Birthday cards

Cheerful Daisies Brightest Birthdays

Yes, this week is the Fresh As a Daisy week!  Love this suite of products.  I cannot remember when I have made as many cards from a suite before and I am still continuing to make more projects.  I think I will have to have highlight this suite again in another month.

One of the reasons I am sharing this suite now is I want to be sure you know about the Creativity Abounds Fresh As a Daisy stamp camp.  The Creativity Abounds Design Team is an international group of 13 Stampin' Up! demonstrators.  We do a monthly blog hop, a monthly tutorial bundle and 3 times a year we hold a stamp camp. 

The Fresh As a Daisy Stamp Camp will be held on July 7th and 8th.  To register all you need to do is purchase the Fresh as a Daisy Suite (161301) and the 2023-25 In Color Jute Trim (161637) and use the Host Code 7W94CTHJ.  If you already own the Suite and the 2023-25 In Color Jute Trim, simply order $81.50 worth of products from my online store and use the Host Code 7W94CTHJ. It is important to use the Host Code, it lets me know you want to participate in the stamp camp.  

You will receive 13 kits which will include all the cardstock pieces necessary to make the projects.  You will use your own DSP, stamps, dies and embellishments.   Both a written and video tutorial will be provided for you for each project. 

In addition to the 13 projects you will be invited to join a private Facebook group for the camp.  On July 7th & 8th each design team member will present another project using the Fresh As a Daisy Suite.  These lives will be spread out over the 2 days but they will be recorded so you can watch them when it is convenient for you.  


This project uses the Cheerful Daisies bundle and the Fresh As a Daisy DSP.  The card base is Garden Green CS, 5-1/2" x  8-1/2" scored at 4-1/4".  The pretty daisies are on a Lemon Lolly Scalloped Contours die which was also embossed using the 3D Basics Embossing folders (Online Exclusive).  The centers of the daisies were colored with a sponge dauber and Lemon Lolly ink.  Love that Lemon Lolly color, it is the yellow we needed.   The leaves were colored in Garden Green ink also using a sponge dauber.  The DSP strip is  1-1/2" x 4" .   Remember to wrap the white Baker's twine around the Basic White layer before adhering it to the Garden Green card base.   The sentiment is from the Cheerful Daisies stamp set inked in Garden Green ink.  A few silver pearls from the Festive Pearls was added for some shine.


Inside I added a leftover strip of DSP.  It wasn't long enough to along the bottom so I added it along the side.  I had a leftover flower made using the Paper Florist dies so I added it to decorate the inside of the card.  

I hope you will join me and the rest of the Creativity Abounds team for the Fresh As a Daisy stamp camp!  It is going to be a fun and creative time!


Potted Geraniums Wishing You Happiness

It  is Thursday and time for the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge.  The challenge generally  alternates every week between a sketch and a color challenge. This week it is a sketch challenge.


I will admit that my card isn't very faithful to the sketch.  It started out a lot closer to the sketch and then took a bit of a turn.  Let me show you and explain.


Can you see the sketch in my card?  Originally I intended to have the connector between the top and the bottom of the card to be the geranium.  When I tried to connect the two sections with just the geranium, it didn't feel sturdy enough which led me to use the Scalloped Contours die to connect the top piece to the bottom.  Unfortunately it covered a lot of the slanted opening that is the focal point of the sketch.

I used the Black & White Designs DSP.  This paper is definitely a favorite of mine.  The pot was stamped using Basic Gray  ink on Basic Gray CS and cut out with the Geranium Dies part of the Potted Geraniums bundle.  The leaves were stamped in Old Olive ink.  The lighter color was achieved by stamping the stamp off before stamping it on the Basic White CS.  The outline of the leaves were stamped full strength and then cut out using the Geranium dies.  The geraniums were die cut in Cherry Cobbler (detail) and Real Red CS and then layered.  The little red bow is part of the Real Red & Garden Green 3/8" Ribbon Combo Pack.  The sentiment is one of 9 in the Potted Geraniums stamp set.


Be sure to check out what the rest of the Create with Connie & Mary design team created with this sketch.

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Perfectly Penciled Happy Birthday

It is Thursday which means it is time for a new Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.  This week it is a sketch challenge.  The challenges generally alternate between a sketch and color challenge.  


When I saw this sketch I thought it would be perfect one to use the Perfectly Penciled DSP from the 2022-23 Annual Catalog.  I just purchased this pack of paper and it is surprising to me that I have resisted this pack of paper for so long.  


I used both sides of this sheet of  paper for the card.  The rectangles were cut using the 3rd largest rectangle from the Stitched Rectangle Dies. The flowers were colored using Real Red and Old Olive Stampin' Blends. Lots of detail and shading on the paper making this an easy one to color.  I used the Double Oval punch for the birthday sentiment from the Very Best Occasions stamp set.  This is my current  favorite Real Red ribbon.  This ribbon is part of the Real Red & Garden Green 3/8" Ribbon Combo pack.  It ties beautifully and holds it shape.


I colored a strip of the Perfectly Penciled DSP and layered it with a strip of Basic Black CS to decorate the inside of the card.  

Thank you for stopping by and be sure to check out what the rest of the design team created with this sketch,


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This Birthday Piggy in Tahitian Tide

Have you ever wanted a stamp set but stopped yourself because it didn't have coordinating dies?  I debated about getting the This Birthday Piggy set.  It is so cute but I wished it had coordinating dies and then... Perfect Partners happened.  YAY!  What is Perfect Partners?  Stampin' Up! debuted on September 1st, six new dies sets that coordinate with stamp sets that previously did not have dies.  The stamp sets are Fresh Cut Flowers (AC page 65), This Birthday Piggy (AC page 55), Trimming the Tree (AC page 43), Waterfall Canyon (AC page 94), Apple Harvest (J-J Mini page 54), and the Yeti to Party (J-J Mini page 38).  These dies are only available until September 30 or while supplies last.  You can purchase just the dies or you can purchase the stamp set and the dies as a bundle and save 10%.

So, yes you guessed it I ordered the This Birthday Piggy stamp set and the coordinating Playful Piggy dies as a bundle.


I stamped the image using the Tuxedo Black Memento ink pad.  The pig was colored using the Natural Tone Stampin' Blends.  I used SU700 which is part of the Medium Light pair and SU 1000 part of the Light pair.  The ears, nose and hooves were colored using the Light Smoky Slate Stampin' Blends.  The balloons were colored in Tahitian Tide and Parakeet Party Blends.  The polka dotted one was done by first coloring in the balloon in Parakeet Party and then adding the Tahitian Tide dots.


The sentiment is from the Heavenly Hollyhocks set inked in Tuxedo Black Memento ink.  The Basic White circle was cut using the Stylish Shapes dies.  The dots are from the 2022-24 In Color Matte Decorative Dots and the twine is from the 2022-24 In Color Baker's Twine. The patterned paper is the 2022-24- In Color 6" x 6" DSP.  

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Hippest Hippo Birthday

It is time for another Festive Friday Challenge!  Grandparents Day  is the festivity we are featuring on the Festive Friday Challenge. What is the Festive Friday Challenge?  The Festive Friday Challenge is a bi-weekly challenge that has an Inspo List.  What is an Inspo List?  Every challenge has an Inspo list  aka as an inspiration list, that has 10 items on it and those 10 items were inspired by a particular holiday, celebration or festivity.  You need to use 3 items from the Inspo list on your project.  You do not have to incorporate the festivity into your challenge but if you want to, you can.  Here is a link to more information about how to participate in the challenge.


I chose to use from the list Fancy Fold, Plaid, and Hearts. 


I used the 2022-24 In Color DSP  in Sweet Sorbet to fulfill the Plaid.  The hearts were cut using the 2022-24 In Color Glimmer Paper and the Hippo dies.  I did also use a pearl on  top of the umbrella.  You will see the Fancy Fold in the next couple of pictures.

The hippo is stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink  on Smoky Slate CS.  I did  a little coloring using Smoky Slate and Sweet Sorbet Stampin' Blends.  The umbrella was die cut using the Hippo dies. The opening was cut using a Stitched Rectangles die.  I tied a bow using the White Glittered Organdy Ribbon.   The sentiment is from the Very Best Occasions stamp set.


Now you are starting to see the Fancy Fold.  I guess it really isn't that fancy but it is a fun one.  The DSP is another pattern in the 2022-24 In. Color DSP.


This is a full sheet of CS scored into quarters.  The upper left quarter has been cut out.  It is a simple card to make.  I like how it unfolds.  The DSP on this panel is again from the 2022-24 In Color DSP and the sentiment is from the Very Best Occasions.  

For more inspiration, be sure to visit the rest of the  Festive Friday Challenge Design team.

Ann Schach

Beth McCullough

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert

Melanie Hungerford

Helen Jennings

Melva Peters


Diane Evans 

Joanne James- off this week

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Butterfly Kisses Birthday



It is Thursday and time for the Create with Connie & Mary Thursday Challenge.  This month all the challenges are Case the Catalog challenges.  What is that?  Each week a new sample is chosen from the 2022-23 Annual Catalog and you can choose to be inspired by the layout, stamp set, color combination or ?  


I was inspired by the layout.   


Instead of words I used different patterns of the Butterfly Kisses DSP.   I really like this pack of paper.  It just makes me smile!  I fussy cut 2 butterflies from the DSP and added them to a circle cut using the Stylish Shapes dies.  The little Starry Sky dots are from the  2022-24 In Color Matte Decorative Dots.  The 2 banners were also cut using the Stylish Shapes dies and the sentiment is from the Very Best Occasions set stamped in Starry Sky ink.  The Starry Sky and White Baker's Twine bow was made using  the 2022-24 In Color Baker's Twine Pack. 


I wanted to add some texture to the Calypso Coral CS background and used the Painted Texture 3D folder.  Inside I also added another fussy cut little butterfly.  

I have been enjoying the challenges this month.  It reminds me that the catalog is such a great resource.  Need ideas and inspiration?  Look at the catalog and you will find so many ideas whether it is a new layout or color combination.  Need a catalog?  Contact me and I can help you with that!

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out what the rest of the design team created for the challenge,



Hippest Hippo Sending Birthday Wishes

Happy July 1st!  It is a big day!  The 2022 July-December Mini Catalog is now live AND so is the 2022 July-August Sale-A-Bration.  If you do not have these catalogs and want them, please let me know.

One of the cutest Sale-A-Bration choices is the Hippest Hippos.  What that means is  during Sale-A-Bration (Juy-August )with a qualifying purchase ($50 in the US) you can choose to receive the Hippest Hippos stamp set.  Another Sale-A-Bration choice is the coordinating Hippo Dies.  Yes you can get the Hippo dies ( 19 dies!) free with a qualifying purchase ($50 in the US).  


Here I paired the sweet hippo with the Dots and Spots die.  This is a standalone die and I am currently obsessed with it. I used it HERE, on another sample using the Hippest Hippos stamp set and dies. I also used the Sending Smiles bundle for the sentiments.  I am so happy to have the large Sending sentiment and pairing it with lots of smaller sentiments.   The scattered Melon Mambo flowers were cut  using a die from the Sending dies.

Stamping Tip:  I like to stamp the hippos on Smoky Slate CS.  This way I do not have to color in her cheeks or chest.  I use the Smoky Slate Blends to color around her face and body.  I also used the light Flirty Flamingo Stampin' Blends to give her a manicure and pedicure.


The tiny flower behind the hippo's ear is a die in the Hippo Dies set.  It is just the perfect size!  I used lots of  the smallest sized Rhinestones for the centers of  the flowers.  

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Cottage Rose Birthday

I needed to make some birthday cards and wanted to play with the Cottage Rose bundle.  This is a fabulous bundle and you know I love a stamp set that has images and sentiments.  The large rose is a beautiful flower and it is a fun one to color.  


I heat embossed the flower using Versamark ink and Black embossing powder on Shimmery White cardstock.  Why Shimmery White?  Shimmery White CS has a beautiful, delicate shimmer and it can be used for techniques using water.  I brushed on some water on the petals and then picked up some Sweet Sorbet ink with a Water Painter and touched it to the water.  The ink flows and spreads  coloring the petals.   I sometimes help the colors along with the Water Painter.  I like how it creates the light and dark on the petals.  It is a fun coloring technique. Once the flower was colored I cut it out using the coordinating die.  

The flower is mounted on a square cut using the largest Stylish Shapes square die.  The sentiment was stamped on a banner die also from the Stylish Shapes dies.  The Very Vanilla layer was embossed using the Timeworn Type Embossing Folder and then mounted on a Basic Black card base.  The Timeworn Type Embossing Folder is now my go to folder when I need a little texture.


Inside of the card I stamped and colored the leaf image from the stamp set.  I also added another sentiment.  

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Sweetest Cherries & the Rays of Light

Have you checked out the Rays of Light background stamp?  I think it is a gem and maybe a hidden one.  You can find it on page 116 of the 2022-23 Annual catalog.  I have used it just a couple of times and it is so fun!  


Here I paired the Rays of Light stamp with the Sweetest Cherries bundle.   The Rays of Light stamp really makes the cherries the focal point.   I covered up the circle on the Rays of Light image so the cherries would be the source of the light.  

The Sweetest Cherries bundle is a stamp set and punch bundle.  I love cherries especially Rainier cherries so I had to have this fun bundle.  


Do you recognize the cherries inside of the card?  They are from the December 2021 Paper Pumpkin kit, Lots of Puns.  The Sweetest Cherries bundle and the Lots of Puns stamp set are perfect together.  The Lots of Puns set also has some fun sentiments that will coordinate well with this bundle.

This is a quick and easy card to make.  I suggest that you use your Stamparatus with the Rays of Light stamp and ink up and stamp a bunch of backgrounds in lots of different colors.  I know you will find lots of ways to use the image.  You can see another way I use the set HERE.

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Sweet Songbirds in Stripes

Time for another fun Create with Connie & Mary Challenge!  This week it is a color challenge and you get to choose your own color adventure.


I chose to use Daffodil Delight for the yellow and Tahitian Tide as the blue. 

These colors are bright and happy which led me to using the Sweet Songbirds bundle, crazy about that chubby little bird!  


The Basic White Thick card base is 4-1/4" x 11".  The Daffodil Delight and Tahitian Tide stripes were pieced on a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Basic White CS.  The large circle and the sentiment banner were cut using the new Stylish Shapes dies.  The flowers were cut using the Teacup dies.   


The chubby bird was punched using the 2022-24 In Color Glimmer paper.  When I ordered this pack of paper I didn't realize that it was ombre.  I was definitely pleasantly surprised.  I used different sections of the paper to punch out the Tahitian Tide flowers and centers.  You can also see a little of the differences in the color of the Glimmer paper  on the bird.


The Classic Matter Dots were used for the bird's eyes. I layered 3 of the beaks on top of each other.  I like the solid look it gives the beak.  Around the side of the striped layer I wrapped white Baker's Twine.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out what the rest of the Create with Connie & Mary Design Team created for this color color challenge,




In Bloom & the Pierced Blooms Dies

The Create with Connie & Mary Challenge this week is a color challenge.  I used the colors with the  In Bloom stamp set (I am sorry to say the set is no longer available-sold out) and the Pierced Blooms dies and I love how it turned out.


Isn't this a gorgeous color combination?  They bring a smile to my face and hope it makes you smile too.


The Pierced Blooms dies make the prettiest flowers and leaves.  The stitched /pierced detail on the flowers and leaves add texture and  in my eyes make them so cute.  I am sad that they are retiring so go and snag them now before they are gone.  In the center of the flowers I added a small black Classic Matte dot. The black and white patterned paper is from the Pattern Party DSP.  This is a Stampin' Reward choice and one of my very favorite packs of paper.   I do love black and white designs and this pack has them and also fabulous colorful patterns too.  


I like to dress up the inside of the cards I make.  Here i added a 1/2" strip of the black and white DSP and another flower made with the Pierced Blooms.

Thank you for stopping by and be sure to check out what the rest of the Create with Connie & Mary Design Team created with this beautiful color combination,