Bright birthday – May 2015 Paper Pumpkin alternate idea

All card components from SU Paper Pumpkin May 2015 kit. Card designed by KellyRae Cooper.
Oh, I soooo was not going to sign up for the Stampin’ Up! Paper Pumpkin monthly subscription. I want to know what I’m getting, not be surprised. But when the absolutely fabulous May 2015 kit was sneak-peeked for 24 hours, I caved and signed so I could get THAT kit (and also get past kits as supplies allow)! The kit makes 6 cards and 4 gift bags which are cute and perfectly designed … but it’s the alternate designs posted on Pinterest and Splitcoast Stampers that encouraged me to branch out from the original kit’s designs. I cut the striped card base and matted it to Island Indigo which was then adhered to a white card base (my preferred card design). After I stamped the ‘celebrate’ sentiment (doesn’t it look festive with the extra flourishes?), I adhered it to a scrap of Daffodil Delight cardstock and trimmed out a matted banner.  The balloon diecut is the perfect size for the ‘happy birthday’ sentiment (and the card front) in general.  I am now on the lookout for a similarly sized balloon die to make my own balloon embellishments.

Stamped image from SU Big Day (retired 2015 SaleABration set). Stamped images from SU Paper Pumpkin May 2015 kit.
The inside of the card is from the Big Day stamp set (SaleABration 2015) and of course my envelope was decorated – the balloon stamp is separate from the balloon string, so I was able to flip the string to create the middle stamped string. I like how the balloon colors overlap to emulate transparent balloons.

I made this card specifically to send to a soon-to-be 16 year old boy. His mother requested via social media for a card shower, and I am happy to oblige.  This card was mailed today.  I also made a few extra to put in this month’s SAS4kids box.

Challenges entered:
SAS4kids CAS4kids
Stamps Ink Paper sketch challenge
Muse birthday challenge – I interpreted the inspiration card with my balloon

Stamps: SU Paper Pumpkin May 2015 Birthday Bundle, SU Big Day (retired 2015 SaleABration)
Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; SU Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight, Paper Pumpkin patterned paper
Ink: Versamark, SU Island Indigo, Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral; SU marker Daffodil Delight
Other: Anti-static bag, white detail embossing powder, heat tool, foam tape, SU Calypso Coral/White thick twine

Love Blooms Here


My little sister and her hubby now live with my sweet sweet mother so card-sending events (like Valentine’s Day) need to have TWO cards sent to the same household. And of course the cards have to be different designs. This is a card design I saved in my stash from several years ago when I held stamp classes as a TAC demonstrator. The frame was cut using a Coluzzle (anyone still have one?) but you could just as easily use two nesting oval dies taped together. The heart tree foliage was stamped using a Kaleidacolor pink range pad – notice that just one of the hearts is outlined in black to make it pop. I am not comfortable doodling (but I love seeing it), so I tried a little on the frame, the sentiment banner, and along the left side of the tree trunk.

And here’s a tip for mailing a card with a bulky embellishment – that larger eyelet is pretty bulky. I cut down a window sheet to A2 size (5.5×4.25) and slip it on top of the card in the envelope. The window sheet helps minimize the bulk and I usually don’t have to pay extra postage AND the card and envelope arrive intact at the other end.

Supplies: A2 white cardbase, Bazzill Monochromatics Red-Violet, TAC (out of business) stamp set Love Blooms Here, SU Blooming With Love, Red Rubber Designs/TAC Contemporary Greetings, SU Soft Suede, Rose Red, and Old Olive Classic inks, SU (retired) Cotton Candy Kaleidacolor rainbow pad, Millenium 0.5mm pen, CropADile, large metal eyelet, pink petaloo

(and here’s a peek at the hallmark on the back of the card and of the envelope’s decoration)

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CAS Swirly Valentine

This card packs a lot of punch – big graphic element, large border detail, stark color contrast, and some ‘jewelry’ (aka bling) to impart a little fun. The design is inspired by a swirly heart & roses card posted last month by Kittie Caracciolo (KittieCraft). Instead of using her Impression Obsession Heart Flourish die, my card uses an older Sizzix Flourish die. The Sizzix die cuts two hearts as well as the flourish,  but I used only one of the diecut hearts and positioned it to counterbalance my sentiment. And I LOVE how the swirls of the flourish nestle so sweetly into the dips of the border punch.

Supplies:  A2 cardbase, white top layer 5.25×4 and then border punched and popped up with foam dimensionals, SU Real Red cardstock and ink, Sizzix Flourish die, Martha Stewart Flower Bed Deep Border Punch, sentiment from TAC/MRO Cheery Thoughts (discontinued but Mabelle has loads of other cute stamps), clear bling.

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