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My dad and I share a birthday.  We were born exactly 30 years and 30 minutes apart.  I like to call him at the exact time he was born to wish him happy birthday, and if we chat for half an hour then we are still talking at the time I was born.  It gets a little tricky now that I live in a different time zone (I have to do some birthday math!) but I like to keep up that tradition.  I love that we share our day, when I was a little girl he told me I was his best birthday present.  So special!

In the small town where I grew up we had a wonderful bakery that made the best cakes I have ever tasted.   They had a very talented lady who worked there who was amazingly skilled at working with frosting.  My brother and I loved to draw pictures on an 8 1/2″x11″ sheet of paper that our mother would submit when she ordered our birthday cakes, and this lady could re-create our pictures in frosting on the top of the cake.  I had an awful lot of Strawberry Shortcake themed cakes that my dad was very gracious about sharing with me.  He acted like the excessively girly cakes I chose were just what he would have wanted for himself, and I loved blowing the candles out together with him.

After all the super feminine-looking cakes he cheerfully ate in in the 1980s, I figured that for once he needed a cake that was not pink!  Here is the card I sent him:

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Materials:

  • Stamp Set:  Embellished Events
  • Ink:  Not Quite Navy, Soft Suede, Cajun Craze, So Saffron (Stampin’ Write Markers)
  • Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Not Quite Navy, Very Vanilla, Well Worn DSP (retired)
  • Tools and Accessories:  Paper snips, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Love that birthday cake stamp from Embellished Events!  My usual strategy with that stamp is to pick out a patterned paper for the card and then use the coordinating ink colors (listed right next to the DSP in the Stampin’ Up catalog) to color the cake stamp.  It always comes out looking great!  Although this DSP is retired [confession, I am trying to use up the stacks of retired/retiring paper I have to make way for all the new papers in the 2013-2014 catalog…] you could get a very similar look with current DSP such as Comfort Cafe which uses a lot of the same colors.

So, happy birthday, Dad!  Here is a contribution from my son who insisted that Granddad would want a dinosaur with his birthday card.   🙂

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Another beautiful idea to share from my clean and simple card swap last week.  Anita used the Creative Elements stamp set on this one along with some beautiful sponged embossing:

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It’s just a single flower, but that one element has so much depth and dimension with the sponging.  Anita stamped the flower image in Rich Razzleberry and then sponged it with the same color ink, leaving the center white but adding more and more ink the closer you get to the outside edge.  Finally, she cut it out using paper snips and adhered it to the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals, giving it even more depth.  I had skipped right by this set in the catalog for the past year, but now that I am looking at it more closely, it has a variety of really beautiful images that I really like.

The one image might have looked lost in the middle of a plain white card front, but that framed tulips embossing with ink sponged over it makes a perfect border.  I love it, Anita!

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Don’t forget the retired list with all the products that will go away forever on June 3rd (or sooner if they sell out!).  There are hundreds of products on the list, everything from stamps to ribbons to punches to dies for the Big Shot, some discounted 25%, 40%, or even 60% off!  You can shop online anytime HERE.

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Before we get to today’s card, I wanted to remind you about the big list of products that is retiring from the annual catalog.  There are LOTS of things going away, and some of them are discounted at 25%, 40%, or even 60% off!  All the stamps that are retiring will be available now through June 3, 2013…but the accessories and tools are available only while supplies last.  You can shop the retired list in my online store anytime to get yours before they are gone forever!

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And now, here is another lovely card from the Clean and Simple card swap I participated in last week.  This one was made by Kim Parker using the Mixed Bunch stamp set and Blossom punch:

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Everyone at dinner was remarking about how Kim must have spent so much time coloring in the raised dots on the embossed background, but she said it was really quick!  I am going to have to pull out my markers and try it, too, it’s a cute look!

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Note:  The stamps from A Round Array coordinate perfectly with the new 7/8″ scallop circle punch, I’d recommend it!  These stamps are a sneak peek from the 2013-2014 Annual Catalog which debuts in a little over a month, but you can get them now – the stamps anc coordinating punch are available right now through April 30th in a discounted bundle.

 

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Here is another clean and simple card from the swap I participated in last week.  This one is a hybrid project!  Beth used My Digital Studio to create the words that wrap around the perimeter of the card (“Have a spec-tacular day”)  Then she printed the words on Whisper White cardstock using her home printer, cut the cardstock to size, and finished the rest of the card using traditional stamps and ink.

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I love how she stamped the image of the glasses twice, once as seen on the card front in Basic Black and again on a scrap in Pool Party so she could snip out one pair of glasses and adhere it over the main image with a dimensional.  She even used Crystal Effects to make that one pair look shiny like glass.  So cute!

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Hi stampers!

It is that time of year when we start saying good bye to a lot of favorite things from the Stampin’ Up! annual catalog to make room for all the new and exciting things that will appear in the 2013-2014 annual catalog on May 31st.

There is a pretty huge list of things that are retiring.  Some of the accessories and tools are discounted up to 60% off.  If you see something you like, get it now or it may sell out!

List of retiring stamps:  PDF/Excel

List of retiring accessories and tools:  PDF/Excel

You can place your order in my online store anytime.  Happy shopping!

 

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Here is another card that I received in the swap from last Thursday night, made by Carol Edwards.  Isn’t that such a clever use of the hot air balloon stamps in the Up, Up & Away set?

I am inclined to think this is not really a “clean and simple” card since Carol cut out each one of those balloons/flower petals by hand with her paper snips.  She said she made sixteen of these!  It is so cute and clever, I just love it.

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Materials:

  • Stamp Sets:  Up, Up, & Away
  • Ink:  Melon Mambo, Basic Black
  • Cardstock:  Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Gumball Green
  • Tools and Accessories:  Paper Snips, Big Shot with Little Leaves Sizzlit die and Tulip Frame embossing folder, 1/2″ circle punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

For some reason the picture makes it look like it is Real Red, but it is actually Melon Mambo – a nice bold pink.  Fun!

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Last night I attended a fun dinner with some other Stampin’ Up! demonstrators who live near me.  Love getting to see these ladies, they are such a fun bunch.  And so creative!  We each made some clean and simple cards to swap with each other.  I posted my card yesterday, and now I have six others to share with you over the next few days!

Here is the first one, courtesy of my friend Dominique:

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So simple, yet so elegant!

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