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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

You Send Me Soaring

A couple of weeks ago, Stampin’ Up! held a regional conference right here in Milwaukee. I was thrilled to go, and I learned so much…I’m still sorting through all the photos I took of cards and ideas. Today I wanted to show you a couple of cards we made there, as well as a fabulous trick with a circle punch.

Supplies: Send Me Soaring stamp set (from the Occasions mini)
Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake, Whisper White cardstock; Berry Blossoms and Sweet Shop DSP
Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade, and Pool Party Classic Inks; Calypso Coral marker
Uniball Signo Gel Pen; Pool Party Ruffled Ribbon; Bitty Buttons
Blossom Bouquet, Scallop Edge, Small Heart, 1-1/4” circle, and 1 3/8” circle punches

This card shows several nifty tips. The polka-dot flower center is made by stamping a kite image from the set in Calypso Coral on Whisper White paper four times, then punching out small hearts. The leaf is also the kite stamped in Lucky Limeade, then cut out using the 1-1/4” punch. Or you could just snip it with Paper Snips.

But here’s my favorite tip of the day…rounding corners using the 1-1/4” circle punch. Yes, I know it’s life-changing.

It’s so simple…just slide the corner of your paper into the punch from the bottom, into the slit between the upper and lower punch blades, and punch. Ta-da!

The other card is pretty complicated, only because of the placement of the kite wheel, so I’m not really giving instructions. It’s so super cute, though, I have to share.

Supplies: Send Me Soaring stamp set
Basic Gray, Lucky Limeade, Pool Party, and Whisper White Cardstock; Berry Blossoms DSP
Basic Gray, Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade, and Pool Party Classic Pads;
Calypso Coral and Lucky Limeade Markers; Lucky Limeade Bakers’ Twine; Neutrals Brads;
Scallop Edge, Small Heart, and 1-1/4” Circle Punches
Big Shot and 3” Circle Originals Die

Basically, there’s a small brad attaching the 3” circle at a spot about halfway between the sentiment and the circle for the kite. The entire front white panel is popped out on Dimensionals to give the circle room to spin. See…

We used the Mat Pack template to make the dot borders using markers. Those Stampin’ Up! designers are just so clever. Can you imagine how wonderful it would be to be paid to create wonderful projects like this?

I thought I didn’t need this Send Me Soaring set, but I think I may. It’s just so stinkin’ cute!

Don’t forget Sale-a-Bration is going on until the end of March…and that means FREE stamps or accessories with every $50 you spend on products. Check it out on my website if you feel the need for some new supplies and inspiration!


  1. So glad you got to attend the conference, it does recharge a gal, dosen't it. If it weren't for all the unexpected health expenses, I'd be tempted to sign up. Love the kite card--what a cute idea. I think I can sort of figure out how you did it, but if not, are you willing to share more?

    1. The SU! people provided templates...the gray base is 6 1/2"square, folded in half. Poke a hole for the brad 3-1/2" from the top and 1-3/8" from the open side. For the kite circle, it's a 3" circle with a hole for the brad right in the center. I guess it's not that complicated after all, now that I've measured it!

      The white piece is 3-1/8" x 6-1/4", with the center of the 1-1/4" circle punch at 2-5/8" from the top and 1-5/8" from open side.

      Now I need some more coffee after taxing my brain with all that measuring...have fun making it!


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