Posted in #simplestamping, 2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Catalog, beginner stamper, Birthday, Blender Pen, Coloring Techniques, flowers, Stamping-off technique, Watercolor Techniques

Flowers For Every Season in Blues

The Flower For Every Season Suite is just so beautiful and fun to create cards with! The Suite includes 2 different stamp sets – Jar of Flowers and Celebrate Sunflowers. The Jar of Flowers coordinates with the Jar punch and the Mason Jar Dome. To see a card with all 3 of the Jar products, check my blog from May by clicking here.

Here is the card for today. The lovely Flowers for Every Season DSP is paired with the Jar of Flowers stamp to match! Let’s get started!

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Measurements: Whisper White Card Stock (CS): 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches scored at 4 1/4 inches and two 3 1/2 x 2 1/4 inches; Just Jade CS (New In Color!): 5 3/8 x 4 1/8 inches; Flowers For Every Season DSP: 5 1/4 x 4 inches.

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Stamp the “Happy Birthday” sentiment from the Peaceful Moments stamp set in Shaded Spruce* ink onto one of the 3 1/2 x 2 1/4 inch Whisper White CS. Use the Timeless Label Punch to punch out the sentiment. (*I have used Shaded Spruce ink in this blog because the Just Jade ink was not available yet. The Just Jade ink can now be purchased and should be used in place of the Shaded Spruce.)

One really cool thing about the Jar of Flowers stamp set is that several pieces are reversible! First stamp the outline of the bowl in Balmy Blue ink onto the other 3 1/2 x 2 1/4 inch Whisper White CS. Flip the stamp over. Stamp the background color for the bowl in Balmy Blue by first Stamping Off on scrap paper, then on the card piece. That is so smart!

I used Smoky Slate ink to stamp the bunch of flowers after first Stamping Off onto the scrap paper. I used a sticky note as a Mask to shorten the flower stems. The stems are Stamped Off and stamped in Shaded Spruce ink.

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I am going to use the Stampin’ Up! Watercolor Pencils to color the bunch of flowers. However, there is not a matching green Watercolor Pencil. I used a Blender Pen to add a light coloring of Shaded Spruce ink to the stems.

My goal was to try and match the coloring of the bunch of flowers to those flowers on the Flowers For Every Season DSP I had chosen for the card. I colored on top of my new catalog to keep the pencil pressure soft. The blue is the new In Color Misty Moonlight. To match the color with the Watercolor Pencils available I first colored the flowers lightly with the Basic Gray then with the Night Of Navy Watercolor Pencils.

I added some shading with a combination of a little more Basic Gray and a little more Night of Navy until I was satisfied. I used the Cajun Craze Watercolor Pencil for the larger flower, only coloring in the center of each petal.

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To smooth out the Watercolor Pencil I went over the flowers with the Blender Pen.

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The leaves were colored with the Blender Pen and the Shaded Spruce ink. The berries are colored in Melon Mambo Watercolor Pencil and the Pussy Willows are colored in Early Espresso Watercolor Pencil. Finally, I added some more shading to the center of the blue flowers with the Night of Navy Watercolor Pencil.

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I added some “water” in the bowl with the Balmy Blue Watercolor Pencil.

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Punch out a label from the Just Jade CS with the Timeless Label Punch. Set aside. Adhere the Just Jade CS to the front of the 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch Whisper White CS card base after you have used the Bone Folder to make a crisp fold at the 4 1/4 inch score line.

Adhere the Flowers for Every Season DSP to the Just Jade CS on the card front.

Adhere the Just Jade CS Timeless Label to the back of the sentiment label, slightly offset. Use Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the watercolored bunch of flowers and the sentiment to the card front.

Add a bow tied from the Misty Moonlight In Color 1/4 inch Ribbon with a Glue Dot. I plan to make a new video on how to tie bows. I tried today, but it did not work out. Soon I hope.

Now for the Bling! The Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels are perfect as there are several colors to choose from. I added some light blue rhinestones to the blue flowers in the bunch of flowers, dark green around the sentiment and dark blue rhinestones on the Flowers For Every Season DSP. I love lots of Bling! There is more Bling to be had for this card!

Wink of Stella!! This glitter brush can add a light sparkle to your card! But how to start using it? It comes with a black ring between the two barrels. Remove the black ring and put the two barrels back together.

Squeeze the barrel where it says “PUSH” until a little glitter is seen. Brush onto a scrap paper to get the flow going and get a feel for how it works.

Brush the glitter onto the water until you like the sparkle!

And Viola! you have a lovely floral card to send to someone for their Birthday! You could also use a different sentiment for any occasion. This card would be great for a variety of occasions!

Thanks for being here today. I appreciate you!

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Have a wonderful and creative day!

Theresa

Posted in #simplestamping, 2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Catalog, beginner stamper, Birthday, flowers, Simple stamping

Small Blooms and Forever Gold Laser-Cut Paper

This is the time of year I really love because of all the colorful flowers blooming all around. My flower garden is doing really well this year. I just hope we get a little rain soon!

This card is made with 2 of the new In Colors- Just Jade and Magenta Madness. The Forever Gold Laser-Cut Specialty Paper is so stunning! The Forever Gold Laser-Cut Paper really makes this card look difficult to make, but in fact this is a very simple card. You will see!

The new 2020-2021 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog will go live on June 3, 2020 at noon Mountain Standard Time. This is a pack of the Flowers For Every Season Memory & More Cards and Envelopes and includes 2 each of the 5 new In Colors and 10 Envelopes. We will be using one of the cards for our card base. No cutting necessary for the card base!

Measurements: In addition to the card base and envelope described above you will need: Just Jade Card Stock (CS): 5 1/4 x 4 inches; Whisper White CS: 4 x 2 inches; Magenta Madness CS: 1 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches and one panel of the Forever Gold Laser-Cut Specialty Paper.

The sentiment is from the Peaceful Moments stamp set. There are a number of nice sentiments, a perfect set for the beginner.

Two punches will be used: Label Me Fancy and Small Blooms.

Stamp the sentiment in Shaded Spruce ink.* Punch the sentiment out with the Label Me Fancy Punch.

*None of the In Color inks are available at the time of the writing of this blog. I would substitute Just Jade ink in place of the Shaded Spruce ink when it is available.

Punch 3 small blooms with the Small Blooms Punch. Note: I save my scraps like this one and donate them to a teacher who gives them to the kids to make art projects.

Use the Bone Folder to curl the edges of the flowers. This gives them a 3D effect.

To adhere the Forever Gold Laser-Cut Specialty Paper I used the TomBow Multipurpose Liquid Glue in minimal amounts on the back of the frame around the leaves, and on the back of the solid leaves. Make sure you place it down where you want it. If you move it, there will be exposed glue on the card. Turn the card piece over to rub the back and ensure the Gold Laser-Cut Specialty Paper is adhered completely.

Adhere the Forever Gold and Just Jade card piece to the Magenta Madness card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Adhere the small blooms with Glue Dots. Tip: The easiest way to do so is to put the flower on the Glue Dot while it is still on the roll. Peel the Glue Dot and flower off and adhere to the card.

Adhere the sentiment with Stampin’ Dimensionals. And for the Bling! I used the Gilded Gems which are gold faceted gems. Tip: I find it to be very easy to transfer the gems from the sheet they come on to the card with the Take Your Pick tool.

And Viola! That is all there is to making this elegant and gorgeous card!

Thanks for stopping by today. There are many more pieces to the Forever Gold Laser-Cut Specialty Paper. I can’t wait to add them to future cards!

Remember today, June 2, 2020, is the last day to order from the 2019-2020 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. Tomorrow, June 3, 2020 at noon, the new 2020-2021 Annual Catalog will go live! Please visit my store to view all the great products Stampin’ Up! has. You can get to the store by clicking on any of the photos below, or the “Click Here to Shop Now” button up top.

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There is a lot of negativity in the world right now. Bring something positive into your life by stamping and creating cards. You get joy from making the cards, and the recipient of your cards also gets joy!

Theresa

Posted in #simplestamping, beginner stamper, Birthday, Stampin' Up! 2019-2020 Annual Catalog, Two-step stamping

Retiring Stamp Sets- Painted Harvest

The new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog for 2020-2021 will be mailed out on May 8, 2020. If you would like a copy, shoot me an email at theresastreasures.az@gmail.com. There are many products that will be retiring and some are now at a great discount. Check the “Last Chance Products” tab in the left hand column at my online store here.

This card started off as a Color Challenge I wanted to be in. A Color Challenge is when someone gives you one or more colors to use in a card. You can create whatever you want. The inspiration also came from wanting to use the retiring stamp sets once more.

Today I mainly used the Painted Harvest stamp set. However, the sentiment is from Piece of Cake and the bee is from Honey Bee.

Measurements: Whisper White Card stock (CS): 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches with a score line at 4 1/4 inches, 4 1/4 x 3 inches, 2 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches and a 3 x 1/2 inch strip: Lovely Lipstick CS: 5 7/8 x 4 1/8 inches; and Blushing Bride CS: 4 1/4 x 3 inches.

The Painted Harvest stamp is Two Step Stamp. This means that there are two slightly different stamps that are intended to be stamped on top of one another. These are the two stamps for the sunflower. I am starting with the less detailed stamp on the left.

Stamp three of the sunflowers in a cascade down the 4 1/4 x 3 inch Whisper White CS using Blushing Bride ink.

Switch to the other more detailed stamp of the sunflower. Use Lovely Lipstick ink to stamp right on top of the Blushing Bride flowers.

Using the same detailed sunflower, stamp in Lovely Lipstick along the outside borders of the Lovely Lipstick CS. I call this Tone on Tone because you use the same color for the paper and the ink.

Use Soft Suede ink to stamp the center of the sunflowers.

The leaf is also a Two Step Stamp. I have tried stamping with the more detailed leaf or with the less detailed leaf first. For this stamp I think it is easier to line up the stamps when I start with the more detailed leaf and finish with the less detailed leaf stamp.

Stamp the sentiment “Happy Birthday” and the bee on the corresponding Whisper White CS in Memento ink.

Color the stripes on the bee with the Pineapple Punch Stampin’ Write Marker. Fussy cut the bee (or if you have the Detailed Bee Dies you can cut the bee out with the die).

Trim the sentiment “Happy Birthday” and then we will make a banner end. Make a small center cut.

Now make a cut from one corner to the top of the center cut. Repeat on the other side.

Make another banner on the other end of the sentiment strip.

Use the Bone Folder to get a nice crisp fold at the 4 1/4 inch score line on the 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch Whisper White CS. This is the card base. Adhere the Lovely Lipstick background card piece to the front of the card base.

Adhere the 4 1/4 x 3 inch Blushing Bride CS at a slant on top of the Lovely Lipstick background. Now adhere the sunflower card piece parallel to the Lovely Lipstick card piece.

Oops! I got some Soft Suede ink in the wrong place. This happens when the edge of the clear block gets inked. No worries. You can always fix this with either a sentiment over the top or Bling. I put the “Happy Birthday” right over the mistake and no one is the wiser!

Add the cute little bee and Viola! You have a wonderful Birthday card ready to go!

Thanks so much for coming by today! I wish you a great day and hope you are well and safe!

I am an Independent Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrator and I would love to help you pick out just what you need to make that special card or put together a project. This blog is intended for the beginning stamper so there are basic tips included. I hope you find some time to be creative! Let me know via email if you need help putting your order together at theresastreasures.az@gmail.com.

The supplies I used are pictured below. If you want to order something, just click on the photo and you will go directly to my Online Store. Have a lovely day!

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Cardz 4 Guyz Challenge #242- By the Sea

The current challenge on the Cardz 4 Guyz blog is to create a masculine card with the theme “By the Sea”.

This card was made using a few Stampin’ Up!® stamp sets. Several images come from the Sailing Home and Sea of Textures stamp sets. The sentiment is from Itty Bitty Birthdays. The watermarks are from the Beauty Abounds stamp set.

The colors are: Balmy Blue, Night of Navy, Smoky Slate, Pear Pizzazz and Crumb Cake.

So check out Cardz4guyz.blogspot.com for more masculine cards with the “By the Sea theme.

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Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

Posted in Birthday, flowers, Fun/Fancy fold card, Stampin' Up! 2019-2020 Annual Catalog

Garden Birthday with Layered with Kindness

As you may have noticed from my last Blog post, I have been learning to participate in a Blog Hop. I think I finally have it working if you would like to check it out. After you scroll through my portion there will be a list of names. Click on the name and visit their Blog. You can get a lot of great ideas from a Blog Hop.

Today’s card is a Birthday card. I have 6 people in my family with Birthdays in May! I need to stock up on Birthday cards. This card can be made with any Designer Series Paper (DSP). I am using Garden Lane DSP from the 2019-2020 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog.

I made this card with the Layered With Kindness stamp set by Stampin’ Up!® and the coordinating punch.

Measurements: Garden Green Card stock (CS): 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches, 8 1/2 x 3 inches and 5 x 3 inches; Garden Lane DSP: 5 1/4 x 4 inches and 4 x 3 inches; and Whisper White CS: 4 x 3 inches and 5 x 3 inches.

The first step is to stamp the “Happy Birthday” sentiment in Memento onto the 5 x 3 inch Whisper White CS. Set aside.

Stamp the leaves in Garden Green ink onto the right hand side of the 4 x 3 inch Whisper White CS.

Now stamp the little flower in Petal Pink ink.

Stamp several flowers.

Stamp the single leaf several times in Garden Green ink.

Adhere the 5 1/4 x 4 inch Garden Lane DSP to the 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inch Garden Green CS.

Fold the 8 1/2 x 3 inch Garden Green in half at 4 1/4 inches and use the Bone Folder to make the fold nice and crisp.

Adhere the 4 x 3 inch Garden Lane DSP to the front of the folded Garden Green CS.

The floral card piece will go inside the folded Garden Green CS piece.

Adhere the floral card piece.

Adhere the back of the Garden Green folded card piece to the front of the Garden Lane DSP on the 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inch piece of Garden Green CS.

Use the Label Me Lovely punch to cut out the “Happy Birthday” sentiment and then punch another label out of the 5 x 3 inch Garden Green CS.

Adhere the two labels together with the Garden Green label slightly to the right of the “Happy Birthday” label.

Adhere some Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the “Happy Birthday” label on the half behind the “H” and the “B”.

Adhere to the card front with the right edge hanging off a little.

Now for some Bling! I used the Champagne Rhinestone Basic Jewels and applied them with the Take Your Pick tool.

Slide the pick under the adhesive on the rhinestone and transfer it to where you want it on the card. Apply slight pressure to the rhinestone and slide the pick out from underneath. Tip: If you do not have a pick tool, try a toothpick.

Add as many rhinestones as you like, keeping with an odd number. An odd number is more pleasing to the eye.

And Viola! You have a really nice Birthday Card that folds in a new and fun way. (This type of card is called a Fun Fold or Fancy Fold).

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I am so glad you joined me today. This is a great card to use any designed paper you may have around. You can easily substitute another sentiment, and if you do not have any punches, just make the sentiment a square. I am going to make a few more in different colors so I can get them mailed out to my family soon!

Posted in #simplestamping, balloons, beginner stamper, Birthday, Mini Catalog 2020, Punch, Sale-A-Bration 2020, Simple stamping

Birthday Balloon Bling – Layered with Kindness

Well hello again! Great to have you visiting my blog. Today I created a very simple Birthday card with a lot of rhinestone bling and balloons!

This is a really tough time for us all, being stuck at home and not being able to hug each other for support. My goal was to create a sunny, happy card today. I love the way it turned out!

The Stampin’ Up! Layered With Kindness stamp set has a great Happy Birthday sentiment. There is a coordinating Label Me Lovely Punch to make it very fancy.

Measurements: Whisper White Card stock (CS): 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches with a score at 4 1/4 inches and a 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch piece to stamp on; Daffodil Delight CS: 5 1/4 x 4 inches; Grapefruit Grove CS: 4 1/2 x 2 3/4 inches; Birthday Bonanza Designer Series Paper (DSP):4 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches; and Terracotta Tile CS: 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches.

Stamp the “Happy Birthday” sentiment in Terracotta Tile ink onto the 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch piece of Whisper White CS. Use the Label Me Lovely Punch to punch the stamped image out.

Punch out a Lovely Label using the 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch piece of Terracotta Tile CS.

Cut the label in half diagonally from one corner to the other as shown.

Adhere the Terracotta Tile label to the “Happy Birthday” sentiment piece leaving just a small border on the top of the sentiment label. Tip: I use the Silicon Craft Sheet for gluing to keep the glue off of my table.

Now add the bottom half of the Terracotta Tile label to the sentiment label. Trim any edges as needed. Set aside.

Adhere the Grapefruit Grove piece to the balloons from the Birthday Bonanza DSP.

Cut a 4 inch piece of the Daffodil Delight 1/4 inch Ruched Ribbon. Apply a Glue Dot to each end.

Position the ribbon, then flip and push on the Glue Dots to adhere it in place.

Use the Bone Folder to get a nice crisp fold at the 4 1/4 inch score line on the 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch Whisper White CS to make the card base. Adhere the 5 1/4 x 4 inch Daffodil Delight CS to the front of the card base.

Apply Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the balloon piece.

Adhere the balloon piece to the card front, slightly to the right of center.

Apply a Stampin’ Dimensional to the back of the “Happy Birthday” piece behind the “Birth” side of the piece. Apply Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue or Snail Adhesive tape to the “Day” side.

Adhere the sentiment label to the left upper portion of the card front.

Tie a bow with the Daffodil Delight 1/4 inch Ruched Ribbon and apply a Glue Dot to the back.

Adhere the bow to the card front.

Now add the Bling! Put as many Rhinestones as you desire. I ended up using 9 rhinestones! Tip: Use the Take Your Pick tool for transferring the rhinestones from the package to the card.

And Viola! You have a bright, cheery Birthday Balloon with Bling! card to send to someone!

As I said earlier, this is a tough time. It is so important to stay optimistic. Crafting is a way to stay positive and then spread that positive feeling to someone else by sending them the card you make. I did a challenge for myself since I had many cards stashed away. I decided to send a card to someone each day for 30 days. It was a great way to get my cards out to someone and hopefully spread some hope and joy!

Sale-a-bration is winding down. The best deal of the year will only be available until March 31, 2020. There are many FREE products to choose from when you place a $50 order at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store. Click on the Stampin’ Up! Online store to connect directly to my store.

I am an Independent Stampin’ Up Demonstrator and would be happy to help you gather the supplies you need to do some crafting. Send me an email at: theresastreasures.az@gmail.com or private message me through my Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/theresastreasures.az/. I would also love to have you on my team of demonstrators. If you are interested, let me know.

Thanks for visiting today. I hope you feel a little more hope and joy. Hang in there!

Stampin’ Up! Products included: Stamp Set: Layered With Kindness #151655; Punch: Label Me Lovely #151296; Paper: Whisper White CS #100730, Daffodil Delight CS #119683, Grapefruit Grove #146972, Terracotta Tile CS #150884 and Birthday Bonanza DSP #151313; Ink: Terracotta Tile #150086; Clear Blocks: D #118485; Silicon Craft Sheet #127853; Bone Folder #102300; Take Your Pick tool #144107; Adhesives: Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755, Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430 and Glue Dots #103683; Embellishments: Daffodil Delight 1/4 inch Ruched Ribbon #153815 and Rhinestone Basic Jewels #144220.

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Masculine Sailing Home Birthday Card

Hello! I hope you all are staying well. If you are working at home during this Coronavirus Pandemic, I hope you are taking some time for fun and relaxation. Look ahead and see who has a Birthday coming up. My Brother In Law has a birthday at the beginning of April. I decided to go ahead and make his card today.

This is a really quick and simple card. I used the Stampin’ Up! Sailing Home and High Tide Stamp sets for the sea images, and the Itty Bitty Birthdays for the sentiment. Click on the title of the stamp set to go to the online store and view it.

Measurements: Whisper White cardstock (CS): 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches scored at 4 1/4 inches; Come Sail Away Designer Series Paper (DSP): 5 1/2 x 2 3/8 inches; Night of Navy: 4 1/8 x 3 3/8 inches and Seaside Spray CS: 4 x 3 1/2 inches.

The first step is to stamp the “Happy Birthday” sentiment in Night Of Navy ink onto the 4 x 3 1/2 inch piece of Seaside Spray CS. Stamp towards the bottom and in the center.

Cover the sentiment with sticky note tape. This is a mask. Stamp the lighthouse and the sail boat in the Night Of Navy ink.

Use the waves image stamp from the High Tide stamp set to make it appear that the sail boat is in water.

Lastly, stamp the seagulls from the High Tide stamp set onto the upper right hand corner. If you want fewer seagulls, there is a similar stamp in the Sailing Home set but there are only 3 birds.

Let dry then remove the mask. Adhere the stamped piece to the 4 1/8 x 3 3/8 inch Night of Navy CS piece.

Apply Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the card piece.

Use the Bone Folder to get a nice crisp fold at the 4 1/4 inch scoreline on the 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch piece of Whisper White CS. Adhere the Come Sail Away DSP piece to the front of the card base, slightly to the left side.

And there you have a really nice card. But, I wanted to add a little something to give it more panache.

I tied a small piece of the Night of Navy/Sahara Sand Baker’s Twine on the anchor from the Sail Away Trinkets and attached it to the card with a glue dot.

Viola! You have a great masculine birthday card! That was a fast one!

Thanks for joining me today. I hope you get a chance to make some birthday cards for you friends and family. Nothing says “I care about you” like a homemade card or gift!

Stampin’ Up! Products used include: Stamp Set: Sailing Home #149457, High Tide #143006 and Itty Bitty Birthdays #148618; Paper: Whisper White CS #100730, Night Of Navy CS #100867, Seaside Spray CS #150883 and the Come Sail Away DSP #149481; Ink: Night Of Navy #147110; Clear Blocks: C #118486, G #118489, and H #118490; Bone Folder #102300; Adhesives: Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755, Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430 and Glue Dots #103683; and Embellishments: Night of Navy/Sahara Sand Baker’s Twine #149483 and Sail Away Trinkets #149482. The sticky note tape I have was purchased at a big box store but you can find it online here

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The Gang’s All Meer for a Birthday Greeting

Good day! I hope this post finds all of you staying healthy. If you are stuck at home, remember all those projects you wished you had time for? Well, get them out and spend the time working on them. That will help you feel more positive and productive!

Today’s card is a little silly and very cute. It is a great Birthday greeting for just about anyone except perhaps the most serious among us.

These little Meerkats are just too cute!

And there is a little surprise inside! A cute lizard with a birthday hat next to a cactus.

The Gang’s All Meer cannot be bought. You can get it free with a $50 purchase from my Stampin’ Up! Online store. Click here for the store. Do not delay because this offer is only good until March 31, 2020.

Well, let’s get started and make this card!

Measurements: Very Vanilla Card stock (CS): 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches with a score line at 4 1/4 inches, 3 1/4 x 2 1/2 inches, 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches, 3 x 1 inches, and (not pictured) 5 1/4 x 4 inches; Pool Party CS: 5 1/4 x 4 inches and 3 x 2 1/4 inches.

Use Memento ink to stamp the group of Meerkats onto the 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch piece of Very Vanilla CS, and the sentiment “Happy Birthday to a Stand Up Friend” onto the 3 x 1 inch piece of Very Vanilla CS.

I used the Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers in: Ivory, Light and Dark Crumb Cake and Light Old Olive to color the Meerkats. Check out all the Stampin’ Blends here.

There are many ways to color with the alcohol markers. I will just share what I did. I first did a Goggle search of Meerkat images to get the coloring close to natural. I started with the Ivory to color the bellies and a little on the head. I added the Light Crumb Cake for the rest of the body and head.

I used the Dark Crumb Cake for the outline of the eyes and the Light Old Olive to add some color.

Measure a length of the 5/8 inch Burlap Ribbon that is about 8 inches long. Use the Glue Dots to adhere the ribbon to the card. Tip: I put the ribbon over the the Glue Dot while it is still on the roll to adhere the dot to the ribbon. See the Burlap Ribbon here.

Adhere the ribbon to the card. Use the Take Your Pick Tool to transfer a Glue Dot under the ribbon to hold it in place. Click here to see the Take Your Pick Tool.

Tie a knot to use on the front of the card. First overlap the ribbon, then push the end through the hole.

It should turn out like this. It is a little flattened so it will lay on the card properly. Set aside.