I grew up in New Mexico, where hot air balloons dance across the sky every autumn for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. So the “Lift Me Up” suite from the Stampin’ Up! 2017 Occasions Catalog was the first one on my wishlist.

I’m on a monochromatic kick. Since I tend toward simpler designs, these two-color combinations offer just the right blend of simple and striking. Plus, choose dark neutrals or gem tones and pair them with kraft or vanilla paper, you’ve got designs suitable for the men in your life.

Sometimes with these intricate dies, adhering them can be a messy prospect, even with a fine-tip glue. So I’ve discovered the magic of double-sided adhesive tape (several types listed in Supplies section). Just apply it to the back of your cardstock, then run the paper through your Big Shot with your die of choice. It’s SO much cleaner than running it through a Xyron sticker maker. No goopy edges to clean up!

And if you ink the edges of your top layer, you can skip an extra mat layer to save some time or just to keep the card (you guessed it) simple.

And don’t forget to make the inside of your card pretty, too!

In direct opposition to my “keep it simple” aesthetic, I also adore shaker cards. What can I say? I’m complicated like that.

With smaller dies like this, you can stretch the typical shaker design to feature more than one window. And overlaying other die-cut pieces adds extra dimension.

Happy stampin’!


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