Thursday, January 4, 2018

Party Panda Birthday

Hello and Happy New Year! I hope your 2018 is off to a fabulous start. I’m super excited to share that Stampin’ Up’s new Occasions Catalog is now live and Sale-A-Bration is going on as well. If you aren’t familiar with Sale-A-Bration, it is a great opportunity to earn free Stampin’ Up products with your purchase. I'll have a post coming up soon with more details but please feel free to email me if you have any questions at I’m happy to help! 

My card today uses one of the stamp sets you can earn with a Sale-A-Bration purchase. It’s called Party Pandas and I have been using it a LOT since I got my hands on it. I mean, isn’t this little guy adorable?! I don’t know about you, but I love to a good sketch challenge. When I see the sketch usually I know exactly the stamp set I want to ink up. The gals over at Freshly Made Sketches always have awesome layouts, so that was where the inspiration for my card started out. 
Check them out and play along! 

I used the new Tutti-frutti Designer Series Paper because the circles on the paper seemed to work with the balloon. I stamped and cut the balloon from another pattern in the pack to bring out more of the Rich Razzleberry color. Then I added some sparkle and a little bow to finish it off. 

Originally, I had intended to keep the Whisper White layer just clean and simple BUT if you know me, that is something I really struggle with. Haha! I just felt like it needed something more. So, I used the little confetti stamp from the set to create a background. I used VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Clear Embossing Powder and I really like how it came out.  
One day, I will leave that clean layer. 
Today was not that day. :)
Here is a close-up of the sparkly detail on the panda from the Wink of Stella Glitter Brush along with the heat embossed background. They are little details but I think they add a lot to the card to make it POP! I used the Wink of Stella on the panda’s head and belly to give him some more personality. I also used my Smokey Slate Stampin’ Blends to add a little shadow underneath him so he was grounded on the card. 
Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you enjoyed my card. Please leave me a comment to say hello! All of the supplies I used are listed below and you can purchase them at my online Stampin’ Up store. You can click any of the product images below to shop. 

Have a happy day! 
-Anne Marie

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  1. Happy New Year!!
    May this New Year be special in every way ... bringing you the gift of love and excitement.
    I will introduce Japanese New Year's customs.
    In Japan, there is a New Year holiday where family and relatives get together.
    On New Year, Japanese children receive gifts of money known as "Otoshidama".
    Otoshidama is given to children by adult relatives such as uncles, aunts and grandparents.
    The amount of Otoshidama grows as the child older, for example, 1000 yen for children under 10, and 3000 yen for children over 10.
    Otoshidama is one of the exciting traditions of New Year, which children look forward to very much.

  2. This is so adorable, and it's so great to see you blogging again, Anne Marie! Though I may not comment all the time, I read every single post. Sending hugs :) Sandy

  3. How cute is he! I like the sparkle you added. This is darling Anne Marie. Happy New Year to you too!!

  4. So nice to see your smiling face on your blog. Glad your back with us and sharing your lovely cards

  5. So sweet and so colorful! I love all the sparkly details. So glad you joined us at FMS! :)

  6. That panda is so cute! And I love that bright DSP! And you are right girl.....that bit of shiny confetti in the background is perfect!

  7. Your panda is so adorable! I love your card!

  8. This is so lovely. Congrats on your win. :)

  9. Adorable invitations! Searching for one of the sparkling event venue for my daughter's birthday next month. Want to make the day extremely special for my doll. Bought a princess dress too. Cake design will be similar. Her favorite lavender shade for decorations, bunting, balloons will definitely make her happy.


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Anne Marie