A Very Special Birthday!

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you’ll recall past birthday cards for my friend’s mother, Ms. Lorraine.  This year was a very special birthday for Ms. Lorraine.  She celebrated turning 100 years old!!!  Naturally, it required an extra special birthday card.  There were a variety of sentiments to add to the card so the double Z-fold with extra panels offered a perfect design.  You’ll notice the card uses a combination of current and discontinued Stampin’ Up! products.  The discontinued products includes the Number of Years and Picture Perfect Birthday Stamp Sets.   With such a milestone, the numbers definitely should be front and center.   Though I often do not keep non-current products, there are certain stamp sets and bundles that are must haves forever.   The Number of Years is one such set!  And Picture Perfect Birthday is a favorite. The other card elements are from the Bird Ballad Suite.

The front of the card and envelope.Special Birthday Card for 100th Year

A view of the interior side panels.

The back of the card and the envelope flap.


Details for the card:

As you note from the photos above, almost all of the panels front and back have decor.  For a handwritten sentiment, a panel on the back works perfectly.  Notice the envelope?  As an extra touch, both the front and back of the envelope are stamped and colored with Stampin’ Blends.  Tip:  To avoid the blends from bleeding through the envelope, insert a scrap of paper behind the image before coloring.

For the card base, use Pool Party cardstock.  Then on the card base, build layers using Daffodil Delight cardstock with an additional layer of the Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper on the panels.  For the interior z-panels, the Daffodil Delight layer has panels of Whisper White cardstock.  The stamp sets, Stitched All Around and Picture Perfect Birthday, provide perfect interior sentiments.  Fussy cut the bird and flowers to embellish the card panels.  The words, Happy Birthday, are from the A Wish for Everything Stamp Set.  Rhinestone Basic Jewels add a touch of bling to the flowers.  To match the The Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon to the card base, a dark Pool Party Stampin’ Blends easily does the job!  

Another tip:  when creating a card, look at all of your stamp sets and mix/match to fit the occasion.

As my husband and I were traveling on a bucket list trip, we were not able to attend the celebration for Ms.Lorraine.  I understand that she loved the card!

Hope you have a great weekend.  We’re finally getting Fall like temperatures so I’m looking forward to enjoying the outdoors!

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Bird Ballad Congratulations

Looking for a quick card?  Today’s card highlights the Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper and is a card that can be made quickly.  Earlier in the month, I needed cards to send to the Playtime with Paper team members in recognition of their July achievements.  This Bird Ballad Congratulations card was the result.  You’ll notice the card is not the standard rectangular shape.  Instead, the card features a square base which works perfectly with the design.  Notice too there’s very little stamping.  It’s only on the sentiment.  The beautiful prints of the Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper help create the card.  What’s wonderful with Stampin’ Up! designer series paper are the coordinating prints on the reversible papers. Read on for details on recreating this beautiful card.

Bird Ballad Congratulations card details:
  • Card Base: cut a 8″ x 4″ Thick Whisper White cardstock, score and fold at 4″ to create a 4″ x 4″ base.
  • Cut a 4″ x 4″ piece of Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper.  
  • Using the Layering Squares Dies, position the square on the center of the designer series paper to cut the frame.  The middle of the paper cut from the frame is used for the card front.  
  • Lay the frame atop the card base – TIP:  DO NOT ADHERE YET.  
  • For the card center, carefully adhere center piece of the designer series paper so that it’s inside the frame.  
  • Lift frame piece and use stampin’ dimensionals to add it to the card front.
  • Stamp the Congratulations from the Here’s A Card stamp set onto a scrap of Whisper White cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  Cut using the Classic Label Punch.
  • Fussy cut flower pieces from the Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper.  Attach the sentiment piece and the floral pieces to the frame using mini glue dots.  
  • Finish by embellishing the flower centers with Basic Rhinestone Jewels.

NOTE:  If you have the retired Envelope Punch Board, you can make an envelope.  Or just pop the card in a Stampin’ Up! Medium envelope, it works great too!

Check out this short video from Stampin’ Up! highlighting the Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper:

Isn’t the Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper gorgeous?!


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