Teen birthday card ideas


I recently offered to make birthday greeting cards for the Jr High ministry at our church. I was trying to come up with some ideas that would be easy to mail if needed. And then there was the task of creating something that wouldn't embarrass the boys of the group!

I apologize in advance for the quality of these photos. I couldn't find the battery charger for my camera and needed to get going so I just used my camera phone. Rainy days do NOT a good picture make! Note: All cards are based on cards I have seen online. Unfortunately they were not watermarked, so I do not know the name of the original artists.

First, my son Alan's favorite card. The sentiment is from our Timeless Talk stamp set. To create this look you will need a corner rounder punch and circle punches or dies to create the dial on the iPod and the headphones.

Next, another one I thought would be ok for the guys:

The sentiment (from Sassy Salutations) is heat embossed using White embossing powder. It really pops off the Basic Black background!

Now here's a card that could be used for either gender, especially if we switch out the colors. The splotches and lines images were created with our Gorgeous Grunge stamp set and the sentiment with our hostess set Express Yourself. Isn't the folder embossed chevron pattern fun?

Last is  a card created using a fun Banner Punch that you can choose as a free Sale-a-bration reward. The cupcake is from Another Great Year (available in our Occasions Catalog). This one is definitely more girly looking ;)
And no... I don't remember what that measurement on the grid paper is all about...

Again, sorry for the lousy quality and layout of the photos. But I hope you enjoy the ideas anyway :)

Stampin' Up! Hardwood Background Stamp


If you love natural looking elements on your projects, chances are you are going to love a new background stamp released by Stampin' Up! in our 2014 Occasions Catalog. It's called Hardwood and as a background stamp, the image stamped measures 4-1/2" x 5-3/4" which is large enough to cover an entire A2 card front in one go.

Even though I stamped in a light color (Crumb Cake), you can still see all of the lovely wood grain and knots in the "planks" of wood. Imagine how beautiful this image will be paired with leaves, vines, flowers and the like...

Want to create today's project? Here's what you'll need, along with the item number for easy ordering.  

Stamps: Hardwood (Wood 133032 or Clear 133035), Fabulous Phrases (Wood mount 128577 or Clear Mount 120501), Four Frames (Wood mount 128589 or Clear Mount 123442)
Project Colors: Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede (all available in our Neutrals Collection, color pack 131191 - 20 sheets: 2 ea in 10 colors)
Tools: Decorative Label Punch (item # 120907)
Embellishments: Linen Thread (104199 ), Candy Dots in Regals (130932)
Other: Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755), button

Venetian Romance with Sweet Sorbet US241


Ready for a new sketch? This week, Unscripted Sketches has a sketch that makes for a quick card. I'm sure there are ways to "fuss" it up, but I didn't go there.

I started with this sweet patterned paper from Venetian Romance and picked my favorite sentiments from Happy Day. This would work for so many occasions or maybe just to say hello!

See those sweet little cork flowers? They are part of a new accessory pack available as a free gift with purchase during our popular promotion, Sale-a-bration. The pack includes numerous peel and stick flowers and other design elements as well as three rolls of baker's twine. Look for more info this week as we prepare to launch this promotion on Tuesday (January 28).

Want to create today's project? Here's what you'll need, along with the item number for easy ordering.
Stamps: Happy Day (wood 130294 , clear 130297)
Project Colors: Pistachio Pudding, Very Vanilla, Old Olive
Venetian Romance Designer Series Paper (130144)
Embellishments: Sweet Sorbet Accessory Pack (Sale-a-bration 2014 pick)*, Jewels Basic Pearl (119247)
Other: Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755)
Sale-a-bration will run January 28 - March 31, 2014
To redeem free items, qualifying orders must be placed during this time period.

Stampin' Up! Perfect Couple


Want to make a fun card for a special couple? Here's an idea using a classic color scheme and our fun new stamp set Perfect Couple.

The fun silver banners and label background were created using our Silver Foil paper. This paper is easy to use with punches (like the banners) or you can use them with your Big Shot tools as well (like the die cut label). Speaking of fun, how about that handlebar mustache and those Real Red lips? Aren't they the best?! I'm lovin' this set…

*Want to see more? CHECK OUT THIS CARD created using the martini glasses from this stamp set along with the same Designer Series Paper used here!*

card layout: Mojo Monday #324

Stamp Set(s): Perfect Couple (Occasions 2014)
Project Colors: Basic Black, Real Red, Very Vanilla, Silver
Modern Medley Designer Series Paper
Tools: Big Shot, Stripes TIEF, Framelits - Ovals and Apothecary Accents Collections, Bitty Banner Punch (get it during Sale-a-bration 2014!)
Embellishments: Silver 1/8" ribbon (Occasions 2014), Jewels Basic Rhinestones



Stampin' Up! Life in the Forest


Line art images are so fun to stamp because you can use them in so many ways! One of my favorite ways to show them off is to do a technique called Paper Piecing. This is when you stamp the images onto patterned paper and then trim them out. You can get very fancy with it (a good example would be clothing on a stamped character), or you can keep it simple. Here's an example showing really simple on this baby card; check out the trees!

Card layout:  the deconstructed sketch #132

Stamp Set(s): Life in the Forest (Occasions 2014), Sweet Essentials
Card stock: Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, So Saffron
Retro Fresh Designer Series Paper (Occasions 2014)
Punches: 1" circle, 2-1/2" circle, corner rounder
Embellishments: Designer Very Vintage Buttons, Gold Baker's Twine
Other: Paper Snips, needle threader


The Stamp Review Crew - Chalk Talk


Welcome to another exciting blog hop with The Stamp Review Crew! This week we are all sharing projects created using the Chalk Talk stamp set. All of our sites are linked together to take you directly to another stamper sharing ideas and inspiration. And the links will remain active so that you can revisit the hop at your leisure!

Now you know how fun it is to use coordinating products, right? Well, this particular stamp set has a coordinating Framelits set but also has images that coordinate with punches. I'm sure you'll see examples of these options along the hop. I'm sharing a project using a quote (one of the stamps in this set) that fits within the XL Oval Punch. First let me show you the image and how it looks once punched out:

Now that's great, right? No cutting, just punch it out and you're good to go. But you'll notice that there's a little bit of space between the outline and the outer edge of the punched shape. Trim that off you can now layer it over a piece of colored card stock cut out with the same punch. No second tool needed. Instead you can go nuts with the embellishments... ;)

Stampin' Products used here: Card stock in So Saffron, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla and Coastal Cabana; Retro Fresh Designer Series Paper; Embellishments Gold Baker's Twine, Desginer Vintage Buttons, Simply Pressed Clay, Buttons & Blossoms Simply Pressed Clay Molds, Jewel Basic Pearls; Tools: Big Shot, Framed Tulips TIEF, Itty Bitty Punch Pack, XL Oval punch, heart punch. Card layout based on Paper Craft Crew sketch 71

And next we have a fun little bottle tag. The tap water in Florida tastes very rich in minerals (read: icky) so we often put out bottled water for guests. Creating tags is an easy way to help them keep track of their water and with this sentiment you get to thank them for the gift of their time.

Stampin' Products used here: Card stock in Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, So Saffron and Calypso Coral; Embellishments: Retro Fresh Washi Tape, Gold Sequin Trim, Jewels Basic Rhinestones; Tools: 1 1/4" circle punch, Paper Snips

A little tip before you go: the gold sequins used above are the same size as our Mini Glue Dots. If you are going to pull them off the trim and use them individually as I've done above, simply slide the sequin off the strings and press it to a glue dot (while the dot is still on the roll). Press firmly and remove the sequin with the now-attached glue from the roll. It's now ready to stick to your project.

Now it's time to pass the baton. Thanks for stopping by and here are your links for your next stop:

Going backwards? Here's the link you need...

Want to create today's project? Here's what you'll need:
Stamps: Chalk Talk
Project Colors:
Tools: Big Shot
Other: Stampin' Dimensionals , Multipurpose Liquid Glue

Peaceful Petals US240


This week's sketch challenge for Unscripted Sketches is going to be a hit! With this layout, it could easily be used for cards, scrapbook pages, framed decor, maybe even one of those cute clear frames tipped over to hold post-it notes! How will you use it?

I tipped the sketch over on it's side and let this beautiful flower from Peaceful Petals claim center stage. It is colored in with Stampin' Write Markers and I added a few dots of Dazzling Details to the center to give it a little sparkle. It also helps to amp up the color a little, doesn't it? Nice when that happens! The background looked like it needed something, so I also added the tilted, folder embossed panel. I think it looks cool, but my engineer husband said it makes him want to tilt his head… given his profession, I shoulda known he'd say something like that. :)

To create this wonky masterpiece (my words), you will need:
Stamps: Peaceful Petals, Express Yourself (Hostess set)
Project Colors: Crisp Cantaloupe, Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Old Olive
Tools: Big Shot, Framelits - Circles, Square Lattice TIEF, Word Window Punch
Embellishments: Natural Trim, Dazzling Details

Peaceful Petals Quick Thank You cards


I haven't made a tag card in ages, but I do love how quickly they come together and with a minimum of fuss if that's how you want it. Having made a lot of cards recently that will require boxes for shipping (can you say 'lots o' layers?), it was fun to simplify and just work with a few ingredients! It all began with ink, a clear block and my favorite floral image from Peaceful Petals.

This second one is nearly identical; the Strawberry Slush decorative strip was changed out for Raspberry Ripple because it was just sitting there waiting to be shared :)

Stamps: Peaceful Petals
Project Colors: Crisp Cantaloupe, Baked Brown Sugar, Very Vanilla, Strawberry Slush, (Cranberry Crisp on 2nd)
Tools: Corner Rounder, Slot punch (retired)
Embellishments: Gold Baker's Twine

Spiral Flowers Originals Die by Stampin' Up!


Budgets. The very word can make you cuss or cry. Well, I'm not doing either but I DO try to stick to a budget with my Stampin' goodies and here is one item that is really making it tough on me. I love flowers and love playing with punches to create multi-dimensional ones. Then in the Occasions Catalog, Stampin' Up! goes and introduces a Big Shot die that will cut it out for you so that all you have to do is roll the sucker up. I want it soooo bad!

Check out the Spiral Flower Originals Die (item #129379):

Did you catch that you can cut multiples at the same time? And you can also cut out felt or foam? Eek!

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Exprésate Unscripted Sketches 239


Combine this week's Unscripted Sketches challenge with some of your favorite ribbon or paper scraps and you can have a good-looking' card in a jiffy!

My card came together with bits and pieces of coordinating patterned paper, a die cut bird and a simple sentiment. The sentiment 'que te mejores' is spanish for 'get well'.

The card looked like it needed a little something along the bottom, but I didn't really want to draw the eye away from the bird and panels of paper. What to do? In this case, a line of simple pierced dots was just enough detail to finish off the card and still keep it clean and simple. The line was easily created using a piercing guide (part of our Essentials Paper Piercing Pack) which contains a template long enough to go all the way across the card. Sweet!

Challenge Link: Unscripted Sketches #239
Stamp Set(s): Exprésate (Hostess set)
Project Colors: Crumb Cake (card stock), Always Artichoke (ink)
Tools: Big Shot, Framelits - Backyard Basics, Dots TIEF
Paper Piercing Tool, Pad and Pack (Essentials)
Other: paper scraps from a My Mind's Eye paper pack

Stampin' Up! Perfect Couple


Stampin' Up! has released an adorable new stamp set celebrating love and marriage called Perfect Couple. With friends and loved ones getting engaged, married and celebrating anniversaries, this is the type of set that is sure to see a lot of ink!

One thing though, I'm pretty sure the sentiment is supposed to say "Happy Wife, Happy Life". LOL

Stamp Set(s): Perfect Couple
Project Colors: Basic Black, Real Red, Old Olive, Very Vanilla
Modern Medley Designer Series Paper
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US238 Petite Petals Thank you card


Pull out that paper and those fun stamps you've been hoarding! It's time for a new sketch challenge at Unscripted Sketches!

With the exception of "something borrowed" this card resembles the old wedding poem. It has something old (the patterned paper), something new (the Petite Petals punch) and something blue (the flower itself).

The flower is made up of 5 layers of the same punched flower. To get this look, hold each petal between your thumb and a bone folder; start at the base of the petal and slide the folder out towards the tip of the petal. Repeat along each petal, gently curling the paper as you go. Curl the first one just a little, the second a bit more and each consecutive layer a bit more until you reach the center flower. The petals on the inside flower curl almost into the center. A pearl dresses up the center for an easy finish.

How-to idea: view a previous post detailing how to create multi-layered flowers using a scallop circle punch. 

Hope you like it! What will you do with the sketch?

Challenge Link: Unscripted Sketches
Stamp Set: Timeless Talk (sentiment)
Project Colors: Wild Wasabi, Basic Gray, Island Indigo
Punches: Curly Label, Petite Petals*, Bird Builder
Jewels Basic Pearls
*this punch is a new release in our 2014 Occasions Catalog
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Stampin' Addicts Occasions Catalog Blog Hop - So Very Grateful


Welcome to the Stampin' Addicts Occasions Catalog Blog Hop! I'm stop 10 of 16 on this hop, but if you are starting here - no worries! We are all linked together so that you can easily hop from site to site at your leisure. And since these links will take you directly to the Blog Hop post, you can bookmark this post or any of the others so that you can return and re-hop in the future.

Today, I'm featuring the new Occasions set So Very Grateful. This flower based, line-art stamp set will lend itself to a lot of techniques and projects but today I'm keeping it simple with two cards. Both are easy to make in duplicate so that you can re-fill your stash :)

First here's a quick card that uses one floral image and a two part sentiment from the set. You'll also get a peek at a new small punch, our Petite Petals Punch. (Betty T. is sharing the coordinating stamp set during this hop.)

Colors: Marina Mist, Night of Navy, Whisper White

This second card uses the larger of the two floral images to create a background panel. The image is stamped repeatedly onto Very Vanilla card stock using Crumb Cake ink and run through the Big Shot in our Woodgrain folder. I softened the edges of the layer by sponging it with more Crumb Cake ink.

Colors: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Pool Party, So Saffron

Although it doesn't show well in this photo, the butterfly (from Papillon Potpourri) is heat embossed with clear embossing powder giving it a nice and shiny finish. The sentiment, spanish for Get Well, is from the Esprésate stamp set available to Hostesses through our Annual Catalog. Although my spanish speaking family speaks English as well, it's still nice to send spanish greetings sometimes :)

Well, that's it for me today. Next, how about a visit to Holly's blog where she is showcasing the Eggstra Spectacular stamp set?  If you are a 'read the magazine from back to front' kind of person, Mary Rindal is  showcasing the graduation based Pomp and Circumstance stamp set. Enjoy!

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Stampin' Up! Fresh Prints Designer Series Paper Stack


Do you love patterned paper? I would try to deny my obsession, but anyone who has seen my craft room knows the truth. I love paper! And I love when it comes in fun little packs, just the right size for card making. Thankfully, Stampin' Up! knows about people like me and was kind enough to include a new Designer Series Paper Stack in the new Occasions Catalog.

Here's a card made using one sheet of this fun new paper. You can see both sides of it here in the main panel (dots) and the side panel (leaf-like pattern).

Ready to see more? Be sure to stop by this weekend for the Stampin' Addicts Occasions Catalog Blog Hop. We have 16 stops showcasing new stamp sets and more of the new goodies available in the catalog. See you there!

Stamp Set(s): Peaceful Petals
Fresh Prints Designer Series Paper Stack (Occasions 2014)
Project Colors: Coastal Cabana, Crumb Cake, Real Red, Whisper White
Stitched White Grosgrain Ribbon, Bitty Buttons, Jewels Basic Pearls, Linen Thread
Big Shot, Beautiful Butterflies Embosslit, Circle punches
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