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Tutorial Tuesday: It's (almost) HJ's 2nd Birthday!

Hi Friends!  Thanks for hanging with me while I took a bit of time to get my Baby Boy's 2nd Birthday Party all ready for him!  I can NOT believe that my baby is already two!  Yikes!  Isn't it just crazy how quickly kids grow up!?  Ugh!

Well, I'm not going to dwell on that aspect of parenting---I'm going to indulge myself in doing what I love for who I love.  And that's making an extra special birthday card for an extra special boy---with some extra special components.

I know that I've shared before my ultimate love for Stampin' Up!'s Designer Series Paper.  The thick, but not-too-thick paper quality, the ease of coordinating with the rest of the Stampin' Up! colors, the gorgeous patterns---I really can go on.  But if you haven't played with the Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper, you seriously gotta grab some now!  (BONUS: It's on SALE this month with Stampin' Up!'s Buy 3 Get 1 FREE Promo!  Go here now!)

Here's what I get the most excited and giddy for with this Designer Series Paper: the Birthday Friends Framelits die-cut images from the DSP!  Say What!?  Yep!  So, designing a card with gorgeous images is now just a twist of the wrist (errr... crank on your Big Shot, hehe).  Anyway, I made a super cute card with serious ease for my Little Huddie Buddy's 2nd Birthday and you can achieve the same results with fairly minimal supplies.  Shall we see what I did?

Supply List:

Paper Dimensions:
  • Daffodil Delight Cardstock (8-1/2" x 5-1/2"; scored at 4-1/4") and (1/2" x 2-1/2")
  • Real Red Cardstock (1" x 2-1/2")
  • Pacific Point Cardstock (1" x 2-1/2")
  • Lemon Lime Twist Cardstock (1" x 2-1/2")
  • Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper (4-1/8" x 5-3/8") and 3-(1/2" x 2-1/2") (I used the blue polka dot for the large background piece and the multi-colored stripes for the inside of the banners)
  • Wood Textures Designer Series Paper (2-1/2" x 3-3/4")
  • Once you have your card base made from the Daffodil Delight Cardstock, you can adhere the Birthday Memories DSP to the front and the Wood Textures DSP on top of that.
  • I used the Banner Triple Punch to notch the ends of the Real Red Cardstock, Pacific Point Cardstock, Lemon Lime Twist Cardstock, and the Birthday Memories DSP strips.  I adhered the strips of DSP to each of the colors of cardstock and then adhered them to my card front.
  • Now for the super fun part---take your Birthday Friends Framelits and use the cake shape to die-cut the cake from one of the pieces of the Birthday Memories DSP!  Fun?!  Yes, it is!  (I may have just went to town and die-cut a few extras to have on hand the next time I needed a nice birthday card---why not!?  It's so easy-peasy!)
  • Use a Stampin' Dimensional to pop that gorgeous little birthday cake to the  Wood Texutres DSP and you're just about done!
  • I stamped the "It's Your Day" sentiment from the Big on Birthdays Photopolymer Stamp Set in Pacific Point Ink onto the Daffodil Delight Cardstock strip and notched my ends with the Banner Triple Punch.  Then simply adhere that in the lower right hand corner with another Stampin' Dimensional.
    • Helpful Hint: You could totally use a sentiment from the Birthday Delivery Photopolymer Stamp Set instead, then you can take advantage of the Birthday Delivery Bundle which includes the stamp set, Framelits, and (yes, there's an "and"!!!) the Designer Series Paper!!!  Eek!!!!  Talk about V-A-L-U-E!!!
  • Lastly, the finishing touch---those darn cute Enamel Shapes!  I love the "little extra" those tiny little shiny shapes add, without adding "sparkle" (he is a little boy, after all!) and they stick on without the use of any glue or other adhesive.  Score!
So now that you've fallen head over heels for the endless possibilities of the Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper and all of the other goodies that the entire Birthday Memories Suite has to offer, you can easily see why it's one of my most favorite in the entire Catalog and why I consider each of these components "extra special".

Check back later this week---I may have a surprise post heading this way soon!


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