Dino Days Birthday Card

My youngest grandson just turned 1.  It's hard to believe he's that old already but he is.  I made a card for his birthday.  I had planned to use the retired Foxy Friends and the punch because his room is done in foxes (and so was his birthday cake) but I found dinosaur wrapping paper and decided to use the Dino Days suite instead.


This card was really easy to make using the Dino Roar stamp set and the matching dies.  The dies cut out the dinosaurs on the Dinoroar Designer Series Paper so it was even easier!  I hardly stamped at all!

All the cuts:

  • Pineapple Punch Cardstock  -    8-1/2" x 5-1/2" scored at 4-1/4"
  • Whisper White CS  - 2 pieces of 5-1/4" x 4"
  • Dinoroar DSP -  2-3/4" x 4-1/8" plus cut around the dinosaur figures so they will fit in your cutting machine to die cut with the dies
  • Pool Party - scraps to cut out the egg
  • Real Red Glimmer Paper (coming in the Holiday Catalog) scrap


  • Using your die cut machine, cut out the dinosaurs you want for the card from your DSP.  Cut out the eggs from Pool Party CS.  Cut out the number 1, using the retired Large Numbers dies.  Cut out the frame from one Whisper White piece using the 3rd and 5th from the largest Stitched Rectangle Dies (place them how you want the frame to look and cut out).  For the inside, use the second from the largest rectangle die.
  • Stamp the sentiment to the frame using Lovely Lipstick ink.  I masked off the "hatched" from the stamp using a post-it and then stamped.
  • Adhere the frame to the larger piece of DSP and then attach to the card front.
  • Attach the dinosaurs and eggs to the front using your favorite adhesive and dimensionals.
  • Stamp your sentiment on the inside white piece and attach a dinosaur with adhesive.  Adhere to the inside of the card.

Don't forget to stamp your envelope or use some of your designer series paper (DSP) to put on the flap to "pretty up" your envelope!

Here are some photos from the party:


As you can see, Eli really enjoyed his smash cake!



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Rooted In Nature Mirror Image Card

For my July tutorial for my Tutorial Co-op, I created a card that uses the Mirror Image Technique.  Our theme for this month was Seasons--Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer.  I decided to do Fall.

Here is the inside of the card and you can see that the oak tree will rotate and is visible on both sides.

All the Details:

Whisper White Thick - 8-1/2 x 5-1/2, scored at 4-1/4

Whisper White - 5-1/8 x 3-7/8, enough to die cut 2 oak trees, small amount for sentiment label

Gray Granite -  scrap for label


Start with sponge daubers and the oak tree stamp.  Sponge colors (I started with Early Espresso on the trunk and some branches) on the stamp to create a fall tree look.  Huff on the stamp and then stamp on whisper white.  Die cut this image and cut out an additional tree.  Using the Silicone Craft Sheet, sponge another oak tree stamp like you did the first one.  Huff on it and then stamp it on the silicone mat.  Place your plain die-cut image (backside) over this stamped image and press down carefully.  Lift and you should have a mirror image of the oak tree.

Stamp the birch stamp in Gray Granite ink on the Whisper White piece.  Determine where you want to place this card front onto the card base but don't adhere yet.  Using your diecut machine, die cut the scalloped oval into both of the pieces of cardstock.  (It may not cut through both pieces totally.  If not, remove the cut-out birch oval and run through your machine again to get ovals cut into both).

Using about 4 inches of Linen Thread and glue dots, center the thread on the back of the oak tree die cut and attach.  Add the mirror image oak tree to the other leaving thread strings hanging out on top and bottom. Attach the oak tree diecuts to the front of the card base fitting them into the scalloped oval.  Adhere the birch piece on top of the base, lining up the ovals.

Stamp the sentiment in Pumpkin Pie on Whisper White and cut out using the Stitched Nested Labels.  Cut out a Gray Granite label to back that white one.

I sponged a leaf stamp with various colors and stamped on the inside of the card.

This was a fun card to make!


Use your Bonus Days coupons before the end of the month!  

Subscribe by the 10th of August to receive the new Paper Pumpkin kit.   This kit is gift packaging so you may want to get the Add-On kit (152885) to convert your items to cards.


The Starter Kit special (purchase for $99 and get $155 in products PLUS no shipping) ends August 31.  Value of this kit is over $250.  Stampin' Up! will also send you a $10 coupon to use on a future order in September.  You'll receive 20% off all future orders.  

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Redeem Your Bonus Coupons NOW

If you earned Bonus Coupons, you can now redeem them! 

When you place your online order, at the bottom of the page is "manage coupon codes".  Click on that and copy/paste your coupon codes into the box that pops up.  That will take the amount off your final order!


I've been at Tabernacle Campground for the past 10 days or so.  We go every year and it is a wonderful time of worship, fellowship, and family fun.  Tabernacle Campmeeting is the longest, continuous running camp meeting in the state of Alabama and we just had our 191st meeting!  

Here is my family's "tent" 


We had 25 of us staying there (11 bedrooms plus a camper in the back).  My dad got to go (he's 98) but it will be his last one as it is just too hard on him.  It's a primitive place--sawdust shavings for floors, outdoor showers with no hot water, mostly no air conditioning (some bedrooms have AC), dusty, and dirty, but we love it!  The kids are free to roam and play and stay up late. 

Church services are held 3 times a day and it was such a blessing to hear God's word preached outdoors.  We held the Campground Olympics on Wednesday afternoon and all the children participated in games and events.  On Thursday night after the evening service, we had our Ice Cream Supper, with over 25 freezers of homemade ice cream.  

Here are some photos of our times there:




And I got a photo of myself with my dad and husband (I wish I'd had a little makeup on but oh, well)

It was a wonderful week but I did miss crafting!  Now that I am home, I hope to get some cards made!


Bonus Days end tomorrow July 31.  Get a $5 coupon to use in August for every $50 you order.

The Starter Kit special is still ongoing.  Purchase the kit for $99 (plus tax but NO SHIPPING) and choose $155 in products.  You will then receive a $10 coupon to use the following month.  Your kit will also include a Paper Pumpkin kit and other supplies.  The value of your kit is over $250.  You'll get a 20% discount on all future kits.  I'd love to have you on my Ink Spot Inkers team!

You have until the 10th of August to subscribe and get the August Paper Pumpkin kit.  There will also be an add-on (item # 152885) you can purchase beginning August 1 (while supplies last) to turn your kit of packaging into cards


Here is a video about it www.youtube.com/watch?v=c18bF6hlQfo



Last Day to Get Paper Pumpkin!

Today is the last day to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin and get the July kit!  

This kit coordinates with 3 different suites in the new annual catalog--Come Sail Away, Woven Threads, and Garden Lane.  I love Stampin' Up!'s coordination!  It contains 9 mailable cards (with envelopes) --3 designs.  

You can get this kit two different ways:

1.  Subscribe to a month to month kit at $22 a month.  You can control how many kits you get, suspend it if you think you won't like the kit, cancel at any time.

2.  Purchase a prepaid kit.  These are available as a single kit, 3-months, 6-months, and 12-months.  With the 6 months and 12 months, you save!  Purchase the 12 months and you pay for 11 months and get the 12th free!  If you purchase at least a 6-month subscription right now, you'll also earn Bonus Bucks!   

By subscribing to Paper Pumpkin, you also have access to past Paper Pumpkin kits (if available)

FYI:  although the prepaid kit looks cheaper ($21 vs $22), the month to month kit includes shipping but you have to pay shipping (min. $6.95) on a prepaid kit.  

If you do purchase a prepaid kit, Stampin' Up! will send you an email with an activation code.  You MUST set up an account using that activation code before 11:50 pm MT to get the July kit!  They will ask you for a credit card (you will not be charged because you have already paid in advance) to facilitate continuing should you so choose once your prepaid is over!


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Come Sail Away Birthday Card

Yesterday was my Dad's 98th birthday.  I am so thankful that I still have him with me and that I was able to spend a lot of time with him last month while I was at the beach (he lives there).  The month at the beach was so relaxing, I wish I could live there!

Here is the card I made for my Dad

I love using the Come Sail Away suite in the new catalog!  The paper is gorgeous, the stamps wonderful and I love the dies!  

Here are all the details:

I used the Memories and More Notecards (now retired and unavailable) for the base, but you could use Night of Navy for your base.  I topped that with some paper from the Pressed Petals DSP.  On top of that is paper from the Come Sail Away DSP topped with a smaller piece of DSP.  The top layer was whisper white die cut with the Stitched Rectangle Dies.  I love the look that gives your cardstock!  The sentiment is from Here's a Card stamped in Night of Navy on Whisper White and cut out with a die from the  Smooth Sailing Dies.  I sponged Soft Suede ink around it to give it some dimension and popped it up on dimensionals.  The sailboat was stamped in Night of Navy and the anchor in Soft Suede.

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NEW Promotions by Stampin' Up!

It's July, it's hot and Stampin' Up! has some hot new promotions for us!  

1.  Bonus Days are Back!  

This is a great promotion where you get a $5 coupon to spend in August for every $50 you order in July.  There's no limit on the number of coupons you can earn and use!  You can stack those coupons and save a bunch next month!

2.  Extra! Extra! promotion

Do you have a huge wishlist?  I know that I do!  And this is a great way to fulfill some of those things on your wishlist!  For $99 (plus tax), you can purchase a Starter Kit and choose $155 worth of product.  Stampin' Up! throws in a Paper Pumpkin kit and some other supplies too. There's no shipping charged so that saves you an additional $15.  Then Stampin' Up! will send you a $10 coupon to apply to an order the following month!  So you'll get $155 of great craft products, additional supplies, no shipping and a coupon for use later.  The value of this kit is over $250!  You also save 20% on every order you place after you get started!  I know I love to save on my craft supplies!  There is no obligation to continue after you purchase the kit BUT you'll have until January to make that decision (and the Holiday catalog will be coming soon!--Demonstrators get to order in August before everyone else)

I would love to have you on my team!  Check out my Benefits page for my Ink Spot Inkers team!

Happy Saving with Stampin' Up!

Backordered Items Now In Stock

The Stampin' Storage items are back in stock!  If you want to add them to what you already have, you can now order them.

And beginning at 10 am MT, you will be able to order the Stampin' Trimmer blades.  Supplies are limited but you can order 3 packs.  If they sell out quickly (and they will!), you will have additional windows in which to purchase.  Stampin' Up! is committed to providing access to these blades until September.  Hopefully, they will have a new trimmer to use by the fall.

Coming in July:

The Starter Kit is having a sweet deal!  If you purchase the starter kit at $99, you will get to choose $155 worth of products plus receive free shipping (an additional $15 in savings!).  And then Stampin' Up! will send you a coupon code for an additional $10 to use the following month!  There is no further obligation on your part unless you choose to save 20% on future orders!  You'll have until the end of December to make that decision (and the Holiday Catalog will come out to demonstrators in August!).  Check out my benefits page.by clicking on the Ink Spot Inkers tab.

Bonus Days are Coming Back!  Beginning 1 July you can earn free coupon codes for every $50 you order!  Order in July and Stampin' Up! will email you a coupon code ($5 for every $50 in product ordered) to spend in August.  SAVE THAT EMAIL  and print out the code so you'll have it.  For added protection, you can forward those email codes to me and I will keep them safe until you are ready to order in August.

I'll have more information for you once the promotions begin.