Birthday Banners and Balloons

Hello stampers. Life got in the way this morning so I am posting in the afternoon. The good news is that I most likely have my space above my garage rented out and that will be such a relief. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with that space, but the purpose of it was to provide me with some much needed regular income. God is so good and always provides what we need in His time. Back to Birthday Banners and Balloons. I had such fun playing with this stamp set. It is one that lends itself very well to using different colours and getting a totally different effect. I thought it would be fun to show two cards side by side, not only so you could see the different colour schemes, but also that you could see the candle flames stamped properly!


Birthday Banners candles and flames


Now that you see the cards side by side the upside down flames on the first card are SOOOO noticeable. I ask myself, how did I not see this in the first place? Too funny for words.


It's all in the details, some enameled dots from my stash and rose metallic thread


I just love the fresh colours of this card. The enamel dots were from my stash and I am pretty sure they are retired, but we always have a lot of cute colours in the catalog and on the clearance rack. I used melon mambo, pool party and pineapple punch on this card as well as night of navy for the stitched banner stamp.


The balloons from Birthday Banners have a coordinating punch and they tie up with string so prettily.


Here is the inside of the card I shared with you yesterday.  If you missed it, you can see it here. You can see how easy it is to add some string and tie the balloons together. I just put a glue dot on the back of the balloons near the bases and then left the string long enough that I could loop them together in a knot at the bottom. It’s all in the little details. The banner is just stamped right on the paper so no need to cut it out with the framelits. If you wanted to make it extra special you could, but I didn’t think it was necessary.


Balloons and Banner from Birthday Banners, popped up in style.


For this card I punched out three different balloons, real red, daffodil delight and night of navy. They make a nice pop of colour on a lemon lime twist base which I ran through with the Gently Falling embossing folder. Do you see how the pattern on the balloons is repeated in the banner? It makes it such fun to play with different colour combinations. The tiny candle was embossed with the soon to be retiring in colour embossing powder collection.


More cute sayings from Birthday Banners


Here you can see some more cute sayings from Birthday Banners. I love stamping them in different colours, it adds to the birthday fun. Birthdays should be fun, exciting and colourful and these cards exude that happy feeling. Have I mentioned that this adorable set is retiring? We will be making these cards next week at coffee and a card class but they are also very easy to copy at home. If you live in Canada and want any of these products, just click on the link below and you will be taken directly to my online store.  Happy shopping! Use my current host code and I will send you a happy card in the mail. Thanks for stopping by and have a super day.


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Birthday Banners Photopolymer Stamp Set


Bunch Of Banners Framelits Dies


Big Shot


Lemon Lime Twist 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock


Night Of Navy 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock


Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock


Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Thick Cardstock


Melon Mambo Classic Stampin' Pad


Pineapple Punch Classic Stampin' Pad


Night Of Navy Classic Stampin' Pad


Pool Party Classic Stampin' Pad


Lemon Lime Twist Classic Stampin' Pad


Rose Metallic Thread


Stampin' Dimensionals


In Color 2018–2020 Stampin' Emboss Powder


It's My Party Enamel Dots


Clear Wink Of Stella Glitter Brush


Bright and Cheerful Birthday Banners

Hello stampers! I bought the Birthday Banners stamps set on a whim about two months ago and it is finally time to use it. I bought it because it coordinated with some banner framelits that I already have. I am going outside of my usual style and that is a good thing to do once in a while. You don’t want to get predictable, that’s boring! I don’t make enough cards suitable for kids, and these fit the bill for any age.


Bright and Cheerful Birthday Banner cards are suitable for anyone


Now is a good time to take inventory of your stamping stash. You want to get the most use out of what you already have especially with your framelits and punches. Framelits will go on the clearance rack every now and then, but NEVER bundles. So you want to be sure that you have as many stamps as possible that coordinate with the framelits you already have because then you will use them more often. Is there a retiring colour that you really love? Make sure you have not only the card stock and the reinker, but also ribbon, twine and patterned paper that has that colour in it. On these cards I decided to use up my lemon lime twist. I love that colour, but as a demonstrator I will not be using it after May 31. No sense having someone fall in love with something they can’t buy!


Bright and Cheerful Birthday Banners with Star of Light


I purposely took the picture of this card so that you could see the inside with the bright balloons. I even put string on them and tied them together to make it extra special. These balloons are in the Birthday Banners stamp set and they coordinate with our balloon punch to make it super simple to make a balloon bouquet. I cased this card from Michelle Zindorf, the queen of brayering. I didn’t brayer though, I sponged the background with blueberry bushel after embossing the swoosh from Star of Light in white. Michelle was a genius to think of the swoosh to make the candles look like they are being blown out! I embossed the candles in that gorgeous in colour embossing powder collection that is retiring. Here I used the lovely lipstick and pineapple punch embossing powders, great for the emboss resist technique.


Bright and cheerful emboss resist card using Birthday Banners and the in colour embossing powder collection


Emboss resist simply means that you emboss your image first. That means that you stamp the image in versamark which is a sticky watermark ink. If you don’t add embossing powder you will just get a great tone on tone effect which is great for backgrounds. If you choose to emboss, then you sprinkle embossing powder on to your versamark stamped image, tap off the excess on to a clean coffee filter and then heat with the heat tool (which I call an embossing gun) After you have embossed your image you can sponge on ink or use a brayer and it will not stick to the embossed image. Do you see the blue on my one candle? That happened because the white part of the candle is not embossed. Next time I think I will cut out the candles and pop them up so that doesn’t happen. I could also have embossed the happy birthday but since this card is for my coffee and a card class I didn’t want to add too many steps. Do you see the fine detail in the swoosh from Star of Light? I love that you can use a Christmas stamp set for a birthday card. A lot of people have also used this swoosh as a Disney element (aka fairy dust) on cards or scrapbook pages. This stamp set is retiring as are the coordinating framelits.


Bright and cheerful candles on this Birthday Banner card with one big mistake


I simply had to include this card even though it contains a glaring error that will have you laughing at me. Do you see what I did wrong on this card? I love the cute enamel dots, the raised banner with the two colours and the bright and cheerful candles. That banner cuts out with a framelit of course and there are two stamps so you don’t have to colour your stamp with a marker, also makes you look like a rock star. But when you stamp your candle flames upside down, well, that’s not such a bright idea is it?!! I really hope that maybe a few of you would have done the same thing.


I am going to stop this blog post now since I really, really want to go to pickleball, and it was canceled all of last week so I am in withdrawal. I also think my girth may be expanding due to lack of exercise! I will continue this post tomorrow including a new and improved version of this card in a different colour scheme of course as well as the last card in the trio. Thanks so much for stopping by, remember if you need to purchase anything and you live in Canada and are looking for a demonstrator, just click on the images below and you will end up at my online store. How easy is that?


Have a super day!!

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Brusho Paint Crystals

Hello stampers. Today we are going to do a little exploring of a very fun but easily overlooked product in our Stampin’Up! catalog: Brusho paint crystals. Brusho is the name brand of  these gorgeous intensely coloured paint crystals that are activated with water. It is really quite a fine powder. You poke a hole in the lid with a push pin or thumbtack and then tap the powder out where you want it. You then keep the hole sealed with the push pin or thumbtack when you are not using it. Rather than talk about it, I will show you the cards that I made and then explain what I did on each one.


Brusho paint crystals used in four different ways.


Here is the first card, it was a complete case (copy and share everything) from the catalog. I love the bold colours here. I stamped some images from Beautiful Promenade in versamark on shimmery white cardstock and white embossed with the heat gun. Then I sprinkled on mostly red and gamboge Brusho paint crystals and a little bit of yellow. I then spritzed lightly with water to activate the crystals. You might see a few blue spots, they can appear magically because of some fine powder left on my hands, on the work surface or even in the air!!


Red, yellow and gamboge Brusho paint crystals.


The card base is poppy parade, the edge is from Delicate Lace edgelits and the saying was stamped in Poppy Parade on Powder Pink. It comes from Birthday Cheer in the Occasions catalog on page 17. This card is a bit of an odd shape (I think because I messed up!) It is 1/4 inch shorter than normal- 5 1/4″ by 4 1/4″.


Rainbow effect with Brusho paint crystals


This card uses all the Brusho paint crystals. I cased it from the talented Connie Collins.  I took a piece of shimmery white cardstock that was 4 1/4″ by 5 1/2″ and I misted it with water. I sprinkled on an angle starting at the top in this order: red, gamboge, yellow, moss green and prussian blue. I then gently misted again just to get the colours to run and blend a little bit. I let it dry naturally (if you use a heat gun that tends to mute the colours a bit) I then cut out the butterflies with the dies from the Beauty Abounds bundle on page 13 of the Occasions catalog. The sentiment is from Well Said and it was embossed in white on basic black cardstock. The butterfly was adhered using glue dots only on the bodies of the biggest butterflies to allow for the feeling of movement.


Masking and Beautiful Brusho crystals


This Let it Ride card was cased from the internet. I think the original creator was Lynn Dunn but I was not able to find a corresponding blog post. This card is a work in progress. I made this one with shimmery white cardstock but am going to do it again using watercolour paper. I masked the horse using only a mask made with a sticky note which got rather soggy. The blue bled through on his nose making it look like he is wearing a bridle!! The top of the card around the horse was sprinkled with Prussian Blue brusho crystals and then spritzed with water. I used a aqua painter to spread it around close to the horse. The bottom part was simply coloured with Granny Apple Green blends. The sentiment was embossed in white before I applied the Brusho.


Painters Tape Brusho card


This last card is one of my favourite techniques with Brusho. You put a piece of painters tape across your piece of watercolour paper near the top leaving room for your sentiment. You then drop little dabs of Brusho powder along the bottom of the tape. I alternated between Prussian Blue and Yellow. They mingle nicely to add some green in between. You then hold the card at an angle and spritz down, just a little bit so that you still get colour droplets and not a messy trail running all the way down your card. This piece measures 3 3/4″ by 5″.  The words are from the Well Said bundle. This is a high ticket item on page 27 of the Occasions catalog- $103.50 for the bundle. I highly recommend that you put it in a starter kit. You save the shipping and taxes which for this bundle alone would be $23.69. You would still have $121.50 that you could choose products with and then pay only $135 for all that amazing stuff!!!


I have done several other posts on Brusho. If you type Brusho into the search box at the top right of the page you will see them all. Here is one to make it easy for you.


Saleabration is winding down, so be sure to get what you want on your wish list so that you can get some freebies as well. A LOT of our beautiful products are selling out, so don’t be disappointed and get what you want in the Occasions catalog today. If your wish list is long, I am telling you once again that the starter kit is THE way to go. No need to feel badly if you think you are only going to be a “kitnapper”. Stampin’Up! is willing to take that chance and I just want you to get the most value for your money. Diva Day is this Saturday from 10am till 4pm and you get to spend a day with me being pampered with food, fun stamping and free products in a goodie bag, but only if you have joined my team during saleabration.


I hope you have a super day! Be sure to pop a card in the mail today and make someone happy, or keep one in your purse to give to someone while you are out and about in your community. It’s little things like that that make the world a better place.



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Let it Ride: a breath of fresh air!

Hello stampers. This stamp set Let it Ride just makes me want to take a deep breath and smile. Those horses in the meadow just remind me of a breath of fresh air. And yes, spring is in the air here in southern Ontario. The sun is shining and it is still cold outside but every day it gets just a little bit warmer. Sometimes in the afternoon you can leave your coat open!


I grew up on a farm so the expression “live as if someone left the gate open” is very meaningful to me. If you have ever seen cows when they notice that the gate has been left open you will know what I am talking about. The excitement and the enthusiasm is rampant and contagious. When one animal notices it and starts running with abandon towards the open gate, the rest follow. There is unexpected adventure on the horizon. I hope that someone leaves a gate open for you this week and that it brings you great joy and adventure.


Let’s take a look at the cards that I made using both Let it Ride and Country Road. I made these cards for classes so they have to be nice to look at but quick and easy to do. Most of them use Blends and that makes for therapeutic card making.


Let it Ride and Country Road



This first card we made at Blends Club using the crumb cake blends. Very simple technique. Just use the dark bullet point to outline the edges and dark lines and then blend in with the brush tip of the light crumb cake. So simple and everyone can do it. No thinking involved and it always looks great.  I frayed the edges of the braided linen thread to give it a more rustic look.


Let it Ride is perfect for our Blends markers.


The Wood Textures paper is great as a background to our rustic stamp sets. The base for this card is crumb cake and the mat for the image is early espresso.


cased from Gaynor Boyce


This card was made for me by my team member Alison Reid and she cased Gaynor Boyce from the UK. What I love about this card is the colouring. Light Granny Apple Green and Light Daffodil Delight was used on the trees and then all the images were outlined in Light Pool Party to give a great shadow effect. The blaze of white on the horse’s nose is also a great touch.


Horses in the meadow with Blends.


The lovely line images in this stamp set lend themselves very well to colouring with Blends. It is nice to be able to use the colour lifter to get a third tone of colour. Beginners and more advanced “blenders” all did well with the horses.


Country Road is a great match for Let it Ride.


I love the simplicity of this card. Great for any occasion or just because. The weather vane was stamped in gray granite after it had already been stamped on grid paper. This makes for a lighter version and is called “stamping off”. If your ink pad is really juicy you may have to stamp off twice before getting this light version. The grass/oats was stamped in mossy meadow, once full strength, once stamped off. The wagon wheel was stamped in early espresso. Here is the inside of the card.


Great birthday card for a man or a woman.


I hope you liked this sampling of cards. If you want more inspiration, the sky is the limit. Just type the stamp set and Stampin’Up in the google search bar and you will be amazed at what comes up. Just like this:  Let it Ride Stampin’ Up


I just finished a Facebook Live video explaining how the starter kit is like a Costco membership. When you get the starter kit, not only do you get a great deal (spend only $135 but choose $225 in product) you also open the door to great savings. Right away you get 20% off your purchases. This is good during the quarter that you sign up (First quarter is October through December, second quarter is January through March, third quarter is April through June, and fourth quarter is July through September) and for the next quarter after that. So if you sign up any time during saleabration you have until the end of June to get your 20% discount. If you buy or sell $400 every quarter you get to keep your discount. How awesome is that? You DON’T have to teach classes but you CAN share the free catalogs that you get and share what you love with your friends. The easiest way to do that is with Paper Pumpkin or some of the kits that we have in our catalogs. Just invite them to come and help you make up a kit. Then you can give cards to people you know who could use some happy mail. I would love to have you join my team and get the great deal no matter what you plan to do with it. Here is the link if you want to save lots of money and get lots of stamps, ink and paper.

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Picture Perfect Party

Hello stampers! I love photography. Not that I have the patience or the time to actually read the manual or take a class, but I do love to take pictures. Maybe that’s why I also love the Picture Perfect Party paper. It is paper from Stampin’Up! that is actually photographic on one side and simply patterned on the other. It looks so real it pops! Last year they had paper called Serene Scenery that was also stunning. The Wood Textures paper that is carrying over is in a similar style. The beauty of this type of paper is that you can keep your cards very clean and simple because the paper is the focal point. I love that. I whipped together an entire class in two hours this afternoon, starting from scratch, and I am very happy with the results. So much so in fact that I am offering this class on the day before my very own birthday!! So please join me on Thursday June 7 at either 9:30 am or 7pm to make these great cards. Class is only $25 for six regular cards and four narrow note cards and envelopes, but you save $5 if you order the stamp set and you can save another $5 if you bring someone new. Here are the cards:


Picture Perfect Party suite combines with Birthday Wit for some quick and beautiful cards that are super easy to make.


I combined Picture Perfect Birthday with Birthday Wit as well as Stitched Shapes framelits and some assorted ribbon that coordinated with the paper and it all came together very easily. Here are some of my raw materials.


Picture Perfect Party dsp, berry burst metallic edge ribbon, pool party shimmer ribbon, peekaboo peach crinkled ribbon and berry burst finely woven ribbon are a great base for some beautiful but simple cards.


Here you can see all the dsp I used (short forms are never really good, dsp stands for designer series paper, which basically means patterned paper that is designed to coordinate with our cardstock and stamp sets)


Before I started preparing for this class I laid out all the paper that I wanted to use. Just seeing it spread out like this made it easier to create and envision what I wanted to do.


I found it very helpful to lay out the paper like this on my table so that I could see how many different cards I wanted to make and which patterns I wanted to showcase and which ones would have a “supporting” role.  In the next picture you can see which ones ended up being used as pretty liners for my envelopes. It is little details like this that really take your cards over the top. We used to have an envelope liner framelit but I just traced the envelope flap and cut inside the lines making sure that a little envelope adhesive was still exposed so that I could seal the envelope.


#loveitchopit technique was used here. All the leftover pieces from my chopping fit perfectly for both the envelope flaps and the narrow notecards and envelopes.


Here is a closeup of one of the cards. You can see how pretty the peekaboo peach crinkled seam binding is. My go-to framelits, the stitched shapes are also lovely. They work well all on their own or you can pair them with the layering ovals framelits. For the regular sized cards I used a piece of bermuda bay cardstock 4″ by 5 1/4″ and the patterned paper was cut to 3 3/4″ by 5″.


Love the sentiments in Picture Perfect Birthday.


Another great thing about the Picture Perfect Party designer series paper and the coordinating stamp set is that it doesn’t have to be just for birthdays. This last cards uses the sentiment “celebrate the good stuff”. That can be for anything and I love it!! I am all about celebrating the good stuff. Life is good, even during the tough times, there is always joy to be found.


Picture Perfect Party is for celebrating, not just birthdays!!


If you scroll to the end of the post you will find all the products that I used to create these cards. If you click on them you will be taken directly to my store. I see that I forgot to add the peekaboo peach crinkled seam binding ribbon, so here is the link for that.


I would of course love it if you shopped with me anywhere in Canada, providing you don’t already have a demonstrator. I am trying to post a video as well, but the internet seems to be very slow this evening, so I may just edit this post tomorrow and add it later. Most of my videos are on YouTube and on my business Facebook page The Pampered Stamper.


If you look at all the supplies you will see that it soon will add up to well over $135. Did you know that for that amount of money you can put together an order for $165 and pay no tax or shipping? It’s called the starter kit and it comes with no strings or obligations. Message me if you want more details on this amazing deal that few people seem to know about. Have a super day and I will add that video some time tomorrow when the internet for this country girl is better.



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Perennial Birthday

Hello stampers. Have you ever skipped over a stamp set in the catalog thinking it wasn’t that special? Then you see some cards that someone else made with it and you wonder, how did you not see that beauty right away? Well. I had that exact thing happen with the stamp set Perennial Birthday. I should have known better. I am an avid gardener and I LOVE perennials. So this one should have been calling my name!


One of my team members, Alison Reid, made a beautiful card with this set for one of our regular stamping events called Fab Four. I loved that first card. Here it is:


Alison's card using Perennial BIrthday.


Isn’t it beautiful? I just love the colours Alison used here, pool party, berry burst and lemon lime twist. The story gets better. Alison made me four more cards in exchange for an embossing folder. Yes, I think I got the better end of the deal. I was so inspired that I decided to build a class around it.


The date of the class is way far away, not until May 9 with two time slots at 1pm and 7pm. I am offering the class now so that if you order the products needed for the class before March 31 then you will get a free saleabration item. You can even order online and then I will send you all the parts for the cards and a link to a video showing you exactly how to put them together! How awesome is that. There is only one requirement, you have to order with the host code EGVK3DTB. The class will include the Perennial Birthday stamp set and the Perennial Birthday Project kit. This amazing kit includes all the supplies to make 16 birthday cards as well as a beautiful box with dividers to keep your cards organized by category. If you sign up for the class you will only pay for the product but you will get to make the following three cards for free!! I love this idea.


Happy birthday card using Perennial Birthday. The stamparatus will make this a very easy card to make!


Don’t you just love the colours on this card? Marina Mist and Lemon Lime Twist. It is perfect for spring. The stamparatus will help so much with this card taking all the stress out of lining up those sentiments.


Clean and simple Perennial Birthday with Petal Passion paper


What a lovely clean and simple card. Alison used some of my favourite products on this card:  stitched shape framelits, metallic edge berry burst ribbon and Petal Passion paper. Wow!! The flower was stamped in Versamark and then embossed with white embossing powder. Then sponge daubers were used to sponge ink over top of the embossed image. So pretty!


It's all in the details with this clean and simple Perennial Birthday card.


Metallic thread, rhinestones, dimensionals, it’s all in the little details that makes this card shine. Pear pizzazz, melon mambo and whisper white are perfect for spring.  The last card will not be included in the class, but you will be able to make this card later at home, especially if you are the winner of the celebrate you thinlets that will be a draw available only to class participants including those ordering online!


Daffodil delight, smoky slate and basic black for a stunning Perennial Birthday card.


There are lots of things happening on this last card. Three different sized circles cut with the stitched shape framelits. The Celebrate You thinlets cut from our silver foil paper and the smoky slate card front run through the Big Shot with the Petal Pair textured impressions embossing folder. Sign up for the class and you might win the framelits or this card!

I am so happy to have discovered that this last card was the brainchild of Selina Merali. Absolutely lovely work Selina. If you want to see her card on her blog, here is the link!


Don’t forget to use the host code 6G3F2TC9 if you order online. Have a super rest of your weekend, I hope you were inspired by Alison’s cards. She received her inspiration from many sources online and from her own very creative brain. I am thankful to have her on my team.

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