I’m so glad you’re here today because it’s time for the First Fridays Blog Hop! This month we’re each featuring a bundle, two products bundled together for a savings of 10%, and we’ll each have two projects for you!  The bundle I’m featuring is Happy Birthday Gorgeous.  This bundle features the stamp set Happy Birthday Gorgeous along with the Happy Birthday Thinlits Dies.

For quite some time now I’ve wanted Stampin’ Up! to carry a Happy Birthday Thinlit so I was pretty excited when these came out in the new catalog! They really are very fun to work with!  To give the words lots of dimension (and because it’s pretty difficult to add dimensionals to the back) I layer them.  Adding 2-5 layers really gives it great dimension (the first card has two layers).  

The inspiration for this card came from one I saw on Laura Bassen’s blog.  I did my own take on it using Stampin’ Up! products.  Using my Big Shot and Layering Circles Framelits, I cut a circle in the middle of a piece of Whisper White.  I wanted enough room on all sides of the circle so that when I sponged I wouldn’t get stray ink on my finished piece.  Let’s just say that I learned this trick the hard way.  The Stampin’ Up! colors I used were:  Pacific Point, Bermuda Bay, Tempting Turquoise and Lemon Lime Twist.  I simply moved my circle around and sponged color, overlapping colors as I went. 

To finish the card I applied the layered Happy Birthday and some Iridescent Sequins.  The inside of the card has the simple sentiment, Make a Wish, from the stamp set Happy Birthday Gorgeous!

My second card went in a completely different direction from what I had originally planned and the finished card happened quite by accident! Originally Happy Birthday was going to be layered onto a die cut in Whisper White but I wasn’t happy with the results.  After I cut Happy Birthday out of our beautiful Foil Frenzy Speciality Designer Series Paper and layered    it with four more in Crumb Cake, I set it down onto the card base and went, hmmmm, I think I like that!!

The sentiment “to you” is also from the set Happy Birthday Gorgeous as well as the one I used on the inside.

Our new mini Stampin’ Dimensionals were just PERFECT for the greeting on the Classic Label punch! 

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you’ll continue on the blog hop!  Davette is up next!  

Dawn Griffith

Michelle Veller

Tracy Bradley – You are HERE!

Davette Strange Miller

Carla Perea

Dee Slater

Stamping Supplies – Here’s a list of all the supplies I used to make both cards.  Simply click on a product and you’ll head over to my Stampin’ Up! online store!

Big Shot