Happy Birthday Gorgeous, Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday Gorgeous - Happy Birthday

Today I’d like to share my second design featuring the Happy Birthday Gorgeous Stamp Set.  It is a great set that includes a variety of floral and balloon images as well as loads sentiments.  This happens to be the third design I created because I had several (and I do mean quite a few – Lol!) embossed flowers laying on my work space from my two previous designs.

I also like to give myself little challenges when designing and stamping to see what I can create that may be outside the box for the stamp set I’m working with.  This is something right up that alley, the flower “petals” are actually balloon shapes that I punched out with the coordinating Balloon Bouquet Punch.

BASE:  As the “pink” flower center was the focal point I wanted to highlight, I did my best to keep the “background” as neutral as possible.  The base starts with a 4-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ card size in Basic Gray.  Next I layered with a Smoky Slate square topped with a slightly smaller Whisper White square.  The Whisper White was stamped with “Happy Birthday”, also from this stamp set”, in Smoky Slate ink.  Then I popped the Smoky Slate square with Dimensionals. (Gotta have “more height”, yeah baby!)  Even though the Smoky Slate is a light gray I wanted it to be even more subtle.  [I tried stamping off first which made the words too light and not “solid” enough for me.]  Finally I added another layer, Vellum.  It let the “background” shine through but toned it down just enough.  (Woohoo!)  [TIP:  I placed adhesive in the center to hold the Vellum so it wouldn’t show through.]

FLOWER PETALS:  Trying to keep things as neutral as possible I (of course, giggle) stamped the dotted balloon shape onto Silver Foil and then heat embossed with Silver Emboss Powder.  Silver on silver……Love it!  I punched the petals with the Balloon Bouquet punch and forming the circle of petals in which to place the flower center.  Yes, I popped the petals with Dimensionals.  (Woohoo…”more height”)

FLOWER CENTER:  As this was the focus of this design, I of course had to emboss.  [smile]  First, I stamped the solid floral image onto Whisper White with Melon Mambo and Pink Pirouette ink.  Next I stamped the “outline” image onto the solid image with VersaMark ink and heated with my Heat Tool to get the cool raised silver outline.  [TIP:  Make sure you tap and wipe your image with an Embossing Buddy before stamping the outline image.  So the embossing powder will only stick to the stamped image.]  Then I fussy cut the larger flower, popping it with yet another Dimensional.  Finally I punched the flower center with a 3/8″ Circle Punch and popped it with a Mini Dimensional (yes, we now have Mini Dimensionals……Woohoo!) and small Rhinestone.

SENTIMENT:  Even though the background says “happy birthday” I wanted to make a obvious this was a birthday card.  [grin]  So this meant I also stamped the “happy birthday” onto the Vellum with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with Silver Emboss Powder.  This sentiment is included in the Happy Birthday Gorgeous Stamp Set as well.  Wowzer!

OH, I almost forgot!  Here is a peek at the inside.  I’m trying to include something on the inside as well with my designs.  It doesn’t always happen, but hey, I’m trying.  Lol!

There ya have it.  I was able to use pieces I had laying on my work table AND using other image in a “not expected” way……Sweet!

Thank you so much for stopping by today!  I hope you have a stamping-ly wonderful Friday and weekend.


  • STAMP:  Happy Birthday Gorgeous
  • PAPER:  Basic Gray, Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Vellum, Silver Foil
  • INK:  Smoky Slate, VersaMark, Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette
  • ACCESSORIES:  Punch–Holly Berry Builder (3/8″ Circle), Balloon Bouquet | Emboss Powder–Silver | Basic Jewels–Rhinestones


Sparkly Hugs, Carol


Label Me Pretty, You’re The Best

Label Me Pretty Stamp Set

Today’s post is the second design from my July Card Class.  I posted the original version of this design several weeks ago for our local New Catalog Release Stamp Together.   It was one of three I created featuring the Label Me Pretty Bundle. [you can check it out here]

BASE:  The base started with Thick Whisper White layered with Lemon Lime Twist that was embossed with the Petal Burst Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  I felt it needed a bit more texture so dry embossing was my first choice.  [TIP:  You could also replace with a Designer Series Paper Print for a totally different look.]

FOCAL SQUARES:  To add a nice Faux Stitched Edge finishing texture to the Flirty Flamingo and Powder Pink squares I used the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies and Big Shot.  The cool thing about these is the set includes not only squares, but circles and ovals as well. (sweet!)  To keep the card light and bright I opted to frame the Flirty Flamingo and Powder Pink squares with Whisper White.  It of course needed a bit of sparkle.  Lol!  So I used the new Pretty Label punch along with Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper to create the scalloped tabs at the top and bottom.  [TIP:  You punch one shape and cut in half horizontally to make your glimmer paper go farther.]

SENTIMENT:  I really wanted to keep the design clean and simple so the sentiment would draw you in.  So I stamped the “You’re the Best” from the Label Me Pretty Stamp Set onto Whisper White with Memento Black ink and then punched with a 1-1/4″ Circle punch.  Finally, I added a lot of height by popping both squares and the circle with Dimensionals.  [More height is always a good thing!]

I very much appreciate you stopping by today and look forward to your comments!  Thank you and I hope you have a stamping-ly great Monday.


  • STAMP:  Label Me Pretty
  • PAPER:  Whisper White, Lemon Lime Twist, Flirty Flamingo, Powder Pink, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer
  • INK:  Memento Black
  • ACCESSORIES:  Punch–1-1/4″ Circle, Pretty Label | Framelits–Stitched Shapes | Emboss Folder–Petal Burst

Sparkly Hugs, Carol


Lovely Words Thinlits – Friend (1 of 3)

Lovely Words Thinlits Dies (1 of 3)

When I opened my box of new stuff I was excited to check it out and see what inspired me.  Well, I was inspired by the Lovely Words Thinlits Dies and I really love the Foil Frenzy Specialty Designer Series Paper.  Shiny!!!  Then when I opened the package of paper I got even more excited because it has three different styles of foil designs in two of the new In Colors, Berry Burst and my fav Lemon Lime Twist, as well as Soft Sky and Tangerine Tango.

One of the designs has a chevron style which I cut into a strip.  Then I had my a-ha moment and decided to try cutting it on the zig-zag.  Loved it!  With that, I it pieced together (aka, paper piecing) to create a frame.  I layered this onto a Lemon Lime rectangle that I die cut the “Friend” from my new Lovely Words Thinlits Dies.  These are cool because you can leave them attached to your cardstock (today’s post), cut leaving a narrow frame using the Layering Ovals Framelits, and cutting it away to just use the word.  [Wink, wink, I will be posting examples of these two styles, so stay tuned.]

Yes, I did do some serious fussy cutting to create the frame, THEN I took it a step further and fussy cut the Whisper White framing layer below it. Oh YES I did!  What can I say, I’m a glutton for punishment.  I wanted to pop the Foil Frenzy framed layer and it really needed the Whisper White framing layer to make it stand out even more.  (grin)

Then I backed “friend” with Flirty Flamingo cardstock which I glued to the Whisper White.  This adds loads of dimension.  I did toy with making this a shaker card but then thought “nah” it would be too much.  (I did practice “less is more”, really I did.  Lol!)

Finally I topped the Lemon Lime Twist “friend” with a Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer “friend”.  Hey, it still needed that pop!  (giggle)

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  I hope you have a stampingly wonderful Monday!


  • STAMP:  None
  • PAPER:  Pink Pirouette, Whisper White, Flirty Flamingo, Lemon Lime Twist, Foil Frenzy Specialty Designer Series Paper, Glimmer–Dazzling Diamonds
  • INK:  None
  • ACCESSORIES:  Thinlits–Lovely Words


Sparkly Hugs, Carol


Colorful Seasons Bundle

Colorful Seasons Bundle

With the new catalog going live June 1st our local demonstrator group, lead by our fearless leader (Barb Brimhall – BZB Stampers) organized a “Stamp Together”.  This gave us the chance to play with and test out loads of new items before purchasing them.  Today’s designs feature the Colorful Seasons Bundle.

This Colorful Seasons Bundle was designed by a sweet lady as well as, Meredith Nelson.  This bundle makes is easy to create designs for every occasion.  Her use of bright as well as soft color palettes gives each design a totally different look.  I am excited to play with this bundle when I get it.

Enjoy this group of all season designs featuring the Colorful Seasons Bundle.  I will be posting two more groups of designs soon. They will feature different items or bundles from the New 2017-18 Annual Catalog.

Thank you for stopping by and have a stampingly wonderful day!  AND Happy Father’s to all of you guys out there.


  • STAMP:  Colorful Seasons
  • PAPER:  Whisper White, Very Vanilla, Smoky Slate, Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack, Pool Party, Silver Foil
  • INK:  Soft Sky, Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Smoky Slate, Basic Gray
  • ACCESSORIES:  Thinlits–Seasonal Layers & Swirly Scribbles | Linen Thread | Baker’s Twine–Whisper White | Basic Jewels–Rhinestones


Sparkly Hugs, Carol


Oh So Succulent Sparkly Flirty Bird

Oh So Succulent Sparkly Flirty Bird

I just LOVE this little lady!!!  What a fun and sparkly flirty bird featuring the Oh So Succulents Bundle.  This sweetie makes me do my “happy chair dance” each time I look at it.  (smile) I came across an inspiring card on Pinterest (Yeah baby!) and instantly thought of Big Bird from Sesame Street.  (Giggles)  Thank you to for the inspiration, you can see the card here.

Well, I didn’t really want to do an all yellow bird so I went with shades of pink.  (Hello….my favorite color.  Lol!)  I also had loads of fun working with all the bits and pieces in the Succulent Framelits Die Set.

SPARKLY FLIRTY BIRD:  I started with the bird body first using the four the four varying sizes of 8-petal shapes.  Sponging the edges with Flirty Flamingo and Blushing Bride ink to add dimension.  [TIP:  The center flowers are Whisper White sponged with Blushing Bride.]  Then I stamped the ends of the petals with VersaMark and heat embossed with Iridescent Ice embossing powder.  [Heat & Stick emboss powder with Dazzling Diamonds Glitter would work too.]  All the other shapes where sponged as well to add dimension.  The tufts were stamped in Pool Party and die cut.  They coordinate with the “legs and beak” which were also emboss with the Iridescent Ice embossing powder.  Love it!

BASE:  She ended up being large then I expected so I had to place her on a 5″ x 7″ size card instead of the normal A2 size (4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″).  To make her pop I opted for a Whisper White base.  I embossed a face layer with the Brick Wall embossing folder then adhering it to the base.  Then I tore the edges of two Old Olive/Pear Pizzazz strips and sponged the edges as well.  Sponging the edges makes ALL the difference.

SENTIMENT:  There are several sentiments included with this stamp set.  Woohoo!  I love the “special person”, it goes fabulously with this Sparkly Flirty guy.  Woohoo!  I am sad that this bundle is on the retiring list.  [You can check it out here.]  Make sure to order soon before it’s gone.  ALSO……the individual Framelits and Stamp Set are on sale which makes them cheaper then purchasing the bundle.  Just sayin’!

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you have a great weekend and Easter!  AND I hope you enjoyed this fun and sparkly Oh So Succulent punch art bird.


  • STAMP:  Oh So Succulent
  • PAPER:  Whisper White, Watermelon Wonder, Flirty Flamingo, Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party
  • INK:  Pear Pizzazz, Flirty Flamingo, Blushing Bride, Soft Sky, Smoky Slate, VersaMark
  • ACCESSORIES:  Framelits–Succulents, Layering Ovals / Textured Impressions Embossing Folder–Brick Wall / Heat & Stick Powder / Dazzling Diamonds Glitter

Sparkly Hugs, Carol