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Birthday Bonanza

I’m so excited about my birthday bonanza projects I’m sharing today.  I love the Party Animal Suite and have 3 projects to share.

Get ready for a great blog hop with the Creation Station team with inspiring birthday projects today!

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Are You a Party Animal?

No doubt I love a good party, and while I’m not so much the party animal, I’m all about having fun.

I do love celebrating birthday’s and funny enough Russ, and I called my uncle on Friday to wish him a happy birthday.  We both struggle with remembering someone’s big day.   As soon as he picked up the phone, we were singing happy birthday.  Unfortunately, we were about five days too early.  Whoops! We all laughed, and we’ll be making the phone call again next week.

The Party Animal Suite is perfect for any age and so many great coordinating products to choose from.

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I pulled out one my favorite cardstock colors, Crumb Cake.  I love how Whisper White Craft ink looks on this cardstock.

Then I pulled some of the colors from the Party Animal Designer Series Papers.

Birthday Bonanza, Creation Station, Stampin' Up!

Birthday Bonanza, Creation Station, Stampin' Up!

Birthday Bonanza, Creation Station, Stampin' Up!

Tips & Tricks 

  • One of my favorite coordinating products in this suite is the Washi Tape.  I love the SKINNY tape.  This was perfect to place along the edge of the card base.
  • Whisper White Craft ink is a pigment ink which takes a little longer to dry.  I use the heat tool to make the drying times faster when I’m impatient.
  • The Confetti Textured Impressions Embossing Folder was a perfect addition to this card.

Birthday Bonanza, Creation Station, Stampin' Up!


The Perfect Box

Birthday Bonanza, Creation Station, Stampin' Up!


Excuse me; I’m a little giddy over this box.  It’s perfect for a birthday bonanza! The colors, ribbon, banner and a peek of doily fit perfectly together.

Birthday Bonanza, Creation Station, Stampin' Up!


You can find the Window Box Thinlits Dies on page 43 in the new Occasions catalog.  I love this box for it’s unique design.

Tips & Tricks

  •  The box was created using Kraft Cardstock.  Kraft cardstock is a fantastic heavy cardstock that keeps shape when creating boxes.  I love the weight of this cardstock, especially when creating boxes.
  • The Party Animal Designer Series Paper was used to create the belly band around the box.
  • I added the Gold 1/4″ Natural Trim with a flowing tail on each side of the box.  I love the small glimmer of gold in this beautiful ribbon.

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YAY, Time to Celebrate!

Because of my love for vintage and fonts, I am completely drawn to the Super Duper stamp set.  I love the marquee look to the fonts and it was perfect for this next card.

Birthday Bonanza, Creation Station, Stampin' Up!


Once again, I relied on my Party Animal Designer Series Paper to pull my color combinations together.  These bright colors are beautiful together.

Birthday Bonanza, Creation Station, Stampin' Up!


Tips & Tricks

  • The ribbons were folded like an accordion, then stapled to the Designer Series Paper to keep in place.
  • While I used the coordinating inks with the cardstock (Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango) don’t forget you can get a similar look using a VersaMark pad.  The tone on tone looks beautiful!
  • I couldn’t get away without using a doily.  I found a perfect place…

Birthday Bonanza, Creation Station, Stampin' Up!

Find all of the products used today in the clickable links below.  


Get Your Party Started!

If you are planning a party, Stampin’ Up! has everything you need to create the perfect cards and favors for the perfect party.

Now lets’s see what the other Creation Station designers have up their sleeve for a birthday bonanza.  Your first blog is Dena and she never disappoints.  Simply click the NEXT button below and be inspired.


Birthday Bonanza, Creation Station, Stampin' Up!

Birthday Bonanza, Creation Station, Stampin' Up!



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Spectacular Birthday with Cake Crazy

Spectacular Birthday with Cake Crazy

Cake crazy is something I am for sure. I love birthdays, especially for the cake.  What about you?

Next week we have a special girl celebrating the big 14!  Dang.  How can this be?

Every day Russ and I just look at each other dazed as he hit new milestones with our kids.  Brandon’s driving. Alexis is turning 14 acting like 18.  It’s hard.  Hard to let them grow up.

While there growing up I sit in my stamp room and pretend they are still wee ones.  It’s a sad case of denial and I’m okay with it.


Let’s Get Cake Crazy

I recently participated in a swap with other demonstrators using the new stamp sets from the Occasions catalog and the cards were fantastic.

After changing my mind a few times I finally decided to use the Cake Crazy stamp set for my swap.  I love creating birthday cards which made the process easier.

After playing with the Cake Crazy stamp set, I fell deeper in love with the stamp set.

Spectacular Birthday Cake Crazy, Stampin' Up!


My favorite part creating this card was the color combination.  I used a color I haven’t touched in a long time, Tempting Turquoise.


Create It!

Follow these steps below to create this card.

  • Card base is Whisper White cardstock 4-1/4″ x 11.
  • Stamp cake pieces using the following ink: Tangerine Tango, Cucumber Crush, Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive.
  • Stamp the words Spectacular and Crazy onto scrap cardstock and trim as close to the image as possible using Paper Snips.
  • Place stamped words onto card front using a dimensional.

Spectacular Birthday Cake Crazy, Stampin' Up!

  • Adhere a 1/4″ x 5-1/2″ strip of Tempting Turquoise down the right edge of the Whisper White card front.
  • Adhere a 1″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Party Animal Designer Series Paper onto the right side of the card base using Snail Adhesive.
  • Place card front onto card base using dimensional’s.
  • Create a splatter over the entire card using a Blender Pen and Tempting Turquoise ink.
  • Attach Rhinestones to the card front.

Spectacular Birthday Cake Crazy, Stampin' Up!


Bringing Birthday’s Back

Now I have a fun card created and placed in my birthday card stash.

You might remember last year around this time one of our dear Stampin’ Up! staff members started a campaign to bring birthdays back by sending MORE birthday cards through the mail.  Man did she ever deliver.  Over 2,000 cards were sent by her and over 2,000 happy birthday friends received beautiful cards, myself included.

I will tell you I sent more birthday cards last year than I ever have.  It felt great, even for a card maker that is terrible about sending cards.

I will continue to encourage you like myself, to keep sending those cards.  We all know the smile it brings to someone’s face when they receive happy mail.

Spectacular Birthday Cake Crazy, Stampin' Up!


With all of the beautiful birthday stamps available from Stampin’ Up!, it’s easy to create and even better to coordinate the products.

Keep in mind, the Cake Crazy stamp set could even be used for a wedding cake.

You can find all of the products used for this card in the clickable links below.  

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Here’s a Quick Way to Use the Balloon Adventures

Balloon Adventures Stamp Set

The Balloon Adventures stamp set is one of the many amazing birthday stamp sets in the new occasions catalog.

Today I have a quick way to use this stamp set and create a fun birthday card.

 Balloon Adventures stamp set, Stampin' Up!

Never Enough Birthday Cards

Let’s face it, we will never have enough birthday cards on hand.  It’s not possible, at least for me anyway.

At first I asked myself did I really need another balloon stamp set? Quickly I thought no, but there are a few things about the Balloon Adventure stamp set that caught my eye.

  1. The fonts in the greetings of this stamp set are amazing. It is definitely something that caught my eye which makes designing SO much easier for me.
  2. Not one, but two coordinating ways to cut images in this set.  The balloons coordinate with the Balloon Bouquet punch and the Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits Dies.
  3. Party Animal Suite coordinates with this stamp set perfectly.


Masking with Balloon Adventures

One of the ways you can quickly create fun birthday cards with this set is by masking the balloons.

The masking technique creates the illusion that one image is behind the other and creates depth.  The first image you stamp is the image that will be in the front.

To mask using the Balloon Adventures stamp set you will need a simple Post-It Note.  Stamp the image onto the Post-It Note and cut the image out just inside the lines.  This is now your mask.

Stamp the image again onto your cardstock. Place your mask covering the image completely to protect it as you stamp the second time.  I love using Post-It Notes because the adhesive sticks to the image and makes it easy to stamp over.

Stamp the image again, positioning the image partially onto the mask. This second image will appear to be behind the first. Continue to move your mask around to create more depth.

You can see how I created many balloons in a bunch using one mask in this picture below.

Balloon Adventures stamp set, Stampin' Up!


You can also see how I masked in the original card below. I love how they all look bunched together.

Balloon Adventures stamp set, Stampin' Up!


Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits Dies

The new Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits Dies are perfect to create an interactive card.  Plus, another great thing I found  is the banner attached with this thinlits.

Balloon Adventures stamp set, Stampin' Up!


The banner I created for this card is part of the pop-up.  I simply trimmed in a couple of places on the cardstock to make the banner stand alone.  Once it was die cut, I stamped the banner images from the Balloon Adventures stamp set.


Put Balloon Adventures On Your Wish List!

Balloon Adventures stamp set, Stampin' Up!

As I said before this is one of the great birthday sets coming in the Occasions catalog available on January 4th.  This entire suite of products will be a popular one.

Click HERE to download the instructions to create this card.

See the Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits Dies in action in this video below.


Here are a few more fun samples using this stamp set.

Balloon Adventures stamp set, Stampin' Up!


Balloon Adventures stamp set, Stampin' Up!


Balloon Adventures stamp set, Stampin' Up!



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Have a spectacular weekend!!