Category Archives: Birthday

Botanical Gardens Big News Birthday Card

Botanical Gardens Big News Birthday Card

Yesterday I showed you a baby card made with the retiring Big News Stamp Set and today I have used one of the birthday stamps in the set to make this Botanical Gardens Big News Birthday Card. Today is May Day, the 1st day of May, so I thought a few flowers would be appropriate!

Normally I don’t care for the off-kelter, look of cards that seems to be popular recently, like I have done with the designer paper on the background of this card. However, I was looking at a sample that I was copying except for changing the designer paper, so I decided to give it a try. The card base is Hello Honey Card Stock and I used the Botanical Gardens Designer Series Paper for the background layers. This paper is retiring, so get it while you can!  I angled them slightly, which normally I don’t like.  The greeting from Big News is stamped on Whisper White Card Stock with Old Olive Ink.

The flowers are cut out from another pattern of the Botanical Gardens Designer Series Paper. The flowers are pretty as is, but if you like, you can use the stamps in the Botanical Bloom Photopolymer Stamp Set to stamp the flower centers, as I did. I simply cut out the flowers myself, but you can use the Botanical Builder Framelit Dies to die cut them. If you want it all, get the Botanical Blooms Photopolymer Bundle while you can and get the stamp set, the framelits, and the designer series paper.  You will save 15% with the Bundle and get everything you need!  You could also add some other embellishments if you wanted – ribbon, rhinestones, Candy Dots.

Now that it is May, this is the last month for the Stampin’ Up! Retiring Products! See all that is still available in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE. Accessories are only available while supplies last and some are sold out already. Stamps, since Stampin’ Up! manufactures them, will be available through May 22 even if they sell out.  Stampin’ Up! will make more until that date.

See if you like the angled look of my Botanical Gardens Big News Birthday Card today, and if so, try it yourself for something different!

Cherry on Top Easy Amazing Birthday Card

Cherry on Top Easy Amazing Birthday Card

Here is a Cherry on Top easy Amazing Birthday card!  If you are looking for a simple birthday (or most any occasion) card to make, this is one you should try. All it takes is a change of paper and/or greeting to fit any reason to send a card!

One of the retiring stamp sets I am going to miss is the Amazing Birthday Stamp Set! It is even discounted on the Retiring Stamps List. It has birthday-specific stamps but some of the other stamps you can use for other occasions, too!

The card base is Bermuda Bay, with a layer of Crushed Curry, both of which coordinate with the Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack. My Cherry on Top Paper Stack had gotten lost in the shuffle somehow so I was glad to think about it again, find it, and use it because it has some fun, colorful papers in it. It’s “Happy” paper to use!

I used my Banner Framelits Dies to die cut the layered banner on the front of the card. If you like, you can save 15% by purchasing the Amazing Birthday Stamp Set and the Banner Framelit Dies together in the Amazing Birthday Bundle.  I had forgotten these two products came together in a Bundle!

All Bundles are being retired right now, but that doesn’t mean all the products individually are being retiring.  They are just taking apart the Bundles to make room for NEW Bundles in the new catalog and perhaps one of the items in the Bundle is retiring, such as the stamp set or the designer paper.

For a final embellishment, I wrapped some Gold Metallic Thread around the top of the banner. This is not retiring but you may as well put it on your order to have on hand because it is an inexpensive, fun bit of pizzazz to add to any of your cards or projects.

Try making this Cherry on Top Easy Amazing Birthday Card or change it up with your own design!

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Cherry on Top Washi Tape Card

Cherry on Top Washi Tape Card

The sun is finally shining today in Houston! No rain is forecast so I think it’s time for a bright and cheerful card like this one made with some of the Cherry on Top products! It’s all going away by the end of May (or while supplies last!). I got the idea for this card in our Demonstrator magazine we all receive quarterly. They used different paper and washi tape, but I was in the mood for the Cherry on Top designs!

The card base is made with Watermelon Wonder. The paper layered in the background is from the Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack.  Then I took a smaller piece of Whisper White cardstock as a base and wrapped Cherry on Top Designer Washi Tape around it, leaving space for a greeting.

The word “Celebrate” is from the stamp set And Many Morewhich is retiring. It’s one of the stamp sets I hate to see go because I like the ones with lots of words and greetings in it. This stamp set is even discounted so if you need more words for your cards and projects (and who doesn’t?!) I would grab it for your collection.  I have the wood-mount.  Certain sets I like to have the wood-mount so the stamps are ready to go or if they are small I think they work better with wood-mount.

And Many More Stamp Set

For a little pizzazz, I added to Brights Candy Dots in Bermuda Bay to each side of the word. And then I tied a piece of Metallic Gold Baker’s Twine around the front of the card. Easy to do and fun to use my Cherry on Top Washi Tape!

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Simple Birthday Card with Birthday Bouquet Paper

Simple Birthday Card with Birthday Bouquet Paper

Here is a simple birthday card to make using the retiring Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper.  I love this Birthday Bouquet paper, and if you do too be sure to order it while it is available! The ice cream cone patterned paper is layered on a card base of Mint Macaron cardstock.

The greeting is from the retiring stamp set Enjoy the Little Things Stamp Set. This stamp set coordinates with the Enjoy the Little Things Project Kit, which is really cute!  But even if you don’t have the kit, this stamp set has many useful greetings and cute little stamps. For a little embellishment, I just gathered some of the Gold Metallic Thread at the back of the punched circles and popped it up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

You could use any greeting and any designer paper for a card, so keep this card layout in mind when you want something quick! Start with something simple and you can always embellish to your heart’s content!

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Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Balloon Birthday Card with Envelope

Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Balloon Birthday Card with Envelope

One of the items on the final week of Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals is the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits! That is what I used to make this Mini Treat Bag Balloon Birthday Card!  I used the Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper to make the treat bag. Then I punched a matching “real” balloon with the Balloon Bouquet Punch. To turn this into a birthday card, I added a card of Whisper White to slip inside and stamped with the smaller balloon from the punch adhered to the card. The larger balloon is on the bag.  And to finish it off, I used the Envelope Punch Board to make a matching envelope with another pattern in the pack of designer paper.

The Mini Treat Bag Thinlits DIes have been one of my favorite dies!  Be sure to check it out and perhaps add it to your next order!

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Balloon Celebration Regals Colors Birthday Card

Balloon Celebration Regals Colors Birthday CardOne quick and easy way to make a birthday card is to use the Balloon Celebration Photopolymer Stamp Set and the Balloon Bouquet PunchFor this card, I simply chose to use colors from the Regals Family just because I don’t use those colors as much. But I’m happy with the colors when I look at this card!

To keep it easy, I just used the Whisper White Thick Cardstock for the card base. If you don’t have this paper already, you should add it to your next order.  It just is a little heavier than the regular Whisper White and you don’t feel that you need to add a layer for a little more heft in your card.

Then I had fun punching lots of balloons with the Balloon Bouquet Punch!  If you want to, you can stamp the shading on the paper first and then punch, or punch first and then stamp. Once you start punching balloons, punch extras because it is fun and because you might want to use them on another card or project!

The stars stamp and the greeting all come in the Balloon Celebration Stamp Setas well as the balloon strings, so you are all set!  You will be able to many kinds of cards with this stamp set to cover almost all occasions!  Have fun making this Balloon Celebrations Birthday Card!

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In Color Birthday Blooms Monochromatic Cards

In Color Birthday Blooms Monochromatic Cards

This is the last week (only today plus three days!) for Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration, and I was also thinking about how soon the current Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog will also be coming to an end. It’s almost April, for heavens sake! One thing to think about, ahead of time, are the In Colors. These are the trendy, up-to-date colors that Stampin’ Up! chooses to be available for only two years in the catalog and introduces a new set every year as the old set goes out. The colors you see on the cards above are going to be the retiring 2014-16 In Colors:  Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Mossy Meadow, Lost Lagoon, and Tangelo Twist. Based upon previous years, I would guess that as soon as the Retirement List comes out, the In Colors may be the first to go, especially the ink refills. Once they are gone, it is difficult to find ones that are available, unless, perhaps, you pay a premium price from someone selling theirs.

So if you want another FREE item from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure or the extra new SAB products and maybe you don’t really have anything in mind right now you are dying to order, you might consider stocking up on any of the In Color 2014-16 products that you want. If you already have the ink pads, I would strongly suggest getting the reinkers. If you have one of the colors of cardstock that is just about out and you like to use it, then order an extra pack or two.

It’s also a good idea to stock up on adhesives during Sale-A-Bration or basics like Whisper White card stock. Sometimes we are so excited about the new stamp sets and accessories that we forget to check our core supplies.

But back to the In Color cards I made in the photo—I probably made those all in about fifteen minutes! I made a card base for each of the In Colors, cut layers of Whisper White card stock, and stamped with the same color inks. The Birthday Blooms Stamp Set is perfect for this because the flower is large and beautiful. There’s really no need to do any coloring or extra embellishing unless you want to! You’ll see on the Tangelo Twist card I decided to make a smaller one (3 3/4″ x 3 3/4″) and stamp with the single flower in the stamp set. I also added a layer of Silver Glimmer Paper for a little pizzazz!  The stamp set comes with those three perfect greetings plus two little accent stamps, a little flower and some dots.

If any of the 2014-16 In Colors are favorites of yours, be sure to check your supply and consider ordering extras before the retirement rush. I don’t know if Stampin’ Up! will do anything different this year, but I’m going by what has happened in the past. And don’t forget, Sale-A-Bration will be ending on Thursday, March 31.  Don’t miss it!!

For quick and easy cards to make, try the In Color Birthday Blooms Monochromatic Cards, even if you use different colors!

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Get the New #imbringingbirthdaysback Single Wood-Mount Stamp

#imbringingbirthdaysback Stamp

While it is nice, if you are on Facebook, to see a whole list of birthday greetings from all your Facebook friends, wouldn’t it be even nicer to go to your mailbox on your birthday and find it filled with a stack of birthday cards (and not bills and credit card applications!)?! Put this #imbringingbirthdaysback Stamp #143573 on your Stampin’ Up! order and be part of the movement to Bring Birthdays Back! Let’s send real cards to our friends and family! Let them have the treat of finding a real birthday card in their mailbox on their birthday! Use this stamp to stamp the back of the card or the envelope to encourage others to participate!

This is how I remember birthdays growing up, when the mailman “knew” it was someone’s birthday because they got a whole bunch of mail! As a child I would often get a dollar or two or three enclosed in each card from family friends and relatives far and wide. Now why do I even remember that? It’s because I remember going out to the mailbox and finding that birthday mail, maybe even talking to the mailman (his name was Ed!), opening all those cards, setting them up on the piano, writing thank you notes when I got a gift, etc. And I might add, seeing the handwritten note in the card and the signature of the person, the real handwritten signature! People these days do not even sign their Christmas cards, they are all printed! Quicker for sure, but I think we are losing the personal touch! Your handwriting is so important! (But that’s a soapbox for another day!) Do you remember all the birthday greetings you got last year on Facebook?  Probably not!

Shannon West, from the Stampin’ Up! Home Office and one of our favorite presenters at Stampin’ Up! events, awhile back decided to do something about this and started sending birthday cards to friends and family and received hundreds of requests on her Facebook page for a birthday card in the mail. She actually made a stamp with the hashtag #imbringingbirthdaysback. Sara Douglass, Interim CEO of Stampin’ Up!, asked how Stampin’ Up! could support her effort and ended up making the stamp Shannon had designed. Last week the stamp was released, but it sold out in only four hours!  Today it is back in the Online Store and you can put it on your regular Stampin’ Up! order!

#imbringingbirthdaysback Single Wood-Mount Stamp  #143573  $12.00

imbringingbirthdaysback card stack

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Is Today Your Leap Year Birthday?

Playful Pals Frog Leap Year Birthday Card

Is today your Leap Year birthday? If it is, then here is a Playful Pal Frog Leap Year Birthday Card for you! The rest of us can just celebrate having an extra day to do all those things we always want more time to do! It’s hard for me to believe it is the end of February already, even with the extra day.

I made this Playful Pal frog sitting on a lily pad using the Playful Pals Photopolymer Stamp SetYou can purchase the stamp set and the matching Pyramid Pals Thinlits Dies in a Bundle and save 15%. If you like either one, you will want both!

The card base is the same card stock as the lily pad, Mossy Meadow. The lily pad is punched with the 2 3/8″ Scallop Circle Punch. The frog is made by stamping pieces with the stamp set and then die-cutting some of the pieces with the Big Shot using the bright Cucumber Crush card stock. The background layer of the card is stamped with Soft Sky Ink on Whisper White with the Watercolor Wash Background Stamp.

Now to make the greeting, I happened to think of my Alphabet Rotary Stamp! Admittedly, I haven’t used it much, but it’s one of those things that comes in handy in the right circumstances. I just stamped each word on scrap paper and cut out each word. I think it’s a fun way to add a greeting to something, to just paste the single words.

I hope you will consider the Playful Pals Bundle which can be used for cards and projects such as my Playful Pal Frog Leap Year Birthday Card and of course the actual 3D pyramids for favors, gifts and treats.

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Birthday Bouquet Ice Cream Cone Card

Birthday Bouquet Ice Cream Cone Card

If you want to make a very easy card, this Birthday Bouquet Ice Cream Cone Card might be one you could make! It’s as simple as a card base, a layer of card stock, and a diagonally cut piece of designer paper! Stamp a greeting and you’ve got a card.  I added the ice cream cone but you wouldn’t have to if you want to keep it super simple!

The card base is the new Thick Whisper White Card Stock. It is just a little thicker than regular Whisper White so it makes a sturdier card base like other colored card stock.  Regular Whisper White is fine, but the thick is just a little bit nicer. The layer is Pool Party, one of the coordinating colors with the Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper. I diagonally cut the designer paper.  Not a difficult job when you have the Stampin’ Up! Paper Trimmer! Just line up the opposite corners in the channel where the cutting blade will slide and you have your diagonal!  See the photo below.

Diagonal Paper Cutting

I stamped the ice cream cone from the Sale-A-Bration Stamp Set Honeycomb Happiness, in the Sale-A-Bration Brochure on page 15 on Whisper White, colored it in with markers and cut out with Paper Snips.  Then I added a Honeycomb Embellishment in the Occasions Catalog. These are self-adhesive, just peel off the backing. Not that I realized that at first, but you can also add Glue Dots instead if you want or for extra stickiness.

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Easy Masculine Birthday All-Occasion Card For a Man

Easy Masculine Birthday All-Occasion Card For a Man

Yesterday I made a card very similar to this one HERE in this post, and then I thought about changing it up in color and texture to make an easy masculine birthday all-occasion card for a man.  I just used Chocolate Chip cardstock for the card base, making it open at the top instead of the side.  Just cut the full piece of card stock lengthwise at 4 1/4″ and then score in the middle at 5 1/2″ for the fold. I used a piece of the Kraft Corrugated Paper (you also get white sheets as well in the pack!) for the layer. The Whisper White banner is stamped with several different inks in the Neutrals family. I adhered a piece of cardstock at the top of the banner and stapled it (for that “masculine” texture!) with the Stampin’ Up! Handheld Stapler. Be sure to order a box of the Silver Mini Staples so you will have some on hand. And it all counts toward your $50 order for Sale-A-Bration!

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Weekly Deal Feb 16 2016

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Fabulous Four It’s Your Day Card Idea

Fabulous Four It's Your Day Card Idea

One of the many things I love about stamping is that it is okay to copy an idea, as I did with this Fabulous Four It’s Your Day Card. While a birthday card might come to mind, I think this card with this greeting could be for lots of occasions. I saw this idea in the magazine we receive as Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators and I changed it just a little bit.

The card base is Pool Party card stock stamped with an outline flower from the Garden In Bloom Photopolymer Stamp Set in Pool Party ink for a watermark effect.  The center banner is stamped with the same greeting from Fabulous Four multiple times in multiple colors. I chose Calypso Coral, So Saffron, Wisteria Wonder, Wild Wasabi, and Pool Party. At the top of the banner, instead of card stock, I put a strip of Cherry on Top Designer Washi Tape around the top and tied on a piece of Whisper White Baker’s Twine. For some extra pizzazz, I used my Botanical Builder Framelits Dies to cut out a little flower and its center to put on the banner. I also added one of the It’s My Party Enamel Dots to the center.

This is an easy card to make and can be copied and changed up a bit in colors or texture to make a card for anyone and any occasion. The Fabulous Four stamp set is one I have used a lot, especially the It’s Your Day greeting.

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Making a Valentine Birthday Card With Paper Pumpkin

Making a Valentine Birthday Card

Although the January 2016 Paper Pumpkin Kit had an obvious Valentine theme to it, you can also use hearts for a birthday, especially a birthday for Valentine’s Day. When you receive your Paper Pumpkin papercrafting kit in the mail, you can follow the enclosed directions and/or you can make your own alternative Paper Pumpkin ideas. There often are enough materials to do some of both! And some people subscribe to two kits so they can make the project as designed and then play around with the second kit to make other creative ideas!

There are always alternative ideas out there and I saw other ideas of making cards with the hearts. Since I didn’t really need another Valentine, I decided to make a birthday card with the big Paper Pumpkin heart.  If you aren’t getting the Paper Pumpkin Kit, just cut out your own heart out of cardstock or designer paper.  Perhaps you have the retired Hearts Framelits. (How could they retire those?!!) It’s okay for the heart to be too big for the card, just cut off the overhanging part and it still looks fine. I stamped this heart with a greeting from the Big News Stamp Set.  The background paper is from the Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper If you are using two patterns on your card, have one be big and bolder and one smaller to make them work. My little banner also comes from the Paper Pumpkin Kit. The smaller hearts are punched with the Sweetheart Punch.  I just punched three so I could get sort of a layered look even though they don’t really “layer”. The beautiful sequin trim also comes in the kit and I made it look like a bow, adhered with Glue Dots. I pulled off a few sequins to adhere randomly on the heart. Easy with the tiniest drop of glue on the paper and then place the sequin on the paper, don’t try to put glue on the sequin.

I hope this gives you an idea for a Valentine card, alternative ideas for your Paper Pumpkin Kit or an idea for using hearts for other occasions like a birthday, rather than just Valentine’s Day.

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Birthday Builder Card #ImBringingBirthdaysBack

Birthday Builder imbringingbirthdaysback

Yesterday Shannon West, from the Stampin’ Up! Corporate Office, was on a local Utah morning show with some stamped birthday cards with the Build a Birthday Stamp Set talking about her idea called #ImBringingBirthdaysBack. Shannon West is one of our favorite presenters at Stampin’ Up! events and on videos, etc.

Shannon was feeling that social media, with its quick and easy way to just type a birthday greeting online to friends, was ruining birthday cards, so she decided she wanted to send a birthday card to anyone who wanted one!  She even made her own hashtag stamp #imbringingbirthdaysback. If you aren’t familiar with hashtags, they really are kind of like search terms that group those certain terms together. Sometimes they are specific and sometimes they are just funny or silly. Of course Shannon was deluged with requests.

Stampin’ Up! got behind her movement since making and sending cards is what we do!  At least we intend to!!  So maybe this will spur more of us on to not just type a birthday greeting on social media but to send a card, especially a handmade card! Let’s make the post office busy again! Stampin’ Up! is going to manufacture Shannon’s hashtag stamp! I can’t wait!

You can see Shannon on the local show, Good4Utah, yesterday HERE.

I made a card similar to the ones she showed, as you can see in the photo above.  I also loved the idea of how she stamped the back flap of the envelope!  Remember, we should not be sending out “naked envelopes”!  Stamp something on them!

Let’s all get those birthday date books out and start making cards, or pull out the ones you have made but not mailed, and start sending real birthday cards, IN THE MAIL, to your friends and loved ones! Bring back the good old days when postmen delivered cards and letters in the mail!

Shannon West BD stamp

Birthday Card with Stars

Birthday Card with Stars

You never know what card design you might come up with from scraps on your desk, such as this Birthday Card with Stars. In order to make space for our Christmas tree, we have to move a desk to another room. This desk is where I heap lots of stamping stuff, not where I actually stamp. The Christmas tree has been down for a little while but we haven’t moved the furniture back where it belongs. Yesterday I was putting designer papers back in their packages which were in a holder (or not!) on this desk, when something tipped over, which knocked my ribbon storage things off the back of the desk with ribbon rolls going everywhere underneath the desk. Even when I tried to catch things and straighten everything back up, there was another domino effect with more stuff going crashing everywhere. It was almost funny except for the mess it was making! So I guess I need to do some major tidying up on that desk when we move it back!

But in the process of the little bit of tidying up I found all these stars I had already cut out with the Stars Framelits Dies so I decided to just go ahead and make a card with some of them! I placed the stars around on the card, adhered them, and then added a greeting from Remembering Your Birthday. I even decorated the inside a little bit with a couple small stars.

And here are the current Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals, out today until Monday, January 25.

Stampin' UP! Weekly Deals Jan 19 2016

One exciting product on the Weekly Deals is the Party Punch Pack, which is in the new Occasions Catalog on page 4. If my math is correct, if you want the Party Punch Pack along with the coordinating stamp set Party Wishes, then it is a better deal to purchase the Bundle.  If you just want the punches, then the Weekly Deals discounted price is better.

And of course the other products on the Weekly Deals are all great. I think markers are very useful to have, especially if you don’t own the ink pads.  The Berry Basket Die is fun for lots of projects, and who doesn’t need plenty of buttons on hand for embellishing?!

Even the Weekly Deals count toward Sale-A-Bration, where you get to choose a free Sale-A-Bration item in the brochure with every $50 Stampin’ Up! purchase. Let me know if you have any questions about Sale-A-Bration and the product choices.

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Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Birthday Card

Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Birthday Card

You know how I love the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies and here I have made a Mini Treat Bag birthday card using one of the patterns in the English Garden Designer Series Paper collection.  I’m not sure I had noticed this particular pattern before, but it jumped out at me the other day.  I knew it was perfect for this project.  The other side is also nice, wide dark pink stripes, which you can barely see on the inside of the treat bag at the top. For the card part, I just slipped a piece of Whisper White that fit inside and stamped with a greeting from the Amazing Birthday Stamp Set.  I have used the “Happy Happy Happy Happy Birthday to you” greeting over and over again in birthday cards I have made. I attached one of the Mini Metallic Clothespins to the top of the card so it is clear that the recipient needs to pull out that inside card, and to make it stand out I die cut the little bow that comes with the dies and adhered that to the clothespin, along with a small Rhinestone Jewel. Why not?!

The front of the mini treat bag card is pretty simple.  I stamped the banner in the Amazing Birthday Stamp Set and just cut it out by hand. Then I stamped the birthday cake, punched it out, layered it on a larger circle punch, and then mounted it on the Silver Glimmer Paper scallop punch. For a little more pizzazz, I added a piece of the Silver Sequin Trim to dangle.

The Mini Treat Bag Thinlit Die card is perfect for slipping a gift card inside, too, if you like, or folding the top over and adding a belly band.  So many possibilities! And you get lots of pieces in the die package.  I love making cards and other projects with the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits such as this birthday card.

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Star Wars R2D2 Punch Art Birthday Card

Star Wars R2D2 Punch Art Birthday Card

Before we get totally inundated in Christmas, after watching all the Star Wars movie promotions on TV I remembered I had made this Star Wars R2D2 Punch Art Birthday Card for my favorite son-in-law (my ONLY son-in-law, but a favorite nonetheless!). I’m trying to get slightly interested in Star Wars so perhaps I will go see the movie with my family at Christmas so I will know what everyone is talking about. I did see the first Star Wars movie way back when so I slightly know about the characters and such. Sometimes you just have to keep up with this stuff!

I found this idea to make R2D2 character on Pinterest or somewhere. I don’t think there were specific directions and when I made this card I was in a hurry to get it in the mail that day so I was lucky I remembered to take a photo of it, so unfortunately I can’t say for sure what size punches I used, but I am confident you can figure it out from the photo!

The head, of course, are two circle punches, the bottom blue piece another circle but trimmed into the shape shown. The body was probably just a rectangle with rounded corners on the bottom, punched with the Project Life Corner Rounder Punch.  The arms are made with the Word Window Punch (talk about a handy punch!) and the hands are just little scraps cut by hand. The little circles are probably cut with the Owl Punch (another super-useful punch). The background of the card is Basic Black card stock embossed with the Decorative Dots Folder.

If you want to see other Star Wars cards I have made, check THIS POST for a Yoda card and THIS POST for a Yoda and Darth Vader card.

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Airplane Punch Art Birthday Card

Airplane Punch Art Birthday Card

Now that my brother’s birthday has come and gone, I can post the Airplane Punch Art Birthday Card I made for him. The background layer of the card is made with the Cloudy Day Embossing Folder (retired), but an alternative thing you can do is just sponge some White Craft Ink onto a blue background to make some wispy clouds in the sky. I even have one “cloud” in the sky made with one of the Scallop Circle Punches, depending on which size you want to use.

The airplane is made with the Word Window Punch for the wings and the tail. The front of the plane is made with one of the circle punches.  I forget which size! But you can experiment and see which size works for your airplane! For the windshield, use a smaller circle punch and cut it in quarters.  Use two of the quarters for the window. Then, of course, the plane nose and jet engines are made with two small circle punches, I probably used the 1/2″ circle or so. For the body of the plane, I used some retired Silver cardstock but you could use Silver Foil for a shiny plane or one of the gray colors. I “tied” on a banner like an airplane pulls for advertising for the birthday greeting and just cut the banner by freehand.

A fun and easy birthday card to make.  You could use a design like this for a birthday party theme. Try the Airplane Punch Art Birthday Card and customize it!

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New Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals Aug 11 2015

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal Aug 11 2015

Here are the new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for August 11 – 17, 2015. The main item I would point out is the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch!  If you don’t already have this punch, I would put this on my order for sure! Not only does it make a cute tag with that decorative edge at the top, but you can make longer ones, punch both ends and make a cute favor or belly band or —- ??! Always lots of cute ideas out there!

And then for fun, there are these good embellishments, the Seam Binding, Clothespins, Buttons and Washi Tape!  And who doesn’t need more washi tape?? And if you would like to make your own filing system or organizing system or just some cute cards and projects, then the File Tabs Edgelits Dies are for you!

Be sure to check the Clearance Rack for any additional bargains you might find to add to your order!

Here is a birthday tag you could make with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch and just the Whisper White Thick Cardstock with a little Watermelon Wonder Dotted Lace Trim tied with a piece of Metallic Gold Baker’s TwineI used several of the new In Color Markers to color right on the stamp.

Scalloped Tag Topper Punch Birthday Tag
Just in case you know someone whose birthday is today! :)

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Make a Tea Light Birthday Cake

Tea Light Birthday Cake

When I needed a fun little gift for a friend, I thought of this cute tea light birthday cake! It’s so easy to just wrap a piece of designer paper or washi tape around the side of the tea light and then decorate the top with a 1 3/4″ Scallop Circle PunchPoke a hole in the center of the scallop piece, cut some little slits so the scallop will slip over the light bulb, then decorate to your heart’s content! I punched the little flowers with some retired punches, but you can use whatever you have in your stash or perhaps stamp a design on the top. I also added some Candy Dots and Rhinestone Jewels, plus a little doodle dot on each scallop edge with my White Signo Uni-Ball Gel Pen. There are lots of fun ways to decorate these little tea light cakes! You just have to purchase some tea lights at the craft store and play with them!

I also made some kind of box to package the cake in, but I failed to take a photo so we’re out of luck on that one!

The only tricky part of this project is the little switch on the bottom of the tea light.  If you want to set the tea light on some kind of base, perhaps resembling a plate, then you have to cut or punch a hole to allow access to that switch (and if yours has it, don’t forget to pull out the little piece of plastic protecting the connection so that it won’t get accidentally turned on before you buy it!).

Tea Light Birthday Cake and Box

I added a Metallic Foil Doily in Gold for the presentation! I think I adhered the Watermelon Wonder card stock to the base of the tea light but then just added a tidbit of adhesive for the doily to hold the cake in place in the box.

Tea Light Birthday Cake Lit

Here you see what it looks like with the tea light lit. I also happened to photograph it from the backside in my rush, but at least you can see how I adhered the piece of paper from the Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack.

This is a really fun project to make, quick and easy really. Just keep a few cheap tea lights on hand and you’ll be ready to go! It’s always good to have things on hand that you can make an easy gift or card with and impress your friends and family!

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