Last month I traveled to Salt Lake City to attend the Stampin' Up! On Stage Live event for Stampin' Up! demonstrators. I look forward to this event (used to be called Convention) every year and the time I get to spend with demonstrators from all over the US and Canada. Now that Stampin' Up! has expanded globally, the event has changed a bit, but the focus is still on sharing and building support. One of the fun aspects of every Stampin' Up! gathering is the opportunity to exchange ideas through swaps. I signed up for two organized swaps this time. The first one was a pajama swap organized by Barbara Welch and Laura Fernsler. Unfortunately, the weather was in the 30s at the time of the swap, so only those that were staying at the Hilton wore their jammies--the rest of us who were coming from other nearby hotels wore our street clothes--as part of the swap was sashaying to show off your ensemble. Some of the presentations were pretty funny!
Here's the card I made for the swap. I think you will find the card design familiar...
A few weeks ago I shared a birthday card featuring the Balloon Celebration stamp set with the Party Pants Sale-A-Bration stamp set [you can see that project here]. This card uses the same design and the Balloon Celebration stamp set but features the Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack and coordinating Washi Tape (both of these items are on the Retiring List).
This card begins with a card base of Pool Party cardstock. A strip of paper from the Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack was matted with Bermuda Bay cardstock and adhered along the left side of the card front. A piece of Whisper White cardstock was stamped with the balloon string bundle coming from the lower right corner of the cardstock using Tip Top Taupe ink. Bermuda Bay ink was used to stamp the "Happy Birthday" greeting near the lower left corner of the Whisper White cardstock panel. The panel was matted with a piece of Tip Top Taupe cardstock and adhered on the card front so that the top right corner of the piece is 1/2" from the top edge and a smidge more than 1/4" from the right edge.
The large solid balloon image was stamped over the second string end from the right using Crushed Curry ink. The small solid balloon image was stamped over the third string from the left using Cucumber Crush ink and the small "wrinkles at the neck of the balloon" image was stamped at the neck of the balloon using Tip Top Taupe ink. Now it's time to add some punched balloons.
- A scrap of Bermuda Bay cardstock was stamped with the large dotted shadow image using Bermuda Bay ink. The stamped piece was punched with the Balloon Bouquet punch for the large balloon and adhered over the second string from the left. Wink of Stella Clear ink was brushed over the punched balloon. Note that part of the balloon may extend beyond the edge of the Whisper White cardstock
- A scrap of Pool Party cardstock was stamped with the large "wrinkles at the neck of the balloon" image using Pool Party ink. A strip of Bermuda Bay Cherry on Top Designer Washi Tape was placed across the Pool Party scrap approximately 1/2" above the top of the stamped image. The stamped piece was punched with the Balloon Bouquet punch for the large balloon and adhered over the first string from the right
- A scrap of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper was punched with the Balloon Bouquet punch for the small balloon and adhered over the first string from the left
- A scrap of Watermelon Wonder cardstock was stamped with the large dotted shadow image using Watermelon Wonder ink. The stamped piece was punched with the Balloon Bouquet punch for the large balloon and adhered over the third string from the right with a Stampin' Dimensional. Wink of Stella Clear ink was brushed over the balloon
To finish off the card front, a small bow of Bermuda Bay/Whisper White Baker's Twine was adhered at the "neck" of the Tip Top Taupe balloon strings using a rolled up Mini Glue Dot.
The inside sentiment area of the card base was lined with Whisper White cardstock with a strip of the Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack adhered across the top edge of the liner. A scrap of Pool Party cardstock was stamped with the large "wrinkles at the neck of the balloon" image using Pool Party ink. A strip of Bermuda Bay Cherry on Top Designer Washi Tape was placed across the Pool Party scrap approximately 1/2" above the top of the stamped image. The stamped piece was punched with the Balloon Bouquet punch for the large balloon and adhered near the upper left corner of the liner.
The "let us celebrate" balloon string was stamped from the bottom of the balloon to the right edge of the liner using Bermuda Bay ink. A small bow of Bermuda Bay/Whisper White Baker's Twine was adhered at the neck of the balloon using a rolled up Mini Glue Dot.
One of the things that makes the presentation of a handmade card special is the envelope. Decorating the outside of the envelope with stamping or embossing the envelope flap with a Textured Impressions embossing folder lets the recipient know that they'll find something wonderful inside the envelope, but what about the inside of the envelope? I love receiving Christmas cards with the beautiful foil liners. It makes the card seem even more special. So why don't I remember to do the same thing for my envelopes? I may not have the thin foil for liners, but I certainly have plenty of coordinating Designer Series Paper! [Please don't EVEN bring the subject of how much Designer Series Paper I own to my husband...]
Enter the Envelope Liners Framelits for the Big Shot (unfortunately, it's on the Retiring List so be sure to get a set before they're gone!). The liner for the Medium Whisper White envelope shown here uses a piece of Pool Party patterned paper from the Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack. The paper was die cut with the largest of the Envelope Liners Framelits and inserted into the envelope so that the shoulder of the liner lines up with the fold of the envelope flap. Then I placed a ruler along the fold line for the envelope flap and used the tip of the bone folder to score a line from shoulder to shoulder across the liner [OR you can place the liner on the Stampin' Trimmer with the shoulders of the liner lined up along the cutting mat (the open space where the blade runs up and down the track) and use the SCORING BLADE to make a score line between the two shoulders]. Fold the liner at the score line and place adhesive on the back of the folded down flap. Then close the envelope flap and press with your fingertips across the envelope flap.
The large balloon outline stamp was stamped near the upper left corner of the front of the envelope. The "let us celebrate" balloon string was stamped from the bottom of the balloon to the bottom left corner of the envelope. The large solid balloon image was stamped over the balloon outline using Pool Party ink.
I made this card with a specific person in mind. You may be aware that many Stampin' Up! Demonstrators are participating in a challenge to send (snail mail) birthday cards to our friends, family, and pretty much anyone who asks us for one. Shannon West, Manager of the Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Training staff, came up with this concept as an alternative to the trend toward recognizing birthdays only through social media. Well next week is Shannon's birthday and she's already receiving stacks of cards every day from all over the world! How cool is that??!! This card will be in the mail to Shannon by the time you read this blog post.
If you'd like to receive a birthday card from me, please contact me by clicking on the Email Mickey button on the right sidebar and provide your name, address, and birth date. I'll add you to my list! It's all in support of #imbringingbirthdaysback
I look forward to hearing from you! And Happy Birthday, Shannon!
Supplies I used for this card --
Stamps: Balloon Celebration; Inks: Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Cucumber Crush, Pool Party, Tip Top Taupe, Watermelon Wonder, Wink of Stella Clear; Cardstock: Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Tip Top Taupe, Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper; Designer Series Paper: Cherry on Top Stack; Embellishments: Cherry on Top Designer Washi Tape, Bermuda Bay Baker's Twine; Adhesives: Fast Fuse, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools: Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Balloon Bouquet Punch, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Magnetic Platform, Envelope Liners Framelits; Other: Medium Whisper White Envelope