Welcome back, stamping friends!  I hope you had a great weekend; we did here at our house 🙂  We celebrated our eldest son’s 20th birthday (how on earth did he get so old, so quickly?  I swear he was just a toddler….), as well as my Dad’s 83rd birthday.  We usually combine the celebrations, as their birth dates are only 8 days apart; we just have a big family dinner & celebration here.

So guess what cards I have to show you?! LOL  Yup – birthday cards 🙂

I decided to take one of the December Paper Pumpkin shaker cards – that I just love! – and add a little bit to it, for my Dad’s card.  Here’s what I did

birthday pumpkin

I added some extra stars on the front, just to carry the colour & theme; on the inside I stamped and added some more stars:

birthday pumpkin inside

Amazing what just a little extra can do for the inside of a card, right?

I made our son’s card from ‘scratch’ – no kit for this one, though the tools and stamps from Stampin’ Up! made it quite easy!

Tyler's b-day card front

I used a whole variety of sets for this card – but I think they went together really well!  The ‘Happy’ is die cut from Silver Glimmer paper using the Hello You thinlits dies; the ‘birthday’ is stamped from the Age Awareness set in Versamark and heat embossed using Silver Embossing Powder on Whisper White card stock.  I die cut the stars using the Stars Framelits set, in Smoky Slate, Island Indigo and Coastal Cabana card stocks.  Everything was layered onto the card base; first a layer of Moonlight DSP, then a layer of Island Indigo card stock, then the Whisper White and stars.

Inside, I decided to have a little (more) fun!

Tyler's b-day card inside

You can sort of tell in the picture – I popped up the ‘Make a Wish’ on an Action Wobble, so that it would ‘bobble’ about when the card is opened!  I stamped in Coastal Cabana (for the stars, I simply stamped once, then stamped again without re-inking the stamp, to achieve the 2 tones of ink).  I achieved the look on the sentiment by using my 1″ Circle Punch, and snipping the very corner of the card stocks before layering them.

Everyone liked the cards, and had fun playing with the shaker, and the wobble!  I love interactive cards 🙂

I’ve been very busy working on my swaps for Leadership convention, but since I’m not sure if anyone who is swapping with me, also may see my blog, I don’t want to spoil the surprise!  I do promise – when I come back on Feb. 1st, I will share the cards & projects that I made, plus the ones that I’ll be receiving!

In the meantime – how about some great Weekly Deals?  Now’s the time to stock up on your Stampin’ Write Markers, and get the Skin Tone selection of Blendabilities Markers at a great price!

SU weekly deals jan 19

The My Digital Studio set ‘Box of Chocolates’ is super cute, if you want to print out your own Valentine’s!  If you’d like to take advantage of this week’s deals, simply CLICK HERE to be taken directly to these deals in my on-line store; 24/7 shopping – even in your jammies! 🙂

I also want to share with you my most recent offer, just from me – PRODUCT SHARES!

These product shares are perfect if you want a lot – or all – of the new designer series papers, ribbons and embellishments, but just don’t think you’ll use them all up.  This way, you share the cost with others, and you get a sampling of everything you want!

CLICK HERE to be taken to my Product Shares page; you can choose to participate in just one share, or all of them!  Get the products you want, and be a friend to your wallet 🙂  I’ll be placing the 1st Product Share order on Feb. 6th, which means you’ll have your goodies delivered to you – professionally packaged and labeled – by February 16th.    Don’t wait – get in on them now!  Just CLICK HERE & select what you want.

That’s it for me today; I hope you’ll come back on Thursday for our Welcome to 2015 Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop!  There will be lots of fabulous projects from some of the best demo’s around 🙂

Until then – happy stamping!

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I've always liked to create things, but I'm not a great artist, or sculptor, or any type of 'traditional' artist - but I love to create! I love the satisfaction of a completed project. Whether a card, painting or other project - as long as it can create a smile, evoke a feeling, or some type of reaction in the recipient. I hope you will enjoy sharing my creations, and occasional ramblings; I'd enjoy having you create with me! :)

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