Monthly Archives: March 2016

2016 Birthday Card parade

Today marks the end of my 2016 birthmonth and posting of daily birthday cards. So I hope you all enjoyed seeing all the birthday cards all month long and consider taking the time to send a friend or family member a birthday card in the mail. It doesn’t have to be handmade to make someone feel special on their special day. Consider joining in on the #imbringingbirthdaysback campaign.

I received lots of birthday cards, messages, gifts and love on my birthday but have decided to share the parade of handmade birthday cards from friends and family.

Card and gift card holder From Sheri- Gahanna OH





Card from Cammie – Tulsa OK


Card from Kim- Collinsville IL


Card from Yvonne- Broken Arrow OK


Card from Jenniffer- Newark OH


Card from Sherry- Westerville OH


Card from Pam-Galloway OH




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Ode to Shannon West

IMG_0634I was so excited when I received this card from the incredible Shannon West from Stampin Up.  Shannon is an awesome person that works in the training department and she was frustrated that Facebook and Social media is taking place of sending cards the old fashioned way .  So she decided to launch her #imbringingbirthdaysback campaign on Facebook to send a card to all her friends that wanted one. In 24 hours she got 300 responses and as of today she is over 1500 strong.  As her friends began to receive the cards they posted them on social media so that gave Shannon the idea that she needed a way to easily identify the cards that people were giving and receiving so she carved out a stamp #imbringingbirthdaysback stamp to put on all the envelopes.  IMG_0633

Stampin Up took Shannon’s stamp and now has introduced a single stamp #143573 so that everyone can join the movement to bring birthdays back—send handcrafted birthday cards to all your friends and family, and stamp the card and/or envelope with this trending hashtag to let them know they’re part of something cool!


I loved receiving the card from Shannon and I 2016_03_30IMG_0632revisehave vowed to continue sending birthday cards to my friends and family to let them know that they are special to me on their special day. My favorite part of receiving Shannon’s card was the envelope (to preserve my identity I have bleeped out the address) and seeing my name written so beautifully from someone like Shannon who does not even know me but tool the time to make me part of her campaign.  Thanks Shannon!  I will be paying it forward!



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Be prepared to party



Birth month is nearly over and that makes me sad.  Birthdays are the best and it is wonderful to make someone happy with a handmade card and even mail it the old fashioned way.  Today’s card is simple with little stamping. I textured the Concord grape (old color) with the Argyle Textured Impressions Embossing Folder that can be found on the Stampin Up Clearance Rack.  I used the retired Mustache die to make the jester had and a section of the Decorative Label#120907.  I stamped the Teeny Tiny Wishes #128748 sentiment on a punched Modern Label (retired) piece and am now ready to party!

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Fossil Birthday


Today’s birthday post is definitely a play on words.  I used the Stampin Up No Bones About It # 138756 stamp set. I randomly stamped the various dinosaur bones in Versa Mark ink and then embossed them in white.  I added the sentiment from the now retired Just Sayin stamp set then cut and matted it using the coordinating retired Word Bubble Framelit.

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Thinking of Ewe


Happy Easter!   I know I committed to posting a birthday card every day in March but this card that Cammie made was just too cute not to post on Easter.  To be fair it just by changing the sentiment to thinking of ewe it goes from Easter to birthday in one fail swoop. The background DSP is retired and called Sweet Taffy. The sentiment is from a retired Easter stamp set called Eggs-traspectacular from Stampin Up. The sheep was  made using a variety of Stampin Up punches and lots of hand cut Q Tips. The sheep was added to a tag cut using the Lots of Labels Framelits #138281.

Now that I broke my own birthday rule by posting a non birthday card during birth month, I will post Cammie’s other Easter card that uses the same layout and  Sweet Taffy DSP but uses the Stampin Up Friends & Flowers Stamp set #140511 and the coordinating Festive Flower punch #139682.

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Happy Watercolor Wonder




Today’s multi-layered birthday card is simple and happy! I used the now retired Watercolor Wonder DSP from Stampin Up and punched a peek a boo hole using the 1 3/4 ” circle punch to reveal the Calypso Coral paper below. I cut the “happy” using the Hello You Thinlits Die#137363 from Stampin Up. The birthday sentiment is from the coordinating Crazy About You #137137 stamp set.  If you have been avoiding using the intricate thinlits like the Happy and other words from the Hello You set because they were too intricate to remove from the die; your life just got easier with the Stampin Up Precision Base Plate #139684 and the Big Shot Die Brush #140603. Both these tools  make working with detailed dies a dream.



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YeeHaw its Twins

For today’s birthday post, Cammie pulled out her retired Yee Haw stamp set from Stampin Up to make this set of twin birthday cards. Every little buckaroo will be pleased to get such a fun birthday card. All the images came from the same stamp set she just made them different by switching out the colors.

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Spring Chicken


Today’s post will definitely bring a smile to your face when you get this in your mailbox.  It is truly happy mail. Cammie used the free Stampin Up Sale-a Bration Honey Comb Happiness #141288 for the adorable chick a dee that was placed perfectly on the beautifully brayered meadow. The flower is from the Flower Shop #130939 and punched using the coordinating Pansy Punch #130698 and the stem is hand drawn to make a whimsical flower.

Here are other color combinations that Cammie used for this chick card.

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Hear me Rawr


I have been busy using the No Bones About it #138756 Photopolymer stamp set from Stampin Up.  This isn’t your average dinosaur stamp set. This is a Two-Step Stampin’ set so you can combine individual stamps to build the final image you want in the colors you want. Stamp a skeleton over the solid body image, add spots and speckles, even add a party hat to a birthday dinosaur.  For this card I started with a piece of the Go Wild DSP paper stack #138441 and then built my main dinosaur panel using the images from the No Bones About It stamp set. The sentiment was also from the No Bones set and was layered on top.

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Balloon Birthday


No birthday is complete with out a balloon bouquet so for today’s birthday post, I decided to celebrate with balloons and banners from the Stampin Up Celebrate Today #137138 photopolymer stamp set. I wanted to do a single layer card but that is always a hard thing for me to do so I decided to pop just one of the balloons but cutting it out with the coordinating Balloon Framelits Dies #137362 and attached the Whisper White thick Baker’s Twine.  The “popped” balloon was from the Color Me Irresistible Specialty paper #138439 that I transformed from white to razzleberry by adding ink and buffing with a paper towel.  Love the magic of the Color Me Irresistible paper.


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