Monday, March 20, 2023

Polished Pink and Expressions in Ink Specialty Designer Series Paper create beautiful Birthday Cards


  • Another Card idea using Artistically Inked and Expressions In Ink DSP
  • Assembly Video for the March 2023 Ten Years of Growth
  • Ready for Fresh New Colors? Say Goodbye to retiring colors
With a new catalog on the horizon (May 2023), I'm anxious to play with all of my favorites in the current catalogs.  Today I'm using the Artistically Inked Stamp Set and the Artistic Dies, again, and a card layout by Heather Thomas from the Songbird Stamper from the UK.  I just love everything about this card.  The bright colors, the sophisticated assortment of die cuts, and the gold accents.  I used a color theme of Polished Pink, Basic White, and Gold plus the floral designs from the Expressions In Ink Specialty Designer Series Paper. I love the gold veins running through this paper. This paper is retired, but you can create your own versions using the stamps from Artistically Inked Stamp Set.  I used the coordinating Artistic Dies and also Dies from Brilliant Wings, Something Fancy, and Flowers of Home.  Four different die sets that all worked well together!  I also used a birthday sentiment from Flowering Tulips, although Artistically Inked also includes a number of useful sentiments.  I also used Gilded Gems (retired) however, if you don't have these in your stash you could use Gold Sequins from the Pastel Adhesive-Backed Sequins, Gold Festive Pearls, or Gold Brushed Metallic Adhesive Backed Dots from our current catalogs.
Floral Birthday card using Stampin' Up! Aertistically Inked Stamp Set and Artistic Dies

The basecard for today's card is Polished Pink Cardstock.  Then I used a Basic White Layer.  On the Basic White layer, I layered a banner of  Polished Pink and Expressions in Ink 12" X 12"  Specialty Designer Series Paper.  

Birthday card featuring Stampin' UP@ Espressions in Ink Specialty Designer Series Paper

Next, I added a Basic White floral die cut from the Artistic Dies, I stamped off leaves of Polished Pink using the Artistically Inked Stamp Set and the Artistic Dies.  I added Gold Foil leaves using the Artistic Dies, and Gold foil small flowers using the Flowers of Home Dies and Gold Foil Sheets.  I also die cut a Gold Foil butterfly using the Brilliant Wings Dies, and added it to the corner of the card. 

Floral and Butterflies Birthday Card using Stampin' Up! Expressions in Ink Specialty Designer Series Paper

To finish my card, I die cut a sentiment label of Basic White using the Something Fancy Dies.  I stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment from the Flowering Tulips Stamp Set using Polished Pink Ink, and mounted the label on Dimensionals before adding it to my card font.  Then I added a few Gold Gilded Gems accents. 

Dies and Stamps Sets used to create a floral Happy Birthday Card using Artistically Inked by Stampin' Up!

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  • Stamps:  Artistically Inked, Flowering Tulips
  • Ink:  Polished Pink
  • Paper: Polished Pink, Basic White, Gold Foil Sheets, Expressions In Ink Specialty Designer Series Paper (Retired)
  • Accessories: Artistic Dies, Brilliant Wings Dies, Something Fancy Dies, Flowers of Home Dies, Gilded Gems Stampin' Cut and Emboss Machine, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin' Seal, Dimensionals

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Unboxing Video for the March 2023 Ten Years of Growth

Its Paper Pumpkin's 10 year anniversary and Stampin' Up! is celebrating how much Paper Pumpkin has grown.  

You'll love all the happy greetings, organic and botanical designs digitally painted by the in-house Stampin' Up! artists, along with all-occasion sentiments to celebrate the happy moments in life and recognize the people around you who help you grow!  There's even a sentiment perfect for Mother's Day.  And you'll enjoy the extra  stamp set included in this kit!

Watch the assembly video here.

Download the Stamp Case insert here.

Behind-the-Scenes of the Ten Years of Growth Paper Pumpkin Kits here.

More ideas:  Looking for more ways to use Paper Pumpkin  kits?  Check out the Paper Pumpkin Blog, where talented concept artists come up with a few fun takes on the pieces included in kits and create new masterpieces. Browse the blog

You'll love looking forward to your Paper Pumpkin subscription each month.  Order an extra kit and craft with a family member or a crafty friend.

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Get ready for Fresh New Colors; Say Goodbye to 2021-2023 In Colors 

Its that time of the year when Stampin' Up! refreshes the color line adding several new colors to keep the product line fresh.  Additionally, the 2021-2023 In Colors -- Fresh Freesia, Polished Pink, Evening Evergreen, Soft Succulent, and Pale Papaya -- will retire unless one or more are kept as part of the color refresh.  Demonstrators will hear about the refreshed color collection on 29 March.  That means customers will hear the details shortly thereafter.

Retiring 2021-2023 In Colors;
Order before they sell out

As soon as new colors are announced and we say goodbye to others, we often see several retiring colors sell out.  Since these products will not be restocked, now is the time to check your stock of cardstock, ink pads and refills, Blends and Markers and Designer Series Paper.  Place your order for the items you plan to continue using. 

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  • Download 2023 January-April Mini catalog here
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Catalog cover of the 3 May 2022 Launch of the 2022-2023 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog

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