Fun Birthday Card with Big Designer Candles!

So, I hope you’ve been enjoying all the blog posts recently, full of technique and project ideas!  As I headed off on my big European adventure on the Stampin’ Up incentive trip, I knew I had so many project that I’ve loved lately and wanted to share.  Plus I’ve been meaning to get back on track with posting at least every other day here on the blog… so what better way to start the habit than having a post-a-day heading all the way into June!  I have more fun planned for you coming up including starting on Friday, I’ll be sharing each day the projects I made for Stampin’ Up displays boards at OnStage in Salt Lake City.  They are full of sneak peeks and fun scrapbooking and 3D project ideas in addition to my many card projects for the boards.  So, be sure to come back and check it out.

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Ok, now back to today’s super fun card!

So, this card came together because I wanted to do a birthday card for my Fond Farewell card class (this was my recent card class where I focused on having one last hurrah with many of the retiring product that Stampin’ Up is discontinuing at the end of the month).  But I wanted to do something different.  I had seen cards where people had made big candles, but many of those used a stamp set I didn’t have and fussy cut and image I didn’t have.  So I decided to get creative!

Enter the Bird Builder punch!

Yes, that is right!  See these candles?  The flames on top are the wings of the bird from that punch. 

And for the candles, instead of cutting out a stamped image, I just grabbed the It’s My Party designer paper stack and picked out a few fun patterns and cut them into rectangles for my candle sticks.  Easy Peasy!  One tip though- I did end up sponging the edges of the patterned paper because I found with busy patterns, you really need some ink or something around the edge to help define the edge of the shape.  Otherwise it tends to blur into the background easily.

Can we also please have a moment of silence for my beloved 2 1/2” Circle punch?


Seriously, I love love love my big circle with the convenience of a punch.  I know there are circle framelits but I still am sad about this punch being on the retirement list.  Oh well,  at least I have mine!  Better believe I’m keeping that puppy around for future crafting. Smile

Oh, and don’t let me forget, I wanted to share what brings these candles to life – why the clear Wink of Stella brush of course!  Just a quick swipe along one side of the wing/flame and you get some sparkle to really twinkle up your candlelight!

It’s pretty, it’s fun… Sadly a lot of this card is retiring.  Here is a list of what is going away at the end of the month so you don’t miss out on anything!  (See the bottom of the post for links to any of these items in the online store)

Retiring Items on this Card

  • Bird Builder Punch
  • 2 1/2” circle punch
  • It’s My Party designer series paper
  • Decorative Dots embossing folder

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