I initially ordered the Birthday Basics designer series paper because it was the July featured paper for the Creative Crew July Challenges over at Splitcoaststampers. It is a lovely, warm and versatile group of designs that I just know you'd enjoy incorporating into your own cardmaking.
My first cards with this set of papers weren't birthday cards but rather Christmas cards, since Christmas in July was another theme for the July Creative Crew:
In this one I couldn't resist trying out my new hexagon punch. I rotated the punched image from the non birthday prints to be at an angle to the hexagon from the Honeycomb (embossing folder) pattern in the background layer. The layered hexagons give the whole card a quilted feel so once I applied the Christmas greeting I called it a Christmas quilt card. You can see the other cards I made for these challenges over at the Creative Crew Gallery.
Once I loaded up my design team images which were due on June 30th, I realized I didn't have much time to put together a birthday card to include in a package to one of my daughters who would be celebrating her birthday on July 4th - in New York. This time I included more of the birthday patterns in simple card I whipped up:
I lucked out in that the "24" was in one of the scraps I had. I think you could locate quite a few ages on this paper. The balloon was stamped, colored with markers, and cut out. Stampin' dimensionals, of course, and a greeting from Petite Pairs helped to get the card finished quickly. The little bit of stamping and sponging was done with Basic Gray ink.
So what do you think of Birthday Basics(#130145)? That's just one of the new designer series papers that is included on a buy 3 get one free special with Stampin' Up this month.
Shop with me by clicking shop at the top of my blog. (hint - I've also been using Modern Medley(#126926), Venetian(#130144), and Afternoon Picnic(#131390), along with the Gingham Garden(#129310) and Soho Subway (#130140) paper that I purchased during the demonstrator preorder.
It feels good to be back blogging, now that I've finally had a couple of free days during the week. I have lots to share - instead of attending convention this year, some of my downline spent some or all of the conventions days stamping away at my place. What a lot of fun!
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