Hello! Aly here again to share some fun birthday projects with you.
Before the end of the summer, we will have celebrated three birthdays at our house. And one of them is a "big" birthday, which in our family is every four years--4, 8, 12, 16. That means lots and lots of friends and a huge celebration. That also means I've got to get my act together and start planning!
I was so thrilled to see the release this month of the new Stamper System with the Birthday Wishes stamp set. My mind filled with ideas for invites, crafts, and party decor. I love the fun sentiments and adorable artwork, but I also love that these stamps coordinate with some new additions and work together with some tried and true Creative Memories tools to make projects adorable and easy.
I decided to get a head start with some simple but cute invites using the Just Because Card Set, the Be Young 6x6 Stack Pack, the Be Young Girl 12x12 Additions, and some embellishments from the Enchanted and Fabulous power palettes. Whenever I'm making a large quantity of the same card, I try to keep the design simple and easy for quicker assembly time.
The Birthday Wishes Stamp Set comes with an outer stamp and several interchangeable inner stamps. For these cards I used both, but you can also use them separately.
The Stamper System allows you to also change ink cartridges. You can choose between solid color ink carts or mulit-color--one for the inner stamp, and another for the outer stamp. Loading the stamps is easy as 1, 2, 3: find the notch at the top of the stamp, line it up with the notch on the base smooth side up, press down with the stamper and you're ready to go!
Just press the stamper base down to stamp your image on light colored cardstock and it always leaves a perfect impression. No re-do's necessary. And I'm not a great stamper, so I really appreciate that!
If you use the outer stamp, you can cut out your image with the 2-inch circle pattern and the blue blade from the Custom Cutting System. Then you can single or double mount the image with your favorite papers using the green and red blades with the 2-inch pattern.
If you only use the inner stamp, the Circle Maker fits perfectly for punching out your image and mounting it. Just center your image in the 1 1/4-inch circle viewer to punch it out, and use the 1 1/2-inch circle to punch your mounting paper.
Next I created a fun place holder/party favor by trimming a 12x12 sheet of Be Young Girl designer paper to 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches, folding it into a fortune teller (remember those?), turning it up-side-down, and filling it with candy. (If you need a refresher course on how to fold a fortune teller, you can click here.) I used a lollipop stick for the flag, which you can find in the baking aisle of your local craft store. I used just the outer stamp this time so I could write the children's names inside.
The multi-purpose tool from the Tool Kit worked great for getting nice creases as I folded the fortune teller. Just rub the long end of the tool gently along the fold with the text side up.
I created the hat by cutting two circles from cardstock using the inner track on the Jumbo Circle Pattern with the red blade.
Then I rolled each circle tight at one end and adhered them together. I embellished the hat with paper, stickers, a die cut card, a little bling, and a stamped image. Then I added a tassle at the top by trimming fringe into a 1 3/4 x 2 inch strip of paper with the precision scissors from the Tool Kit.