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Here’s a Quick Way to Use the Balloon Adventures

Balloon Adventures Stamp Set

The Balloon Adventures stamp set is one of the many amazing birthday stamp sets in the new occasions catalog.

Today I have a quick way to use this stamp set and create a fun birthday card.

  Balloon Adventures stamp set, Stampin' Up!

Never Enough Birthday Cards

Let’s face it, we will never have enough birthday cards on hand.  It’s not possible, at least for me anyway.

At first I asked myself did I really need another balloon stamp set? Quickly I thought no, but there are a few things about the Balloon Adventure stamp set that caught my eye.

  1. The fonts in the greetings of this stamp set are amazing. It is definitely something that caught my eye which makes designing SO much easier for me.
  2. Not one, but two coordinating ways to cut images in this set.  The balloons coordinate with the Balloon Bouquet punch and the Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits Dies.
  3. Party Animal Suite coordinates with this stamp set perfectly.


Masking with Balloon Adventures

One of the ways you can quickly create fun birthday cards with this set is by masking the balloons.

The masking technique creates the illusion that one image is behind the other and creates depth.  The first image you stamp is the image that will be in the front.

To mask using the Balloon Adventures stamp set you will need a simple Post-It Note.  Stamp the image onto the Post-It Note and cut the image out just inside the lines.  This is now your mask.

Stamp the image again onto your cardstock. Place your mask covering the image completely to protect it as you stamp the second time.  I love using Post-It Notes because the adhesive sticks to the image and makes it easy to stamp over.

Stamp the image again, positioning the image partially onto the mask. This second image will appear to be behind the first. Continue to move your mask around to create more depth.

You can see how I created many balloons in a bunch using one mask in this picture below.

Balloon Adventures stamp set, Stampin' Up!


You can also see how I masked in the original card below. I love how they all look bunched together.

Balloon Adventures stamp set, Stampin' Up!


Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits Dies

The new Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits Dies are perfect to create an interactive card.  Plus, another great thing I found  is the banner attached with this thinlits.

Balloon Adventures stamp set, Stampin' Up!


The banner I created for this card is part of the pop-up.  I simply trimmed in a couple of places on the cardstock to make the banner stand alone.  Once it was die cut, I stamped the banner images from the Balloon Adventures stamp set.


Put Balloon Adventures On Your Wish List!

Balloon Adventures stamp set, Stampin' Up!

As I said before this is one of the great birthday sets coming in the Occasions catalog available on January 4th.  This entire suite of products will be a popular one.

Click HERE to download the instructions to create this card.

See the Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits Dies in action in this video below.


Here are a few more fun samples using this stamp set.

Balloon Adventures stamp set, Stampin' Up!


Balloon Adventures stamp set, Stampin' Up!


Balloon Adventures stamp set, Stampin' Up!



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Spotlighting Technique

Spotlighting Technique

Have you ever wanted to spotlight an image you stamped and really make it stand out?  I was rummaging through a few cards and found an old card from a few years ago that jumped out at me.  It was a card using the spotlighting technique and I fell in love with the technique over again.


I find that I don’t play around with techniques as much as I use to.  Call it lazy maybe, because I know many… just seem to fall in love with an image and then stamp stamp stamp.


After looking at the technique I thought about the All Ye Faithful stamp set and wanted to see if I could spotlight an area with one of the images.


Oh my!  So simple, yet so fun!

All Ye Faithful, Stampin' Up!


You can see how I created this card in the video I created below.

All Ye Faithful, Stampin' Up!

All Ye Faithful, Stampin' Up!

One of my favorite new accessories to use is the Cutie Pie Thinlits. Inside this awesome Thinlit package is this scallop die cut. OHHH WEEE.  I love it so much.


All Ye Faithful, Stampin' Up!


Think of other stamp sets you can use the Spotlighting Technique with such as flowers or our stamp sets with wilderness images.  These would be perfect.

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Just a few updates today.  I am on the road with my bestie heading to Tampa for the Onstage Live Stampin’ Up! event.  I’m excited to see the unveiling of NEW products.  This is one of the best things as a demonstrator.  Getting our hands on the *new* fun stuff.  I can’t wait.

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Heat Embossing & Elegance

Heat Embossing & Elegance

Heat embossing is the one technique in stamping that always brings out the WOW factor for many.  Maybe it’s the amazement of the powder melting and creating the shiny look, or just the way it makes an image pop on a project.  Either way, each time I heat emboss I get that “wow” in my head once the project is complete.  Instant smiling happening for SURE.


Heat embossing is a great technique for any card but one of the reasons I love it for Christmas is the elegance it brings to the project.

Heat Embossing, Peaceful Pines stamp set, Stampin' Up!


I used the Silver Embossing Powder for this tree as the silver pops with the Night of Navy cardstock.  If you have never tried heat embossing, it’s a simple technique that requires only a few products.  Heat Tool, Embossing Powder and VersaMark Ink.

The technique is just as simple.  Ink the stamp image with VersaMark ink.  Pour the powder over the wet image.  Heat the image.

Tip: Once you see the powder has melted your project is fully embossed.  No more heat is necessary. If you start to smell something funny, you are heating it too long.  <trust me, I know!)


Heat Embossing, Peaceful Pines stamp set, Stampin' Up!


Tips & Tricks:  

If you love to watercolor, try heat embossing a stamped image and then watercoloring inside the embossing lines.  The water stays within the image creating a beautiful watercolored look.

Check out THIS card when I heat embossed the same tree and then watercolored inside the tree using Crumb Cake cardstock.  By far one of my favorite cards for this Christmas season.

Heat Embossing, Peaceful Pines stamp set, Stampin' Up!


Overall, heat embossing provides elegance to any project but I challenge you to get your heat tool out this holiday season and add elegance and the WOW factor with a little embossing powder.  Now only will you get the instant enjoyment but the person receiving it will too.


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Creative Explosion- Stampin’ Up!

Creative Explosion- Stampin’ Up!

Oh boy! There has been a creative explosion in my studio!   It’s been awhile since I last posted.  I was afraid I wouldn’t know how the buttons worked since my blog updated a few times since the last entry.  

My intention was not to take a break in the blog world however it happened because I am EXCEPTIONAL at overloading my schedule and forget that I have children who need me to taxi them ALL the time.  

The good news is I might have some control over my life again. The things I overloaded my schedule with are/were good for my soul.  I started teaching a bible study at my church and love love love it.  It’s taken up a bit more time than I had imagined but again my heart is happy.  

I could bore you with all the other crazy news but I don’t think it’s necessary.  The quick update is everyone is alive.  Sometimes these people in my house get a little out of hand.  Not naming names… just saying.  Russ continues to get stronger.  He’s hitting a few road blocks in his therapy.  Very frustrating.  We continue to encourage and know that God will provide.  

The last two weeks have been the busiest and the BEST.  

There is something to be said about getting with your girlfriends and crafting together.  My girlfriend Cathy traveled here to Pensacola and then we took off for Orlando for Stampin’ Up!’s Leadership conference.  There we met with our other two bestie’s Terri and Deb.  Oh what a dream vacay that was.  4 girls in a condo crafting like a bunch of school girls.  

After Leadership Cathy and I came back to Pensacola and she stayed another week with me.  We crafted EVERY single night until at least 2 AM.  Overall we created 52 projects that we couldn’t be more proud of.  Some of our projects were a collaborative effort and some we came up with on our own and always made doubles so we each had one.  Let’s just say Cathy’s suitcase is HEAVY.  

First I want to share one of our favorite projects that we collaborated on. 

Coffee Anyone? 

You know I’m a complete coffee lover and so is Cathy.  We had to play with this set. It’s been awhile.  
Perfect Blend, Stampin' Up!
We were pretty excited about this card because of the fun texture we added.  We used the Stampin’ Up! Decorative Mask Hearts & Stars and added Modeling Paste over the mask.  This is how we created the hearts on the Kraft cardstock.  Once the modeling paste dried (which is pretty quick) we used a very fine paint brush (Sponge Dauber would work too) to add Gold Encore Ink to a few of the hearts.  

Perfect Blend, Stampin' Up!

Next was just adding the layers we wanted to add a little curb appeal to the card.  Things such as Fancy Foil Gold Designer Vellum – delicious, don’t you think? It’s just a simple banner underneath the coffee cup but love how the hearts blend right in. 

We added the words “Coffee” using my new favorite tool- the Alphabet Rotary stamp.  I’ve had this little gem for a long time but hated using it until I had seen it in action at Leadership.  Now I’m hooked.  

Blendabilities were used to color the coffee cup using Pink Pirouette.  I love the soft look of this pink.  

The extra zing for this card used the stamp set You Plus Me.  This set has 2 little arrows that are adorable.  We highlighted one of them to show up through one of the hearts.  SO fun. 

You can see all the supplies for this card below.  

I have MUCH more to share so stay tuned.  

Also, a new Stamps in the Mail is coming.  It’s ready to go just need to fine tune the details. 

Tomorrow I am going to share FUN Valentines project. You might SQUEAL!!!

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