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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.

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  • 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.  

New Exclusive Tutorial Available!

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Exciting news.  The January Exclusive tutorial is available and it’s AWESOME.

12 beautiful projects to inspire your creativity.  Each project has step by step instructions.

You can receive this tutorial 2 ways:

  1. Purchase $50 in my Online Store and this tutorial will be sent to you for FREE- 59 pages of AMAZING creativity.
  2. Purchase the tutorial HERE for $15.  You will automatically receive the tutorial download after purchasing.

If you are a tutorial subscriber, this tutorial was emailed yesterday to you.  Please email me directly if you did not receive it.  

Do you love to color? Check out this video of our new Inside the Lines-Specialty Designer Series Paper.

This is a FREE product in the Sale-a-Bration catalog.

All New Stamps in the Mail

All New Stamps in the Mail

Time for another month of Stamps in the Mail and I’m pretty excited.

This could be my favorite Stamps in the Mail yet.

Okay, maybe I say that every single time, but really…. this is pretty AWESOME.


Apple of My Eye

As I was preparing which stamp set I would use (always a fun task) I wasn’t sure what to use.  I have a cabinet filled with luscious stamps all crying to be used and the one I was bound to pick was going to get a ton of play time.


The Apple of My Eye stamp set is one that I loved right away when the new Occasions Catalog went live in January.  Once I had it in my hot little hands I struggled to use it, but then again that’s been an ongoing problem.



Yesterday my house was finally quiet.  No one decided to stay home and I had no place to go.  Well, actually that was a forced situation as Russ had my car because he had an accident on Monday.  That’s another story I’ll tell you later but he is fine, his truck needs a little work.



I started stamping with the Apple of My Eye stamp set and the ideas kept running.  Before I knew it I had 8 cards completed and every single one of them made my heart happy.



I’m sharing one of the cards today because I couldn’t contain my excitement.


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This is just a bonus project that I created for Stamps in the Mail. The fun part is how I created that color pattern on the pear image.  I almost wanted to EAT IT.


Stamps in the Mail, Apple of My Eye Stamp set, Stampin' Up!

This stamp set is perfect for Spring, Summer and really any occasion.  This is why I love it for Stamps in the Mail.  It’s a versatile stamp set that can give you a lot of bang for your buck.

Stamps in the Mail, Apple of My Eye Stamp set, Stampin' Up!


I have to admit a little giddiness last night when I laid my head on my pillow for many reasons-

  • I haven’t made that many cards in a day in FOR-EVAH!
  • The ideas flowed like maple syrup.  EASY.  This hasn’t been the case with creating lately.
  • They are SO pretty and every single card makes me happy!
  • My happiness meter escalated to the top yesterday.  Creating brings me joy.  Sharing my creating process is the epitome of that happiness.  That’s right.  Inspiring you to create and seeing YOUR joy is truly happiness.

Are You Ready to Join Me? 

If you have never stamped with me, I encourage you to give it a try.

If you have been waiting for this months Stamps in the Mail, it’s here and it’s going to be AWESOME.

Click HERE to find out more information on Stamps in the Mail and how you can join in the fun.  It’s easy.  I promise.



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Looking for past Stamps in the Mail? Click HERE to purchase previous Stamps in the Mail that I have offered.  These are PDF instructions/videos only.  No materials included.  Great class ideas.


You can view all of the supplies I used for this card in the clickable links below.

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This makes me incredibly sad as I appreciate your business and have no way of thanking you. 

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PS- The tale of our Monday….. 

Monday Blues

Monday was a Monday.

Russ had just picked up Brandon and 3 other teens to come to our home so the kids could work on a cooking project for Spanish class.

Out of the blue a driver came from the center lane into the right lane in front of Russ to make a quick turn into a pawn shop and russ ran into them.  Luckily no one was injured.  After waiting for an hour for the police to arrive (non emergency) I went and picked up all the kids to bring them home.  Russ ended up waiting another 1.5 hours for the police.

We are thankful that everyone is okay, including the other driver who was charged with crossing lanes.

Now, the tough part.  The truck goes back in the shop. Yes, back in.  Russ hit a deer in January and caused damage to the hood.  I just got my car back Friday after a fender bender in February.  That took two weeks to fix.  As we left with my car last Friday we joked that while the shop did GREAT work, we didn’t want to see them again.

Russ went to see them AGAIN.

They must LOVE us.

Russ’ car shouldn’t be driven as the bumper is rubbing on his tire.  So, back to one car and why I was stuck at home to create.  It’s not all bad, really!