Let’s Celebrate! by Aly Dosdall

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.

Full set
I decided to get a head start with some simple but cute invites using the Just Because Card Set, the Be Young 6×6 Stack Pack, the Be Young Girl 12×12 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.
Card set

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.

Stamp options
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!

Loading stamps

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!

Stamp image
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.

Small circle 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.

Circle maker

Next I created a fun place holder/party favor by trimming a 12×12 sheet of Be Young Girldesigner 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.

Place holder
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.

Multi purpose tool

Finally, I created a special party hat for the birthday girl using 12×12 Green Apple Cardstock, 12×12 Be Young Girl Addition paper and stickers, and the Just Because Card Set.

Party hat
I created the hat by cutting two circles from cardstock using the inner track on the Jumbo Circle Pattern with the red blade.

Jumbo circle pattern
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.

Cut fringe
Then I rolled the fringed paper up tightly, taped it, added some adhesive and stuck it in the tiny hole at the top of the hat. Pulling some of the fringe down helps make it looks fuller.

With all the stamp sets available for the Stamper System, the possibilities are endless. I hope these ideas inspire you to get out that Stamper System and start creating!

What to change it up a little for a boy use Be Young Boy 12×12 Additions instead of  Be Young Girl Addition

Happy Scrapbing!!!!

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