flamingo, Daffodil Delight, and Bermuda Bay inks.  The large layered petal flower image was stamped over the solid image using Melon Mambo ink for the Flirty Flamingo solid flower, Crushed Curry ink for the Daffodil Delight solid flower, and Island Indigo ink for the Bermuda Bay solid flower.  [Tip:  The Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set is a photopolymer stamp set.  For the best stamping results, place the Stampin' Pierce Mat under the cardstock while stamping.]

The solid image for the small layered petal flower was randomly stamped over the Whisper White cardstock using Flirty Flamingo, Daffodil Delight, and Bermuda Bay inks.  The small layered petal flower image was stamped over the solid image using Melon Mambo ink for the Flirty Flamingo solid flower, Crushed Curry ink for the Daffodil Delight solid flower, and Island Indigo ink for the Bermuda Bay solid flower.

The small solid leaf image was stamped at the sides of the flowers using Lemon Lime Twist ink.  Tangerine Tango ink was used to stamp the curlique image in between the flowers.

The Whisper White cardstock was matted with a slightly larger piece of Bermuda Bay cardstock.  A length of Bermuda Bay Mini Chevron ribbon was wrapped around the two pieces of cardstock and knottted at the front center with the bottom edge of the ribbon 1" above the bottom edge of the Whisper White cardstock.  The focal point was adhered at the center of the card front.

The label outline image was stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock using Island Indigo ink.  The "Hip Hip Hooray" sentiment was stamped centered inside the label image using Bermuda Bay ink.  The label image was punched with the Classic Label punch.  A piece of Bermuda Bay cardstock was punched with the Classic Label punch and adhered behind the Whisper White stamped punched image to create a drop shadow below and to the right of the Whisper White stamped punched image.  The combined label was trimmed vertically just a smidge to the left of the "H" in "Hip" and the modified label adhered to the focal point with the left side of the label flush with the left edge of the Whisper White cardstock and the top of the label 1/2" from the top edge of the Whisper White cardstock of the focal point.

The "It's Your Day" greeting was stamped on a strip of Whisper White cardstock using Melon Mambo ink.  The Whisper White strip was matted with a slightly larger piece of Flirty Flamingo cardstock.  The greeting was adhered at the center of the focal point using Stampin' Dimensionals.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  The "Make A Wish" image was stamped at the upper center of the liner using Melon Mambo ink.

The upper third of the liner was randomly stamped with the solid image for the large layered petal flower using Daffodil Delight, and Bermuda Bay inks.  The large layered petal flower image was stamped over the solid image using Crushed Curry ink for the Daffodil Delight solid flower and Island Indigo ink for the Bermuda Bay solid flower.

The solid image for the small layered petal flower was randomly stamped among the Daffodil Delight/Crushed Curry and Bermuda Bay/Island Indigo flowers using Flirty Flamingo ink.  The small layered petal flower image was stamped over the solid image using Melon Mambo ink.

The small solid leaf image was stamped at the sides of the flowers using Lemon Lime Twist ink.  Tangerine Tango ink was used to stamp the curlique image in between the flowers.

HappyBirthdayGorgeous_ItsYourDay_Envelope

The "It's Your Day!" greeting was stamped at the center of the Medium Whisper White Envelope flap using Melon Mambo ink.  

The envelope flap was randomly stamped with the solid image for the large layered petal flower using Daffodil Delight, and Bermuda Bay inks.  The large layered petal flower image was stamped over the solid image using Crushed Curry ink for the Daffodil Delight solid flower and Island Indigo ink for the Bermuda Bay solid flower.  [Tip:  Place a scrap of paper between the envelope flap and body of the envelope to ensure the stamping is contained only to the envelope flap.]

The solid image for the small layered petal flower was randomly stamped among the Daffodil Delight/Crushed Curry and Bermuda Bay/Island Indigo flowers using Flirty Flamingo, Daffodil Delight, and Bermuda Bay inks.  The small layered petal flower image was stamped over the solid image using Melon Mambo ink for the Flirty Flamingo flower, Crushed Curry ink for the Daffodil Delight flower, and Island Indigo ink for the Bermuda Bay flower.

The small solid leaf image was stamped at the sides of the flowers using Lemon Lime Twist ink.  Tangerine Tango ink was used to stamp the curlique image in between the flowers.

If you are living in one of the many areas of the US that are still struggling through Winter, you have my sympathy.  Here's hoping that Spring will come to your area very soon!

Card Measurements -- 

Bermuda Bay:  3-1/8" x 4-3/8", 1" x 3"; Crushed Curry:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length; Flirty Flamingo:  7/8" x 2-5/8"; Whisper White:  3/4" x 2-1/2", 1" x 3", 4" x 5-1/4"; Bermuda Bay Mini Chevron ribbon:  12"

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Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Happy Birthday Gorgeous; Inks:  Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo, Island Indigo, Lemon Lime Twist, Melon Mambo, Tangerine Tango, Versamark; Cardstock:  Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Flirty Flamingo, Whisper White; Embellishments:  Bermuda Bay Mini Chevron ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Classic Label punch; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope


Happy Birthday Gorgeous -- Happy Birthday Gift Bag

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Today's post provides the how-to's for creating one of the projects designed for the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set.  To see a line up of all the Stampin' Up! artists who participated in the hop, click here.  To begin the hop, click here.

Good things come in small packages.  Right?  Well, the small thing inside this decorated gift bag must be pretty special -- or better yet, the person receiving the gift is pretty special.  I think it should always be the person.

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This decorated gift bag is created with the Gift Bag Punch Board using a piece of Foil Frenzy Specialty Designer Series Paper featuring Berry Burst foil.  The paper was punched and scored to create a Medium Gift Bag (including punching the holes at the top of the bag).  Thread a length of Whisper White Classic Weave ribbon through the holes punched at the top of the gift bag beginning at the top left, going in and out the holes around the top edge of the bag and exiting at the top right of the bag.  Tie the ribbon in a bow at the top front of the bag, snugging the top edges of the bag together. 

Seven balloons were created to decorate the front of the gift bag:

Four pieces of Whisper White cardstock were stamped with the dotted balloon shape and the outline balloon images:

  1. Using Soft Sky ink for the dotted balloon image and the brush tip of the Soft Sky Stampin' Write Marker for the balloon outline image (excluding the "Hooray" word inside the outline)
  2. Using Berry Burst ink for the dotted balloon image and the brush tip of the Berry Burst Stampin' Write Marker for the balloon outline image (excluding the "Hooray" word inside the outline)
  3. Using Lemon Lime Twist ink for the dotted balloon image and the brush tip of the Lemon Lime Twist Stampin' Write Marker for the balloon outline image (excluding the "Hooray" word inside the outline)
  4. Using Powder Pink ink for the dotted balloon image and Berry Burst ink for the balloon outline image (this time including the "Hooray" word inside the outline)
  5. All of the balloons were punched with the smaller balloon side of the Balloon Bouquet punch
  6. A piece of Whisper White Baker's Twine was adhered behind the neck of each balloon using a Mini Glue Dot

The remaining three balloons were stamped with the dotted balloon shape and the outline balloon images:

  1. A piece of Lemon Lime Twist cardstock using Lemon Lime Twist ink for the dotted balloon image and the brush tip of the Lemon Lime Twist Stampin' Write Marker for the balloon outline image (excluding the "Hooray" word inside the outline)
  2. A piece of Soft Sky cardstock using Soft Sky ink for the dotted balloon image and the brush tip of the Soft Sky Stampin' Write Marker for the balloon outline image (excluding the "Hooray" word inside the outline)
  3. A piece of Powder Pink cardstock using Powder Pink ink for the dotted balloon image and the brush tip of the Berry Burst Stampin' Write Marker for the balloon outline image (excluding the "Hooray" word inside the outline)
  4. All of the balloons were punched with the smaller balloon side of the Balloon Bouquet punch
  5. A piece of Whisper White Baker's Twine was adhered behind the neck of each balloon using a Mini Glue Dot

Adhere all but one of the dotted balloons and the "Hooray" balloon in a "bouquet" on the upper half of the bag front using Mini Glue Dots allowing the balloon strings to hang down the center of the bag. Adhere the remaining two balloons with a Stampin' Dimensional, one on each side of the bouquet.

Stamp the "Happy Birthday" greeting on a piece of Whisper White cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  Punch the stamped image using the Everyday Label punch.  Mat the punched image with Powder Pink cardstock using the Everyday Label punch and the following process:

  1. Punch two pieces of Powder Pink cardstock with the Everyday Label punch
  2. Cut the rounded ends off the right and left sides of one of the punched pieces of cardstock and then cut the modified punched shape in half horizontally to create two long rectangles with notches at the top left and right and bottom left and right corners
  3. Apply adhesive along the horizontal cut edges and place the piece with the notches at the top left and right corners behind the stamped punched shape so that the top, left, and right edges of the Powder Pink cardstock is slightly above the top, left, and right edges of the stamped punched shape
  4. Place the piece with the notches at the bottom left and right corners behind the stamped punched shape so that the bottom, left, and right edges of the Powder Pink cardstock is slightly below the bottom, left, and right edges of the stamped punched shape
  5. Cut the second Powder Pink punched shape in half vertically
  6. For each Powder Pink half, cut the top and bottom notches from the shape in a horizontal line from the edge of the notch closest to the rounded end toward the cut line at the center
  7. Apply adhesive to each Powder Pink half along the vertical cut line.  Place the Powder Pink half with the rounded edge on the left behind the rounded left of the stamped punched image so that the rounded edge and the short vertical area to each side of the rounded edge extend slightly beyond the left side of the stamped punched image
  8. Place the Powder Pink half with the rounded edge on the right behind the rounded right of the stamped punched image so that the rounded edge and the short vertical area to each side of the rounded edge extend slightly beyond the right side of the stamped punched image

Adhere the greeting below the balloon bouquet using Stampin' Dimensionals placed behind each corner of the matted label making sure the balloon strings are tucked behind the center of the label.

With all the numbered instructions, you may think that this project might be challenging.  It's really very easy because the punches do all the work!

Project Measurements -- 

Foil Frenzy Specialty Designer Series Paper:  7-1/2" x 11"; Lemon Lime Twist:  1-3/4" x 2"; Powder Pink:  1-3/4" x 2", 2 @ 2" x 3"; Soft Sky:  1-3/4" x 2"; Whisper White:  2" x 3", 4 @ 1-3/4" x 2"; Whisper White Classic Weave Ribbon:  20"; Whisper White Baker's Twine:  7 @ 6" each

Robertssiggy

Supplies I used to make this project -- 

Stamps:  Happy Birthday Gorgeous; Inks:  Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist, Powder Pink, Soft Sky, Memento Tuxedo Black; Stampin' Write Markers:  Subtles (Soft Sky), 2017-2019 In Color (Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist); Cardstock:  Lemon Lime Twist, Powder Pink, Soft Sky, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper:  Foil Frenzy Specialty; Embellishments:  Whisper White Classic Weave Ribbon, Whisper White Baker's Twine; Adhesives:  Tear & Tape, SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Paper Snips, Balloon Bouquet punch, Everyday Label punch, Gift Bag Punch Board