A birthday card for my sister

Good morning!

It was my sister’s birthday recently so I needed a card for her.  She is also a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator so I wanted to produce something good, or at least something specifically for her.  When I joined SU!, I went on about it so much (great products, loads of fun, meeting great new people etc.) that even though she was *sure* it wouldn’t be for her as she thinks she is useless at crafting and colours that she decided to buy a kit to (as she puts it) prove me wrong when I said that anyone can do it.  And now she is a demo (I was right!).  Anyone being able to do this is due in a big way to SU!’s “colour families”. They have four families of ten colours (Neutrals, Brights, Regals and Subtles), plus two smaller ranges which come out annually and are current for two years.  Each colour family co-ordinates with everything else in the family, so if you are colour challenged, you can choose from a family knowing that there won’t be any clashes.  Me?  I like to play outside the lines. Anyway, after Liz joined, she developed a real love for a strong pink colour called Strawberry Slush, from the 2013-2015 colours.  I’d been a bit underwhelmed by the five colours in this range and still don’t really like a couple of them.  But her enthusiasm for SS (our shorthand for Strawberry Slush) made me look again.  And I realised that it was actually a nice colour! So when it came to her birthday card I knew I’d have to use it.  As I already mentioned, Liz considers herself to be colour challenged, so I decided to get in her face with some DSP which actually clashes with SS. Just for fun.  And as we both love heat embossing, metallics especially, the sentiment was just crying out to be in gold.  Here’s the card:


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As you’ll see, I decided to add some twine to the card.  I haven’t done this often and once I had, realised I had a problem.  I didn’t have any dimensionals; the things that pop layers up, and in this card’s case, what would have made the the sentiment level. Look closely and you’ll see it’s bent over the twine.  I have had a bit of an irrational dislike of dimensionals.  I swore I’d never buy or use them as I liked clean lines and flat cards.  No popping up for me!  But, I had to admit that this card needed them. And that some cards I make in the future (like the one I made last night) will need them.  So I got over it and ordered them. Moral – never say never.

Materials and measurements:

  • Very Vanilla card stock – half A4, scored and folder in half
  • DSP from the Fresh Prints stack (now retired) – yes, that’s Real Red clashing against the pink!
  • Strawberry slush card stock
  • Very Vanilla card stock
  • Strawberry Slush card stock, Deco labels Framelit dies (I love this shape)
  • “It’s your birthday, let your hair down” sentiment from the Let Your Hair Down current hostess stamp set, stamped in Versamark, then heat embossed in gold
  • Gold bakers’ twine
  • No dimensionals

One of these days I’ll probably revisit this card in another colour way and you’ll see the difference dimensionals would have made!

Hope you enjoy it.



5 thoughts on “A birthday card for my sister

  1. Its even better in real life! I don’t know how pink goes with red, but it works! It’s lucky that I have a few months before your birthday, maybe I’ll try a card using one of the colours which underwhelmed…okay maybe not. xx

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