Category Archives: Birthday

Stampin’ Creative blog hop – CASE Lyssa Zwolanek



Welcome to the Stampin’ Creative blog hop.  If you have arrived from Lyssa, you know how lucky we are to be CASEing her!  If you have started here you are very welcome too. This month we have a very exciting theme!  As I’ve said, we are CASEing Lyssa Zwolanek, who is a wonderful American demo.  Even better, she is taking part in our blog hop today, so make sure you check what she has come up with too.

I had a lot of fun deciding what to choose to CASE (copy and share everything, that is).  You can take anything as inspiration, so the layout, style, stamp set, colours – anything, really.  I loved this card that Lyssa recently posted on her blog:


I took my inspiration from the metallics and the awesome idea she had to use strips of washi tape for extra effect.  I decided to use the same gorgeous metallic washi along with the Detailed Dragonfly framelit dies:

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Sadly, I just don’t seem to be able to capture how lovely this looks in real life, thanks to all that metallic shininess.  I used the new champagne metallic foil cardstock as the background for my sparkly dragonfly and used the matching sentiment from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set, which I heat embossed in copper.  My base is thick Whisper White.  I *love* Lyssa’s card and I hope I’ve done it justice.  Next up we have the wonderful Eimear – click on the button below to hop to her page.  There’s also a full list of our links below, in case you get lost.


See you soon – next weekend, I hope!


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Beautiful You Birthday


I’m a bit late, but it *is* still Wednesday, so I call that a result!

Today I’m showing another quick and easy, clean and simple card that I created for my recent new catalogue and Sale-a-bration launch parties.  It uses the gorgeous “Beautiful You” set that I loved the moment I saw it – I was lucky enough to win a set at the last OnStage event in November.  This is a really versatile stamp set that lends itself to watercolouring, pencils, paper piecing, you name it!  And it’s all over demo’s blogs and Pinterest boards.  Here’s the one layer design I came up with:

Beautiful You, Clean and Simple, Monochrome, Birthday

I also wanted to show that creating a card doesn’t need lots of things – this is a one layer card using one stamp set and one ink colour.

I used the stamp-a-majig to line up my three ladies and to position my sentiment.  When I filled in the rightmost image I stamped off the Elegant Eggplant once for a contrast.

When I was demonstrating this card at one of my launch parties, I forgot to stamp off once, so I stamped the middle image to demonstrate how the stamped off image would look and the next version of the card was born – this is in Watermelon Wonder:

Beautiful You, Birthday, Monochrome, Clean & Simple

One of my attendees went one step further as she like it so much and also stamped the final image.

Simple but effective, I thought.  Hope you like it!  See you at the weekend.



Another throwback – DSP birthday


Our holiday is drawing to a close.  Normally I’d be quite mopey at the thought of leaving the sun and the chance to swim in the beautiful sea every day, but I’m looking forward to getting home.  Why?  We have kittens now, have done for about six months (so I guess they are more cat than kitten) and it might sound sappy but I’ve missed them and can’t wait to see them!  I haven’t missed the early starts every day to feed them, mind you!

So today I thought I’d show you a quick and simple birthday card which uses DSP as the main feature.  I’m going to make a new version of this card next week using Christmas DSP and the new gorgeous stitched framelets for a quick and easy card for mass producing, so check back then.  So, today’s card!

DSP, Quick & Easy, CAS

This card features retired DSP from this year’s Sale-a-bration – it’s almost that time again and we demos have already seen the freebies you can earn with purchases.  Once again it’s a free item for every £45 you spend and that includes stamp sets, paper and more.  So a quick and simple birthday card requiring minimal supplies and stamps and I think it’s very effective.  Hope you like it!

Thursday’s post will be my final throwback – on Sunday I’ll be showing you a new Christmas card design.  I’ve really enjoyed having another look at some old cards, hope you have too!


Happy birthday medal


It was Ben’s godson’s 11th birthday at the weekend so a card was required. Ben and I chatted about what would be suitable and as we looked through recent cards Ben honed in on one of my failures as inspiration. Oscar is already an award winning gymnast at 11 and Ben saw the opportunity to use a Christmas card tag as a medal:


This card looks nothing like my discarded failure, by the way!  Obviously we had to have gold numbers and the ribbon colour dictated that the card base would be Cherry Cobbler.  The new circle framelit dies added interest to the “medal”.  It was a birthday card though, so we needed it to say “Happy Birthday” somewhere:


I attached the medal using glue dots at the bottom of the ribbon so it was easy to raise the medal up.  Oscar and his sister Sadie loved this card, which brought a real smile to my face. Happy birthday, Oscar!

See you on Thursday.


Variation on a Swirly theme


I recently posted a masculine birthday card that I made for my father in law – you can see the post here.

As the design called for many colours of the same “swoosh” from the Swirly Scribbles framelits, I had a lot of leftovers pieces cut.  And that got me thinking.  It was really easy to create the following cards, basically out of spares:

Swirly Scribbles, Male birthday, Metallic heat embossingSwirly Scribbles, Male birthday, Metallic heat embossingSwirly Scribbles, Male birthday, Metallic heat embossing

Variations on a theme, I think you’ll agree!  But I think they look surprisingly different! The different sentiments in gold and copper also rang the changes and I really liked the Cajun Craze base as a further twist.  I have to admit that the brushed gold card stock isn’t available anymore, but the Gold Foil sheets in the current catalogue would bring a real shiny punch instead.

Hope you like these and that they make you think about cards you could tweak for a new look.

See you on Thursday for this week’s CAS Colours & Sketches challenge – you still have time to enter this week’s, if you get a move on!


Vertical greetings in pink and green


I held a card class yesterday afternoon and one of the designs I decided to do used the new Vertical Greetings stamp set.  This was on my “must buy as soon as it’s available” list – I adore the vertical sentiments and the tall plants – this is going to be an often used set I think!

Vertical Greetings, Birthday card

I decided to make a square card, as I though the dimensions would work – this is 4-3/4 inches square (remember my quirk with using inches for square cards?!).  The base is my favourite pink, Melon Mambo, with a skinny Old Olive border around a 4-1/4 square white layer.  I prepped the stamps by stamping them in Versamark then wiping it off with my hand (a tip I saw online but am sorry I can’t remember who shared it), as this helps give a better image with a new stamp.  By the time we used it in class, there was no need to do this.  I coloured the main image in using Melon Mambo and Old Olive markers, huffed on it to moisten and stamped in the centre.  Then I inked up Happy Birthday and stamped that on the right.  These two stamps could use the stamp-a-majig for accuracy but I have to admit I free-handed these.  Finally, I cut a strip of the new 1/8″ Stitched Ribbon in Melon Mambo and tied it in a simple knot (I used a glue dot to attach it to the back, and under the knot, to secure it).  I put it together with tombow.  My class loved this pretty, feminine birthday card, hope you do too!

See you on Tuesday.


Another masculine birthday card


I’ve really enjoyed creating some more masculine cards recently – I’m finding the Swirly Birds stamp set and Swirly Scribble framelits lend themselves extremely well to this.   I also think that two of the new in-colours work brilliantly for this – Dapper Denim and Emerald Envy.  I was playing around with these colours a few weeks back, and this is one of the cards that I didn’t happen to feature in the Stampin’ Creative blog hop:

Swirly Bird, Swirly Scribbles, Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy, masculine

This is an easy, CAS card, I think.  The base is Emerald Envy, with a whisper White mat.  I stamped the sentiment from Watercolour Wishes (of course!) in Archival Basic Black first, then stamped the large solid swirls in Emerald Envy.  Next, the outlines in Dapper Denim and finally I filled in with the small swirl, also in Dapper Denim.  I tried not to overcrowd it.  To add a bit of interest and texture, I cut one of the swirls out using the Swirly Scribbles framelit dies and layered it over the central Emerald Envy swirl.  As usual, I constructed with tombow.  That’s it!  Hope you like it.

Come back on Tuesday – it will be my 100th blog, so there will be blog candy on offer!