Birthday Bash Stampin Friends Hop

Welcome to the Birthday Bash Stampin Friends Hop.

Happy Birthday to me!  I am so excited about the hop this month.  It’s my birthday month.  We all need a month to celebrate … right???  I think I will use this set for my granddaughter’s birthday in April.  She’ll love it!!

You have arrived at Kathie’s (that’s me!) blog.  If you have arrived from Sue Vine’s amazing blog … I’m glad you came for a visit!  Be sure to continue  though the hop until you get back to where you started.  I hope you find lots of inspiration as you hop on through!  The list of participants is at the bottom of this post.  Just click on Elizabeth Jeanne to get to the next stop on the hop.

Here are my projects for our February Birthday Bash hop.  I chose to focus on  Stampin’ Up!’s  Magical Day Bundle from the 2018 Occasion’s catalog for my contribution.  It is such a fun set.
This is a side step card.  I found the tutorial for this fancy fold over at

The banners are from the Birthday Delivery Bundle from the 2017-18 annual catalog.  I used the “sky” paper from the Myths & Magic Specialty Designer Series Paper.  On this card I used Old Olive for my card base because I planned on having “grass” instead of so much brick … but I liked the brick better.  If I were to make another one, I would probably use Basic Gray as my base.

Oh … The mermaid.  Yup!  She turns into a damsel/princess if you trim her tail a bit!!

I used our Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers to color the various elements in the stamp set.  I love them.  I definitely need some more practice, though!  I should have worked a bit more on the dragon!

I made the castle from Smoky Slate cardstock and the Brick Wall Embossing folder.  I made the turrets with the Classic Label punch.  I sponged the bricks and edges with Smoky Slate ink to “dirty things up”.  The vines are cut with the dies from the Magical Day Bundle.  I applied our Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet to the back of the Old Olive card stock before I die cut them.

I made an extra 3-D card because I thought it would be fum to make Rapunzel letting down her hair!  This card is a 10-1/2″ x 3″ strip of paper scored at 2.5, 5. 7.5 and 10″.  Fold it, open it and run it through the Big Shot with the Brick Wall Embossing folder, punch some turrets.  A little sponging.   Easy Peasy.  It folds flat and it fits in a regular envelope.

It was a lot of fun to decorate.  The door is an oval cut from the layering oval dies from the Wood Textures DSP stack.  The door handle and hinges are from the Sliding Door Framelits Dies in the Occasions catalog.  You could put a “floor” in the box and make it a holder for party favors.

My 3-D project is my version of Sara Douglass’s cupcake box.  It uses a mini pizza box as a base to hold a standard cupcake.  Just use the layering circle dies to cut the hole for the cupcake.  The box just slips over the pizza box.  There is a window sheet covering the window.  Such fun decorating!





Please click on Elizabeth Jeanne to continue on with the hop.  Enjoy!    Thank you for hopping!

Check out these Awesome Bloggers

1. Sue Vine – Australia
2. Kathie Rotti
3. Elizabeth Jeanne
4. Raquelle Clifton-Batth
5. Katja Ettig
6. Melissa Thomas
7. Sandra Mastello – Australia
8. Maureen Rauchfuss
9. Jessie Holton – Australia
10. Barbara Welch
11. Andrea Tracy-Tucker
12. Kim Lamos
13. Kim Jolley
14. Jenny Hall

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Autumn Faux Silk

I REALLY like this card.  I learned the technique over at Linda Heller’s Stamping School.  I kept, pretty much, the same dimensions that she used for her card, but I changed up the stamps and finishing touches.20150915_142941_wm_resizedI used the Vintage Leaves and Petite Pairs stamp sets from the 2015-2016 Stampin’ Up Annual Catalog.  Delightful Dijon, Rich Razzleberry and Mossy Meadow are my ink /cardstock colors.

I “stamped off” the Delightful Dijon background leaves before stamping, to lessen their intensity.  I didn’t want the background to overpower the focal point of the “Faux Silk”.

I randomly stamped 3 of the leaves from the stamp set on a 2.5″ x 3.5″ piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  After letting it dry well, I coated it with a Stampin’ Glue Stick.  I took a 3″ x 4″ piece of Stampin’ Up!’s white filter paper, balled it up to get it all wrinkly and then roughly slapped it onto the front of the glued-up piece.  I wrapped the edges around the back, securing with snail adhesive.  Ta-da!  Faux Silk!20150915_142918_wm_resized20150915_143052_wm_resized

I added a finishing touch with a Classy Designer Button, linen thread and 3 leaves cut out with the Leaflet Thinlets.  A few dimensionals to pop up the banner and 2 of the leaves and you’re done!

…and don’t forget to carry over the theme to the inside of the card!

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Summer Lovin Blog Hop


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Welcome to my contribution to the Team Stamp It Summer Lovin’ Blog Hop.  Either this is your first stop or you arrived via Liz Miller’s blog.  Isn’t she wonderful!!?? Now … on with the show!

Here it comes … in New England, SUMMER has arrived…. I think!  Daytime temperatures are in the upper 70’s to 80’s …. ahhhh … heaven!  Especially after this past winter!  We did manage to get a couple days of spring in between… not enough … but it will have to do.

To me, summer means vacation.  ahhh …. And vacation means boating on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire.  ahhhhhh…..  And boating brings to mind a nautical theme for my card.  (Please forgive the starfish … no starfish are found in Lake Winnipesaukee!)  … and just how many h’s does one use in “ahhhhhhhh“?

Can you believe this is the first time I used the stamp set Sea Street??  I am VERY glad it carries over to the NEW annual catalog!   I used several (FIVE) stamp sets for this card, all of which carry over into the new catalog.  I really couldn’t decide whether to use the anchor from Sea Street or The Open Sea.  Which do YOU prefer?


(Real) Red, (Whisper) White and (Night of) Navy … the colors of summer … Memorial Day (the unofficial start of summer), Flag Day and the Fourth of July.  I stamped the Night of Navy card bases with Whisper White Craft ink, using the starfish, randomly, on one card20150528_174818_wm_resized and the rope, lined up vertically, summer blog singleon the other.  The Stamp-a-ma-jig and my grid paper  came in handy when lining up the rope because the stamp only covers half the height of the card base.  I also used the Stamp-a-ma-jig to line up the Sea Street anchors.  I lined up the red rope image using my grid paper.  A trio of candy dots and some baker’s twine adds some texture to an otherwise flat card … no Stampin’ dimensionals! … it’s not often I can say that!  (Oh … I did cheat and use Cherry Cobbler baker’s twine on one of the cards … since we don’t carry it in Real Red.)

I used “Life is Good” from Remember This (A Project Life set), “At Last” from And Many More and “Summer” from another Project Life set, Day to Day.  This card lends itself to a variety of occasions … Father’s Day or masculine birthday come immediately to mind.  Just change up the inside sentiment to fit your need.

I’m glad you took the time to visit … now …..

… next stop:  Tami White’s blog (our fearless leader!).

Enjoy your summer … I know I will!

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