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It’s a movement.

A movement supported by Shannon West and Stampin’ Up!

A movement to make sure that people feel the love on their birthdays with handmade cards.

It seems to be a perfect match for me. And certainly I don’t need another excuse to create a card.

When Stampin’ Up! released the 2016 Occasions catalogue, I knew that I needed the Balloon Bouquet punch but I didn’t take it out of the package until now… and now I can’t stop playing with them. There are two balloon sizes in this punch. In addition, there’s an even smaller balloon punch with the Party Punch pack. I mean, really… these balloons will never get old.

To create this card, I heat embossed several gold balloons from the Balloon Celebration stamp set on watercolour paper. Using my Stampin’ Up! markers and an Aquapainter, I coloured the balloons. After punching them out, I simply arranged and re-arranged over and over again until I was happy with my “birthday balloon bouquet”.

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The best part about this card might be the inside – it’s a 3D cake screaming HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Stampin’ Up! created the Party Pop-Up thinlet to make it easy. All you need to do is cut your paper to the size of your card (for me its 5.5” x 4.25”). Fold the card so that you know where the centre is. Place the die in the middle of the card and run it through your Big Shot. That’s it. Don’t forget the cute paper.

That’s all you need to do to wow your friends.

Check out the “Hip hip hooray” die that is also included in the Party Pop-up thinlet set.

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This time of year is a great time to stockpile your birthday cards. It’s between holidays while the weather is still cold and the days are short. This next card is a very simple card that you can reproduce quickly. It has a watercolour effect without the watercolouring. I achieved this look by stamping off the watermelon wonder ink. In layman’s terms, I stamped it twice without re-inking. You could call it a brilliant lazy stamper trick if you like.

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Are you interested in joining the #imbringingbirthdaysback movement? Show myself and Creative Scrapbooker Magazine what you’ve done and be sure to use the hashtag! Stampin’ Up! continues to have their annual Sale-a-bration promotion until March 31st so contact your local demonstrator or drop me a message to learn more.

Cathy Caines, Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, St. John’s, NL

Supplies and images used are © 2015 Stampin’ Up! unless otherwise stated: Whisper white cardstock, Rich Razzleberry marker, Melon Mambo marker, gold embossing powder, Versamark, heating gun, Daffodil Delight ink, Watermelon Wonder ink, Pool Party ink, Basic Pearls, Archival black ink, Aquapainter, Balloon Bouquet punch, Gold Glimmer paper, watercolour paper, Pool Party glitter ribbon, Party Pop Up thinlets, Balloon celebration stamp set


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  1. Judy Houston Reply

    How do you get ink to cover the entire surface of that balloon stamp?! I’ve tried everything I know: pad to ink with piercing Matt underneath.-makes me afraid to buy the new Christmas stocking stamp.

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