Happy Birthday: To A Classic Grandpa

Guy Greetings

Today’s card was custom made for a customer (Mark) in Alaska.  I even mailed it for him.  But what did the inside of it say?  Well, it was easy!  Mark texted me a written message which I printed and cut to size and adhered it to the inside.  Needless to say, anything handmade and custom is always loved.

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…On Your Special Day


Today’s card is special for two reasons.  Reason one, it’s a Pals Paper Arts team member design by Mary Fish to represent our new make-over.  Reason two, it was especially made for my friend Bryan, whom I’ve known for over 15 years.  He was my BFF before he married my other BFF, which resulted in two BFF’s for the price of one…LOL.  Bryan is that kind of guy that has turns dark skies blue again and sees the positive in everything and everyone.  The world is his oyster.


FREE product with purchase begins this week and it’s called SALE-A-BRATION!
Weekly Deals – Clearance Rack – Occasions 2016 Stamp Sets & Bundles – Free Product (Sale-a-bration)


This morning my son asked, “Mom, so this quarter Stampin’ Up! gives free product?”  I then explained that customers receive free product for every $50 they spend on an order and this is what he did!  He levitated from the excitement…LOL!  If you missed my excitement photo, you can see it here.


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Masculine Birthday

This birthday card has the greatest significance attached to it.  I made it for my son’s 21st Birthday yesterday (obviously).  Wait, but what gave it away? (LOL)


To mark his milestone, I had a special candle custom-made by Glamorous Birthday Candles.  Owner, Paula Kelly makes these special beauties with any theme you can imagine.  She is crazy affordable and I’ll definitely be ordering from her again and again. I’ve been a craft for over 30 years and I’ve never seen anyone make such gorgeously cute speciality candels.

For my son’s birthday, we took him to Las Vegas were he had a beer with his dad (and step dad).  He said, “We can have any beer we want as long as it’s a Corona.”  (LOL), it’s a line from his all time favorite Fast & Furious movies.  Happy Birthday Jesse!  We love the young man you have become! This is only the beginning. 

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This weeks SIP challenge was perfect for the week too.  What can you come up with that uses balloons?  I’d love to see it.

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You Are More Than Welcome to Try Us Out.  My group is mostly all hobby demo’s who join for the discount on paper-crafting supplies don’t want the commitment of holding classes or being a salesperson (yuck right)!?   I welcome these types of demo’s with Arms Wide Open, so don’t fear a committment or a penalty if you sign up for the discount.  Heck, you can even team up with a friend because my team is a non-hassle, non-committment, no sales requirement team.  What does that mean?  Read it  here.

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Birthday Card Fit for a King

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This is a special birthday card made for my brother Reyes who was born on same day as The Epiphany.  It is a celebration I grew up with… not just celebrating my brother's birthday, but also the Three King's Day Celebration.

Sketch Challenge

When I saw card sketch at FMS 117 I knew I could turn the cute little banners around the sketch upside down and make a crown out of it.

Birthday Crown

To make the crown I used the Bitty Banners Framelits on a left over piece of Silver Foil Sheet and cut them in half.  I simply just glue them to the back of a small piece of Basic Black cardstock and used Smoky Slate as the card base. 

To make his name Reyes stand out, I embossed it with Silver Embossing Powder and the Happy Birthday sentiment from the Simply Sketched Hostess Stamp Set.

His name was written with the Designer Typist Polymer which is no longer in the Stampin' Up! inventory.  Which is why it's important to grab your favorite stamp set before they are sold out.

For an added touch of Royalty I attached Large and Basic Rhinestones to the crown to make his King status more fun.  

Birthday Crown

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Happy Birthday to My Best Friend!


Many of you who visited me during the Pals Blog Hop asked about what my stamping area looks like in my room where I am currently located.  You can see the picture on my Facebook page.  I’m still trying to get used to develop a normal schedule and I hope it kicks in soon.  I’ve got an important class to finish up and then I’ll have all my extra time to do nothing but Stampin’ Up!  I’ve also began receiving beautiful cards from my stamping’ Pretty Pals.  If you only knew the excitement I feel when the mail arrives and there is a handmade card or handwritten letter.

Although I keep in touch with family on a daily basis, I just thought I’d let you know that deployed military members really do LOVE LOVE LOVE hand written notes.  They are more personal and a written word on paper takes thought, love and care to put together.  We can feel the love that was put into it and as we tear the letter apart we can really feel the love come out of it and it makes us happier than an email.

So if you’re reading this and you have a loved one deployed send them a letter or make them a card, go ahead make their day! =)  Don’t worry about how it turns out.  It is a treasure in their hands and the words will bring them a little bit of “home” in a far away place.

Today is my best friends birthday.  I hope by now he has received it and really loves it.
Happy Birthday Michael!

Until the next post…

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Happy Day to You

Oh Happy Day…. these Friendly Phrases bring me lots of happiness.  This sentiment is one of my favorite in the set because it can be used as either a birthday card or just wishing someone a lovely day.  Take a look at the rest of the set here.  I guarantee you are going to love it.

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I will begin my journey in just a few more days and I want you to go with me.  Get a free tour as I stamp my way to the other side of the world.  How can you go with me?  Simply type in your email address on the upper right side under My Paper Journey link.  If you’d like to receive birthday cards or other goodies from me, don’t forget to fill in your mailing address and birthdate.

Until the next post……

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If you make cards when you travel… what supplies do you take with you?  I’m taking my Stampin’ Spots.  Have you ever seen them?  They make an awesome traveling companion.

Moving Forward with a Blimpy Birthday

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Through the Making a Difference program, Stampin’ Up! partnered with Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC). Each year, they design an exclusive stamp set to promote the partnership with RMHC, and donate a portion of the proceeds from the each sale of that set. To date, more than $95,000 has been donated from RMHC stamp set sales.

Mojo280SketchCard sketch brought to you at the Mojo Monday sketch challenge by designer Julee Tilman.  The card is for my newphew who at 21 isn’t a little boy anymore, but a young man who is pursuing his dream of someday becoming a major leage baseball player.  I know you can do it Nick!

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You can help us make a difference. Purchase this year’s set, Moving Forward, and we’ll donate $3 to Ronald McDonald House Charities for each set purchased.

Whimsy and fun combine to make this seven-piece set the perfect choice for outside-the-box best wishes and greetings. Wonderful for friendship and birthday projects for young and old. Try embossing the images for a look that really stands out!

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Stampin’ Up! a Pin Wheel Birthday

Very often I rack my brain to come up with a card design that won’t take up too much time to design.  As I sat staring at my craft supplies, I noticed a wrapped straw sticking out of my backpack.  That’s when the idea came to me… use the straw to make a spin wheel.  Classic!

I used left over paper from a card challenge I participated in a few days ago.  It is from the Designer Series Paper Patterns Stack – Neutrals Collection and I purposely purchased it because it has so many masculine patterns… it helps me to create guy cards.  I cut out a 2 1/2″ circle in Real Red, cut it in quarters and used a pencil to curl the edges.

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Handmade Card Ingredients

Stamp Set:  Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper:  Designer Series Paper Patterns Stack – Neutrals Collection, Real Red
Ink Pad:  Basic Black
Make it Pop:  Basic Rhinestones Jewel Accents
Punches:  2 1/2 Round