Simple Stories Cardmaking with Shari

Hi everyone! It’s Shari here with a birthday card idea for you using some Simple Stories products along with new items from the Simon Says Stamp Spring release.

I love pairing things together and Simple Stories has made it easy with their collections that can be mixed and matched. For my card I created a window by using the Simon Says Stamp Balloon die… then layered it with acetate and fun elements on top.

Shari Carroll Birthday

By adding a window of acetate behind the die cut balloon, I was able to suspend the die cut Happy Birthday.

Shari Carroll Birthday D1

Tip: Coat your twine with Matte Medium or Glossy Accents then wrap the ends around a paint brush or straw for a bit of curl.

I’ve shot a video of how I put this card together, hope you enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by today, have a fantastic week!


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  1. DELIGHTFUL card Shari – LOVE everything about it, from the acetate balloon and “hanging” die cut sentiment to your twirly, curly twine bow!!!

    THANK YOU for the inspiration :)

  2. I love ALL of Shari’s videos. She uses a lot of neutrals, but her cards are anything, but neutral. LOL This is a gorgeous card. I’m really loving these balloon dies. I really need them. Ha!

  3. I can spot your work in an instant. Just love your style, so soft and beautiful. Makes my heart happy just to look at it. Thanks for sharing your amazing talents.

  4. As usual, Shari, another creative card full of inspiration. Those delicate die cuts are a pain to deal with, so I am always interested to see how others do it.

  5. Such a cute card, windows and shakers are really jumping out at me you can do so much with them, thanks for sharing another cute way to do a window card.

  6. Shari I love the card and your instructions are so clear I think I will attempt to make a similar card. Thank you for the video and for the opportunity to maybe win some blog candy.

  7. Great idea that can be used with other shapes. I like doing window and shaker cards. I think they take homemade cards to a new dimension.

  8. Great card. I love the idea of using acetate to hold the die cut. You can bet I’ll be using that trick soon! Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

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