Be Strong Circus Swap Card

Stampin up under the big top birthday card 2

One of the artistic highlights of the Stampin' Up! Convention this past week was a card swap with my Stampin' Pretty Pals.  I am thrilled with the "oo la la" talent and will be sharing many card samples with you!  Today's card is my personal contribution to the swap.  My favorite part is the Red Glimmer circles on the barbell!  It's just as fun with circles of designer series paper, too.

Stampin up under the big top circle punch card

  • Stampin up under the big top circus rubber stamp punch Are you as glad as I am to have Tempting Turquoise 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon back in the Stampin' Up! line-up?
  • The funky circle rings add a touch of whimsy.  See my Circle Punch Rings Video Tutorial.
  • The tiny circle of Red Glimmer on the strong man's belt was cropped using the Owl Builder Punch.

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Black signature ivory


Under the big top rubber stamps stampin up Stamp Set:  Under the Big Top (W122875, C122877)
Paper:  Big Top Birthday Designer Series Paper (122348), Red Glimmer Paper (121790), Real Red (102482), Tempting Turquoise (102067), Whisper White (100730)
Ink:  Basic Black (101179)
Cool Tools:  Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (118309, Circle Punch), 1" Circle Punch (119868), 1 3/8" Circle Punch (119860), 1 3/4" Circle Punch (119850), 2 1/2" Circle Punch (120906), Modern Label Punch (119849), 3/16" Corner Punch (119871), Owl Builder Punch (118074)
The Perfect Touch:  Tempting Turquoise 1/4" Ribbon (124323), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

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  1. What a SUPER fun card! Love it!

  2. What a neat card> You create such great cards! Thank you for sharing!

  3. What a fun & whimsical card! Love the fun circle rings & new Big Top Paper. Tempting turquoise is one of my favorite colors and I love the combination with the real red. Just can’t go wrong with that combination. Thanks for sharing such a great card with us again today!

  4. Cute card. It reaffirms why this set was on my top ten list of items to buy from the new catalog. It was the seal that stole the show though. Thank you for your daily inspirations.

  5. Mary you are so talented, I would have not thought of doing it that way, so cute!!

  6. I feel soooo lucky to have received one of these gems! Thanks Mary!

  7. Mary, I am in love with this little guy (or should I say big guy!) The glimmer paper is perfect for the barbell! I have been a little challenged with some of the bold patterns on the circus dsp, not anymore, you used it perfectly!

  8. Another great card, Mary. This set is on my wish list along with the matching dsp. I can use it for cards for my Sunday School children and for adults. Plus, I like that the sentiment can be split and the lower part used inside the card if I wish. Yes, I’m glad that the turquoise ribbon is back, but mine was always nearby since my retired items just change temporary locations! I can’t wait for you to share your swaps!

  9. Great card. Love the bright colors but my favorite has to be the glimmer bar bells.

  10. Mary, this card is just too cute! really made me smile -I never even noticed that particular stamp in the set and you made it seem just perfect !

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