Category Archives: Birthday

Cute Little Monster

Cute Little Monster

Being the mom of young children we get to celebrate lots of birthdays… our own, our friends… LOTS.  So, I thought this little birthday monster would be the perfect way to celebrate!


I LOVE HIM.  He just makes me happy with his one eye an goofy smile.  I made him from the Playful Pals stamp set.  Se his arms and legs?  Elephant trunk.  And it’s a perfect way to use washi.  Here I matched it with some washi I had… but you could totally use any color just to add pop.  The banners at the top are (sad to say) retired…but they’re a favorite of mine too…

Here’s the inside:


I love this card for the young ones.  It’s been perfect for birthday celebrations.  And, I’ve even used it for those who are young at heart!!  🙂

AND…  DRUMROLL….  I know you’ve been waiting all year with anticipation, but we are less than TWO WEEKS AWAY from the most awaited event of the year!!  THE MAUI STAMPERS’ AND FRIENDS CRAFT FAIR!!  It’s nearly here!! NOV 19!  Mark your calendar and be sure to come!


Stay tuned!  I will be featuring items that will be available this year!  (FYI:  Thhis monster card will be there!!!)


First Birthdays!


In Hawaii, a baby’s first birthday is a BIG deal.  It goes back to plantation days where infant mortality was high and if a child made it till his first birthday, it was likely to survive.  So, there was a big celebration.  Well, that tradition has lived on and is still celebrated today.  So, many of my card customers are looking for first birthday cards.  So!  I made some!


I LOVE this owl.  Made with the Playful Pals stamp set!  I love how he peeks out from behind the 1!  The nice thing about the photo-polymer stamp sets is that you can kind of ‘shape’ the stamps to be how you want.  So, I was able to add a little more ‘curve’ to the ‘look who’s turning’ to make it perfectly fit the circle punch out.


And of course, the numbers set is fabulous for these important ‘numbered’ birthdays. So, here’s to the first birthday and the wish for many, many more!


Another Birthday Wish!


Here is ANOTHER use for that Build A Birthday Set (that I know you decided you needed after you saw last week’s post.  You’re welcome).

It’s another easy to put together card.


The little banner in the top corner is from the delightful Pretty Petals DSP paper stack.  And it has LOTS of designs so this same layout could be used and you can change the colors to make all kinds of designs.  You can’t really see, but the card base is black, and then I used calypso coral

imageI get asked a lot about making masculine cards.  MASCULINE CARDS is a phrase that really isn’t in my vocabulary.  But, you could easily turn this masculine by changing the colors.  And maybe taking the little bow off the top (use the staple only).  There.  My version of a masculine card.  🙂  Okay, I promise.  I will work on that…

Build a (fabulous) Birthday


I love PARTIES. And decorating for parties and banners and ALL OF IT.  I would LOVE being a party planner when I grow up.  (hee hee).  So, when I saw this set in the catalog, I just knew I needed it.


I LOVE the cake pedestal and the fact that you can build your cake however you need.  And, I need to let you know that I TOTALLY CASED this card.  I cannot remember now from who, but it is not my own.  But, it is too fabulous not to share…. so there.

imageThe colors I used were crumb cake (paper) Bermuda bay, pool party, and soft sky.  Added come flowers and rhinestones and it’s done!!  It is a happy birthday cake that you can MAIL!!


The BIG one…three..


So, boy birthday cards instill fear and trepidation into this stamper’s soul.  Cause, I have NO IDEA what to do for boys.  I’ve got boy babies down, (zoo babies0 and small boys aren’t a problem…  trucks, diggers.  All good.  Even the monster set was a good one for young boys.  BUT THIRTEEN??  What do you do for a THIRTEEN YEAR OLD BOY?????

Grungy Numbers to the rescue.


This is my husband’s cousin… and I know a couple of key pieces of information… 1.  he likes the color orange and 2. he requested amazon gift cards.

This, my friends, I think I can handle.

And it is so fortuitous that the gift card to that glorious shopper’s haven in the interwebs happens to coordinate with his favorite color.  This makes the OCD in me very happy.

The number framelits dies have a very nice stamp set to go with them.  It is VERY nice.  But not one bit 13 year old boy.  So… I decided just to cut the numbers with the framelits (instead of using the stamps and then cutting the numbers out) and then to stamp the background with EVERY COLOR OF NON-COLOR WE HAVE.  (Both grays, black… white embossing on the starburst cut-out).  And, I just stamped the background as much as you could stamp a piece of paper with every splatter and scrape available in the Gorgeous Grunge set.



And, there you go.  Simplest card ever.  Simplest card made for the most difficult card segment of the population.  Done.

Happy Birthday Nana!!


Today is my Grandma Kitty’s 80th birthday.  80.  WOW.  That is an accomplishment.  I needed a VERY special birthday card to celebrate this momentous occasion. So, I decided it is time to tackle the CARD IN A BOX!!  image

Isn’t it exciting???!!!  You open up the envelope and out BURSTS a bouquet!!!!  A perfect way to send a long-distance Birthday!



The truth must be told about this card…  I went to a class that mauistamper and createswithcheryl had in late March of 2014.  (Yes, that is TWENTY FOURTEEN.  14.  as in a YEAR AND A HALF AGO).  Of course, I didn’t get my stuff made (I didn’t lead the class cause I was huge pregnant with the littles and didn’t wanna risk not being there… so I was a helper… ) but knew I wanted to make this card for my grandma.  As a mother’s day card.  Well.  You can see how that went down.  Littles came less than a week later and the parts and pieces have been on my stamp counter since.  Maybe it was divine intervention cause I got to use it for today. 🙂  All things work for good….


Anyway, I EASILY whipped up an envelope to fit this card in using the fabulous envelope punch board and you can see below how it folds flat to fit in the envelop.  The new tear tape is great for making envelopes.




So… There you go!!  Happy Birthday NANA KITTY!!!  We LOVE you!  You have been such an example of faithfulness, love, commitment and dedication to our family!  Wish we were there to help you celebrate!


A Birthday Basket

A Birthday Basket

I needed a birthday gift.  But it had to be a stampin’ birthday gift cause it was for a stampin’ friend…


And I had just received my new Spring Occasions Catalog worth of stuff so, I thought I’d play around…

Here’s the card:


The words for this card are from the Celebrate Today stamp set.  I love layering them one on top of each other…


Sorry, but I cut the flowers.  They’re from the Best Day Ever Salebration Stamp Set (which is FREE with a $50 purchase).  And, do you notice the little heart??  It fits PERFECT in the scallop border punch.


For the gift, I just got a gift card, which is a universal delight.  But, to jazz it up a bit, I made a gift card envelope with the gift card framelit (which is still available, btw).  And, I wanted to present it in something special… so I put together the berry basket.  IT IS SUPER CUTE.  LOVE THE BASKET (and stay tuned, there will be more baskets in the future).  The DSP used here is also the SAB Best Year Ever DSP…



So, there… The birthday Basket.

You know you want one…  🙂

Endless Birthdays…


I’m always looking for nice birthday stamps. Cause as a card maker, birthday cards are probably my second most popular card…  so, when Endless Birthday Wishes came out, I immediately ordered it.  And. It just so happened I needed a card. Again, as a card maker, I live in this perpetual fear that I will give a card to someone and they are gonna think I just took it out of my box.  (I don’t know why that is bad… but it just seems that way.)  This birthday card was for a fellow stamper so I made it a point to make it with my new stamp set. Now I never promised it wouldn’t be a case (cause it is) but it was made “fresh”. And I think it was only a day late. Or two.  So here it is…


I LOVE this set. It is in the same style as the Endless Christmas Wishes set that came out last year (and sold out).  It is so easy to use and comes with loads of words. Both in type and scripty fonts.
And to keep my card in under the 2 day late deadline, it’s way simple. Couple stamps and some glorious washi tape. It makes putting a card together so easy…I wish I could remember where I cased it from. But I can’t. Sorry.

Of course, I needed a special envelope.


This was left over DSP from this year’s Sale-a-bration. I love making matching envies…

So there you have it. Endless Birthday Wishes. Item # 137553. $13.95. It’s a photopolymer set.  Better hurry though. They sold out of their supply once and had to reorder…

OH! I’ve been meaning to ask. As a perk for being a demo, I get to choose 4 stamp sets from the new catalog (I can tell you how you can earn loads of free stuff too if you wanna know).  I need suggestions. Post a comment with sets you might want to see. And I will see what I can do…

A Grunge Birthday


So…  When we returned from convention, mauistamper organized a stamp a stack for our downlines to play with new convention sets and talk about convention…  and all exciting new stuffs.  This was one of the cards we made:



It utilizes the Gorgeous Grunge (which I LOVE) and a simple tag.  Could make this ANY kind of card by changing the tag.  So easy.

And, of course, I needed an idea of something for club to do, so I changed it a little and made this:



Exact same thing.  Changed colors, added a candle made from the “Tape-it” stamp set (the candle idea was cased from Stampin Success).  Used the bird wing from the bird punch to make the flame.    Simple!!

I get a lot of requests for manly cards.  And I’m always at a loss for what exactly that means, I think this could qualify.  Could change the color to green or a darker blue.  Or black or gray… would be more manly..




And, speaking of birthdays…. I kinda forgot about mine.  Not my ACTUAL birthday…but my Stampin’ Up! birthday.  I received this in the mail:



Very exciting.  I knew it was coming, but it just kind of slipped my mind…  what a nice surprise.  And, who can believe it’s been that long!!??!!


“Tag-It” Cased!


So. Here is another example of the Ronald McDonald House Charities Stamp Set: Tag it.  And it came straight from the pages of Stamp in’ Success.  This is the glorious little piece of mail that graces my mailbox every couple of months. That reason alone is reason to sign up.  Anyway, its a simple card. I added the use of washi tape. Cause I’m in love with washi.  Anyway… here it is…


I changed some of the colors and stamped the image in a single color just to make it easier. But, I added some dazzling details on the balloons just for dimension. 


And a little touch of the chevron ribbon…. LOVE THE RIBBON…  just stapled on…  so easy.. 


A fun, fast, easy card. And that 3×6 size card is one if my favorites. It is different from a normal card but doesn’t require extra postage like a square card does. And now with our new envelope punch board…. you are gonna have to stay tuned. I’ve got lots to show you with that…