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Pop of Pink Series – Card 1


Hello Stampers!

This is card 1 of a 4 part series using the new Pop of Pink Collection from Stampin’ Up!

This card uses a standard 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 card base in Melon Mambo which has been stamped from top to bottom (also in Melon Mambo) using the Happy Birthday Sentiment from the Balloon Celebration stamp set.  The Melon Mambo Ink is slightly darker than the paper while still blending in which gives it a watermarked look.  Great for backgrounds!


I used a strip of Basic Black cardstock cut to 5 1/2 x 2 and covered it with the black and gold Pop of Pink Washi Tape.  This was aligned with the background sentiments.

The 3 Balloons were also created using white cardstock covered in Washi Tape then punched out with the Balloon Boquet punch.  Gold Thread was used for the balloon strings.


The sentiment is attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals to give the card a little pop!  Once again using the same Happy Birthday sentiment as the background, this time in black.

This is a perfect card that is simple to create over and over again.  It can also be made in different colors, perfect for feminine as well as masculine cards!

Thanks for Stopping By!

~Bridget Sandoval

Christmas Cardinals ~ Holiday Catalog 2014

Christmas Cardinals

Hi Stampers!  Today, I have a new technique to share with you, so this post might be a little longer than usual.  I hope it’s helpful!

This beautiful card was created using a Digital Brush set from Stampin’ Up! called A Cardinal Christmas.

A Cardinal Christmas


I wanted to have a male and female cardinal on my card, so I used Photoshop to create the image you see on the front of the card.  For those of you that are not familiar with Photoshop, I ‘m going to walk you through the steps.  Also, if you don’t have Photoshop and don’t want to pay for such expensive software, there is a free program called GIMP that can do the same simple steps I’m going to show you below.

When you download a Digital Stamp set from Stampin’ Up! will want to choose the third option “Other Applications”.  Like This….


Choosing this option is going to download a .zip file that contains a .abr which is a Brushes file.  These files can be used in Photoshop or GIMP.  It basically gives you a “stamp” in the program!



Open Photoshop and create a new file.  I like to use the same size of card that I will be using so I don’t make my image to big!

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On your first layer, you will want to choose your paintbrush tool and select the Cardinal from the new brush set.   Stamp the Cardinal onto your first layer.

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Create a new layer and stamp a second cardinal.

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Now you have 2 identical cardinals!  Select your second cardinal and flip it horizontally.  Now your birds should be facing each other.

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We want to make one of the birds smaller.  I chose the one on the right (my first cardinal).  Select the first cardinal and make it slightly smaller than the second one (This will be the female).

Also, erase the branch to the left of her foot.


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Move your first bird (female) so the branch from the second bird (male) lines up with her feet.

Your birds should look like they are on the same branch!  Save this as an image (.jpg, .gif., .png, etc.) your preference.  I usually go with a .png.


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Now you have an image with 2 birds.  I loaded this into Microsoft Word, and then printed the image on Whisper White card stock.  Wasn’t that Easy!!!!

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I colored the male bird using Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities, and the female using Calypso Coral and Crumb Cake Blendabilities.  The leaves were colored with Old Olive Blendabilities.  I used a white Gel Pen to add a highlight to the leaves and branches.

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Now the fun part……well not quite.  It’s time to cut out the birds.  This does take a little time, but it’s worth it!  I tried to cut as close to the image as I could, but there is some white in a few places.  I just used the Blendabilities to color around the edges where needed.

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Now the background!  I used a piece of Whisper White card stock cut to 4 6/8″ x 4″.  I stamped across the top of the paper with the small splatters from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set in Versamark in and then heat embossed using Clear Stampin’ Emboss powder.

I sponged across the entire sheet with Soft Sky, and added Marina Mist to the top.  The embossed “Snow” resists the color!

Using the adorable trees from the White Christmas stamp set, I stamped several for the background in Chocolate Chip ink.  I think I like these trees better than the grove of trees from the Lovely as a Tree stamp set!!!

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I added a matte/window on top of this background to separate the birds from the scene.  To do this, I used a sheet of paper from the Trim the Tree DSP Paper Stack cut to the same size as the background. Now, of course the Big Shot has to come out!!! I cut out the middle using the largest framelit form the Deco Labels set!

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The card base is an odd shape but I wanted to really make a statement with this card!  You’ll need a piece of Crumb Cake card stock cut to 5 1/4″ x 11″, then score at 4 7/8″.  This creates the off center fold!

I added a matte using Marina Mist card stock cut to 5″ x 4 5/8″.

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I placed a strip of Cherry Cobbler 1″ Sheer Linen Ribbon between the Marina Mist card stock and the background.

The cardinals were glued on top of the background! Everything glued together using my favorite Tombow glue!!!

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Since this card is offset, there is a piece of the inside of the card that sticks out of the bottom which is perfect for a sentiment!  I added Whisper White card stock to the interior of the card.

The sentiment is from the Sassy Salutations stamp set and was stamped on the bottom of the card using Cherry Cobbler ink.

The edges seemed a little bland so I added a couple of holly berries from the Holiday Invitation stamp set!  I colored the stamp with Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, and Soft Sky Stampin Write markers!

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I love the way the tails go off the front of the card, it adds so much dimension!!

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I added a large bow using the same Cherry Cobbler ribbon to finish everything off!  I love how unique this card is!

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I hope you enjoyed this card and learned a few new tricks along the way!!!  Digital Stamps are a wonderful affordable way to build up a collection!!!!

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Thanks for stopping by!  ~Bridget


Lucky Birthday Stars ~ Holiday Catalog Sneak Peek!

Lucky Birthday Stars


~Hello!  Today is super exciting.  I am going to be sharing 2 items from the new Holiday Catalog!  I am also playing with the Paper Players #209 Challenge!


This card uses a lot of fun colors which are great for any birthday.  I started with an A2 (5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″) card base in Tempting Turquoise.

Using a 5 1/4″ x 4″ piece of Whisper White card stock, I stamped the sentiment using the Four You stamp set in Melon Mambo.  This is such a fabulous fun color!!

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Next, I got out my trusty Big Shot!!!

Take your white card stock and run it through the Big Shot with the 3 smallest stars from the Stars Framelits collection.  I arranged my stars randomly across the paper making sure I didn’t cut into my sentiment!

Now for the Sneak Peek!!!!  In the Holiday Catalog there is a new Embossing Folder called Lucky Stars.  This immediately grabbed my attention because of it’s versatile use. Christmas, New Years, Birthday’s, Congratulations, Graduations…… the list goes on and on!!!

Run your white card stock through the Big Shot once again using the Lucky Stars Embossing Folder!

Don’t forget about the AMAZING deal that Stampin’ Up! is having on Big Shots this month.  Buy a Big Shot, get a Free Bundle!  Click Here if you want more details!

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To add some PIZZAZZ to this card, I used a 5 1/4″ x 4″ piece of Sweet Taffy Designer Series Paper!!!  I liked the colored stripes the best for this card.

The DSP was glued directly to the card base.  Next I attached the Whisper White card stock with dimensionals to add some POP!  I added a simple bow with Melom Mambo Cotton Ribbon to finish off the front of this card!

So now you’re all wondering where that second Holiday Sneak Peek is?!?!  As you may know, I love to add mattes to the inside of my cards.  So here it is…..

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There is a Fabulous new border punch called Confetti Stars which I Love, Love, Love!!!  I punched across the bottom of a 5 1/4″ x 4″ piece of Whisper White card stock and used my Tombow glue to attach it to the inside of the card!

This card just has such a fun look to it with all of wonderful the stars!

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The Holiday Catalog comes out August 28th!  Remember, you don’t have to use everything in a holiday catalog just for holidays!  I hope today’s card has inspired you to think about what else you can use your new “holiday” products for!

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