Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Super Hero Valentine

  Well I don't live in the Northeast but we still had a snow day today!  A little dusting here in the Richmond area generally becomes a snow day...if not 2!  It's all melted already but I still had to postpone my stamp club session for this morning and evening.  The forecast looks clear for Thursday when I've rescheduled so I'll be able to share those projects soon.

  In the meantime I made this Valentine's day card the other day after I wanted make a project and use some of my Blendabilities.  The Calling All Heroes set has great graphic images, an alphabet and is perfect for a house full of boys that run from anything pink!

  I had fun layering different images as well as doing some fussy cutting to bring a lot of dimension to the card.  After coloring the star, lightning bolt and "super" with Blendabilities I filled in the star and "super" with a nice thick layer of Crystal Effects.  The gloss is really fun and makes those elements pop.  I did let them dry overnight before adhering to my card.

  After stamping the cityscape in black and cutting it out I filled in some of the windows using the Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight Blendabilities.

  I also wanted to try out the new masks; well new to me, I know a lot of demonstrators have been using them regularly since the summer but I just got them a few weeks ago.  I placed the Stripes one on a diagonal right across the already stamped little dots and one star.  A Stampin' Spritzer with some rubbing alcohol and a few drops of Pumpkin Pie reinker is all it takes.  Just make sure to shake it up well and that the nozzle is facing where you want it to!  I used a paper towel to wipe up the excess on the mask and then I had a great layered look.

  This was a fun card to put together and I really like that it's a non-traditional type of Valentine's Day card.  Lacy hearts, pink and frilly do not go over well at my house!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Calling All Heroes

Ink: Black, Tempting Turquoise, Pumpkin Pie (reinker)  Blendabilities: Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie

Paper: Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Tempting Turquoise

Accessories: Crystal Effects, dimensional, Stripes mask

Friday, January 23, 2015

Clean and Simple Butterfly

  The new Butterflies thinlets are gorgeous!  We used the middle sized one earlier this month at my Open House.

  I kept this design very clean and simple since the butterfly is so beautiful on it's own I didn't want to hide it!  It pairs really nicely with the Best Year Ever DSP.

  We lightly sponged the edges of the Coastal Cabana butterfly with Coastal Cabana ink and then we adhered it with dimensionals just along the body.  Just cut a dimensional in half and it's the perfect size.

  My sample uses the Calypso Coral Best Year Ever ribbon but my customers could choose between the 3 colors for their card.  15 yards of ribbon and 24 buttons for FREE is a fantastic Sale-a-Bration (SAB) choice.  

  The sentiment is from And Many More and again my customers could choose from the different greetings in that set.  We used Soft Suede ink .

  I hope you have some stamping time planned over the weekend!  East Coasters might be snowed in this weekend so make sure you have plenty of chocolate and hunker down in your stamp rooms!  I think we'll have mostly rain here in Virginia and I'm jealous of the 6+ inches that they are predicting for further north.  I think I'm one of the few Richmonders who enjoys a good snow storm....must be my New England heritage!  It's supposed to be cold and snowy in the winter right?  It makes you appreciate spring all that much more!  That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: And Many More

Ink: Soft Suede

Paper: Calypso Coral, Whisper White, Coastal Cabana, Best Year Ever DSP (SAB)

Accessories: Butterflies Thinlets (Occasions), Best Year Ever ribbon (SAB), dimensionals

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Masculine Sympathy

The Adventure Bound DSP pack makes for the world's easiest cards!  The designs which are beautiful photos turned into DSP make the perfect background for a simple, heartfelt sentiment.

  I simply trimmed down a piece of Adventure Bound DSP to fit on the Mossy Meadow card front.  Stamped the sentiment onto Naturals white cardstock and cut it out with an oval framelit.  The oval is then popped up with dimensionals over a strip of Mossy Meadow satin ribbon.

  Can't get any easier than that can you?  And sometimes simple it better.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Thoughts & Prayers

Ink: Mossy Meadow

Paper: Mossy Meadow, Natural white, Adventure Bound DSP (Occasions)

Accessories: oval framelits, Mossy Meadow satin ribbon, dimensionals

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Bold Birthday Blossom

  So what do you think of the new look of Did You Stamp Today?  I'd been thinking for a while that I needed to freshen it up since it was still the original look from June of 2009...yikes!  I played around with MDS to make my own header and I made one and it looked cute but for the life of me I couldn't get it to upload to Blogger correctly.  I looked for tutorials and tips and it just wasn't looking right.  Maybe because I'm on a Mac?  Anyway, I had decided yesterday that I wanted a new blog look and by golly I was going to have one!  I checked out the some of the templates that you can choose from Blogger and created one using the colors I wanted.  Hopefully all the links and such are working correctly.

  All my crafting time yesterday was spent on the computer so I'm going to share a card I made on Friday using a fun sketch from Freshly Made Sketches and a color combination from Hand Stamped Sentiments.

More fun with the free Sale-a-Bration (SAB) Lotus Blossom stamp set.  It was the most popular Sale-a-Bration item with my stamping ladies earlier this month after we used it for this card.

  For today's card I only used one color of ink for the flower; Melon Mambo.  The first layer I stamped full strength, the next I stamped off once and the last layer was stamped off twice for the lightest concentration of ink.

  I went back to the first stamp that had the most detail on the petals and inked it up with Versamark and stamped right over the top of the image and then used clear embossing power.  It gives a nice raised detail and some extra shine.


  I cut out the flower and popped it up with dimensionals onto a Basic Black circle.  The next layer is the Hardwood background stamp in black in on Whisper White cardstock.  While the image is kind of rustic I think it looks crisp in black and white.

    The sentiment was stamped next and punched with the Decorative Label punch and a large rhinestone (retired) and black taffeta ribbon complete the sketch.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

  Stamps: Lotus Blossom (SAB), Hardwood, And Many More

  Ink: Black, Melon Mambo, Versamark

  Paper: Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Basic Black

  Accessories: circle framelits, clear embossing powder, Decorative Label punch, large rhinestone (retired), 1/8" black taffeta ribbon


Saturday, January 17, 2015

Big Day Birthday

February is fast approaching and that is our busiest birthday month with 6 relatives having birthdays. I like to have quite a stockpile of cards to choose from so I can make sure to get them in the mail on time!  

  The new Sale-a-Bration set Big Day is really fun...1) you can get it for free with a qualifying purchase!  2) it has that fun chalkboard font that's so popular and 3) it encourages you to eat cake! (and ice cream too!  I used that stamp on the inside of the card--you'll just have to trust me!)

  I used a past sketch from Freshly Made Sketches from a few weeks ago; it was too fun a layout to skip using!

  I wanted to try embossing the sentiment with white embossing powder and then coloring different parts with my Blendabilities.  It comes out really neat and is a nice way to highlight the words.  I also used the Coastal Cabana blendabilities to color the 3 rhinestones on the side.

  The DSP pieces are from the Best Year Ever Sale-a-Bration freebie.  Doesn't it go so well with this stamp?

  It's hard to see in the photo but I used my Simply Scored scoring board to dry emboss a frame around the Whisper White panel.  It's a subtle but nice element.

  To see another card using the Big Day stamp set check out here: Big Day Birthday .  And for more inspiration using the Best Year Ever DSP see here: Baby Balloons and Celebrate! 

  If you'd like to earn FREE Sale-a-Bration products with your purchase of $50 or more (before tax/shipping) just contact me or head to my ONLINE STORE and get started!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Big Day

Ink: Versamark   Blendabilities: Coastal Cabana, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight

Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Best Year Ever DSP

Accessories: white embossing powder,  rhinestones, dimensionals, Simple Scored, Circles framelits

Friday, January 16, 2015

Octopus Love

  Just like my card from yesterday, I made a Valentine's day (or I love you card!) using a non-Valentine's day stamp set.

  I hadn't used this sweet little octopus from the Sea Street set since August when I made this card for a stamp club project.  And I thought it was high time to break him out again.  I used a similar idea in the past by having the octopus hold a die cut number for a birthday in his tentacle (this is a great way to personalize a kids birthday card!).  So today he has a nice Glimmer Paper heart in honor of Valentine's Day.

  Since these colors from the Colour Me...Challenge are so bold I tempered them with a clean layout courtesy of Sketch Frenzy Friday.

  Here is a close up off the tentacle and heart.  I used a craft knife to carefully cut around the top and bottom and then slip the heart underneath.

  Some other details to note: the faux stitching around the Pacific Point panel.  I wanted to add something to that panel but I didn't want to make the card too busy or add another pattern.  This was a subtle way to ground that layer.  I just used the chalk marker and freehanded all the way around.

  Also, the sentiment is heat embossed with black ink right onto the Whisper White panel.  Looking at the card now I should have put it on the other side to balance the heart.  Oh well.  I still think it came out cute!

  For some other fun ideas with this set check these out: Sweet Octopus Birthday, Sea Street Get Well, Crazy Eight Birthday and Under the Sea.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Sea Street, Good Greetings (Hostess- retired)

Ink: Pacific Point, Versamark

Paper: Pacific Point, Whisper White, Maritime DSP, Real Red Glimmer paper

Accessories: Circle framelits, black embossing powder, dimensionals, Hearts a Flutter framelits, chalk marker

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Offset Valentine Tree

  This Valentine's card couldn't get any more simple!


  It's embarrassing to say as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, but I do not own a current Valentine's day set!  I have 2 stamp sets that have a heart stamp in them but that's it!  Yikes right?  Nope!  You just need to think outside the "stamp set" a bit!

  I stamped the tree from Sheltering Tree and simply added some little punched hearts (from the Owl punch).  I went off the reservation even more by stamping the tree off center on the Whisper White cardstock.  Generally I'm an "everything balanced and in its place" stamper but sometime we need to challenge our regular style!

  The sentiment is stamped and flagged and anchored with a Calypso Coral button tied with black baker's twine.

  So don't despair if you need to make Valentine's cards and you don't have a "Valentine's Day" stamp set.  Get crafty and make what you have on hand work!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Sheltering Tree (Occasions)

Ink: Black

Paper: Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Real Red, Basic Black

Accessories: Owl punch, baker's twine, button

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Baby Balloons

 I am just loving the Celebrate Today & matching Balloon framelits!  Balloons are appropriate for so many special occasions.  I wanted to make a card using the more masculine color combination from the Best Year Ever DSP from Sale-a-Bration (SAB).  When I first started I was going to do a birthday card but then realized that I needed a baby boy card.  The Celebrate Today set has several sentiments to mix and match so I simply used the baby sentiment instead.

  The base is Sahara Sand and the balloons are 2 patterns from the Best Year Ever DSP, Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry and Soft Suede.  I layered the cut balloons and then once I was happy with the placement I tied a bit of white baker's twine around each one and then adhered them permanently. For the bottom layer I used SNAIL and the top layer dimensionals.  

  The balloons over hung the edges of the card front so I just hand trimmed them with my paper snips.   I used a little bit more bakers twine to tie a bow around the strings and then used a glue dot to keep everything in place.

  Finally the sentiment was stamped in Soft Suede ink in the corner.

  I'm thinking this design would be a great graduation card using the school colors for the balloons and the happy graduation sentiment.

  If you're interested in re-creating this card and earning the the Best Year Ever DSP as a Sale-a-Bration reward (or another one!) you're in luck!  The Celebrate Today bundle 138869 (stamp set & framelits), one pack of colored cardstock, one ink pad and white baker's twine 124262 adds up to just over $50 dollars!  Check your supplies and see what paper and ink you need to coordinate with the Best Year Ever DSP and place your order at my online store.  Or you can email me directly to place your order

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Celebrate Today (Occasions)

Ink: Soft Suede

Paper: Sahara Sand, Crushed Curry, Coastal Cabana, Soft Suede, Best Year Ever DSP (SAB)

Accessories: Balloon Framelits (Occasions), baker's twine, dimensionals

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Big Day Birthday

 I have another challenge card to share today.  I was able to play along with several of my favorite challenges over the weekend.  I had a lot of help with this one!  Not only did I use CAS(e) this Sketch challenge for the layout I used the Color Coach for my colors.  Can't get any easier than that.

  And now I have another birthday card to add to my stockpile!

  I don't know if it's my camera or the all cloudy days but I've been having a heck of a time getting my photos to turn out well.  Even after adjusting several things in a photo editing program the colors just seem off to me!  I'll keep plugging along hoping to a sunny day to see if that makes a difference!

  I used one of the free Sale-a-Bration sets, Big Day for this card.  I started with a Whisper White card base and added a panel of Smoky Slate topped with a smaller panel of Confetti Celebration DSP.  

  The sentiment is stamped onto Strawberry Slush with Stazon.  The cake is also stamped in Stazon onto watercolor paper (it was still out on my desk after making THIS card so I thought, why not?).  I used reinkers and a blender pen to color in the cake and then popped it up with dimensionals.  

  The finished touches are some bits of sparkle in rhinestones and silver sequins and a few candy dots to bring more pink to the card.  The candy dots are Melon Mambo but they looked close enough to Strawberry Slush that I went with it.

  Place your order today to earn FREE Sale-a-Bration rewards with purchases of $50 or more (before tax/shipping).   While you're in my online store (link in the side bar) check out this fun new stamp set that was just released today, Better Than Email!  It's so cute and perfect for all of your handcrafted projects!  Also, great Weekly Deals too...some are already on my "to order" list!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Big Day (SAB)

Ink: Stazon, Smoky Slate, Strawberry Slush

Paper:  Whisper White, Smoky Slate, water color paper, Strawberry Slush, Confetti Celebrations DSP

Accessories: dimensionals, rhinestones, sequins

Monday, January 12, 2015

Butterfly Imprint Thank You

  Another demonstrator posted on a demonstrator forum with a question about how one of the sample cards in the Occasions catalog was made.  Several of us gave some ideas and then I decided to see how it would work out.

  The sample is the top card on page 27. It used the Butterflies Thinlets to make some kind of impression into the cardstock but also has the impression highlighted with ink.

  Here is what I came up with and I think it's pretty close to how the Stampin' Up! designer made the sample.

 I used the medium sized butterfly and inked up the cutting side by pressing it right into my Calypso Coral ink pad.  I carefully placed the die ink side down onto a piece of watercolor paper and ran it once through the Big Shot using the regular Thinlet sandwich, no wax paper or shims.  Because the watercolor paper is much thicker than the regular cardstock the die didn't cut all the way through and pressed the ink into the grooves of the butterfly image.  My Big Shot needed 2 cardstock shims to cut normal cardstock but every machine is a bit different.  You may need to play around with yours to get the best results for this technique.

  Here's a close up:

  I added some stamped off splatters from Gorgeous Grunge across the butterfly and some full strength splatters on the Crumb Cake card base and Best Year Ever DSP (SAB).  The DSP is also lightly sponged with Crumb Cake ink.

  The thank you from Lotus Blossom (SAB) stamped in Rich Razzleberry (that obviously needed to be reinked!).

  I raided my little stash of ribbon bits and pieces for the embellishments and found a few of those sweet flowers that we carried last year (I think!).  The Occasion catalog has some nice pink one in the Artisan Embellishment kit if you like this look!  I sponged some Crumb Cake ink on the flower to keep with the vintage-y look.

  I used 2 challenges to bring this card together: Create with Connie 337 & Mary  and ColourQ 274

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Lotus Blossom (SAB), Gorgeous Grunge

Ink: Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake, Rich Razzleberry

Paper: Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Best Year Ever DSP, watercolor paper

Accessories: ribbon rosette, Butterflies Thinlets (Occasions), linen thread, Old Olive satin ribbon (retired), Calypso Coral ruffled ribbon (retired), Rich Razzleberry cotton ribbon

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Cheerful Critters

  I'm still working on my Blendabilities coloring skills...and I think the more you practice the better the results.  I wanted to get some more line art stamps so I could continue to have images to practice with.  The Occasions catalog not only gives us a few new sets to work with we even have 4 new colors to add to the Blendabilities collection!

  I was drawn to the Cheerful Critters set because they are fun and a little goofy looking.  Sometimes you just don't need a serious flower card!  And I thought it would be nice to have a set that would work for kids cards and you can fit a lot of different sentiments into the signs.  The And Many More set pairs up with Cheerful Critters to really open up your greeting options!

 How cute are these 3x3 cards?  I used each of the critter images and then mixed and matched the sentiments.

Cheerful Bunny Supplies: Cheerful Critters & And Many More stamp sets, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz card stocks , Memento Black ink, Blendabilities: Smoky Slate, Pink Pirouette (new!), color lifter, fringe scissors

Cheerful Chick Supplies: Cheerful Critters, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight card stocks, Memento Black ink, Blendabilities: Daffodil Delight, Crumb Cake, Wild Wasabi(new!),  color lifter, stars border punch

  Cheerful Bear Supplies: Cheerful Critters & Good Greetings stamp sets, Real Red, Whisper White cardstock, Red Glimmer paper, Memento Black ink, Blendabilities: Real Red, Crumb Cake, Owl punch (for small heart)

  Adorable right?  Interested in trying your hand at coloring with Blendabilities?  It's a great time to order some colors and get started!  With Sale-a-Bration you can order any 4 sets of colors plus the Memento black ink pad and you'll qualify a FREE Sale-a-Bration reward and you can choose another set of Blendabilities!  5 sets of Blendabilities for the price of 4 (plus Memento ink pad!), what a great deal!  

  The 4 new colors are listed in the Occasions catalog on page 32 and the rest of the collection can be seen on page 212 of the Annual catalog.  Page 20 of the Sale-a-Bration brochure listed the colors that you can get for FREE with your $50 or more order!  The link to my online store is in the side bar.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?


Friday, January 9, 2015

Birthday Balloon

  My stamping ladies had fun on Monday trying out some of the new products from the Occasions catalog.  They made this quick birthday card using the Celebrate Today stamp set and Balloon framelits.


  Isn't this a fun color combo?  Soft Sky, Wild Wasabi, Basic Black & Whisper White.  Good for guys, girls, kids!

  We stamped the polka dots and then cut the balloon out.  The Whisper White strip is embossed with the Decorative Dots.

  The sentiment is stamped on the Wild Wasabi card front in black.  Next the balloon is popped up with dimensionals and the string is the new Painted Blooms Cotton Twine.  It's a bit thicker than bakers twine so it's great to have another option in our ribbon assortment.  

  Don't forget that you can earn free products for placing your Stampin' Up! order now until March 31st.  For every $50 you order (before tax/shipping) you earn a FREE Sale-a-Bration reward!  Head over to my online store and start shopping.  The link is in my sidebar ----->

  If you order the Painted Blossoms Cotton Twine ($6.95), Celebrate Today bundle ($36.25) & Decorative Dots embossing folder ($8.95) it all adds up to just over $50!  You could get started on all of those 2015 birthday cards!

  I hope you have some fun things planned for the weekend!  

Thanks for looking! Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Celebrate Today (Occasions)

Ink: Soft Sky, Black

Paper: Wild Wasabi, Soft Sky, Basic Black, Whisper White

Accessories: Painted Blooms cotton twine (Occasions), Balloons Framelits (Occasions), Decorative Dots e.f., dimensionals

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Love You Tree

  I was so excited when I saw the Sheltering Tree stamp set at the Occasions catalog premiere in the beginning of December.  This can be used for all different seasons and occasions and will pair up nicely with sentiments that I already own.

  The card base is Early Espresso and then a layer of Whisper White.  The lower panel is Crumb Cake embossed with the Large Polka Dot embossing folder.  I wrapped a bit of Early Espresso baker's twine around these layers.

  Another great new item from the Occasions catalog is the DSP stack Adventure Bound.  I can't wait to make some fun masculine cards with these papers.  I used a bit of it to back the tree panel and to punch out the 2 hearts.  

  I also used the new One Tag Fits All set that demonstrators who attended the premiere received to make the banners.  I hand cut the hanging banner and added a punched heart (using the Owl punch) and popped it up on the tree.  The second part of this stamp was used to make the "it's true" flag.

  Since I was making a guy Valentine I kept the embellishments to a minimum and only added an Early Espresso candy dot onto the larger heart.

  It's so fun to play with new stamp sets and see what can be created by mixing and matching!

  If you would like to recreate my card and earn Sale-a-Bration rewards the following items that I used on the card total just over $50.  Sheltering Tree (photopolymer) $24.95, One Tag Fits All (clear mount) $17.95, Adventure Bound DSP stack $6.95 and Early Espresso Baker's twine $2.95.

  Add in the card stocks, punches and embossing folders and you can earn another SAB freebie!

  If you'd like to take advantage of Sale-a-Bration and earn some fun freebies with a minimum $50 purchase head over to my online store (link in sidebar) and start your order.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Sheltering Tree (Occasions), One Tag Fits All (Occasions)

Ink: Early Espresso

Paper: Early Espresso, Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Adventure Bound DSP stack (Occasions)

Accessories: Oval framelits, small heart punch, Owl punch, candy dots, baker's twine, Large Polka Dot embossing folder, dimensionals

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Lotus Blossom Tag

  Happy Occasions catalog day & Happy Sale-a-Bration day as well!  So many great new items in each of the catalogs!  Remember during Sale-a-Bration (SAB) you earn free products for each $50 you spend (before tax/shipping).  Head over to my online store to place your order today and get started on your spring projects!  Link on the sidebar.

  Here is a cute card using one of the free SAB stamp sets, Lotus Blossom:

  My stamping ladies made this one at my Open House yesterday.  The purples really pop don't they? The trick with this stamp set is in the 3 layers that you stamp to give the depth and detail on the petals.  It's a great way to use those Dynamic Duo colors listed on the Color Coach.  The lighter color is stamped off once on the final layer so you get the look of 3 colors with only 2 ink pads.

  After stamping the flower and sentiment I used the scallop tag topper punch and added a bit of Blackberry Bliss satin ribbon anchored with a staple.  I'll be honest here and tell you that I'm not sure I like the staple trend and I can't decide if it works with this card or not but sometimes you've got to try new things or you'll miss out on something great!  In this case the staple holds the ribbon down and also doesn't add any bulk to the card the way a bow or knot or brad would.  Give it a try and see what you think!

  Before adhering the tag to the card front with dimensionals I tore a bit of the Typeset DSP and adhered it to the Old Olive card base.

  As a side note the Tag Topper punch, Typeset DSP, ribbon and a pack of colored cardstock add up to just over $50 earning the Lotus Blossom set as a free SAB reward.  A nice card design using minimal supplies!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Lotus Blossom (SAB)

Ink: Old Olive, Blackberry Bliss, Wisteria Wonder

Paper: Old Olive, Typeset DSP, Very Vanilla

Accessories: Blackberry Bliss ribbon, Scallop Tag Topper punch, staple, dimensionals

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Happy New Year!

  Happy New Year stampers!  I took quite the break from blogging over the very very busy Christmas holiday but I'm back now with some fun new projects to share.

  The Stampin' Up! Occasions catalog is getting ready to go live on Tuesday so I've been having a lot of fun with my preorder (fun demo perk!).  Don't forget Sale-a-Bration too!

  The Celebrate Today stamp set and coordinating framelits make cute cards!

  What better way to celebrate the New Year than with some fun balloons!

  I stamped a balloon in Crisp Cantaloupe and one in Pistachio Pudding onto Whisper White and then added some accents in gold.  Next I stamped the strings in black.  The string stamp is actually straight but one of the cool things about photopolymer is that you can bend the stamps on the clear block so I added some curves.

  I stamped the "happy" balloon in gold and then cut it out with the framelit.  I popped it up in front of the other balloons with dimensionals and then went to work with my embellishments.

  The Celebrate Today comes with some fun stamps to dress up the balloons so I used one of them, the tassel stamped in Crisp Cantaloupe paired up with a strip of gold sequin trim.  For the banner I used a marker to ink up just the "new year" part and stamped it on a thin strip of Pistachio Pudding and flagged the ends.  The retired hostess only set Good Greetings has really come in handy for a lot of my sentiment needs lately.

  Here is a not so great photo of the inside of the card.  I used the almost retired 25 Days Countdown set from the Holiday catalog to do the year.  

  I hope you enjoyed the last few weeks and time with family and friends.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Celebrate Today (Occasions), Good Greetings (retired), 25 Days Countdown (Holiday)

Ink: Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Black, Gold

Paper: Basic Black, Pistachio Pudding, Whisper White

Accessories: gold sequin trim, Balloon framelits (Occasions), dimensionals