The Stampin' Up! Celebrations Designer Series Paper is brilliant to use if you need to whip up a set of Birthday Cards for kids. Co-ordinate with Real Red, Pacific Point, Pear Pizzazz or Bashful Blue Card Stock and you can't go wrong. Positioning the Happy Birthday Candles scallop topper allows for variety in landscape and portrait cards. I try to keep the kids' cards quite simplistic in design and appear not too busy.
The Happy Birthday Candles Card design is perfect for using those 6x6 patterned paper pads or any other patterned paper that has at least 3 colours. I tend to choose the boldest and brightest colour from the patterned paper to use as the background card stock. Team this with a matching plain patterned paper and a co-ordinating or contrasting length of ribbon and you're almost done.
The greeting on the card can be framed by a scallop and/or plain circle, oval or square or similar sized punch. The beauty of a floral print means that in most cases the card will be suitable for a 13 year old or 40 year old, so I always have a bunch on hand. No pun intended :-)
It seems I've had a thing lately for single coloured cards. Although I adore each of the Stampin' Up! In Colors for 2010 - 2011, I've used just 3 in this card design - Concord Crush, Poppy Parade and Peach Parfait.
Some of the circles have been stamped from the Stampin' Up! Circle Circus Stamp Set and some have been textured embossed and punched with different size circle punches. The happy birthday greeting is from the Stampin' Up! Teeny Tiny Sentiments Stamp Set and punched with the Stampin' Up! Modern Label Extra-Large Punch before being added to the card with Dimensionals.
I love the simple elegance of these Bird on a Branch cards. All the cards I have made with the Stampin' Up! Two Step Bird Extra-Large Punch have been limited to these 2 designs using Pretty in Pink and Old Olive, framed with Crumb Cake card stock. Why is that I can't tear myself away from these colour combinations when it comes to this Punch?
The happy birthday greeting is from the Stampin' Up! Perfect Punches stamp set. Each of the cards have been paper pierced to add that little extra detail and is easily achieved with the Stampin' Up! Mat Pack. The Mat Pack contains a paper-piercing template and pad, so all you need to do is line up the holes in the template on the cardstock and pierce away with the Paper Piercing Tool to achieve a row or two of evenly spaced holes.
The birds have been embossed using the Stampin' Up! Perfect Polka Dots textured impressions Embossing Folder before being punch out and would like equally nice if the background card stock was embossed with the same.
The monsters featured in these cards are from October Afternoon range of Patterned Papers called Night Light - Louie.
The core'dinations Card Stock colours used are Apple Green, Peapod, Orange & Marine Blue. I'm not sure who makes the black card stock because I acquired it some time ago, but it's got a wonderful shimmer and was perfect for framing each of the Louie's.
I love how effective the Filmstrip look is and it's very simple & easy to achieve with the Stampin' Up! Spiral Border Punch. The 'best wishes' greeting on these cards are from the Stampin' Up! Short and Sweet stamp set, which I tend to get a lot of use out of as you'll see in my upcoming Blog posts.
The BRIGHTS collection would have to be one of my favourites in the new Stampin' Up! colour collection. You cannot help but feel cheerful and happy when crafting with these rainbow of bright colours.
The Designer Series Papers used in the first card are Melon Mambo, Pacific Point, Tangerine Tango, Rich Razzleberry & Old Olive.
The Designer Series Papers used in the second card are Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, Pumpkin Pie, Regal Rose & Daffodil Delight.
The 'Happy Birthday' greeting is from the Happy Everything (retired) stamp set and the co-ordinating coloured card stock punched flowers are from the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, which also includes a circle and scallop circle, just too cute!