Birthday Cards for kids using Stampin’ Up! Simply Gorgeous stamps

Good morning everyone. Hope you have had a wonderful weekend and are still having a wonderful weekend if you are in the UK. The weather has been great, which is unusual for a May bank holiday in the UK!

Well today’s post is a bright and cheery card I made for a bright and cheery little boy’s 5th birthday. For his Christmas present, I had made him one of my homemade gifts of a box frame, which had his name with stars surrounding it. I had mentioned these pictures back in February, with the intention of blogging about them, but it seems to have completely slipped my mind, so I will be posting a picture of the one I am making for my own son’s birthday on Wednesday.

Anyways, I had wanted to make this little boy a similar birthday card to the Christmas present and this is what I came up with! It’s using the same primary colours scheme red, yellow and blue aka Real Red, Daffodil Delight and Pacific Point!

Stampin up Simply Stars and Gorgeous Grunge chevron punch Tracy May card making ideas
I even stamped the inside for once.
Stampin up Simply Stars and Gorgeous Grunge chevron punch Tracy May card making ideas

I didn’t make the gift for the birthday present unfortunately, but I did jazz up the gift wrap using the Tag a Bag Accessory Kit, and tied it in to the card by using a star from the Simply Stars set.

Stampin up tag a bag accessory kit Tracy May gift ideas
Stampin up tag a bag accessory kit Tracy May gift ideas

I hope you have enjoyed today’s project. Yesterday I was browsing through one of the Pinkie team Facebook pages and came across this card made by one of my team mates Paula. It’s uncanny, how similar our cards are so just had to share it with you. She made her card for a 50 year old male. Goes to show how versatile these stamp sets are!

For the card and gift embellishments you will need:
Stamps: Simply Stars wood or clear, Gorgeous Grunge wood or clear
Card stock: Whisper White, Real Red
Embellishments: Tag a Bag Accessory Kit
Thanks for stopping by. Pop over and say hi to Paula too! See you Wednesday 

You’re My Hero MDS – using Stampin’ Up! ® products

So what do you do when you need to make a birthday card for a little boy and you realise you never got round to ordering that stamp set that is perfect for little boy cards?

MDS to the rescue (pun intended!). I bought and downloaded the You’re My Hero digital stamp set, opened up MDS and selected the Fire engine image, then printed it out. All I had to do then was colour and cut it out and quickly make this spinner card. It only took around 30 minutes to do all of that! Impressed? I certainly was.

For those of you who may not know, MDS stands for My Digital Studio and is Stampin’ Up!’s digital design software that you can buy. It includes a great set of stamps, punches, background papers, embellishments out of the box and you can also buy extra ones as you go. Stampin’ Up! release new downloads every Tuesday – you can take a look here.

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My husband told me I should text my friend with instructions on how the card works. Needless to say I didn’t but her little boy had it figured out in no time anyway! 
For this card you will need:
Stamp Set: You’re My Hero (either physical or MDS)
Inks: Staz on Black, Real Red Marker pen
Card Stock: Whisper White, Real Red, Basic Gray
Punches; Chevron Background punch and Word Window

It started as a CASE…. using Stampin’ Up! ® products

…I never thought it would end up like this!

Randomly (and I mean very), I have the Hot Chocolate song “It started with a Kiss ” going round and round in my head now from writing the blog title. The actual line from the song is “It started with a kiss, I never thought it would come to this! Ahem, moving on swiftly……

I’ve used a few new products (Framelits & Stamps) from the forthcoming Spring/Summer catalogue and the Sale-a-bration (SAB) promotion both of which start on the 28th January, and one of my favourites, the Expressions Thinlits,which will be retiring when the Autumn/Winter catalogue expires (2nd February).

For some reason, when I made this card, I thought I was casing one I had seen on Pinterest. I only glanced at the card briefly when I pinned it and didn’t refer to it when I was making mine. When I actually looked back at the card I thought I was casing I clearly wasn’t, which you will see when I do actually case it and post it next week. Is that cheap of me? Two blog posts from one “CASE” ha ha. I need all the time saving help I can get with my two little whirlwinds aka the Bedlam Brothers!

My four year old informed me yesterday that he was fed up with it raining everyday (join the club buster) and that if it was raining again today he was “going to have a right strop!” It made me laugh – I didn’t ask him what difference that would make to normal though – ha ha ha – that would have set him off on a “right strop”!

Well I hope you liked my card -it’s ideal for Valentine’s day isn’t it?

For this project you will need:

Stamps: En Français background, The Language of Love (available Jan 28th), Banner Blast (SAB freebie from Jan 28th),
Ink: Versamark, Real Red, Pool Party
Card Stock; Real Red, Pool Party, Whisper White, Basic Black, Silver Glitter DSP
Embossing Powders: Clear, White and Pool Party
Dies: Expressions Thinlits (available until 2nd February), On Film Framelits (available from 28th Jan)
Punches: Full Heart Punch, Chevron Border Punch, Banner Punch (SAB freebie from 28th Jan)
Embellishments: Rhinestones

Don’t forget there is still time to get hold of the Expressions Thinlits before they retire!


Top Note Gift Card Holder & Clearance Rack Blitz – using Stampin’ Up! ® products

It was my sister’s birthday recently and I wanted to get her a gift card so she could choose something she really liked. Originally I was just going to make one using the Simply Scored Scoring Tool but then I stumbled across this Gift Card holder using the top note die on Pinterest.

I love Pinterest and could spend hours getting lost browsing all the fantastically creative things that get pinned….errrr hang on a minute, I usually do! Usually late at night when I should be sleeping!

Anyway back to my gift card holder. My sister is a photographer, so I used the camera patterned paper from the I Am Me DSP pack and the camera image from Around the World stamp set.

I made her a matching card using the Circles Thinlits.

My last card class of the year was the same day as my sister’s birthday and I couldn’t help “killing two birds with one stone” as is my usual way with crafting. We made a Christmas version of the gift card holder using the Island Indigo textured card stock (shown below) with Winter Frost DSP inside (not shown). I must say I do love the Island Indigo and Smoky Slate textured card stock a lot. I don’t think they’ll be available beyond the end of January though unfortunately.


For the Gift Card Holders you will need:
Card Stock: Whisper White 106549, Island Indigo textured 12 x 12, 132132
DSP: I am Me 130138, Winter Frost (inside) 132341
Ink pads: Pool Party 126982, Real Red 126949, Island Indigo 126986, Smoky Slate 131179
Stamp Sets: Delightful Dozen (sentiments) W 128547, C 122652, Very Merry Tags, Around the World W 131080, C 131083
Accessories: Top Note Bigz Die 113463, Mosaic punch 131267
For the Birthday Card you will need:
Card Stock: Whisper White 106549, Daffodil Delight 121680
DSP: I am Me 130138,
Ink pads: Pool Party 126982, Stazon Black 101406,
Accessories: Circles Thinlits 133480, Chevron Punch 132154

Also check out the Clearance Rack Blitz starting tomorrow – Retired products—up to 80% off—will only be available while supplies last. Last minute Christmas presents anyone?