Happy Blooming Birthday

I always have a stack of birthday cards pre-made and ready to send, well, I say I do, but recently my birthday card stash has dwindled and so I’m now in desperate need of making more! I love a simple card, simple cards are my thing. Every now and again I will make a more complex card for a special person or occasion, but more often than not my cards are simple.

So, I needed some more birthday cards this week, and chose to use the Flower Patch stamp set and coordinating dies

Stampin' Up! UK flower patch birthday

This card uses a piece of Strawberry Slush as the card base, and Very Vanilla as my stamping piece.

I stamped and die cut the flowers a few weeks ago, while I was playing around with the stamps, but I had no use for them. I do this quite regularly, I’ll get a new stamp set and play around with it, different colours and cardstocks, to get a feel for it. This time I also die cut the flowers, seeing as I was testing out the dies too! I just store all the die cut pieces in the box with the stamps until I find a use for them.

So I pulled this stamp set off the shelf and these flowers fell out! I had another play around with them, and found this cute arrangement.

The leaves are from the Crazy About You stamp set, and are stamped in In Colour – Pistachio Pudding Stampin’ Write Marker. When I joined Stampin’ Up! the latest set of In-Colours had just been released, and so I didn’t purchase the existing ones as they only had 12 months left (even less now), but then the Stampin’ Write markers turned up on a Weekly Deal! I love my markers – they are a great way of getting all the Stampin’ Up! ink colours without having to spend all that cash to get all the ink pads all at once. Once I had the markers, I needed some cardstock to match, so I picked up the 2013-2015 In Colour Cardstock. I love the cardstock multi-packs, its so handy being about to get all the colours of cardstock for a particular colour family for a £8.95.

Sorry, off on a ramble again!

The flowers are 3 layer stamped in Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride, and Strawberry Slush. The Sentiment is also from Flower Patch is and stamped in Strawberry Slush too.

Instead of leaving all the flower flat to the card I needed a bit of dimension, and added dimensionals to 2 of the 5 flowers to give some lift.

What do you do when you get a new stamp set?

Hannah Wilks

Stampin’ Up! UK Independent Demonstrator

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